Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Crop Sneak Peek

I've been jumping on bandwagons all over the place here and I have something very cool to show you as a result!!  It's actually what I'll be demo-ing at the April Crop in Winkler, Manitoba, for Love is in the Details.  You can find out more here.

Basically it's all about the foil.  Gold.  Silver.  Red.  Blue.  Foil comes in a ton of delicious colors, but the gold is where. it's. at.  

Basically, a laser printer and a cheap little laminator is what makes all this shiny goodness possible.  There are fancy expensive machines out there, but you definitely don't have to go that route.
As well, I'm going to be showing how to foil up die-cuts and such like.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I haven't forgotten about the felt balls post….it's comin' round the mountain, yes it is.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sometimes I actually MAKE the things I PIN....

More bloggy catch up today!

Back in 2014 I decided to make my kids some gifts.  Mostly as an excuse to execute a few of the cute things I've pinned on Pinterest.  As per usual, those pictures don't begin to tell the effort it will actually take, to make what you see.  Everything all staged and lovely with perfect lighting and coordinating, colored, extraneous and unrelated items....and NOWHERE do you see how hard it is to actually make your own felted wool balls.  Or that it takes 30 days to preserve the lemons it calls for in that recipe!  But I digress.
The first item is one I've had pinned for a couple of years.  I finally decided this was the right time to try it.  THEN I discovered how scarce those old plastic alphabet stencils are!  Thank you eBay.  I got the pillow covers from Ikea, and scoured (where else) Pinterest for some suitable poems/quotes and got to work.  Found out along the way, that thick tipped Sharpies, while faster, bleed through the fabric and over the outlines.  Like, a lot.  And that looks bad.  But the fine tipped Sharpies don't.  They just take a 1000 hours per pillow.  Is all.
Using one of those disappearing ink, fabric pens, makes it easy to write out your poem and adjust the words to fit as you go along.  
I actually traced the words of the first two pillows with pencil.  Here is your free life hack for today.  Don't believe the original poster when they say that you can erase the pencil afterwards.  Trust me.  The disappearing ink pen is the. way. to. go.
It's a good thing I love to do a lot of contemplative, navel-gazing-type activities, such as coloring in letters with a teeny tiny pen tip.  It made for a great activity sitting in airports and on planes, etc.
This photo shows how much of the disappearing ink has faded in 24 hours.  By 48 hours, it's virtually gone.
Thanks to Shel Silverstein for his poem "How Many Slams".  I also used the very well known "You are the Cheese to my Macaroni" with some editing to make it all fit.  Also Marianna Paige's "I Don't Think I Love Very Many Things".  And finally, 
One of my kids liked this well enough to request a custom made apron with a message on it.  Off to find a blank apron now!

Tomorrow:  Felted Wool Ball Garlands, inspired by Pinterest and saved by Etsy!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Look what the Internet sent me!!

Most days I wake up thinking I've seen it all.

Then I go on Pinterest.  Or Etsy.  Or the Intranets.  Like FAIRY GARDENS!!!?  Did you know this is a whole big thing??  Had no idea.  

My most recent discovery was egg cartons.  There is a site on Etsy where you can buy almost any configuration of egg cartons from a 2-egger, to a more bigger-egger.  Well, what could I do???  I ordered some of the pairs, a few trios, some 4-egg cartons aaaaaaand decided I'd best stop there!  I also alerted my friend Lori from Love is in the Details so she could bring some into the store.  

And with last month being Valentines and all, here's what I made.  
The heart shaped, 3 eggers, I just piled on the die cuts and scrappy embellishments.  I had a few laying around.
This 4-egger got the stamping and watercolor treatment.  Turns out, egg carton material is not unlike watercolor paper for absorbency and such, like.

The things you could put inside this cute packaging is an endless list, but I did some macarons, truffles, mini cupcakes and even succulent seedlings!  I die, right!?