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Portland Oregon Sign Pinata

Portland Oregon Sign Pinata


Posted on Apr 24, 2013

Karen and I have been friends since 1995. Her 40th Birthday party was last weekend. A month or so ago, she asked me if I would want to help her make a pinata of the Portland Oregon sign for her party. I think my exact words were “hells yes”. We had made plans to meet two weeks before her party, but she was sick and we didn’t meet. Then I was on vacation the weekend before the party. I have to admit, about this time I...

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Tutorial: Wine Cork – Ring Holder

Tutorial: Wine Cork – Ring Holder


Posted on Jul 18, 2011

When I started making felt flower rings a few months ago, I quickly realized that I would need holders for my rings. The first thing I did was go into my art room to see what I had laying around.  I stumbled upon a bag of wine corks that my cousin had sent me in my birthday package with a note saying “I figured you could do something cool with these”. Finally I had the perfect project for these recycled wine corks....

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Christmas Present – Encaustic Art

Christmas Present – Encaustic Art


Posted on Feb 2, 2011

The other big present I made this year were these encaustic wall plaques – I really need to think of a better name for these.  :)  My sis and I have been fiddling in encaustic work for the past couple of years.  While she is focusing more on pendants (check our her amazing stuff), I’m leaning more towards creating wall art. All of the plants came from my yard.  The stones are from the coast.  I’m using recycled...

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Pack Rat Power – Coffee Filters

Pack Rat Power – Coffee Filters


Posted on Oct 26, 2010

I’m getting ready to start a big new project.  My cousin gets married in February!  Danny is marrying a boy from Mexico (You can do that in Canada. They don’t think there is anything wrong with marrying the person you love, but I digress) and paper flowers are very traditional in Mexico. I asked if I could make some for their wedding.  I’m so very excited about this!  I wanted a way to participate in the wedding, but...

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Pack Rat Fever

Pack Rat Fever


Posted on Aug 12, 2010

The past two weeks I’ve been pretty proud of myself for my pack rat abilities.  Next week I’ll show you why, but for now here are 40 pairs of candles I found in my art room and have put to good use.  I actually had about 60 pairs of candles that I picked up at Goodwill for a song, but I only needed 40...

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iHanna’s Postcard Swap

iHanna’s Postcard Swap


Posted on Mar 8, 2010

My friends, Diana and Bettie, and I thought participating in iHanna’s Postcard Swap looked like great fun.  The basic swap gist: You send out 10 postcards you made and you will receive 10 unique postcards in return.  We spent a fun evening crafting our postcards.  We didn’t finish that night, but we all got a good handle on what we wanted to do.  It was also nice to socialize and brainstorm ideas with friends. Here are my...

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