Archive | October, 2010

I love my Oil Pastels

26 Oct

My friend Laura had these  beautiful, framed oil pastels done by her sister.  I loved them so much, I made one too.  Thank you Emily Johnson for the inspiration.

Oil Pastel on paper, 11″x17″

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Bracelets – just do it yourself.

4 Oct

Fall has officially arrived in NC and like any female I feel the need to update the wardrobe a bit.  For me that usually means accessories which I will wear to death for a few months and then put away.  For good.  But I often stop myself from buying an item because I think, “Pffft, I can make that, why pay for something I could make myself?”  For example, the following bracelet at J.Crew:

For the bargain price of $26.50, (!) I could walk out of the store with a strap of leather encircled around my wrist.  OR!

I could make it myself.  Which is what I did, of course.

I took some old denim leftover from my foray into cut-off shorts along with some navy blue jersey material  leftover from my foray into cut-off shirts (ahem).

What else will I need?

Hmmm.  Some brads from Michael’s turned out to be a good idea as they’re easy to push through the fabrics.  Navy blue thread will blend nicely with the jersey and simultaneously hide my Frankenstein stitching.  I truly guessed my way through the entire process, not having any idea how my efforts would turn out.   But after some hard work sewing, unsewing, detangling, cutting and measuring…TA-DA!

And now for the debut.

Total cost?  $4.00 for the brads at Michaels.  Which I might add, were on sale.

Hooray!  Now I just need figure out how to mass produce these!

Made for me, by me.

1 Oct

Question:  Where can you find a calendar for the remaining three months of 2010?

Answer:  You make it yourself.

Here’s October.

A closer look…

Now November.

Zoom in…

And finally December.

The final close up…

Voila!  Exactly what I was looking for!

*Each calendar page is 9.5″ x 11″ and done with Faber-Castell colored pencils and the always trusty Shapie marker, Ultra fine point.