Friday, December 28, 2007

Upcycled Sweater Purse



I went shopping at a couple of thrift stores over the last couple of weeks looking for some hidden treasures to use in my art projects. I only found some pretty wool sweaters to felt and use for purses. This is the first one I made. First I put the 100% wool into the washing machine in hot water w/ soap. Then I popped it into a hot dryer. When it was finished my xxl sweater vest was more like a med or small. It was felted and ready to go. I found this bucket purse pattern and made it with heavy interfacing, and lined it with brown silk. Overall, I am happy with the way it turned out. It gets real bulky with the interfacing when you sew it. I definetly am not a great seamstress, I need to improve a lot. I think it turned out well enough to use though. I also want to try to make some slippers out of the felt, but still need a pattern for that. The rest of the scraps I have been cutting into 6x6 squares that I am going to make into a throw for curling up with. That will take lots of scraps though. Has anyone else made fun stuff with felted sweaters? I would love to see what you've made. I know there is a local lady that makes teddy bears out of cashmere sweaters. That would be so cuddly! Don't throw out those old sweaters, go felt them and make something new.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas


I took these shots of my house last night. We have green lights on the ground, red candy canes lining the sidewalk and the my all time favorite splurge the snow globe snowmen. I saw this thing 2 years ago at Linens N Things and it stopped me in my tracks. I had not seen one before. I went home and frantically searched for a 20% off coupon. It was in my yard that night with 25mph winds. I almost lost it the first night! It has held up well, my kids keep saying they want to go inside. Luckily the opening is about 8 inches long so I won't likely find them in there. Our whole street really gets into decoracting their houses. Ours is one of the less brite ones. It makes for a fun night time stroll. Happy Holidays!!!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Ornament and Charm swap


These are the great ornaments and charms I received in the Latest Trends in Mixed Media swaps. I love them all. I have a little tree in my studio that will be sporting all of these. I don't think I will have time to get a bracelet together, so they will all be ornaments this year. There was such a variety of media used on these. What a great representation of the talented artists that are in this group. I am so glad I pushed myself to participate.

My prize from Vintage Charmings came today!!




Look at all of the wonderful goodies that came in my French Ephemera package from Vintage Charmings. I was one of the winners on The Latest Trends in Mixed Media November Shrine Challenge. So they sent me this package filled with goodies from France. It has tickets, book pages, bottle caps, coins, post cards as well as vintage postcards with beautiful script writing on the back. I am going to have so much fun incorporating these into my art. Where to start? I am going to have to go to the Vintage Charmings website to see what other goodies she has for sale.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Martini Queenie Blog Special


As a thank you to all of you who have become visitors to my blog, I want to offer a special price on my newest pendant design. The Martini Queenie, she looks like she needs a martini or two , on the back of this pendant I will also put an initial free. The Etsy store price is $16.00, but when my blog visitors put "funkytimeart" into the message box at the checkout, I will reduce the price to $12.00
shipping is only $2.00. This would make a great gift for all of your martini loving girlfriends. Come on you know you have a few of them.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

New Holiay art


I have been trying to get some new art work done for some holiday necklaces. I finally got the time and here is what I came up with so far. The first is "Scrooge" , this guy just looked perfect for the part. The other is a sweet little girl that I have made into the Sugar Plum Fairy. She is just waiting to grant some wishes. I have found so many great vintage styled Christmas paper to use. Although I didn't use any on these. I tend to want to save everything. I think if I stacked up all of my scrapbook papers it would definetly be at least 4 feet high! I am sure there are many of you out there who could beat me, right??

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Miss Jingles Art Doll


I have been busy making a lot of goodies in my studio. This is Miss Jingles an art doll that I have added into my Etsy store. I just love those skinny stripped legs. If only I could have thin thighs like that! Her skirt is pom pom fringe and she has curly toed shoes. I love the big feet as well. I can do without those. She was fun to make, I hope I have time to do a couple more before the season is over.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New Youtube Videos

I found some great new videos on Youtube. First, there is a new Tim Holtz video showing his new Grunge Board. I want some of this stuff bad!! There is also a great paper bag album that is made out of a single bag and she does great tutorial on packing tape transfers during this video. Check them all out, I think each one is well done and has a lot of good info or great inspiration. Just scroll to the bottom of my blog to find them.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Too many craft supplies?

I joined a Yahoo group not too long ago for those of us who tend to collect more than they can craft with. It is a great group for buying and selling craft supply items. Unlike some of the other Yahoo groups that are set up for this purpose, this one is individuals trying to sell their stuff. I belong to one that is nothing but web stores that do extremely long lists of everything they have in their store. Nothing wrong with this just too long for me to get through in that format and I tend to just delete the whole thing. I have sold several items so far and everyone just goes to Paypal to complete the transaction. I have also bought a couple of bargains there as well. The moderator runs a pretty tight ship and keeps the posts moderated so you won't be spammed. If you would like to try it out the link is, craftersfleamkt@yahoogroups.com Happy shopping!

