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Monday, January 31, 2011

Monsters In Landscapes via Thrift Store Confidential

Drool, drool, drooling over this series of repurposed art paintings by Tim Elliott of Norman, Oklahoma. Read about them here via Thrift Store Confidential. 

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Felt Fortune Cookies for Valentines!


I read of these felt fortune cookies recently in one of my daily subscription emails from Craft Gossip and just knew I had to give them a try. The original idea from Martha Stewart used a larger circle template. After a little experimenting, I decided to make my circles 3 1/2" in diameter.

Also, to achieve the shape of the fortune cookie, I found it easier to fold the center wire up once more in the center after the initial half fold. (see below)

Twisted green florist wire and ribbon cut to fit along center of 3 1/2" circle

After hot gluing first the wire down the center of the felt piece, immediately place the ribbon on top, running your fingers along the ribbon to smooth it out. You may want to use a toothpick or something similar to secure the ribbon in place before using your fingers. (The more you practice this, the less chance you have in burning your fingers.) Fold the felt circle in half. 


After the first fold, place both thumbs in center and fold UP once more, then pinch fold felt in the shape of a fortune cookie. Practice and refold until you get the desired look. Place hand-written fortune inside...


Don't know what to write???? Hmmmmm, I suppose it would depend on who you're giving the cookies to, but here's a few ideas for you.... Have Fun!
 

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Fruit Salad!


Even though it's just the hubs and I at home now, we're determined to eat healthier and make smarter purchases at the grocers. I've started buying my apples and oranges by the bag. Then I make this yummy fruit salad which is so easy AND healthy. You can substitute fruit to accommodate the season. Here's what I used.....

1 firm banana - peeled and sliced
2 red apple - large chunks
2 seedless oranges - peeled and separated
1 bunch seedless grapes
some peanuts
1/2 cup fat free vanilla flavored yogurt
just a squirt of lemon juice

Wash apples and grapes well; let dry. In large bowl put in the first four ingredients. Stir lightly. Squirt a little lemon juice over contents. Sprinkle peanuts over fruit and add yogurt. Stir lightly until all fruit is coated. Eat up! YUM!!!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Easy and Fun Projects of 2010 - A Few of My Favorites

My backyard red ginger.
Happy New Year to my fellow bloggers! It's been an inspiring year! Here's a recap of a few easy and fun projects (for me anyway) from this past year. I've tried to give credit where credit is due, so please let me know if you feel I've neglected anyone.


Join Ravelry (it's FREE) to sample any of their awesome easy and fun free patterns. Make a crochet bag in the color of your choice.


This attractive, affordable tropical-style hanging room divider was an easy and fun joint project with my daughter, Riki, in preparation for the opening of her day spa in charming Astoria, Oregon. (Malama Day Spa opened in early October and is truly thriving!) Thank you Astoria! :)


My DIY string lanterns were a little messy in the making, but definitely easy and fun! I feel fortunate again that Craft Gossip decided to show them off too. :) (I LOVE that site; they have the coolest projects from real people.) lol


I was inspired by ALL YOU to plaid paint these metal stools. Easy and fun! 


I learned to make the best pillow corner on this pretty petal pillow. See the post for links to the two wonderful ladies with the tutes for the pillow and how to make the best pillow corner.


I made the Top Ten at the DIY Club with this easy and fun spooning project. Craft Gossip also liked it enough to show it on their site. Thanks to both!


I used wood shims to make this fun and affordable wall art I called shim chic. The folks at Lowes Creative Ideas thought it was good enough to share. :)
 

Cut bamboo and twist wire to make your own plant hangers - another very easy and fun project completed this year.



Create this travel pillow and blanket for personal comfort on your next flight.


 Nothing easier than this doily lamp shade cover.


Colorful, cotton bandanas make for an easy and fun summer tote which were also shown here on Craft Gossip. (Thank you Craft Gossip!) :)





In May, I shared a tutorial on making clothespin bags, made a funky bowling ball doorstop, a double-sided custom lamp shade, and shared how I created candle holders out of old car parts.    



In April, I used 3/4" plywood, adhesive letters and Rit liquid fabric dye to make this easy and fun Hokey Pokey sign.


I used air vent covers from the hardware store to fashion this fun lamp. Up lighting is a good thing. :)
Now, wasn't that easy and fun? ;) Wishing for you a happy, healthy, and creative 2011. Aloha!
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