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  • blueribbonfair 1:44 am on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , diy projects, , , , yarn   

    “Fresh” Weekly Word Press Photo Challenge 

     

     

     

     

     

    2015-04-16 11.34.30            Just,  a “freshly made” little “Yarn Barn” containing 7 “bon bon “rolls of  different colored yarn.

     

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    _2015-04-16 11.30.52If you want to join in:  https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/fresh-2/

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    • restlessjo 7:45 am on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Never heard of this an art form but it looks fun! I saw some fascinating images as I scrolled down your blog (wow- that grunge camera!). Sorry I don’t have more time to linger. Happy Sunday 🙂

    • Tina Schell 9:33 pm on March 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      🙂 Interesting choice but it works! Clever

  • blueribbonfair 11:59 pm on November 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: achievements, , , , diy projects, , handmade selling, online selling, retail, ,   

    The Achievement(s) I need to Rejoice In 

    Ever since I first discovered Etsy many years back, I have wanted a shop to sell 2 things I love from: My handmade crafts and Vintage things. About a year ago, I finally achieved this. It has been slow going, baby step by baby step. Gathering and making things, taking photos (Cannot seem to get perfect in this aspect at all.) Listing, packaging, getting in mail. Keeping up with the shop as well as marketing and making contacts. This achievement will never end, but I have done it. I have sold a couple of things and I am up and running at a steady pace. 

    So for the Word Press Photo Challenge I am sharing some photos from my shop: 

    3D "Give Thanks" cute little home decor in frame.

    3D “Give Thanks” cute little home decor in frame.

    Little coffee ground guest soaps.

    Little coffee ground guest soaps.

    Little coffee guest soaps.

    Little coffee guest soaps.

    I hated to let this go. Candle making vintage kit. I loved the owl candles in it. It sold the first day.

    I hated to let this go. Candle making vintage kit. I loved the owl candles in it. It sold the first day.

    Here’s the link to the weekly challenge fun:  http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/ Every Friday a new challenge.

    To check out my Etsy Shop. Would love any suggestions or thoughts: https://www.etsy.com/shop/DappledMoonEmporium?ref=ss_profile

    I am adding new stuff weekly.

     
  • blueribbonfair 12:40 am on November 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: black chickens, , , , diy projects, hot glue gun, stencils from hot glue   

    Surreal Chickens and Hot Glue Stencils 

    So what do the 2 things in my post have to do with each other?  Well, nothing really unless I get a chicken stencil made soon. I think I will want to do that next time I do some more of these:

    My first try at hot glue stencils. Hearts and Christmas stuff to use to make  cute cards for my shop @https://www.etsy.com/shop/DappledMoonEmporium?ref=ss_profile

    My first try at hot glue stencils. Hearts and Christmas stuff to use to make cute cards for my shop @https://www.etsy.com/shop/DappledMoonEmporium?ref=ss_profile

    111014 diy glue stamps and proof for listia 006

    These are the ones that did not turn out so well, but can still be used though really not for what they were supposed to be.

    So as I explained, I really would love to do one of these for a chicken. I also want to do some flowers. Maybe a mountain. They do not look the best, but I have watched other crafters use them on video and the art they did was really wonderful.

    I just wanted to show everyone what I have been doing lately.

    Now, about that chicken.

    So I wanted to share my glue crafting supplies I made myself, but just knew that when I saw this I had to share it somewhere:

    I did not think this was real , but supposedly it is a totally black chicken. that has just been developed.

    I did not think this was real , but supposedly it is a totally black chicken that has just been developed.

    This would make the perfect Halloween chicken. I know we already passed Halloween by this year, but this is one creepy chicken breed. Pretty, but creepy.

    What do you all think? Have you seen these?

     
    • Brenda Davis Harsham 1:23 am on November 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What do you do with the hot glue stencils? Do you take them off the back and then use them as an outline when painting? Or do you use them as stamps and press them in ink? It’s a cool idea.

