Archive for February, 2008

Thing A Day – Project 23 – Jenni Bowlin Feb kit

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Another kit – I think I have a lot of these!  Anyway this is from Jenni Bowlin.  Alot of times I like the kits for general supplies but this one is too cute as she designed it for me not to complete it now.



note: the key was from another item I ordered from her this month…

So it took all of a half hour to do this kit.  Got to love the speed of it all!  Jenni sprayed hers with blackboard paint – I think I will do that also, but for now here it is:


I got chalkboard spraypaint!  Found at Joanns etc and used a coupon for it.  They only had black, but I think its also available in green.  And at Walmart, while I found no chalkboard spraypaint, I did see spraypaint to make something magnetic.  Go figure!

Here it is painted:


Thing a Day – Project 22 – Letter holder

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

This is a kit from   I bought one and loved the concept/result that I made three (had to go out and buy a few roses to make the other two, otherwise I had the supplies, scary!).   

I did have to buy bookbinding tape though for the first one – something not in my collection!  Liked the concept so much that I ordered it in a set of colors from .


Here are the three holders awaiting their bookbinding tape:


And finally – here is a photo of two of them completed – the other is also, just didn’t hang it up!


Thing a Day – Project 21 – fruit bracelet

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Another kit from French General!   Not sure they provided everything I needed in this kit – I borrowed headpins from another kit.  But I got this kit so long ago that they might have been outside the kit (although I have never seen that before with a French General kit).

One thing I am learning WYSIWYG – not true here.  FG seems to cut back on the supplies in the kit – it does not quite look like/contain all the QUANTITIES that are in the photo and instructions in the book.

Here is mine and I used everything in the kit!


Total time for this: 2 to 3 hours

Lessons learned – LOVE how they make the simple loops for attaching!  I am going to use this technique again.  Just goes to prove to myself that I need to MAKE THINGS from the books I have to really LEARN.  Just reading doesn’t always get the message across.

Thing a Day – Project 20 – Drop Necklace

Sunday, February 24th, 2008

Another kit from French General.  (What can I say – I love the jewelry and love kits!)

They don’t sell this one anymore – probably because the blue drops are vintage (and come with the loop already done – YEA!!!  Very FAST project.)  But if you look at the Blood Red Necklace on their website its similar and they just buy regular drilled drops now and make the necklace that way.

So anyway – on this one everything was in the kit – including TONS of the blue drops.  I am going to have to make some earrings out of some of the drops to match this necklace.

Here is the photo:


And here is a better photo with this great egg and related easterish stuff !


 Time it took: 30 to 50 minutes!  (Love this idea!)

I have managed to buy some crystals (not swarvorskis though) that come prewired – just need to find the chain so I can make some more of these.  Simple and very effective!

Thing a Day – Project 17 – composition journal in fabrics

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

The Teresa McFayden Mosaic journal was such a fun project I had to try it with fabrics.  So my first take was the same type of process as the paper attempt earlier this month.  Slight problem – look at the photo to see if you can tell…


Yep, when I glue the fabric down it becomes semi transparent and I could see the green and white design in the cover.  I should have put a solid piece down and then added this.  Lesson learned.

So I thought let me try doing something like that but I was looking at the pile of miscut strips of fabric already so I came up with this:


I did a basket weave instead!

Here it is basically finished (I have book binding tape arriving tomorrow and will go over the edge with that to finish this, but it is sealed and glossed now…


I just used the exacto knife to trim it down from the backside after it was all glued and sealed.  I use a Euro tupe decoupage product but I am thinking ModPodge would do the same – its not like the fabric is soft  – its like really thick paper and hard.

Thing A Day – Project 15 – Coral Charm Bracelet

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Coral Charm Bracelet – Another French General kit (oh their website is  This is also from their book French General Jewelry .  That book is good purchase.  By the way they are selling the storyboards used in the book on the website also.  Great story boards, its just I have so many of the “pieces” used on the boards (and they are expensive) so I can pass on those!

 First, French General does kit it very cute…it comes like this:


A photo of the kit contents:


Tools used for the project while in work (the glue is off to the side and not pictured – I usually use E6000 or something similar but here I used Weldbond – curious how it will hold up!):


The card you can barely see is from Urbanmaille – love that company and their kits.  Also that postcard with a picture of all the size rings is worth so much to me.  Makes my life so much easier.  Now in chainmaille the gauge of the wire makes a big deal so just knowing the ring size isn’t enough, but for this pattern and following the instructions in the French General book it worked.  And here it is virtually finished – I could not get a good photo in the evening so hopefully I will replace this soon!


