Confessions of a Craftaholic

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An Altered Journal for a Pin Up Fan

Today I worked on a swap. I do love creating things for swaps, it’s so much fun. The swap that I worked on today, is for an altered journal. Fortunately for me, I happened to have a very good artist sketchbook, just waiting to be altered.

My partner’s favorite color is purple, and she loves pin up girls. So here’s what I came up with:

Now, I know that it is not typical of me to have a lot going on, as I love to lean towards the simple side, but today I was in the mood for a lot going on. I used purple acrylic paint by Plaid Crafts, Pan pastels in purple, typewriter font background stamp, and fusible glittery fibers, by Art Institute Glitter. The flower is by Prima, and is hiding a smudge. Damned inky fingers.

I used dimensionals to get Ms. Betti Page to pop out a bit more.

The ribbon was sent to me as extras, in a swap I was in.

The film strip ribbon is by Mr. Tim Holtz. I love that stuff!

What else? Today I am catching up on a bunch of swaps. I usually do them in bundles, since I wait until I have the extra $$ to mail them all out. It’s easier to do it once every couple weeks or so, then to have to keep going every so often.

Oh man. The other day, I made the most AMAZING portobello mushroom pizza and blackberry lemonade. It was SO good. Don’t worry,the food blog is coming. But since I don’t have the most high tech camera in the world, you all will just have to wait until my dear husband has the time to take amazing shots with my crappy camera, of the step by step.

That’s all for today.

 

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Potty Mouthed ATCs

Today I finished up some ATCs that I made for a swap that I’m in. I warn you though, the swap is a “Blunt” ATC swap, which means cursing is involved.

I had to recruit my husband who has neat handwriting, to write it for me, since my printer is out of commission.

Well, I don’t know how I feel about them. I rather like them. Anyway, the swaps on ATCSforALL are quite different, in that you send them all to one place-the hostess. You also send her a little extra something, which is fortunate for her, since I happened to clean out my closet.

Speaking of which, can you believe that I destashed about 7 bags of garbage and 5 bags of art supplies to my friend? Crazy, right?  I couldn’t believe I had that much stuff to get rid of.

Today is tuesday, which means it’s the day to go to the Botanic Gardens with my little one. I love it there.

 

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An Owl for Becca Bluebird

I realize I haven’t posted in a couple days, sorry about that. I frankly had been quite busy running around doing things, and have this work in progress, so I hadn’t had the time to post.

Anyway, recently, my friend Becca Bluebird came to visit, for the mermaid parade. I had so much fun hanging out with her and her husband. I made her a couple things.

One thing I made her, was a necklace.

That owl was from a charm bracelet that I received. I saved him, because he was too big to wear.

Here’s what the chain looks like:

I’ve been seeing necklaces like this around the city, so I thought I’d make one similar to what I’ve seen around the city.

This weekend has been fun so far. Today, hubby and I are going to work on some art projects for my blog and our etsy shop, and maybe go food shopping. I realized that if I plan a menu, I save a lot more money than just impulsive purchasing throughout the supermarket.

So I’m doing that. And I’m trying to go with more vegetarian foods. I really feel better when I don’t eat meat. I can’t cook it, because I get morning sickness. I can eat certain types, but I’ve been wanting to go back to my vegetarian ways for a while now, and it certainly is better for the environment.

The nice thing about baking is that 90% of what you bake is sweet and therefore, vegetarian. I did make a nice vegetarian stir fry last night and oh my god. I loved it. I’ve been meaning to start my food blog about all my cooking adventures, and I will soon. I need a better camera, to photograph food.

Today, I’m going to be working on more photo transfer jewelry, and some other pieces of jewelry for my etsy shop. That, and a project that I am VERY uber proud of. I wanted to wait, but I do not think I can. I’ll probably finish it today, and show you tomorrow.

Anything else? I’ve been writing some new poems, so I want to venture to a thrift store and find some old books to alter, so I can make a collage book of my poems.

