WOYWW: Ask a Crafter is Back!

Hello friends! I missed desk hopping last week, so much to do, so I made a point to snap a picture of my creative chaos and share it today for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday:

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I have a busy 2 weeks coming up so I am busting out projects and tutorials to try and stay ahead. In the midst of my creative fury I decided to bring back the popular feature Ask a Crafter. If you want your question answered in an upcoming episode you can leave it in the comments section.

That’s it for me today! Time to walk the dog then get busy with burlap in the studio! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: more watercoloring

Howdy folks! It is time to take another peek at crafty desks around the globe, that’s right it’s What’s on your Workdesk Wednesday!

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Here I have the start of a watercolor painting and a few practice studies of dew drops. I’ll share a video on painting the dew drops as well as the finished peony painting in a day or two.  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: Paintin’, Cleanin’ & Curbside Shoppin’

Howdy crafty folks! It’s time for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday! I FINALLY managed to bring some order to my crafty chaos this week. I even vacuumed! I dug under the scary table where I cram stuff and purged and organized and I am not ashamed to show you my room. Even with my projects in progress out it still looks pretty good:)

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Doncha love this shelf? I found it on the side of the road with a “FREE” sign on it! Free! Can you believe what people get rid of? I had my husband hang up the shelf then I used ribbons, scrapbook papers and beaded tassel trim to change it from “blah” to “ohh la la!”

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I spent most of the day painting and working on a new beginner watercolor tutorial for my shop. I finished the BBC series Being Human so I decided to start on the American series…hmmm, tv is so much better with British accents….

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I also varnished some new paper beads, look at that clean table!

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And surprise, I got an advance copy of the December issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts and my artwork is on the cover, the whole entire cover!!!

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A clean craft room, artwork on the cover of a major stamping magazine and a free shelf. It’s a pretty good day. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: Pinata!

Howdy folks! I started training for a race today. My son runs cross country for his school and every year they have a “parent race” and I figure what’s good for the goose is good for the gander so I am going to run it. I have 2 goals:

  1. To finish the race and not have a heart attack.
  2. Not to come in dead last.

So today instead of walking my dog I jogged the first 3rd of our route, walked a third and jogged the last third. That might sound impressive but our route is 1/2 mile long. The race is 1.62 miles long.  I had to drag my dog the last third of the way because she is more of a leisure breed I think. Come to think of it I probably am too. My ankles hurt and my lungs burned.  Good times. I am trying to recruit other moms of x-country runners to join me because misery loves company I guess. 🙂 I have to say though, a half an hour after the run I felt really good and had lots of energy the rest of the day too so that is worth a little bit of agony I guess…right? Oh, you did not come hear to read about my running? OK then, here is my work desk this week, my twin daughters birthday is this weekend and here is the pinata we began tonight:

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You might wonder why we spend so much time making something that is going to be destroyed (I think that when I see the elaborate food some people cook) well, I’ll tell you:

  1. It is fun to design and make.
  2. It is inexpensive (cardboard and party streamers) and it is nice to save money on the pinata and spend the money on the good fillings!
  3. What kid doesn’t love a pinata?
  4. It is really fun and freeing to make something that you know is temporary, it is liberating!

I was running low on cardboard and had to get creative with this. I just had some new goodies arrive from Papermart today so I used the box as the belly of the pinata (I filled the box chock-a-block full of candy) then I used a panel of flat cardboard for the nose and tail. I had to scrounge clean cardboard from a pizza box to make the fin and some tapering pieces from the box to the ends but who cares, it will all be covered in crepe paper! Man, I love making pinatas!  If only I could figure out how to put the squiggle over the “a” whenever I spell pinata….

Do you want to see what other craft folk have on their desks today? Well hop over the Julia’s blog The Stamping Ground for more WOYWW fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: Short, Sweet & Silent!

Howdy friends! It is Wednesday (OK Tuesday night in the USA!) and time for What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday! It is also the first day of school so I will have hours of uninterrupted creative time in my studio! woohoo! Of course I shouldn’t say that out loud or I might jinx myself hahaha! So yesterday I glued bails on some of the sea glass embedded pendents that I made. I rolled up some old book pages in some too, it is fun to see what words are prominent in the pendants, the pages came from old Edger Allen Poe books! I did some wire wrapping on some when I thought a regular bail was too boring.

