Saturday, February 4, 2017

~diy hand stamped valentines~

i've been making my own valentines since i can remember.
as a kid i would use whatever we had available at home...
which wasn't much some years. a few years back i came
across one i'd made way way way back and
i had used pink toilet paper! 
what the?
do you remember when they used to make colored t.p.?
do they still? 
my mom always made ours too.
i'm sure that's where the seeds were planted for me.
i still have some of them that my mom made me.
i treasure them. 
some years i've gone all out and made spectacular valentines.
this year, i decided to keep it least for 
the ones i'll send my parents and siblings.
i have bigger plans for my own lil family's valentines this year.
i saw this idea awhile ago (i can't remember where) and 
thought the kids would have fun doing it.
i like it because it was super easy and cheap.
 heart shaped stamps with empty toilet paper rolls.
it looks something like this:

 just take the toilet paper rolls and bend them to
the shape you want, dip them in your paint and stamp away!

we did a couple different projects with this.
my kids each stamped a 12 x 12 piece of paper
we stamped these onto some blank pink and red greeting cards.
(i got the blank cards at target for $1/package)
these are the valentines we'll send out to our family.

for an art project that will appeal to kids (and adults) of every age,
try this!
we all had a blast with this!
it was cheap, easy, and believe it or not...
easy to clean up. 
i highly recommend using the washable paints for easy clean-up.

hope you all have fun getting your valentines craft on!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

~turquoise-pearl-tassel necklace~

i love mixing elements that don't necessarily
go together, yet somehow they do. 
the eclectic taste of it....delicious.

turquoise. pearls. tassels. gold.
sounds like a lot...
(throw in some lace and velvet and it smells like a brothel).
the result turned out to be a 
simple, bohemian'ish vibe.

i made two of these yesterday.
birthday gifts for a couple of friends.

i think i need to make one for me too :)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

~Embellished Shepherds Hook for Houseplants~

last weekend i blew the dust off my jewelry making supplies 
and attempted to make some birthday gifts 
for a few important ladies in my life. 

normally i have ideas coming left and right and 
i have to reign things in to hone in on the project i have in mind. 
this time....nothing.
although i had a strong desire to create something,
i had no creative inspiration.
i tried to force it.
 the end result of the earrings i made....
not good. like REALLY not good.
(susie-you'll be glad i went and bought you a necklace instead) 

in the past couple years i've only dipped into
 the creative parts of my brain sporadically.
i'm creatively out of shape.

i decided to ditch the gawd-awful earrings and re-group.
i needed to make something that i didn't have to think too hard about.
last summer while at a local garden store i saw 
some beautiful embellished shepherds hooks for houseplants. 
i've been wanting to make one ever since. 

in the end, i made two of them but only gave one away.

 my little lady and i have decided to do "a craft" (as she calls it) every weekend.
a couple weeks ago we made our own dream catchers (i'll share pics soon).
i think today we'll work on some valentines day projects.

hope you all have a great weekend!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

~singing bowl resting pillow~

 Bought this beautiful singing bowl
as a birthday present for a good friend of mine.
Have you ever heard a singing bowl?
They can be used for meditation or healing
and they make such a beautiful sound. 
You rub a dowel along the edge of the bowl
and it makes music....a sound that's indescribable. 
Almost hypnotic.

When I was at the store buying it, I noticed they
had them displayed on pillows. I knew right
away this was how I could put my 
personalized touch into this store bought gift.

With a little swatch of velvet fabric and some findings 
in my jewelry making supplies I came up with this:

 I put the jewels in the center to button tuck the pillow
so it would sit level and not roll off. 

 I thought the contrasting color really makes
the color and beauty of the bowl stand out
while it's resting on the pillow.

Here's to a year of peace and beauty Lyns...
a beautiful gift for a beautiful soul and a beautiful friend :)

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

~Memory Blanket....made from clothes~

For me, what makes hand made 
gifts so special is the love 
and emotion that goes into it.
I'm thinking of the person I make it for 
throughout the entire process. 

This next thing I'm going to share with you
is one of the most emotional projects
I've ever worked on.

Eight and a half years ago, a very dear friend
of mine passed away suddenly, leaving two 
little boys and a husband behind. 
Her husband kept her clothes in the exact
place she'd left them in her closet and drawers
for six years. About two and a half years
ago, he asked me to go thru her clothes with him.
He wanted me to keep some of them to 
make blankets for the boys. 
Going thru her closet....that was rough.
tears. missing. laughter. memories.

