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Redneck chic jewelry holders

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I couldn’t decide if my new plan for my jewelry is seriously hick or more chic so I’ll call it both. Do you have a more creative name for these necklace and earring holders? This was a “waiting for baby” distraction so I’m plumb out of creativity. I had barely enough brain power to wield a glue gun. Hubby wouldn’t even let me use the tin snips. 🙂 Probably with good cause. I’ve been nutty lately!

The rusty ol’ rake head was easy enough to come by. Just beware of rake hunting in the yard if there is likely to be a handle attached. Ouch!

Turn said rake handle upside down and hang from a screw anchored to the wall. Use a good molly or be sure to hit a stud with a long enough screw. That puppy with all that gold (I mean costume jewelry) is really pretty heavy. I tied a ribbon around the top and attached a cute pin to cover the screw head.

Next I made the earring frame using a .50 cent thrift store find and a piece of vintage fabric.

Using the cardboard that the frame came with, I cut my fabric, leaving a generous border on all sides. At first I planned to use the right side but then I decided it would be too busy when the earrings are supposed to be the decoration so Matt suggested I turn it inside out. What a smart husband I have. I would have never considered using the WRONG side.

 

Once I had it cut to size I cut out the corners, even angling back a little bit, so that I could wrap and glue the fabric to the cardboard.

Hot glue that puppy down. Make sure it is good and tight but don’t buckle the cardboard. And by all means, don’t burn yourself like I did. Maybe that’s why Matt kept me from the tin snips!

Lastly I had Matt cut a square of chicken wire. I sorta wish it was the octagon shape and not square. We used the smallest stuff we had lying around. He cut the corners like I had with the fabric and then bent it around the outside of the front of the frame. I tried putting it in the frame with the fabric but it was too tight and wouldn’t allow the backs of the earrings through. Much too frustrating to use on a daily basis.

Wala! A work of art as well as a practical solution to my earring collection. I have to admit, big earrings are about the only “bling” I’m addicted to.

Any questions? I’m sure my directions are as clear as mud.

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Cute and Easy Frig Magnet Craft

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I finally got sick of looking at “Bob’s Plumbing” (no offense Bob) and several random chipped up porcelain refrigerator magnets. How about you? What’s your worst magnet?

To remedy that, the kids and I had another craft day. This was so easy and cheap. I think I’ll do it again and next time I will splurge on stronger magnets for all the pictures and cardstock I hang.

Supplies you’ll need:

  • cute bright colored papers (even recycled cards and mail work)
  • large glass gems (I got mine at the dollar store)
  • magnets
  • glue (so far Elmer’s worked)
  • scissors

We cut out squares of paper and glued the decorative side of the paper to the back of the gem so the pattern shows through the bubble. Be sure to spread and smash the glue across the entire gem. Then we let them dry for at least an hour. This was a nice project to start before nap/reading hour and finish after. Once they were dry we trimmed the excess paper and stuck magnets to the back, pressing down hard to attach. Now write yourself a note and try out your new magnets! When the kids drop them all over the floor and break every last one of them, it will only cost pennies to update.

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Valentines Day Cute Picture Card Craft

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We put together a pretty picture card for Valentines day (or any occasion) using scrap art and sewing supplies I had on hand. Each of my kids ages 2-9 got to make their own and the result is still really cute! Of course, I had to do the cutting on Peewee’s.

Supplies

  • 1″ pictures
  • scrapbook paper or other colorful paper (for a fun twist, you could have the kids make their own)
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • hole punch
  • ribbon
  • button

You’ll need to print various pictures. Approximately 1″ size. Regular printer paper works fine and is easy for the kids to glue. Cut out the pictures, then have the kids select their background paper. I used a large scrapbook paper deck. You’ll need 18″x 2″ strips of paper so plan accordingly.

Fold the paper into four equal sections. I did this by first folding the right sides together the long way (18″ in half so you can’t see the pattern) then folding back each side so the pattern shows. An accordian with print on one side and blank on the other. Here is Captain Obvious with his folded and ready to go.

