Sunday, March 29, 2009

Who Can? Art Can.

This is an altered tin can I made after seeing loads of others on other blogs. This one is more playful and colorful than most of my other work, but I thought it would be handy to have around the house. I can't wait until I get my own art classroom so I can make like, 10 of these for the tables. So excited!

I'm Sticking With You: Magnets!

I just spent the last couple of hours making alot of really cool magnets! There are some made of dominoes, mini dominoes, bottle caps and just metal pieces. Two of them feature these super cute kawaii stickers my friend gave me. So go craft some magnets, let me see your ideas!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Altered Scrapbook Box

I've been keeping my stickers and stamps in this box for about 5 years, but it was this old orange box with purple flowers, not really my style. So finally, I got around to making it pretty! First, I covered it in Chinese newspaper from the people I used to work with. I cover the inside and out, even though I didn't decorate the inside. Next, I added a brown ribbon to hold it together. The horizontal ribbon snaps on to the vertical ribbon by a clothing snap I sewed on. After that, I just had loads of fun decorating! I added a playing card, a couple of dominoes, pieces of cardboard, foam letters on the side and some cool scrap pictures I had saved. Now I have a scrapbook box that makes as happy as the things inside!

check out the altered inker's blog for another project like this
and here is a little box challenge for Lots to Do!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Dragonfly Pin

This is super simple. Just a bottle cap with 2 holes for places to feed the bead wire. Attach to a safety pin and add a decoration to the center. I had a nice dragonfly piece that fit it perfectly. And there you go!

Domino Accordian Book

First, I painted 2 dominoes and attached a folded piece of Bristol board between the two with regular glue. Then the Bristol was painted, I chose rich organic colors. I then colored the edges of the Bristol pages with a gold sharpie for a more elegant touch. A gold ribbon was added to hold it all together, it's very springy and pops open easily. Now it's ready to be purposed to any idea I may have! In case I find a really inspiring quote to pop in there, or as an impromptu gift.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Mother's Day Bottle Vase

For mother's day, I am making an altered bottle vase with flowers that hold pics of me and my brother and sister. First, I covered an old soda bottle with masking tape and spray painted it gold. The tape added a cool texture with the paint. The center name place is a piece of brown paper bag. I added some chipboard letters, bits of mirror, wire and beads to finish off the bottle.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Spoon Fun!

After seeing so many blogs with awesome cutlery projects, I decided to try it out. This is just a bent spoon, spray painted with silver and gold. I added a gold button and a fortune cookie paper. "Someone is watching you from afar". Kind of creepy, but I like it. Some extra beads, ribbon, and pearls finished this off, and can be used for a wind chime or mobile, not sure yet.

This is another utensil project I did a couple years ago. Just watercolors and painted forks and spoons. Makes a great kitchen decoration!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


It was a lovely weekend for outside fun. I spent it in our hometown playing in the grass and basking in the sun. Good photo-ops too. The prettiest little boy in the world here.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Cuddly Creatures

I found this idea on Artattack, and thought it was awesome! They're a lot of fun and not too much work, so try it! I made one as a present to my boyfriend for valentine's day. This isn't the best pic, I'll see if I can get a better one. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hooray for Recycled!

I found this broken brick outside of my high school, and decided that it wasn't totally useless yet. A quick paint job made this an excellent bookend that adds a mix of industrial and artistic style to the area.

Bottles are a kind of obvious recycled craft to do, but that doesn't take away any of the fun of doing it! Here are some ideas for other things to recycle into crafts. This necklace is made of can tabs that I kept finding (mostly thanks to a NOS binge), rainbow hemp and a pretty snail pendent. (snails are kind of my thing). This is a super easy wearable craft, and I love it!

Jewelry Fun

Jewelry making is one of my favorite small craft hobbies. There's just something about art you can wear that's just so appealing. I had a wonderful old key that I could use in a billion different crafts. But because, for some reason, these are hard to come by, I didn't want to just stick it to something I would never really see again. So I incorporated it into a necklace, and now it can come along with me everywhere.

New Life to Old Bottles

This little bottle has been sitting in my craft box for a couple of years. I finally decided to do something with it, and with a bit of masking tape, paint, beads, wire, buttons and newspaper, this little bottle is now one of my favorite crafts. Super easy and lots of fun, but I do wish I had made sure my top was on straight for the pics.