Saturday, November 4, 2017

TURKELFEN


You've heard of Turducken, well, introducing...Turkelfen!  This is what happens when Thanksgiving and Christmas are intermingled too much!!  LOL!!   
This is what happened on my crafting table this morning!  
The turkey head is off a headband with two turkey heads on it and the elf legs are a Christmas ornament I got at the Dollar Tree.  I have Thanksgiving stuff and Christmas stuff on my crafting table and these two were on top of each other and that's when I saw it, so I glued it together and the Turkelfen was born!!  LOL!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

SOCK SNOWMAN

I have seen sock snowmen on crafting sites and just love them.  So, I decided I would try my hand at it!  I went on Youtube and watched 5 or 6 tutorials on "How-to" create these awesome snowmen.
I got lots of information and tips.  These are the supplies I went out and bought.....

White socks, men's large
Christmas Women's socks* for cap and scarf
Raw White rice for filling
Embroidery floss 1 skiem
Assorted Christmas embellishments, small, such as snowflakes, buttons etc.
Pink blush and small brush for applying blush, to give him or her rosy pink cheeks
Small black beads for eyes
Small Jingle bells
Red pompoms or any color you choose
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
(You can also use Fleece, Felt or Flannel to make the cap and scarf)*


Lay the sock flat and cut across just below heel.


You will be using the top part of the cut sock.


Turn it inside out.  Gather it at the top and take a length of floss and tie it up tight.  Make sure to tie it up really secure.


Turn it back right side out with the gathered end inside the sock.


Fill up the sock with rice.  Push down on the rice and make sure it is firm and full.
(The snowman behind the rice jar is being snoopy, he wants to see what's going on)


Take a length of floss, gather the top and tie it securely.  Trim floss.


Using your hands, form an indention for the neck area then use the floss to tie it while forming the neck. Tie it securely.  Trim floss.  The snowman form should be nice and firm.  Do not make the neck too thin because it will flop over.  Nobody wants a floppy headed snowman!  Lol!


Use a Christmasy sock to make the knit cap, cut off a long enough piece of sock lengthwise for the scarf, tie it around the neck.  Cut off part of the sock for the cap,( it will look like a tube) gather up one end making that the top of the cap and tie it with the floss,  and fold up the other end to make the band of the cap.   Glue a pompom onto the gathered top and add jingle bells .... or not.  It's your choice. Once you have the cap positioned the way you want it on the head, glue the cap to secure it.

*You can also use Fleece, Felt or Flannel for the cap and scarf, but you might have to sew a little.  I don't like to sew, I can't even sew a straight line nor do I want to!  Ha!!

So, there you have it.  Pretty easy right?  And lots of fun!!  Use black beads for the eyes, you may also add a nose and a mouth if you'd like to.

Now you can make more snowmen and decorate them with bells, buttons or bows to your hearts content!

Thank you for your interest!  Have a blessed Christmas Season!

Sylvia




Tuesday, October 24, 2017

CHRISTMAS LOLLIPOPS

This is a great idea for Christmas Secret Santa gift or give away when you have guests come visit during the Christmas Season.  It makes a perfect Christmas gift from your child to their teacher too!
All you need is.....
  Large Lollipop  4" x 4"  (I find these at Dollar Tree)
  Snowman face   (you can draw it or get free clip art from the internet)
  White copy paper
  Adhesive to attach snowman paper face to lollipop
  Fleece, Flannel or Felt for cap and scarf
  Jingle bells
  Christmas ribbon
  Christmas embellishments
  Embroidery floss  small amount (color to match cap/scarf)
  Hot glue/glue gun

The large lollipops are a dollar each at the Dollar Tree. Do not remove the plastic wrapper from the lollipop.  Do not remove the front or back label, as the front one will be totally covered with the snowman face.  The ingredient label on the back, should remain intact.
Search the internet for Free Snowman candy wrapper templates, save to your computer, size them and print them. Or you can just paint the face yourself. Cut it out and make sure its just a little bit smaller than the lollipop.  Use double sided adhesive tape or run it through a sticker maker, then adhere to the front side of the lollipop, leaving the ingredient list intact on the backside. 

Hat......
I used a piece of plaid flannel cut to 10 inches lengthwise by 7 inches wide. Please refer to the photo to see placement.   Fold about 1 inch up twice lengthwise to create the cap band. Positioned it on the lollipop, just over the eyes, flip it over, overlap the sides on the back and glue it together. Tack the cap onto the lollipop every inch or so with the hot glue to keep it from sliding off.  Gather the top of the cap, use the embroidery floss to tie it up, leaving an inch or so of the fabric at the top, fluff it up, tie some ribbon and 2 jingle bells to it. 

