Tuesday, May 31, 2011

DIY - Paver Container

Love this project! I found this in one of my favorite magazines, and I cannot wait to try this!  This great  DIY - Paver Container is constructed from pavers and landscape adhesive. Easy for anyone to create.  Off to the home improvement store I go!!!

DIY - Paver Container

Monday, May 30, 2011

DIY - Mason Jar Solar lights!!

This is a cute project!! I have tons of jars and only need to purchase the solar lights as needed. I found solar lights at Target for less than $3. I removed the stake and with a little E6000 glue I attached the solar light to the jar lid ring. I'll add a wire hanger after it completely dries and find a place on the barn to hang it.
I used an etching cream to frost the jar, but I think I really like the jar as it was originally. So no etching cream on the next creation. Below is a pic of the jar in the dark. This really throws out a lot of light, so place it where the light will be helpful!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Are you a Rockhound??

My hubby is not only crafty, he is a Rockhound... a person that searches for and collects... rocks.... lots of rocks.... lots and lots... Aside from the collecting part, he is very talented with creating items from rocks. We both love Indian artifacts. He uses a combination of new and old tools to create beautiful replicas of some of the artifacts that we have found. Pretty amazing... if I do say so myself!!

Some of the items he has collected.

What is in your back yard????

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Wire Wrapping Jewelry!!

If you ever get a chance to take a jewelry wire wrapping class.... indulge yourself and learn this unique craft! You can use wire wrapping techniques on a variety of items, such as fused glass cabachons, agate slices, semi precious gemstones,  shark's teeth, arrowheads, etc. Wire wrapping allows you to create unique pieces that are truly beautiful.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Who is driving???

I had to share this picture that my brother drew of himself and his youngest driving the old family tractor.  I was most impressed by my brother's hands. Without seeing his face, I knew immediately who the adult hands belonged to. One of my favorite pieces of art!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

My Daylily.... Mine... all mine....

This is MY Daylily. No one else has one exactly like it. My friend crossed some other daylilies and created this one and gave it to me. It is mine..... alllllll mine.... but I thought I would share his beautiful creation.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Precious Metal Clay jewelry!!

One of the most wonderful mediums created is Precious Metal Clay. Using a clay like medium called PMC Mr. Crafty (my hubby) carefully created tiny details for this underwater scene. Then he allowed the clay to dry and kiln fired the piece (after PMC is fired in a kiln it is .999 silver, cool huh?!?!) The result is a gorgeous pendant that has a beautiful patina.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fused Glass Jewelry!!!

I'm longing for the santuary of my art studio today... just pining away thinking about the quiet solitude of being in my studio, breaking glass and creating something new!! Below are a few pieces that I recently created for Circa Gallery in Asheboro, NC.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Geraniums and Chicks!

This is an older photograph that my brother took of some chicks, but so worth sharing.. Aren't they cute???

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Rescued Bench

This Bench has definitely seen better days. My dad brought it home many years ago and it provided a great place to sit for a long time. Then boards started to splinter and warp and break, the wood grayed, and it was retired to the barn............. where I found it and gave it a new purpose.

Using exterior spray paint that I had on hand (I didn't worry about overspray), I just went to work painting. At first it was one color, but that just didn't seem fun, so I went back over the still wet paint with every color that I had and Ta da!!!! A multicolored bench that works perfectly at the end of the yard near the fire pit. It is the perfect place to sit and watch the fire die down late in the evening...

Friday, May 20, 2011

Another Painted Wooden Purse - Possibly my favorite.

I just love this frog design. I've painted it on stools, tables, boxes, and finally on a purse.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I was almost famous....

Most people that know me, know that I make jewelry. Not just any jewelry, but fused glass jewelry. And for a tiny speck of time, I made jewelry that was sold in a Pepsi Bottling Gift shop. Thanks to a dear friend in Texas (Hipposeatingalligators), the pepsi line of jewelry was a success for a while until the shop closed. She helped me get started, and then I struck out on my own. It was a lot of fun and somewhere I'm sure, a Pepsi Giant is wearing a beautiful Pepsi inspired necklace!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wooden Banks! Another painted project!!

I like this project, because I can create something unique to give to the adoring fan!! 
I found these wooden banks at a local craft store. After basecoating them, I used graphite paper to trace the design onto the surface. Then using Paint Markers (the greatest invention) I just followed my graphite lines with the colors that made the design pop!!  I use a tiny paintbrush to add any colors that were not available in Paint Markers. The results were fantastic and these make perfect gifts!!!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Art in the Garden!! Staggered Pots!

I  planted sea roses (sea moss) in my staggered pots. Hopefully by summer's end, they will overflow, and just cascade out of the pots.

I used a stake through each pot's hole to connect them and then pushed the stake into the ground. You can see the tip of the green stake near the orange flowers in the top pot. Then using wire, I attached the center pot to an existing water pipe. There are actually 4 pots there, but the bottom pot is lost in the vines. I placed a seashell in each pot to help avoid the soil being washed away, until the plants are well established!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Painted Wooden Purses!!

I found these adorable wooden purses at A.C. Moore Craft store. With patience and coupons, I was able to buy them at their lowest price over a period of a few weeks. They come in different shapes and sizes, making this a interesting project.

I painted the base coat first and then found designs in my craft books to paint onto the actual purse.

After painting the basecoat inside and out, I sealed it for durability. For another fun effect, I glued fabric inside each purse, creating a pocket to hold small items.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

DIY - Potting Bench

What do you get when you combine a $3 shelf, a window pane, a lonely Aunt, her crafty niece, and a long afternoon!!  Well just look at the pic below and you'll see!!! The perfect potting bench!

An early morning phone call led me to a great yard sale. This little shelf immediately caught my eye. I knew it was the perfect base for a potting bench.

I already had this window, just patiently waiting in a barn. Finally, it's day has arrived. After removing the glass panes (there were only 3 and we broke one of those), and scraping off some peeling paint, it was ready to attach to the shelf.

We found old and new brackets in the "miscellaneous drawer"  (you know the drawer that catches everything), along with some screwdrivers and a drill and we were ready to create a masterpiece.

Once the window pane was attached, we moved the entire piece to the barn and started searching for "decorative accessories"

This rake made the perfect tool organizer

Abby found this wonderful old horse that had fallen from a weathervane. It makes the perfect addition to my potting bench.

The result is an awesome potting bench created for under $5, but I consider it priceless. Thank you Abby for a wonderful afternoon!! You are the real treasure!