Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Day 144 May 31 board book redo

I made this for my daughter Dana.  I took an old children's board book and gessoed over the entire surface.  Then I added pictures and stamps and words cut out of magazines.  To finish it I rubbed gold paint on the edges and painted a layer of gel medium over all of it.  It also has a pocket in the back and it ties closed with yarn.  Isn't she cute?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Day 143 May 30 washer pendant

I finally figured this out.  I am not that good with a hammer so I couldn't get the letters to stamp evenly but I think I've got it now.  These are ordinary washers you get at the hardware store, or find in my garage.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Day 142 May 29 bicycle seat cover

It is finally bike riding weather!  I wanted to pimp up my ride so I made this seat cover out of t-shirts.  I think it turned out great!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Day 141 May 28 derby jacket

I converted a jacket into this vest for the biggest roller derby fan you will ever meet.  I took off the sleeves and added toxic green piping that I made from some cord and material around the neck and lapels.  Then I added her derby name and the Traverse City Toxic Cherries logo on the back.   I used freezer paper and the computer printer to make the lettering and logo. If you are from the area they have a big match tonight and you will see this cool vest.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Day 140 May 27 pin plate

I duct taped a couple of magnets onto the bottom of this plate.  Now the pins stay on the plate and are easy to get to and they don't fall off.  If you sew you will find this very handy.  If you don't you will wonder why this is a cool idea.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Day 139 May 26 wire twirly toy

How fun is this?  I took a heavy gage wire and wrapped it around a knitting needle to coil it then made a loop of wire for the twirler.  I used smashed bottle caps and decorated them with paint and stamps and attached them to the wire loop.  One end is a decorative bead and the other a wine cork.  The cat twirler goes  down the wire coil around and around and around.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Day 138 May 25 duct tape bull whip

MacGyver meets Indiana Jones.  I used duct tape and a metal tube from a broken wind chime to make this bull whip.  The main part is braided then attached to the handle.  It is just for fun but I'll bet it could be a dog leash or cat toy.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Day 137 May 24 record necklace holder

This is an old red 45 record that I heated and shaped then drilled a hole and put on the wall.  I have some blue ones that I did this too.  They make excellent necklace holders but they could be used for mail or scarfs.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Day 136 May 23 chalk paint glasses

Peace and Love - that's what it's all about.  This is a simple redo with chalk board paint on some votive and wine glasses.  Groovy!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Day 135 May 22 wine barrel sign

My sister gave me these pieces from an old wine barrel and I made them into a sign for the dog's play area.  I screwed them together with hook and eye screws then added twine to hang them with.  I am still working on the lettering but you get the idea.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Day 134 May 21 ribbon locket

A short piece of ribbon folded and sewn makes a locket to hide a note or special amulet.  I used a lot of stray and random beads and charms in this necklace.  I love how it looks and it was made with a lot of leftovers from other projects.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Day 133 May 20 jewelry box purse

I found this really cool old jewelry box from the 60's and converted it to a purse.  I just added a couple of   U-bolts and braided some tulle for a handle.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Day 132 May 19 birthday hat

I made this birthday cake fascinator out of a toilet paper roll and a straw and odds and ends from my fabric and craft stash.  It adds a little bling to any birthday celebration.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Day 131 May 18 t-shirt redo

How to make an old t-shirt sexy?  Cut up the back and weave it.  I also cut the neck and part of the sleeves off.  It goes with those pre-cut jeans everyone wears.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Day 130 May 17 bottle cap candles

These are so cute!  I melted some wax from a broken candle into some bottlecaps that I put wicks in.  They are small but they will add some flair - or should I say flame -  to any party table.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Day 129 May 16 bottle cap hair pins

A carefully crushed bottle cap, painted and glued to a hair pin makes a nice hair ornament or two.  Peace.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Day 128 May 15 t-shirt party ball

I love t-shirts!  These balls are very cute and colorful and they are made entirely out of t-shirts.  Hang them for a great party decor.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Day 127 May 14 wine cork monogram

The letter"J" in corks.  A little hot glue and some old wine corks and I made this cool letter that is either free standing or can be put on a wall.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Day 126 May 13 t-shirt bracelet

T-shirt material cut into strips crocheted into a bangle bracelet.  It is chunky but very cute.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Day 125 May 12 cat scratch toy

This is made from a cut up cardboard box.  It could be a little bigger but when I add cat nip any size will do.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Day 124 May 11 acorn charm

My sister's oak drops these huge acorns.  I gathered some up last fall and lightly sprayed them with a silver paint.  A little hot glue keeps the nut in the shell and the wire loop on the top.  Several of them together make a nice necklace too.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day 123 May 10 plastic spoon rose

This rose is made from plastic spoons. They were melted into shape and then painted.  You don't have to throw that plastic ware away anymore.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Day 122 May 9 purse spruce up

Make a plain purse pretty. I used a stamp that I made out of Styrofoam  and added the peace sign to this really plain purse and now it is groovy.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Day 121 May 8 crinkle blanky

I used clothing labels, ribbons, seam binding, denim and a lot other scrap material to make this little tab blanket.  But the coolest thing about this is that I sandwiched a cleaned and flattened potato chip bag between the layers of fleece and flannel.  When picked up this makes a crinkly sound that I am sure a baby would love.  It has texture, color and sound.  Happy Mothers Day!!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Day 120 May 7 paper roll wreath

This is made from cut toilet paper rolls glued together and painted.  That's it!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Day 119 May 6 crochet wire bracelet

I have a couple of large spools of wire that were given me so I thought I would try crocheting it.  It is hard on my fingers but I really like the result.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Day 118 May 5 polyhedron ball

My good friend Jon at the Boardman River Nature Center gave me a stack of thank you cards that were going into the recycling because they couldn't be used as printed.  I turned some of them into these polyhedron balls.  They say thank you in a whole different way.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Day 116 May 3 domino pendants

This set of dominoes has a dragon on the back and now some pretty pictures on the front.  I decoupaged some flower pictures from an old calendar, drilled holes and made wire hangers with some beads.  One of them is the stamp from the "save the date" card for my son's wedding, and I used playing cards and music paper.  I save pretty things  because I never know when I might be able to use them.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Day 115 May 2 little accordian book

I used some wooden dominoes from a children's set, paper from grocery bags, buttons, bottle caps and images from a post card.  These are made almost completely from reused items and they turned out great.  Write a note or love letter to someone inside.  Mom would love this.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Day 114 May 1 scrabble tile jewelry

 Roller Derby!  I have been wanting to make some pendants with scrabble tiles and a Roller Derby fan gave me the opportunity.  I also made one into a ring.  I really like them.