Monday, September 8, 2008

Artsy-Fartsy Stuff

One of my interests is arts and crafts, and I sometimes combine it with sewing. I sometimes dream of being able to earn a decent living by selling my creations; but, in reality, I'm too slow and have to be in a creative mood. I also figure that if I HAVE to produce things in sufficient amounts to sell, it probably would no longer be a fun thing to do.

Here are a couple of the things I've made this year.

This is a "shabby chic" wall pocket/planter. You can line the bottom with sheet moss, or a coffee filter, fill with dirt and a pretty plant, and hang it on a fence. You can also just use a piece of floral foam and silk flowers to make an arrangement to hang on a wall or door in your house.

It's made from a 1-gallon can, with both ends cut out, painted, sanded, decoupaged, antiqued, amd sealed with an acrylic sealer. One end is mashed flat and wired together, with the flowers and ribbon hiding the holes and wire. I also draped pieces of a crystal Christmas tree garland to add a little sparkle.

Right now, I'm into making checkbook covers, because the plastic one I got from the bank tore up, and I REFUSE to pay $5 for another one! This is the first one I made and gave to my daughter. It turned out pretty well, but I was not pleased with the satin stitching on the edges...probably due to the extra inner facing that I used, so my newer ones are going to be finished with seam binding.

I have more pictures, but they'll have to wait for the next post! G'night!


Cathy said...

Hey Peggy! Welcome to blogland!

I love that smashed can! I think that gives me so many ideas of things to make with a smashed can!

Big Toe Mom said...

now this is gonna be fun!!!

nikkicrumpet said...

Oh my are so crafty! The checkbook covers are adorable...but that wall pocket is KILLER! I can imagine you'd sell those like crazy!