Friday, March 13, 2015


This little robot was made with odds and ends that I happened to have on hand. The body is a small jewelry box that I covered with foil. The legs are made from a folded strip of aluminum tape. The fun part is searching through things on the work bench or tucked in a drawer that you don't want to toss in a landfill, but don't really have any use for. It's my upcycled, junk robot.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Fabric Bowls

These fabric bowls are fairly easy to make, you just need a little patience. They are a good way to use up any fabric scraps that you may have. I used the orange, plastic bowl in the second photo as a mold. The straight sides made it easier to detach the bowl that I made. So, give some thought to what you choose as your mold. I coated the bowl with a fairly thick layer of petroleum jelly. I cut a circle of fabric that would fit the bottom of the bowl and strips of fabric that were the right size for the sides. I coated the back of the fabric with Elmer's glue and lay them on my mold, starting with the circle for the bottom. The strips should all overlap slightly. After the fabric dried, I coated the entire outside with several layers of Modpodge. After it was completely dry, I removed my new bowl from the mold.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Decoupage Child's Book Shelf

I decoupaged the bookcase to be auctioned off at the school's annual fundraise where I teach art part-time. The flowers, bird and insects were collaged using scrapbooking paper, sheets of the New York Times, maps, sheet music, and basically anything that struck my fancy. I copied the art on my printer and adhered it to the book shelf with elmer's glue. The images were then protected with layers of matte Mod Podge using a foam brush.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Folded Valentine

Put this Valentine in my Etsy shop today. It's made using the printmaking technique that I blogged about here.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Three Dimensional Five Point Star

Happy 2015! While I'm waiting for my sleepy family to roll out of bed I thought I would post photos of these paper stars that I became obsessed with making just before Christmas. I finished a couple of silver ones to add to a floral arrangement on my dining room table, but for next year I thought that I would some smaller ones for garlands or to add to the top of Christmas presents.
I printed a template of a five point star from Google images and used that as my pattern. The stars need to be folded or scored between each of the points and the opposite side. Every other fold need to reverse direction. If you look at my little diagram (where the lines do not meet perfectly in the center, but should),the lines with the hatch marks are re-folded in the opposite direction of the straight lines. This makes a flat piece of paper become dimensional.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Paper Dolls to Download

Need a last minute gift for a little girl? My paper dolls can be downloaded and printed right from your computer.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Clothes Pin Elves

Continuing with my clothes pin doll fascination, I made these Christmas elves. I think they would also be cute hanging from the tree. I painted them with acrylic and made the belt and hat with felt. The bow tie is narrow satin ribbon.