Friday, October 14, 2011

Introducing the adventures of Gumby!

So I have decided to start a new and funny project. I have official called it the "Adventures of College Gumby!" This post includes Gumby doing some Yoga poses.... ooohh gooo Gumby!

Look, even Gumby can do Half Moon, Ardha Chandrasana!

Warrior 2, Virabradrasana! Do you see something funny about this picture?

and last but not least, good old Down Dog, Adho Mukha Svanasana!

Thanks for looking! More will be coming... Namaste!

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hot Off The Press, Ceramic Cupcake!

Photo Credit to Melanie Frakes
Here and now I introduce my very first official ceramics project! I call it the super delish in-edible cupcake. It is complete with rainbow sprinkles and a cherry on top!

As of recent I have decided to take up a ceramics class at my local community college. With all my other classes consuming my time, I found it essential to who I was to take a creative art class. So here I am posting my ceramic projects. 
The first assignment was to make an object using the solid technique. I feel my project turned out pretty damn awesome!

Expect more to come!

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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hand Made Travel Journal!

There is nothing better than handmade, right? That's exactly what I think. And so my best friend just graduated from high school I found it only appropriate to craft her something amazing as a graduation gift. I knew she was on the road to traveling the whole world and thought she would need something to write in. And so now I present the ultimately and completely handmade travel journal!

The design for the journal came from this website. The journal is made from folded typing paper, water colored paper, cardboard, an overly labored over weathered map and some handmade country maps!

To prepare the cover paper I figured the map must look weathered, right? Right, so after some coffee soaking, I tried to lift the wet map out of the baking sheet and like a little kid with a fragile object the beautifully weathered map fell apart along the folded edges! Fortunately after some hair-drying and taping it was almost as good as new. I also finished it off with some gold watercolor for a rich look.

The cool flag and earth charms were made out of fused bubble wrap and melted crayon. The bookmark tassel is simply an old chain from a broken necklace with ribbon weaved in and out of it.

And now this leads me to the inside of the journal. I put a nice pocket for loose papers in the back of the journal and decorated it!

The front page of the journal I also decorated and personalized for my friend. P.S. she makes amazing cupcakes!

She really did love the journal and frankly I really enjoyed making a journal completely by hand! From this moment on I'll never buy a journal from the store again!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Steampunk'n Matchbox

A little while ago I participated in a swap on We were supposed to craft matchboxes into master pieces of our partners interest. Before I did this swap I didn't really know what "steampunk" was. It was really cool to create art that was outside of my comfort level. Here is the link to the Steampunk'd out Matchbox. I reused a broken zipper and wrapped it around the box to create a punk-ish feel.

I also crafted the key pendant hanging on the front.

Here is the box open. I thought it would be cool to make the box like an envelope.

Some more details.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Octopus and its Treasure - Matchbox Swap

Recently I was part of this matchbox swap on one of my favorite crafting websites Craftster. You can see the ACTUALLY swap here. It was my first swap ever, so I was slightly skeptical on the idea of making someone else a wonderful creation, sending through the mail (yikes?) and then them receiving. But I figured that I would trust in the system and boy, I am glad I did! The Matchbox I got from my partner was WONDERFUL and funnily enough we both made each other the same sort of idea! So here is the matchbox I made for her. I'm so happy it is her treasure forever!

This is the actually Matchbox. Doesn't look like a matchbox anymore I know?!

And here is the inside of the matchbox drawer, my swapper liked Jane Austen so in involved some Austen'y elements.

The teapot earrings were inspired by Jane Austen as well, I made them from a plastic lid from a container and paint.

The matchbox all packed up!

I made the suction cups out of a book page, sequins and seed beads!

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Yarn Made From a T-Shirt

Well here I am, doing yet more recycling! So I got some quick inspiration today to do what I have always wanted to, make yarn out of a T-Shirt! I Stumbled Upon this great tutorial a while ago showing clear instructions of just how to do this. You can look at it here Recycling A T-Shirt - Tutorial. It does say that you should use a continuous shirt without seams, but I didn't. It turned out just fine though!

Here is a picture after the cutting.

My pup seems to like the yarn... NOOOOOO don't destroy that!

Oh okay, so now you think your a cat? I must admit my dog has a fixation for yarn!

Thanks for looking, and enjoy!

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Earth Day - Recycled Milk Jug

Spring has sprung! So has earth day and in tribute to recycling I am posting a tutorial on how to reuse a 1 gallon plastic milk jug!
Well where I live spring means that we still have many, many feet of snow! Leaving the ground frozen and plant life to a minimal. But this didn't stop me from growing apple trees indoors. After a few weeks of seedlings becoming full blown plants I had to replant my enthusiastically growing plants. Unfortunately the snow is burying all my means of bigger pot's for my plants. Being a creative thinking person I instantly went to the recycle bag. There I found a milk jug, perfect! With a few cuts I altered the jug into a wonderful recycled planter! Not only is it easy to make but it also is perfect for carrying and moving, because it has a handle! From now on I'll be using milk jugs as planters!

All you will need is a dish towel, a permanent marker, sharp scissors, a craft knife (optional; a X-ACTO Knife would work also), some water and of course a 1 gallon milk jug.

First off you should rinse out the milk jug with hot water. I suggest using a recently emptied jug so it is easier to wash out. If the jug has been slightly crushed you can just blow it out. After rinsing it out, dry the exterior off as best as you can.

Then I like to draw a line along the top ridge like so;

In the next step you will be cutting out the top outlined portion. Peirce the spot above the handle with your knife of choice.

You can then cut (with your super-de-duper sharp scissors) along the line.

After you cut the top off from the almost done planter it should look something like this.

Now, all planters must have an adequate drainage system in order to grow beautiful plants. Flip your cut jug over and sharpie out a line on the bottom of the jug. With the jugs I have, they have an odd plastic area that almost sticks out. I cut along this area. Having a X-ACTO or craft knife at this stage is EXTREMELY helpful!

It should look like this when finished!

Now you are all done! Your planter is ready to be planted in and grow amazing plants! With a few simple cuts this makes a great way to plant your plants and recycle at the same time! Happy Earth Day and hope you all enjoy spring!

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Welcome Aboard!

I just wanted to shout out a friendly welcome and hello! This blog will be where I have some cool tutorials and show some of the projects I have made and I've been working on. Soon I will be posting lots of cool things but in the mean time you should go check out the guitar case I made at this link. Enjoy!