Saturday, March 19, 2011

Altered Bottle Caps and Dog Tags

Hello Crafters!

Finally I get to work a little at my desk. My crazy sons schedule has left me no time for crafting.  But last night I finally got some time and worked on some dog tags and bottle caps.

My son has been collecting bottle caps from the local taquiera for me, he is so sweet. So I decided to make some magnets for the Christmas Boutiques.  Yes I said Christmas....

Can you believe I am already thinking about Christmas, but if I dont start working now, I wont have enough stock to participate in one at Christmas time. Plus, if I start now the inspiration will work its magic and who knows what I will be working on next.

Here is some quick photos of my desk right now...

Just a shot of the work I am doing, not the cluttered mess I am working on.  Gosh its a mess, I need to clean it up and put stuff away. It so hard to throw things away or just find a spot for them. But I think it is time to purge Hum, I will let you know how it goes.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

What do crafters do when they have time to kill?

So do you have some time to kill each week? I do. While my son is taking tae kwon do I sit and watch for an hour. He goes a couple times a week so that is a couple hours of my week that I am just sitting, so the crafter that I am decided to crochet a blanket.

It is something that can easily be packed up and can be done away from my craft desk. I'm not lugging around a bunch of things, just some yarn and a needle..  I went to JoAnns picked my colors, bought my needles and got working.  But I wasn't prepared for all the comments and questions that came with crocheting!

Really, I have gotten so many comments and questions it was shocking. One lady said she hadn't seen anyone knitting since her grandmother,then corrected herself to say crocheting. Another mom was so enthralled and was touching the yarn and asking when I started and how long will it take me and on and on.

Its funny, mothers don't teach their daughters to crochet anymore? Gosh I learned from my mom, who learned from her mom. Winter nights you could find us all working on some sort of scarf or blanket. In my lifetime I have created at least four blankets, plus started countless others that never got finished.

When did crocheting become something grandmas did? Why aren't mothers continuing a tradition that will create so many great memories.  Plus heirlooms to pass on from generation to generation.

My friend is starting a business to teach kids and mothers to sew. She has asked me to help her and brainstorm, crocheting and knitting will definitely be on our schedule!

Have a great week, be creative,


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Craft Projects

Hi everyone,

Sorry we are taking so long between posts! After about four years of being a stay at home mom I got a job! Yikes! It is part time at my sons school and I am really enjoying it. But, I still haven't found my groove in getting housework done, taking my son to his tae kwon do classes, plus catechism, and still have crafting time. It is tough, but I will find my groove and life will settle into place again.

But I had to show you what my mind has been thinking of.  The other day I went to throw this away...
Then I thought "hey that could be used as a vase, its water proof. Hum, I could also cut out patterns on the sides and it could hold a candle." This empty container has been sitting on my counter waiting to be transformed for a week now. Does this happen to you? I know I cant be the only crazy person out there.

So I have to show you what else I have been hoarding, just waiting for me to sit down and create with them.

Hahahahah....I have two jar fulls of plastic lids. These are from sodas, orange juice containers, milk containers. Then I have about 5 salt containers that I have pealed the wrappers off and are set to be morphed into something beautiful!

Let me tell you why I am collecting plastic lids.  Last year my friends Girl Scout troop was planning on doing Swaps.  Swaps are small items you make from any craft material (example: smore's, camp fire out of twigs, sleeping bag out of felt, flag out of beads) and place a safety pin on it to attach the swap to a hat or lanyard. This troop makes chicken and dumpling soup every year for the camp out and I thought these plastic lids would be perfect little pots! Fill them with Fimo clay shaped into biscuits and chicken legs, then filled with a clear glaze. Can you see it!?!  A cooking pot made out of plastic lids!

Then of course there is the bottle caps that I have been collecting! Remember, any restaurant or taco shop that pops the lids off sodas will have a stash of lids, all you have to do is ask the cashier for the lids.

Recycle, re-use, up cycle, be creative!