12.27.2012

Merry Xmas! xo

Hope everyone had a very merry Xmas! Xmas eve and day were super fabulous and now I'm on a quickie road trip to Oregon for a few days. Lovin' the Xmas break!

When I get back from the road trip, I'll be getting crafty! I'm looking forward to 2013 and making lots of kewl stuff. On Xmas day, I finally got around to making a cat Xmas stocking. I was supposed to have 3 done but only managed to get 1 done.

It's a stocking for a cat named Oliver. I used turquoise, grey and white...



I added orange circles for each letter in the name and added them along the top of the stocking.



I then stitched up the back and front with maeve.



Here's the final stocking. I still might make the other 2 stockings even though Xmas has come and gone. And then I can move onto other crafty adventures.

12.16.2012

Xmas Upcycling Workshop was a success!

Another successful upcycling workshop! We had 22 participants. It was a different age range than the last workshop. We had tons of kids - mainly girls with their moms for a crafty date. I had to rethink my intro presentation and projects on the fly so it was easier for the kids. I definitely need to have a range of projects to account for different ages levels and experience levels for future workshops!

I also had a minor mishap - I forgot my trusty glue gun. Thankfully I was able to get one at the loonie store close to the library.

And I definitely had enough supplies!



Loads of old ornaments from thrift stores.



Tons of paint, glue & glitter!



We started with painting ornaments. The decoupage was a bit time-consuming for a few participants so we stuck with the easy updates then let participants try other projects - decoupaging, sewing ornaments, etc.



I had some angels that were donated to me. We painted these and added glitter with the plan to turn them into ornaments.



Here's Bonny - she was one of my superstars from the last workshop.



My friend Rachelle showed up and decoupaged an ornament.



Here's one of the angels painted with a touch of glitter. We ended up using the glue gun for the angels. The painted angels were glued to small clothes pegs. I thought these would be perfect as Xmas tree ornaments or as decoration on a present.



And we had a father/daughter craft date.


Here's Bonny and I getting crafty!



Here's hoping I can set up more workshops in 2013! It's so much fun!

Big thanks to my friend Nicole Friesen for taking photos. xo

12.08.2012

My FAV ornament update thus far

Tomorrow is the Xmas Upcycling Workshop... I'm a bit nervous! Hopefully I have some fun projects to share with everyone! I think we'll focus on painting or decoupaging ornaments, making ornaments using felted wool and junky jewelry or even stitch together some Xmas stockings.

Speaking of Xmas stockings, I finished up my upcycled wool sweater stocking.



I figured out a way to add the upcycled junky jewelry. I stitched up the holly leaves then added the jewelry as an ascent.



I then made mini ornaments out of the felted wool sweater using my cookie cutters for a pattern. I also wanted to use some upcycled jewelry.



Here are the two ornaments I made using the felted wool sweater and some old earrings.



I decided to decoupage a Xmas ornament using a sheet of paper from the book I picked up at the Salvation Army this week. I cut the sheet up into strips then cut out the fried eggs. Yes I wanted to create a fried egg Xmas ornament! Crazy I know.



I used one of these old ornaments from the thrift store to update.



I layered the modge podge and strips of paper then added the cut out fried eggs.



I then added a final layer of modge podge with glitter.



Here it is - my new favourite ornament. Very non-Xmasy but I love it!

12.06.2012

More Xmas ornament updates!

And I'm moving on to other potential projects for the Xmas Upcycling Workshop. Next project idea - painting old ornaments. I grabbed these from the Lions Gate Thrift Shop - 6 ornaments for $3.50. Brown really does not say Xmas to me despite my non-traditional use of colour.



I decided to paint them. Here's my weird production line. I also started painting some wooden cars I picked up at the thrift store ages ago!



Ornament update #1 was painted a light grey. I used white glue over the design then added glitter...



Ornament update #2 also had a grey base but then I used glitter glue for the design. White glue worked out way better! And dried faster. I added more glitter on top of the glitter glue.



I sealed the ornaments with cheap hair spray - apparently it works!

Here's my Charlie Brown Xmas tree - I donated the felted ornaments and upcycled sweater ornaments to the Langara College art auction, Art-fully Yours. It's looking a bit lop-sided! So much so that it fell at 2am the other night. Oops!



