Monday, January 25, 2010

Footed Serving Plate Fun!

Whipped this up the other day, just because I was tired of the plain wooden Lazy Susan on my dining table. I wanted something with feet so it would stand out a bit and not just sit flat. The rule was that, in true Crafty Bag Lady style, I had to have everything on hand or find it. I started with a cool decorative plate:

Now for feet...small pegs? Corks? Drawer pulls? I remembered the box of odd brand threads that had been Freecycled to me and had an AHA! moment.

After choosing four identical spools in colors I liked and gluing the loose thread ends to keep them from unraveling, I marked the bottom of the plate with white-out for gluing them in place. (Note: Do as I say and not as I did. First put down a towel before dripping the white-out on your nice tablecloth! Siiiigh.) Then I hot glued each spool into place.

So now it's OUT, boring server and IN, cute new one that cost me exactly zip! And hey, it hides the white-out stain, too. ;-)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Come back swinging!

This last hiatus included emergency surgery for a pacemaker implant--and I never even knew I needed one! Now that I'm bionic and healed up from it (mostly) and actually receiving oxygen to my formerly addled brain, caught up on all the stuff I couldn't get done during my recuperation, and got the out-of-control materials hoard whipped into shape so that I don't lose 20 minutes looking for a pink flower or a card stack of just the right color, I'll catch up on all my blogs again. Cool ideas are keeping me awake nights!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Shrinky Stinks: The sequel

Everyone knows (BWAHAHAHAHAHA!) I don't mind making fun of myself, especially when it's so easy to do. But a normal person learns from her mistakes--or at least, learns not to replicate the same gigantic FAIL as last time. Pas moi, mes amis. I barge on, leaving ever more crafty humiliation in my wake.

To pour salt in my wounds, 6-year-olds can do homemade Shrinky Dinks successfully. However, I and I alone can go from this:

to this:

in under 90 seconds.

Yes, I used #6 plastic and permanent markers in a 350F-degree oven. Yes, I watched it carefully. In fact, I was witness as it curled itself into its now locked and deformed position...mocking me all the way, no doubt.

My Shrinky quest continues. I will someday make nice shrunken plastic foofies, even though what works for others apparently does not wish to cooperate with me.

Still, hope springs eternal. Or something.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

"Tempis Fugit" - mixed media collage

100% hunted and gathered materials. Too bad you can't read the text--it says "Time is given wings".


A friend sent me this nifty photo last night (now how could she evah have been reminded of little ol' me?) It beautifully illustrates the time-honored wisdom of "You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose--but there are just some crafty ideas you should definitely not pick up on!"

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


I've been icky-sicky-poo and definitely not up to crafting or blogging. However, I'm much better now, thanks very much! Let the games resume!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Kindred Spirits: SCAVENGING makes credit card jewelry!

I'm so excited to find another amazing blog, Scavenging--now here are people most definitely cut out of the same recycled and upcycled cloth as the Crafty Bag Lady! I absolutely loved their ideas on transforming credit cards into a funky, fun jewelry. Click here for the tutorial on making the bracelet shown above. As soon as I can get hold of a drill, I'm so making these!

Really now, is there a good excuse for just tossing stuff out???