Easy Instagram Magnets

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Looking for an easy and quick gift for someone special? All you need is a smart phone and magnet sheets!

I recently decided to make my boyfriend a little something for Father’s Day. He was working, and his 3 kids were out-of-town, so I wanted to do something special that centered around him and his kiddos.

I have an Instagram account with many photos of him, his children and his Chocolate Lab, Matty. He LOVES pictures and is always asking me to “Print Out” the good ones. After much thought, I decided to make him magnets with some of my favorite shots of his family. It was super easy, so I thought I would share this little ‘how-to” with you!

These are the “Materials” that I used:

  • Instagram Account
  • Diptic Account (other apps also work for this part. PicFrame is another of my favorites.)
  • A place to print Instagram photos (if you don’t want to print at home, Walgreens has an app that allows you to print direct from Instagram onto 4×4 sheets you can pick up at their photo center)
  • Magnet Sheets with a sticky side

I first used my Diptic application. I chose the layout (under “classic”) with 4 square frames equal in size. I chose 4 of my favorite pictures and placed them into each of the squares. Then I saved it as a picture onto my phone. Next, I used my Instagram app. I chose the photo I had just made in Diptic, added a little Instagram flare, and them saved it to Instagram. I actually made 2 sets of four this way.

Next using my Walgreens application, I chose to print the two Intagram photos at my local Walgreens. They turned out great, by the way. Wonderful quality, quick turn around and they were only .39 each.

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Once I had the prints, I purchased magnet sheets at Hobby Lobby. I chose the sheets with one sticky side, so that I wouldn’t have to glue the photos myself. I strongly suggest this. It obviously makes the whole process quicker and easier, but also you don’t have to worry about the possibility of your photos getting ruined by the glue.

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I simply stuck each photo onto a sheet, cut off the excess magnet, then cut each 2″ x 2″ square with a sharp pair of scissors.

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The end result was a quick, easy and inexpensive gift that my boyfriend loved! I can’t wait to make more!!

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Mason Jar Decor

I recently became tired of my living room wall sconces and decided to switch them up a bit.  The old ones were chipped and outdated.  So instead of buying all new sconces, I decided to make my own out of mason jars I had collected.

Anyone can make them… It was super easy and they turned out great!

Mason Jar Wall Sconces

To make these super-easy Hanging Mason Jar Vases, you will need:

Supplies

– 1 glass mason jar

– 1 votive candle

– a handful of glass pebbles

– craft wire (about 22 gauge or heavier)

– wire cutters and needle-nose pliers

– (Optional) seed beads

– (Optional) thin craft wire (24 gauge or lighter)

I simply placed the votive into the mason jar and surrounded it with the glass pebbles. 

Then I wrapped the heavier gauge craft wire around the mouth of the jar and created two loops directly across on each side.  I made sure that the loops were wrapped well, creating a strong enough hold that the jar would not slide out once it was hung.  I then snipped off any excess pieces.

Then I took another piece of the heavy gauge wire and created my “handle” from with the jar would hang from.  I measured it so that it would hang where I would want it to and then added an inch or so on each end.  I then wrapped the wire securely to the other piece of wire around the mouth of the jar.  You can see here how the two came together:

Once I did that on both sides, it was ready to hang.  However, I wanted to add a bit of color to the jar, so I created a beaded vine by using the light gauge wire and seed beads and twisting them into little clusters that somewhat resemble a vine of flowers.

I then wrapped the vine around the existing “handle”.

The end result was just the look I wanted!  And the whole process took me about an hour to complete.

Here are a few ideas to expand on this craft:

– Change the color of the votive candles or the glass pebbles to add even more color.

– Change up the beaded vine as well or add more to make the vine look fuller.

– Take the candles out and add fresh flowers in the spring.

– Hang several jars from ceiling hooks above a window.

– Hang outdoors on porches or around a garden and use citronella candles to keep the bugs away.

The possibilities are endless!

We will be friends until we are old and senile…

 

I thought of my best friend Katie when I was making this bottle cap necklace.  I once gave her a card that said “We will be friends until we are old and senile…  And then we’ll be new friends again!”

Here is my ode to BFFs everywhere!