Scarf....
Cut a strip of 1 and 1/2 inches wide by 10 inches long of the fabric for the scarf, tie it around the stick just below the lollipop, position like a winter scarf and hot glue it.
Add snowflakes or embellishments of your choice to add your finishing touches.

And there you have it!!! 
If you look a little further down in my blog, you will see some I made with a  Halloween theme last year.  They are pretty cool too!

Hope you have as much fun as I did making these!  Make them for your friends and family.  They will love them!


Monday, October 23, 2017

THANKSGIVING WREATH 2017


Hi guys!  I want to share a photo of a  wreath I made for this year's Thanksgiving but I gave it away as a gift.  It was the first Deco Mesh wreath I had ever made.  I watched some tutorials on the subject, which were very helpful.  I love YouTube!!!
TIP....I found it very helpful to use my artist easel to hang it on while I worked on the wreath.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hi everyone!!
  Life has a way of sidetracking us sometimes and so I haven't posted much in a very long while!  But....I am going to make time to post some new craft goodies real soon!!  Thanks!
  Sylvia

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Lollipops

These are pretty large.  4" x 4" around.

 I've been busy making Halloween and Dia de los Muertos gifts for friends and family these past few days.  I bought some individually wrapped large 4" x 4" lollipops and made some cute labels on my pc, using some adorable graphics from the web, then printed them and cut them out.  I added adhesive on the back side of each label with my handy dandy Xyron Creative Station sticker maker and placed the labels on the front side of the wrapped lollipops.  Then I slide each one into a clear plastic sleeve, pinched it closed and tied on some really cool Halloween ribbon bows. I also bought smaller individually wrapped  2 1/2" x 2 1/2" lollipops that I just added some puffy vinyl Halloween stickers to and did the same with the clear plastic sleeve and ribbon bows.  The cool thing is that the labels can be created for any occasion and/or personalized!  I had made some baby themed ones for one of my niece's baby shower not too long ago, so fun!!!

I know my friends and family will just love them!!!

These are smaller, 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" around.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

YAY, HAIR BOWS!

Hi guys!!  I'm excited about some hair bows I've been creating!!  Everyday bows and lots of Halloween ones too!! Hopefully they will sell at a craft sale I'll be at next month!!   I have been learning from some awesome tutorials on Youtube. If you'd like to learn how or to brush up on your bow making skills, just go to Youtube and click in "how to make a hair bow" and hundreds of tutorials come up!!  Love Youtube!!
Here are some of my bows......
Colorful

Sweet

Spooky!
More spooky!

These are pin back buttons, I did the graphics on my computer then made
the pins and added ribbon bows and trinkets.

Even more spooky!
Football Spirit and others


Cute and spooky!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

WORTH REPEATING.....4TH OF JULY DOOR WREATH.


Here's a really nice festive wreath you can make for the 4th of July!
It's a straw wreath that's covered in red, white and blue bows, just make a bunch of florist bows, using water proof ribbons, which are available at floral supply places, attach them to the wreath with wire or floral picks, position the colored bows to resemble the American flag.  You can add a small flag, glittered stars and sprigs of metallic embellishments.  It's very easy to make and it looks great on the front door!

Hope you all have a very happy 4th of July!!!  Stay safe!!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sarah and the Little Spider Prince
Hi guys!!!  Around March of last year (2014), I submitted a manuscript, a short children's story, to a publishing company.  It was accepted.  I am so very excited to say that it was just released a few days ago!!!!!  It is on  Amazon.com  right now!!!  I had my first book signing at a book fair the very next day!!! It was so much fun!!! There were other authors there with their books too. It was so, so very amazing to sign my name on my books that were purchased!!!
It was like a dream!!!  Thanks to God, it is actually a dream come true!!!
It's called "Sarah and the Little Spider Prince"  The illustrator who did the art is so, so very talented and did an absolutely, wonderful outstanding job!!!  Go see it at Amazon.com!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Recycle Your Old Blue Jeans

I created this one by using a recycled blue jean mini skirt.
This one is Teal ribbon and ruffle with white stars.  I think I'm going to add some sparkle to it.