Look what I made for my ink pads


I picked up this little cabinet from JoAnne's when it was 75% off of the seasonal items from the summer. It was dog ugly, but I thought it had some potential. I looked at it for a long time and then decided to start covering it with strips of script scrapbook paper. I popped out the center insert that had an ugly apple motif and covered and stamped it with this Paris doll stamp. Under the center oval is a bamboo tile I stamped "Bonjour" on. The little swirly things are painted chipboard. As you can see from the open picture it holds pretty many pads, but as we all know it doesn't hold all of them for sure! So I just put my most used pads in there for easy reach.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Blog Candy Winner....

I put the names in a hat and my son drew out.....Cyndi of dreams unlimited. I guess we all have to call you "goddess" now. Please email me with you addy and I will get the goddess to you right away.

Monday, November 19, 2007

New Blog Candy

Here is the new blog candy item for this week. It is an acrylic necklace with a collage that say,"goddess". This is a great way to make these cute collage necklaces if you don't want to get into soldering. It has the look without all of the trouble. Please leave a comment on this post if you want your name put into the drawing. I will announce the winner next, please check back to see if your the winner so I can get your address. If the winner does not contact me within a week I will draw another name from the pot. Good Luck!

Friday, November 16, 2007

New Holiday tags


I have been busy with holiday charms, and tags oh my. I am in another swap at Latest Trends in Mixed Media Yahoo group. We are doing a 5/5 holiday ornament and 5/5 holiday charm. I am still not happy with my ornament. It has some work still. The charms turned out pretty cute. They are so small, pretty tough to solder. I am lucky I didn't burn my fingers off. The tags are for my Etsy store. I am selling them and also including wrapping with all of my pendant necklaces from now until the end of December.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Look who was on my deck today

Well the day after I tell the world my bird story. I come home to find this on my deck! A beautiful red breasted hawk. I live in suburbia so to say the least I was suprised. I got about 6 photos of him before he took off. I have never seen anything like that before.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

November Shrine Challenge


This is my shrine I completed for the November shrine challenge at The Latest Trends in Mixed Media yahoo group. It was started after my mom passed away and kinda became my therapy. It repeats the word "hope" three different times. I think was subliminal, didn't even realize I did that. Then it also has a bird theme as well, it being nestlike with the egg etc. I kinda became obsessed with birds and bird motifs after my moms funeral. At my mom's funeral there was a beautiful flower arrangement from my two good girlfriends back at home. The arrangement had the sweetest bird's nest tucked in and had this poem in it, "This nest may be empty, But I've not flown far away. I am part of your memory Where I will always stay." I was so touched by the poem and called my friend to tell her thank you and how the poem touched me. She was taking care of my dog while we were away at the funeral and she said she had no idea the poem and nest were part of the flower arrangement, but was glad I liked it so well. The next day when I spoke to her she said, "You are never going to believe this, but when I came into your kitchen today there was a little bird sitting on your kitchen table." It scared the heck out of her to say the least and then after she let the dog outside because she was going crazy she came back into the kitchen and it was gone. True story. I have no explanation for it. I have a chimney, but it has a cap on it. We know of no way for a bird to get into our home. It had never happened before. Anyone have a similar experience?

My newest treasure


Here is a picture of my latest find at the antique mall. It is a scrapbook from the Columbian Expositon, the Chicago World's Fair 1893! Okay I did not know what the Columbian Expo was at first, and I came home and Googled it. I flipped through it and found a little hand written note from mother to daughter. The scrapbook was given as a Christmas gift on 12/25/1893. It is so sweet. The book is filled with gorgeous images that are still so crisp in color. It is not in great condition and I probably paid way to much for it. I don't care though I love it. I am going to use some of the Christmas images on ornaments in my etsy store. Blogger won't let me upload anymore photos now so I will have to post more later.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Thank You

On this Veterens Day, I just wanted to tell our veterens thank you. Thank you for the sacrifices you are making to serve our country. It is noble job that you are doing and have done to keep America free. We salute you!

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Packing tape Transfer Ornament







I have been wanting to make some personalized ornaments using all of our family photos. A lot of times I make something with the photos that our friends and family send in their holiday greeting cards. Here is one I made using the packing tape transfer method. This photo is actually from a commercial source, but I loved the baby and the sepia color to use on the clear glass.


Here are the things you need if you would like to try to make some of these ornaments yourself.


First make a photo copy on a toner copier and shrink it to the size you want for your ornament.

