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party favors, printable, dr suess

Dr. Seuss party favors

party favors, printable, dr suessDr.  Seuss party favors are quick and easy to make with printable party pieces.    I found these printables for FREE on www.wanessacarolinacreations.blogspot.com  I used the pattern paper as the base and a drink label as a wrap for the jar.  The jar is filled with l Swedish fish to go along with the One  Fish Two Fish theme.  The jar is from peanut butter.  I asked a few friends to save them and before long we had what we needed for the party.  The jars were washed thoroughly and dried.  If you have any kids with peanut  allergies you might want to use a different container.  

Click the link below to find other Dr. Seuss craft ideas for fun or for a party.

food gifts

Gift packaging for food

food giftsPretty gift packaging for food makes it taste even better.  Okay, not really but I like to pretend it does.  When you use scrapbooking paper and pre-made gift tags a boring container is instantly prettier.  Do you like to bake or make candies during during the holidays?  I know I sure do and I love to give them in reusable containers.

Directions for Gift Packaging:

I bought a dozen of these little round wooden $1 containers from Michael’s when they were  forty percent off.  I dipped them all in bright red dye from Tulip and let them dry.

doodlebig showflake tags

 

The next day I added paper to the lid, around the edges and to the top.  I used a tag punch to create the base for the tag.  I thought the tag could use a little more so I added another layer to it and trimmed it to size by hand. I then added the pre-made snowflake sticker and added a little ink around the edges of the lid and the tag.

Materials used for gift packaging:

homemade gift box

 

Bead Soup Peaches and Cream - Niki Meiners

Handmade Jewelry Ideas abound – Peaches and Cream Bead Soup 6


Beaded Jewelry Inspiration

Yes, I will admit  I have a weakness.  That weakness is handmade bead swaps. I simply love working with items I know were lovingly handmade and picked just for me.  Opening the package is the adult equivalent of opening the first present on Christmas day.  Yes, I get that excited every time.  The thought of someone taking their precious time and dedicated a small portion of it to create and select beads purely for my creative pleasure.  My special partner for this bead soup is Pamela Gangler of Pamela Lynn Jewelry.

Copper findings with Peaches and Cream Beads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This necklace literally designed itself. The beads poured out of the baggies in such a way that I moved a few pieces around and it came to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you stopped at her blog you will notice the pictures of what she sent me are her pictures too. If you read the opening paragraph you might notice my reference to Christmas. Well, I was also the kid who snuck a peek at all of her presents and upon opening them would still be delighted. I also would have played with them all by noon. This package was not much different. Not only did I open them but I created with them too. A little to quickly to even take pictures. Yes, I was that excited.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The clasp is delicate and lovely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The focal is Raku. I was not familiar with the material or the process used to make it. After watching several videos and articles online, I am eager to try the technique. I did not use the focal for the piece I made in this post. I am waiting until my order of Sari Silk comes in. I feel that is what it is calling for.

Back of Raku Focal Bead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handmade jewelry is one of my many crafty passions. I love making pieces and giving them as gifts. Sometimes when I am making a piece I know who it is going to and others. I make because I feel the need to create. The earrings I made pictured below were of the – I simply need to create variety. I make a ton of earrings. I find it humorous that I love making earrings when my ears are not even pierced.  I usually give earrings as thank you gifts. A small gift that is homemade is the best.  I hope I have given you a few ideas on how you can make your own pieces of jewelry.

   Leave a comment to win the earrings.  Comments must be made by Aug 5th, 11:59 pm est, 2012.

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August 6th, 2012 Comments Closed and the Winner is:

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Your necklace turned out really lovely. It’s so simple as well as simply beautiful!!
Stamped Baby Girl Necklace - Niki Meiners

Stamped Metal Pendant and SteamPunk Pin

 ImpressArt Metal Stamps sponsored the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop this month.  If you are not familiar with the company or what metal stamping is – then you have come to the right place. I have two pieces for the hop.  I did not get wild and crazy and stamp in other material, I used the blanks, ImpressArt  sent an a few extra pieces.  I know the stamps work great in woos, leather, suede, plastic and clay.  The first piece is a necklace for my baby girl.  The second is a pin for your jacket and lastly, ImpressArt is doing a giveaway.  Scroll to the bottom for details
Stamped Baby Girl Necklace - Niki Meiners
Tools and materials
-ImpressArt Alphabet Stamp Set – Jeannie, uppercase, lowercase and numbers
-ImpressArt Design Stamp, Heart
-ImpressArt Metal Stamping Blanks
-ImpressArt Metal Stamping Hammer
-ImpressArt Steel Stamping Block
-ImpressArt Stamp Straight Tape
- Metal Chain
Time Stamped Pin - Niki Meiners
Tools and materials
-ImpressArt Alphabet Stamp Set – Jeannie, uppercase, lowercase
-ImpressArt Metal Stamping Blanks – flower
-ImpressArt Metal Stamping Hammer
-ImpressArt Steel Stamping Block
-ImpressArt Stamp Straight Tape

