Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Halloween/Steampunk Prep Supply

Matchbox Swap prep for has begun ...

 I've decided to make three.
One I will send to my partner and the other two I will fill and giveaway in October.

The two craft supplies I couldn't live without for Halloween and steampunk design:

1.BLACK CHALKBOARD PAINT
I've found that the chalkboard paint "accepts" metallic rubs and other finishes better than  regular spray paint, although I have had some problems with it adhering well to plastic.
 
2. SPRAY PAINT TRIGGER
 Where would I be without my spray paint trigger?
I think I paid $1.99 for it--worth every penny and more!
You spray more evenly, no sore fingers and you won't get spray paint all over your hand.
 
Now for the fun part...
HAUNTING THE BOXES!

Monday, September 15, 2014

New Halloween Swap!

My first matchbox swap too!
 
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Halloween is absolutely, hands-down my FAVORITE holiday.
Halloween is my favorite colors, it's creepy, it's vintage, it's a little steampunky, it's just a little bit for the not-right-in-the-head group...Halloween is the bomb!
 
I've got my work cut out for me
There are many gorgeous examples for inspiration (or a breakdown of self-confidence) on Pinterest.


I've got several ideas in my head and I love making Halloween stuff so much that I'm going to make more than one and then give the extra(s) away, complete with goodies inside.
 
Look for the giveaway in October.
How does that sound?!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Punk for the Teacher

 A bonus challenge, school is about to start and I spied a styrofoam apple at Dollar Tree
...I couldn't resist

A present for your favorite teacher.

A little spray paint, gold rub n' buff, some embossing, a few gears, a latch made from an earring and you've got yourself the a punked apple.

The inside generates electricity and can be programmed to do many things. 

School projector not working?
Let the apple run it.




 Entering this lovely in:


Don't miss it:



Thursday, August 21, 2014

A Laboratory for my rusty treasure.

I am in love with my latest project.
  I started out with a rusty electric box thingy that I find out on a dog walk and I turned it into... 
A Miniature Steampunk Laboratory
inside view
Outside view with embossed flourishes.
Everything is made by hand using scrap pieces of metal, jewelry findings, and other odds and ends.
Here...lemme show off some more :)

The stool is made from a bottle cap.
The rug is from an upholstery sample I cut up and edged with a zig-zag and finished with paint.
The little blue prints...squeeee!
Check out the mousey skull that I found in an owl pellet last year. 
Perfect for my lab!

A steampunk invention of some sort on the desk.
And don't forget the inside door!


I had so much fun making this little laboratory.
I've had the electric box in my stash for a  year now, quietly waiting for the perfect idea.

When I saw that theme for the August Challenge at Sandee & Amelie's was "In the Laboratory" I knew I had the right project for my rusty treasure.
I do love it when things work out, the glue sticks, the pieces fit, etc!


 
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fire and Smoke

Boring, hot summer days aren't so bad

  

 Unless there's a wildfire in the hills right behind your house
Wildfires have plagued WA state this year.
Our valley has been fortunate so far, in that the structures burned have been second homes and no lives have been lost.

Currently, the fire in the picture is now 50% contained and the outlook is good.
It's the smoke that we are left with that has been terrible.
Monday our air-quality was a level purple!  That's dangerous for everyone.

Stuck inside with air conditioning.
Frustrated.
 So I set fire to the little collage houses in my organizer.
The houses are made from clothing tags.
The idea to do houses? ...Art to the 5th Challenge.

  Happy, but also smokey...grrrr

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