Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tennis Party!

I've been playing league tennis for over 15 years and somehow, throughout that entire time, I've managed to avoid becoming a team captain. Well, this year, I decided it was my turn to take over that duty and with a team of amazing women, I'm sure this season will be a lot of fun!

As team captain, I thought we should start off the season with a PARTY! This time of year, what better theme could there be than Autumn?!... with a little tennis mixed in, of course!

As with most of my decorating, this party began with a trip to the thrift store. I bought two wood racquets for a $1.99 each. I knew I would need a way to display the racquets so I bought a wood crate, also $1.99.

My next trip was to a local farm. It happened to be the last day of the season they would be open so with amazing discounts, I purchased all the colorful gourds I needed for less than $6!

I propped the racquets up inside the crate. The addition of a few gourds held them securely in place. Then I added a few fresh flowers for a bit of color and life. These tennis ball vases are super easy to make. I cut a slit into the top and bottom of a tennis ball (the bottom slit is only necessary if the water tube is longer than the ball is tall) and then inserted a water tube with a flower.

I wanted to give everyone a captain's gift and a Good Luck Penny Charm seemed to be the perfect thing!


I hammered the heck out of a penny (hopefully I didn't hammer the luck out of it! teehee) I used a disc cutter to make a small brass circle. I stamped an initial into the brass circle and hammered around the edge for texture. I drilled a hole in each side of the brass circle. I then laid it onto of the penny for alignment and drilled holes in the penny. I cut a short length of dark annealed steel wire which would become the staple to secure the two circles. I filed and hammered one end of the wire and then inserted it through both circles with the hammered end at the front. I used pliers to bend it into a staple to attach the two circles. I trimmed the wire at the back and filed it smooth and hammered to secure. I drilled a hole at the top and then slightly domed the entire piece. To finish it off, I brushed a small dab of Novacan Black Patina onto the brass circle and then wiped it off to darken the initial and then inserted a jump ring.

So far, my Penny Charm seems to be working. I've won a couple of matches and it even helped out my bowling game!

I was trying to come up with an inexpensive and fun way to package the Good Luck Penny Charm and thought a Tennis Ball Gift Bag would work quite well! Old tennis balls are free and easy to find at my house.

I used a serrated knife to cut the top off a tennis ball. It's a bit tricky, so be very careful not to cut yourself. I drilled a hole into each side of the ball near the top opening. I inserted a steel wire through the holes and secured to form a handle. I hammered the wire handle for texture and to add strength. I tied a fabric ribbon and silk leaf to one side of the handle. I then used raffia to tie the charm onto the handle.

 I filled each ball basket with yummy treats!

For the final arrangement I placed the crate with racquets in the center of my table with more gourds and the ball gift bags around it.

It was a super fun party and the ladies loved their gift!

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Vintage Book Cuff

I'm sure by now most of you know that I'm a thrift store junkie and that I love finding ways to re-purpose some of my thrifty finds into jewelry.

One of the things I'm always picking up at the thrift stores are vintage hardcover books. Many of them have beautiful artwork on the covers and along the spine. I decided instead of just displaying them on a shelf, it would be fun to wear some of that beauty. A cuff seemed to be the perfect way to do just that!

Some recycled suede, used jewelry and a few easy steps was all it took to create these unique cuffs.

vintage book
recycled suede
heavy duty snaps
used piece of jewelry
fabric glue
wire cutters
bead reamer

Rip the cover away from the pages.

Carefully rip the spine from the cover.

Apply a layer of glue to the front of the spine. I used my finger to spread it out evenly. It gets tacky very quickly so work fast.
Let dry completely.

Tear a piece of suede that is slightly larger than the spine.
My wrists are small so I did not need to add any extra length.
I suggest you measure your wrist and add extra length
to the suede piece if necessary.

Apply glue to the back of the spine and lay it over the suede piece.
Let dry completely.

Decide where you want the piece of jewelry.
Attach it to the cuff with wire. I used a bead reamer to poke the holes.
Trim and secure the wire at the back.

Cut a piece of suede a little smaller than the one used for the cuff
and glue it to the back of the cuff.

Follow the manufacturers instructions to
add the snap to one end of the cuff.

Wrap the cuff around your wrist to line up the placement for the other half of the snap and follow the manufacturers instructions to add it.

That's all there is to it!
Your finished cuff should look something like this.

Happy Creating!
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Friday, September 20, 2013

A Lucky Couple of Weeks!

I've been on a lucky streak! A couple of weeks ago I was excited
to find out that I was the winner of this awesome book,
courtesy of  Create Mixed Media.


I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival. You can watch a video
review of this book here. It looks to be packed full of fun techniques!

But there was still more luck to come! A couple of days ago I won one of these awesome stencils from StencilGirl Products for leaving a comment on Carolyn Dube's blog.
Seth Apter is the stencil his style!

I do have a favorite stencil but all three are pretty cool.
I can't wait to see which one I get!

I'm not sure if winning two great inspirational items was just pure luck or if the universe was trying to tell me to get back to creating! Either way, I'm feeling pretty happy and am incredibly grateful to
the art world's generosity!


Monday, August 19, 2013

Easy Personalized Photo & Foral Centerpiece

Hubby and I hosted a 75th birthday party for his mom last weekend. It was an outdoor party so I didn't have to do a lot of specialty decorating but I did want the table centerpieces to be fun and personal without a huge cost. So I started hunting through my cupboards for glass containers. I added some photos and some hydrangeas from my yard and created this!

I used a trifle bowl that I already had. I needed two centerpieces so I picked up a second one at Walmart for less than $7. I love this bowl so I didn't mind having two around anyway.

I also used these fish bowls that I had.
I think they can be found for about $2 at Walmart or Michaels.

I cut a strip of heavy parchment paper to fit inside the trifle bowl
and glued several photos of my mom-in-law to it.
Once the glue was dried, I taped and glued it to form a ring.

Some of the photos were black and white and some color
so I converted them all to black and white for a
more classic and cohesive look.

I placed the ring into the trifle bowl.

 I cut some paper towels to fit in the bottom of the bowl without touching the paper. I'm not sure this was necessary but I thought it would keep moisture off the photos in case of condensation.

I placed the fish bowl inside the trifle bowl and added some water.

I cut some hydrangeas, bundled them into a bouquet
and secured the stems with a rubber band.

I placed the hydrangeas into the water filled fish bowl
and the centerpiece was finished!

At the end of the evening, I gave the photo rings to my mom-in-law. She and my hubby found another use for them.


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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Jewelry Affaire Trifecta

I never would have bet on having three articles in the Summer issue of Jewelry Affaire, so I do feel like I've just won the trifecta!


New Beginnings

Key To The Past

 A closer look at each piece...


New Beginnings

Key To The Past

The Summer issue of Jewelry Affaire is full of beautiful
and intriguing pieces including a few from my art friends,
It should be hitting the newsstands very shortly!

 Thanks for stopping by!