For this sampler I had no plan with the exception of the heart outline. I took a ruler and pencil and sectioned off the heart at random.
I took that plastic capsule and punched four holes in each corner so that I could turn it into a button to trap a few moving pieces underneath.
These buttons were easier work than they look. I didn't tie off after each one, I just kept adding the next button and then the next...
I'm actually not done, I still see some areas that I could fill in a bit here and there. That's why I love samplers so, there done when you feel like they're done ♥
I had the best time stamping and cutting away using the new line of stamps by Catherine Moore of Character Constructions.
Isn't this girl sweet? I couldn't help but put a red dot on her nose.
This one is fun. It's what happens when you make paper dolls at 1:30am...
Wait for it....
This was fun to construct. I had to stamp another dress to use the skirt of the dress as a cape. The china doll head was wider than the waist so I had to hide it.
You either think I'm clever or weird now, am I right or am I right?
The hustle and bustle of football season has left me little time to craft these past few months but I have been doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that. One of my petite projects were these sweet pin cushions. I bought an old pickle jar of vintage doll shoes at the flea market in August and I planned all along to stuff them and jazz them up with a few bits from my stash. This little brown pair was my favorite, now completely mismatched due to a lost buckle...
Here are a bunch more, some of them not quite complete yet. I plan to keep one of the brown shoes and put the others up in my shop soon.
I've been busy sourcing new candle containers and choosing new fragrances for some additions to my candle section of the shop. Right now I'm loving Vanilla Hazelnut and Grapefruit Mangosteen. Pouring candles is something that I love to do. I love projects that are done in stages and it's fun to make them, melted wax to pretty packaging.
Last Friday night two of my friends and I took a soap making class. We had such a great time and the class was wonderful. This is something that I've wanted to do for a long time. Now that I'm armed with supplies and have enough know-how to be dangerous look out!! Who knows, maybe I'll have pretty sparkly soaps to offer soon as well ♥
This little mini album ended up taking a bit of a turn while I was making it. I had kraft color gable boxes lined up to put the album kit contents into and then I decided to take a look at the construction of the boxes to see if I could cut them up but still close them up. After butchering the first box I thought no, but then I gave it another go and the answer was yes. Now the box opens to reveal the mini album like this...
I ♥ it! And this paper line is aDORable. I might make up some kits for this in the weeks to come and put them up in the shop. We shall see, let me know if you're interested and if so I'll see about it :)
I thought I'd share one of my Creative Camp Out projects with you. This is a 20x20 sampler style pillow. I really enjoyed this project and had almost forgotten how much I love to stitch. Once I get started on a project like this it's so hard to put down. I particularly love the bunting at the top of the pillow. I was just sitting and thinking late one night looking up at my inspiration board and there was a plastic bunting piece I'd tacked up some time ago. I pulled it down and used it as a template and at the last minute decided to connect them with a zig zag stitch. My bird was already stitched down so I had to do a bit of a work around.
I hope you all enjoyed a great 4th, we started off the day by walking in this years parade through town with my girl scout troop. I haven't been in a parade since I myself was a girl scout and it was fun to think back and realize that I walked that same route %^$# years ago :)
More Creative Camp Out project shares to come ♥
I bought some old typewriter keys at the flea market last month. My husband cut off the long metal pieces that attach the keys to the typewriter and he pried the backs open for me while he was at it. I disassembled them and took the glass out and used it as a template to place over words that I printed out and then put them back together. I had some ring blanks that were just the right finish and I attached the keys to the blanks. It was a nice short project and I'm happy with how they came out. I'm thinking of making more and offering custom sayings or names. How fun is that?
I have been wanting to write for over a week now but the flurry of projects that I've had in progress has kept me pretty busy lately. As I mentioned in a previous post, I'll be vending at Remnants of The Past June 1st & 2nd. I have never done a show this big and I have a 10x10 space that I feel like I'll never fill. Well...that's not exactly true, this past week I've been running out of room to put finished product and it is accumulating at a pretty fast clip. I will have 3 6ft long tables and two dress forms, myself and the husb. It might be more crowded than I think!
I pulled out the ol' canner and will have Apricot Jam, Blackberry Vanilla Jam, Strawberry Vanilla Jam & Heirloom Tomato Salsa. We have already sampled these goods and they're all delicious. I'm thinking of making more and adding them to the shop...
I kept my packaging simple, the homemade goodness is what counts!
I'm not a big fan of price tags so I went with my go-to pricing method, tiny chalkboards hot glued to clothes pins.
I picked up this little bottle rack at Cost Plus. It's the smallest one I've ever seen and I thought it was adorable. It holds my sparkle twine beautifully.
Those french crown pin holders that I mentioned a few posts back arrived. They are now filled with pins and ready for their debut.
This is the last of my sweet diminutive dolly stamps...they should go pretty fast...
Pin keep kits all ready to go...
And these leather cuff bracelets. I've been wanting to make some for the longest time. I bought one at my local flea market to use as a guide for size and placement of snaps and ordered the hardware online. A fortuitous trip to the Goodwill yielded 4 belts that I cut up into pieces. Last night I put my sweats on and pulled my hair back and youtube'd my way through it. Lots of banging and exacto work later they were done. Now I've got to decide how to embellish them. I'm thinking with some old cameos, maybe some old metal locker numbers that I have...we shall see ♥
Welcome to those of you that are visiting me from Thistlewood Farm or Jennifer Rizzo's blog. I'm so glad that you're here and hope that you stop by when you can. I've been trying to stop and photograph my projects and creative going ons to share with you here. Thursday night I decided to take a break from jewelry making and pull out my needles, thread and sewing machine. The result was the batch of pin keeps that you see here.
I used a variety of fabrics and they're similar but no two are alike. I pulled out my fab stash of vintage rhinestone buttons to grace a few of them and some czech glass for others.
We went camping last weekend and there was an antique faire in town. I picked up an old embroidered dresser scarf that had hand stitching at each corner. I turned that into 4 pin keeps that I just love.
I'll be listing a few of these in the shop this upcoming week so check back with me if you'd like one ♥
It's been about a year since I've had my Stitched Bits Necklace kits available. This is one of my favorite projects of all time. These felt necklaces look so pretty on a mannequin or with a pair of scissors on the end for convenience when crafting. I'll be making a few of these kits up this next week in some neutral color ways, maybe one bright one for fun so check back with me if you're interested ♥