Friday, December 30, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Gingerbread House Success!

We participated in "Christmas Under the Stars". Our booth was by far the cutest booth and highly popular.  The recycled cardboard, paint, lights and wood, clamps cost less than 35.00 all together. The main expense was the candycane lights that we found for 20.00, and the 2x4's.  Our free activity was allowing people to use their camera phones so kids would take pics in front of our booth, and we had free "Letters to Santa", which they would then place in the little (Valentine's recycled) Mailbox.  It was an adventure for the smaller kids to come find the mailbox.  We also sold popcorn (with 15 flavors) and small Christmas snacks.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Door Decorating Contest Ideas

Here are so WAY cute ideas that were at Family Services Center.  The fire on the first phone has lights hooked into it and flash off and on.

Photo Booth for Parties



What an excellent, inexpensive and fun idea!!!  I used the concept of the polaroid frame and added a Christmas message.  This was made from foamboard.  The mustache props were also cut out from foamboard and glued to popcicle sticks or tiny dowel sticks.  Our party goers all had a go with this fun free memorable photo booth.  The backdrop can be from curtains, or in our case wrapping paper, which you can get really cheap right after Christmas.  Great for birthdays, retirement parties, weddings, showers.  Another idea is using speech bubbles on foamboard covered with chalkboard paint, and party goers can add their own messages.  Mustaches can be found on a google search.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gingerbread backdrop for a Booth

This is a 6 foot tall gingerbread house for a Christmas booth at work. Very easy... Used an overhead projector and copied the house I liked onto the cardboard. Then used acrylic paint to add color. I also found some great free clip art and printed it off to add more candy detail

My new addictions

Whew!! Long time off!! I forgot I even had this blog.....
I have become a new addict to a couple of things on the internet:

  1. Pinterest...yes, that is and so many of my "pins" come back to blogs. If you love to surf the internet, this is one place where all of those things come together. You build a "board" which is basically like a file, and you add certain things you like in each board. When you put them in your board this is called "repin" or "pinning". In other words, you take what someone else has found and pin it into your board. If you are familiar with Tumblr, its like that idea, only different.

  2. Tumblr: I love tumblr!! Great for quotes, pictures, ideas etc. It's all about retumbling what you find.

  3. Facebook. Need I say more?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Why Do I Have to Work When I Only Want to Create

J O B. sigh.

I am currently trying to come up with this grand idea of how I can make enough money to pay all my bills while designing jewelry insteading of having to go to my J O B. I just such enjoyment from being in my studio, and just being left alone so I can get my creative juices flowing. It seems so far and few between that I can actually do it. Lucky me, I will get to teach a class at the upcoming Paper Cowgirl Retreat in June. This will give me something to look forward to. I am even getting out of the house this weekend and going on a "quest". Antique stores, here I come. Planning on heading out to Canton the following weekend.

I am currently designing a pocket watch collage to be donated to "The Ark" a shelter for physically and sexually battered individuals. They are having their big fund raiser coming up, and like last year I will be donating some pieces of work.

I just read about a lady and her family of four trying to live the rest of the year out on $1500 for their groceries, personal items, and their medical co-pays. She has two toddlers, and for a year their milk alone is $611.00. I have actually subscribed, or RSS'd to her blog. I figure if she has time at home to find all the bargains, coupons, and deals...I'd be dumb NOT to read her page from time to time. You can find her at:

There is more to this story as to how they are doing it, but I will let you read up on that.