Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Converting Vans

My good friend Liz gave me a pair of white vans that had pink and brown polka dots on them for my little Gripster who is just now starting to walk.  Of course, I really don't mind a guy in pink.  In fact, Chris (my husband) wears pink all the time and I think he looks great in it.  But for these, I thought I would attack them with a black Tulip Spirit Marker and see what happened.  I used about 4 coats of marker to get them this black.  A super easy project that took only a few minutes.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Organza Flower Hair Clips

There is nothing more feminine than flowers in a girl's hair.  Now that summer is here I thought that this might my new favorite accessory to wear along with a flowing grecian dress and some strappy Cynthia Vincent sandals.


What You’ll Need: 

¼ yard organza for 12 flowers

Hot glue gun

Hair clips

Votive candle

Ribbon scraps



 1. It takes 7-9 pieces to make one flower.  Cut organza into squares measuring between two inches square to four inches square. I use approximately 2 4 inch, 2 3 inch, 3 2 inch squares per flower.

 2.  Fold squares into four; then trim the two edges that are the open side into a petal shape.  Open the fabric.  It should look like a four-leafed clover.

 3.  Lightly graze the edges of the flower with the heat of the votive candle.  Watch the edges shrink and curl up.

 4.  Layer petals from largest to smallest on top putting aside one small flower shape for the top.

 5.  Take a hair clip and a piece of ribbon the length of the clip and put the ribbon between the two prongs of the clip.

 6.  Squeeze a dollop of glue onto the ribbon then quickly press the stack of flower shapes onto the glue.  It will ooze through the layers since the weave is so lose.

 7.  Add a small dab of glue to the top of the flowers then take a small flower shape and press it with your fingers on top folding the fabric onto itself to hide the glue mark.

 8.  Put a small dab of Tulip soft fabric paint on your fingers and dab on the edges of each petal and spread until the tips of the petal are tinted to the desired depth of color.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Beadalicious book signing at Tall Mouse Arts and Crafts in the OC turned out to be a really lovely event.  I demonstrated how to make the branch necklace from my book and met up with one of my favorite crafty gals- Jenny Doh of Stampington Magazine.  Chris and baby Gripps came as well.  I was a little worried about the baby getting fussy on the car ride back but he just slept the whole way like a little angel!