Knock Off Creative Memories Frame, Part Deux…

For all those keeping track, many months ago (October 16th, to be exact) I talked about this amazing creative memories frame that I saw at a craft fair, but was not willing to pay $50 for it.  So I decided to make my own.

Here is what the Creative Memories Version looks like….

theirs...

Well ladies and gentleman, the day has finally came.  I finally put together the finishing touches on my frame tonight.

I had this “shadowbox” frame, which worked nicely because it added a lot of depth to the project.

Mine!

close up detail of the "clothesline"

I simply took scrap paper and punched our dozens of little daisy flowers and glued them onto the frame.  Then I made the “friendship” sign from paper and a vinyl transfer that I had gotten as a gift at an Uppercase Living party.  I hot glued the ribbon to the outside of the frame, and glued little bows onto some clips that I found at the craft store.  I took some daisy buttons and clipped off the loop so that they were flush on the back side.  I then glued those on over the ribbon on each side.  Then I added my finishing touches with some black and white photos and a cute puppy Valentines Day card.

Wasn’t too hard or time consuming, I just tend to put things like this off when life gets crazy.  Sorry it took so long!

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Worky, Work… Busy Bee…

So, I have been slacking off in the “Blogging” Department.  When I started this, I wanted to write at least once a week, but life tends to get in the way. 

I have been working on a lot of Jewelry and a few other random crafts, but haven’t been very good about writing down my journeys.  I have been working a lot on my Etsy shop (check it out!  www.creativityismessy.etsy.com) and joined the Eastern Washington Etsy Team.  The whole process has been a little overwhelming at first, but I am slowly easing in to it (I think).

I am currently sending some of my inventory to Ohio for a craft show that my Brother-in-law’s Mother is participating in.  I don’t know much about the show, but she wears a necklace that I made and is always getting compliments and inquiries about it.  Since she has been telling people about my work, she thought it would be a great opportunity for me to get a few sales.  Should be interesting.

I am also preparing for my in-home jewelry show in May.  Seems like I have a lot of time, but for the first time in a while, I don’t have much inventory.  So I have to start all over again…  which I actually look forward to 😉  I get tired of seeing the same old pieces get looked over because they are no long the latest “thing”.  It gives me a change to update my entire stock.  However, it’s going to be a lot of work!

Still working on my craft room and my craft table.  The table is put together, but needs to be painted.  The craft room also needs to be painted, but I’m not sure when I will have the time or the funds to tackle that project.

Oh, and then there is that whole work 40+ hours at my “grown-up” job…  still cutting into my creative time!

This weekend I am headed over to the west side of Washington State to visit my BFF, Katie.  We are planning on making a trip down to Shipwreck Beads, so I should be able to stock up on supplies.  We also plan on pampering ourselves with mani/pedis.  Then there is coffee, dinner, drinks… a whole wonderful weekend, just us girls.  Not to mention we will be doing some series, level 5, till our feet bleed and our legs ache shopping all around the Seattle area.  I’m uber excited!

Creativity is….. Sideways?

I love to give gifts.  I especially love to find the “perfect” gift for someone and to see their face when they open it.  When it comes to presents, I am always trying to find or do something memorable.  I learned from my aunt Joyce, who always found the coolest, most unique gifts for people.  They were always just perfect.  I don’t know how she did it, but I strive everyday to be as good of a gift-giver as she was.  

That being said, for my sister’s 40th birthday, I decided to take her out for coffee and then to a local pottery painting studio.  I was really excited.  There is a “Color Me Mine” here in Spokane, so I let her pick anything she wanted and I picked up the bill.  Of course, being my sister, she picked out a simple, small, non-expensive vase.  But, that is my sister… something big and extravagant just wouldn’t have been her.

While by sister picked out her project, I found a square plaque that I thought would make a great sign for the door of my craft room.  It had two holes in the top so I could hang it with ribbon or wire.  I thought out my design and the two of us got painting. 

It took two days for me to finish my sign.  Between the talking and laughing that was going on the first night and my need for lots of detail and color, I put a good 4 hours into this one piece.  But I was very pleased with it.  The colors were perfect for the room.  The design was exactly my style.  And the lettering looked pretty good… that is until I realized that I had forgotten to make sure that the holes to hang the plaque were in the right spot.  That is right…. my sign is sideways.

Notice the holes on the right hand side…

My once sign is now a trivet....

Creativity is messy… and not perfect, either.  Ironic isn’t it?