Monthly Archives: August 2010

Dino Love

Seems there were lots of other folks on Etsy who were inspired by dino love! Check out this great treasury full of cuteness of epic proportions!


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It’s sort of been a goal of mine, with this blog, to have posts up two or three times a week. I’m a little behind at the moment, simply because I’m low on cool-looking pictures. I’ve got a lot of designs in my head and even a few sketched out onto paper, but I haven’t completed anything new lately.

Also in queue is a How-To post that will be great, but it’s still under construction. I’ve got the pre-pictures finished, and some of the middle steps as well, but what’s a How-To without a finished project to show off? (I like to post about pretty and successful things I’ve made, but there are always plenty of mistakes and messes that I could talk about too.) So, things are coming along but sometimes it’s difficult to find time for all the fun things there are to do!

So anyway.. on to the messes and mistakes. I recently got some fabric spray paints. I’ve seen them in the store but never really considered using them; I’m not really a spray paint kind of girl. Then, the other day, my sister sent me a link that was all about using these fabric spray paints with great ideas and suggestions and, suddenly, the idea seemed a lot less daunting. So, I went out and got a can of white and of green and came home to experiment.

First, let me say: Wow! These are messy. With brushing or sponging on paint, I don’t always lay out newspaper to protect the nearby flat surfaces. With these I was glad I did.

Second, with spray paints, lots comes out at a time. The instructions indicated that multiple layers would work best for darker colors. I think it would be more successful to wait for each layer to dry before spraying again; puddles were forming after adding the second layer.  So, I guess I’ll have to learn patience. *sigh*

puddles and runs

And finally, I need to do a better job covering the fabric I don’t want painted. This first time around I simply draped newspaper over the areas I wanted protected. I didn’t factor in splashing, running or puddle formations. Next time I’ll tape down the edges.


So, all in all, these shirts are probably a bust.. good thing they were practice runs!


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So, I’ve already decided what I’m going to be for Halloween this year and have moved on to the costume preparation. This afternoon I was perusing Etsy to see if there were any accessories I might use to spice up my costume.. Specifically, I was looking for leather bracelets.

I found lots of great ones, and eventually picked up a few from this shop – pinkyourlimb (not only are they great for my costume, they have great versatility – I can wear them for more than just Halloween)… but in my searching,  I came across these bracelets from the Etsy shop of kylepowers13:

bottle cap bangles

What a great use of bottle caps! That got me thinking about other creative uses for bottle caps and aluminum cans and, before I knew it, I was assembling another collection. This time the focus was on reused and upcycled aluminum cans. I was really surprised by the diversity in the creations. There was a ton of really great stuff!

Check it out!



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Here Comes Halloween

I love Halloween. Not so much the gruesome and gory iterations; no, it’s all about the classic, fun and silly (and only slightly macabre) decorations. I love all the creative ways to make tasty food look ghastly. I love the socially sanctioned dressing up; it’s like people remember that it’s ok to be childlike and have fun, even if just once a year. I love it!

Ok, so I know you’re saying, “It’s only August… Halloween is in the end of October.”   True. However, I’ve always started my planning a month or two in advance… but now, with my Etsy shop, I have even greater impetus to get serious with my planning ahead. And I have.

In the works, at this very moment, are several really great designs that are inspired by Halloween. I plan to have them up and in my shop starting in September. Happy Halloween!

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Anybody Have Peanut?

Other bright morning dawned and my Peanut Butter and Jelly set has been featured again! This time in a collection of peanut themed works put together by ThePeachTree, inspired by the Princess Bride.

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Onesie Give-Away!

Baby Steps featured me! And is having a give-away of this Frog Crossing onesie:

Enter by 11:59PM CST the 18th of August and you could win this adorable onesie!

This design was inspired by an actual “frog crossing” sign near a forest preserve in central Wisconsin, near where I grew up. The forest preserve is still there, but the sign is no more, due to it being stolen on a regular basis.

A big thanks to Baby Steps Blog for hosting this give-away!!

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How to Enter:

Step 1: Go to my Etsy shop and choose a favorite item.
Step 2: Post a link to Baby Step’s giveaway on your blog.
Step 3: Leave a comment on the post on Baby Steps telling us what’s your favorite & a link to your blog.

This contest is open to residents of the United States. Entries must be received by 11:59PM CST the 18th of August.

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Onesie Treasury

This morning my latest design – Peanut Butter & Jelly – was featured in an Etsy treasury by Boutique Baby Bouquets: My Little Onesie.

It’s a really great collection! Check it out:

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