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Friday, December 31, 2010

Stamped cards




Last night I did something I thought I would never do....... make a card without my cricut! I am not a fan of stamping, and went to a stampin' up class with a friend. Wouldn't you know it I fell in LOVE with this stamp set. The vintage birdcages are so sweet I had to have them! This set is the Aviary set and is so adorable!



I bought some ink from stampin' up as well, and found some great colours at Michael's for $1.50! I used the Provo craft Cuttlebug Swiss Dotts folder for the embosing, and the sheer ribbon was a find at a craft swap.



My sister gave me this retired stampin' up set for Christmas, I don't remember what the name is, I'll check back soon with that.   I used my Michael's ink for the purple flower, and some sparkels for the center.  Another Provo craft embossing folder, this one is called Birds and Swirls.


So, I decided that I do like stamps, but I will NOT be giving up my cricut anytime soon!

P.S. Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pearl Glam Necklace


Another upcycled necklace!  This one is made with a vintage chandelier crystal wire wrapped in sterling silver and strung along freshwater purple pearls.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/64983295/pearl-glam-necklace

Sunday, December 26, 2010

The last of the Christmas crafts!


I made this Christmas plaque for my sister. I had cut out the lettering with my cricut last year and don't remember what size or cartridge I used! But I think it turned out pretty well!


My first attempt at a tri fold card. I love this technique and will be making more in the future! It's such a great way to use up my scrap paper bits! The stamp and paper is from stampin' up, and the stamp reads, "welcome Christmas into your heart".

Christmas 2010


Well, it's all over. The presents all opened the tree and decorations are all put away. We had a wonderful time with friends and family, but I am so happy to have a clean condo once again!


I was on Santa's nice list this year, were you?


Little Roofus, the best gift under the Christmas tree!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Opposites Attract

They say that opposites attract, and that sure is the case with my husband Justin and I! While I'm content taking a stroll in the park, crafting and reading he gets his kicks...



being a brakeman for a new bobsled pilot,




squatting over 5oolbs,




and frolicking through the forest with just a bow and arrow! I guess life would not be as entertaining in our household if he was just another novel lover!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Opechee handmade earrings



I made these sweet little green earrings last week, and really love how they sparkle! They are hung on sterling silver french wires, and are quite lovely! I'm considering making a matching necklace. I'll keep you posted!



check out my etsy shop for purchasing information:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/64725487/island-princess-earrings

All I want for Christmas...



All I want for Chrsitmas this year is a pink ATG tape gun!!! Take note friends and family! :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

The tree is up!



We (and when I say we I mean I) finally put up our Christmas tree last night! I've been wanting to put the tree up for quite some time now, but we live in a small appartment and are kinda squished when the tree is up! I figured my husband can deal with it for one week! My doggie Roofus is a little put out as well as I had to move his mat to make a spot for the tree. He keeps looking at me with a "What the heck?!?!" expression. It's only 6 days! Deal.



I adopted this owl from Pier One Imports. I saw him there last Christmas, and decided to wait until Boxing Day to buy him.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing_day) And of course when Boxing Day came around there were none left!!!! Not this year little owl, not this year!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Spread some CHEER!



I really do think that this gingerbread house is awesome! Check out the icing icicles!



Me and my BFF Carolyne doing our part to spread some Christmas cheer!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Opechee display at Flaming June Day Spa



Flaming June Day Spa is located in the heart of funky Commercial Drive in Vancouver - close to many unique cafes, shops and restaurants. And they recently agreed to display some of my items ~ Opechee handmade and upcycled jewelry! Here is a link to their website: http://www.flamingjune.com/



If you are in the area, make sure you stop in to take a look! I've made items especially for display at this spa.

Friday, November 26, 2010

origami tea bag flower Christmas card





Tonight I made an origami tea bag flower Christmas card! I like how the flower turned out like a poinsettia! To cut the flower, I used the Storybook cricut cartridge and cut the scalloped circle at 3 inches, then folded the flower. To finish off the flower I added some sparkle to the center. For the flower, I used this tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mq-qS_BBmMY&feature=related

EAT




I've had some chocolate brown vinyl for my cricut that I haven't used for about 2 years now. Tonight was the night! I cut the letters at 9 inches and used the Plantin SchoolBook cricut cartridge. I LOVE how it turned out,but I really think it is missing a fork, knife and spoon. Do any of you own the From my Kitchen cartridge? My proposition is this: I send you vinyl and a special surprise to go along with it and you cut me a fork, knife and spoon! Let me know if anyone is interested in playing!

Monday, November 1, 2010

terrarium

I've been dreaming about making my terrarium for quite some time now, and today was the day! Here's what you will need to make one of your own: rocks, activated charcoal (found at any pet store), spanish moss, potting soil, moss, knickknacks (mine are in the mail!)



1. clean the terrarium container with mild soapy water, rinse thoroughly
2. place a thin layer of rocks on the bottom of the terrarium (this helps with drainage and water management)
3. place a thin layer of activated charcoal over the rocks (if you are making an open air terrarium skip this step)
4. place a thin layer of Spanish Miss on top of charcoal and rocks (this acts as bedding material to keep the soil separated from the rocks)
5. place a thin layer of potting soil on top of the Spanish moss
6. plant your plant
7 place moss on top of soil and around plants
8. place knickknacks on top of moss to finish it off!



Care of you terrarium:
terrariums need little attention, moderate sunlight and water. With a closed terrarium you can go weeks with out water.

Christmas craft sale



My table at a Christmas craft sale. Two down, three more to go!

