Sunday, March 28, 2010


Here is the 2nd step of my attempt at creating a homemade dress form. I used strips of newspaper and a white glue/water mix (papier mache). Two layers of that, letting it dry in between. The next step is to paint it with Kilz (a primer) then paint, then decoupage then the fun part, alter and/or embellish it!! I'm really having fun with this.
I placed the form onto a lazy-susan to make it easier to rotate to apply the paper strips on it, however, when it was bone dry the form stuck to the lazy-susan and my hubby had to help me pull it free without damage to the form. It was a really a huge help though, rotating the form made it so much easier for the even layering of the papier mache.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


I have been looking locally for a dress form to buy, just the torso, and have been having no luck at all finding one for sale. Every single shoppe I've inquired at has informed me that they do not sell their mannequins! There are many on line but are a little pricey and there's the shipping and handling to consider. So, I decided to make one using duct tape and lots of wadded up newspaper. It was a little harder than I thought, but kept at it till I was more or less happy with the shape. Next step, cut strips of newspaper to make papier mache to wrap it and after a couple of layers of that comes the painting and then the fun part.....embellishing with all kinds of lovely lace and things....I am anxious to finish it!! More pictures will be posted soon!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Mom's vintage jewelry

I love looking at my late mother's old jewelry....I remember as a little girl, I would sneak into her room and get into her jewelry boxes and play with all those lovely, twinkling pieces of amazing colorful sparkle. I think that is where my love of sparkly, glittery things began.
These are a few of my mother's many pieces of jewelry...a long strand of soft yellow beads and an owl pendant.
She really liked owl pendants and broaches. She would wear the long strands of beads and tie a knot in the middle like the picture shows. She loved wearing gloves on formal occasions, this black glove is among many she had in a cedar chest.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

4th of July door wreath

It's never too early to start working on Summer projects!
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, 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 and glittered stars and sprigs of metallic embellishments. Very easy to make and it looks great on the front door.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

NATIONAL CRAFTING MONTH GIVEAWAY! is giving away a chance of winning a craft give-away package of awesome goodies including a Polymer Clay necklace made by Lisa Pavelka! Just for mentioning their blog and putting their link in your blog and leaving a comment on theirs! This is really worth checking out!!!!! The contest will close Monday 3/15 around noon EST and the winner will be announced by 4:00PM EST.
Here is the link:

Hurry, hurry, hurry!!!!

Monday, March 1, 2010


St. Patrick's Day is on Wednesday, March 17!!!
Here is a cute idea for a scrapbook page featuring my little granddaughter when she was only 4 months old!!! She is 3 years old now.
I used a light green cardstock background with darker green polka dots, some stickers, sparkly rhinestones and charms, and of course the main star.....Our own adorable little "Lucky Charm" Mia!!
I can literally spend all day long scrapbooking!!!

Wishing you all a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!!!


March is National Craft Month! So, everybody join in and craft your little hearts out! Those of you who have always thought about creating a little something all your own but never all means run to your nearest craft store and go wild!!!
On your mark......get ready......set.......GO!!!!!!