Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WIP Wednesday

Happy to see you back today my creative friends!

This past week I played with the recycling again and made a Donut Trinket Box!

Last night I bought myself a new cross stitch kit to work on:

Right now I've not even opened the package, but I hope to have an update for you next week!

Now, its your turn!:

Monday, June 12, 2017

Donut Trinket Box - Make it Monday

Make A Donut Trinket Box 

June 2nd was National Donut Day.  And while I missed the actual day by a week or two, who doens't love donuts no matter WHAT day of the year it is.

So when I saw this adorable Donut Trinket Box on HGTV Handmade I had to give it a try.  It was adorable and it looked simple enough. It didn't take much and and had it all on hand.  You probably do too!

I love this glue gun by
Ad Tech for its precision
tip nozel and dual temp!


Recycled cardboard
Hot Glue Gun with Glue Sticks
Donut Template (see video below)
Acrylic paint and brushes.

So, I ran to my recycling, grabbed  some cardboard, printed out the template and started my first attempt.

DIY Tip: Print the template out on thick cardstock instead of plain printer paper to make it easier to trace around.

Unfortunately my first attempt was a flop.  I got my temples printed and cut out, got my glue gun heated up and then I struggled to get my cardboard sides to fit around my donut box's top and bottom.  In the end it was a hot glue smeared, stringy hot mess that wouldn't fit together because my inner holes became the same size!

The biggest thing I took away from that even was the following:

DIY Tip:  Use a THICKER cardboard for the top and bottom of the doughnut.  Courogated shipping boxes work well.  Use a thinner cardboard, like a cereal box or toilet paper tubeingfor the outer and inner walls of your doughnut trinket box.

I didn't let that stop me though.  Armed with a little practice, I re-cut my top and bottom out of thicker cardboard and tried again.

This go around I had much less problem gluing on the sides because my base had more thikness for the glue, and my sides, to actually stick TO.   In the end there were less gluts of glue, and the top of my Donuts Trinket Box actually went on to the bottom of the box properly!

Now that the thing was built it was time to decorate it!  This is really the best part!  I made mine a chocolate donut with strawberry icing!

DIY tip: If your recyled cardboard is glossy (the outer sides of packaging usually is), you should sand it down so your paint will stick better.

If I were to make another box I think I would make the wall of the bottom  2 inches instead of 1 inch, to see the differene in my bottom and icing better.  Also, It would hold a few more things.  I think I would also make the drippy side of the icing BEFORE I glued it to the top of the donut.  It was a little difficult to cut after it was together.

Learn how to make this box, and two others, in the video below!

If you try this for yoursel I'd LOVE for you to share it with me!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WIP Wednesday


Its mid-week again everyone!  Isn't that great?

I hope that you were all able to make time to do something you love this past week.  Did you make any progress on your projects?  Did you finish something?  Did you start something new?

Whatever you did, feel free to share it with us, in the comments and in the linky below!

As for myself, I started punching out bunches and bunches of holes:

I intend for these to be handmade embellishments to hopefully sell on Etsy.

I've also started a new art journal, and have one unfinished spread in it so far:

Now, its your turn:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

WIP Wednesday

Welcome to another WIP Wednesday friends!  I hope you have found some super projects to keep you busy in the time between my last WIP and today!

As for myself, I've been trying to figure out how to create content for this cute little blog when I can't even manage to make time to DO a DIY.

Ahh..well the winds of change are blowing, maybe they'll send a seed my way.

Meanwhile, share your creations with me this week.  Maybe I'll be inspired!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

WIP Wednesday - #22

Happy Wednesday friends!  Glad to see you again!

I finished my little Weeping Angel.  Isn't she adorable!

I'm thinking about randomly leaving her on my bosses desk.  He thinks they are the best villian ever.

Recently I've not been working on anything other than spreads in my tiny art journal.

I plan to soon start working on a Traveler's Journal.  A fauxdori a lot of people call them, because of Midori being the most popular ones.

So, stay tuned for that, and for me to make some refills for the TJ's I already have.

Now, its your turn, what have you been working on?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

WIP Wednesday #21

Welcome Back Friends!

Sorry for the hiatus I took here.  In November we lost one of our fur babies, our 13 year old Labrador Boomer.  December is just a hectic busy time of year for me (I work retail!) and in January our other doggie has faced his own life-threatening medical problems.

I wanted to make 365 tiny works of art this year but I'm a month behind on that.

I did start stitching again this month though.

My FB and instagram friends guessed a lot of bird like things for what this stitch in progress was going to be.

Even when she was finished my husband said, "That looks like a very buff eagle."

Can you tell what it is? Leave your guess in the comments.

Now, do you have any WIPs?  I would LOVE to see them.
Use the linky below to share anything you are working on currently!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Chic Black and Gold Tile Coasters


Surfing the crafty side of the internet today I came across some Copper Leaf Coasters that I loved the look of.

I also just happened to have some ceramic tile laying around, from a previous coaster project I never did do.

What I didn't have was copper leaf, or gold leaf, or any leaf really.  I've never leafed anything before.

I did have gold paint, though, and thought I'd try my own take of the Copper Leaf Coasters using gold paint instead.


Ceramic Tiles (or plain coasters to upcycle)
Low Tack tape (washi tape or painters masking tape work)
Americana Multi-surface paint (I used Black Tie and Gold)
Mod Podge Hardcoat
Cork or felt

Gold Splatter Tile Coasters 



Step 1


Tape off the edges of your tiles.  I used some Washi tape I had on my desk.

Paint your base coat on the tiles.  Americana Multi-Surface paint is an indoor/outdoor paint and works fine on ceramics.  It will take more than 1 coat to cover completely, however.

My coasters took 4 base coats to be solid.

Step 2


Once dry, mask the top of your tiles where you DO NOT want paint with tape.  I covered all but 1/3 of the tiles surface.

If you look at the image at the top you'll see gold polka dots.  That came from the washi tape I used, so if you use Washi, make sure it doesn't have any foil elemnts (unless you want to try for a foil transfer, then go ahead!).

Step 3



Using the gold paint, pretend you're in kindergarten again and splatter the gold paint all over the exposed surface.  The look is meant to be random!

My paint was too thick, so you can add water to yours if need be, or just brush random daps and dashes onto the coasters surface.

Step 4


Gently remove the masking from the top of the coaster and set aside.  Pull the tape from the sides of the coaster and discard.

Reuse the tape you set aside to cover the top edges of your coaster.  That keeps you from getting paint on the top while you paint the edges.

Step 5


Paint the edges of your tile gold.  Again this will probably take multiple coats to achieve the desired effect.

Step 6


Cover the whole shebang (top and sides) with the Mod Podge Hard Coat.

Once dry, use the glue of your choice to glue cork or felt to the bottom of the tile.

Now, it's ready to use!