Archive for April, 2013

Day 120: Wishing I Was There
April 30, 2013

Looks like another grey, dreary day around here. It has me wishing I was sitting on a warm, sunny beach.

Chair on a Beach Framed Art

I wish I was sitting in that chair. Seriously, I started out with a bit of a different piece of art in mind. I was planning to do something with a lighthouse and was going to call the post, “Lighting the Way.” It just wasn’t coming together though, so I switched gears after a couple of attempts and this is what I came up with. Granted, the lighthouse would have gone better with the red frame, but this still fits the way I am feeling today. Guess I will have to play with the lighthouse another time.


Day 119: Playing with Perler Beads
April 29, 2013

A while ago, I bought a EKSuccess kit with perler beads and some fish patterns. I hadn’t gotten around to playing with them until today.Perler Bead Dolphin and Fish

For the dolphin, I closely followed the suggestion on the packaging with some minor color substitutions. For the fish, I varied the colors and the body design. on the packaging, they had small flowery designs. I chose to do a peace sign instead. For my first experimentation, I am pretty happy with how these guys turned out. Need to work on the ironing technique to get things a bit more even, but I still have the patterns and plenty more beads.

Day 118: Board Book
April 28, 2013

I got a little more ambitious for today’s project, but also went back to something I was pretty comfortable with. I decorated a small board book using supplies from a paper pack from Echo Park called Paradise Beach. Since I did the whole book, you get lots of pictures today.

Board Book Cover

Board Book Pages 2-3

Board Book Pages 3-4

Board Book Pages 5-6

Board Book Page 7-8

Board Book Back

Now it is all ready to put great photos from this summer’s beach vacation into.

Day 117: Beaded Bookmark
April 27, 2013

Had to get up early today to get my son to his soccer game. They played to a 2-2 tie. But, now he is feeling pretty lazy since his allergies are acting up really badly. Might try to convince him to curl up with a book to relax. In case he takes that advice, I have the perfect way for him to mark his place in the book if he decides to take a nap.

Beaded Bookmark

I started with a silver seahorse charm and some thread. I threaded seed beads onto the thread to make a simple, but functional bookmark. Now, I am going to go back to taking care of my congested and cranky boy.

Day 116: Going Barefoot
April 26, 2013

A while back, a friend of mine who lives down in Florida posted photos of her and her girls in “barefoot sandals.” I knew that I would have to make some at some point, but my toes weren’t done at the time, so I knew it would have to wait. The waiting is over.

Barefoot Sandal

My youngest was kind enough to help with taking a photo. (I apologize that it is a bit blurry.) Also, I will admit that I have only made one so far. That darned getting ready and going to work can really cut into my crafting time. I used seashells for my sandal but also included a seahorse charm and a couple of pieces of blue sponge coral for accents around the ankle. With the blue toenails, how could I resist including my favorite blue coral.

Still not 100% sold on the barefoot sandal idea. Maybe I need to talk to my sister-in-law about them since she has been in Jamaica all week and probably saw some fabulous ones.

Day 115: Seashell Beach
April 25, 2013

Today’s project evolved along the way. Over the weekend, I bought 2 bags of “decorative filler” for fish tanks or vases. Here is the first project using them:

Seashell Beach

Originally, I thought of arranging them to create a boat (which I may still do at some point). Then I considered a fish. But, when I opened the bags and started playing them them a bit, the colors really hit me as being the sea/sky and the beach, so I broke out a 5×7 canvas and started arranging them. This is what I came up with. A bit abstract for me, but it does evoke the beach for me…especially the section of beach that is covered with tiny pieces of shell that you inevitably have to walk across to get to the soft sand.

What do you think?

Day 114: Inspirational Message
April 24, 2013

Many of you may not know that I have a son who is getting ready to graduate from high school in about a month. In addition, he has enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and will be leaving for boot camp right after Labor Day. He has faced challenged over the years and has never backed down from them. I couldn’t be more proud of him. Today’s project is all about him.

Smooth Seas Floating Frame

I saw this “floating frame” the other evening when I had stopped to buy vinyl to use with my Cricut. I thought this would be the perfect way to combine the two. As I said above, my son has faced challenges but has overcome them to become a “skillful sailor.” I thought the quote along with the photo of him sailing last summer fit so well.

Day 113: Two for Tuesday
April 23, 2013

Today’s project is relatively simple, at least in concept, so I decided to make 2 o f them.

Post-it Note Holder with FishOr, if fish isn’t quite to your liking:

Post-it Note Holder with SeashellsThese really are simple but can pretty up my workspace and make it easier for me to find my sticky notes.

I started with simple 4×6 acrylic frames. For the first one, I used blue textured paper and embellished with fish and seaweed I cut using my Cricut. Add some orange ribbon and a green pad of sticky notes and it is an office safe fish tank. For the second one, I simply used paper printed with seashells, added some real seashells, neutral ribbon and a pale yellow page of sticky notes for a classier version.




Day 112: A Little Crabby
April 22, 2013

I know that Mondays can make people a little crabby, so I took my inspiration from that and decided to make a cheerful project with 2 little crabs.

Shrinky Dink Crab Earrings

I found this darling crab stamp a couple of weeks ago and have been waiting for just the right excuse to use him for a project. When I found Shrinky Dink plastic on my craft store run this weekend, I decided to make some earrings using my new stamp. (I know, I said that I would cut back on the jewelry, but how could I resist these little cuties?) Most of the jewelry I make tends to be larger. These little guys weren’t too big to start out with, but then I shrunk them down. Each side of the diamond only measures a bit more than 1/2 an inch.

With all of that, I am not crabby this Monday. My oldest son returned from overseas and I got to hang out with him some this weekend. I also get to celebrate my youngest son’s hard work at the “Breakfast of Champions” at his school this morning. It is going to be a good day.


Day 111: Gift Tag
April 21, 2013

Over the years, I have seen paper crafters who have made elaborate, and beautiful, gift tags. Whenever I have tried it, mine have always seemed simplistic and not very eye-catching. So, I decided to try making one that was not so simplistic, but not nearly as elaborate as some I have seen.

Fish Gift Tag

I don’t know if beautiful is a word that I would use to describe this gift tag, but I think it is cute and maybe even a bit fun.

If you have been following my blog, you will recognize most of the elements as I have used them before – my favorite water print paper, the seaweed was used on the altered composition book back on day 73, and the fish is the same one that I used in abundance for the rainbow fish mobile back on day 97. I think that it is fun to use the same elements in different ways to see how many different looks they can have.