Gulf Coast, MS, US

craft interests: embroidery, paper crafts, quilting, restyle, sewing, altered art, repurpose things, recycle

Member Since: 09/03/2008

recent comments

Re: Book Giveaway - Dorm Decor: Remake Your Space with More Than 35 Projects

OMGosh! You have got to see that Moose Head on the wall. Go to Amazon and look at that. I am so going to do that first thing. Now where the heck do you get a moose head to cover? Maybe Sarah Palin can shoot me one. ; )..just kidding.

Re: Book Giveaway - Dorm Decor: Remake Your Space with More Than 35 Projects

My birthday is June 23 and like my family always says, "Just give her a craft book", when anyone asks for ideas for presents for me. I have never met a craft book I didn't love and someday I fully intend to make that postage stamp quilt but in the meantime, I love quick and easy projects like these.

Re: How to Turn an Item for Recycling into a Beautiful Vase

I can't wait to try this. Thanks for such clear instructions. I can see this being used as a candle holder, plant pot, letter box (if you make it square) and so many other things. I will start with a vase though.

Re: Paper Fiend: Inspirations, Obsessions, and Curiosities from the Web to Nourish the Soul of a Paper-Lover

These are amazing! I love it all and stand in awe at how they manipulate paper to do their will. I would love to see a Museum set up just for paper artists. My first love was a Japanese artist from Memphis Tenn. that worked only in white and shadow. I was fasinated with her work.

I wonder if these artist felt that same kinship I felt with paper, the first time I made something from it. I have never looked at a piece of paper in the same way since. I even have my DH looking at paper in a different way. He is always bringing me home bags and flyers. Junk mail is a joy to look through now. LOL But I am not always cheap. : ) I love buying various types of paper too.

Re: The Relentless Urge to Create: the Work of Earl Joseph Martell

At first I thought this was an article about marbleizing paper. I sometimes, drop spoonfuls of paint in different colors on top of water and then dip a piece of paper or anything for that matter, and watch the marbleized look it gives. I always think how beautiful the water looks with the different colors. A lot like these cans of paint. Beauty is everywhere in lovely patterns and colors that are just unbelievable to those who have eyes to see.

Re: How to Create a Community (a final tutorial)

I always look to see what you have posted, the first thing, when I come here. I will miss you terribly. I am happy that you have so many things that you love to do and wish you well. I have been sick for the last year and unable to do the heavy crafting I used to do. The good thing about paper, is how easy it is to work with and not a lot of things are required to make something beautiful. I am able to keep crafting because of your lovely creations. You made a difference in my life. I just wanted you to know.

Re: Beads, Beads, Beads

I lvoe making them. There are so many ways to make really pretty homemade ones. I saw some a girl had made from cornstarch the other day. They looked so much like pearl beads only with an old fashioned touch. Right now I am into making fabric and paper jewelry. It is so much fun.

Re: How to Make a Belted Skirt from a Men's Dress Shirt

I will be making this but I am using two shirts that go well together and making it longer. The old legs aren't what they use to be. LOL...I suppose you could also use three and make a really long skirt, maybe add a little bit of eyelet on the bottom. I love long skirts with a T in Summer.

Re: Vintage Image Pendants With Children

Just wonderful. I am hoping I can find such cute pics for the one I make.

Re: The "Times" They Are A-Changing: How to Make a Basket from a Newspaper

Oh, the possibilities. I am going to do this and add some paper bead dangles around the top. I am always looking for a way to uee my beads.

Re: stuff I already made in 2009

You have been busy. I love the embroidery. I did a lot of that last year. I've never done any red work though. Mostly I just embroider on crazy quilt squares and make little scissor bags.
That is one cute tote. I love anything by Mary. I have done some of things before. They are always so cheerful looking.

Re: How to Make an Eco-Friendly Quilted Tote Bag

Thanks for the easy to follow instructions. I am putting this one in my sewing file for sure. I am doing it in dark red and gold. I know that won't be traditional but it is my favorite colors. I'll just say mine is a fall bag. LOL

Re: How to Turn a Soda Can into a Spring Flower Brooch

I'll bet you could poke holes around the flower petals and crochet a soft edge.

