Saturday, October 27, 2012

Heads Up!

Hi everyone! Just giving a little heads up in case it looks like I have gone missing...
Starting tomorrow night, and especially Monday & Tuesday, we are bracing for a mega storm caused by Hurricane Sandy. They are saying this storm can last several days, 8 inches plus of rain, and widespread long power outages.

You may remember Hurricane Irene last year around this very same time, which dumped rain & snow on us, cancelled Halloween, and flooded our basement for a foot.

We have a generator, lots of gas, lots of food, and are hoping that it is not twice the previous storm as they are predicting.

If you are on the east coast of the US and in this storm's path, please be safe!

Friday, October 26, 2012

My scarf!

The most manifest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness. --Michel de Montaigne

I finished my scarf:
I used the same brand/style of yarn and the same pattern--it is fun and easy enough to do while watching TV.

Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

AB Lesson 18

Lesson 18 was student's choice and transfers and pop-ups won! Of course, Elizabeth did her usual fabulous job in presenting more ways to make transfers than I had time for! I did, however, get hooked on the one I tried, tape transfers:
With the exception of the camels, the Matryoshka dolls, the Scottish cattle & the Spinx, everything else is a tape transfer! I just had so much fun experimenting with making these transfers that I made a page to show the many faces of travel. Sadly, you cannot see with the photo, but the four presidential heads found on Mt. Rushmore are transfers superimposed on the Matryoshka dolls' faces. It is pretty cool in person, though. And yes, I followed Elizabeth's very good advice & dumped all the water and wet paper outside!

I thought the pop-up was going to elude me until I was gifted a book by my friend, Stacy, which happened to have a cool pop-up in it. Once I thought of a theme, I made a very simple pop-up surrounded by some appropriate images:
I stabilized the Coliseum with some card stock, added two tabs on the bottom, folded it in half and figured out where to glue them onto the page. I hope you can read the words.."imagine the scene" and see the gladiator peaking over the top.

I have also been working hard to complete most, if not all of the empty pages in my book to prepare to decorate the cover, but I will leave those for another post!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone who took part in my giveaway. I wish I had prizes for all of you!
I am happy to announce the winners as follows:

The butterfly cabochon brooch goes to Nicole of Beadwright!

The sun catcher goes to Valerie from Bastelmania-craftattack!

The Miss Skully goes to Elizabeth of AlteredBookLover!

Congratulations everyone! Nicole & Elizabeth...if you can please send me your addresses, I will get them right out to you. Valerie, I will contact you for your address & choice of colors!

A Favor, Please!

Hi everyone! I entered a beaded Sugar Skull Sun Catcher in a Shipwreck Beads contest
and was wondering if you would help me out by voting for my entry. I'm trying to be one of 10 runners up after which the company picks three winners. Here is the link:

Just click "vote now" on the upper left and scroll down until you see my entry (Debbie DiJusto):
If you don't see the button to vote, click on the title and it will take you to the page to vote.

Thanks in advance; I really do appreciate it!

I'll be back later today with the winners of my giveaways!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

A Giveaway!

The opportunity to experience joy is always only a smile away.--unknown

Leaving this post at the top, so please scroll down to see new posts!

I have decided to continue the birthday festivities with a giveaway! Actually two giveaways! Oh, what the heck...lets make it three! Taking a cue from a friend whom most of your know, I will hold the giveaway like this:

The giveaway is open to everyone worldwide!

Please leave a comment on this post only and say if you would like to be entered to win #1, #2, and/or #3. You can enter for all three, but one prize to a person.

The winners will be announced on Oct. 22 to hopefully allow me to get the prizes out to the winners before Halloween.

So what are the giveaways?

#1 A hand beaded butterfly cabochon brooch

#2 A crystal sun catcher--similar to this one--I will let you pick the colors from what I have in my stash!

#3 A polymer clay hot pink Miss Skully made by me with the following disclaimer...when I baked her the pin overlay came away a little bit on the left side. It is not visible from the front & I told a second photo from the side so you can see. I don't think it detracts from this fun piece at all!

Good Luck everyone!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Another Scarf!

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.--John Dewey

I know it seems like I am cranking these out, lol, but I seriously cannot keep my eyes open when I watch television in the evening without doing something! This one is a gift for my girl for her birthday which is coming up next week.
This was made with Red Heart Sashay which is really fun to work with and makes an unique scarf. It is more like a lacy-look fabric with a row of holes at the top that you use to knit, and knits up super fast. Took me a little time to get used to working with it--the video how-to on the Red Heart site did the trick!

Just to keep anyone who wonders about these things happy...I am not affiliated with Red Heart. I was not given anything or asked to promote this yarn. The yarn was purchased by me and I am sharing my experience. (Isn't this nuts?)

I'll be back on Monday to announce the winners of my giveaways! Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Memo Holder Tutorial

Thanks to Totally Tutorials I was lucky enough to be selected by Incomparable Buttons to receive a free set of their handmade handpainted buttons in exchange for posting a tutorial of what I did with them. After perusing page after page of beautiful buttons, how could I resist these?
I decided to make some clothes pin memo holders to put on the refrigerator.
Supplies I used:
Strip and stronger dot magnets, acrylic paint/paintbrush, clothes pins, assorted decorative fibers, strong glue such as E6000, scissors, and (not shown) sandpaper and craft or wood glue.