      • blueribbonfair 5:56 pm on January 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Brenda Davis Harshmam, I apologize so much for missing your comment. The holidays sent me awol on so much. I work full time now and just was off here for a couple months. I did not like that but with birthdays and those days, I just got very overwhelmed. I am now working less and have fit the blog back into my schedule.

        Thanks for the question and hope you do not give up on me yet. I do exactly what you asked. Paint over or stamp. They was off well. I got the idea from https://thefrugalcrafter.wordpress.com/. I watch most of her videos. She has awesome ideas and tips in making stuff. I am not up to par with her, but learning and hopefully some day to be quick and as good at them as she is.

        • Brenda Davis Harsham 12:51 am on January 15, 2015 Permalink

          No worries, I thought it was a cool idea, but I wondered if it really kept its shape when you picked it up. It was just an idle thought, though. I am hard at work trying to get a book published, and working full-time myself. I don’t have a second to get the ink pads out. I really should. My daughter won’t be young forever. Maybe you will inspire me. 🙂

    • Maxima 5:52 pm on November 13, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      wow what an amazing photo

  • blueribbonfair 9:36 pm on August 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: August fun, , castile soap, diy projects, diy soap, , , homemade night stand,   

    Tuesday Times n My News 

    Here are some highlights from this August  that spiced up my life:

    The first one is castile soap I learned here: http://youtu.be/F-IJVia0bXc?list=UUPTQMTrjrOV8ZMyysuXXPMg.

    I also did hand milled soap from here. Soon I plan to make shampoo and dish soap with the liquid castile.

     

    Recycled Milk jug and castile Liquid soap.

    Recycled Milk jug and castile Liquid soap.

     

    My son loved this when I gave it to him for his birthday.

    My son loved this when I gave it to him for his birthday.

    The little nightstand I put together.

    The little nightstand I put together.

     

    And a beautiful vintage looking birthday cake.

    And a beautiful vintage looking birthday cake.

     
    • Christy Birmingham 5:58 pm on September 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That’s a neat video! I like how creative you are too – can I have a piece of the cake? 🙂

    • blueribbonfair 11:08 pm on September 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. That cake was gone that evening. Sorry, there is always next time around though. I will keep you in mind.

  • blueribbonfair 6:04 pm on July 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beach crafts, , , , diy projects, , sea shell collections   

    Super Summer Monday Morning Mood-Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge 

     

    This little flower sprang up by my back porch. Saw it this morning.

    This little flower sprang up by my back porch. Saw it this morning.

     

    Little beach owls.

    Little beach owls.

     

    Beach & Boat Art I made with rock and wood items  from my yard.

    Beach & Boat Art I made with rock and wood items from my yard.

    Part of my sea shell collection on towels I did Saturday

    Part of my sea shell collection on towels I did Saturday

    Smaller sea shells. Someday I plan to do some crafts with my shells.

    Smaller sea shells. Someday I plan to do some crafts with my shells.

    I took other shell pictures since I had a lot more.  The pictures were far to rushed today and my desktop is such a pain to get the pictures to upload or down load. I get confused what is what. I decided not to go do them over again since I must get to work. I will be glad to get my easy do pictures laptop back soon.

     
    • Cee Neuner 2:19 am on July 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Such a delightful entry for this week’s challenge. Thanks so much for playing.

      • blueribbonfair 10:22 pm on July 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Cee. I enjoy so much all your photo stuff and everyone that participates.

  • blueribbonfair 3:00 pm on June 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , diy projects, easy paper hyanciths, , , paper flower tutorial, paper flowers, paper hyacinth tutorial, paper hyacinths   

    HANDMADE HYACINTH 

    IMG_20140411_2346551-290x290HANDMADE HYACINTH. This is on my docket this week;  I just moved into a cute 1 bedroom apartment I was waiting 4 months to open up. Needless to say, I need something fresh, bright and new for my lovely windowsill. It is always an excuse to make something handcrafted myself also.

    My weekend wanderings are taking me to visiting “fresh pressed blogs” I discovered on my own, it being too hot now to venture forth outside.