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Yep, a big mess! I hope to get more resin poured today, I wanted to try embedding fibers, buttons, glitter and letter beads in some pendants. I hope it turns out to be a sunny, dry day so I can cure some resin outside. I found that putting it in bright hot sun with a clear Rubbermaid tote over it for a dome works really well. I think it traps the heat and helps it cure. Plus I can keep most of the stink outside! That’s it for me today, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW: Pressing Flowers in the Microwave!

Happy {early!} Wednesday folks! I visited my parents yesterday and then went to my sister’s house where her garden was in full bloom. I had wanted to see if I could press flowers in my microwave (without the pricey Microfluer press) so she sent me home with a mason jar full of phlox and hydrangea. I did figure out how to do it (video tutorial below) and the results are on the table along with some freshly glazed resin (I did a tutorial on making those drying boards Monday), I used Future Floor Wax to glaze them, you can see that in the little apple sauce cup, behind that a new creation I invented called Pinot Grigio with Pineapple juice (not bad) and a big pile of rubber from Lost Coast Designs!

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I was so excited to share my microwave flower pressing success that I asked my 8 year old daughter to film my process. This was her first time with the camera, I think she did pretty good! Hey, if you pay attention you can get a glimpse of my new kitchen floor.  So as a disclaimer to this video it is the end of the day, I have been traveling and I am quite wilted, the kitchen is a mess and well and I just ate a large dinner.  Just keep that in mind as you watch:)

Another crafty skill to tuck under your belt! I love how it is not too scientific, if it is not completly flat and crispy just zap it a few more seconds, easy! If you want to see what other crafters all over the world are up to be sure to check out all of the What’s On your Workdesk Wednesday fun at Julia’s Blog. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting

WOYWW: Goodies!

Edit: Don’t forget to check out yesterday’s stamp set giveaway!

Happy What’s on Your Workdesk Wednesday folks! I have some new stuff to share; some lovely supplies that fellow YouTube friend Stampyra sent me:

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Can you believe all of those color dusters!?! I was not able to fit everything in the photo so here is a video of me unboxing all of the goodies:

Generous huh? I will put these all to good use. My kids are eyeballing the markers so I might lose them but as long as they are happily used I don’t mind. So, what is on your workdesk today? You can see more crafty desks on Julia’s blog the Stamping Ground. Thanks for visiting and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW Another Week, Another Mess!

Hello folks! For those of you following along in my resin adventure I am happy to report that after 3 days my resin is hard and glassy, it was bit dicey for a while and it didn’t help that I kept visiting my creations and poking them to see if they were cured yet. Note to self: KEEP YOUR GRIMY PAWS OFF THE RESIN! So for those of you at home who want specifics it took 3 days to cure my polyester resin (mixed per package directions) with a room temperature around 70 and humidity at 66%. Higher temperature and lower humidity would have taken less time I suspect. Hey, here is a fun fact, thicker pieces take less time to cure, it seems that resin makes it’s own heat that speeds it’s curing process, Good to know. Also, don’t stick your fingernails in the resin to see if it cured…just sayin. BTW it is What’s on your workdesk Wednesday! On my desk are some bottle-cap resin rings and barrettes I just glued, paint from a project I just finished and other assorted supplies…

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But wait, there’s more! I can’t even sit down in here, it is madness I tell you!

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Crafty fun madness that is:) Want to join the crafty fun? Head on over to Julia’s blog the Stamping Ground and see for yourself! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

WOYWW:Make your Own Roltap Mini Brayer!

mwahahahaha! That is the evil laugh I make when I figured out how to duplicate a store-bought tool or supply…I’ll get to that later but first here is a pic of my work-space for Whats On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  Hmm, I’m sure there is a desk under there somewhere….

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Quick Tip, see the dumbbell on the back of my tripod? The back leg is raised up so when I tip my camera down I get a straight-on birds eye view shot of my work area with little parallax (perspective) distortion. Then I can flip the video around if I need to later with no weird angles. The dumbbell keeps the tripod from tipping over. Speaking of videos here is a quick tutorial showing you how to make your own mini brayer similar to the discontinued Roltap I used in yesterdays tutorial:

Are you feeling a little bit like an evil genius too now? Go ahead and let out an evil laugh if you like, feels good huh? If you want to see what other crafty people are up to check out Julia’s blog for more WOYWW fun! Til next time happy crafting!