Zentangles, Calligraphy, an ear, and a cat? Oh, well…


Yep, it’s a cat. She walked on my sketch pad as I was taking pictures.

Bandit the cat

She was, well, being a cat. I can’t blame her, but every time I start to draw, doodle, or anything else not having to with my laptop, she promptly sits on it. I am just thanking my lucky stars she didn’t do that here. Don’t worry. I have other pictures of what she is walking on. You will get to see them, and you get to delve, once again, into an ADD mind busting at the seems with creativity and not knowing what to do first. It’s a curse. Read on, my intrepid and loving subscribers; read on.

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DIY Number Pinata


Don’t want to spend $15-$30 on a pinata? Here’s an idea to try…

Do It And How

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Ear Cards or Boxes? You decide. A Tutorial.


 

hand-crafted earcard
This is what I came up with to package earrings for wedding presents? Interested in how I did it? Keep reading.

 

 

 

These little boxes came to me when I received a request to make copies of an earring style for wedding party presents.  I knew that standard ear cards would not do.  I mean.  These are presents for Maids-of-Honor and Bride’s Maids, right?  Right.  So, I had to pull out my card stock and get to work on something that not only displayed the earrings, but served double duty as gift boxes.  They turned out to be pretty easy to make.  I was thankful for that.

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Wine Bag to Jewelry Gift Bag


Wine Bag
I got this idea when I was trying to find a unique way to package my jewelry for the customers that came in the gas station.

I had white bags left over from an event that I decorated.  I was looking at them one day trying to figure out how I would make them into merchandise bags for my jewelry.

First cut
First I measured 1 inch above where the bottom rested on the bag.

  To cut off the bottom of the bag to use for an insert, I had to measure one (1) inch above where the edge of the bottom hit the bag when it laid flat.

First cut
Put the bottom of the bag to one side. Do not get rid of it. You’ll need it later.
Second cut
Measure one inch from the bottom.

   Measure one inch from the edge of the cut.  Be very careful here.  When you cut this piece, you are not cutting all of it off.  

Saving a fold
After you use the scissors to cut the sides closest to one one layer of the bag, fold that portion up.

   This is where you fold up a piece, and then cut the rest off of the bag.  Don’t throw away the cuttings.  You’re going to need them to reinforce the bottom of the bag. 

Measuring 1/4 inch
Measure 1/4 inch and cut.

  A 1/4 inch is all you are going to need to cut off the excess.  Glue the cutting flat.  When it dries, glue it to the flap that you left on the end of the bag.  It should now look like this:

reinforcing the bottom
See how gluing the excess make the bottom stronger?

 Now, play with the creases until you get a square bottom and you have just about 1/8-1/4 inch to fold over the edge so you can glue the bottom shut.

Bag bottom
The bottom is now glued. This is the back of the bag.
Decorating the front
I placed my business card on the front, but you can embellish any way you choose.

I will show you what I did with the bottom on the next post.  Until then, God Bless.

In the Beginning…


…there was a box.

balsa wood box
It was a simple box, but someone wanted something very precious to go into it.

You see, this person was very much in love, and wanted a special box for a special ring, an engagement ring.  She needed someone to make the box, and of all the people in the land, she chose me to make a simple box into something special.

balsa box and velvet
The simple box met black velvet, and they got along well.

Box was feeling a little apprehensive, being just a plain box, it knew it needed something to make it truly something to hold a precious ring.  I coupled the box with black velvet, and a match was made, but first, we needed something on which the ring would sit.  The client happily provided the stand.

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Parties for Less… Tissue Paper Flowers


 

Part One

Part Two

If you wish to have me make the bouquets, the pricing is below:

1-4 bouquets: $6/each

5-8 bouquets: $5/each

9-12 bouquets: $4/each

Place your order by contacting me via email.  Let me know the colors you would like, and I will send you an invoice through Paypal.

A Christmas Centerpiece and a Simple Table Setting…


Edible Christmas Centerpiece
Christmas Centerpiece

A little bamboo, a little candy some ornaments and ribbon, and you have yourself a centerpiece that is both decorative and edible.  Why edible?  So that, by the end of the night, the only thing your putting away to recycle for next year are the ribbons and the ornaments.  I suppose you could recycle the take out box as well, but they come out with those every year and in different patterns, too.

Tools needed:

Scissors

freezer bag

Materials needed:

Red and Green Wire trimmed ribbon 2@2.99 ea.     $5.98

1 Take Out Box                                                                          $1.00

39 Individual pieces of candy                                            $2.63

-15 of these being peppermints

Bamboo Skewers

8 Long                                                                                          $.16

16 short                                                                                       $.16

1 tube of mini ornaments                                                      $1.00

4 Candy Canes                                                                            $.48

Bag of Glass Beads (I already had these)                            ?

Curly Ribbon (on Sale last year)                                        $.99

Four Striped Silly Straws                                                      $1.00

Total for center piece                                                           $14.21

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