Thank you necklace



A wonderful co worker of mine discovered my love for keys and making jewelry, and she donated her antique key collection to Opechee! This is a thank you gift to her. I hope she likes it! ♥

Selfish Hedgehogs

Friday, October 29, 2010

Doily necklace



This beige Victorian doily, has swirling ornate patterns and a pink satin ribbon which sits at the center of this bib necklace. Adorned on the right side with the daintiest little bronze flower, teeny tiny antique key and a tisy bitty heart on the end of a little chain. This necklace is all tied together with a 18" gun metal chain.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy Canadian Thanksgiving everyone! It's a beautiful fall day here in British Columbia! 10 degrees Celsius (50 Fahrenheit) the sun is shinning, and the leaves are all golden! Summer used to be my favorite time of year, but as I grow older fall is turning into a new favorite. Today I am thankful. I'm thankful for my husband who is on his way home from a hunting trip, and who will be just in time for dinner! I'm thankful for my cute yellow lab Roofus. I'm thankful for my family, who are always supportive of me. My mom and grandpa still come to watch my baseball games! And I'm thankful for my in laws, it's great to not only get along with them, but to love them and be accepted by each one of them! Now for a quick bicycle ride before lunch!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fan photos

Check out these beautiful photos by a beautiful girl named Tonya! I love how she showcased the necklace I made! Thanks Tonya!





Sunday, October 3, 2010

25 things about me!



I wrote this a little while ago on facebook, and thought I would share it with you as well! Hope you get a chuckle out of it and maybe write a list of your own! :)

1. I don't always wash my lettuce, but I do check for bugs.

2. I love to scrapbook, make cards and upcycled jewelry.

3. I like to listen in on other peoples conversations, but have learned not to add my comments! If my superpower ever kicks in it would be turning invisible, think of all the things I could hear!

4. I married my best friend.

5. I take a notebook to church with me, but most of the time I just hold it.

6. My favorite Saturdays are spent at the park with Justin and my yellow lab Roofus.

7. I love to read and I take a book with me most places just in case.

8. I get stressed if there is a slight possibility that I could be late. Justin on the other hand is late for everything!

9. I am completely content to be alone. In fact if it wasn't for Justin I could be a happy hermit.

10. I love the beach. The ocean always amazes me.

11. I feel the closest to God when I witness his awesome creation.

12. I used to buy new clothes a couple of times a week. Now I save for Tupperware.

13. I lived in the same house from 9 months to 23 years.

14. I've played baseball for 20 odd years.

15. I've traveled to 16 countries.

16. I've only had 2 dogs in my life. Sparky my poodle cross, from age 9 to 23, and Roofus my yellow lab. He will turn 4 on October 22/10.

17. For the last 9 years I worked in a doctor's office. I don't like going to the doctor.

18. I love my in-laws.

19. Some of my best friendships were developed in the last 8 years.

20. It's almost time for my 10 year high school reunion.

21. I won't go.

22. I organize everything at work alphabetically, at home I organize as to how much I like something.

23. I've donated 11 inches of my hair twice to Wigs for Kids.

24. The other day I found my first gray hair.

25. I like my steak medium rare. (Sorry that rhymed! =S)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Christmas cards




I had an early start on my Christmas cards this year. Last year I made them one week before the holiday, which made me a little stressed! I cut these cute cards using the Winter woodland cricut cartridge. The background paper is scraps that was given to me by a friend.

KISS ME


How could you refuse? I love this little frog from the Paisley cricut cartridge! I cut him at 2" added some sparkles and googly eyes and placed him on a piece of white card stock embossed with swiss dots and the cuttlebug. The sentiment is cut at 2" with the Plantin Schoolbook cricut cartridge.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Canvas art


Well, here it is. Bathroom art #2! I really believe that positive affirmations work, so what better way to start and end your day then by reading this canvas! To make this I painted the canvas with an off white acrylic paint and used the Plantin Schoolbook cricut cartridge to cut the letters at 2 1/4".

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

New shower curtain



Living in BC we are subject to a wonderful 12% sales tax called HST. So to avoid paying this I shop in Washington as much as possible! I just returned from a VERY successful shopping trip with a girl friend and her sweet kids. I was sharing all my plunder with my husbands family when his cheeky little brother asked me if I was going to blog about my new shower curtain. (I was really excited about this new shower curtain!) So Brad, here it is! I decided I also need new art in our bathroom. I had a beach theme before, and that just won't fit with these cute woodland creatures. So today I made this cute tree art! I bought a 8 x 10 canvas at our local dollar store, painted it with an off white acrylic paint, and cut out the cute tree at 8" with the cricut Stamping cartridge. I have one more art project in mind for our new sweet bathroom. I'll add it as soon as I can! Enjoy!

Freezer paper t-shirts


I found another new project to try! I absolutely love the idea of a one of a kind piece of clothing! I decided to give it a try after seeing a great tutorial on Jin Yong's blog: http://underacherrytree.com/ You have to take a look at her beautiful blog! For this project I used Baby onzies, that I plan to sell at an upcoming craft sale. I traced an image on a sheet of Reynalds freezer paper, which I found at Walmart in the States, I was unable to find it here in Canada. Trace your image on the dull side, it's easier to trace, if you're using your cricut place the paper SHINY side UP. Once it is cut out, iron the stencil with the SHINY side DOWN. Now you're ready to paint! It's always a good rule to do 2 light coats instead of one heavy one! Follow the directions on the fabric paint bottle, and enjoy you're new craft!