Next burnish the packing tape onto the top of your photo copy, next you just brush on some water to start to break down the paper on back of the copy. Gently rub your finger on the paper until it is all rubbed off. You may need to reapply the water to get all of the paper off. Next I layered my transfer onto a script background paper, then I applied it to my ornament using gel medium. I did have to make some small cuts along the edge of the transfer to help make it lie flat onto the glass. Allow to dry and there you have an instant heirloom.



Wednesday, November 7, 2007

And the blog candy goes to........

My son who is home sick from school today has reached deep into the bowl of names and drew out Karen!!!! Karen please contact me with your address so I can mail you your candy.
I am going to go find some more candy to give away. Stay tuned.....

Monday, November 5, 2007

Here is a great cheap holiday gift

When it comes to holiday gift giving the list can get pretty long with teachers, babysitters, etc. I made these bath salts gifts so I could have something for everyone without breaking the bank. There are many sites on the web that will give you the exact recipe for scented bath salts. It is basically epsom salts, essential oil and coloring. I coordinated my color and scent with my packaging. I think the shaker jar is the too cute for this gift. I was able to get them at the dollar store and then used my fabric scraps and glued on a ribbon and label for a total of $2.00 each. Imagine this with some vintage fabric now that would be cute. Go ahead and make some now, then when you need one you will be ready to go!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Assembledge Angel


Iam still in the process of making this angel assembledge. I feel stuck right now not sure what it is in need of. I don't know if it will get legs or fly as is. I do love how the rusty wings turned out. I used Modern Masters iron paint, then the rust patina and wow I had rust. I hope to post a finished angel very soon.

You Tube Addition

I have added a You Tube player to the bottom of my page. I have found a ton of great tutorials available by some awesome artists there. I had never thought to go looking there before. Now you can click on the player and you will see a tutorial that could be for beading, polymer clay, art journals , collage, atcs etc. It can be addictive I will warn you. It is a great opportunity for some of us that may not have access to these classes in our local area. I am a visual learner so I have found it to be very helpful. Let me know what you find.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Yummy BLT Recipe

I know my blog is about art, but I also want to share some other goodies with you too. I made some of this BLT dip for a party and it was a huge hit. It is pretty basic, which to me makes it even better. Here is what you need; 1 Roma tomato, 1 jar of Hormel Bacon Bits, 1/2 cup mayo, and 1/2 cup sour cream. I use reduced fat for the sour cream and I think it still tastes really good.
First cut your tomato and squeeze out the extra juice, then dice it up. Next mix the mayo and sour cream, the whole jar of bacon bits and the tomato. Let it chill for a while in the fridge and serve it with toast points. That's it. You can make this recipe larger or smaller but keep the mayo and sour cream portions equal. I usually have all of these ingredients on hand so I can whip it up whenever I need to bring an appetizer to share. Let me know if you like it.

New Blog Candy


Here is some new candy for your Halloween treat. I am giving away this bunch of ephemera for this weeks blog candy raffle. This group includes papers, and ephemera that are travel related. You could make some awesome atcs with this great variety of stuff. Just leave a comment under this posting to have your name thrown in the raffle. I will post the winner next Wednesday!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Halloween Charm Swap Bracelet


Here is the bracelet I made with the charms I got in the LatesttrendsinMixedMedia@yahoogroups.com I sent 10 charms in and this awesome variety of charms is what I ended up with. It has shrink plastic, polymer clay, vintage poker chips and a scrabble tile just to name a few. I love it! The next swap is the innovative charm swap. I will upload that one later this month.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

This is Fall?


I just took this picture on my deck the other day and can't believe how good my flowers are looking. Almost Halloween and my Begonias have not looked better all season. I am in the "historic" drought affecting the southeast US. I have to save water from all over the house to water my plants. It makes you very aware of how much can be wasted during the day. I have even been watering with leftover coffee. I figured at this point in the season what could it hurt. I will let you know if I get super growth because of it. Great another reason for Starbucks to expand their business.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Got Blog Fever? You need Google Reader

I have to admit I have been a serious blog hopper for the last couple of months. I would waste so much precious time trying to find all of my favorites again and again. Then I found out about a service on Google. The Google Reader keeps track of all of my favorite blogs and lets me know when new content has been added. I am up to about 20 already. I don't know how many it will hold but I am going to find out. If you want to try it out go to the Google page look at the top left corner of the page, click on "other" and a drop down menu has "reader" at the bottom of the list, click this and it will guide you through you can add all of your favorites. Now I am sure this is old news for many of you, but some of us are just getting the hang of this and we need to take care of each other.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Etsy Store Sale

I wanted to offer a special sale just for those of you who are stopping by my blog. I am having a 20%off sale until 10/31 on everything for my blog visitors. Just go over to my Etsy store and when you are ready to checkout just add, "Funkytimeart" in the notes box and I will manually take the 20% off of the total. Halloween stuff is shipping free too! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Halloween Charm Swap


These are the charms I made for the charm swap over at "Latest Trends in Mixed Media" yahoo group. I will get 10 different charms back to make a bracelet. The charms were all awesome. I wish I could get one of everyone's back.
To make these I used Premo glow in the dark clay. The ghosts are pretty easy, just tear drop shaped with a twisted tail. Balls for the eyes and a small snake for eyebrows. The eyeballs are pretty easy too. Just add on some details with a sharpe. I am going to be making a few earrings for teachers like this.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

And the winner is......

