Rag Wreath Therapy

To keep my Crafty status, I make a craft once a month or so. I’m going crazy on rag wreaths. I don’t know why I like ’em so much other than they are so easy to make and I love the texture. I’ve made like 7 recently for gifts and to keep some around the house. Super cheap and you can put it together while streaming Netflix. 🙂 It’s a very comforting project. It’s like sewing, but not. Wish I could sell ’em. 🙂 When I give them to people, they can’t help but touch them. And keep touching them. LOL It’s very soothing and tactile. It’s a fidget spinner for adults! Baby blanket with textures.

rag wreath white and blue

This one’s really fluffy and full. It will probably never show dust because it’s mostly white. It’s a very tranquil pastime putting one together. Try it! You just need a wire wreath form and your favorite colors or scraps of fabric. Cotton works best since you can rip it instead of cutting all the individual pieces. Ripping it gives that rag look anyway. And ripping is therapeutic!

Here are the wire forms:

green metal boxed wire wreath form

Available at any craft store usually. Even Walmart has them. If you want to go in there. LOL

Cut up and old sheet or curtain even and start tying! Single knot around the frame, tie on the wire. It will stay, believe me. Once you jam all your fabric on, it’s too tight to come loose. Show me your projects! What are your favorite patterns or colors?

My daughter said this looks like an angel in wreath form. LOL And my husband said it looked like a fluffy sunshower storm cloud.

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Shoewelry

I get to go on a fancy date with my husband for his new job’s Christmas party. We don’t have much money for entertainment or dining out, so to have a night on the town for free? Priceless!

Dinner, dancing and valet parking downtown. FANCY! lol We could never afford this on our own. And what better way to socialize and get to know the people he works with.

So I recently found the dress I wanted to wear. It’s an old dress, but I never got to wear it. Just after I bought it, I found out I was pregnant. It was tight to begin with, so when I started immediately gaining weight with my pregnancy, I knew I would never squeeze into it. Who wants to wear tight while preggers??!

I always wanted to lose the weight after I gave birth, but my weight just spiraled out of control for an entire decade. Depression, heart trouble, thyroid cancer, gallbladder failure and all sorts of problems just packed on the pounds.

Well. I am finally into that dress and it’s loose! 😀 So I’m wearing it. Out of fashion or not. My husband doesn’t seem to care if it’s fashionable or not. He likes me in it, so I’m wearing it.

It’s! Loose! OMG! I never thought this day would come. We are going to have a blast.

So, I needed some shoes to go with my outfit. I don’t wear fancy shoes and I haven’t bought a pair of heels for over a decade. I knew I had to find some, so I went to the local discount shoe store.

I found some sandals for not too much. No heels that didn’t scream old lady chunky town. So, when in Florida, why not sandals. Plus, I don’t want to tower over my husband in some uncomfortable skyscrapers.

I found a pair of cute boots, but they didn’t quite fit. BUT! My calf fit and my foot fit. My ankle resisted. BUT! I can buy lady footwear again. I fit into a pair of 12’s. I haven’t worn Ladies 12’s in a looong minute.

I found some necklace elements at the local craft store for cheap (1/2 price) and sewed them on my new sandals. Not quite finished, but nearly there. What do you think?

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My husband called it shoewelry. LOL Love it. Total cost=$30

I will post pics of my outfit soon! Looking forward to a great night out. I love sandals (makes me feel barefoot) and I love dancing! Do they look cheap or store-bought? Do they look like a bad school project or expensive shoewelry? lol

Merry Xmas!

Shells!

I love shells.

I watch Portlandia and on that series, one of the first sketches, Fred Armisen is playing a character named Spike. He’s a hipster who wants to be first in everything and no one is allowed to follow. There’s another guy, in a bar, metro millennial who wants to appropriate Spike’s behavior and lifestyle.

Whenever the yuppie starts mimicking Spike, Spike realizes what he’s doing and immediately declares the activity “OVER!”

Then, in one instance, Spike is producing some tasty shell art. Very intricate. Then mod guy copies and Spike throws his art off-camera (more than likely a cat shrieks with trash cans clanging) and he screams, “Shell Art is OVER!” LOL I love that. And I love shell art. I can’t help it.

I know it’s such a cliche, but shells are so cool. I pick up at least a handful of unique, even broken, shells every time we head to the beach. I will post some pics of some of the cooler ones soon.

I washed and dried a bunch the other day. Then I made this holiday centerpiece. Some old espresso cups I don’t use. Saucers. Tea lights. And SHELLS! All inside an old tray I don’t use. Now, it’s something I really like and will use for candles during the holidays.

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What do you think?

Shell art is definitely NOT over. 🙂 It’s just starting for me.

Mini Canvas Shell Art

So, on my medical courier route, I met this really nice young woman. She’s a lab tech/nurse. She has a family, husband, young daughter, possibly more than one child. I don’t know her that well, but she’s been one of the kindest people I’ve met in Florida. Her birthday was earlier this month, but I just found out. She mentioned it in passing on another topic.

