Thursday, February 26, 2009


My friend Joanne Wardel sent me a blank matchbook book she had made to decorate. If you click on her name it will take you to her blog where she has a great tutorial on how to make them …she ingeniously hides the staples so be sure to check it out.

Anyway it is quite a bit bigger than a real matchbook. The pages were just the right height for the ATC size frames on my new collage sheet but it was too wide…. being the butcher that I am, I got out my xacto knife and cut it a little narrower. Thank goodness she had left the staples in from the edge just enough. I am still getting this ageing thing down so I tried a bit of everything …lol.

I started by stippling the entire thing, then I drizzled ink on it. It still did not look to old so I took the sandpaper to it and roughed it up with the edge of a serrated knife. Better but not quite so next I used some gray, brown and black chalk. Once I had that done I cut the little frames out and placed an acetate window in each. Then came the fun stuff, I added cut out collage images, stamped and embellished to my hearts content :))

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Theme Thursday ...Labels :)

When I saw the theme over at Theme Thursday this week, I was itching to play. Here is my entry.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

ATC’s 4 Trade :)

I was looking at my ATC book the other day with a friend and I realized that it has been way to long since I have made any ATC’s to trade. So tonight I was playing around ..inspired by another friends art and did these two little ATC’s. If you have an ATC you would like to trade for them…or any of the others on my “trading page" , just drop me an email :)

Eat Crow

Braunlick Bear

Monday, February 16, 2009

Timeless Words


 I have been waiting to post this because it was a little thank you gift for a friend. There have been too many times, I have let a friends words of encouragement slip by without acknowledging the effect they had on my art and me. I wanted to make her a piece that represented her words of encouragement. Although I loved salvaged art, I was so intimidated by it. I doubt I would have started this new avenue in my art with out her. Anyway …the necklace has now arrived so I can share :)) I call it “Timeless Words” because the focal point of the necklace is the crinkled text that is sandwiched between two watch crystals and also the little bottle holds watch parts.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

PARTAY ...or er Party... Perfume Labe Bottle Light

Valentines Blog Party
...and have I got a romantic giveaway!

...and the winner is....Altered Route
 This is one of my perfume bottle night lights. There is even a switch on the cord that turns It off and on.
To make one yourself. First you will need to print your label. I have many to choose from in my little etsy store. I feel they look much more authentic printed on brochure paper and edged with a gold paint pen.
This is a take off the popular wine bottle mood lights. I thought it was much more appropriate for a bedroom or bath. First you need to drill a hole in the back side of the bottle for your lights to go though. I used a dremel with a diamond bit. It takes some time and especially with this bottle as the glass at the base was almost ½ inch think : /
Once you have the hole though you can grind in a circular motion to make it as big as you like. Because of the time involved in making a hole large enough for a night light I opted for a 20 strand mini light set. I was able to get these even off season in the floral department of my local craft store.

Once you have your hole drilled clean the bottle well and drizzle alcohol inks in the color of choice. I kinda moved it around with my fingers until I got a marbled pattern. Once that is dry seal it with Matt finish clear acrylic spray. Let dry.

Once you have your label printed glue it to the bottle.  You can use either a xyron, mounting adhesive or craft spray glue because when the light comes on you don’t want glue streaks to show. Then just poke your lights through the hole.
For the topper, I used some stiff craft wire and secure it to a chandelier crystal leaving about 1 ½ inches of wire. Twist this into a corkscrew shape. Glue a washer to the top of the bottle cork and screw the crystal in place. Cover the rest of the cork with silver metal tape. You can stop there but I wound some more of the craft wire around a pencil to form a spring. Then I flattened out the rings like a petal, bent the ends of the petals down and wrapped around the base of the crystal.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

OWOH ... who won!!!!!


The winner is
.··-.¸.-··. (`'·.¸(`'·.¸Her Art Nest¸.·'´)¸.·'´) .··-.¸.-··.
Now I did use the random number generator but the winning number is different from the post number because of some double posts. So rather than confuse people I am just posting the winners name :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Fairies Travel Kit

I call this "A Fairies Travel Kit" because this little tin holds all her necessities. Her magical fairy dust and her magic wand. If she has those two items she can use them for anything else her little fair heart might need :)
Click on the picture for a better view

And the winner is Kimberly Johnson
Please use the email link below my picture to send me your shipping address.
Please use the email link to send me your shipping information

Tiny Crowns Tip :0

 Did you notice how tiny the crown was on the little fairy sitting on top of that tin .... wonder where I got that tiny crown. Well pull down your Christmas decorations and check out the tops of them… yep tiny crowns. The itsy tiny bulbs have itsy tiny crowns but if you need some bigger ones check out the giant bulbs. This is wayyyy cheaper than buying those brass charm crowns and you can find a better variety too!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Let them eat cake :D

I could not sleep so what's a girl to do? ... MAKE CAKE :)) Not being a stingy type girl, I thought I would share :)) I admit it is not fancy … very quick and very easy but oh so yummy! It is called “Top of the morning” cake and is a recipe I found in one of my vintage cookbooks.

1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
¼ teaspoon of salt
2 eggs in a one cup measuring cup then fill to the one cup mark with milk

¼ cup butter
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Grease and flour a 8 x 8 glass pan. Mix the dry ingredients into a medium mixing bowl. Then put the two eggs into the measuring cup and fill to the one cup mark with milk. Combine with dry ingredients and poor into pre prepared glass pan. Put it into a 350 degree oven.
Then melt the butter. In a separate container mix the topping sugar and cinnamon. Once the cake starts to rise a little on the sides. Open the oven door and quickly drizzle the butter over the top and sprinkle with the sugar mixture. Continue baking until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean…. About 20 minutes. .

Sunday, February 1, 2009

One World ~ One Heart Giveaway!


The idea behind this event is for bloggers all over the world to connect with artists, share stories, creations and giveaways. Well you know how I love a giveaway :)) Just leave me a comment and you could be the winner of my tiny captured fairy in a bottle necklace. Be sure to leave your contact information for this one.

Then once you leave me a comment then click on the world badge above and go down the list of all the other participants

I will announce the winner of the little bottle fairy on Feb 12th a very special day for me as it is the birthday of my second born son who past away several years ago and I think this is a great way to honor his giving heart too!

I am trying to work my way down the caravan list. If you are also playing along leave your caravan post number so I can find your post