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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.