So. I made this for her.

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Do you think she’ll like it?

The size is only like 2″ x 2″. So those are tiny little shells.

I bought the frame for under $5? Possibly even $1. I don’t remember. Had it forever. And I found the shells on our beach. Painted the picture black (because it was hideous little, weird cacti in orange and green and brown, and not the good kind, gag!), epoxy’d shells to the canvas/cardboard insert backing thingie, and made a button hanger for the top. So this project was $5 or less. Crafty Beaver on the loose!

I hope my new acquaintance likes this small gesture and I hope I make a new friend! 🙂

Even if she is just my nicest route client (and we are never friend-friends), it’s nice to be nice to nice people.

How could you not want me as a friend? When I make cool stuff and give it to you? LOL 😉

Hope everyone has a great day and a great weekend!! Love you, Friends!

Rag Wreath

So I posted a pic a coupla weeks ago of my rag wreath. But here’s the wreath with accents!

wreath.jpgWe finally made some flowers for it! I love it. My daughter did the transparent white dahlia. I think she nailed it. Beautiful! Then I hung a pretty butterfly pendant necklace in the middle.

We used things we already had to embellish. A hair bow, old silk flower, brown paper dahlia that I made, some mismatch buttons/beads and some fabric I gathered into a flower. Done!

Love! Very fall-like to me. 🙂 Very shabby chic.

Yabba-dabba-doo!

I made this neck-a-less last nite. Another one! Crafty B is in da house!

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It’s twine for cord, big ol’ Wilma Flintstone polka dot beads, a salvaged key chain dangle, and a beautiful snaggle-wad of turquoise. All things I found or bargin-binned. Boho, baby!

Would you wear this? Is it too weird? It hangs super low which I love, but I also made the cord slide-able so you can adjust the size. I love shabby chic/different-looking jewelry. I love it when I get compliments from people.


Stranger: Love your neck-a-less!

Me: I made it!

Stranger: *looks at me like a necklace-making bohemian goddess* You made it??! No way. Cool! Let’s be friends.


LOL I live for those conversations. I would make jewelry for a living, but my husband might kill me. Strangle me with one of my homemade necklaces. Because of the craft space required for such an endeavor. Plus, doesn’t everyone make jewelry now? Pinterest-loving housewives across the country making enough jewelry to choke a bedazzled pony.

Can’t wait to wear my new belly bouncer!

Crafty Beaver in Me

I’m doing more with my craft items as I have time. My husband is often annoyed at how much craft crap I have (hoarded/stashed). So I am forcing myself to do what I say I love. Why is that so hard?

I love this new necklace I made.

necklace2.jpgSomeone gave me the green flower glass pendant. It’s some type of pressed flower, or it might even be plastic, encased in clear resin. I think. It’s really cool whatever it is. The chain it came with didn’t last. Or I didn’t like it. Can’t remember now. I probably broke it. LOL

I just recently bought some twine (my favorite cord to use for boho necklaces) and I had some leftover beads from bargin-bin shopping of yesteryear. I had the beads on a different necklace, but my daughter was wearing said necklace and it came apart. (I think because she was fiddling with it. LOL Oh well! Just an excuse to make a new necklace, right?!)

Whatchu think?

That saucer to the right of the necklace is my antique china saucer that I love. I have the cup somewhere, but I haven’t unpacked it yet. 🙂 Just thought the green and pink were lovely shades to match my new necklace.

Rag Wreath

My inner Crafty Beaver is coming out! I made this cute rag wreath for fall. I think it looks like dry fall leaves. It is a four-wire wreath with strips of cotton tied to the wire. The wire wreath cost $3.49 and I had the material laying around. About 3 yards or so. I ripped the dark red rags in 1-2 inch strips. Cotton rips on the grain, so you don’t have to cut. Always rips a straight line and leaves a nice frayed edge.

The brown accent color I had to cut. But it has stitching in the material, so I could use that as a guide to cut it straight. It’s a faux suede leather material that is shiny on one side and soft, short-nap velour texture on the other. It gives great contrast and texture from shiny to suede-y.

So, you just cut or rip your strips and then tie them on the four-wire.

green metal boxed wire wreath form
This is what a four-wire looks like. Without strips of rags tied to it!

One or two simple knots for each strip of fabric. It’s very full. You only need about 6-10 strips for each wire on each section. Depends on how thick your fabric is.

I would like to add some fabric flowers made from material or just a great big fake flower to accent. I think a nice off-white peony or something would go well. Or what’s your idea for my wreath??

I think this would look cool with grays, whites and blacks, too. With a yellow accent flower or something. What do you think?

I made this in just a coupla of hours. Took less than a day. Think I could sell these? 😀 Less than $10 to make. I love it!!

Thanks for checking it out.