Saturday, October 29, 2011

Wine Charm Shout-Out: Holiday

It's time to get ready for the holidays! 
This year I created two wine charm sets for Christmas and Valentine's Day. These little charms are designed and cut from scraps of fabric. (See the process!) It's a great way to use some of those fabric pieces I just can't throw away!

Christmas Charms

Red, green and yellow Christmas presents, lights, ornaments and a tree make up these wine charms. They are detailed with silver ink and have clear, white, and silver beads. 

Valentine Heart Charms

The Valentine charms have big and little hearts in four shades of pink. They are highlighted with silver and have pink and silver beads.

Both of these are available on my Etsy page. I need ideas for holiday charms for next year... any ideas?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Art Room Envy: Fabric Stashing

I love seeing how people store their fabrics, usually wrapped on bolts or cardboard. I got this beautiful image on Pinterest from and it inspired me to take a look at my own fabric supply...

Which, unfortunately, looks something like this.

In my third week of Art Room Envy I was determined to find a better way to store the fabric I have... on a limited budget. I didn't want to buy materials or take the time to cut the cardboard. After walking around the house I had the economical (and green!) idea to re-use magazines. By wrapping the fabric around the magazine I can neatly store the fabrics and re-use materials!

The finished result is a work in progress... I still have two bins of fabric to go. The finished fabrics are starting to look great on the bookcase!

Next week I'm looking at work spaces and am still looking for ideas! Leave me suggestions if you see something I can use. If you've missed a previous week check them out!

Art Room Envy: Introduction   

Art Room Envy: Thread and Wine

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nursery: The Beginning

Finally! After designing 7 nursery pieces for others I'm finally designing for myself! 

Only, this time I get to create the entire nursery! Brent and I are expecting our first child this April, and plans are already underway...after all, I have about 6 pieces I want to complete before April 1!

The first step involved Brent's work more than mine. I did the fun part: the designing, but he (and Grandpa Nelson) had to do all the work. Luckily the dogs were around to assist as well.

Check back in later to see the projects progress. I'll be starting with some gender neutral plans!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Art Room Envy: Thread and Wine

In my second week of Art Room Envy, the goal was to clean up the nest of threads in the closet. I'd seen this cute idea on Pinterest but didn't have mason jars readily available.

I did, however, have various wine and beverage glasses from previous glass painting projects. Ordered by colors of the rainbow, they are a fun and beautiful addition to my windows!

This week I'm working towards organizing the fabric stashes... do you have any suggestions?

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Art Room Envy: Introduction

I've been experiencing art room envy lately and decided to do some updating and cleaning. Thanks to some exploration on Pinterest I've gotten some great ideas, but still have more to do. Over the next few weeks I'll post entries relating to arts and craft storage idea; sharing what I've found, stolen from others, and done on my own. Maybe you'll be able to steal ideas from me!

In the meantime, share ideas with me using Pinterest, Facebook or by leaving a comment!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Wine Charms

As if wine wasn't fun already, here are some charms to add to the wine drinking experience!  These charms were a lot of fun to make, but will be even more fun to use! Each charm is made by hand with tiny scraps of fabric. Here's a peek at the process:

Pieces of fused fabrics are cut by hand... with very small scissors. All of the pieces of the design are cut at once to ensure that they will all fit together.

After the image is cut the pieces are fused with an iron, one section at a time.

The final image is placed into the cap and sealed to make it permanent. Sometimes details are added to the design with various drawing media.

There are a couple different designs, all of which will be shown on my etsy page!