Sunday, January 8, 2017

Craft Cup Tutorial

I love Greek yogurt and the idea came to me to use these cups for beads and jewelry findings during a jewelry making period. After removing the labels and washing a few, the need to decorate these plain little cups hit me. I have come to the realization that drawing is an area I still need work on.

Basic Supplies:

Plastic container (Greek yogurt cup)
Scrapbook paper
Modge Podge 
(or any decopage glue should work)
A sponge brush
cup of water
Paper towel 
(for clean up)



 I love the different prints that scrapbook paper offers. I like to use a medium to light weight paper because I find it easier to shape around edges.

I first cut my scrapbook paper into small pieces.

The container needs to be clean and dry.

Working in sections, apply a thin layer of your decoupage to the cup.

Applying a thin layer of decoupage to the back of your paper makes it easier to mold to the cup.

 Working in small sections keeps the glue from drying before you can get to that part of the cup.

Don't be afraid to use the decoupage, it dries clear. 

I use my fingers to work the paper into the creases and work bubbles out. 

It gets messy, but messy is the best kind of fun!

Keep working your way around the cup until the whole thing is covered. don't forget to work those air bubble out and smooth everything out!

After all of the air bubbles are worked out, this is a good time to add embellishments. I like to use scrap booking stickers like theses little rhinestones.

After adding your embellishments I will add one more layer of decoupage to make sure everything is going to lay flat.

Set in a safe place to dry. 

I usually will give it a few coats of sealer. Modge-Podge makes a very nice sealer.

That is all for today! Check back for more tutorials!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My Wool Blanket

When I had first started learning how to spin it was on the drop spindle. YouTube had shown me how, but it was the hours of  practice that gave me the many small skeins of bubbly beginner yarn. 

I used the yarn to make blanket squares. My bubbly yarn evened out when I bought my spinning wheel. 

I have tried to replicate it on my wheel.

I am hoping it looks better after it's dyed or at the very least more lumpy.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Digital Scrapbooking

I think I finally know Photoshop enough to do something with it. I made my first digital scrapbook page and I'm really pleased with it.

I can make or buy as much digital paper and clip art as my terabyte hard drive can fill. Everything matches and neatly organized this way. 

I use for color inspiration. You can create a color palette and import it right into Photoshop.

I have even put some in my store.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

New find

I finally found something I enjoy doing in the way of exercise.  Hiking. I can take Isis and not worry about other people or dogs or cars. She likes to pull sometimes and I usually spend most of my walk stopping to correct her. But when we go to Gold Bug Park, I can just let her off of her leash and let her run.  There my biggest worry is the thought that she would run into a porcupine or skunk or get her harness caught and I would have to dive into the under brush after her.

I had to buy a pretty new pink harness because the last one was getting too small (My grandmother forgets how many treats she gives out.)

We usually take a trail that leads up to a mine shaft, but today I wanted a change of scenery.

We found what I can only guess as the beginning of a mine. Isis loved the smells in the carved out alcove.
The sun hit the trail just right.

This looks like it goes further back than this, but I could see the back wall.  Good spot to take cover if you got caught out in the rain.

We found that this "new" trail met up with the one we normally take. The whole experience have me a sense of accomplishment.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Dye Day

So far my favorite part of the whole process of making yarn is dying. I can't draw, let alone paint a picture like my grandmother. But hand painting a skein makes me think of painting in water color. 

I usually soak my fiber in a container of water with about a cup of vinegar untill the fibers are soaked completly. This makes it easier for the dye to get to every fiber.  

I thought about going to the dollar store and buying squeeze bottles for ketchup and mustard, but I found that reusing water bottles would work just as well.

Unfortunately my green came out a little washed out, but I don't think I put enough dye in the bottle. Oh well, that's what this is, a learning experience. But I think I am going to focus on green the next time I dye.

A rainbow sausage! I pop it in the microwave and run it for 5 min on high then let it cool for 5. I repeat this process till the liquid is clear. 

Once it the rainbow sausage has completely cooled, I cut it out of the plastic and rinse it in the hottest tap water and Dawn dish soap till the water runs clear. Then hang dry.
Time to get back to work. Oh and if you are interseted in buying some of the yarn I will be posting a lot on Craftywitchcorner

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The First Three

Good Morning!!!!!

I finished the first three skeins of my challenge!

 Each skein differs in length and I can't figure out if it's a good thing or a bad thing. 

I really liked how the colors turned out after before I plied, but they look even better after I had plied them.

I had first dyed the whole skein a Kelly green using a supermarket dye in my dye pot on the stove. Then painted it with acid dye and heat set it in my microwave.  I love dying yarn. Seeing the final product, it's like presents for my visual senses!

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

88 Skein Challange

I mentioned my  88 skein challenge in my last post. And how I would like to become better with the mediums I am currently working with. I have only had YouTube as a teacher. I have never been shown how to pin by a real live person. But I think I have done well for myself. The yarn I make stays together and isn't over spun. I like how it knits up. Ok enough bragging.

Why did I choose 88 as the number of skeins I should make for this challenge? The number just popped into my head. When I did a search and found that the Chinese feel the number 8 is a lucky number. Besides if spinning up 88 skeins of yarn doesn't improve my knitting even a little, then I NEED classes.

I wanted to start from square one when I decided to take up spinning. So when I found some free fleece on Craig's list, I decided it was a good opportunity to learn via the Internet. I felted a few bowling ball size pieces of wool learning how wash it properly. 

What I am working with for the time being, is a very soft mixed breed of sheep. I haven't ever worked with softer wool and I bought a garbage bag full! 

So back to my Challenge. I want to complete all 88 skeins before the new shearing season. Not only will I be a better spinner, but it will justify buying more fleece!

I invite you to follow along and watch my progress. Or if you want, challenge yourself! I would love to see pics of what everyone is working on. It doesn't have to be just knitting. Send your pics to my e-mail and I'll blog about them!