    I am thinking there are also other flower tutorials on this site. Enjoy these on the first actual days of summer.

     See link for directions.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
  • blueribbonfair 8:11 pm on June 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: baby shower gift diy ideas, , , , , decorate a shelf, diy projects, , gifts home made, make your own gifts, , wood projects   

    Lots of Edges 

    I looked in my lovely portfolio for  Cees-fun-foto-challenge-things-with-edges and found a cute little craft I made for a baby shower :

     

     

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    Someday I will cutout background noise before I use a photo. But hey you kind of visited my place!

     
  • blueribbonfair 8:35 pm on May 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , diy geodes, diy projects, , Easter Ideas, , Martha Sterwart, ,   

    Pinterest FaIL-Sort of 

    AT Easter time I mentioned in a post that my kids and I did eggshell geodes. I posted a picture from Martha Stewart with how they are supposed to turn out.

    -I now know I am not Martha. Have you ever seen the blog called something like that? I may have seen more than 1 of them. It is too bad such names are already taken. Anyway, they still are pretty, but not at all like the picture from her site. The colors are cheery and my mind is spinning with upcycle ideas to use them for, but on this depressive Monday here are the results prior to doing something else with them.

     

     

     

    They are pretty shells as you can see. This is all of them as a collection.

    They are pretty shells as you can see. This is all of them as a collection.

     

     

     

    The orange one has the most crystals , but not at all like the photo from Martha's blog.

    The orange one has the most crystals , but not at all like the photo from Martha’s blog.

     

     

     

    This is how Martha does it. she never has a failure. lol

    This is how Martha does it. she never has a failure. lol

    I think there is a link on my former post in April on this under Holidays, if you want to see what we tried. Maybe you would have better luck

     
    • Amy 9:25 pm on May 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      That is so beautiful! Love the creative idea!

    • Photography Journal Blog 12:05 pm on May 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This reminds me of a time I saw Martha on a show, and someone in the audience was like “I’ve tried what you are demonstrating and it really doesn’t look like yours” Martha’s response to that comment could not have been more condescending it was one of those moments where you really felt for the woman in the audience who probably will never buy a Martha branded thing again.

      • blueribbonfair 2:04 pm on May 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        That is crazy. I know people like that. They take it as criticism against them when the person was just stating a fact. That is ridiculous. Makes me never want to support her either again. I got the idea from pinterest. I pin and never know where it comes from until I go to do it sometime. I do not do much from her like I used to since I do not have time. Just if it is a pin on Pinterest that leads me there. Thanks for the comment.

    • Charlotte Hoather 5:40 pm on June 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This reminded me of an episode with melted wax crayons, not at all easy to do 🙂

      • blueribbonfair 6:26 pm on June 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        We tried the melted was crayons on pumpkins a few years back and all it did was clock up the hot glue gun. Wishing you the best as you do your music stuff.

  • blueribbonfair 8:17 pm on May 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , diy cards, , diy projects, home made cards, kids can make cards, mailing gift ideas, mother's day gifts easy to make   

    Mother's Day theme – Focus on DIY cards. 

    If you read my post from yesterday; I had yet to get my Mother’s day stuff ready.  Well, am rejoicing because what I finally decided to go with is in the mailbox as we speak.

    I love cards since they are less expensive to mail then larger packages. And it is easy to add a gift card to the inside for the price you could have spent on shipping.

    I have been doing home done cards for many holidays and occasions for quite some time.  And this is a quick tutorial of the ones I did today:

     

     

    Supplies plus toothpick.

    Supplies plus toothpick.

     

     

    card stock light green cut after folding in 1/2 lengthwise into 2 sections then folded into a  card. (makes an odd size kind of, but is also stand out from norm. done this way.  Plus save on paper which some may not need, but I am frugal that way!

    card stock light green cut after folding in 1/2 lengthwise into 2 sections then folded into a card. (makes an odd size kind of, but is also stand out from norm. done this way. Plus save on paper which some may not need, but I am frugal that way!