Hi again!!  I have been busy with all kinds of stuff but I am taking a little time to show you all what I have made recently....Blue Jean aprons!!!  I saw a video online about making these aprons with old bluejeans and I tried my hand at it.  It was so fun!!  Here are photo's of the the two I made, I'm working on a few more.  I will be having a class at the local Hobby Lobby at the end of the month on how to make them. They are absolutely NO SEW!!!  I use a regular hot glue gun with glue sticks that are formulated for use on fabric!  You can find these glue sticks at Hobby Lobby, they are very reasonably priced.  I will be instructing a different artsy crafty class at the local Hobby Lobby on the 4th Tuesday of every month!  Love it!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Charming Necklace



I decided to create a (green) necklace to wear on St. Patrick's Day to keep from getting pinched.  So I hunted through my collection of vintage jewelry and found this pendant that was missing the jewel.  It's two inches tall by one and a half inches wide.  Perfect.  I used Glossy Accents to adhere fine green glitter along the inside edge of the pendant, then fine white glitter in the center.  Meanwhile that dried, I made a very tiny label on my PC and used clear tape to attach it to a very tiny glass vial.  Which I then filled with fine green glitter (Lucky Dust) and sealed with a cork.  Then I applied a couple of drops of gel superglue onto the back of the vial and set it onto the center of the pendant.  I love using the gel (as opposed to liquid) superglue because it doesn't run and it sets instantly.  After that was all done, I went back into the vintage jewelry, pulled out a couple of  green beaded necklaces, took them apart and created one that matches perfectly!   So, there it is.  A very charming necklace, perfect to wear on St. Patrick's Day!! 
After St. Patrick's Day, I think I will remove that label and replace it with one for Halloween, one that will say something like....."Eye of Newt Powder" or "Magic Spell dust" or something a little more spooky!  
Yay!  I love it!!!



Friday, February 20, 2015

CROCHETED FLOWER HEADBANDS

I decided to make some cute crocheted headbands with a crocheted flower on it because my little niece has been asking me to make one for her.  I did not have a pattern but I crocheted a regular headband and went online for a flower pattern, there are sooo many tutorials about that on youtube and so I took the basics and added my own idea to complete it.  I am happy with the final results.  I'll be making more of these in different colors for my niece and maybe add some sparkling rhinestones or other embellishments to the flowers. 
If you would like some instructions on crocheting these, search for them on youtube and watch the tutorials.  They are super informative!!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NAUTICAL PARTY DECORATIONS

Tabletop centerpieces.  These were a work in progress when this picture was taken.

The photo prop.  The sand filled buckets were topped with seashells later.



My niece asked me to help her decorate for her son's first birthday party, she chose a really cool Nautical theme.  She had decided on how she wanted the table centerpieces and bought pre-made Styrofoam cutouts of anchors, sailboats, lifesavers, lighthouses, letters for the wording, and one large #1 and smaller #1's at a nearby floral supply place.  We glued a strip of sailboat printed ribbon around the top rim of the buckets then painted and glittered the #1's and hot glued them onto the fronts of the buckets.  Red #1's on the blue buckets and blue #1's on the red buckets, then we filled up the buckets with sand and painted wooden skewers yellow, skewered them into the Styrofoam cutouts and inserted them into the sand.  I made the little "Happy Birthday" signs on my computer, printed them, cut them out and glued them on a skewer and inserted that into the sand too.  We scattered some purchased seashells on the sand to and attached one helium filled balloon to each bucket.   So cool!!
The photo prop was a little harder to create.  A ready made Styrofoam blank frame at a floral supply place was expensive, so we opted to purchase an 8ft x 4ft Styrofoam Panel at Home Depot for $13.00.  My sweet hubby cut it down to 4 feet wide and 3 feet high then cut out a square opening in the center leaving an 8 inch border all around.  We glittered the frame and attached all the cutouts, we had previously glittered the letters for the wording.  I used LOW temp hot glue because the hot temp hot glue will melt the Styrofoam.
The party was awesome and lots of guests took pictures of themselves in the photo frame! 

