Sunday, July 31, 2016

Getting Ready for Fall!

If you are someone who does crafts, and especially if you sell them, then you know August does not mean the hottest month of the year, but the month of starting to think about Fall and Winter gift ideas. For the next few months, my featured #teamsp items will have to do with Fall and Winter items. To purchase, or just visit each store, just click the highlighted link below each image. Enjoy!

First from MsPDesignsUSA, is this lovely fall leaf quilted pattern for a table runner. 
Next fromSticksNStonesGifts, this beautiful purple shawl perfect for cooler evenings.  



Shelleyscrochetole, is offering this adorable baby witch hat, and diaper cover, crocheted with orange and black yarn. 
Looking for some lovely fabric to make something beautiful for your Fall home decor?  Look no further than Fabricsandfrills
BoardArtistry makes lovely hand turned wooden pens.  I think this is my favorite one.
Last but not least, from Missy69 this adorable crochet baby girl bear hat and dress set.  Perfect for Halloween.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Art Challenge Day 8 : Make A Change

This lion and cub painted plate, with sharpies and paint pens, was supposed to be for the Wild challenge theme. But, I did not like how the fur came out, using the pens, so I decided to removed it and start over. As I was trying to remove the art, I realized it looked really cool. Then, I remembered that Lions were added to the Endangered Species list in 2015. I was so sad to remember this. Our Earth is losing their beautiful animals very quickly. So, I decided to leave the fading Lion and cub for the make a change theme. This is a really cool piece of handmade home decor, for all animal lovers. You can visit my Etsy store to purchase, and check out all my other cool items.


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lime Green Gift Ideas

Another nice group of items to share with you from my teamies on Team Support and Promote. I chose Lime Green as the theme this week, because it is such an awesome color. Plus Peridot is the birthstone for August, which in its finest form is a beautiful lime green. Each image has a short description, and the shop name highlighted. Simply click the highlighted link to visit each shop.


First from Shelleyscrochetole, this adorable crochet lime green owl hat for baby. 
I love sea turtles, and next from MspDesignsUSA, this adorable sea turtle PDF applique pattern. 
Next, from Whittywirejewelry, this lovely cats eye bracelet.  Lovely!
Need a cute gift idea?  Check out this soap saver from Sticksnstonesgifts
Finally, from Missy69 this cute sterling silver round Peridot ring. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Art Challenge Days 5, 6, and 7: Cold, Upcycle and Zentangle Flower with Ladybugs

Days 5, 6 and 7 are done. I have another item for Cold, but it is taking a while to make because I have limited time to work on it. Technically I have two more for cold, because they are both Winter themes. You can see both of these new items by clicking here, or clicking the My Etsy Shop widget in the left hand column.

 First is a painted plate, using paint pens and Sharpie permanent markers. All hand drawn then painted. This is a 10 inch plate, it can be eaten on, and washed by hand, not dishwasher safe. It features multi colored daises, with tangle patterns, and some ladybugs.

 Second to cover both upcycle, and cold is this recyled gallon jar into a hurricane lamp with an adorable snowman painted on. Again I used sharpie markers, but because I had no white I used acrylic paint, and some glow in the dark paint as well. This one can only be gently wiped with a wet cloth. I do sign all my items, and I heat set them as well. You can put a candle or solar light in there, or it can be a candy jar, cookie jar, or a vase even.

I am not sure what days I will do next.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Art Challenge Day 4: Heat

To represent the theme, heat, I chose some red hot glass beads to make some lovely jewelry pieces. The first two are leather wraps, the first one 7 inch, and the second one 6 inch with white glass pearls. Both have an angel wing charm dangle. The third is a wire wrapped ring done with brown craft wire, and accenting white glass pearls. It is a size 4 1/2. To see all of these pieces, please visit my Etsy store.   Don't forget to check out my clearance section while there.  Some great deals!

 I have also completed the challenges for cold, upcycle, and zentangle flower with ladybug. I just have not had time to upload and list them yet. So, they will be in a future post, maybe tomorrow.

