Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Glitter, Beads, Pearls and More!

It's that time of year...time to think of something fun to give to fellow teachers at my school. Last year I filled mason jars with a minty hand scrub mix. This year I tried my hand at filling clear ornaments with a birdie scene. Thanks to Somerset Life for the inspiration, and my friends Donna of Under the Red Roof and Lori of Vintage Flair. What fun!

I cut out digital birds and gave them glass glitter eyes. I filled the bottom with shredded vintage early readers and little glitter balls. I tied a bit of tiger tail beading string through a hole in the bird and let the bird hang down. I decorated the top with diamond glaze and glass glitter.

Here they are, all the birdies waiting for a home!
Now time to top them off with a bit of lace, and figure out a way to wrap them up....

A few other huge ornaments I did for friends...I put their childhood photo inside.

Now for a totally new project! I made these stretchy vintage inspired rings last weekend. After I made one, I had to make ten more! After wearing mine the first day, I got lots of compliments and actually sold one off my finger...how funny! They are fun to stack on top of each other.

My friend Sandy of My Lulabelles and I did a swap recently. Look at the goodies I just got!!
Cutie Pink Elephant...gotta love her!
Now WHERE do I start? I have enough goodies to play with for a little while! Thanks so much Sandy!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

International Quilt Festival in Houston

It's November, and time for a day long shopping spree at one of my favorite places in the world...
The International Quilt Festival in Houston!!! I always go with good friends and comfy shoes. I had a great time this year!! I bought some fun fibers, trims, vintage goodies, beads, fabrics, glitter sprays, glitter paste, and so much more. Oh, and NO I don't quilt!!

Vintage silks, trims and velvet in my fav colors...YUM!I always hit the wool area, where I buy all their "end" pieces. They are perfect for crafts!
Some vintage flowers and lose petals from the Tinsel Trading Company!
Great fabrics sold in a big quilter's roll. Perfect for tea dying!
One of my freebies from Stampington...Got the year's subscription to Where Women Create.So that's the contents of one of one of my bags...hehe!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Lots of Goodies...

I've made a few canvases lately! This birdie canvas is for a local hospital fundraiser. Let the bidding begin!This one is for my new art friend Sandy of My Lullabelles. We are doing a little trade. She is a fellow puggie lover. I think her Pugsie and my Madeline could be good friends!!
And speaking of PLAYING....I've been making some fun trinkets lately. Here are some key fobs I made using pearls, glass beads, and fun velvet beads. The actual bead strip can be taken off the key ring and clipped on to a necklace! I think they'd also look cute haning off of a zipper on a purse or tote. I fell in love with these vintage milk glass rose cabachons, and wanted to do something fun with them. I made several pinkie rings using clear bands.
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Look at the goodies my good friend Lilia sent me!! Gotta love her!!

Can't wait to start playing!! Thanks Lil!