     

     

    white paint with tooth pick dipped in it and pressed`on diagonal at top of green stems

    white paint with tooth pick dipped in it and pressed`on diagonal at top of green stems

     

     

     

    Using other end of the q tip, add blowing dandelion seeds as dots.

    Using other end of the q tip, add blowing dandelion seeds as dots.

    I wrote happy mother’s day on the inside and signed.

     

     

    For the envelope I am using beautiful art work my sign did in art last year. ( I take pictures so that a digital record is kept. This is a great way to use up art that is hard to store and keep.

    For the envelope I am using beautiful art work my sign did in art last year. ( I take pictures so that a digital record is kept. This is a great way to use up art that is hard to store and keep.

     

     

    Cut and wrap like flat presents. Add gift cards to cards first. lol. Address  labels and postage. Takes 2 stamps to be safe. Weight is about 2 oz.  MAIL......Fun and satisfaction....

    Cut and wrap like flat presents. Add gift cards to cards first. lol. Address labels and postage. Takes 2 stamps to be safe. Weight is about 2 oz. MAIL……Fun and satisfaction….

    I mail cards with envelopes like this a lot and it is no problem as long as you have the correct or above postage. Wait for smiles…..

     

    Found this idea here and yes I like to do art projects geared towards kids that is simple and not to involved and time consuming; I am always running late. Thanks for viewing and let me know what you think or if this inspires you.  More ideas here:

     

    http://www.sassydealz.com/2014/04/q-tip-dandelion-mothers-day-card-kids-make.html

     
  • blueribbonfair 5:20 pm on April 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , boho outfit, , , diy projects, , easter crystals, Easter Egg hunt, easter egg photos, easter outfit with boots, easter outfits, easter projects and fun, Egg hunt, jello easter eggs, maxi dressing and boots, painting on eggs, , purple outfit   

    Monday Memories, but on Tuesday,,, 

    So I ended up too busy to post yesterday, even though I had planned to. I moved back home last month and am having to clean, organize and declutter room by room. I over did it yesterday not only doing this work, but also got my sourdough starter going and made home made yogurt. It had been awhile so it took longer than anticipated. I also have allergies which wears me out more. So dusty, Mouse turds all over. Yuck!! My family do not see it like I do. I cannot work in mess and clutter. I am into neat and tidy with stuff in it’s place: If there is no space for it, let it go. Any way I need to work today and want to let my faithful followers have a small part of our Resurrection Sunday (better known as Easter) with the great memories I carried over. We had chicken- oven fried. As a side we had Broccoli stir fried with olive oil and cheese. I also made:

     

    Mine did not work quite as well as these, but were still gone so fast that I could not get a photo. (Guess it is the taste that counts?)

    Mine did not work quite as well as these, but were still gone so fast that I could not get a photo. (Guess it is the taste that counts?)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Kids painted the eggs and we did a hunt for there treasure baskets.

    Kids painted the eggs and we did a hunt for their treasure baskets.

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    I know this is a terrible picture, but it was hard to get  a photo of the kids playing Slap Jack where they were and they quit before I could catch them not bickering about  playing wrong or something like it.

    I know this is a terrible picture, but it was hard to get a photo of the kids playing Slap Jack where they were and they quit before I could catch them not bickering about playing wrong or something like it.

    My easter purple boho and polka dots.

    My easter purple boho and polka dots.

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    Martha Stewart Egg Geodes. Some of our are still in dye bath. The first ones we left overnight. We are letting some stay in the dye to see if we get bigger crystals as stated in the directions. Will post photo of them soon as a follow up.

    Martha Stewart Egg Geodes. Some of our are still in dye bath. The first ones we left overnight. We are letting some stay in the dye to see if we get bigger crystals as stated in the directions. Will post photo of them soon as a follow up.

     

    And then there were the fruit mini pies we all made. These we shaped like eggs. They were devoured before I could grab the camera. What did you all do Sunday? Whether you did Easter (resurrection day) or not?

     
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