Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Lingerie Shower Cookies

Heart-shaped cookie cutter.

Such a fun shower for my sweet friend Grace!

DIY Rehearsal Bouquet

My dear friend Grace got married back in September, and she asked me to come up with a bouquet for the wedding rehearsal. Usually a practice bouquet is a bunch of bows or just something small to hold for practice. This girl is adorable, so we had to do something cute. She has become quite the cupcake boss in the last year, and she personally made and iced hundreds of cupcakes for her own wedding cake. You would think that after making all of those cupcakes she would be ready to cry at the sight of a cupcake liner, but she has a good sense of humor. Who knows, she may even keep her bouquet around!

Cupcake liners, buttons, beads, straws, floral tape, wire and tulle.

Here comes the bride!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Pinterest, Hate To Love It

Quick rant: Pinterest is a concise way to see the work and ideas from thousands of sources all in one place. Crediting "Pinterest" with your craftiness is like saying "I credit this pan that I got my cookie off of, rather than the person that baked it." Food for thought.

I'm not anti-Pinterest. In fact, I think it's a great source of idea-sharing. It is indeed far more effective than spending hours combing through personal artist blogs or Google Images. But the process of removing an idea from its original source and putting it on a giant bulletin board does take away the element of authenticity. "I got this great idea from Pinterest!" Not unless the artist's name is Pinterest.

Pinterest is like a big blender of ideas. But I suppose that's what the internet is, isn't it.

Yard Sale Chairs

If you have been to my house in the past 7 or 8 months, then you've seen these beauties loitering in my garage. $10 for the pair at a yard sale.
They're kind of terrible.
Glossy as they were, spray paint covered great. No stripping necessary.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


Quick tutorial.... . 1.Mix 1/2 ModPodge 1/2 water.
Onto a canvas, I Mod Podged (yes, verb tense of "Mod Podge") old book pages and a piece of Newspaper from Thailand.
I added one piece of tissue paper over the pages for texture.
After the glue dried, I sponged white acrylic paint over the whole canvas. Sometimes I try to imagine crafts that I can do just to accommodate my giant sponge. Just my favorite.
Then, I cut out some paper letters. Good thing you were not around for the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth that goes along with making letters.
I used my (you guessed it) favorite sponge to paint blue/teal over the letters...
Peel back the letters, and there you go!
Isaiah 58:11 The Lord will guide you continually. He will satisfy your desire in broken and scorched places. He will make your bones strong. He will make you likea spring of water whose waters do not fail.
You see, last summer when I went to Thailand, I heard Isaiah 58:11 for the first time. Suddenly Hope was even more than the innocent eyes of a 12 year old girl rescued from prostitution. Hope became a promise. A promise to me. Last week, our family experienced a very decisive split. The period at the end of a sentence, if you will. I am thankful even yet, and praising the Lord for His provision because I know that He is up to something better than what I see. When I can't trace His hand, I trust His heart, and His heart for me is good. What can I do but celebrate his massive, off-the-charts love for me in every season?
My flesh will dwell in hope.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

More Inkle-Weaving

Some summer weaving! Chaperone bracelets!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

An Almost-iPhone-Case

I wouldn't be an honest craft blogger if I didn't post about a failed craft every once in a while. If I posted all my failed crafts I wouldn't have a social life, but this one was so close.....yet so far.
Here is an iPhone 3 case that I purchased from Walmart. Begging to be personalized!
This is some silk that I dyed using Shibori dye methods and dark green acid dye. Chose this for my classy best friend who bleeds Kappa Delta green. I used a mixture of washable glue and water to secure the fabric to the case. It actually adhered to the semi-flexible case nicely, which surprised me. . . Once it was dry I coated it in an acrylic gloss top coat...........THAT CRACKED.
Stop. Why did it crack? Back to the drawing board.
See that crack?
Say no to crack.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

GIANT Tie-Dye (Shibori Dye)

Lets begin with a low-quality image of myself, stirring a vat of deep purple reactive dye.
See that rat-tail shaped mass in the pot?
Hang with me.....

After Zach Balkcom and I boiled it and dried it, the first portion I unwrapped looked like this.

AAAAAAND this is what we wound up with.
I am okay with this :)

Let's end with another low-quality image of myself. For scale.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Basket Weaving: Haiti Installation

So, this is my basket installation.

The center of these baskets are coasters made by Haitian women. I purchased them when I traveled to the country of Haiti shortly after the earthquake.

The center basket is unfinished because it represents the people of Haiti that were going about their daily routine and were drastically interrupted by the quake.

I have a Haitian friend, Esther, who was in a coffee shop getting a latte when the earthquake took place. Everyone in the coffee shop died, except Esther.

Haiti is still intrenched in turmoil. Families are still learning how to do life without their homes, and family members that they lost during the disaster.

Material: Wood Reed, Thread

Monday, January 30, 2012

Another Wreath?!

So, I know, I have this wreath thing going....
Tea Wreath
Yellow Wreath
...there are two more somewhere hidden in my old posts....

Anyways.....Finally made Emily a wreath! :D

So, I know, I have this wreath thing going....
Tea Wreath
Yellow Wreath
...there are two more somewhere hidden in my old posts....