Thursday, August 28, 2008

Colorful Expletives

I pulled some back muscles on Sunday. It still hurts today. I twittered about how it was raining, and I was stuck at the store without an umbrella. Margot Potter thought it was a good time for a juicy expletive. I like to use a string of colorful ones, because one is never enough for me.

That inspired me to make a pendant out of shrink plastic stuff. The plan was perfect. I have a bunch of pretty gel pens and sharpie markers. I created my design. Then, being lazy, I decided to use my heat gun instead of a toaster oven or regular oven. Heck, my back hurts. Why bother with the oven?

Crafty Lesson Learned:
Yes, a heat gun works on shrink plastic. Just a small piece. Like less than 6 inches long. Anything longer turns into something out of a sci-fi movie.

Back to the drawing board... Oh, and gel pens aren't exactly what I'd call permanent on shrink plastic.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Party Gals!!

I went to an adult themed party on Saturday, held at Dollie Jo's house. She is a distributor of such items now and did a great job of selling them!

But that's not what I'm here to blog about. I have this really bad habit of saying that I will make stuff for people, and then get sidetracked either with life or swaps. Bad Kiki!

Here's my list of things that I said I would make for people:
Sock monkey for Bank Lady. She's been waiting for about 2 years for it.
Stuffed mouse, coffee sleeve, and a surprise for Rockabilly Red.
Stuffed mouse, crocheted cupcake purse and a surprise for Dollie Jo.
A bracelet for Baby girl (I think that's all she wants - for now)

Hey, this list is shorter than I thought! If I've forgotten you, let me know. :)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Once you POP!!

I joined another swap, this one based on a Pringles can. I figured out why the slogan is "Once you pop..." It's because once you rip off that foil stuff, the dang lid wont stay on!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Sweet Cherry Necklace

Baby Girl was making some simple bracelets, and I got the crafty itch. Here's what I made:

I used two red, wooden beads. 2 glass leaf shaped beads. 24- and 14-gauge wire, and chain. It hangs slightly crooked, but that's okay. I'm the one wearing this creation.

Wild Adventures in the Yard!

Baby Girl and I were sitting outside last night with my laptop, just surfing the Net. She went in around 11 or so, leaving me alone. It could have become disastrous. I'm happily typing away, minding my own business. I see something out of the corner of my eye. It's a good thing I didn't make any sudden moves because it was a SKUNK!!! About 5 feet away from me!


My patio chairs make a horrible scraping noise on the concrete whenever we move them. I grabbed one, and moved it ever so slightly. My little friend started to run away. But he didnt go very far. He ran about another foot, then turned to face me.


He turned away from me. I certainly did NOT like the business end of a skunk pointed at me. Luckily, he continued to run away from me. As soon as I saw his tail further down the driveway, I grabbed my stuff and high-tailed it into the house as fast as my legs could carry me!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Swap: Craft My Wists Summer 2008 Swap SENT

This theme was based on Wists. For those of you unfamiliar with Wists, it is basically a place online where you can "store" a visual wish list! It's a great thing.

We each had to pick about 10 items that we really would like to have crafted for us from our Wist. We had to send a total of 6 points, based on size, time spent crafting or money spent to craft the item. I chose my points based on length of time spent. Here are the items I crafted for her:

A wire butterfly, based on this

The celtic design, based on this

Hand painted Fabric napkins, based on this

I had a lot of fun creating that wire butterfly. I definitely learned to wear gloves when working with that much wire. I might even try to make a smaller one, to make a pendant out of it.