Re: How to Make a "Bloomin' Box" for Spring

One of the things that makes this so beautiful is the color choice. I'll bet yours is prettier than the original. : )

Re: How to Make a Magazine Reed Box

I lvoe working with paper. I think I will try this using my old garden catalogues.

Re: Book Giveaway: Betz White's "Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials"

With my boogie shoes on
and expectations high
I'm ready to dance
If the winner is I

Re: Engrafted Branches

Those colors are amazing. You did a great job.

Re: Book Giveaway - Backcountry Betty: Roughing It in Style

I am a firm believer in Huggies for my 66 year old behind. I wouldn't go to the woods without them. I would love this book. We are trying to get in shape (again) and trying to do fun things like walking on the beach with metal detectors, walking in the country, anything that is fun for exercise. Camping is fun but it is nasty. This book sounds right up my alley.

Re: I remember summer!

I lvoe the wall basket. I like the organic, handmade look of this one. The other ones are beautiful but they have a professional look to them. I love rustic.

Re: Twigs and Turquoise

Oh yeah! That is so cute. I have a purple roll and I a woods right behind me. I am doing this one for sure. I think I can figure it out well enough. Thanks for the inspiration. : ) I love the turquoise but you go with what you have.

Re: Book Giveaway - Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase

This is so fun. I just comment and I could win a great book. How easy is that?

Re: Book Giveaway: Eco Craft: Recycle Recraft Restyle

From the looks of all those who have signed up, you are going to have a best seller on your hands. LOL.

Re: Recycle Your Tin Cans into Mini-Planters!

I love this look. I have a tendency to save nice looking cans or bottles. I think I will start some herbs in my cans. Maybe some tyhme, chives, lemon balm or even parsley should grow well in cans. Thanks for the idea.

Re: Book Giveaway: Jenny Ryan's Sew Darn Cute!

I think it would be Sew darn great if sweet and simple me, won this book. : )

Re: Book Giveaway: Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing!

What a great way to spend my summer vacation, learning how to do all the beautiful projects in this book.

Re: Book Giveaway: The Bold and the Beautiful: Button It Up

I am just coming off an illness and looking for something simple to get me back into crafting. This looks like something I could do while recovering, without having to leave my bed. I love the purses so much. I have some buttons in a mason jar, I have had for years. Since I am old as dirt, they are actually called vintage now. LOL. These projects would be a great way to use them and talk about the presents I could give at Christmas, if I started now.

Re: How to Make a Pearly Box Fit for a Queen, or King

This just inspires me. I have a box I painted ugly and I can reclaim it with some black paint and buttons. I think I will do a deep blue with the white buttons, sorta cameo style. Maybe use an actual cameo on the front. Thank you Erika, you are a talented and inspirational person.

Re: How to Make a Woven Button Coaster

Oh, I love this. I think it would make cute pockets on a shirt. Of course you couldn't use them as a pocket but I never do anyway. I can also see this as a design around a box, as a book cover, covering a lamp shade, friendship bracelets, If you used elastic instead of thread, it would increase your options. Thank you for this.

Re: Pup in Garland

What happened? Didn't you have any leather scraps? I can't go styling around in this cotton thing.

Re: Dog in Ruffles

Oh no, here's comes that cute little girl from next door! Get this ruffle off me. She'll think I'm a sissy.

Re: Playful Pup

The cats got catnip in thier toy and what did I get? Nothing!

Re: Funny Bunny

Repeat after me, Bunnies are fuzzy, carrots are not.

Re: Puppy Papoose

I love my Mommie. Look what she made me just so I could go everywhere with her. I'm a lucky puppy!

Re: Tortoise Hiding

Maybe you didn't notice, but I carry my house on my back. Thank you just the same.

Re: 2 Pugs in Hats

Cute? Are you crazy? What if our friends see us in this getup?

Re: Horsing Around

I love it. It's as soft as a baby mare'nose.

Re: Doggies by a Window

I'll watch this way and you watch that way. I refuse to let that Great Dane see me in this pooh frooh outfit.

