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Friday, February 18, 2011

Dress Form ATC Swap

Most of the time, I participate in the Creative Souls monthly ATC swaps.  The theme for January/February was "Dress Form". 

I love to repurpose unloved or unwanted items in my art whenever possible.  This time was no exception.  I have been saving those mesh onion bags for quite sometime knowing that I would eventually use them as a textural element in my art.  I used a portion of one of my purple bags to make the skirt of the dress, then embellished it with sequins and glitter glue.  How cool is that?   Hmmm....Now I think I'm really going to have to use some of those mesh bags in an art quilt....Time will tell...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

OWOH Winners!

Congrats to my OWOH winners:

First Prize:
Lorraine Gerbi (http://piecakeprimitives.blogspot.com/)

Second Prize:

Dawn (http://goldbettyboop.blogspot.com/)

Third Prize:
Gracie "Neki White" (http://rey-gato.blogspot.com/)

Thanks to everyone who visited my blog and entered the giveaway.  I had a great time!  I hope you did, too!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day! Vintage Valentine Cards - My Latest Find!

After having cabin fever and being snowed in on and off for the past couple of weeks, yesterday was such a gorgeous day that we just had to go out and make the most of it.  My daughter, Brianna, and I visited one of my favorite antique stores in our area, and found some awesome goodies, including these adorable vintage Valentine cards:






And check out this adorable mechanical card of the little girl paying her "fine".  Isn't that sweet?



Happy Valentine's Day, Everyone!!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Handmade Polymer Clay Rosary - One of my Snow Day Activities

We had over 2 feet of snow this week, so needless to say, I was indoors for the past couple of days in my little "sanctuary" (my home).   I took advantage of my "snow days" home from the office by crafting.  (I know...what a shocker...)    I put together this little one decade rosary which is made completely out of polymer clay - in two shades of purple.  I'm really pleased with the way it turned out and wanted to share it with you.




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Friday, February 4, 2011

Fun Recipe - Homemade Ice Cream from Snow!

I can't take credit for this recipe idea as I found it on the internet, but I did change it a little to meet my own personal taste (and my love of all things vanilla.)  This is a really cool way to make homemade ice cream from fresh snow.  Plus, if you have younger kids, this is a great way to make a new memory with them.



Snow Ice Cream

Ingredients:
One gallon (or a huge bowlful) of fresh snow
1 cup white sugar
1 can evaporated milk
1 tablespoon vanilla ( or, if you are like me, 2-3 tablespoons.  ;)  )

Gather snow in a large, clean bowl.  Add sugar, vanilla and evaporated milk.  Stir with large spoon.  The snow will thicken up quickly and have the consistency of soft ice cream.

Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

It's a Snow Day! Perfect for - What Else? - Making Art Jewelry!

A backyard pic (hubby's workshop and our storage shed)  after the snow storm.
 
We had a lovely winter storm here in NW Arkansas this week.  My place of employment - which rarely (if ever) shuts down - was closed yesterday and today due to the ice and snow on the roads.  For me, not only does that mean staying home in my little sanctuary away from the world, but I got to spend time with my daughter and husband who were also home on these days.  Of course, that also meant that I had extra time to work on some special orders from my customers.  :)    Now, I am no stranger to making charm bracelets and necklaces, but my latest special order was quite different from my usual orders.  This customer wanted an extra long (down to the belly-button) necklace filled with  polymer clay candy charms and beads, along with a matching bracelet and earrings.  I enjoyed making this set which is definitely a novelty in every aspect.  I just had to share the photos with you:

Necklace, earrings and bracelet set

Just the necklace

Bracelet and earrings


Perhaps the best news about this junk food jewelry set is that it's calorie-free.  :)  Now that is way cool.