Time it took:  I would say 2 to 3 hours – I expected it to go faster…

Project # 13 – Funky Apron

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

This was fun and has been on my to do list for a few months.  So, on the web in various blogs I have seen these funky style aprons.  They seem to be mostly designed by alternate style artists.  The great thing about them is that they are NOT matchy matchy.   In the quilting process for traditional quilts you tend to pick 5 to 7 fabrics that go together, that use different size prints/patterns to create interest and that follow a certain color line defined by one or two of the fabrics.

Here in the funky apron you freeform it – no real measuring.  You pick a fabric and then somewhat pick to go with it.  Alternate trims are also added.

So first – here are the fabrics and trims I picked:


The first one pictured became the base of the apron.  The next is the velvelt pocket, the next (with the paisleys) became the other pocket.  The ribbon became one side of the paisley pocket.  And the final fabric became the waistband and ties on the apron.

One thing that these artists do is include and proudly display the selvedges.  I tried that and we will see how I like it when I start using this apron.  Oh – you might want to see the finished item huh?


And here is it from farther back (like the model?):


Definitely I would like to repeat this project…maybe one per creative interest?  That would mean a lot of these!

Project #12 – Mosaic Journal

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

I am signed up for Teresa McFayden’s Sweet Bella – its a project oriented ezine that comes out on Mondays,Wednesdays and Fridays for the month of February.  This is the third month she has done this.  For once I got a project done shortly after Teresa released it! 

Teresa said start with a Composition Journal so I did.  Remember these?


And I found them in COLORS too!


Then you pick out some scrapbook type papers, tear the heck out of them (talk about a stress reliever), and glue them down.  Finally you paint in between (I loved this method!).  Easy project. 


 Recently on Martha Stewart Crafts I saw a project along these lines except they used one image/paper on top.  What caught my eye was that they used a sports image – a gift for a man.  Also they covered the back and then added nice papers on the inside of the covers.  Ah one can keep gluing!

Project # 6 – Bowlin Calendar Kit

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

I thought I best get this project done since its a calendar for THIS YEAR.  If you haven’t checked out Jenni Bowlin – here is a link to her site    I love the Create section.  This was January’s kit (which I have on auto shipment).


Simple process – glue cover on front, hole punch thru cover and calendar pages, use these great WHITE rings – I have only ever seen them in the standard silver.  Decorate the front – I did not use the flower because I need to set it flat against the wall. 


 Jenni suggested a photo be added each month to document the year and that is the way I am going.


Project 11 – Freezer Paper shirts

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

So, some projects take more than a day to do.  Here is one of those actually.   I have to search out images to use…that takes a bit.  Once found they have to be sized, then cut out of freezer paper. 


Then they have to be ironed on to the shirts (oh, don’t forget to buy shirts of course!).  By the way – I usually keep an eye peeled at Michaels for when they put them 2 for $5 or such.  That way if I make a mistake it doesn’t hurt as much!


Note the freezer paper BEHIND the front also – this protects the paint from bleeding onto the back of the shirt.  Iron both pieces of freezer paper down.  Also note the little piece of freezer paper in the girl’s pony tail.  You will see more of it in the girl on the swing and the baby in the air photos at the end.  Those pieces are IMPORTANT to save and iron on also.

I use fabric paints.  They need to set for 24 hours before they can be washed, but once dried you can iron them right away.  I use throw away brushes and bowls also.  I don’t mix brushes or paints at this point.


Do dab over the edge of the image, don’t “paint”.

Here are is the pony tail girl:


I left one piece of freezer paper on – once the paint has set it just pulls right off…even the little piece in the middle of the pony tail.

Here are three other shirts I did today:


The girl on the swing is actually turned slightly on the shirt so it looks like she is in true motion. 

This is a fun project – if you (the adult) cut out the image and do the ironing the kids can paint it.  My seven year old nephew does this well!

The types of paints I use should be iron set before washing.   And the shirts should not be washed for 24 hours.  If some of the paint comes off it gives it more of a grunge look which is a good look right now.