Friday, February 12, 2016

Knitted Boot Cuffs turned into a Wall Weaving Project!


It's no secret that I love weaving!  It's a newly found creative outlet and I was hooked from the very first project, which was actually the Hazel & Ruby Woven Necklace Crafternoon kit.

Weaving is relaxing, super simple, and it's a great project to do with friends.  

My weaving project started with the Holiday Crafternoon kit, Knitted Boot Cuffs.  

I thought this kit would be super fun to make and a great way to learn knitting.  Well, I soon figured out that knitting was not for me.  For whatever reason, my brain and hands could not coordinate together to create a knitted stitch.  But, instead of letting the wonderful kit components go to waste, I created a familiar project, a weaving!

I used the yarn and buttons from the boot cuff kit, plus leftover ribbon from the Dreamcatcher kit and Pom Pom Felt Stocking kit.  You can see the projects I created with these kits using the ribbon.

Shabby Chic Handmade Pillows
Felt Memory Book   

 There was so much yarn included in the Knitted Boot Cuff kit, I dyed one skein of the off white yarn with tea.  I created a beautiful light brown color.  Perfect for any vintage inspired project.  You can see the difference in color in this picture.

I added some of my own sticks, beads, and leather strips to accent the weaving and add some dimension and texture.  I will moving into a new house in the coming months and this will be perfect for my foyer area. 

 This entire project was finished in just a couple of hours.  My kind of creating!

Have you tried weaving yet?  If not, I strongly suggest that you do!  I guarantee you will be hooked!

Friday, February 5, 2016

For the Love of Mixed Media Blog Hop!


Happy Friday!

Today, I am getting together with some of my creative friends for a Blog Hop that is perfect for the month of February!

'For the Love of Mixed Media'.

The concept was pretty open, any product or style, it just had to have a Valentine's Day theme. I love to participate in these 'online collaborations'.  I love to see how creatively different each artists project turns out.  

My idea was to create a little 'forever' box, where you could keep your heart for safe keeping.  And of course, I used some of my eco-dyed papers and casted resin pieces for my project - I just couldn't resist.  :)

  The heart and wings are both resin casted pieces, covered with several colors of Amazing Crafting Products metallic powders.  

I had a little bag of zipper pulls in my stash FOREVER and I finally had the perfect project for one of them.

The inside of my box holds a little b
Broken Charlotte Doll treasure.  Her heart is safe in the box. Awwww.....

I love the little details and the vintage inspired color palette.  Things that make me happy!

 Want some more Valentine's 'For the Love of Mixed Media' inspiration?  Here's the complete line-up of participants.

Christy Strickler

Robyn Crowningshield  

Katie Smith

Beth Soler

Susan Brown 

Lulu Bea 

Melissa Johnson 

As always, thank you for stopping by.  Your time and continued support is much appreciated!  Have a great day!    

Friday, January 29, 2016

The World Turns Softly, Spoken by an Angel Collaboration with PaperWhimsy


Happy Friday!

Today, I have a special post that really makes my heart happy. 

For a little less than a year, I have been on the creative team for PaperWhimsy.  I have been a long time fan, and when I got the opportunity to create for them, I jumped at the chance.  PaperWhimsy Amazing Alterables and downloadable images would make any girl (or guy) squeal with excitement.

A couple of months ago, the creative team was given the opportunity to collaborate with Gale (the owner of PaperWhimsy) on new Amazing Alterable designs.  I was like a kid in a candy store and my mind was reeling with ideas.

Today, I'd like to share my first collaboration with PaperWhimsy and I hope you love it as much as I do.

I created this prototype of my idea, using bits and bobs of Amazing Alterable pieces, with some vintage findings, and (of course), some Amazing Crafting Products molded resin pieces.  

I so love creating these eclectic, vintage(y), and one-of-a-kind projects.  These make my heart swell with happiness.

From this prototype, Gale made some adjustments to the design, tweaked it here and there and done!  Here's the finished Alterable idea!

If this makes your heart happy as mine, there are available for purchase in the PaperWhimsy Shoppe HERE!  They come in 2 sizes, so wouldn't it be a great way to tell your sister you love her?  Big Sis, Lil sis?  Hey, I think I'll add that idea to my list of projects!  ;)

Here's some close-ups of the texture, color, and detail.


 Gale has created another Ornate Angel that I know I need to have!  Check this out!

Available HERE!

In addition to the Amazing Alterable, I also used the following downloadables.

Digi 180
Sheet 225
 Be on the look for future PaperWhimsy collaborations.  I am thrilled for the chance to do what I love!

As always, thank you for taking the time to stop by!  Have a terrific weekend.