The Grand Prize is valued at up to $120.00 and contains:

1- ImpressArt alphabet set of the winner’s choice
1- ImpressArt Steel Stamping Block, small
1- ImpressArt Metal Stamping Hammer
1- ImpressArt Stamp Straight Tape
An Assortment of metal discs
To enter the contest, you must go to the following link and follow the directions:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/ImpressArt/155664424487844?sk=app_194975693850063
Quick Easter Bunny Basket

Quick Easter Basket Idea

Quick Easter Bunny Basket

Quick Easter Bunny Basket

Bunny basket - bunny tail

Bunny basket -bunny tail

You can easily make a personalized bunny basket with a few quick additions like bunny ears cut out of fun foam, google eyes, pipe cleaners and pom poms. Pick an all-purpose glue that will hold various materials to plastic and you could make this in less than a half hour.

Spring Hats Fabric Flowers

I’ve tried another new technique: (that’s new as in, New To Me)
and it was definitely NOT a Craft Fail!!!  I ‘ve had several of those lately.
There are two or three big reasons this
new technique was not another
Craft Fail …
Reason Number One:
Crafty Dance Mom Girlfriend, Laura
Reason Number Two:
Crafty Dance Mom Girlfriend, Jen
Umm … Reason Number Three …
 the brains behind this particular creative
project … and not pictured
per her own stern request:
Crafty Dance Instructor, Miss Sherry.
We started with the vision
in Miss Sherry’s head, and this amazing
compilation of fabrics, trims, buttons, beads, and bling.
And pin backs.  And hot glue.
Lots and lots and lots and lots and LOTS
of hot glue.
I’m not even kidding about that.
I have to say, I didn’t get as many pics as
I would have liked.
Mainly because I was so excited every
time we got a new flower together it became
my new favorite – but also because
every time I picked up the camera I heard a
small groan.  That could
have been the roaring of blood in my ears
from the excitement of creating all day -
I can’t be sure.
Hours and hours of fun crafty business later,
we had enough unique fabric flowers
to make twenty-four hats.
Or twenty-six.  I forget.
We used cotton fabrics, upholstery fabrics,
felt, a satin fabric ~ we burned the
edges with a lighter to curl them
(photo of this would have been nice)
tulle, laces, beads, trims,
feathers, a black cotton rope fabric
(the edges did NOT burn well, btw)
antique jewelry, and even the threads
removed when we frayed the edges of the
fabrics to make these.
Oh ~ and we don’t recommend
burning the edges of the fabric after
the materials have been put together ~
only before.
I’m not telling you why we recommend this,
just trust us.  ;)
Beautiful!!!
Oh, what a happy baby!
He had a whole happy conversation
with the owl on this canvas!
And what a good listener the owl was!!
It was a crafty kind of girl day, for sure!
These happy girls were covered
in decoupage, bits of tissue, paint, hot glue,
feathers, and a fine sprinkling of glitter.
Creating memories is hard work!
Peek a boo, sweet baby!
Please note: he was a wonderful
and absolutely pleasant Valentines Dinner
Date the other night!
He has my heart.  What a doll!!
Lunch was super supreme nachos ~
here’s a ginormous THANK YOU to my crafty
dance mom girlfriends for bringing
all the fixins for said nachos!
At one point, we actually lost our girls.
Unthinkable, I know.
But they were only lost for a moment.
And then we found them.
Inside the swagger wagon – in the third seat -
and …
I’m thinking maybe I should have
asked my Amelia what in the world she was
introducing these girls to,
because they look rather … serious.
Troubled, even.
hmm
I love these girls!
Next Generation Crafty Girlfriends,
in the making!!!

Hand Dying with Indigo- Bird Themed Pillow

Hand dyed indigo pillow 2Indigo dying dates back to the ancient societies of Greece and Rome when India supplied this form of hand dying to the early Europeans. It is believed to be the oldest form of hand dying and arguably the most beautiful.