My first step was to measure the length & width of the top of the clothespin. Next I took the clothes pins apart, gave them a light sanding & painted them with the acrylic paint. Make sure you keep the matched pairs together--makes it much easier to reassemble later! If you plan to cover the top completely, you can leave it unpainted.

While you are waiting for the paint to dry, you can begin assembling your tops. Some options are:
craft foam, decopage sheets, scrapbook paper, cardstock, the list goes on and on. I wanted to do something dimensional; however, you may decide to just use a pretty scrapbook paper and perhaps ribbon or lace & attach your button on top. If you plan to make a dimensional one like I did, here are a couple of tips:
Attach whatever magnet you are using to the back before you start decorating the front.
Keep 3D embellishments towards the middle & bottom so it is easy to press open the memo holder.

For the one on the left, I drew a tree and cut it out of craft foam. If this is challenging to you, try to find a cookie cutter or wood shape to trace around. I added a decopage pine cone, a small piece of artificial greenery & a preserved pine cone from an craft pick. For this one, I sewed the button on & glued the tree onto the clothes pin with craft glue.

For the one on the right, I decorated a wooden tag with a piece of scrapbook paper, added greenery & a bottle brush tree. This moose was glued on with E6000 & after stamping a few words at the top I glued the tag to the clothes pin with wood glue.
Here's one more view with them all assembled!

I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial & will visit both Totally Tutorials to see all the neat tutorials they post, and Button Mad to see their fabulous selection of buttons!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Annual Birthday Sale!

This post will stay on top until Oct. 14. Please scroll down to see new posts.

Every October I hold my annual free shipping sale in conjunction with my birthday as a way of giving my buyers a gift. This year I am changing it a bit.

October 1 thru October 15 enjoy free shipping
to the US and Canada and half price shipping
internationally on anything in my shop. Excludes
custom orders.

Just send me an email or convo, and I will gladly add in free shipping for Canada and half-price for international buyers if it is not already in the listing.

So what happens after October 15? You'll just have to come back to find out!

Friday, October 12, 2012

As The Leaves Turn

One changes from day to day...every few years one becomes a new being.--George Sand

No, this is not the start of a new soap opera! When the temperatures start cooling down, and the leaves begin to fall, I start knitting!

My latest is a Monet inspired scarf knitted with Moda Dea Ticker Tape yarn imported from Italy. Ticker tape yarn is aptly named because it is flat rather than round like traditional yarn. It was fun to work with and produces a knit that has some stretch to it. It is 100% Nylon. I made one for my girl who adores scarves--and a girl can never have too many scarves, right? And one for my shop:
Next, I think I'll knit one up for myself!

Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy Monday! Happy Columbus Day if you are in the US! Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!

Just a short post today to show some further progress on my Altered Book. I had another "single" page that I wanted to turn into a double page spread. It is very hard to find paper pictures of Disney characters. In fact, the hand on the left page that you've seen before, was cut from a shopping bag that I had saved. For the new page on the right, I cut the figures from a postcard that I saved from at least 10 years ago. I did a little watercolor under painting to look like water and islands then added the figures and a compass rose in the top right. Hopefully, it blends well with the other page, as I tried to use nearly the same color blue as in the castle for the water.
Hope you are enjoying your day!

Friday, October 5, 2012

A Rose of a Different Color

Always remember to be proud of your talents and to let them shine.--unknown

Here is another french beaded black:
While black roses do exist in nature, they are really a very deep red or have been dyed by florists.

Wouldn't black roses been fun for Halloween or to celebrate the birthday of a friend who is "over the hill"?

Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

IA Challenge-Roses

It has been awhile since I've been able to participate in the Inspiration Avenue Challenges, but I could not pass up this one, hosted by Cindy.
After all, roses are my favorite, too!
Here is my french beaded rose brooch!

Monday, October 1, 2012

AB Lesson 16

Always remember that perseverance is the key to success.

Lesson 16 was to play with fabric! Elizabeth did a great job as usual writing a post that not only showed us how we can use fabric in our altered books, but she also demonstrated several ways to dye our own! She also showed a fun way to combine fabric with polymer clay. That got me to thinking...

Scotland...Loch Ness...Monster! So here's Nessie:
What I remember about Scotland is that it was filled with Castles of every description and was green, green, beautiful green! The castle on the lower left is Urquhart Castle, a medieval fortress that dates back to the 13th century and which sits on the bank of Loch Ness. So there are tons of castles at the top of the pages, and I'll just say a mea culpa to any UK readers...I know all these castles are not in Scotland and some are repeats, but I could not find enough pictures that were!

Obviously the Loch is fabric with the green head of Nessie poking through. I couldn't resist adding a few colorful polymer clay rocks that I made by smooshing the clay together.

A few people were interested to see what my book looks like now and wondered if it closes.
I am seeing how important the very first lesson of this course was--to pick a book that has a sewn binding. Any moment I expect to hear a sprong and have the whole thing just explode. I hope not!

Thanks for stopping by and for all your comments! The next lesson is posted, and I can't wait to play.

I'll be back a little later to announce my annual October sale, but it is already up in my shop !