Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Last show of the year!

I have decided to do one last show of the season--no I'm not crazy, I am high on the holiday spirit (and lots of sugar from all the cookies)! Visit me this Saturday in the Towson Commons Rotunda. Come and purchase handmade holiday presents from me (Design by Night), BEST members and the Towson ARTS Collective!

Where: Towson Commons Rotunda, York Road and Pennsylvania Ave.
When: Saturday, December 17
Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Rufus the unknown Reindeer

I don't often post personal stuff on my blog since it is a craft blog, however I can't help myself with this one. I love my pound puppies and for the most part they live a very pampered plush life but every once in awhile I feel the need too torture the dogs by making them wear hats, pjs, etc. So here is a picture of my pound puppy Rufus sporting reindeer antlers and a nice fleece scarf...needless to say he was not amused! However, I got lots of joy from this and the picture with him giving me the "drop dead" look cracks me up. Here is a little of holiday cheer from me to you!

Wrapping Paper Necklace

Wrapping Paper
White Glue
Scissors or X-acto Knife
4-Jump Rings
2-eye head pins
1-Lobster Clasp
Jewelry Pliers
Hot Glue
Felt (that compliments wrapping paper)
Piece of paper
  1. Cut several pieces of wrapping paper 2” wide. Vary the size from 10” to 36”.

  2. Take one of the pieces and fold it in half. Fold this half in half two more times making about a half inch high strip.

  3. Starting at an end, start to roll the paper on itself to create a tight coil. The coil will be larger or smaller depending on the length of the paper.

  4. When you get to the end, use the white glue to finish the coil. Hold in place until it is dry.

  5. After you have several coils you like, on a piece of paper arrange the coils into a design. When you get a design you like trace around the outside of it to create a backer template.

    Cut out the template and use it to cut out a piece of felt to use as a backer. Take your shapes and arrange them on the felt. Trim felt where necessary to avoid overhang.

  6. Using the hot glue gun, glue the eye pins on opposite sides of the shape. This is how you will attach the chain to your paper pendant.

  7. Hot glue the shapes to the felt backer.

  8. Figure out how long you want your necklace and cut 2 pieces of equal chain.
  9. Add a jump ring to one end of the chain and attach it to one of the eye head pins on the pendant. Repeat step with other side.

  10. Attach jump rings to both open ends of chain, making sure to add the lobster clasp to one of them.