Friday, April 29, 2011

More Features from Link Party!

Here are some more features from last week's Sunburnt Cow link party.

Tiaras and Bowties transformed mediocre angels into heavenly creations.

Brenda from The Rusty Thimble showed us some of her newest creations.

The Craft Cabin created some awesome bunnies...and guess what they're made out of!?!

One Life to Love made something otherwise drab into something fab by the simple addition of letters!

She also showed off a couple other really neat projects:

And a beautiful chair makeover

Something Created Everyday showed off this oh so feminine beauty:

Homespun with Love showed off such a cheery and beautiful blue creation.

Then there's this creative and oh so budget friendly paint chip egg bunting:

Here's a super simple and cute idea you can do for just about any occasion or holiday:

Creative Try'als showed me how beautiful and elegant carrot boxes really can be!

Thanks so much for linking up.

Don't miss the party as there's another linky going on right now!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Link Party Features

Last week's Sunburnt Cow link party brought out a nice variety of wonderful projects! Since the link party is relatively new and since I want to show my total appreciation for those who link up and follow the rules, I feature everyone (except my links, of course) who does so. So let's get the awesome show on the road, eh?

Snowflakes and Dragonflies shared a beautifully stenciled table that has a bit of a story behind it.

And who can resist this beautiful Penny rug pillow!?!

Now here's some fabric handiwork, but of a much more intricate and delicate kind: some vintage looking doilies!

Deb shared a very indepth tutorial on making vintage hang tags. So pretty!

I'll be featuring more soon!

Thanks so much, ladies, for linking up!!

There's a new party going on, so link 'er up!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

It's Link Party Time

I'm holding my link parties over at The Sunburnt Cow. The parties run every Wednesdays through Sundays. You can link up just about anything: what you've made; what you have for sale (as long as it's in a blog post); anything antique, vintage, prim - whether you've made it or not; even recipes. So let's party!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tinfoil Wreath...and Other Funky Crafts

You ever see one of those craft tutorials you're so smitten with that you have to immediately try - even though you have several others on your to do list? It's not that the others are lesser in any way, it's just that one in particular speaks screams at you! Well, Vintage Revivals' tinfoil nightstand was one such tutorial. I just discovered it last week, and my head has been spinning around on what to try it on. I have soooo many ideas, but the wreath and paper mache heart box are my first.

Okay, so you also probably know how some things work out in your head perfectly, but once you start doing it you think you made a terrible wrong turn somewhere, dropped out of reality, and soon you might expect to see Oompa Loompas singing behind chocolate flowers. Yep, that's what happened with my first tinfoil wreath idea.

You see, I had this bright idea that tinfoil would stick to itself in a nice way, and it doesn't all that well - at least not when it's on a non-flat surface.

First of all, I made my own wreath form since the only wreath forms I have right now are straw, and I knew straw would be poking out of the tinfoil in no time. I did my usual cutting of wreath forms out of a Stouffers lasagna box and then sandwiched some fabric remnants between the two cut outs. Of course, the fabric just didn't want to stick in there, so I quick grabbed a big ball of blue cloth strips and started wrapping and stuffing.

Well, thank goodness I picked this blue color, cuz oh boy, the next step did not work - wrapping tinfoil around my makeshift wreath form.

I had to tie the tinfoil strips to keep them in place. Nope, that just ain't gonna work, so I ripped it all off and cut out a wreath form from corrugated cardboard.

I did Mandi's trick from Vintage Revivals and mod podged and smoothed the lightly scrunched up tinfoil with a credit card. (She has much more detailed instructions than I do here). Once dried, I used a mixture of paint and water and painted and dabbed on the wreath.

Once that was good and dry, I added some embellishments, like some gorgeous lace, textured yarn, funky ribbon, and a flower. I also put some beads from a necklace onto floral wire and wrapped it around. I used floral wire to hold the tinfoil part and my blue fabric colored wreath form together. (Said wire was wrapped around both when holding the beads and hiding under the lace and some of the yarn. And voila!

The picture does not do it justice because it is soooo much prettier in person. I think I'm in love!

Then there's something else I'm quite smitten with - the paper mache heart box. Yep, all covered with painted tinfoil.

Here are a couple close ups:

If you try this, make sure you paint the tinfoil pretty good; otherwise, you'll have visions of velvet Elvis paintings intruding in your peaceful mind because it'll look too much like something wrapped in tinfoil. Yick. I used Ranger Heat It Craft Tool on the purple section, and it made the paint stay on better. I think I'm going to be using it more.

Lastly, I put a coat of Mod Podge over the painted tinfoil to seal it in. Forgot to do that with my wreath, but since that's hanging on the wall, it's not as likely to get bumped around and possibly marred. (Although with my acrobatic puppy Tessa, I'm sure she'll start walking on walls soon).

Linking up to my link party:

DebbieDoos, Very Merry Vintage Style, Passionately Artistic, Laugh Love and Craft, and these fabulous link parties:
The Girl Creative
SAS InteriorsCraft Couture

Show and Tell GreenBeyond The Picket FenceTransformation Thursday
NightOwlCraftingParty Button

Chic on a Shoestring DecoratingSpunky Junky

And entered the

Spreading the word about a new link party in town: