December 27, 2008

Train Tickets!

Sometimes I'm surprised. I didn't expect to like the end result quite so much, and I didn't expect to enjoy the process, but I sure did! Sometimes the process is just the means to the end. I ALWAYS love the end, I don't always enjoy the process.

I ended up with a frame that would take 112 tickets, and I had 106. So I left some gaps :)
Here's what I did.
I pulled out a frame I got at a yard sale in the summer time. I got 3 large frames from this sale, for .25 cents each. This one had a gap in two corners, so I hammered it back best I could. Still a small gap remained, but I called it character.
There is this inner frame made from some sort of velvet like material. The previous owners must have had dogs or cats, cause there was hair stuck to the velvet. (like I said, it's just been in a closet. --one where I don't keep clothes, scraps of carpet, a fishing pole, and DH's golf clubs.)
So I got out the packing tape. I have 2 cats and am constantly using tape to remove cat hair. (yellow rubber gloves too. That's a magic trick I love.)
It cleaned up real good!

Then I found a piece of ply wood I had that was almost the perfect size. I just had to saw off 1.5" from one side. Then I stained it walnut (this is the before photo). I also gave the old frame a little coat of walnut stain to liven it up.

Then I figured out how many tickets wide and high I could go, and how many I had. Realizing I was 6 tickets short of a solid frame, I strategically placed the gaps.
I also put the tickets in number order. Not that that will mean anything, but I thought it would be kinda fun. Sometimes there are 3 or 4 sequential tickets when I went on the train with friends. So I put them in order.

Then I attached the back to the frame, and used two dots of hot glue on the back of each ticket to fix it into place. It went together so easy and tidy. A very satisfying project :D

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December 22, 2008

Look what I found....

...a bag of train tickets from when I lived in Romania.

These are just begging me to do something with them. I'm thinking about laying them all out in a simple collage, framing them, and hanging it on a wall. They have holes punched in them, so what color should I put under them?

Any other ideas? (I have over a hundred tickets.)
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December 8, 2008

Snowman Earrings

I can't take credit for this cute idea. I got it from Erin Prais-Hintz. She is the January cover contest winner for the January 09 issue of Bead Trends. These cute snowman earrings she had in the December 08 issue.
I made these ones.

They are made with button pearls and stick coral. Such a cute idea!

I've also made quite a few to sell, so if you are interested in a pair, they are $10 + $1.50 shipping.




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December 1, 2008

Us Girls and Brainstorming

K, WendyP and TheStampinMom have given me an idea. I'm full of ideas, and I love to share. Brainstorming is super fun when you have more than yourself doing it.

Many times we have a project in mind or even underway, and we need that extra push or idea to get it finished. It's when the idea gets exciting that you want to do it!

If you have a project, and you have a blog... post your project on your blog asking for suggestions, ideas, brainstorming, and then include a comment here in this post of mine.

I will go look, and others too, and we will help you come up with possible suggestions/ideas.
Be sure when you post this project on your blog to be clear about your stumbling block, or the direction you are headed. Also say if you are open to a total change of direction.

If you want to get excited about a project again, or just need a little help on something, post photos on your blog, and then come back here and comment!! (include the url to go directly to your post)

We'll get ya excited!!!
Lets Brainstorm!
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