Monday, September 21, 2009


Today I started to make a paper mache penguin as a sample for the grands when they come on Wednesday. It is turning into quite a project. Will share when I get further along. I hope I finish one before Wed. LOL

Sunday, September 20, 2009

The third piece of wall art just completed

This piece is heavily laden with beads, a part of a silk flower, some scraps of a dryer sheet that is dyed purple, a piece of a vegie bag, a polymer clay piece, an old dangly earring, glass glitter and some micro beads, the photo transfer of a cell phone, and other things. Instead of binding I finished it with several twisted yarns that I blanket stitched in place. Doesn't it look like an underwater scene??

Another of the three finished pieces of wall art

This piece I used when teaching art quilts to demo the use of lots of different things and stuff

finished wall art

I finally finished 3 pieces of wall art that have been lying around for months!! This one is called Chicken Glitter in my Garden. A closeup may help you understand the title.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

tutorial for making TP roll ornaments/bracelets

This is a fun and easy project. Look at an empty toilet tissue roll and you will see a swirling seam. Tear the roll open on that seam and you can pull the ends and the roll will spring back. Using a pinking scissors cut a generous strip right out of the middle the long way leaving 2 pieces on either side. Using clear drying glue, German glass glitter and micro beads cover the inside of the ornament. Now roll it back into another empty roll and set aside to dry. I usually let them set over night. Remove the ornament from the roll and cover the outside again using clear drying glue, glitter and micro-beads. Once again roll it back into the empty roll to dry over night. You will probably want to do some touch up when you remove it from the roll and can add more of whatever you want at this time. Punch a hole in it with an awl after determining where it will hang best. insert a ribbon and it's ready to hang wherever you want to add some glitz or bling.

If you want you can also make bracelets in the same manner that just roll around the arm and are inexpensive glitz for that night on the town. For bracelets I just paint the inside with gold or silver arilyc paint following the same steps.

I use Grrrip glue and German glass glitter and micro-beads that I order on line. However, any clear drying glue and and regular glitter will work for the ornaments.

I'm working on some other things using the German glass glitter and micro-beads but they aren't ready to share yet.