Sunday, August 24, 2014

Grand Opening Today! PattieWackDesigns Etsy Store

Big Announcement....

I'm pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the spankin' new PattieWackDesigns Etsy Store!   Yeehaw!  

I've been working on it for over a month and it finally came together.  Sooo happy that now I can share the PattieWack Tassel Tools, Pompom Tools, mixed media art, pompom keychains, color wheels, PattieWack Custom Crowns, and more crafty tools and supplies. 

Trust me, this is just the beginning. I've been hoarding craft supplies, and saving handmade items for YEARS.  And now it's time to unveil all the goodies!

One of the items in the store is just making me giddy.  I've always loved taking paper, rolling it, and making cool things with it.  And I've thought for a long time that making PattieWack Custom Crowns for special occasions would be fun.  Well, it's TIME.  I'm offering to make personalized crowns for those very special moments like a 50th birthday, or a Golden Wedding Anniversary, maybe a Sweet Sixteen Birthday girl, or any celebration.  There's a full description in the Etsy store :) 

So, please...please...please...head on over to the PattieWackDesigns Etsy Store and check it out.  I can't wait to hear back from y'all and hear what you have to say about it.  And remember, there's more to come!

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I love Tassels

You know how much I love Tassels, and there are countless images of tassels on the internet, and I'm always browsing for beautiful tassels for inspiration to make my own.  
In my internet journeys, I found the most amazing tassel pics at

I love this beautiful outfit, and the tassel necklace and bracelet make it so pretty.  Love the peace sign, love the beads, I just love it ALL!
The unbelievable colors in this necklace are simply delicious.  The tangerine tassel combined with the turquoise beads and knotted string are a beautiful combination.  I can see wearing this with a crispy starched white and a pair a indigo skinny jeans.

The ombre dye technique on this tassel really caught my eye, and shows how a simple silk tassel can be dipped into dye for an organic and thoughtful decoration on any door. 
And this one is extremely elegant in it's simplicity with the pure white embroidery floss and wooden beads, just slightly dipped in an ash brown dye.  Beautiful!
For more eye candy, check out:

I know you love tassels too, or you wouldn't be hanging out here with me..... so if you want more inspiration and to see how easy it is to make your own tassels, you just might enjoy my little video.

How to Make PattieWack Tassels How-To Video on the PattieWack Designs Channel on YouTube right here:

Sunday, August 10, 2014

DIY Bird Feeder Yard Art

Yard Art

I've been working in the yard a lot lately, and thought you might like to see my little bird feeder with a bird bath.  The bonus as you can see, is that the little birdies that take a bath here are hanging out with this cute gnome!  He's always ready say Hi! to all comers.

The best part about this bird feeder/bird bath is how easy it was to make.  All you need is a cup and saucer, a handful of buttons, a copper 3/4" pipe, and a 3/4" copper cap.  And GLUE!  

If you're unfamiliar with the pipe and cap, just ask the dude at the home improvement store, and they'll fix you right up.  I purchased an 8 foot pipe and asked him to cut it in half so I could make 2 while I was at it.  And I grabbed two copper caps.

Here's what you do:  
Mix a little 2-part Epoxy on a paper plate with a craft stick.  You won't need tons, and you can always swirl a little more together if you run out.  Then glue the cup to the saucer, and the buttons around the edge.  Tape the buttons on with masking tape until the glue sets up so they don't slide off.  Now turn everything upside down and glue the copper cap to the bottom of the saucer; flat side to the saucer.  The cap will be what holds the pipe to the saucer.  you don't want to glue the pipe to the cap.  

After everything dries (it won't take long), poke the pole in the ground and then place the finished bird feeder/bird bath onto the top of the pole, fitting the cap over the end of the pole.  It really IS that easy.  Now you can sit a little friend like my gnome, or a frog, or any other kitschy critter on the side of the cup to keep the birdies company.

Lastly, you can wind a string of beads on a wire around the top of the pole for added decoration like I did.  Voila!  How cute is that? And don't forget to pour birdseed into the saucer, and fill the cup with water.  Now you're ready to sit back and watch the birds enjoy!

Happy Summer!