|I hung this bag above a heating vent next to my supply of ribbon.|
I’m in the process of gathering all my supplies to make some domino jewelry. Yes, a lot of people make them. There’s also a lot of card designers out there as well. Hasn’t put a wrench into my creativity. We all have our own personal style. I share my stories and projects with you in hopes to give you inspiration and maybe trigger your creative talents. Or perhaps just to entertain you with my crazy dog lover stories. Either way I’m happy your here.
Being a handmade artist has many benefits. First, it makes gift giving all the more fun. I have two nieces and four nephews to spoil. They are my very own little testing market for all things handmade. Have you ever given a gift and the recipient asked where you got it? Remember the look on their face when you told them that you made it. Both priceless and rewarding. Second, it’s a BIG stress reliever. I saw this quote used as a tattoo, “Art is the solution to chaos”. So true! Third, if you can mix recycling in your work, it’s a win-win situation. I could go on and on with the benefits.
Okay, back to the jewelry. I came across two vintage sets at a flea market, one black and the other ivory. At first I was going to use them to outline the edges of my recycled tire table that I have on my deck. If you missed that post, click here. I’m still looking for ideas with that project. Not sure what I’m going to put on the dominos. Photos, quotes, embellishments. Brainstorming ways to incorporate the number of dots on one side to match the theme on the other side. We’ll see what I come up with.
P.S. I scored this really cool metal pantry cabinet at a garage sale last weekend. I’ll share the pics and the story next time. I must find a place for it in my studio.
|LOVE IT! Something old with something new|
This recycling project has been on my list for over 2 years, seriously! I picked up the IKEA towels during my first visit to their store after dropping off my sister at the airport in Chicago (Julie, you will know how long this has been).
And can you believe that it took us less than 30 minutes to complete from start to finish? When I say us I’m referring to my dad. I presented the idea to him and asked what tools he had available to help me out. I had the blueprint in my head, three vintage spoons, and three super cool cotton linens with hooks on them. The only piece I was missing was an old board. My mom suggested using beadboard. My dad found a piece in the basement and it was the perfect size. I used sandpaper to give it a distressed look.
|Beadboard with three vintage spoons|
I don’t have much experience with tools, especially those with power, so I left that part for my dad. Using a hammer he flattened the spoons. As you can see in the photo below it gave them an even more aged look.
|Spoon on the right flattened with hammer|
He added the hardware to hang the finished piece. I asked him to sign the back. I suggested that he should make some more to sell in the Vintage shop in Galena, IL. I got the same smirk from when I asked him to sign the board. Perhaps I’ll just get some additional spoons and place them on the workbench.