Monday, 12 June 2017

Stunning Earrings from Crafty Hope

Guess what. I won a prize. A real, honest to goodness, comes in the mail prize. Not only that, but it's an incredibly prize. I'm so excited to show you!

Here's the story. There's a lovely blog by Hope called CraftyHope which I read regularly. She often posts the beautiful jewelry she makes, and is currently participating in The 100 Day Challenge to make a pair of earrings every day for 100 days. 

After sharing her first 20 pairs, she announced a contest. All that was required was to comment saying which were your favourites. I commented, although I couldn't pick just one or two favourites, and asked if she would ship to Canada. I expected that to be the end of it...

Until I won! Actually, someone else won but didn't respond so I was the second winner. Hope kindly mailed my earrings and I started anxiously checking the mail every day.

You can imagine my excitement when I saw this adorable packaging arrive in an envelope. I opened it to discover three stunning pairs of earrings. 

Initially the ones below were my favourite pair (and yet I don't have a pic of myself wearing them). Then I tried the others on and decided they're all my favourites. I love that they're dainty, yet still show up in my crazy hair. They're also incredibly well made.

Although the contest is now open to US residents only, you should definitely stop by her blog and check out her work. She also has an Etsy shop with many beautiful pieces for sale.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Three Sheep: Art Class 14

I've been baaaaaaad about sharing these sheep paintings. (I realize that was cheesy but I couldn't resist.) I actually did these over a year ago but because they don't suit my style, I've put off sharing them.

These paintings are done on pieces of board. Before we started painting we added texture using a mixture of plaster and glue. Once that was dry we painted them using acrylic. I managed to create both of these fairly quickly with a little guidance from the teacher.

M wanted to learn how to paint a sheep so I taught her and made another one myself. I miss the texture of the board but really like the colours I used.

I really like these sheep and think they turned out well but they're definitely not my style. For now they're living comfortably in the closet of my office/carft room until they find the right home.

Shared at: Life at Lakeshore Drive

Friday, 3 March 2017

Nail Polish Washer Necklaces

I know you can't tell from these photos but I actually made these nail polish washer necklaces over a year ago. I'm not sure why it has taken me so long to share them.

my necklaces

Supplies needed:
        nail polish (various colours and clear)
        washers (various sizes)
        toothpicks or other items to create designs
        string & scissors

Step 1: Paint your washer(s) using your nail polish. Try not to get it over the sides or on the back. Let it dry.

Step 2: Add a clear top coat of nail polish. I also used the clear nail polish to stick my two different washers together.

Step 3: Cut a piece of string to the desired length, loop it over your washer(s), and tie it in a knot.

a student's necklace

After making a couple of these at home, I made them with some students. It was a quick, cheap, and easy project to make with them, and the results were awesome and unique.

another student's necklaces

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Recipe Binder

One lovely thing about visiting my incredible friend Linda is her cooking. She's an amazing chef, and is always excited to try new recipes and make things that I can actually eat. When I was there last summer, I saw her recipe binder and knew immediately I had to copy the idea. Linda's husband actually made her binder for her as a wedding gift, typing up all the recipes and decorating it himself. 

I started by printing cover pages for each section. I found mine free online. Because it has been so long since I actually made this, I can't find the link anymore but there are lots of free pages out there. If you happen to know the website for my pages, please let me know so I can link to it.

Next I made tabs for each section. I like them all in a row but M complains about them, feeling they would be easier to use if they were spread out. In the months I've been using this I've removed a few sections and added a few more. My tabs include: appetizers, soup, main dishes, salads, sides, slow cooker, breakfasts, sweets, breads and muffins, beverages, canning, and miscellaneous.

To store the recipes I included page protectors because, believe it or not, they protect the pages. Shocking, right? I love that if I spill or splatter on them I can wipe them right off. I also love the versatility in including different recipes. Some are inserted after they've been printed off the internet, some after they've been ripped out of magazines, and some I rewrite, either on printed recipe sheets (also free and without a link) or on paper decorated with washi tape.

I also keep a file of recipes to try. One of my goals this year is to try and make a new recipe at least every couple weeks. If I make it and it's good, the recipe gets moved into the binder. It is strictly for "make again" recipes that have been tried and earned the approval of the family.