Monday, November 3, 2014

Tooth Fairy wall hanging

Tooth Fairy themed Altered Trap
Hi again!!  I went to a crafting class at my local public library recently and the craft was artistically Altered Mouse Traps, it was a really fun class!!  Some of us used the small mouse traps and others used the larger traps.  I used the larger trap.  We used wire cutters and needle nose pliers to remove most of the mechanisms leaving only the spring-action arm, this part will hold notes, cards, money and things of that nature that goes with the theme of your choosing.  It is really as easy as it looks, just embellish with trims, trinkets, old jewelry pieces, buttons, paint, scrapbook paper, old greeting card cutouts and anything your heart desires!!   You're limited by your own imagination!  You can go online and use Google to see many more really creative altered mouse traps.
I added a small drawstring pouch for holding the lost tooth and a small bottle of Fairy Dust to sprinkle just a little into the pouch along with the tooth.  The spring action arm can be lifted and the Tooth Fairy can slip in a dollar or two or five where it will be held securely.
One tip I will mention is to use small eyehooks or eye bolts, an eye bolt is a metal bolt with a loop at one end that are screwed into the wood.  They are used to firmly attach a securing eye to the bottom so that dangling things may then be tied to it, or to the top to attach a beaded hanger such as the one I attached to mine.
My theme for the one I created was "Tooth Fairy".  I had to bring it home from the class incomplete because I accidentally left some items that I needed to add to it at home!! Oy!!!
Some of the others made some really gorgeous ones!  Their themes were Vintage Jewelry, Christmas, Hearts and Steampunk!  Very Cool!!! 


Friday, October 10, 2014

HAPPY HARVEST SCARECROW

My Happy Harvest Scarecrow for this year!
Finally finished my Harvest scarecrow, I used my hubby's fishing waders and an old plaid shirt.  Stuffed it with wadded up paper,  My hubby set it up on the edge of the front porch for me.  I tucked bits of raffia here and there on his clothes for the finishing touch.  I LOVE the Fall season!!! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PERSONALIZED PARTY LOOT BAGS

Personalized Festive Party Loot Bags!
Here are pictured only a few of the Party Loot Bags I hand painted for our little grandniece, Sophia,  for her very first birthday party.  She turned just 1 year old!!!  The theme was "Paint Party" and it was loads of fun for the kiddos, with many painting and crafting activities!!
These canvas bags were fun to design and paint.  My niece ordered these online, but I believe Hobby Lobby carries similar canvas bags.
I used dimensional glitter fabric paints from Tulip, and just free handed the graphics.  I cut to size a thin square of cardboard and slid it inside each bag before painting to provide a rigid and stable surface behind the canvas to paint on, the cardboard also protected the back side of the bag from any paint that might have seeped through the front side.  I allowed plenty of time for them to dry thoroughly.
They are nice and roomy and hold a lot of candy and party favors making them really ideal for personalized  Party Loot Bags!

Monday, September 29, 2014

FIRETRUCK THEMED PARTY CENTERPIECE

Hi, today I'm posting about party centerpieces that I made for my godson, Jesus, that turned 3 years old recently.  The party theme was Firetrucks.  He LOVES Firetrucks!  So, how to create centerpieces around a firetruck theme....this is what I came up with, and made 14 centerpieces, this is how I made them....I used the following;

14  squares of Styrofoam (cut to desired size) these were 2 inches thick and 6 inches square
14  squares of pine lumber (cut to desired size) these were 2 inches thick and 6 inches square (optional)*
14  Number "3" Styrofoam shapes
1 roll yellow duct tape
1 roll red duct tape
2 packages of yellow tissue paper
2 packages of red tissue paper
1 package of red Holographic cellophane
14 large individually packaged lollipops
1 package red fine glitter
white glue
1 package U Floral pins (i found these at Hobby Lobby)
28 large Popsicle sticks
1 package wood skewers
Hot glue gun and glue sticks 
Themed graphics and text (I used my computer for this)

My hubby had some white pine lumber in his workshop and I had him cut 14 six by six inch squares, he did the same with the Styrofoam.
I hot glued the Styrofoam squares onto the wood squares, then took the duct taped and wrapped the yellow duct tape around each of the wood squares and then the red duct tape around the Styrofoam squares, I had to over lap a bit of the red tape over the yellow tape. *The wood base is mainly for weight, the party was outdoors and the centerpieces will stay in place on the tables even on a windy day, for indoor parties you do not have to add the wood base.
I cut the yellow and red tissue paper into 4x4 inch squares, about 24 yellow, about 15 red and 4 Holographic red for each centerpiece.  I pinched and gathered each tissue square in the center of the square and using the U floral pins I pinned two tissue squares at a time into the top inside edge of the Styrofoam all around, then did the same with the red tissue within the yellow square until it was nice and full.  I added a Holographic square the same way in the center of each centerpiece side and one in the top center.
I inserted wood skewers into and painted the "3"'s and waited for them to dry, then I brushed white glue on both sides and dipped them in the red glitter to coat.
I made the graphics on my computer and printed them on white card stock, cut them out and used just a bit of glue to secure them back to back, since they were going to be seen from both sides, then laminated them.  I made a small opening at the bottom of each one and inserted a large Popsicle stick and inserted the other end of the Popsicle stick into the Styrofoam with a bit of hot glue to secure, first making sure where exactly I wanted to place them, did the same with the "3"'s.  Then I inserted the large lollipop behind the number 3, but those were not glued down.
These were so cute and you can use whatever colors you'd like and decorate for any themed party! 
I hope I covered everything, if you have any questions, please leave me a comment.






