Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I'm about to....

mail a couple of old toothbrushes (don't worry, I ran them through the dishwasher) to this artist who is creating a "Welcome Mat Smile" for the American Visionary Museum's upcoming What Makes Us Smile? exhibition — made from  hundreds of recycled toothbrushes! You can have your old toothbrush become a work of art too by mailing your toothbrush to the artist. Here is the info. Smile!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

5 Things Friday: Oops!

Sorry...I was doing so well, but will be the first to admit that I got lazy/busy and skipped a day. ( I'll be busy seeing Phish this weekend....and other secret projects!) More later....

Monday, June 21, 2010

Kitchen Tray: A Tutorial (How To)...

For quite some time, I had been looking for something to decoupage for my kitchen. I was thinking tiles or trivets when one day I found a plain wooden tray at a thrift store. So, home with me it came. (Inspired by these coasters from Prudent Baby to find this cute paper at Paper Source--and later this tray, and this tray: I didn't follow either of these specific tutorials,  but they seem to be super detailed and could be helpful if you've never done this sort of thing yourself).

I began by painting the tray with several coats of light blue craft paint (with drying time in between coats). Then, after measuring the inside of the tray I cut my paper to size. Next, I used the regular Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the tray. )Paint the Mod Podge on with a small sponge brush in even coats). After about 30 minutes I put one coat of Mod Podge over the paper.

After this dried, I covered the entire tray with Hard Coat Mod Podge which I'd never used before (it's supposed to be better for highly used items/furniture or something, which seemed fitting for a kitchen where it might have coffee spilled on it). Then, after this dried it wasn't as smooth and glossy as I wanted so I sprayed it with a few coats of clear coat (in a well ventilated area). Even after all of this, the part of the tray with the paper still wasn't to my liking when the guy mentioned something about sealing it with resin or varnish--then I remembered I bought some EnviroTex Lite years ago that I'd never used. Following the instructions in the package, I coated the paper with the resin--and I love it! It sealed it glossy and smooth and it looks so professional. (Don't be surprised if I begin coating everything in resin!) For this really simple tray and some experimenting, this project did take a few days, primarily due to drying or setting times.Overall, I'm ridiculously happy about how it turned out and can't wait to do some more projects like this.

Until next time, happy crafting and take it light!
XOXO, Bekki

Friday, June 18, 2010

5 Things Friday: 5 Things I Made this Week:

I have a very busy, crafty girl lately! Here are 5 projects I've done this week (or at least finished this week)...most will have tutorials forthcoming...


Travel Patch Pillow (Blogged about here)


Wrapping paper decoupaged tray--sealed with resin 
(this was my first major attempt with resin, and it's awesome! Tutorial coming later...)


Paper circle garland.This was another experiment in punching circles and machine sewing them together. it's super cute and this picture needs to be re-shot!

I made many resin sealed bottle cap magnets and things...

Painted wooden clothes pin with a resin-sealed bottle cap
(with vintage mail sticker inside).

So, as you can see I have been quite busy. And, now that these projects are out of the way (and after some yummy ice cream in Annapolis tonight) perhaps I can move on to blogging about the projects themselves! Until then, be inspired and create a wonderful weekend!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Travel Patch Pillow: Tutorial

For years I would buy patches from my travels though I was never sure what I would do with them. I thought I'd put them on a tote or duffel bag but that seemed kind of cliche. So, recently, I came up with a cute way to display them without seeming too "touristy" or something. I found an inexpensive throw pillow case and sewed the patches onto it (though now I realize we are missing quite a few patches from places we've been but that's another post).

First, I arranged the patches onto the case the way I wanted them.Then, using just a drop of fabric glue, I glued them down so they would stay in place while I sewed them on. Then, using my sewing machine, I carefully sewed the patches on and ta-da! So cute and room for more patches as we acquire them. (And, it looks really cute with my embroidered map pillows from Ikea!)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Recycling Bottle Caps....

I've been working on clearing out some of my unused art supplies lately and have rediscovered my giant collection of bottle caps. So, in a resin experiment, I used some caps to create collages (that I sealed in the resin). I also realized that I have way too many caps so I have listed some (a collection of over 250) on Etsy. This also inspired me to seek out some new recycled bottle cap projects, which lead me to this and this. Fun!
I still have lots of caps (yes, I've been saving them for years) that I'm not sure what I will do with; though I am thinking I'd like to try a mosaic; I'm also looking for a more unexpected/surprising use for the bottle caps (something like this would be amazing). Any ideas?