Next project was making a Xmas stocking out of a felted sweater I picked up at the Salvation Army. I used the edge of the sweater for the opening of the stocking.



I wanted to use felt for some embellishment plus upcycled junky jewelry.



I stitched the front and back of the stocking together using a buttonhole stitch then started adding the embellishment. I'm not so sure about it! I'll rework the embellishment today then move on to other projects.



Last night I went to the Salvation Army to collect more items for the workshop. I'm not sure how many people are coming but want to ensure everyone has a project to work on. I found this book for $1. It has all sorts of great patterns in it. I thought it would be perfect for decoupaging ornaments!



I'm gonna decoupage an ornament today using the fried egg pattern. Hilarious!



Here's the start of my materials for the workshop - TONS of ornaments dying to be updated!

12.03.2012

Gorgeousness out of upcycled paper bags

Well I've worked on some more Xmas ornament updates. This one I am loving! When I was in Portland, I dropped by Trader Joe's - this is 'the' store all my friends rave about when traveling in the US. I can see why. So many tempting goodies!

I bought a few things but unfortunately didn't have a re-usable bag so got a paper bag. The paper bag was Xmasy and cute - snowflakes, birds, Xmas scenes. I kept the bag and decided to use it for 'something'.



I wanted to try decoupaging some old Xmas ornaments that I picked up at the Salvation Army for super cheap. The paper bag was perfect for my decoupage project!



I cut up the paper bag into strips and then cut out the designs I wanted to use. I picked up some modge podge from Michaels and got to work. I actually made one of these with a couple of girlfriends. Love crafty dates with friends! It was a teeny bit messy - the glue and then glitter.



Here's ornament #1 on my Charlie Brown tree. I decoupaged the strips then added the snowflakes and birds. The final step was adding gold and red glitter to tie it all together. So cute!


And here's ornament #2...



And here they are my lovely 'new to me' ornaments. Yay!



The Xmas Upcycling Workshop is happening this Saturday - the North Vancouver City Library has a big poster in their lobby. Love it! I'll need to figure out supplies, how many are coming and finish up some other project ideas. Exciting!



Right now I'm finding stuff to update. I found this wool sweater to felt and cut up at the Salvation Army. The colour is perfect! I might actually cut up the sleeves and make them into a Xmas stocking then add scraps of felt and junky jewelry.



Also found some ornaments to update and these silver hanging 'things'. I might make a big ornament then hang one of the silver tassels underneath. So many ideas, so little time!



I also grabbed some cards to repurpose. These are from the Lions Gate Thrift Store. The cards were $0.05/each. I can use the decorative envelopes for decoupage and then make another attempt at Xmas ornaments with the cards. My first attempt was pretty darn horrible!



And then I bought some glitter from Michaels... The glitter from the loonie store is pretty fine. I think I prefer working with the glitter from Michaels. I might even pick more up! I suspect I'm addicted to adding glitter to my Xmas projects!



Here's a sneak peak at the icky brown ornament I bought a couple of weeks ago. I painted it a light grey then highlighted the design with glitter. I used some glitter glue which doesn't work as well as white glue mixed with glitter. Oh the things I'm learning!



Tonight I'm working on finishing up a couple of ornament updates then starting on a quick and dirty Xmas stocking out of my felted wool sweater. 'Tis the Season!

12.01.2012

Old wool sweaters & junky jewelry

I'm still working on some project ideas for the Xmas Upcycling Workshop on December 8th. Next idea is to create Xmas stockings from old wool sweaters and junky jewelry.

First project was using scrap felt, beads and then repurposing tacky earrings.



Here's the final ornament - I used my cookie cutter for the pattern then filled the ornament with eco fill. And then a funky, red buttonhole stitch to attach the front and back.



I used another cookie cutter for this ornament. It's a beige felted wool with junky jewelry plus I decided to use some string I bought from the Salvation Army for the stitching around the edges.



Here's the final ornament...



Here's my third attempt - an old Benetton wool sweater with some colourful beads. Not a traditional ornament but pretty darn swanky!



I love the repurposed earrings for the points of the star.



My mini tree is looking happy and joyful!



And tomorrow I'll be decoupaging old Xmas ornaments with some girlfriends. Fun!