I have discovered my new love, besides the wrap bracelets, painting with paint pens and sharpies on glass, and ceramic plates. Ooh what fun, and they set so nice and are permanent. Not so much of a pain as acrylics.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Neon Colored Handmade Gift Ideas

Happy Sunday, everyone! This week, from Team Support and Promote, I am featuring some handmade gift ideas, done in neon colors. Each item is from a different shop. To visit the shop, click on the highlighted shop name under each item.
First from Shelleyscrochetole a beautiful neon blue wall clock. 
Second from, Sticksnstonesgifts, are these adorable frog cloth napkins for kids. 
Third from MspdesignsUSA, this adorable pdf quilt pattern of woodland animals. 
Finally, from missy69, this lovely wire wrapped ring done with neon blue Apatite gemstones. 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Day 2 and 3 Art Challenge: Fireflies and Gothic Themes

I got days 2 and 3, of my art challenge completed.  Because I was doing bleach art for my firefly topic, I decided to do Gothic as well.  The firefly tshirt, is a mixed media art item.  I hand draw the images using just bleach and a small paint brush.  Then I used glow in the dark fabric paint to create the part of the firefly that would light up.  This is done on a dark gray size large youth tshirt.  It looks spooky and cool. 

The item for Halloween/Goth is a sharpie painted plate with blue moon, cat and tree silhouette.  Sharpie art is permanent, and I heat set just to be sure it is permanent.  These are safe for eating, and washing by hand, not dishwasher safe. 

To see both of these items, visit my Etsy shop.  

 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Day 1 Art Challenge: Dragonflies

I had four wood slices, in coaster sizes left over, so I decided to use them for the dragonfly topic. I hand draw all my images onto my wood pieces, then using my wood burning tool, I wood burn the image in place. This time I decided to use some glow in the dark paint to paint in the wings. The glow of this paint, is very subtle. These are available in my Etsy store. I started my Lightning Bug project, but didn't get time to finish it.



Monday, July 11, 2016

Finally Starting My Art Challenge

Even though I have been working on three new projects, they are not part of my Art Challenge.  They are Christmas themed items, that I hope to have done very soon.  My Art Challenge is going to start today, though not in the order I listed, and won't be able to do one item everyday.  I just have too many other commitments right now, and I thought July would be lazy, lol,

My first challenge theme will be dragonflies, and then the next one will be fireflies, or lightning bugs, as I called them when I was a kid .  They will both be done today, and tomorrow, and I will get them posted. 

If you would like to join in, just follow along, create your item, share it on your blog, or wherever you share it, drop me a comment, and we can share each other's work.  I try to do an Art Challenge every year, but last year I did not have the time to do so. 

Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Summer Love!

This week, from Teamsp I have some Summer Love handmade gift ideas. Each picture, has a link to the Etsy shop, so you can visit.
First from Shelleyscrochetole is this adorable BBQ kitchen towel. 
Second from MsPDesignsUSA, this quilting pattern in PDF format.
Last, from missy69, this acrylic painting moonlight sail. 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Interesting Documentary About Burma Rubies

This is a documentary about Burma rubies. I have only watched part of it, but it is well worth it. I will finish it soon. I have added some new items to my Etsy shop, for EtsyCIJ event, and you can see them by clicking my store gadget. I started a poinsettia table cloth, but man it is taking a long time to finish. I hope to have it done before Christmas, lol. Enjoy the video!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! Check out these awesome Etsy shops I am featuring this week. Be sure and click the highlighted link for each item to visit the shops. It is Etsy Christmas in July, until July 10th. For my item the tshirt, and all my items get 10% off all orders over 20 dollars. See my shop for details.

I love this!  First off from MsPDesignsUSA is this beautiful PDF pattern to make this beautiful table runner.
Next from, Shelleyscrochetole, is this adorable Land of the Free kitchen towel.   Love it!


Last but not least from, missy69, that's me is a new type of art for me, bleach art.

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