Monday, November 28, 2011

Tutorial: Duck Tape Flower Pens

   I just learned how to make these cool Flower Pens, using Duck Tape! I like them so much and wanted to share how I make them. This project may be a trial and error for some to get the technique just right, or the technique/results YOU like.  Enjoy, hope you have fun with this project.

  • 2 different colors of Duck Tape
  • pen
  • scissors
  • rhinestone
  • hot glue gun


Measure the pens length with the first color of Duck Tape, make a small cut.

Finish the cut as straight as you can, wrap this piece of Duck Tape around the length of the pen.

The Pedals: Second color Duck Tape

Each piece of Duck Tape should be around 2 inches.

Fold the edges overlapping to make a tip, leave some sticky Duck Tape exposed.

I start my flowers low to the butt of the pen, I like to put rhinestones as the bud to decorate.

Fold both edges around the pen.

I like to put the first two pedals on then then add the rhinestone, that way you don't risk burning the Duck Tape later.

Keep wrapping your Duck Tape pieces around forming the flower, try to keep the pedal tips in a straight line at first, then they will "bloom".

See the "bloom"?

Take the first color and cover all the layers of Duck Tape that form the flower and create the leaf effect here, blending with the pen.

Finished Duck Tape Pen. 

   These are a great project to do with kids. Enjoy and have a great Monday all.

                                                                                                             xoxo, Val


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Things That I Love Thursday

             Wine              Family                                Laughter                    Cookies             Pie      Good Friends            Puppies                    Funny Stories  

Happy Thanksgiving All

                                                                                                               xoxo, Val


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Things That I Love Thursday

   Home Cooking                 Fall                Vintage Jewelry          Family Dinners                  The Internet                 Dessert                 Hand Written Letters     Music

Pumpkin Rolls!

                                                                                                             xoxo, Val


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rain Bird Gallery Blanco, Texas

   I feel so bad because I haven't blogged in what seems like forever... forgive me please.

   Well tonight I went on a little adventure with my son, Anthony. (I drag him along on them quite often, he likes it.) Tonight we were in Blanco, Texas. We live very close and even attend mass there on Sundays. I had been wanting to visit this charming Store or as you can say Gallery for a while now, I would go as far as saying as long as I have lived here in Spring Branch, Texas. As it so happens for my luck, when I drove by tonight they were still open! You see the normal hours of operation state that they close at 5:00 p.m. I am very happy that I was allowed to walk around and ohh and aww at all the treasures, even snap some pictures!

With out further a due...

   The first room we went into had very cool beaded jewelry, stones and many international looking items. Many things I would love to have for myself or things I like to collect. I'm a sucker for those paper folding fans.

 One of the first rooms we went into had an antique Spittoon, I had to take this picture.
I fell in love with this phone!
   Many antique items all in such great condition! Wonderful antique furniture, even toys...

Gotta love Wonder Woman.

Anthony found this Authentic WWII helmet. He said it was heavy.

Very Nautical Wall Clock, you can't see because of the quality of my picture but there is a mermaid around six o'clock.

Shave set

Awesome antique register! (I should have pushed some buttons!)

I had to ask what this was... It's a scale of course! I don't know how I couldn't figure it out for myself.

   Well there you have it folks, Rain Bird Gallery in Blanco, Texas. Go check it out if your ever in the area. I already have my favorite items in mind that I want to snag. (Pssttt, they offer lay away also...)

                                                                                                                xoxo, Val


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Winnie the Pooh Free Printable

   Yay! I haven't blogged in a longggg time, sorry to all followers and readers. I am back though, I guess I became inspired again by the Winnie the Pooh movie coming out on my BIRTHDAY! I decided to try my hand at Subway Art. This is my first Subway Art so I am pretty excited. I have the link of the Scribd here.

   I made this Subway Art from a quote I found online, “If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever” -Winnie the Pooh.

   I used the photo editor Picnik, suggested by The Mother Huddle  in her Tutorial ~ Make Your Own Printable Subway Art.

   I spray painted an ugly dollar store frame white, printed out my Scribd document. (I did have to trim the paper because I used an 8" x 10" frame.) This is what I came up with,

Printing the document on a thicker card stalk is best.

   Go ahead and print or download this free Winnie the Pooh Subway Art - Forever quote, you can use it on a bulletin  board or send it to a loved one to make them smile. I might just make more before the movie comes out using more quotes, I love how creative you can get with the fonts, and how sweet they sound. I can't wait to see the Winnie the Pooh movie in the theater with the girls, we all want to go soon. How about you?

                                                                                                             xoxo, Val


Wednesday, March 16, 2011


   On an adventure yesterday we stopped at a thrift store. I am loving my new find!

It's a 1947 Revere Eight movie camera. I am loving it and have already shot some (accidental) videos, this camera came with film already loaded. (Along with a warning from the shop owner saying he had no idea what was on the film so view at my own discretion.) I believe it still works, I have been looking into finding the equipment to project the film and I will be recording it with my camera. I can't wait to get started and love doing the research also. I will keep you posted.