Wednesday, September 3, 2014

MORE RESIN PENDANTS

These pendants are 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" square



The Owl paperweight is 4" x 2" and the coaster is 4 inches big
I'm having so much fun making these but there is a little problem with the resin not curing as hard as it should.  It seems that the humidity in this area is so high that it affects the curing process a little.  I'm going to have to do more research on that.  But, they are still pretty and wearable.
In the pictures you can see the cute pendants, an Owl paperweight I also made (love it) and my first drink coaster, I used puffy vinyl stickers on both and glitter (of course). The little characters in the pendants are buttons with the shanks removed. 
The coaster cured very well and is very hard, I guess the humidity wasn't so bad that day.
If you have any questions, please feel free to use the comments section, and I will try my best to give you an answer. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CLEAR CASTING EPOXY PENDANTS


So much fun to create with EasyCast!!


 So, my son set up a ROKU Streaming Player device on our TV recently and I was searching for crafting stations to set up on it and I found some awesome video tutorials on how to cast resin to make drink coasters.  The one I loved was CraftKlatch and I was amazed at the beautiful coasters she was making, so I made a trip to Hobby Lobby and bought all the supplies I needed.  The only thing I couldn't find were the silicone molds but I happened to have a Wilton silicone hearts mold that I used for making heart shaped chocolate candies at Valentine's this year and I had some silicone cupcake molds too, so I tried my hand at making some resin heart pendents with the heart mold and also used the cupcake molds but only filled those to about 3/4 of an inch, those came out really cute too!! I was pretty happy with the results, especially since it was my first time at it, so now I'll be ordering some coaster molds soon, so stay tuned for those!
I used EasyCast Clear Casting Epoxy, Perfect Pearls pigment powders to add color, some plastic (three dimensional) cupcake, ladybug and heart buttons for the heart pendants, some puffy plastic sticker for the round ones, and lots of iridescent fine glitter.
Here is the link for the video tutorials I'm learning from, I think you'll enjoy them!
craftklatchwithmona.blogspot.com/


Friday, February 14, 2014

HYDRANGEAS

Hydrangeas

I love Hydrangeas!!  I painted these recently, and now it just needs framing.  It's 11"x14".   It was a challenge to paint such a beautiful flower but as it turned out,  it was not so bad.  One of these days I will try painting in oils, but acrylics work well for me.  Love, love,love to paint!!!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

PAINT CHIP ART

2 ft. by 3 ft. canvas

Finally decided to finish my paint chip art creation, I took the three 8x10 pieces of art I made last January (read about that here in the January 27, 2013 post) and  grouped and glued them on a 2ft by 3ft canvas that I had already painted black and speckled with grey paint.  I am happy enough with it to hang on my living room wall!!  I think I might make a few more with a different theme.
 I need some inspiration!!!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

More cards.....

Been creating some cards for the last couple of days, in between other projects I have going, here are 4 of them.  The bonnet girl I cut out free hand and just glued her together, it's for my aunt who lives in Georgia.
I love to use scrapbook paper and just layer.


 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Trash to Treasure.......


Trash to Treasure........... one empty cardboard beverage container
and some imagination......to create a whimsical tools holder!


Hubby was going to toss this 6 bottle cardboard holder into the trash last week and I grabbed it away from him, looked it over and told him I was going to create a treasure from his trash!  He rolled his eyes and walked away.  I decided it would become a pretty holder for paintbrushes, pencils, pens, etc.

So, first, I spray painted it a couple of times, spray covers faster and dries faster than brushing the paint on.

Too give it extra stability, I took 6 empty plastic soda bottles, cut them down to size and slid one into each slot (refer to picture).  They fit perfectly snug.

Need 5 more empty plastic soda bottles.
Finished project!!  Now to fill it up!

Then I went to town embellishing until I was happy with it!!  I used all kinds of trinkets, scrapbook paper, beads, paper flowers, etc., etc., etc.!!
Hopefully you can make one too!!  I LOVE to recycle!!!