Saturday, July 19, 2014

Homemade Baker's Twine

I found that I really liked using bakers twine, but didn't really have the storage space to have it in every color.  So trying to be resourceful and get more for my buck.  I found a way to make my own.  Using crochet thread, a ruler and my Copic Markers.  

Start by wrapping the crochet thread around a standard 12" ruler.  tape the beginning end down and wrap as little or as much as you want to make.  Make sure as you are wrapping the thread stays tight together and around the ruler.  After wrapping to the length you want, cut the thread and tape down the end.

Take out which ever Copic markers you want to use to match your project.  I used B29 and R29 on this one since I was using it for my design team project (stars and stripes).  As you can see you can use as many colors as you want.  Using the chisel side draw lines down across the thread on both sides of the ruler.

Since Copic is alcohol based it dries almost instantly.  You are ready to go for any project!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Our latest Mosaic Moments Design Team Challenge was to use black and white photos.  I took a trip out to Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge early one morning to get some great shots of the wildlife.  We were also asked to try photo tinting, which I have wanted to try and never have.  I think it came out great and will definitely do it again.  You can see the full story on my Journella Page.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Our June literary inspiration for the Mosaic Moments Design Team was Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  One of my favorite British Lit. Authors.  I love that she would include in her stories commentary on the local society and customs.  For this challenge, I decided to focus on Pride and what I was most Proud of... My Scouts.
You can see the link on my Journella page for the full story.

Friday, May 30, 2014

This was a special project for me.  At my son's elementary school his 3rd grade teacher had a wonderful idea to have a ladies tea for the 3rd grade girls that needed a little extra attention and instruction on being a lady.  So she suggested a tea and I asked if I could be apart.  She willingly said yes, not knowing what she was getting herself into.  LOL  I took a giant leap and was so incredibly blessed! The girls learned a lot and we had so much fun with them.  They really touched my heart and I am a better person for having had this opportunity to be apart of their lives.  
As a thank you gift for Mrs. Huttie, I started working on a project, about a month ago, using Graphic 45's Botanical Tea paper collection.  I used a small box I found at the dollar store and recovered it with different papers from the collection.  I used liquid glass on the teapot on top, some great metal embellishments and bits and pieces from the paper collection.  I painted small wooden balls and attached at the bottom like feet and sewed on a metal teapot and rose to the ribbon attached to the lid.  

I decorated inside the box as well.  On the inside cover is a small pocket that a tag fits in.  (my thank you note)  The quote "Keep Calm and Act Like a Lady" is the one we used through out our tea and had put on Tea-Shirts for the girls.  The box holds a mini tag book album I made with pictures of our weeks of tea as a memento.  It was a fun project.  I love altered art projects and mini albums, and this project combined them both.  

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Oops!  Forgot to blog my last two Mosaic Moments design team challenges!!  Sometimes life gets so busy I lose track.  This was our 1st challenge for May.  We were to take our inspiration from the Book/Movie "Letters to Juliet."  The book is based on the real group in Italy called the Juliet Club.  They answer letters sent to Juliet of Verona, Italy.  Yes, that Juliet, from Romeo and Juliet.  People all over the world leave letters in the wall or mail them to ask for advice or to tell of their love story.  I wanted to tell of my grandparents love.  You can see the details and full story on my Journella page.

Our second challenge for the month was Flowers.  I have had these great sunflower doilies that I got from the dollar store a few years ago and I was just waiting for the right time to use them.  Creating this page really made spring seem as thou it had arrived.  You can view the full story on my Journella page.