This movie camera was produced in 1940. When it was introduced on the market, Samuel Briskin wanted to sell a product that was similar like the "Bell&Howell Companion", yet sold for just about half the price. It is equipped with a lens Wollensak Revere 12,5 mm, f:3.5, Velostigmat. The housing is made by metal and its color is brown. Its weight is kg. 0,900 e its size is 58x127x110 mm.    taken from:

                                                                                                                xoxo, Val


Saturday, February 26, 2011

D.I.Y. Saturday: Glam Makeup Brush Tutorial

   Whoo Hoo! Saturdays are Awesome, especially when you have a new D.I.Y. project to work on. I had some make up brushes that were a little... well, ho hum. :/ So I decided to spruce them up a bit, I found some 1940's pin up gifs. (I just Googled 1940 pin up girl, and printed out some sheets.) and with my trusty friend Mod Podge we created some much more interesting get prettied up sticks.

1. Gather supplies.

  • boring make up brushes
  • printed pin up gifs 
  • bead embellishments, get creative!
  • paper cutter/scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • small craft brush
  • small cup of water to rinse your brush off
  • small blotting towel to blot execs water from brush 
  • heavy duty craft glue
2. Cut your gifs out.

   Cut out pieces not shown here but as you see the gifs have borders around them. I cut the top and left border off, the bottom and right border I left on for overlapping the pieces on the brushes.

3. Now for the fun part, the Mod Podging of the cut out pieces!

   You can see the pattern I am using here, I continued this pattern on most of the brushes. I did also try different techniques on other brushes though, trial and error, find a system that works for you.

   Lookie! I already have three done, the bottoms of the brushes were a little tricky but I used a gif cut with only the top border remaining (for overlap use) and Mod Podged it in place to cover the uneven last bits.

4. Embellish with pretties! I used pearls.

I used a heavy duty glue to glue a pearl bead on the tops of the brushes, press and hold in place till the bond is pretty strong. Get creative! You can use anything to "dress up" your project!

5. Let set and enjoy your "new" prettied up make up brushes!


    Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and project, I worked hard on it. I hope to see some feedback if any one is inspired by this. Write about it and link up to me, or send me an email with a picture or two and I will write about it. I would love to, my pleasure. ;) Well guys I will let you get back to your Saturday. Think crafty thoughts, and make something, it's Saturday!

                                                                                                              xoxo, Val


Friday, February 25, 2011

Fabulous Freebie Friday

   Free Stuff! It's Friday, so I decided to post some links for free stuff! YAY! I am excited about all my finds, I hope you also enjoy. Oh, and if anyone is inspired by the theme used today, write about it and link back, or shoot me an email and I will share them on my page with lots of links. :) Well with out further ado...

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (MBA blog style)

What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?


Free Art: Altered Alice in Wonderland is on the left sidebar. 
Party Tags: Alice in Wonderland inspired 
Quilt Pattern Alice theme: by Quilting Treasures

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop.

Painting the roses red.

 Knitted Rose: on Lion Brand Yarn

 Crochet Rose: from ehow on YouTube (Written instructions are in the description.)

Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.

Squido lens: Anything Alice and Wonderland craft you could possibly want! Thank you craftsbyalice for such a wonderful lens!

Twinkle, twinkle, little bat! How I wonder what you're at.

Queen of Hearts Crayola Craft
Alice in Wonderland Party Game Ideas: from The Party Animal

Quotes from Alice in Wonderland 

Question about copyright? Answer here
 Interesting site with facts about Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I learned some interesting things about the book.

  Alice in Wonderland Theme: on DeviantArt <--link is to Alice in Wonderland Art, by various artists. (Some may be inappropriate so proceed with caution.)
Did you know there is an Alice in wonderland syndrome...? Yeah, me either.  : /

Phew! I am all Alice'd out! I am sure there are sooo many more crafts and patterns out there, but this is all I have for now. I could go on like this all day! I hope you are inspired,  enjoy all the fabulous freebies I found, and I hope to get some project feedback. :)

Thank you for stopping by.

                                                                                                            xoxo, Val


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sewing Kit, Large Needle Marker

That's a good idea! Well, I hope you find this to be a good idea. :) I use plastic canvas hearts to keep track of my apolstery needles and other large needles. I wouldnt want to drop one and not notice it, so the red heart stands out enough to see right away! This way your needle is all dressed up fancy smancy, very visible for when looking through your sewing kit. The needle slides right through the stitches too, and stays! Super neat!
What is a little helpful to you idea for your crafting?
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Thursday, February 17, 2011

T-Shirt Purse

   Every once and  while, when you are looking for inspiration or ideas for one project, you run across a tutorial for a great NEW project you want to do... Right!? Well I did anyway. :) I found this video while searching for another tutorial on a new project in the works.

Well, did you hear that!? This project only takes 45 minutes! I'm on it, I grabbed an old t-shirt and redesigned it into a new bag. The hardest part was the duct tape part, and if that's the hardest part of this project you can tell how incredibly easy this bag is to make. Here is what I came up with:

I had been working on these roses from another t-shirt I had cut up. (They will be used in accessories soon.)

   This bag was sooo unbelievably easy to make I decided to make a matching make up purse to go along with it. Lined with Duct Tape as well of course.

(Sorry the color looks so off in this picture, sheesh!) I used Velcro and iron on adhesive for closing the bag.

   Well there you have it, my quick and easy bag and make up purse to match. (This is a very much "no sew" project, as the needle can not easily go through the Duct Tape. Hope you enjoyed, any questions or comments are appreciated. Thank you. 

                                                                                                              xoxo, Val