Archive for August, 2012

I have been using food jars to store my crafting and arts bit and pieces….

but could no longer handle the glass not being clear and the branding on the tops!


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I went crazy with the yellow, Yes…

But yellow IS awesome!

That was after I soaked and removed the labels and then used “Goof Off” to take off any date stamps and left over label glue!

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I know the trend is to paint the item glued on top too…

But I like the my toppers in the NUDE!

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And some of the toppers even have meaning to me!

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Okay, just one!  

Like the green VW Bug is a gift I gave my husband as a joke, because we play “Slug Bug” all the time!

Note: We only do old bugs & buses…other wise we would be too bruised!

But I do have to say I LOVE the doll hands….funky in a creepy way!


I am keeping 3 of them, and I decided to put the two with old knobs in it in my shopito to see if I can sell some old inventory that I haven’t used! Paint it, shine, put it in a fun bottle…and maybe it will sell!


The below piece I did not dedicate a whole post to because I did not photograph it along the way.

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It all stemmed from making the “flowers” for a wreath I made in a previous post.

Click below to see my “How To!” post!

Upcycle Wreath!

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Cutting, folding and rolling magazine paper flowers takes a lot of time!

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But the work was well worth it because…

I love with swirly, whirley, twirly look to them!

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I had a wood photo piece that  needed a punch of texture…

So, added felt & magazine paper loves on it!

Completing my Swirly, Twirly, Whirley Bundle of Fun!

Click below if you want to see my Wood Photo “How To!”

Photo on Wood Projects

Now, to my shopito to add, move around, and hopefully sell the hell out of…

My Old Things, Cool Stuffs, Funky Art, Clever Crafts, Upcycle Pieces, and of course, Loverly Antiques!



So this is what I did while the rain was pounding down and wind whipping around…

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During Tropical Storm Isaac hitting my neck of the woods!

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And with being stuck inside for two days in a row…I do think the glass of wine was essential!

All you need is…

1) Styrofoam Ball
2) Thumbtacks
3) If you want extra decorations…you can use cute brads.
4) You shouldn’t need glue, but to make them really secure you can use glue of any kind.
5) Time and really, not even tons of it!
6) Wine isn’t really essential!

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Cute Flower Brads!

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With the ball, not the wine!

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Ball Scales! Love it!

And now it is nestled…

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In with some of my other black, white and silver-colored balls in my vintage enamel pans!

You do know I am kind-of obsessed with decorative balls, don’t you?

Globe Balls = 5

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Silver, White, Black & Sliver Balls = 11  (See Photo Above)

Turquoise / Blue Balls = 8

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Vintage Sporting Balls = 8

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Orange/gold/Reddish Balls = 14

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Rope/String/Rattan Ball = 4
Green Balls = 7
The rest of My Balls = 7

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(Mind you I have gotten rid of some of my repeat Balls)

All my Balls = 64

(and I have to admit…I have only made two of them!  This one and scroll down on this blog and find the moss one I recently made).

64 Decorative Balls = Obsessed!

I am obsessed and I am okay with it.

Because I have decorative ball collecting rules!

1)  Must not have one like it

2)  Must pay under $6.00, but usually under $5.00)!

Now back to waiting for the Tropical Storm to really pass Southern Florida!

Prayers and good thoughts go out to wherever that thing will hit land!


What do you do when you have a funky piece of “art” in an old cool frame?

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Find some string…

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Figure out your design…

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And your color pallet!

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Oh, and we can’t forget…

The Accessories!

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String and Felt Flowers!

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I have to admit…I luuurve these!

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Now find the perfect place for the flowers!
(Ahem…maybe where you may think there are imperfections…Maybe?)

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And there you have it…

A new bright cheery piece!

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And yes…everything is for sale!

But right now…

It is happily placed on the wall in our living room until I am ready to let it go!


Everyone loves a Puppet!

So, make one…or two!

And then…

Write a puppet play!

When all said and done…

You have several activities and lots of fun!

I used pre-made puppet packets from Michael’s that I bought for cheap!

But of course you can use old socks, bits and pieces of stuff around the house and glue to make your own puppets!

Ha, I just made one with a sock my brother left behind! An old sock, paper and a piece of twine!

I like to call him…

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Maaaster Rrrrrhino!

Now the First Character my nieces made:

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Darkness, The Evil Ghost!

And then…

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Ghost, Darkness’s Bumbling Sidekick!

We also needed a Pretty Victim!

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So Brittney was created!

And now, of course…

We needed a Hero!

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Super Freddy!

While they were making their characters we all talked about the “play.”

Auntie Dawn wrote it all down. We practiced, laughed and had fun!

The finished product!


Enjoy Enjoy!


I always try to be prepared with activities to do when with my young nieces and nephew!

And this past trip to California gave me another chance for us to play together again!

So…for some CLEAN fun we made some SOAP CLOUDS!

Yes, I said…SOAP CLOUDS!

And then when we were done…we made small shaped soaps!

Oh yes, we did!

Here’s is how we did it!

1) Get a bar of IVORY soap…for every child (of any age)!

2) Place a bar of soap on paper towel in a microwave!

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Yes, I said…place a bar of IVORY soap on a paper towel in a microwave.

Take out the turn table and put the time for around 2.5 minutes (stop when it looks ready to you).

3) Watch the bar of soap grow into a “cloud!”

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4) Play with Soap Cloud!

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5) Then start mushing it down to a powdery consistency!

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6) Add water to make it more liquid…but not too much water!

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7) Put into forms (we used their Mom’s cookie cutters)! And let sit until completely dry.

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A lot of Cookie Cutters!

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8) And now you have your own personally shaped soaps!

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A very cool, messy but clean, and fun activity…that keeps the kids busy for quite some time!

And the kitchen smells like nice clean soap afterwards!

Good Times with mis sobrinos!