Re: Doggie Cardigan

Can you people spell dignity? Get this thing off me, now.

Re: Sleepy Kitty

I should thank you? For making me a bed I so richly deserve? I'm going to nap now.

Re: Crafted Out

I am going to try a new craft to start the year off. I want to make a doll and learn to crochet. I know how to knit, but everyone tells me, crocheting goes faster. I am going to do some paper crafts too. I bought all these books and there they sit, making me feel guilty. IF I do at least one project from the books, I will have less quilt. LOL

Re: How to Make Papier Mache Bowls with Your Holiday Leftovers

I was wondering if I can use a stainless steel bowl that I have, because it is smooth all over, and just drape it over the outside of that?
Great idea to use up all my pretty wrap. I was looking a beautiful piece of gold this morning and wondering how I could use it. Thanks.

Re: How to Make Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With Strings

You are just totally amazing. I want to make everything you come up with. I will use this idea over and over.

Re: How to Sew a Fabric Bowl

I never use my cording foot but I am sure I must have one. This is wonderful.

Re: How to Make Flowers Using a Vintage Flower Loom

I am learning how to weave on a cardboard loom. These little flowers would be perfect to embellish one of my bags.

Re: How to Weave on a Cardboard Loom

I need a little rectangular, carry all bag with a shoulder strap that will hold just my glasses, cell phone and change purse. That way, the next time my DH calls and says there's a garage sale down the road, I'll be ready in a hurry. LOL
So, I think I will try making that with this method. It looks like fun. Maybe torn demin strips with red yarn.

Re: How to Make a Woven Scrap Journal

I have always wanted to make a journal. I have everything I need but the needle. Do they sell that at Michaels? Yours turned out so pretty and I love the torn edges of the fabric and yarn together.

Re: Make One-of-a-Kind Earrings from Paper and Paint!

Thanks for the tute Susan. I've never made a pair of earrings before, but these are so pretty, I have to give them a try. I think I will make a necklace. I dont wear earrings, calls attention to my big ear lobes. LOL

Re: How to Transform Holiday Tins

Thanks Diane. I was just sitting here staring at four of those sitting on my dresser. I usually just put them away with Christmas decorations in them. But You do get too many after a while. I could use some containers for my extra lace, buttons and beads. The ones that I have been staring at, are small ones and not very useful for too much storage but would be great for these small things.

So, : ) away we go to Michaels to get a jar of Mod Podge, which I know I have around here somewhere, but where? Maybe I will use one of these tall shape tins to store my Mod POdge. Then I would know where it was at. LOL Maybe this will kick start my ever perennial first resolution come the New Year. I Will Get Organized. Then of course, lose some weight and exercise more. Oh yeah, I know you all do that too. LOL

Re: How to Make Holly Holiday Cards

This is a great idea for any season. I can just see Valentine's day cards made like this.

I am going to see if I can cut a candy cane or two out with the knife and back it with some red striped fabric with a green backing. Thanks.

Re: Crafte's Inferno: Crafting For The Family

Oh, how well I remember the year I discovered chicken scratch embroidery. I was new to the family, having just been married in Oct. I made a complete bathroom set, a dresser scarf, matching arm rest and head rest for a chair, a Kleenex tissue box cover. We draw names in our family and I can still remember the look on my Sister in laws face when she opened her gift and saw all that handmade stuff. I think total shock would cover it. It was the year 1972, and crafers were having a field day. So, I wasn't the only one who gave crafty things that year.

Some of my eight sister in laws chose to give handmade too. I got a stiff book made to look like a Bible, with a verse and trimmed with lace and flowers. I also got a wooden elf that says Merry Christmas and a cute little corner doll that has obviously been naughty and has to go stand in the corner with it's back to you. I think I also made reindeer Christmas ornaments out of clothespins that same year, as I recall, a box of twelve. My MIL loved them.