 

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ATC Week: Day 4

So I completed my set of 20 ATCs for this Mega swap that I’m in! This is the final 5 ATCs which incorporate a poem I wrote some time ago.

I’ll show you the pics of the ATCs, then I’ve posted the poem up, for you to read. The ATC version is slightly different, since I just felt inspired to do it that way.

 

You like it? These are just cut up pieces of cardstock, with cotton yarn wrapped around it, and then gessoed. After that, I painted it with watercolors. The words came from my typewriter, and then I glued them and colored them with PAN pastels.

So that’s that, really.  That last one is talking about my brother, if you want to know.

Since I do not have those cool little clear cases to send them in, I’ll be making my own. I got an ATC in the mail with a cool handmade envelope so I am using it as my template! Cool, right?  The only thing is that I have to make 20 of them. Good grief.

Tomorow will mark the end of my ATC week, so I hope you like what I have in store for tomorrow.

 

And, now for the poem:

 

Yesterday

when my

grandmother sang to me

taught me needlepoint and lace

crochet

and told me about jesus

(she of course, was the only one I believed)

yesterday

before the earth shattered

and

death followed

yesterday

I’m

reminded of the song

“Oh, I believe in yesterday…”

yesterday

when my father sang songs written by

George Harrison

John Lennon and

Paul McCartney

at night, to help me sleep

yesterday

when I gave birth to my daughter

just push

one two three, push

yesterday

now she sleeps on my shoulder and shakes her almost four year old hips.

yesterday

when I kissed her shoulder as she lay on my belly, naked

still purple

yesterday

when she called me momma in the

book store in park slope

the woman next to me looked and smiled

yesterday

when we were in love

when we were in love

but that particular yesterday, it’s today

it’s today that I love him and

he love me

yesterday he was a good boy

yesterday

the other was not

yesterday when he told me to go to college

yesterday

when I did not.

yesterday when I saw him in the kitchen

yesterday

I think I heard him laughing

holding the baby I lost years ago

yesterday

when I dreamed of all I have now

yesterday

when I became my own

yesterday

it’s all yesterday

blended to today

even now

right now

it’s yesterday

and now we look back and think

“Ah, yesterday, when life was simple….”

But it’s all yesterday

It all fades and blends in

like old jeans washed too often

like his old tattered tee shirt

or

cowboy boots so worn

that’s life

a collage of yesterdays

……………

I choose today.

 

 

The point of the poem is that we look around at the past so much sometimes, that we forget to look at the beauty of the present day. Yesterday may have brought pain but today is where we are at now.

I hope you like my art and my poem.

 

 

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ATC Week: Day 2

It being Day 2 in my week of making Artist trading cards, I thought I’d share a confession with you. While I do paint and do collage work, I don’t share that much on my blog. Yesterday, I wanted to do small versions of my paintings, with my poetry written on them. The thing that I failed to remember, is that my handwriting is quite horrendous.

Anyway, I scrapped those, and went for something else. Here’s what I came up with for today:

You like it? I used my stash of foam letters and thicker letters, over card stock, then painted it with gesso, yellow, and a sloppy coat of silver paint. Then I stamped music notes over the letters and a small flower stamp on the blank edges. I decided to do 5 of the same design today. I mean, I do have 20 to do.

What else? It’s tuesday, which means the Botanic Garden is free, so I’m going there with my daughter.  I made the most amazing chocolate chip cookies last night.

Oh, and after suggestion from both my husband, and a friend from my art group, I’ve decided I’m going to do some collage art with my poems and put together a book. What do you think?

 

 

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Imagine Gift Tags

So recently I finished working on a set of 10 gift tags. I notoriously collect vintage dictionaries for use in collage work and such, and decided to make a cute set of tags with some of the paper I had.

I used different ink shades, and some pretty yarn that I received in a swap.

Take a look:

You like them? I’ve listed them for sale in my etsy shop, if you’re interested. You get the whole set of 10.