Next we glued the pictures to the pretty side of the paper, being careful to avoid the creases. The kids did this themselves and came up with some really fun ways to place their pictures. I didn’t censor them at all except to slide an image over slightly if it overlapped the edge. Scarfunkle is pleased with his card. He chose to use a flag button and red and white ribbon, reminding me that this is a great craft for any occasion.

Punch a hole in one end of your picture card. Darn, I couldn’t find my hole punch so I carefully punched a hole with a dull pencil. Once your hole is punched you will need to select matching ribbon and a button. Cut an approximately 24″ piece of ribbon. You may need a little more if you have trouble (like I did) getting the ribbon to thread through the button and end up fraying the ends. Below is Loud Kiddington’s “matching” ribbon selection and his very own placement of pictures.

Once the pictures are dried enough to handle the card–we glued everything in the process–you can thread the ribbon through the hole, leaving a 1″ tail then thread through your button (on the front side), back through the button and the hole to the back of your card. Fold the card up and wrap the ribbon around twice then wrap the end of the ribbon around the button.

I didn’t have to tie any knots, the ribbon was snug in the button and wrapped nicely but you may have to get creative if you ribbon is silky or narrow and doesn’t want to stay. Peewee inspects her card after I’ve wrapped it up. “Where my boys?” she asks.

Below is the card, wrapped up and ready to go. We’ll have to see how much postage is since I included a button. 🙂 The end result is such a cute card and would sit nicely on someone’s work desk or counter. You could even attach a couple magnets to the back if you know it’s likely to go straight on the frig.

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Letter Crazed, wall art craft

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I know its kind of a fad now to have words, phrases, letters on your walls. This is one band wagon I have gladly jumped on.

Remember this picture?

These are wooden letters with paper, salvaged wrapping paper and even gift bags, wallpaper, tissue paper and even cutouts from pretty gift cards glued on. The nice thing is if I decide I don’t like it I can glue something else right over! I have also since found cardboard letters that are less expensive at a local scrapbooking store.

Here is what I did with my wooden letters.

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Yarn Art Random Stripes

Well, it was going to be for my little girl because I was just certain (and I’ve never been wrong) that this baby I’m carrying is a girl. You guessed it! Boy! Not sure he would appreciate a pink and orange blankie.

I love to crochet and ever since I started I’ve wanted to make a random stripe blanket. Unfortunately I’m not naturally random and they always turn out in nice neat little rows or some other repetetive pattern.

But here at Biscuits and Jam you can create a random pattern and see what it will looks like. Yay! Here is a pattern I generated for my newest addition. Now the work begins. Who gets the blanket.

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Fun with Characterization and Casting

I’m having a blast casting for my latest novel. A work in progress (WIP). I’ve come up with some creative ways for me, a visual learner, to get a better glimpse into the different personalities so that the characters aren’t all mirrors of one another, ultimately mirroring only my thoughts and personality. How boreing would that be? 🙂

So here is a colague I made of a minor character in the story named Hope. You can see that it is in a spiral notebook. The notebook folds completely flat and had fairly thick pages that I paint on, colague on and write on. It goes everywhere with me and even keeps sermon notes, research, sometimes a shopping list or two.

I used magazines and elmers glue so it isn’t expensive but gives me a quick reference when I need a reminder. I will put notes and thoughts on this character in the handprint later.

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Mixed Media Art Examples

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Wanna see one of the things I got for my Birthday?

This little book may not look like much but it is chock full of fun! My mother in law hand made the journal out of specifically selected Japanese paper, filling it with blank pages for creative art adventures.

It took me a bit to get going because it is always difficult for me to make the first mark but once I did, there was no stopping me. Here are some of the pages I did.

Ink pen and water-color…

Silk leaf paint stamp…

Collage, rubber stamp, paint stamped object…

Torn page collage…

Tape and paint…

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