Thursday, November 14, 2013

Vintage Book Cuff

I'm sure by now most of you know that I'm a thrift store junkie and that I love finding ways to re-purpose some of my thrifty finds into jewelry.

One of the things I'm always picking up at the thrift stores are vintage hardcover books. Many of them have beautiful artwork on the covers and along the spine. I decided instead of just displaying them on a shelf, it would be fun to wear some of that beauty. A cuff seemed to be the perfect way to do just that!

Some recycled suede, used jewelry and a few easy steps was all it took to create these unique cuffs.

vintage book
recycled suede
heavy duty snaps
used piece of jewelry
fabric glue
wire cutters
bead reamer

Rip the cover away from the pages.

Carefully rip the spine from the cover.

Apply a layer of glue to the front of the spine. I used my finger to spread it out evenly. It gets tacky very quickly so work fast.
Let dry completely.

Tear a piece of suede that is slightly larger than the spine.
My wrists are small so I did not need to add any extra length.
I suggest you measure your wrist and add extra length
to the suede piece if necessary.

Apply glue to the back of the spine and lay it over the suede piece.
Let dry completely.

Decide where you want the piece of jewelry.
Attach it to the cuff with wire. I used a bead reamer to poke the holes.
Trim and secure the wire at the back.

Cut a piece of suede a little smaller than the one used for the cuff
and glue it to the back of the cuff.

Follow the manufacturers instructions to
add the snap to one end of the cuff.

Wrap the cuff around your wrist to line up the placement for the other half of the snap and follow the manufacturers instructions to add it.

That's all there is to it!
Your finished cuff should look something like this.

Happy Creating!
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Friday, September 20, 2013

A Lucky Couple of Weeks!

I've been on a lucky streak! A couple of weeks ago I was excited
to find out that I was the winner of this awesome book,
courtesy of  Create Mixed Media.


I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival. You can watch a video
review of this book here. It looks to be packed full of fun techniques!

But there was still more luck to come! A couple of days ago I won one of these awesome stencils from StencilGirl Products for leaving a comment on Carolyn Dube's blog.
Seth Apter is the stencil his style!

I do have a favorite stencil but all three are pretty cool.
I can't wait to see which one I get!

I'm not sure if winning two great inspirational items was just pure luck or if the universe was trying to tell me to get back to creating! Either way, I'm feeling pretty happy and am incredibly grateful to
the art world's generosity!


Monday, August 19, 2013

Easy Personalized Photo & Foral Centerpiece

Hubby and I hosted a 75th birthday party for his mom last weekend. It was an outdoor party so I didn't have to do a lot of specialty decorating but I did want the table centerpieces to be fun and personal without a huge cost. So I started hunting through my cupboards for glass containers. I added some photos and some hydrangeas from my yard and created this!

I used a trifle bowl that I already had. I needed two centerpieces so I picked up a second one at Walmart for less than $7. I love this bowl so I didn't mind having two around anyway.

I also used these fish bowls that I had.
I think they can be found for about $2 at Walmart or Michaels.

I cut a strip of heavy parchment paper to fit inside the trifle bowl
and glued several photos of my mom-in-law to it.
Once the glue was dried, I taped and glued it to form a ring.

Some of the photos were black and white and some color
so I converted them all to black and white for a
more classic and cohesive look.

I placed the ring into the trifle bowl.

 I cut some paper towels to fit in the bottom of the bowl without touching the paper. I'm not sure this was necessary but I thought it would keep moisture off the photos in case of condensation.

I placed the fish bowl inside the trifle bowl and added some water.

I cut some hydrangeas, bundled them into a bouquet
and secured the stems with a rubber band.

I placed the hydrangeas into the water filled fish bowl
and the centerpiece was finished!

At the end of the evening, I gave the photo rings to my mom-in-law. She and my hubby found another use for them.


 Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Jewelry Affaire Trifecta

I never would have bet on having three articles in the Summer issue of Jewelry Affaire, so I do feel like I've just won the trifecta!


New Beginnings

Key To The Past

 A closer look at each piece...


New Beginnings

Key To The Past

The Summer issue of Jewelry Affaire is full of beautiful
and intriguing pieces including a few from my art friends,
It should be hitting the newsstands very shortly!

 Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Rock-A-Bye Babies

It seems like just yesterday I was singing lullabies to my babies.
It's hard to imagine that they are turning 31 and 28 in a week.

Time does fly...
My babies have grown into wonderful young men
that I could not be more proud of. But, I do have to admit
that I'm feeling a little sentimental this week thinking about
when they were...well...still babies.
So I thought this would be the perfect time to share this project that I made while I was on the ICE Resin Creative Team last year.


Mixed media assemblage is not something I do often and is a little out of my comfort zone but when I found a rusty old trowel that was partially covered in plaster at the thrift store,
I couldn't resist the urge to alter it!

I covered the trowel with sheet music. By using resin as the glue, it caused the paper to become somewhat transparent allowing the yummy rust and plaster to show through.


I then added loosely bundled twigs to represent branches high up in a tree, a moss nest, and resin coated paper birds and eggs that I found at The Graphics Fairy. I finished it off with a sweet little poem sandwiched between a piece of birch bark and a sheet of mica.

You can find a complete list of supplies
and a tutorial on how I made it here.

This project was featured at
Knick of Time's Tuesday Link Party! :)

Happy Birthday to my wonderful sons!

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Personalized Photo Paperweight

Looking for an easy and inexpensive gift idea for the kiddos to make for Father's Day?

Here's one...
Let them personalize an inexpensive glass ashtray for Dad to use as a paperweight on his office desk.

Glass ashtrays are usually around $1 or less at the thrift stores, are fairly heavy and make great personalized paper weights when you
add your own special photo of the kids or the entire family!

I cut and glued photos to fit inside the recessed area of a thrifted glass ashtray that is turned upside down.

I then added some words that were printed onto tissue paper and covered it with resin.

You can find the detailed step-by-step instructions
and a complete list of supplies here on my tutorial page.

Thanks for stopping by!

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