Available for only $18 at CreativityisMessy

Gnome Sweet Gnome

I have alway had a little thing for garden gnomes.  I recently put together a little window terrarium and put it next to my craft table and found the cutest little guy to live in there.  I have named him Gnicholas.

This is Gnicholas, my window gnome

Inspired by Gnick and his beautiful home, I have been working with polymer clay in attempt to make small gnomes to fit inside little terrarium necklaces.  The process has not been easy, to say the least.  I’ve been trying my hardest to make the gnomes as itty-bitty as I can, but it is pretty difficult to get them small enough to fit through the mouth of the bottle.   Several attempts have fallen just short… by a nose, literally (the nose on the gnome stuck out too far).

After many attempts, I did manage to successfully make this little guy….

Not sure what I should name him....

 

I have been able to put together a few with little mushrooms and robins eggs as well.

I’m hoping that if I step away for a bit and come back to my little gnomes, the process might go a bit easier.  We’ll just have to see!

I’m so impressed with myself….

I just love it when I get an idea, and the darn thing actually works out!

A few months ago, I acquired 4 rusty, vintage skeleton keys.  Typically, I would just seal them and then use them in jewelry.  However, I wanted to give these particular keys had quite a bit of rust to them so I thought it would be cool if I added a “patina” look to each of the keys before I sealed them.  Not having any idea how I was going to do this, I headed to Michael’s and began brainstorming (or as my husband calls it, walking up and down every damn aisle 4 or 5 times).

After all was said and done, I decided to try the simplest method I could think of to add the patina look.  I simply grabbed a small bottle of turquoise craft paint and a sponge brush and headed home to experiment.

I added a little bit of paint to each of the keys, and then wiped them with a damp cloth to make it look more natural.  Once I got the look I wanted, I sealed them with a clear spray sealant and let them dry.

My favorite finished key

Now I just have to find a good “aged” chain and a few dangles to accent it.  You should see the finished product very soon in my shop!

**UPDATE**

Just listed!  Rust and Patina Vintage Skeleton Key Necklace.  Check it out here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/67324034/rust-and-patina-vintage-skeleton-key

Worky-Work… Busy Bee!

I still haven’t quite been able to meet my goal of posting here at least once a week, but I’m working on it.  As soon as Christmas is over, I am hoping it will become much easier.

In the mean time, I though I would share some of the items that I have been working on…

My “Choose Your Color” Recycled T-Shirt Necklace has been very popular this holiday season.  It has been featured in numerous treasuries and blogs, and even made it to Etsy’s daily email “Etsy Finds”.  I have received an immense amount of exposure because of it!

Considering each one is custom-made, I have been keeping extremely busy with orders for these.  Each necklace takes me several days to put together.  Here is a pic of (just) one I just finished this week…

I also have been working on some wedding jewelry for a friend of mine.  She is having a destination wedding in Hawaii and I am putting together a necklace and some earrings for her big day.  Here is a picture of the necklace…

And for those of you that don’t know, my daughter Angela has been working really hard on her Etsy shop, The Germaphobe.  She is currently selling the most amazing goats milk and shea butter soaps!  Scents like Apple Pie, Pumpkin Vanilla Cheesecake, Hot Cocoa and Creme Brulee have been filling our basement!  She is also selling sugar scrubs and sanitizers – and they all smell wonderful!!  Check her out!

If I don’t make it back her next week, I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

x0x0,

Tera

Long time, no blogging….

I have been on a short hiatus from my blog as of lately, but I am hoping to change that today.   I’m starting with just a short post today, but hoping to get back to at least a “once-a-week” status from here on out!

Life has been a little hectic.  Work was crazy busy, but recently began to slow down.  My Etsy shop was fairly slow, but recently began to become crazy busy.  I have been doing the craft fair thing and am currently preparing for my annual Christmas open house.  Oh, and then there is the traditional holiday rustle and bustle… YIKES!! 

However, I really do love this time of year.  I could do without the bitter cold, the high heat bill and the icy roads – but I can not be more excited about these upcoming weeks.  I’m especially looking forward to my Christmas Open House.  I love decorating and preparing for the big day, and I just adore seeing and talking to all that visit.

If you live in the Spokane Area, and you would like to attend the Creativity is Messy Christmas Open House, please do!!  I would love to see you there!

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