Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mod Mod World

Mod, mod world in Fresno today.... this fab fun find was at the downtown Fresno Vintage Voola. It wasn't for sale, boohooooo! Now all I need is a mannequin, hand-saw, and paint, right?
Alexa (aka Swell Designer) was giving me the tour and we were trippin'out with all the eye candy.
Orange, pink, turgouise, and yellow were the big color splashes.
Hair dryers from vintage beauty parlors gave me ideas for altering them into lamps.
My dining room is begging me to buy this fab set of chairs (at Yoshi Now) with an oval table to match our Jetson's style barstools. Scott will have to give the final nod since one of the chars was wobbly. If they end up at my house, then I will HAVE to make a trip to the L.A. fashion district and go to Mood for the perfect fabric choice!
Thank goodness Scott wasn't with me, or I'm sure this tiki bar would have been in the back of the Yaris for a trip home with us.
The stores take up a full block downtown, and it was the perfect day with misty rain to keep away the crowds so we had plenty of elbow room.
Jeweled purses in a row reminded me of my Aunt Melba, Aunt Wanda, and Aunt Marie. I remember them carrying bags like these to church on Sunday mornings when I was a little girl.
Boot-scootin' glittered cowboy boots were all lined up and ready to kick some a&&.

Ohhh, if only boots could talk....
Random crafts were in the knick-knack racks, and I was drawn to the little dolls.
Tie dye, baybee..... it's everywhere!

To top it off, the sequined bicycle pillow had Scott's name all over it.
I hope he loves it as much as me..... wheeeeeeee!

Sunday, February 21, 2010


St. Patrick's Day is March 17th, and it'll be the perfect day to show off your crafty side with this snazzy little shamrock captured in a charm with Aleene's® Paper Glaze. It dries to a hard, nontacky glass-like finish to accentuate design details for dimensional designs and laminating effects on paper.

Believe it or not, the shamrock isn't real. I found it by "googling" shamrock and it was easy to find actual photos of the real thing. So, I simply printed it out, and I was ready to craft!

First, I cut two 1” wide circles from white cardstock. Then I printed the shamrock image from the web to fit inside 1” circle.

I glued an earring hook between the two circles of cardstock with Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue®, exposing only the ring of the earring for joining to the chain when completed. (That's why I never throw any old jewelry away when it breaks... you can always use strays for crafting later.)

Next, I carefully cut out the shamrock and glued it to one side of the charm and let it dry.

I wanted both sides to look nice, so I turned the charm over to the backside and glued green Tulip® Glam-It-Up!™ Iron-On Crystals™ over the entire circle. Yes, I know the crystals are iron-ons, but they are positively wonderful to glue to paper!

After the crystals dried on the back of the charm I turned it over to the front and glued crystals around the outside edge, circling the shamrock.

Next comes the amazing part. I squeezed a thin layer of Aleene's® Paper Glaze over the shamrock, carefully covering to the edge of crystals. That's what makes it look like resin, and all shiny. It's important to let it dry overnight before you touch it, so you don't get your fingerprints on it and make it dull.

Last of all, I used needle-nose pliers to attach my lucky charm to a chain with a jump ring.

There ya go....A cute little lucky charm to wear or give away on St. Paddy's Day!

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Mancrafting - Tie Dye Scarves

Tie Dye Guys....

Mancrafting at the iLoveToCreate booth recently at the CHA 2010 Trade Show was in full swing, as you'll see in this video.

The silk scarves at the Make-It-Take-It table were a huge hit. I mean, who doesn't LOVE tie dye? Who doesn't love silk? And who wouldn't want their guy to make a beautiful gift with their two bare hands ? (Okay, so they WERE covered in plastic gloves.)

Eddie was making a surprise for his girlfriend when she walked up, so there is a bit of dye drama going on....

The process is simple.... Take your 100% silk scarf that you can pick up at the craft store, and tie it in knots, or twist it, or rubber band it, fold it, or whatever you can think of to make a design. As you'll see in the video, we now have a new dyeing term call "zshooozing" by one of the dudes, as well as "massaging" the dye into the scarf! (love it :-)

So, check out your dye color options at iLoveToCreate and make a scarf that would be perfect for Valentines Day, or any day!