Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My heart belongs to Michigan

I was asked to make some RePurposed totes for gifts that would be given at our Girl Scout Encampment this year. I wanted to make them a little bit more special & since our Girl Scout council is Heart of Michigan I thought I needed to put those two things together!

I love the idea so much and to be honest I've seen it before but it never really make me even think about applying it to my fused plastic until I was presented with the task above. I know my Heart is in Michigan so I know others must be to and maybe they want to wear it on their tote! Here is the link to get one ( I only have one up but I can make a custom one if this one isn't tickling your fancy) http://www.etsy.com/listing/75168095/my-hearts-in-michigan-repurposed-fused

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Beautiful day

Today we honor all of those that have died fighting for our freedom. I thank each and every one that gave their lives. My heart goes out to their families.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dog food tote

I have had an idea to make totes out of food bags for a long time now and then donate part of the proceeds to "a Place to Bark" but it just never made it to the front of the list, sad I know right! Well I am happy to say I finally got it to the top of the list with a little inspiration from a pattern I found at www.keykalou.etsy.com . Her patterns always inspire me! So this is the first one -I need to whip up some more and get them for sale so I can give some money to "a Place to Bark"!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Plastic Bottle Lights Tutorial

I whipped these Plastic Bottle Lights awhile ago and use them on my tent when I do craft shows & it seems to draw the folks in then they meet me and never leave lol! Just kidding but they are intrigued by the lights nonetheless & always ask me how I made them. I'm sure you could figure it out by looking at them how to make them but I put together a little step by step just for those who might need a visual. I even did a video tutorial but it doesn't want to upload to blogger so I am taking that as a sign that I should! Oh and the very very best part of these lights is that they are Solar!!
This is a booth I did last year with my friend Wendy @ RecycledLps.com

Monday, May 23, 2011

Trashy finds

So when I went to the dumpster at work to throw out the trashy I found some goodies that missed the dumpster and were just waiting for me to find! Not sure what I'm going to make with my finds but they made me happy nonetheless!

What is it you wonder? Well baby metal washers & frankly I have no idea what it is that we sell that uses them (that will be my mission this week to find out). The sparkly nuggets are from a broken glass backboard (basketball hoop).

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Friday, May 20, 2011

New ideas

While at Inspired someone requested a new design for my used gift card necklaces. At first I really didn't think it would look good, lay right or even work but to my surprise as I was putting it together it just felt right and came together beautifully! Thanks Cheryl Carraway for requesting the design!

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Here's Cheryl's goodies already to ship out!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New glue Helmar 450

While I was at the inspired event all everyone was talking about Helmar glue so I had to see what the buzz was all about. I have to admit I am kind of a glue junkie but I have been on the hunt for a glue that would replace my contact cement because contact cement is not clear but a rather tan color so you have to be very careful with it so that it doesn't show. So I meet the Helmar distributor and she is totally fabulous! Yes, it's a woman owned company ! Well I tried the glue with my bags and presto it's just what I was looking for! I want my friend Wendy over at recycled LPS to try it to on her purses! Check it out at helmarusa.com.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Inspired Workshop

I taught at Artist Inspired Workshop in North Carolina this past week/weekend and I can't even express in words how much fun I had. I met so many fun people and laughed so hard I am pretty sure I peed my pants a couple of times! Everyone loved it and made the most amazing bags ever! That is one of the things I love the most is seeing what people come up with everyone is so talented! Ruffles I do believe was the theme that was to have been started by Stephanie Stacy Ackerman! I hope to cross paths with all of the folks again one day!. I was so excited to come home and start making some stuff myself but I had to catch up on sleep first then work this week but I managed to bust out a tote tonight!

Here is a picture of every student with their creation~ Well I hope I got everyone!

Mosaically - Inspired workshop by RadicalRecycks