Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sharon Little-Follow That Sound

Name plate Cross Stitch

This is a little cross stitch I whipped up with a bit of help from the book Subversive Cross Stitch, I used the font in the back of the book, snagged the swirlies from one project and the border from another. So easy and quick!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Airstream rehab-a-go-go part Deux-done!

Wow isn't this the most exciting photo?! Well for me it is-nicely trimmed carpet padding-ooooh!OK-I got all the carpet padding in and trimmed up, I think it was the easiest of the three layers, wood, padding, carpeting.
I seriously considered just carpeting the back yard for a moment.....ah but seriously, I had to roll all the carpet out to see what I had to work with. When you score free stuff, it's like a box of chocolates, you never know exactly what you've got.

Ta-da!!! All the carpet is magically (OK well not really magically more like huffing and puffing and cutting and trimming and re-marking and a little more trimming!) in!

By the way don't you think it is simply amazing that the carpet matches virtually perfectly the color of the Airstream? Talk about kismet!

Now the fun begins, decorating-whoo-hoooo!

Not all fun, there is still lots to fix, but I think I am going to play a little and fix a little at the same time.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Airstream rehab-a-go-go

So this is the "before" picture of one end of Superfly. The floor was completely waisted.I am actually one of those people who haul stuff in their SUV. Here is my baby loaded up with FREE lumber. God bless Craig's List. I scored this stash from a warehouse up the street. I am trying to do the rehab of Superfly with all recycled materials, and for free.

Here is the paper template I made from the good end of Superfly.
And here is the template being weighted down with rocks (I use the same method when weighing down a pattern on fabric (only I use nice smooth river rocks).

And voila, here is my new floor! You may be wondering, "Why all the pieces?" Well here's the thing. First of all 4 by 8 sheets of plywood don't fit in my car, but scraps do! Also I can lift and wrangle smaller pieces much easier. And being all this is free! I am working with it. As Tim Gunn says, "Make it work!"
But one little problem did have to be dealt with. There were these pesky little bolt/rivet/knob things sticking up.

So I had to zing them off.
On to removing this funny little area of flooring. Before chisel and hammer:

And my second major score off of Craig's list, tons of gray carpet and padding:
And here the padding is roughed in. I just had to see what I had to work with:
I am beat!!!

Plaid Deux Crafty Blogger Links

I didn't think I would ever get another photo of killer plaid shorts that matched sneakers -but it happened again! This time in a beautiful lime/mint combo.

Enjoy the plaid while perusing this Monday's Crafty Blogger Links!

About Family Crafts
In honor of the upcoming Summer Olympics, why not create your own backyard Olympic games! Cross Stitch
New to Cross Stitch? Learn the basic stitches and you will be well on your way!

Aileen's Musings
This week Aileen's showing you how to create your own carved mermaid stamp postcard. Don't forget to leave a comment and enter her blog giveaway!

Crafty Princess Diaries
Are you a little "organic" sometimes when it comes to crafts? Sometimes "winging it" can be fun and productive as shown by these cool Blythe doll clothes crocheted by the Crafty Princess.

Layers Upon Layers
Anitra Cameron shares the story behind her enchanting "Coffee Pot People"

The Impatient Blogger
Margot talks about crafting a life worth living in this contemplative post.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Over at Craftside you can get your fill of funky chicken wire jewelry, organize your bits with a slice of wood, embellish virtually anything with a crochet bullion stitch embellishment, stitch a "fierce" plaid dress from a pair of pants, and learn how to make an ATC tag to label it all!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Recycled Upcycled Ironic Cat Bird Feeder

Don't let the irony be lost here folks!
This was a way-cool bottle of wine a friend gave me and of course I was not gonna be throwing it out anytime soon. I placed it out in my garden thinking it would look nice. But it needed a purpose. So off to the thrift store and bought a bunch of small plates. None of those worked so I did dig out the stash and after test driving virtually every one , I landed on the clear cut glass.
I filled the bottle with little rocks about 1/2 to 3/4 to weigh it down and then use E6000 to glue the plate to the bottle.
Here the garden bunny is clearly wondering "what's up with the new guy?" he has such short ears and long tail. Not like all of us. (you know what they say about bunnies, it's true for the sculpted ones too!)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Chalkboard globe, Post-it size

I was reading one of my favorite crafter's blogs- Pattiwack Craft Blog and saw this post about a chalkboard globe she saw. Way cool!

Just recently I was at the Target (pronounced with a French accent of course!) and they had these little tiny globes in the dollar section and the two elements just smashed into my mind like the old Recess Peanut butter cup commercial, "Your chocolate is in my peanut butter" , "Your peanut butter is in my chocolate"
So here is my "Post-it" size memo globe.

