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The Shirt off My Back

I kind of love fleur-de-lis.

I think I can trace it back to reading The Once and Future King back in grade school. I just remember reading about Guinevere, pining away for Sir Lancelot and embroidering fleur-de-lis in the lining of the helmet he left behind… <sigh> I loved that story. Still do.

But anyway, my lingering love for this motif led me to want to make the above t-shirt. I used just a few simple tools, not a fancy screen-printing kit or special materials, to make it.

If you’d like to find out  how to make a shirt like this (and/or see the back), please continue reading. Hope you’re all having a nice summer!

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I thought that I would make a pair of empanada earrings.

Now, I know that empanadas do not represent anything to do with the holiday really, and that Mexican heritage cannot be boiled down to a filled pastry, but hey….they look pretty cute right? So if you’d like to see how I made these, please click the “Continue reading” link below. But in the meantime…

I researched Cinco de Mayo today to find out what it was really about, because I was curious. I honestly didn’t know anything about the holiday, other than my personal speculation that it must be the happiest day of the year for the Corona beer company.

Turns out, the real story is way more interesting than margaritas and an excuse to wake up wearing a sombrero. Cinco de Mayo is not the observance of Mexican Independence day as one might think. It actually started as kind of a “Stick it to the Man” debt-free holiday.  And, honestly, can’t we relate to that concept pretty well these days?

It all started when Mexican president Benito Juárez decided that Mexico was going to stop paying interest on its debts to France. France, of course, was expectedly perturbed by this, so they threatened to occupy Mexico until the the debt was paid up. The French occupation suffered a pretty embarassing setback though when, on May 5th 1862, the Mexican militia was able to handily rout their opponent (translation: they OWNED the French army’s derrieres). The French army had not seen defeat in 50 years before that day, but, they sure got a good look at it in Puebla, México. Four-thousand Mexican troops defeated a better-equipped 8,000 french soldiers, and no foreign army has really invaded the Americas ever since.

So, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, and in honor of sticking it to your creditors “con estilo” (with style), I present to you, this empanada earring tutorial. And, if you read till the end you can see a cool Mexico-related video! Happy 5th all!

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Victorian Lace necklace

One of the things I love most about crafting is the ability to get a lot from a little. A few supplies, a few dollars, a few spare moments that you manage to sneak in some creative time…I also love a good fake-out. Just so you know, the blue “stones” in the necklace above are not stones or glass at all. Just plastic!

To read more about the supplies and the method used for the project above, please continue after the jump. Hope everyone’s been having a nice Spring!

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Another of my great crafting loves is polymer clay. With polymer clay, you can make jewelry, household items, wall art, picture frames…the list just goes on and on. There certainly are wonderful tutorials out there on the internet also. It is always amazing to me just how generous the crafting community is in sharing it’s knowledge with each other. On that note, I made the above octopus by following this tutorial.

However, it was pointed out to me that the “octopus” on the tutorial only had 6 legs, thereby making it a “hexapus.” But though the hexapus is pretty adorable, and unique (and it’s ridiculously fun to say “hexapus”), I did put 8 legs on mine. Oborochann (who wrote the tutorial) certainly did make a much more finished-looking product than I did anyway. So, however many legs you feel like doing, go for it. Make a pentapus or a decapus if you are so inclined…

Oborochann was totally right that putting the mouth on the little guy was the hardest part of the process. I must have wiped the grin off his face (literally) about 6 times before I considered it done. And I’m still not sure what I am going to do with him. I don’t have the type of phone that I would really put a charm on, and he’d be kind of awkward as a pendant. Maybe he’d make a good pull chain on a lamp…Any suggestions?

Quick decoupage pendant tutorial

Hi guys,

This is a pendant that I made with some leftover tissue paper from Christmas. I wanted to post a tutorial because it’s a pretty quick and easy project. Great for when you want to make something but don’t have a lot of time to dedicate. The materials used to make the pendant are either lying around the house already, or are pretty easy to get at most local craft or dollar stores. If you want to see the tutorial, please click Continue reading ‘Quick decoupage pendant tutorial’

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