Thursday, June 24, 2010
Best handy-dandy guy EVER-----he volunteered to cut the wood for me;
AND, he painted in the background color, too!!
Wood painted and dry [check]; straight ruler [check, check] and the vinyl wall art triple check...]
Now it's time to draw the border.....decide how wide you want your border and place the vinyl piece in the center to determine if the width is to your liking....
I placed my pattern placement holders on the edges so that I could take a step back and look at the layout....[I'll be showing you how I did these handy pattern holders soon....]
Painting the border with a steady hand......whew! That's tough sometimes!
Finishing up the border....
I started removing the vinyl from the sheet at the top and worked down. This is a super fast process and very easy!
Smoothing out any bubbles or bumps.......
There are great little rhinestone stick-ons and they really added dimension.
Voila! Finished! Nothing like a finished project for gratification! Now, if you liked this simple project, check out Rhoda's blog to enter the giveaway! I hope you win!! :)
Friday, June 18, 2010
Roxy [my fur baby Pomeranian] and her pink bunny enjoy relaxing in this peaceful space.....I'm thinking that she enjoys it as much as I do....--- very theraputic...and on to the fabric stash with all of the beautiful fabric by great designers [take a trip over to www.fatquartershop.com and you'll see why fabric collecting should be the next Olympic sport....]
A cutting station is probably the number one thing that I've needed in previous years---no more cutting on the dining room table and running off the mat with the rotary cutter...ouch!
Hmmmm.......what shall I sew next?
And, one of the last areas is home to my jewelry things, supplies, shipping boxes, etc...for my scripture jewelry designs. If you're inclined to check them out, please visit me at www.AriseShineJewelry.com . I enjoy collecting beads, too. Just an addiction to color, I suppose....and this "station" is my repurposed dresser that I had as a child. I guess they just don't make furniture like that any more....it's holding up pretty good to be ...ummmm...about 40 years old. No joking! [Just remember that I was a very, very small child.....]
Scripture jewelry design and some of the fun earrings that I love making with twirly-whirly sterling silver flowers...
Happy day to you,
First things first....a functional work table, idea / project books, rotary cutter and we're good to go! It reminds me of the huge cutting table that my mom had when I was growing up. It was a sheet of plywood or perhaps particle wood on a large base. She used to let me cut out patterns---she was brave to give me a pair of scissors with that thin paper! I diligently stayed right on the black line---such a feeling of accomplishment. When I think of this cutting table, I'm reminded of the "if you build it, they will come" ---- because now that I have a place that functions properly, it's much easier to be productive. Have you experienced that, too? Idea books, magazines, tutorials by all the great and talented bloggers [you know who you are!!] keep me busy & trying to figure out which project to start first. Usually the instant gratification project wins out!Still cutting out after all these years.....Rebecca
There are so many HGTV programs featuring the all-desirable "man cave"; you know, the place where the guys hang out and watch football, eat pizza and whatever it is that they actually do.....It's only right that we have our own "girl cave", don't you think?? I'm thankful for a place to create.....and we all have some creative ability, we just need to let it come to the surface sometimes!Happy creating!
So much goes on in our creative spaces and I've finally worked through some of my organizational woes---and resourcefully so, I might add----actually it was borne of necessity to conserve $$$, so I decided to use foam board for my fabric organizers. Pretty nifty and it keeps the fabric much more neat than all those little stacks!
Jewelry designing is one of my favorite things----and I incorporate my love for words, letters and scripture into my sterling silver pieces [ www.AriseShineJewelry.com ]. I enjoy making beaded jewelry, too. I finally figured out that it only takes a few beads to make things and I didn't have to buy a whole barrel full of one color / kind. Oh well, live and learn, right? A few beads really do go a long way!
And, my jewelry "station" holds gift boxes, cards, jewelry supplies, and more ---- which keeps things organized [it hasn't always been such!] and I might add that the bottom part of this "station" is the dresser that I had as a child. I love repurposing things! More to come....
I'm thinking of writing a book on how to have fun hoarding fabric....there's something about the beautiful designs of fabric designers. I appreciate their efforts & without them, we'd be sporting around in burlap bags :) or something completely utilitarian!I think that it's one of the most fun things to shop for fabric whether it's only for a 1/2 yard piece or a stash of 10 or 12 different pieces. You really never can have too many color choices!
How about getting busy with that sewing machine?