Archive for March, 2013

Day 90: Happy Easter
March 31, 2013

There were chocolate bunnies and Hershey’s kisses left for my boys this morning, but I don’t think the Easter bunny delivered them. I think they were dropped off by a school of Easter Fish:

Easter Egg Fish

With it being Easter, I felt compelled to create something using plastic Easter Eggs. So, I added fins, eyes and tails to some of them to create this school of Easter fish. The fins and tails are simply felt that the eyes are tiny black buttons.

Happy Easter everyone!

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Day 89: Drawstring Bag
March 30, 2013

Today was the day that I broke out the sewing machine and tried my first sewing project. Now, please keep in mind that I have not sewn since my high school days which were a long, long time ago.

Drawstring Bag

I made a small drawstring bag. I know that it is not a complicated project, but, like I said, I haven’t done any sewing in more years than I care to admit to. I figured the anchor print fabric and the rope drawstings gave it a nautical feel. It is small measuring about 5×8 inches, so it could be a cute bag for toiletries or sewing notions.

Day 88: Pirate Ship
March 29, 2013

I started out this morning with the idea that I would bake cookies and decorate them with nautical motifs. Well, that didn’t work. So I rummaged around trying to find something else I could do. I found a pirate ship model in my stash, so I decided to put it together.

Pirate Ship

After the failed attempt with the cookies and several other ideas that just wouldn’t come together, I needed something fairly easy. You would think that putting together a simple model would be easy. Well, it would be if the kit had included all of the pieces. I was missing one of the yardarm pieces, so I improvised and replaced it with a toothpick. I could have painted the various pieces, but kind of wanted to just leave the natural wood, and I will admit that after how everything else was turning out this morning, the idea of painting it was unsettling.

It took more patience than anticipated, but I was able to complete the pirate ship and even get pictures. Maybe it is a sign that my day is turning around.

Day 87: Picture Frame Tray
March 28, 2013

I got the idea for today’s project from Pinterest. As soon as I saw it, I knew that it was something I would have to try.

Picture Tray Frame

The reason I  knew I had to make one of my own is because I am addicted to picture frames. My kids hate going into Target with me if I even walk by the picture frame aisle, since my involuntary reaction is to look at the frames.

For this project though, I started by looking for the fabric that I used inside the frame. As soon as I saw this fish print, I knew I wanted to go with a basic black frame so that it would almost look like an aquarium. The frame I found was actually intended for featuring school photos over the years and measures about 10 1/2 x 20 1/2. I cut the fabric to size and replaced the photo mat with the fabric. Next, I just had to add handles. I found these black drawer handles that worked almost perfectly. I say almost because the hardware for adding the drawer handles was too long for with the frame, so I had to improvise a little bit. Luckily, a little Krazy Glue did the trick.

I could see using this by the pool this summer to bring down plates and cups or other lighter items (since I don’t know if the Krazy Glue will do the trick over the long term). Or, I could see using it on a dresser for gathering all of the small items that accumulate. If you had a tray like this one, how would you use it?

Day 86: Purple Seahorse Card
March 27, 2013

Since I am still not quite at 100%, I decided to go with something well within my comfort zone today and to combine a couple of my favorite things. I have mentioned before that I think seahorses are about one of the coolest creatures out there, so I decided to create a card featuring a seahorse in my favorite color…purple.

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The card uses a rather simple, classic design, one that I have used for Christmas cards in the past. I started with a 5 1/2 inch square card. I used coordinating purple papers and a piece of sheer white ribbon to cover the front. I stamped a seahorse design onto white paper that I then mounted on purple, more white and more purple paper. I colored the seahorse design using chalk pencils and Q-Tips. The card is simple, but I love how this design turns out.

Day 85: Red Coral and White Shell Necklace
March 26, 2013

Have you ever bought supplies for an art project and then wondered what you had been thinking? I found myself doing that this morning. Maybe it is the headache that I am doing battle with or maybe it is that they shell frame beads that I bought are just that out of character for me. Either way, I used one in today’s project:

Red Coral and White Shell Necklace

I use the circular shells quite often but the rectangular one is the item that I am wondering what I was thinking when I bought it. I decided to make a circle in a square pendant. Still not sure how I feel about it. It is definitely different. I suspect that I will be disassembling this necklace at some point and moving the round shell into the necklace, but maybe not. What do you think? Should I leave it as is, or remove the pendant portion and just make a straight necklace?

Day 84: Fish Sketch
March 25, 2013

Let me start by saying that while I am a creative person, I am no artist. I simply have never been able to draw. But, today, I decided to give drawing a try. Here is my sketch of a Pyramid Butterfly Fish:

Pyrabmid Butterfly Fish Sketch

Admittedly, most people are likely to have never even heard of this particular type of fish. Several years ago, we went to Hawaii and went snorkeling and this was one of the fish that was on the fish finder card they gave us. I used that as my basis. Of course, here is a photo of what one really looks like:

pyramid-butterfly-fish

Okay, so my drawing isn’t very good and looks like it could have been drawn by a 6 year old, but I tried.

 

 

Day 83: Gone Fishin’
March 24, 2013

The other day, I made beaded fish. When I made them, it occurred to me that if a kid had a bunch of them and a “fishing pole” it could be a perfect rainy day activity. So…

Pony Bead Fishing Game

I will admit that I made some of the fish yesterday while watching March Madness. BTW, go Ducks! I used metallic key chain rings so then I was able to just attach some magnets to a string and attach the string to a piece of dowel rod to make the fishing pole. I made 16 fish total, 8 pairs or 4 sets. For the youngest kids, just having them catch fish could be enough, but for older kids, you can up the challenge by making them catch fish that match. My kids are too old for this game, but maybe I can find someone with some younger kids who might be able to enjoy it.

Day 82: No Sew Blanket
March 23, 2013

The calendar says it is spring, but the thermometer tells a different story. When it is only 28 degrees in the morning, and it is the end of March, the groundhog lied. Makes today’s project more fitting though.

No-Sew Fleece Blanket

Okay, even if the weather was warm, I was going to make this blanket today. I found this fleece with the ship’s wheels and decided it was perfect for a nautical no-sew blanket. I paired it with white fleece and after several laps around my dining room table was able to make this.

For those of you who don’t know me personally, sewing isn’t my thing. The idea of being able to make a blanket without sewing really appealed to me. However, I have decided that at least one of my 365 projects will involve me breaking out the old sewing machine (yes, we do own one) and making an actual sewing project.

Day 81: Safety Pins and Seed Beads
March 22, 2013

The inspiration for today’s project came from one of my fellow 365ers, Lisa over at 365 Days of Bassets. I hope she doesn’t mind me borrowing her idea and putting my own twist on it.

Seed Bead Crab

She, of course, did a dog’s head since here theme is Basset hounds, but that didn’t feel inspired by the sea, so I did a crab for mine. Being from Maryland, crabs are a way of life, so don’t be surprised if you see more crabs over the course of the year.

Thanks for the inspiration, Lisa.