Jacquard’s Indigo Tie Dye kit comes with everything you will need to produce beautiful results. The one pound package is enough to dye 15 t-shirts and can be reserved by storing in a 5 gallon bucket with a tight fitting lid, easily found at many home improvement centers.

Indigo Dying KitSo it was with excitement that I set out to produce some hand dyed muslin to use in several projects one fun Saturday afternoon. The kit comes with the dying agent, packets of soda ash and thiox in addition to all the accessories you will need including latex gloves and items to help you produce various results such as wooden blocks and rubber bands. All I needed to gather was the 5 gallon bucket (of course, this would not fit into the kit), a small container for removing the flower (explained later) a shallow pan to store my dyed fabrics while oxidizing (explained later) and a mixing stick (I used a long 1″ thick round dowel I had on hand).

Folded fabric for dyingAfter reading the instructional booklet thoroughly, I decided to use the wooden blocks contained in the kit to accordion fold and bind some of my muslin. Rubber bands placed at various points on the fabrics promised to produce circular effects. Since I wanted to experiment with other effects, I randomly folded and bound two more pieces. The instructional booklet provided with the kit gives several ideas for using the rubber bands to produce unique effects, which is good for a beginner like me.

Hand dying resultsOf course showing you the final results is putting the process into fast forward. I found it a little nerve racking to try and photograph the process while wearing gloves and working with wet dye, especially since the dying vat needs to be protected from oxygen to work properly. So here are the highlights of the process, which, in retrospect was very simple.

1. Mix 4 gallons of warm water with the indigo agent in the bucket. Of course, using a large piece of plastic to protect the floor surface is essential unless working outdoors.

2. Mix the thiox and soda ash in hot water in a small container and let dissolve thoroughly.

3. Add the mixture to the vat slowly, taking care not to splash to much as you do not want to introduce too much oxygen to the vat. Let this mixture sit for an hour. A “flower” will form on the surface which will need to be removed. After removal, a yellow green mixture will be visible.

4. Place thoroughly wet fabrics into the vat, being careful not to splash, and making sure the fabrics do not sink to the bottom since residue forms there and can cause undesirable spots on the fabric.

5. Remove fabrics and place in a shallow pan to dry. They will appear yellow green. The air will cause them to oxidize and turn an indigo color.

Hand dying resultsI found the whole process to be fascinating. After I had rinsed and dried my fabrics, I set out to create a fun bird themed pillow.

Cut hand dyed fabricI used a rotary cutter and mat to cut four 9″ squares from my various patterns with the intention of producing a patchwork front. The back of the pillow was cut to the size of my pillow form, using a 1″ seam allowance.

Wool felt circleOnce I had the four pieces for the front sewed together, I fused a large wool felt circle to the center of the squares.

Sizzix bigshotUsing my Sizzix Bigshot Machine and favorite bird die, I cut out a bird from a piece of the indigo dyed muslin.

Hand dyed die cutI pinned the bird to the center of the circle and used the machine and a straight stitch to sew most of the bird, leaving a small area at the bottom open.

Pin on image

Sew on imageI lightly stuffed the bird with polyfil fiber for a three dimensional effect and sewed the bird closed.

Stuff imageThe rest of the process was nothing but fun, fun, fun as I embellished with free form stitching and a cute little stuffed wing.

Stuffed image on pillow

Embellishing imageI used Aleenes Fabric Fusion to adhere most of the fabric pieces to the pillow but Liquid Fusion for a little bird eye, made from a 6/0 pebble bead.

Hand dyed indigo pillow 2Once I had my pillow front and back sewn together, right sides in, I turned inside out, stuffed with a pillow form and whip stitched the bottom closed.

I have plenty of leftover fabric that I am going to use to create some summery accessories so stayed tuned!

Live Life Creatively,

MelonysSignature

 

Form Folding Jewelry

Whenever I find I am just mojoless or in a rut I usually end up teaching myself a new skill. Well, I stumbled upon an AWESOME metalsmithing technique called Fold Forming developed by Charlest Lewton – Brain in the 1980′s…I just found it this week  and fell in love it!! This site, Brain Press, has TONS of info if you’d like to see and understand how it’s done.

I decided to go find some copper to work on today. And here’s my first project. It’s not “Over the Top” amazing or anything but I love it! :) I have a second project in the works and a plan to work on some Sterling Silver that I have in the studio either later tonight or early tomorrow morning…

 

This is the pendant before I applied a black patina. I like it but it was “too shiny” so I decided to add some contrast by using a black patina.