I used green chalkboard paint, oh so "green" of me eh?
And my little rig for spray painting the globe was three tooth picks forming a bit of a cone poked into a cork board (covered of course with the Michael's and Husqvarna viking ads)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Airstream vent parts missing

Crafty Bloggers and killer shoes

Sometimes you just have to wear really, really big shoes! Can you guess which ones belong to me??About Family Crafts

When you have a day when it is way too hot to spend time outside or when there is another reason you are stuck inside, you can keep busy with these Summer-themed coloring pages. Cross Stitch
Use these tile patterns for bookmarks, borders, and more - let your creativity flow!

Aileen's Musings
Aileen's feeling inspired! Enter Aileen's Artist Manikin Contest and get your groove on creating your own art muse! Click the link to find out the nitty gritty...

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Variety abounds with summer centerpieces, retro gas photos, a sneak peek a couple of fun projects from the new book Felt Inlays, a how to make your own Calligraphy pen from the new book Modern Mark Making and a tutorial on how to convert a photo into a knitting pattern with a free graph of Jon Stewart!

Crafty Princess Diaries
Lesson 3 in Tammy's series on getting your craft work published talks about submitting your work to magazines.

Layers Upon Layers
Cyndi got to test some new Golden's digital ground products, and a waxed paper transfer collage is the result!

The Impatient Blogger
Madge is in full tilt preparation mode for the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Show. ACK!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Summer Sweater Surgery recycling/upcycling project

What do sweaters and summer have in common? Not much if you live where I do or anywhere for that matter that's hot! But rest assured you can still craft with those woolly wonders!

Sunglasses don't mind being snuggled in some thick felted wool and this eyeglass case litterally probably took me less than 5 minutes to make.

All I did was cut the sleeve off of a felted wool sweater, turned it inside out and sewed up the cut edge. Turned it right side out and folded down the cuff.

And in other Sweater Surgery news pop on over to The Sassy Crafter's blog ( a contributor to the book!) to check out more of what she's been up to.
Here she took her inspiration from one of the other projects in the book and got busy with scissors. See the front view and more!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Crafty Blogger link Monday!

Crafty Blogger link Monday!
And mixed in are a few pictures from the 4th. Note the revelers are donning their flag clips that I showed how to make on Friday (scroll down)
I know Ginny and I are out of focus but our illicit sparklers are in focus!

About Family Crafts
Is it time to start planning your Christmas crafts? Cross Stitch
When do you do the back stitch on your needlework projects? Vote in the poll and let us know.

Aileen's Musings
Visit Aileen's Musings to find out what Firecracker Martinis and Christmas have in common.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Kicking off the summer Craftside brings you a password for 15% of Voyager Press titles through July 8th, a funky woven lamp project, the Making Designer Jewelry with Hardware, Gems. and Beads contest extended, a quick and easy party banner idea and some fun pictures from Swap-o-rama rama.

Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy is "so" learning the ropes over at with her new jewelry making supplies shop. Is it too much of a hodge podge? How big of a learning curve are we talking about here?!

Layers Upon Layers
Cyndi has DVDs to giveaway from "Beads & Beyond" Magazine!

The Impatient Blogger
A link to three fabulous free projects on the Simply Beads website and some thoughts about inspiring creativity from a professional designer.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Flag craft for the 4th

Happy 4th of July!
This is the flag at The Burbank Airport, well actually I believe it's the Bob Hope Airport now.
This is a super easy and quick craft project for today. I simply cut the flags off of a garland and using a glue dot adhered them to little hair clips. They can be worn in the hair or clipped to just about anything!
And on another celebratory note, I would like to wish Mickey and Ann of, The Scrapbook Lounge and Plum and Verdigris a Happy Anniversary! Here they are goofing around on a shoot day with their walkie talkies and ear pieces, a commentary on successful communicating????

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Pom Pom Ottoman in The Jo-Ann's Ad

I did a book for Plaid awhile back where all the projects are made with their Knit Wit tool and doodle loom tool. Recently they asked me to make another one for Jo-Ann's with their yarn. And lo-and-behold- whoop, there it is, in the Jo-Ann's sale flyer!!! (top right corner)

This ottoman is made from tons of hand made pom poms on their largest tool and an Ikea inflatable cube (about $8ish)
So just in case you happen to have a big a** manicure-not to worry making pom poms is a total snap with the big nails!
Here the ottoman is "in progress" is anyone else having a "tribble flashback?"

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Fun video By Vickie, Dave and Andrew

So the Art Director Dave Lowe, A fellow Producer Andrew Wollman, and Vickie Howell from Knitty Gritty made this fun video ya'll might like!

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