Thursday, December 18, 2014

Doggone Dirty Craftin Linky Party

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Kim @ Made in a Day teaches an important lesson about inspiration with her fox wreath post.  You never know when it will strike, so just go with it, it could turn out epic!

My Sister's Pantry has some great tips and tricks on helping us make healthy choices now and throughout the year.  


Of all the Hostess products the HoHo is by far my favorite so I knew this would be on my list for the week as soon as I saw the post.  The mom and daughter team from Sweetology posted a great link to use them in making these adorable reindeer treats.

Mad for Fabric posted this adorable and super easy tutorial to make your own drawstring gift bag.   You totally have enough time to make these for all your gifts this year.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Evil Ornament Challenge

My co-blogger was kind enough to start a challenge this Christmas: The Christmas Ornament Challenge.  The inspiration for her challenge was cleaning of all the crazy things.  Anita moved her craft room downstairs and in the process did some cleaning and organizing of the cool bits and nubs one might find in a well stocked craft room.  The new room looks amazing, is quite spacious and comfortable, and the windows let in the crazy amount of light so as to inspire your inner most artist, tres awesome!  While working through this transfer of creativity she found several four packs of glass ornaments she had purchased at a deep discount for a Craft Club project two or three years ago.  Well what does one do with several boxes of plain ornaments, you trick your friends and relatives into taking them while baiting them into a false sense of security with a smile and a gentle tone of voice.

"Hey would you like a box of these? I have several and I can't use them all".
"I bet I could think of some....."
"Too late! You touched it now you have to take it! This is the Ornament Challenge, you have to create four different ornaments and post it in December".
(this whole exchange she did with a big ole smile on her face)

These little glass squares brought me much consternation as I pondered my approach to the challenge at hand. I could think of two or three different styles but I could never quite get to four.  Alas, would I never be able to complete the challenge and be saddled with these little glass squares of doom until the end of eternity?  I think not, the idea finally came to me on my commute home one day.  Kids crafts!  I would decorate my ornaments using the mediums I so adored as a child: clay, glitter, paint, and collage.    

The first one was Paint.  I wanted to make a snowman out of one for sure, I had that idea right away when I was still unsure of how I would approach this bunch of Christmas cubes.  I sprayed him white, used a Q-tip for the eyes and coal smile, and painted on a cute little carrot nose.  He is so happy looking.  This guy took all of ten minutes, not including dry time.

My second inspiration was Glitter!  Oh how I loved glitter as a little girl.  I wanted glitter on every craft project I did back then.  I got some glitter pens and drew different colored glitter snowflakes and all four sides of ornament.  I tried to make them all different, which is why they kind of really look homemade but that makes me love it even more.

The third option was Clay.  The only clay I had was some Sculpy so I went with that.  I was jubilant to find I had a dark green in my stash as my idea was to do a Christmas tree.  I had to make it thin enough to be lowered down into the cube through the hole in the top.  I decorated the tree with colorful seed beads and gave it a curly top for an increased sass factor.  I glued him to the bottom of the cube and poured in some extra seed beads, they sound so nice tinkling around on the glass.

Finally I did Collage.  The ornament was created by cutting out lots of brightly colored clippings from a Pier1 catalog and modge podging it onto the glass.  I peeked in through the hole in the top occasionally to make sure I wasn't leaving any naked holes in the paper. I added a little touch of lace to the top to dress it up, it needed something to bring it together and helps it look a little more antique-ish.

I like how happy it made me getting to delve back into my past and make these ornaments.  Three of them were attached to small loaves of pumpkin walnut bread and donated to Animal House Shelter for their bake sale.  There was one I liked too much to give away, the clay one, so I kept it for my craft room for inspiration.  Keep on keepin on, the 2015 crafts will be here soon!

You're up Anita!
Kelly

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mr. Bun

It is with a heavy heart that I type this, our very own Easter bunny crossed over the rainbow bridge on Monday.

We cannot remember when exactly we got Mr. Bun, it must have been eight or nine years ago.  My husband found him hopping around in a washroom in one of the forest preserves where he works.  Mr. Buns former family gave him one more act of kindness before leaving him as they had placed him in a bathroom with a heater and they had left him a bowl of water using one of the dog dishes the district leaves out for hikers to use.  My husband said he was easily caught and transported, he kept him warm, and brought him into our family.  He was in good health and seemed like a calm good natured bun. We never knew why his family left him but if they hadn't he would not have been able to bring so much happiness to our lives, so I owe then that.  Red eyed animals are harder for shelters to adopt out but they have never bothered us, we have three guinea pigs with them too.  We learned that he had no interest in carrots, despite what the cartoon tells you, but did have a love of bananas.