On another note, I’m really excited to be taking a PR training course online this year. Recently my husband and I have been thinking about some new ideas we’ve got for my online shop and my etsy shop, and just want to rethink things. This summer (starting in July) I’m going to take a much needed break from teaching too often, to just focus on my blog, and the product ideas my hubby and I have in mind.

So that being said, a woman that I am proud to say is my personal friend (The Crafty Chica), is teaching a PR course online. I’m so excited to take this. You know, the truth is I am not good at thinking about my creativity on a business level. I just want to make stuff, I don’t want to think about how to go about selling it. You know?

But I’m really excited to take this course, because my hopes is that it will prompt me to do things a little differently. Plus, I love that The Crafty Chica really is a person who is qualified to teach a course like this because I mean, well look at all she’s accomplished. You know?

Anyway, the link to the course info is HERE.

So that’s that, really. Today there is supposed to be a solar eclipse and a New Moon. If you’re superstitious at all, the new moon is when you’re supposed to attract things to yourself: new ideas, new projects, etc.

Here’s an idea: why not make a wish box? You can collage it with all the things that represent what you want in the coming year or so. I think I’ll make one today. I have an empty shadow box, so I might make a shadow box/shrine box thingie for my wishes and dreams and such.

 

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A Pretty Set of Flowers

So today, I finished up a quick project: a set of pretty little tags.

The Flowers are handmade, of course. I glittered the edges. Now, normally I ink up the edges with a bit of ink, but I was feeling in a rather messy kind of mood, and just smudged glue on the sides with my hands. The glitter is by Martha Stewart, I believe.

This set of four tags is for sale in my etsy shop.

What else? It’s really hot here in New York City today. Super hot. I happen to be an early riser, and this morning at around 6:30, it was raining like crazy! I sent my husband out to buy me coffee and bread and the poor guy came back soaked to the bone! Can you believe that? And now of course, it is super duper hot.

I know I told you I’d post pics about my concert, but truthfully concert pics look bad. They never come out right unless you’ve got some fancy camera or something.

Anyway, that is that.

 

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Fused Plastic Bag Pouch

So recently I played around with fusing plastic bags. I volunteer here and there, for an after school arts program, for which I was teaching this for, so I figured I’d make a sample.

Here’s what my sample looks like:

My little one was nice enough to hold it for me, so I could photograph it for you.

This project was so much fun, and so QUICK! Seriously. For a fun tutorial click here.

So that’s that.

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Make Your Own: Lavender Bath Salts

So recently a friend of mine saved her jam jars and gave them to me. Being in the pampering mood, I decided to make some lovely lavender bath salts.

I love making these bath salts, because salt is great in the tub, to soothe those aches and pains. And adding lavender, it can be a nice soothing bath.

Here’s a photo DIY for you.

That’s Lavender and Chamomile. Add a bit of both.

Mix it up.

You can decorate the jars. I didn’t do too much, because it’s going in your bathroom. I mean, it could get wet, you know. You don’t need essential oils. I didn’t use any. The scent of the fresh dried lavender is enough.

Hope you enjoy this little how-to! Recycle those jam jars!

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Old/New Candle Holders

I have a friend who is really into couponing. Because of this, it has peaked my interest. After christmas, due to coupons and a clearance section, I was able to get these little candle holders for about ten cents. Yes, really.

On another note, I also collect pretty napkins, mostly for collage work and candles and things. I went to an event where they had these pretty elephant napkins, I just had to make like a hillbilly and put some in my purse.

I decided to decoupage the candle holders, and here’s what came of it:

Originally, I had seen something like this on pinterest, but it was just a review for a book. These are quite easy to make.

Just get yourself a sponge brush, Mod Podge, and some candle holder thingies. Brush on the Mod Podge, and CAREFULLY put your napkin on, and smooth it over with your hand. Then carefully brush some more mod podge over it, and let it dry.

Easy peasy, right?

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