Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Image from the Graphics Fairy
Happy Valentine's Day!
We have sunshine where I am and it's slightly warmer than it's been for weeks and weeks!
Here's a little  hope for anyone who can't wait for the spring thaw:  we are halfway through February.  March usually means more mild days and fewer bitter cold ones--we just have to hang on a little longer!  

Image from The Graphics Fairy
I filled a tray with all my project supplies, and naturally Perry thought the tray was just for her.
To pass the time on the cold days these past couple weeks, I've been working on a Valentine's Day Inchey swap hosted by Laurie at Indulge Yourshelf.
Spoiler alert if you are a participant eagerly awaiting your swap!

Here are all my little squares ready to go.  For inspiration, I wanted to do something in the style of a sampler but in miniature since our squares are just 3 inches by 3 inches.  Working in miniature makes it more fun, but also a bit more challenging to stitch tiny little hearts.

The first thing I did was divide the square into nine equal mini squares.  Then it was time to pull out all the buttons and laces to decide where to put them.  The little pink rhinestone flower button in the center is vintage.  I made tiny yo-yo's with leftover fabric from a baby quilt I made for one of my nieces who is now 15 years old.  I've kept that fabric for a loooong time!

I added stitching and tiny beads here and there and tiny french knots on the heart image from The Graphics Fairy.  The little heart charm in the lower corner came from the craft store, and I used Martha Stewart's jewelry paint to give it patina.  I used both rose and gold.
My favorite thing about these little squares is all the pink!  
That will turn a cold winter day happy!

I couldn't resist making a little something for our swap hostess.  We just realized this week we've known each other for about seven years.  We met at the last Silver Bella in 2009 when Laurie was so kind to let me sit with her.  I didn't know a soul there until I met Laurie and she introduced me to lots of lovely art ladies!! Now I'm having so much fun sharing swaps with some of these ladies and even meeting them again at various workshops.

The lace around the edge is a lovely vintage tulle that was just waiting for the right project.  The back is cut from a vintage dresser scarf that had been ruined with rust stains and candle wax.  

Valentine's Day is usually intended for sweethearts, but I think it's also an appropriate day to remember friends near and far.
Enjoy your day blog friends!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Yogurt Cup Challenge

Recently there was a fun challenge issued that I just couldn't pass up.
Laurie at Indulge Your Shelf came up with the idea of finding a way to use two-sided yogurt containers.  You know the ones.  The yogurt is on one side and the fruit is on the other.

I accepted her challenge and even met the deadline!  Now the original challenge is to do something Valentine's Day themed.  I kind of forgot about this and went rogue I guess!

What I ended up creating is sort of a mini sewing basket with a shabby chic look.

I used some spray paint specially formulated for plastic hoping to cover the label.  It would have taken several coats and a very long time to dry in my frozen garage!  I ended up spraying one coat to hopefully give it some "tooth" for glues and other paints.

I then decoupaged it with scrapbook paper torn into pieces.  This allowed me to get the paper to lay flat on the curved surface.  Some lace was glued around the edge and a few buttons glued on for a bit of color.  The smaller side is used for the pin cushion and was very easy to do.  I just filled the container with fiber-fill and then glued in the fabric.

I like having the larger side to hold threads, scissors and other supplies I might need for my handwork projects.  Other ideas I had for the container were a mini flower pot possibly for planting succulents or cactus, a holder for paper clips and push-pins or a crayon holder for kids.  It would also make a great May basket.

Thanks, Laurie for giving us this challenge!  You can read her post here.

So what should we upcycle next?!