Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Halloween Wreath

Since I'm working ahead for next year's projects, I thought I would include one of my favorites. This grapevine wreath was upcycled to a scary spider wreath. The spiders are painted lightbulbs with wire legs. I made the spider web with some twine and added some cute fall decor to make the perfect Halloween Wreath!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Panda Lightbulbs

I should have posted these closer to Christmas, but I forgot.... so let's just pretend that I'm working ahead, getting prepared for next year!!  These sweet ornaments are created from recycled lightbulbs. I start with a coat of white spray paint. Allow that to dry completely. Then I use acrylic paints to add all the details. Glue on some fur and a wire for hanging and you have an ornament!!!

Peyote Beads and Fused Glass

Two of my favorite pieces. Fused glass surrounded by tiny seed beads. I absolutely loved making these. Thanks Debbie for teaching me!!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Recycled Bracelet - this is really cool!!!

Can you guess what this is made from??
Beads are obvious.
Broken beads are there too!!
But what is the netting??? How about a computer cable that I took apart!!!
I placed broken beads inside the cable and then threaded the other beads onto the cable. It worked so well, that I wish I had more beads to recycle.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

I Heart Chickens!!

Cute aren't they??  Both tins measure about 2 inches from top to bottom. I used acrylic paints and tiny brushes to create a cute hen and rooster. Patterns can be found on the internet or from a coloring book. To make your project simpler, use graphite paper and trace over your design. Lay the paper against the surface to be painted. Lay your design on top of the graphite paper and lightly trace over the design. When you remove both pages, your design should be traced onto the surface to be painted. At this point, just play and paint.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Vintage Beauty

I love the simple look of Vintage Decor. It just makes everything seem so simple and easy. I had to add this to my crafty post, because so many parts of this are special. The lamp is a rescue from an old Hotel, as is the old chair,  the desk is a handmade flea market find, the painting is of my mom's old homeplace, the blue bowl is handmade pottery, dried hydrangeas are under the desk, and replicas of antique candy dishes are usually filled with something special for us. Doesn't this just say, "sit down and visit for a while?"

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Flameworked worked Beads and Fused glass bracelets

I love these photos. The beads were created by my crafty hubby and I made the bracelets. We probably forgot to do laundry that day, or clean the house, but we really have fun when we work together to create glass jewelry. The colors remind me of spring flower beds!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Spring is in the Air!

Ok, so Saturday spoiled me with warm temperatures and a taste of spring. Today is gloomy and rainy and cold, cold, cold, allowing me lots of time to think and plan my summer decor.  One of my very favorite crafts is a wreath. Simple, easy to create and adds a brightness to any building.

One of my favorites is a waterhose wreath. Cut a section of garden hose so that it loops a couple of times and secure it with wire or jute twine. I used a hot glue gun and wire to secure flowers, a glove, and tiny accent cans or birdhouses.  This is a durable wreath and can spend many seasons outside or inside. It is easy to update at minimal cost. So use your imagination and get ready for spring!