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Need Phish Tickets? (For Camden or Merriweather):


...Because we have to sell some extras...we ended up with extra tickets in the lottery so we are unable to use them. We're just looking to pass them on to someone without it being a total loss. So, we've listed them on eBay. They are mail order/lottery tickets--which makes them extra special...We have two Mail Order/Lottery GA Lawn Tickets for the Thursday night Philadelphia/Camden Phish show, on June 24, 2010. (You can purchase just one ticket or the set). We also have two (2) tickets for the Friday night Philadelphia/Camden Phish Show (6/25/2010) and two (2) tickets for the Saturday night Phish show (6/26/2010) at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. Please, if you're looking for tickets, buy ours! Click here to see the tickets on eBay. Take it light, Bekki

Friday, June 11, 2010

5 Things Friday...The Empire State Building

Over Memorial Day weekend, we went up to New York City. We hadn't been there in years so we decided to do a bunch of touristy stuff we were too cool to do last time. One of those things was a visit to the Empire State Building, so here are 5 things to know if you plan to visit on your next trip to NYC.

1. Do yourself a HUGE favor and buy your Express Pass online before you go. It's good for 2 years, so even if you don't have time on this trip maybe you can use it another time (that was our thinking anyway). Yes, costs way more than the regular tickets...but you won't have to wait in line for 3 hours (seriously!!!) to go up to the top of the building.
2. If you want to go to the 102nd floor, buy the tickets before you get to the 86th floor (they do sell them up there) so you can at least have a souvenir 102nd Floor Club ticket stub because....
3. The 102nd floor is small, ugly, and cramped (though I think they are remodeling it). It is not open like 86th floor (and the windows create reflections and are smudgy). The view is similar to the 86th floor. So, unless you like to spend money needlessly or you just want to say you went there, then by all means, go; otherwise, skip it.
4. It's lovely to be up there at sunset, but extra crowded, I'd imagine. It was when we were there.
5. I have to say it again: feel like VIP when you are zooming through the line past the hundreds of people who have been waiting for hours (and then you zip right up and cut right in front of them onto the elevator--because you got the Express Pass!).
 (Tilt-shifted photo from the 86th floor)

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

OK...

While in NYC Memorial Day weekend, I saw a cute card in a little shop that I wish I would have bought.
It said,

"It will all be OK in the end. If it is not OK, it is not the end."


(Atlas and St. Patrick's Cathedral, NYC. Photo by Me).

Friday, June 04, 2010

5 Things Friday: Not so clever things...

I've been so good about this weekly post...but, today I'm slackin'. My apologies.

Here are 5 things I'm doing instead of creating a clever blog post:
-Editing my pictures from New York City.
-Relaxing from a whirlwind last few weeks with some "adult beverages."
-Catching up on my blog reading and Facebook-ing.
-Listening to some new music.
-Making jewelry.

I promise to do better next time.
And until then, Aloha,
Bekki

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Right Now...

-I have several (maybe 5) works in progress strewn about the house (like half spray-painted things sitting on the living room floor waiting to be taken back outside and painted some more).

-I am working on a cute little wooden tray for the kitchen. It's painted blue with cute matryoshka dolls on it. (Pictures to follow when I'm all done).

-I still need to unpack from and blog about our recent long weekend in New York City.

-I have several things to pack up and mail out to people all over the country; I need to get on that.

-I signed up for a summer Yoga (and Philosophy) class taught by my favorite Yoga Instructor.

-I have TONS of pictures from my graduation and NYC to sort through and share.

-At said graduation, I was given special recognition for graduating with a  4.0 GPA (with maybe 19 other students). Yes, I can say, "nerd."

-I want to be reading one of the few books on my summer reading list. And I'd like to be reading it on a blanket in the sun.

-I am on a hunt for cute sundresses to wear in St. Maarten later this summer.

-Yep, still working on my Wreck this Journal. I plan to "finish" it this summer.

-I am blogging-by-list instead of working on any of the above. I hope your "to do" or "to put off a little longer" list is going well!