Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Updates Coming Soon!

   I will be taking more pictures and posting my new items tomorrow! Until then, a little craft project I did a while back and some pics! Enjoy, see you tomorrow!
   Simple Clock magnates, the templates are here. Original blog by Jessica Jones here. :)

   These were so fun to make, and I suggest them for any skill level.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Beading Gem's Journal

   There is nothing that I love more than finding a true Gem in the Blogging community, I was peeping out CraftGossip.com tonight and found a feature on The Beading Gem's Journal beaded ornaments. Very pretty indeed, I will have to try my hand at these soon. What a great place to get inspired as a Bead worker and also a blogger! Enjoy...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Retro Tetris PC and Angles

   I would like to consider myself a gamer, but some peoples opinion would differ. I guess I am a more retro old school gamer of sorts. I can shoot me some ducks, let me tell you! I love the old look of the 8 bit NES games and so why not craft up some pieces of one of my favorite games of all time. Tetris is fun addicting and VERY hard to walk away from. I got this idea from Craftster.com, for the compete instructions go here. The project usually instructs to make the pieces into magnets, which I may or may not do in the future. I really thought they came out cute and the possibilities of the accessories you can come up with are endless. Hair pins, centerpiece of a bow, rings, earrings, necklace, etc.

   So with out further ado, hear are my own little Tetris Pieces.

Pretty nifty huh!? Now if you know any gamers, you have a great Handmade Christmas present idea! 
                                                                                                      
                                                                                                             xoxo, Val


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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hello Kitty PC and Celebrations!

   I am in love again! I have been falling in love with plastic canvas work again lately. In fact I think I could do them all day long, and recently I have been spending a lot of time re-learning how to sew them. One site that I have been looking at for patterns is Mountain Harmony.com. They have a lot of cartoon patterns like Care Bears, My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake and Hello Kitty. All vintage style, (old school from like when I was a kid) so I am eager to make them all, just for kicks. Soon I will be teaching myself even more stitches of PC work! My Grandmother, who just had a Birthday, recently passed down a pattern book for me to use. Thank you Grandma, love you. :)

  Today we celebrated my daughters Birthday, and one thing we both love is Hello Kitty and cute things. It was Hello Kitty's Birthday this month also, the first of November. My daughter has been counting down the days until the Hello Kitty toys will make it to Mc Donalds for the 50th anniversary. Today we all went to get Mc Donalds and Happy Meals, we had to see what toy we would get. (We got watches, very cute.) Well, to celebrate all the special Birthdays of this month, I will go ahead and show off a couple of works I have done. Plastic Canvas that my Grandmother was eager to share patterns, books and advice on. My little girl loves Hello Kitty, and so I knew she would love the Hello Kitty pattern I found. My own little cutsie projects as of late, and I must say they are as cute (if not more) than any toy you can get at Micky Dees.


 This last picture is of the Hello Kitty face I turned into a pin cushion by using hot glue and felt.
                                                                                                              xoxo, Val


 
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New items!

Tuesdays store update is complete! So to celebrate I am posting a picture of my favorite piece from today's new items! Head on over to the Gallery to see more (opps! broken link), or click on my store link right under my profile to see them all.

To purchase from my shop visit Artfire.com/My_bag_in_the_Attic.   Enjoy, and come back soon to see what else I have come up with.

                                                                                                          xoxo, Val


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Sunday, November 21, 2010

I am greatful for beauty







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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Felt fortune cookie pocket

   I fell in LOVE with Martha Stewarts felt fortune cookie project, who wouldn't? It was cutsie, fun, and easy as pie. Keeper of the Cheerios Best Felt Food Patterns From Around the Web were very detailed and VERY well put together. I decided to make felt food, with my own little twist... of course.
The first draft. (Sorry such a bad picture.)

Now my version, stitched up... doctored... repaired... and with a pocket!

I almost stitched the cookie all the way up and stuffed it, but I got a very helpful suggestion to keep it open and stitch it this way. I love the way it came out!   Thanks mom. :)

To purchase from my shop visit Artfire.com/My_bag_in_the_Attic (Fortune cookie not posted for sale.).  Enjoy, and come back soon to see what else I have come up with.

Any ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated and welcome. Thank you.
                                                                                                    xoxo, Val


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bottle cap bracelet

   This is a piece I knew I would want to make as soon as I started doing the bottle top pendents. I decided to keep the original paint on these, later on I will most likely do all pendents linked together with a common theme. I can't wait, now that I think of it! No progression pictures on this one, sorry, but this project took a while to complete. I had to design a link to keep the bottle caps together also, so some brain storming was in order. The clasp I used on these are lobster claw clasps. Come to think of it, lobster and crab legs at the coast sounds nice huh, maybe even a Corona?

Finished product

To purchase from my shop visit Artfire.com/My_bag_in_the_Attic.  Enjoy, and come back soon to see what else I have come up with.

Any ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated and welcome. Thank you.
                                                                                                    xoxo, Val


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Thursday, November 11, 2010

One Wire one Bead

   I taught myself! No, not really. I got my insperation by watching Auntie's Beads video. I have been wanting to make one of these for a while now, and I finally I sat down and did it. I am very happy with the end result of ALL the rings I made, and plan on making many more. I will of course post all the pictures in my Gallery if at any time you want to sneak a peak at my creations.






  
   To purchase from my shop visit Artfire.com/My_bag_in_the_Attic. (Rings not posted yet for sale.)  Enjoy, and come back soon to see what else I have come up with.

   Any ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated and welcome. Thank you.
                                                                                                    xoxo, Val


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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hello Kitty inspired hair bow

Today I had a simple craft I have been wanting to do for a while, a Hello Kitty bow! Now I know... it's just a red bow right? Well I tilted it to lay on the head just like Hello Kitty does, just a little different than your typical hair bow. I tried to get the angles just right in my pictures. I like it, and it was VERY simple to make so I will get right down to the pictures.


I simply made the bow, over sized of course, Hello Kitty would have had it no other way.



I like to hot glue some ribbon to the hair clip, I think it secures the bow to the clip very well. 

This is the angle I used to get the bow to stick up off of the hair clip just right. Not your typical lay of a bow, most lay down flat.

Finished product, I am holding it in the way it will lay on someones head. I love it, and I just may come back and update with a picture of me wearing it.






   To purchase from my shop visit Artfire.com/My_bag_in_the_Attic. Enjoy, and come back soon to see what else I have come up with.
                                                                                                        
   Any ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated and welcome. Thank you.
                                                                                                    xoxo, Val

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bottle top pendents

   I started this project about a week ago, I had a lot of trial and error to learn.  I have some progression pictures, but bear with me I am new at blogging about my craft projects. I will get it soon though, I may have to hire some extra hands, yeah? I got this idea trying to figure out what to do with all the bottle tops we had saved up, so I looked around and found the supplies I needed to make pendents out of them. Now, I saw very interesting ideas and projects done with bottle tops, but I wanted mine to be different.So I decided to make shadow boxes at first (I still need to work on adding more 3-dish embellishments, soon.) Check back later to see what I come up with. :)
First I put together just a simple design and a gold star, gives it something nice huh. (Before resin.)
I then added beads, and after lunch at a local Chinese restaurant I decided to put fortunes in the bottle tops.







Finished products! As you can see I decided to hand write some, gives them a little something, huh. These I made into chokers (14"), I will make longer chains of course in the future. I have many more, and will post a gallery type post later, I had run out of battery life in the middle of my photo shoot yesterday. Opps.

To purchase go to Artfire.com studio  More coming soon...


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