In his youth with us he was big into leaping and hopping around like a big silly fluffy cloud.  He loved to rub his chin on all the furniture and mark it as his own, letting the guinea pigs know that he owned the place.  When he felt naughty he would sneak up on you and try to nibble holes in your clothing before you noticed what he was up to!  In his middle age he calmed down a bit and began a new phase of bunnydom.  We used to joke that since he had black ears and a black nose and deep grey feet that he was a little goth in his wizened outlook on life.  We thought he would write poetry about how the night is dark like his soul or that the world is cold like his life, perhaps he wore skinny jeans and had a garage band that got together to practice while we were at work.  All of this creativity was to earn the affections of our friend Sarah that we think he had a crush on.  She is adorably petite and blond and he fancied himself her knight in shining armor.

As a senior bun he used to while away the hours sitting on top of his castle soaking in the sun.  He would rarely stir unless pressed with treats or pets, he would rather warm himself than be bothered by our activities. He looked like a steamed bun with his ears resembling grill marks so we called him manju bun during these long naps.  Even the guinea pigs demanding food could not wake him when he committed to these relaxations  

We never set out to be bunny parents, I always assumed that we would be dog, cat, and guinea pig parents, but never bunnies.  I am unsure if we will ever care for another rabbit, but rest assured if another homeless bun crosses our path he or she will be welcomed with love and a castle in the sun. We love you Mr. Bun and we will look forward to seeing you again someday.
Kelly

Saturday, December 6, 2014

One of a kind show in Chicago


So my sister had a couple tickets to this craft show she heard about a while back and I actually had the day off so it was a date. We hopped the train and headed into the city. A quick 30 minutes later we were walking to The Merchandise Mart on the Chicago river.  I love living close, but just far enough, to such a beautiful city.

Up to the 7th floor we went and we entered The One of a Kind Craft Show.

This show was so big they had it divided up into districts. There were more than 600 painters, potters, sculptors, glass blowers, woodworkers, tons of jewelry makers, and of course good old crafters. The Etsy section was great cuz it gave smaller crafters space to display thier wares since the booth fee is pretty pricy, starting at $2,500 for a 100 sq foot space for the four days.  Everyone said the day we went was the slow day so I can't imagine what the weekend foot traffic would have been like.

So a shopping we went.  I wanted to share my favorite booths that we either made purchases from or plan to do so in the near future.

Ashley Buchanan Jewelry
Build With Wood
Cassie Arnold Art
Naughty and Nice
Starshaped Press
Chuck Wimmer
After School Matters
Artistic Nerfect Novelties
Kevin Lahvic

Here's the stuff I came home with.

Fern Necklace from Build with Wood

Ornament from Kevin Lahvic

Ornament from After School Matters

T-shirt of a squirrel having a foundation drink from Artistic Nerfect Novelties aka Mr. Walters

I didn't buy this, as it was one of the decorations for the event, but I loved this giant yarn wreath by the entrance.  You can't tell from the picture but it was about 5 feet tall.

So in review......GO TO THIS SHOW!  The selection of vendors and reasonable prices in a wide range of price points make this a great event for any craft or art lover. I know i found a few artists that I will be asking my hubby to get me Christmas and birthday presents from for a while. Plus the biggest thing I walked away with was some amazing inspiration from a lot of creative and friendly people.

Create on!
Anita

Thursday, December 4, 2014

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Martinel @ Martinel-Art has taken some very inspiring pictures of her handmade cookie tin.  Her tin makes me want to create my own to give this season, so pretty!



Need some little gift boxes for christmas?  Why not make your own from paint chips with a great tutorial from Emily Franceschini.

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Doggone Dirty Craftin Linky Party

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
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Holly @ 2 Kids and Tired Cooks has a simple yet tasty recipe for salmon.  After all the prep work done this week, easy is my vote!


The Adventures of Miss Wu was a fun list with links to fun posts full of surprises.  Give it a go!


Art Club Blog posted a great link to some super wintery cards to make.  
I so started feeling festive this last week.  The snow on the ground here helps with that.

Check out The Rebel Chick's post on making your own pumpkin cream pie triffle.  
Maybe as an alternative for today's feast?

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

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Tiffany from Broward Saves posted a yummy and healthy looking recipe for turkey and quinoa stuffed roasted peppers.  Delish!







Laura from I Heart Planners linked up some great tips on keeping
that trash bag of a purse of mine in order. 




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