Frenchie and Bulldog Custom Paintings

One of my friends recently had me do a set of two paintings- of her Bulldog and her Frenchie….

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Shell Bar/Serving Tray

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What to do with extra shells?

I’m somewhat of a packrat in that I tend to keep things for potential craft projects. Well, I had collected shells ever since I was younger and I’m sure plenty of you have collected shells on vacation. What to do with them? Repurpose them into something useful and fantastic looking- a shell serving tray. I made two at the same time as gifts.

I will admit, not the cheapest gift, since you end up using a LOT of EnviroTex to seal the shells in. However, it is unique and turns out well.

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Paintings…at Perrier Liquor

IMG_2446Horray! Paintings up (and available for purchase!!!!!). Since most of my recent paintings are custom portraits, I wasn’t able to have any of those awesome ones, but these are some others. Check them out at Perrier Wines & Liquors on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul, MN (by Ace Hardware)…and buy some booze while you’re at it.

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Fleece Blanket Presents!

Every year I make my co-workers gifts for all or part of their presents for the holidays. Last year I did the coasters (see posting from last year of cat/dog silhouette coasters). This year…. FLEECE BLANKETS.

Basic materials: fleece blankets (purchased at a brick and mortar store), embroidery thread, and felt! Basically every time we were sitting on the couches watching TV, I’d work on them.

I wish I had pictures of all of them (I think it was eighteen total), but of course I didn’t remember until I gave them to everyone!

Basket of Alphabet Letters

I’ve been remiss on posting for awhile (slacker). I should have actually posted this project in the spring…

For FIRST BIRTHDAY presents I made some alphabet letters. Two of my friends were having first birthdays for their daughters, I had lots of extra fabric, and voila. Fantastic gift. Soft enough to put in their mouths without breaking, they can throw them around, and easy to put away, and as they continue to grow, they can start to spell words out on the floor as they learn:

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I was ambitious enough to do UPPER and LOWER case as well.

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Key necklace

Who wants to be creative with me? I’ll post any additional projects I do of course!In college I worked in Residental Life for a bit, and since they knew I was crafty they gave me a bunch of the old skeleton keys that they were getting rid of. They’ve sat around forever and I finally decided to do something with them…or at least with one of them:

Key NecklaceI still have a whole bunch of keys. Who wants to be creative with me? I’ll post any additional projects I do of course! Any ideas what to do with the rest???

Photo Coasters!

I’ve been remiss at adding any projects. I apologize (yes, all the normal excuses-work is crazy, travel, etc). Also, I couldn’t post these until after I actually gave them to my stepmom for her birthday (this month) and my mom’s birthday as well (March).

As I posted before, coasters make fantastic gifts. Wanted to share the photo ones I did for presents. These are pets past and present, so they’re significant to my family. I took originally color photos and made them black and white (little classier).

Pet Coasters

Sage, Cleo, Petunia, Ziggy, Sandy, Mattie

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For my mom I used family photos so I’ll share a couple on here as well…

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My brother and me

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Me and my mom

Coasters! Dog and Cat Silhouettes

For Christmas (yes, this is a crazy late post but not everyone got their presents right away and I couldn’t post it on here and have people see beforehand now could I?) I did dog and cat silhouette coasters for everyone (of course depending on what furry critters they had at  home). Now, these also make great presents otherwise, and I’ll post in a bit some that I did with photographs as well. Takes a little time, but otherwise not too expensive…

Animal Silhouette Coasters

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