2-10-12 First Form Folded Piece Prior to Patina - Keri Lee Sereika

 

And here’s the same piece just after I applied a bit of black patina to the top surface. Pretty neat change isn’t it? I like how it really brought out the contrast in the textures on here.

2-10-12 First Form Folded Piece After Patina - Keri Lee Sereika

 

Now, I only have one style hammer so I can’t get all the textures I would like right now but as I start to build my tool inventory I will be interested to see how this changes the look of the pieces I am making. This pendant is approximately 1 1/2″ x 4″. My second project is more oval/round in style and just about the size of  the bottom of a muffin pan I would guess…I will be sure to post pics of that one once I get it done. :) I am thinking that I may just start an Etsy store and sell these nifty things…my question is this, would you buy one? Would you wear one? Thoughts?

Enjoy!

Make a Mosaic Pillow

Many of the designers you see featured on 365 Days of Crafts are veterans in the crafting industry and I feel honored that they are willing to share their  creations with me. and with all of you.  Each time I review a post I am amazed at the talent each of these individuals have.  Melony Bradley never ceases to amaze me.

Mosaic pillow 1

I love to create handmade embellishments. You can see my full line of them in my etsy shop. When I created some fabric, metal foiled and ticking stripe embellishments recently, I racked my brain to create a project that would best showcase them. That’s when I decided on creating a Mosaic pillow loaded with my handmade embellishments.

Metal flower embellishment

First, I cut 2 1/2″ squares of various fabric scraps, steamed the edges under and sewed them to a mustard colored square for the pillow front. I opted for contrasting thread to give the pillow that homespun, raw look that is so popular right now. The fun part was embellishing each of the squares. For me, the sky was the limit, I even added this metal foil flower embellishment created from die cut foil and colored with Jacquard Products Pinata Inks.

Fabric embellishment 2I also love these stamped muslin and ticking fabric embellishments because there are so many delightful details on them! People ask me all the time where I got the script fabric. It is called Micheal Miller Script on Beige and it can be purchased fromFabric.comI have used it on so many projects I have posted here!

Fabric embellishment 1I also used black and white polka dots and various colors of ticking for the fabric mosaic squares.

Ticking flower 1These adorable rolled ticking flowers are my favorite. They have sentiments stamped on their muslin stems plus wool felt leaves.

Other things you can decorate your squares with? Buttons, crochet flowers, die cut images, little dolls (glue with strong adhesive then sew a few stitches around the doll), little miniatures, etc

Mosaic pillow 1
These adorable embellishments are all available for purchasing in my etsy shop and can be used in so many different ways. Here are a few ideas:

- Cardmaking, Scrapbooking

- To embellish handmade clothing (soft items recommended)

- To embellish other home decor pieces such as lampshades, tea towels, napkin rings, place mats

- To adorn party favors such as a cute glassine bag or a plain brown bag

- As gifts to artsy friends- how adorable would it be to present them in a handmade gift box?

What would you do with them? I am always so inspired by what you come up with!

Live Life Creatively,

MelonysSignature

Make a quick and easy Valentine’s Day Teacher Gift

Here’s a quick and easy teacher’s gift idea
for Valentine’s Day:
Supplies: *Ceiling Tile (mine is 12″ square)
*Fringed Valentine Garland
*Acrylic Paint (Black and White)
Hot Glue
Scissors, Paintbrush, Transfer Paper
and a Sawtooth Hanger
 I used a sponge roller to paint the
ceiling tiles black.
Next, write the teacher’s name
in 3″ block letters on tracing paper.
Here’s a TIP:
The copier is your friend.
If you aren’t comfortable writing in 3″ block letters,
write the name in normal-sized lettering
and use the copier to enlarge
the letters to the desired size.
Also, I love graph paper.
And I love enlarging graph paper with
my copier, and using it as a guide
for all my handwriting patterns.
Hope this helps ya.
Center the words on the tile
and transfer your pattern lines
using light colored transfer paper and a stylus.
I thinned white paint with water to
an ink-like consistency, and
painted over my pattern lines with
a round paintbrush.
Allow the paint to dry thoroughly,
and trim the Valentine garland to 48″.
Starting at one corner of the tile,
use the hot glue gun to attach the garland
to the outside edges of the ceiling tile.
I used the hot glue to secure
a sawtooth hanger to the back of the
ceiling tile for easy hanging.
Line up the hanger and mark
the holes with a pencil.
Two dollops of hot glue
right on top of each of your marks.
Smoosh the hanger in place for
exactly a quarter of a second and VOILA!!!
Instant hanging awesomeness.
Peace and Super Easy Giftyness!!!