I have learned who likes handmade and appreciates it and who had rather have bought. But I made a lot of things that languished in a drawer somewhere before I learned. OH well, they are probably selling them on eBay today and getting filthy rich off my handiwork. LOL

Re: How to Make a Rugged Leather Journal Cover

I think this a great project. I am going to hold off though till after the first of the year to do this. Because I am going to be selfsih and make it for myself. Women like leather too. LOL

Re: Make It: Crafty Mini-Wreaths

These are so versatile. Thanks for a great idea! One made with wide ribbon and lace would have a touch of Victorian about it. I want to make one and use some of my beads and also some yo-yos. LItte bitty bows would be cute too. Pom poms, little charms, little silk flowers. I plan on making some little candy canes from white felt and red ribbon wrapped around, and sew them on a green wrapped wreath. I wish I had a pattern for some little stuffed Christmas mice. Wouldn't that be cute?

Re: How to Make a Garland with Punch

I love this idea. The white is beautiful. thank you for your great tutorial and back story. I think this will become a favorite garland.

I have a roll of linen look, high end, wallpaper, that my BIL the wallpaper hanger, gave me. It feels and looks like fabric although it cuts like wallpaper. I wonder if it would work for this. I have been looking for something special to make from it.

Re: Impression Prints

Did you scan your print into the computer to add the words and then print it out on computer paper? I love the look of these and they do look like hand drawn prints.

Re: How to Make Paper Ornaments

I love these. I would love to see more like this. I am bed ridden right now and miss crafting but this is soemthing I can do from my bedside and feel like I am doing something to make our home cheerful for Christmas.

Re: Boutique Creations Crochet Rose Brooch

I like it a lot. It is simple looking so you could do lots with this. Like a rose tree.

Re: Crochet Lotus Bloom Flower

I like that very much.

Re: Flower power made from stocking

They are beautiful aren't they? We did these back in the sixties. I never knew they were Japanese inspired. I thought they were just the typical Hippie type flowers.

Re: Sheet music flower power assemblage piece

I think this is a winner.

Re: Toothpick flower power!

wow, I'll bet you will be the only one with a carved flower.

Re: Pink Striped Flower Power

It is very cute. It would look good on a hat.

Re: another flower power from felt like knitting

I love this! Good luck to you.

Re: Elena Mary

Well, it is certainly going to be the most unique, that's for sure. LOL

Re: Cherry Blossom Flower Power Pillows

Really pretty and definetely in the running for the prize.

Re: Vintage Pillowcase Scrap flowers - Flower Power

I didn't get around to doing my flower but this is the style I was going to use. Japanese folding. Yours is really nice.

Re: Flower Power!

That is unique. Good luck.

Re: Blue Flower Power

What is prettier than a blue rose? Good luck!

Re: Another Little Tool I Can't Live Without

You can take those old address labels and use a hold punch on them and end up with all these little dots that you can use for markers or reminders. Sometimes all you need is just a dot or two, like marking the center of something.

Re: Make a Tyvek Shopper Tutorial

Well, I will be haunting construction sites to see if I can find a piece of this. We probably used it when we redid the siding on our house. I'll bet I threw some away.. Goes to show you, if you craft, don't throw anything away. LOL

I love your bag.

Re: Unusual Embroidered Paper from India

You could make some beautiful placemats by putting it between some clear plastic pieces. You could get four, 11 by 15 mats and that would be a good size. At ten dollars, that is less than the three dollars a piece I pay now. Well, you do have to add the cost of the plastic, of course. Still cheap for beautiuful everyday placemats.

Re: Crumpled Up: How to Make Paper Flowers

These are beautiful. I can't wait to try them. I will do them in yellow's and burgundy. Thank you for showing us how to do this. : )

Re: How to Embellish Flip-Flops with Crochet

That is the cutest thing I have seen for flip flops. I think I can handle this. I don't crochet much but this seems easy, just basic stitch. Thanks. I have an old pair actually that could use a little sprucing up. I'm thinking camel with a bronze button.

Re: How to Emboss a Metal Tin

I just happen to have an eclipse mint tin. It is fairly small and embossed but I think it will work. I have the tape already or my DH does. ; )...I will post a pic when I get it done. Thanks, this is a great idea for a lot of crafts. My mind is racing.