Thursday, May 31, 2012

Project #6

For this project, I was supposed to work with the first fruit or vegetable I found in the kitchen. I reaching into the fridge and pulled out a yellow bell pepper. I had recently seen this project on Pinterest and wanted to replicate it.

Unfortunately, my bell pepper was a little smaller than the ones shown in the picture, so you couldn't see the pretty yolk:

Looks a little pathetic, but it tasted delish! I was dissapointed with this project, so I actually repeated it the next night with another fruit that I first laid eyes on---- a soon-to-be-bygone banana sitting in the fruit basket on the counter.

I sliced it down the center, added splenda, coconut oil, and cinnamon, and kind of mashed it together with a knife. 

Then it got wrapped in aluminum foil and baked it in the toaster oven for about twenty minutes. I would suggest double-wrapping it, seeing as mine leaked a little out of the ends. After it came out, it looked disgusting, but smelled heavenly. 

I mashed it up, and topped it with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. Super yummy!

Project 6
Look in the kitchen and work with the first fruit or vegetable you spot. It could be in the form of juice, jam or canned.
 I cut the bananas in half, inserted a Popsicle stick, dipped in chocolate, and finally sprinkled on candy decorations.  Off to the freezer!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Project #5

For today's crafty challenge, I had to work with a collection of objects. My first instinct was to cop out and dive into my yarn stash (every good knitter has a collection!), but then decided to make it a bit more challenging. The only other collection that I was aware of was Taylor's car collection. He collects model cars and Matchbox/HotWheels cars. I couldn't just dive into his collection, so instead I picked up an extra 88-cent toy car at Walmart.

I took the wheels off with some wire cutters and pliers, and attached them to earring posts.

 Now the question is: What do I do with a tire-less HotWheels Ferrari?

Project 5

 Project 5
Work with a collection of objects you have in your home.
Tim has been saving coins forever from all of our trips.  I took my dremil to some and attached them with rings to a chain bracelet I picked up at Joanns.  The dremil drilled through some of the lighter metals but I ended up having to take out the drill for some of the harder coins.

 I like the way it turned out and can't wait to add more coins.

Here is another project I did with coins in January. 
 I love this table!!
And another....
Tim has been collecting change for over 20 years so we had a lot of pennies!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

   Project 4

For this project you were supposed to walk for five minutes and find something natural and make something.  I walked for 45 minutes and came across this rock. I thought it  looked like a turtle shell.  I already started painting it, the right photo, when I remembered to take a picture.

I made the body out of polymer clay

I gave the "shell" about four layers of paint and airbrushed brown on the top when I was finished.  This is after the second coat

My finished project.  Don't you love that I worked so hard on the realistic shell than stuck googly eyes on him.  I am supposed to put him back and let someone else find him,but he is so cute I don't know if that is happening!

Project #4

"Take a five-minute walk, then make something using whatever materials are available where you've ended up."

For this craft, I found some tall grass growing nearby and decided to weave it. I wasn't quite sure where I was going with this--- my initial thought was to laminate it and use it as a book mark.

Once I finished weaving it, I played around with it a little bit, and realized that it was the perfect size to fit around my wrist. I impulsively went to Hobby Lobby to find a wooden bangle to attach it to. Unfortunately they didn't carry any, and I spent about an hour looking for alternatives. I considered foam, felt, and metal, but nothing was quite what I pictured. I finally settled on a leather cuff with a snap closure that I found. I sewed my woven grass onto the cuff, and added a couple of layers of Modge Podge to seal it (you can see it after the first coat below). I still need to snip some stray threads and smooth out the edges. 

I have no idea how long this will last before it gets completely destroyed due to normal wear and tear, but oh well---- worth a shot. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Project #3
  Make something out of paper, but don't use scissors or glue or draw on it. I used scrapbook paper and cut by folding crisp lines and ripping.  Nothing used here but paper and fingers!

Project #3

"Make something out of paper, but don't use scissors or glue or draw on it. What now?"

This project proved to be a challenge for me. I couldn't think of anything I wanted to make out of paper that didn't require scissors, glue, or drawing. I picked up some origami paper at Hobby Lobby intending to make some origami birds to put out near Mrs. Joy's bird feeders, but gave up when I saw how stinking complicated bird origami is.

I looked at all the pretty colors of paper (100 sheets of assorted colors came in the pack I bought), and arranged them by color and viola, this idea popped into my head.

It's similar to a mail sorter, but is the perfect size for business cards, gift cards, or things of that nature. I ran this sucker through my sewing machine---- how's that for no glue? I then added some peel-and-stick magnetic strips to the back so it can hang on the fridge.

Friday, May 18, 2012

  Project Two

Today's project was supposed to be inspired by your favorite animal.  Well, I have tons of favorite animals..Really my house is a mini zoo.. I am getting two bunnies the first week in June so I thought I would make a bunny album to put their pics in.  I am getting them from two different places, and both are sending me photos.  Here is the outside of the album and the first page.


Animal Inspired

Seeing stripes today! For my animal-inspired daily project I made this cross-stitch/knitting pattern that measures 72x72 stitches. My husband and I are really into African interior decorating, and I think this cross-stitch in a frame could be awesome (maybe in a set with a giraffe and leopard).

I've started working on the cross-stitch, but it's gonna take longer than a week to finish.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Project One
for this project I was supposed to make an object that would would fit in my palm and use stuff from my immediate surroundings.  I was in my craft room and grabbed the closest paper pad which happened to be Halloween.  I attached the paper to the glass and added the silver finding to attach ribbon.  I will have to wait till Halloween, but it will be a cute necklace.

Mini Banana Splits

"The first step is the hardest, so start small today and make something that fits in the palm of your hand using only the materials in your immediate environment."

I tackled today's project my making mini banana splits. The base is a banana with a chunk taken out of the center, filled with pistachio ice cream. I then dipped the base in melted chocolate and sprinkles, and topped it off with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. A frozen treat that fits in the palm of my hand. Yum! 

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Beginning

This blog will be the result of a joint project undertaken by my mom, Susie, and I. We each have a copy of "Make Something Every Day and Change Your Life: A Daily Creativity Journal", and are going to work to post a total of six project a week to this blog.

Rather than do every project, we've elected to break the book down into one-week chunks, and each select three projects from the seven presented. There will probably be overlap from week to week as we select the same prompt to work from, but we could be posting as many as six completely different projects each week.

If we like doing this, we can continue next year by doing the leftover projects as we go through the book a second time.

Wish us luck!