While I was making my recipe book I also put one together for M, and included some of the recipes I make that she enjoys. This way she can continue to add to it and by the time she's an adult she'll have a book of lovely recipes.

Shared at: Life on Lakeshore Drive, A Stroll Thru Life, My Pinterventures

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Convention Crafting - Felted Wool Pendant and Paintings

Well hello there. As you may have noticed, blogging is not where I have been putting my energy lately. However, Thursday and Friday I had Teachers Convention and, despite many sessions that could have been beneficial to my teaching practice, I decided to take several sessions that look enjoyable, although not entirely relevant. The results were so exciting that I just couldn't wait to share.

Thursday I learned to make a pendant using felted wool. It was supposed to hold a crystal but we used marbles instead. I couldn't believe how quick and enjoyable it was to make this pendant. I didn't love the marble so I've turned that side towards my body, which makes it look like a solid wool blob. It's odd but I love it. What do you think? I'd love to get supplies to make another one or two.

On Friday my art teacher was doing several session so I signed up for two. The first was to paint trees. There's a whole story about what a tree represents and finding one that speaks to you, and I did just that. This one is copied from an image I found on Pinterest that appealed to me. I'd like to actually paint a larger version of this picture on canvas and make it more my own and less like the original inspiration.

My second session on Friday pushed me far beyond my comfort zone. We started using ink (like stamping ink) on wet paper, and then played with adding acrylic to make a face. Finally we added some drips and splatters. I need to go back and fix the area above the mouth, and I plan to add some script using quotes from one of my favourite poets.

As though that wasn't enough creating in a couple days, Friday evening I had a craft night with my book club. We painted wine glasses. They turned out really well and are currently curing at a friend's house so I'll share them once I've picked them up.

Shared at: Life on Lakeshore Drive, A Stroll Thru Life

Saturday, 15 October 2016

MedicAlert Bracelets

I realize that MedicAlert bracelets are supposed to be obvious. However, if I have to wear one I want it to be somewhat discreet and blend in with my outfit. Because of that, I've been making my own for several years now. Last week I was down to my last one (they wear out and break over time) so I had to make a few more.

I've learned that I get the most wear out of simple bracelets. Big stones or unusual shapes just get in the way while I'm doing school work, and are also more likely to catch the students' attention. For that reason, I stuck to a simple black and a simple white this time. 98% of the time I'm wear black or grey so these work well for me on a daily basis.

Rather than do another tutorial, you can see how to make it by checking out this post. It's from when my blog was just a baby so please be kind, but it has clear step-by-step instructions.

Shared at: Life on Lakeshore Drive, My Pinterventures, The Crafty Blog Stalker

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Turquoise Tea Cup: Art Class 19

I have a list of projects to share with you but haven't had the motivation... until my turquoise tea painting. I went to art class Thursday night and have been excited to share this painting with you ever since!

To create this painting I used a board that the instructor had already primed. I started by gluing pieces of a poetry book onto the board, using a mixture of white glue and water. Once that was done, I added a few doilies on top. Next I did a wash with a mix of water and beige acrylic over the entire painting, following by a navy wash around the edges. After that I added some colour using a stencil and more acrylic. While I was at that, I added solid navy around the edges of my board. 

Then came the hard part. I sketched a tea cup and painted it using acrylic mixed with water. When I was pleased with the cup, I added some steam, again using acrylic mixed with water. Finally I needed something to balance it a little so went looking through the book of poems and found the quote. I felt it was perfect for someone like me, who loves my downtime, so I added it and gave it a little brush of the same paint I used for the tea cup. Last but not least I used a fine tipped marker to draw the outline of the cup and saucer, the steam swirls, and the quote.

If you please will excuse me
I won't come to tea
For home's the best place for
All people like me!
Even though it wasn't that similar to the sample painting, I used this one as my inspiration for the cup. While my artwork is nowhere near at the caliber of Kristy Patterson, I'm thrilled with my finished results. It's the perfect piece to finish my new kitchen gallery wall, which is on my list to share with you.

Shared at: Life on Lakeshore Drive, The Kolb Corner, Making It In The Mountains, Divas Run For Bling, A Stroll Thru Life, The Crafty Blog Stalker