I brought the clothes home that I'd set aside for the blankets
and had to wait another year and a half before
I had it in me to start working on the blankets.

I had a good excuse and a deadline....
her oldest son was getting married. 

I started it a couple months in advance. I'd
never made a blanket out of T-shirts before and I
had no idea how I was going to pull it off. 

This wasn't a project I went balls to the walls
and completed in a couple days...I could have...
but there were times I just had to put it aside
and step away. Man...I miss her.

There were also times it was like she was
sitting right next to me as I was working
on it. I swear I could have reached out and
touched her....I can't describe it. 
She was here...with me, making this for her son...and it's
like it was a gift from her too. 

I wanted to make sure the clothes I was choosing
held memories for her son as well.
The panels are from T-shirts, pajama pants, 
sweatshirts, her work shirt, swim shorts, etc.
I sewed the panels together, put a layer of batting 
in between and backed it with a flat sheet.

A couple of the panels had pockets on them.
I printed up pictures of her on fabric paper,
backed them with fabric from more of her clothes,
and hid them in the pockets. 
 This one is a pic of her and her oldest boy,
when he was about 5 or 6 years old...we were sledding.
I got the saying I printed on the pic from a 
children's book....I can't remember the name of the book.
I thought the words were PERFECT.

I was pleased with the finished product.
It gave me a great sense of accomplishment...
Her son loved it, he cried when he got it.

The ceremony was beautiful and heart wrenching all
at the same time. It hurt my heart that it was such
a big day for her son and she didn't live to see it.
This mourning business is so complex.
Lots of hidden cracks and crevices.
Just when you think you've moved on and 
accepted it....BAM! 
She may not have lived to see it but she
was there that day....and she was happy...
and she was proud of her boy. 
And so am I.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

~Welcome Back Me...and some earthy jewelry!~

Remember me?
It's been a loooong time, I know.
About 2 years ago I got this crazy idea to take 
up a job, thinking I could continue to
manage all the things 
I enjoy doing-vs-the responsibilities of things
I HAVE to do. Turns out, it takes
up a lot more of my time than I originally
thought it would and therefore my "flex time"
for crafts, DIY, jewelry and fashion
is pretty much non-existent.
And getting on the computer to blog if I do
get a spare minute.......forget about it!
I work from home (did I mention yet
that I love my job?) and I'm on the
computer so much for work that
it's about the last thing I want to be doing 
when I don't have to to.

All that being said, I miss nurturing my
creative side. I miss blogging. 
Instagram just doesn't cut it for me.
I have managed to bust out a couple
projects in the last few months...
this is one of them.

This was a "special order" from a good friend
of mine's husband. His Valentine's gift to her.
A bracelet and pair of earrings.
I love how it turned out...a very earthy vibe.

Hope you all have been well!
Come back soon...I won't be such a stranger!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

~Valentines for kids and Wire Heart Bangle Bracelet~

 It's possible that my creativity level is at
an all time low right now. 
Total bummer because making our Valentines each year
is usually a highlight for me.
For my son's Valentines I completely relied
on Pinterest for a little copy cat action. 

After pinning a few and showing them to my 
little guy, this is the one he chose to make for 
his class: 
Isn't it adorable? There's a free download/printable
for this and you can find it (HERE) at

We intended to do this for the whole class
but unfortunately when my printer got low
on ink, we had to come up with another
Valentine's game plan. 

We did this:
I made the note myself but I found the
idea for this Valentine at "Paging Supermom"...(HERE).

If we hadn't already done the Yoda Valentines we
would have done this for all the boys instead.
So-half the boys are getting Yoda-the other
half are getting the paratroopers.

The girls are getting this:

I got this free printable (HERE) at
Living, Loving, Learning Naturally. 
For the girls we attached a heart shaped ring pop
because.....duh-A girl's gotta get her some
jewelry for Valentine's Day....and her birthday....
and Christmas....and anniversaries....

On that note....
this is what I made for his teacher:

 Simple little heart bangles in contrasting metals.
She can wear each one alone or stack them.

They were super easy and I like the simplicity
of them. Guess what I'll also be making 
myself for Valentines? 

Hope your Valentine's Day is filled 
with lots of love and happiness.

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