Inka! Inka please email me with your addy and I will get your Halloween charm off to you on Monday morning! Congratulations! Sorry I am late posting the winner. We had a bit of a bad day Saturday. My hubby and I decided to go ahead and put in new tile in the bathroom......twelve hours later we ended up having to go to bed with no running water in the house. I told him they don't call do it yourselfers "Weekend Warriors" for nothing. Today we have water, but there is still much to be done. Thanks everyone for playing and leaving your kind comments. It is nice to know there is life out there. I will get a new item up real soon!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Spooky!!



My friend loves Halloween as much as I do. Look how great her house looks. It is even better at night as she has her bushes filled with orange lights.
The door is wrapped with a combination of grapevines, black garland, and of course more orange lights. She has several spooky scenes in her house too. The kids love to go and see what kind of surprises she has waiting for them.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

New Transfer Technique


I had the opportunity to attend a demo by the talented Barbara McGuire. She did this transfer onto polymer clay. Barbara is an extremely talented and knowledgable teacher. She has several great books on the market that I would encourage you to look for if polymer clay interests you at all. The technique was so simple I can't believe it works so well. First I made a copy of this vintage post card at Staples on their toner copier. Second, I conditioned white Premo polymer clay and rolled it out into a smooth long sheet. Third, I put my copy face down onto the clay and burnished it with a bone folder, and used my tissue blade to cut out the shape. Fourth, I lightly sprayed the back of the clay and used my finger to rub the paper off and repeated this step until all of the paper was removed. Look how vibrant the colors turned out! I then placed the polymer clay into the oven following the manufacturer's instructions. This is the final product, I think I will incorporate it into a polymer clay pendant. There are alot of options for using these. Now go get creating!

Monday, October 8, 2007

Blog Candy




I have a Halloween charm that will be given away in a drawing on October 13, leave me a comment and I will put you in the drawing for this cute little black cat Halloween charm. If you want your name put in the drawing twice link me in your blog. Let me know in your post and I will put your name in twice. The winner will be contact and posted 10/13 at 7:00pm est. Thanks for stopping by Funky Time Art!

Skeleton Goody Box


This is another Halloween box I recently completed. This one I added alot of glitter to and German glitter glass. I love that stuff! It has such a great vintage look. I found a great source for it if anyone is looking for some. Just email me if you want the info. I have two more heads I am working on. They are both devils. I will post them as soon as the glue dries! Soon I will post some stuff that is not Halloween, but it is still October afterall.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Saturday Night Art




Here is how I spent my Saturday night. When I was a much younger I remember going out on Saturday night and having a ball, and at the time I thought I will always want to do this it is so much fun. Now I am thrilled to death when I don't have any commitments and get to spend the night in my studio. Yes that is now my idea of a very good time.
I got to make these little polymer clay pumpkins and then I got into making some paper mache heads and boxes for Halloween too. I don't think I have every made so much Halloween stuff, but I love it!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A little Birdie


This is a little bird I recently made out of polymer clay. I just love all the birds everyone is using in their art right now. I had to have my own bird and nest for my kitchen table. So I sat down and made this little guy in about ten minutes. I was pretty pleased with how it turned out, sculpting out of my own head usually does not turn out too good. I recently found a wooden carving of a little bird my dad had done about twenty years ago. I hope he is looking down and is happy with what I am creating.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Target Halloween Shirt

Went to Target today. I love going to Target, they have the great dollar spot with so many fun things to work into my art. Today I got a tiny alphabet stamp set. They are the perfect size for these tiny metal tags I bought on Etsy, got a miniature lunch box that says Sugar Babies. I am going to alter it and make it into a ATC holder. Finally they had their $5.oo Halloween t-shirts. There were several cute ones but I settled on the green "Witchy" shirt. It will look so cute under my jean jacket. I can't wait for there to be a chill in the air!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

New Art Supplies

Are you like me, you want to own everything possible to make your art. I want the cutters, canvases of every size, every stamp, all of the beautiful Lumeire paints,etc. etc. Well I did get something new yesterday at Dick Blick (the candy store). I bought water soluble crayons. Woo Hoo! I can't wait to open the box to see all of the great colors inside. I will post something as soon as I can get them on the canvas!