Friday, February 22, 2019

Altered Compact Mirrors

A few more altered compact mirrors (cosmetic mirrors) for my upcoming Christmas in July sale to raise money for our local humane society.

I filled each mirror with clear glue and fake snow on the bottom base, then once dry, glued on the miniature figurines that I found at various thrift stores this past holiday season.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Putz House Altered Bucket and Mirror

I really like Putz houses, and since they are so popular right now, I thought I'd try making my own.  There are some really elaborate ones out there but I kept mine small and simple.

The top one is on a 4" bucket from Hobby Lobby and the bottom one is on a compact mirror from Michaels.  The trees are from Joann Fabric and the miniature wreaths from Michaels.

~ Ann

Altered Baking Dishes

Just a few more items for the upcoming Christmas in July (or earlier) sale.....the first two were made with ceramic loaf pans that I never actually used but bought at Michaels years ago.

The middle one has a white Putz house that I made out of a cardboard cereal box.  I have other Putz houses coming up on the next post.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Vintage Santa Buckets

You can click on the photos to enlarge.  I bought the vintage Santa and elf on Etsy, the deer on Amazon and the tree at Hobby Lobby.

To decorate the top of the bucket, I glued on some pine branches then a layer of silver garland above that.  I filled the top base of the bucket with styrofoam then covered the foam with glue and glitter for a snowy effect, but then I tried to fill the top as much as I could for a really filled-in effect so you can't really see the snow.

I'll be making a lot more of these for my sale to raise money for our humane society.  The sale will be in the late spring and again possibly for a Christmas in July sale.  I hope to see a lot of local friends there.

Sale dates will be posted on my blog and Facebook page.


Hallmark Ornament Decor

1993 Bearingers of Victoria  Circle -- Mama

1989 Christmas Kitty #1

1991 Glee Club Bears -- Tender Touches Collection

1991 Plum Delightful -- Tender Touches Collection
(lacy floral ribbon around the edge of pail)

1991 Plum Delightful -- Tender Touches Collection
(flat lacy ribbon around the top edge)

Since I found the first Glee Club Bears retired Hallmark ornament at GoodWill a few weeks ago for less than a dollar, I fell in love with those adorable bears and bought duplicates at Hooked On, along with some other really cute animal ornaments such as the racoon, cat and momma bear baking cookies.

These will all be for sale at my next garage sale to raise money for our local humane society.  Details on the garage sale will be posted on my Facebook page and on my blog once a date is set.  I will also have a lot of my paper cutting dies for sale, as well as stamps.

I also made more of the cosmetic compact mirror decor:

Tulip puffy paint and glitter for the base

Kissing Santa and Mrs. Claus from Etsy

Glue and fake snow for the base above

Above left has puffy paint and glitter base whereas the one on above right has just clear glue and glitter for more of a frozen lake effect.

I left this one alone for the base so it would get the mirror effect.

I'd really like to get your opinion as to which base of the compact mirrors looks best and will sell best if you could leave a comment for me.  Thank you!


Monday, February 4, 2019

Altered Compact Mirror

Michaels has these compact mirrors in their $1.50 bin; they have jeweled covers on them but you can't see that in these photos.

I filled the base mirror with puffy paint, sprinkled on some white glitter and let it dry.  Then I glued on the mini snowman ornament from Hobby Lobby and the bottlebrush trees from Amazon.  

I'm hoping to make a lot more of these to sell at the upcoming Christmas in July sales to raise money for the Baltimore Humane Society.

~ Ann

My Second Cork Christmas Tree

Another cork tree for the upcoming sale.  I used a 13" paper mache cone under this one; very easy to make.

~ Ann

More Christmas Buckets

These are more of the buckets I'm selling  to raise money for the Baltimore Humane Society.  Will hopefully have a Christmas in July garage sale and also a booth at a few local craft fairs.  You can click on any image to enlarge them.

~ Ann

Monday, January 21, 2019

Vintage-looking crafts

Just some of the things I'm working on to sell in order to raise money for the local humane society.  I'm hoping to sell these at my house / garage sale in the Spring and again in July for a Christmas in July sale.

I have a lot more to make as I want to raise at least $2k for this.  I am also making the cork trees and other items, and will be selling my card making dies as well.  Subscribe to my blog or facebook page for the official announcement of my sales coming up.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Wine Cork Christmas Tree

This is my first attempt at making anything with wine corks; and no, I don't like wine.

I had seen on craigslist where someone had two huge 30 gallon bags of wine corks for FREE.  They aren't the real cork ones though; they are the rubbery plastic ones which are almost impossible to cut.  But they are soft enough that I could poke a hole in them and glue on a wooden skewer.

I started off with a styrofoam cone base that I bought at Goodwill for 50 cents.  All the other parts of the tree I already had from previous years and was glad to finally have a chance to use some of it.  The round wooden base is a box from Michaels that I bought years ago to use in a ribbon loom class I taught.  I glued the lid to the box itself then glued the cone to that.

Here's a process photo showing the corks with the skewer pieces in them.  I actually cut the skewers into 5-6 equal pieces; I also had the skewers left over from a previous craft.

Starting from the bottom, I began putting a little hot glue on the ends of the skewers that were already pierced into the corks and attaching them in an upward fashion.  I filled in the empty spaces with the miniature ornaments and berries, which were also waiting for years in the basement to be used some day.

Super quick and fairly easy to make.  The whole tree was complete in one day, and I only seriously burned one finger with the hot glue plus ruined one pair of pants when an ornament with hot glue fell on my lap.  My husband can attest to the number of times I complained about how I really don't like using glue guns.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hopefully I can make some wreaths or do other crafts with these corks and will share them shortly.

Happy Holidays! ~~ Ann

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Christmas Shadow Box

I have been working on this shadow box for over a month; I had a lot of creative block when trying to figure out how to lay out all the components.  The overall size is 16 x 20.

I'm not sure if this was a printer's tray originally or what it was......I bought the wooden tray itself at GoodWill for $3.  I still might dry brush some white paint to the exterior edges to give it a more rustic look.

When I went to take out my Christmas decorations this year, I realized they were taking up a lot of room by being stored and wrapped individually.  Most of what I have are gifts from my pre-K students over the years.  I thought it would be nice to have all those mementos in one spot so I could look at them all together at the same time and also store them a lot easier.

I did buy some miniature things to fill in the areas as I like shadow boxes that are full and have little blank space (which is totally opposite of my card making style which is clean and simple).

Here are some close-up shots:

My husband asked what the significance of the corn cob pipe was -- do you know?   It's from Frosty the Snowman but I couldn't fit it in the section with all the snowmen.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Ann