Riding the exercise bike to retreat!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Upcycling--Part 2!

I've been working on this Lazy Susan Utensil Caddy for the last couple of days.

I ripped out the funky little wood holders that wouldn't hold anything that didn't have a big square hole in it and then painted my favorite purply raisin color as you saw in the previous post.

Decided to get a little collage action going and have been cutting and gluing for 2 days now. It all started with a little french themed napkin my friend Paula gave me a few weeks ago. You really can't see much of the napkin anymore, but the Eiffel Tower is part of it.
I've been digging through scraps and looking through old scrapbook papers to find collage items to cut out. Even found some old Paper Pizzazz books that had realistic looking embellishments to cut and paste.

Added some sticker phrases and flowers that I thought would be inspirational when I'm creating.

Then, went through the bling drawer and added a little sparkle to each side, just because! And I hit the 10 cent sale at Michaels yesterday and really added to the bling supply.

Here's an overview of the bottom ledge at each side. I just kept finding things to cut out and glue on.

Here is the very top with some flowers and faux metal embellishments. A little Club Scrap Bistro in there too!

 Here it is all loaded up with tools and a few hanging embellishments. I'm forever looking for my needle tool and non-stick tweezers so I'm hoping their new home will help me out a little.

And here are both my new toys in their spots on my desk. The jewelry box has all my wire and wire working tools. And now, I'll need another trip to the Goodwill as all my finds have now been repurposed into new items. Have a happy week end!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


A few months ago I found this old jewelry box at the Goodwill Store (a favorite place to find cool stuff). It was still in pretty good shape so I took all the hardware off and gave it a coat of raisin paint. While the hardware was off, I noticed it was looking pretty bad so I pounced some Alcohol Ink (citrus and silver) on all the knobs and hinges.

The insides of the drawers were in the worst shape so I picked out some pretty paper and covered them all with it.

The insides of the doors got the same treatment. I think this is going to become my center for wire working. It will be nice to have all my supplies in one place.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Jump Starting the New Year

I signed up for the Jump Start emails to kick off the new year and have been dying to try this one with the toilet paper. Yes, I said toilet paper. So, this is how my day started out, which I think turned out very cool.

Well, while I was glimmer misting my TP samples I had this sheet of white card stock underneath and I thought that waste paper was kinda neat, so I set that aside to dry and went about making some of these cool watercolor pencil cards that I saw on Tricia Morris' blog over at Club Scrap.

I liked the little black matte around the watercolor panel. Really makes it pop.

Then, I was over at PAO and Sue had posted this really cool Queen Anne's Lace flower art she did an art journal page for and I just had to give that a try.

I thought that would look really nice in the square leftover in the waste paper from the glimmer misting on the jump start sample so I tried that.
All in all, it was a very artistic day at my house and I can definitely see where the jump start technique can get your creative juices flowing and take you in a completely different direction from where you began.

So, what did you create today?

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year! It's Mystery Quilt Day!

I've been at it since 8 am this morning. (good thing I went to bed at 10 last night instead of staying up to ring in the new year). These are the fabrics I chose for the mystery quilt over at . It's called Chips & Strips. I, of course, chose batiks. It's kind of a running theme with me.

Here are the first 2 installments of the quilt. Not much of a hint yet, lots of colorful squares so far.

Now, we're starting to add the light in and it looks like we're getting a stair step.

A couple of borders, cornerstones and a ninepatch corner to finish it off and the top is finished, Yeah!

Hopefully, I'll get it sandwiched up and quilted tomorrow. This one was really easy and fun. Love the jewel tones you get with the batiks. Have a wonderful New Year's Day!