I wanted to say thank you to all of the readers and contributors to our blog. It's with sad news that I must step away from our blogging community for awhile. Thank you again for 4 wonderful years, it's been fun and fantastic. I am truly going to miss all of you. Thank you for making this blog what it has become.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Thrift stores are great places to shop for the raw materials to craft great gifts! This past Christmas season, I took a few trips to my local Goodwill. There you will find the castoffs from households that can yield great fodder for unique ideas.
If you need a hostess gift, try bejeweling salad servers, or any serving spoon. Pick up old necklaces, or bags of beads, tarnished but serviceable serving spoons or pieces, some wire from the hardware store. Begin by polishing the pieces to a nice shine, string some beads through the wire, and begin wrapping the ends, securing larger beads with jewelers glue, to hold in place. You are reviving old and tired and making new and fab!
Written For You By The4Rs at 9:03 PM
Monday, January 7, 2013
I wanted to share a great artist with you. Susan does amazing mirror art. She creates Upcycled Mirror Art that is fun, unique, trendy and environmentally conscious. Her mirrors are made to be distinctive and exclusive in design. Here's a little bit about her and her work. Make sure to visit her website for more!
Mosaic Mirrors and More offers handcrafted mosaic mirror designs that are at least 50% recycled mirror, stained glass and/or tile. Due to the nature of the materials there will be slight imperfections. In art books, it is typically defined as “flawed beauty”.
What is Mosaic Art?
Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It may be a technique of decorative art, an aspect of interior decoration, or of cultural and spiritual significance as in a cathedral. Small pieces, normally quadratic, of stone or glass of different colors, known as tesserae, are used to create a pattern or picture.
Susan has great pieces for sale, be sure to visit her!
Thursday, October 11, 2012
I shared this pumpkin I made out of an old book on Facebook but forgot to share it here with you too. It was a lot of fun to make and what a great way to recycle books that are damaged.
I used an old book that the top was too damaged to read any longer. The stem is made from sucker sticks and then wrapped in some twine that was on a package I received. The leaves are cut out with the card stock from a card I received.
It was a lot of fun but a lot of work!
You can purchase this pumpkin here:
You can purchase this pumpkin here:
We received a very nice comment on our blog from a reader. Her name is Elizabeth and she commented on a post we have about recycled jean coasters. You can find the post here.
So Elizabeth entered a challenge at work called Jeans For Genes day. She made some amazing things with old blue jeans! The picture is one of the coasters that Elizabeth made. You have to go have a look at her awesome things she made! You can read all about it here.
Friday, August 24, 2012
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Sometime ago I was reading the papers and came across this picture that I loved and thought would look fantastic on a card. The image is an advertisement for Lancome, being a natural cosmetics girl I would never have come across this picture if I hadn't seen it in the papers. For this card I cut out the image using a craft knife, stuck to a piece of cardstock and printed the sentiment on my computer. I added the bling on the bag and decided to give the card a black background so as to make the image really stand out. This card shows me yet again that inspiration is everywhere and we just have to find it in the mundane things we do.
Written For You By suzARTe at 7:28 AM
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
I spend way too much time on Etsy & Pinterest, I did however get this great idea from one of those places and was excited to try it for myself. After gluing about 150 of the book page circles and knowing I had another 150 to go, well, let's just say all the excitement had left me. I did manage to finish it but you know I'm missing one little thing.......the light! I forgot to purchase it when I bought the lantern. Since I am so
exhausted excited from doing it, I thought I would share it without the light for now. It measures about 12 inches around and has 300 3.5 inch circles glued on it.