cook butter, sugar, corn syrup on low until sugar is dissolved. then boil to 220º, add vanilla. pour over popcorn and mix well. note: as syrup and popcorn cool, they handle & form easier, so don't give up.
i've slowly been collecting ribbon for different projects and from garage sales. i was getting frustrated with just throwing it in a basket and having to weed thru a big mess to try to find just what i was looking for. i looked online and everything i found was just too "polished" for what i was envisioning. so i came up with my own. it's not perfect but i think it has a lot of potential.
start with a found wood box/crate. the depth is up to you but keep in mind how large your biggest ribbon spools are. my big ones here are probably about 7" so my box needs to be at least 7" deep.
hold your largest ribbon spool up on the inside wall of your box, making sure to give yourself about an inch on the top and back, and mark where you want the hole to go. measure down on the other side and mark it. i measured mine to stick about 1/4" out the front of the box to make sure the light could hit.
dowels come in all different diameters so check to see what your smallest spool hole is before you purchase your dowel. measure the width of your box and add at least an inch on each side.
drill your holes just slightly larger than the diameter of your dowel for easier spool replacement. and assemble.
then cap the ends with old doorknobs, water spicket handles, large wooden beads or just about anything that has an existing hole or that you can drill a hole into. keep in mind that you will need to keep one end removable for changing out your ribbon.
i affixed my box to the wall but you could also place it on a shelf or counter. perfect for your sewing room or space. so many options!! i'd love to see what you come up with if you do one for yourself. or if i forgot something and you have questions please feel free to ask.
check out Janne's colorful version she made after seeing mine when she came to visit a few months back.
Tyler's piece. robot themed for her son. i wish you could see the detail, it was very well done.
last but not least, Leigh with the perfect quote for Artfest. "who could resist this lush adventure"!
this finishes off my teaching. i'm thrilled i pushed through my fears and did this. it has been an amazing experience, one that my fear and insecurities could have easily kept me from. tomorrow i'll share the workshop i took and other fun-ness.
i was on a mission to make some cute cupcakes this season. this is what i came up with. a cross between this and this with a little of my, some would say, "toxic" flair. i can't help it. i just really love color! and the more the better.
i used twizzlers for the nose and the scarf. a little tube of gel frosting from the store for the eyes and buttons. bell shaped chocolates for the hats. pretzels for the arms, support up the middle of the body and for attaching the body to the cupcake.
i love culinary ARTing! hope you are well my friends. xoxo
not totally sure if it was the smartest thing ever, committing to an ornament swap that is. but, i just couldn't help myself.
after being at Janne's and messing with DAS i decided that this was going to be my medium for this year's ornament. here is the one i did last year.
first i made little armatures out of tin foil. i probably didn't have to do the arms and legs but it made it easier in the long run. making the armatures also cuts down on the amount of DAS you have to use and makes the drying time much quicker. then i proceeded to wrap the clay around the armature. (the foil stays inside)
i used my hands and a sharpened pencil for the shaping. i think some simple carving tools would have made things go quicker and easier. next time!
they'll naturally air dry in a few days. i was running out of time so on the second day i popped them in the oven with the door open at 200º for about 20 minutes.
i squeal with delight at how each one inherently ends up with their own personalities.
sorry i didn't take more pictures of the process. :( for paint i used acrylic's. slightly watered down and layered. instead of glitter i opted for a bit of Golden's Interference Gold which gave them a nice subdued shimmer.
i've always hated having to use shiny metal in my art. a few years ago i learned about this awesome product that takes that away. just make sure that your metal items aren't coated or galvanized and it'll work beautifully.
my mom made the cute hangers for me. probably cause it was midnight and she wanted me out of her house! ha!
using a hot glue gun i warmed their necks with felt scarves.
and if you're making ornaments, don't forget to put your name and the year. the recipients will appreciate it as forgetfulness sets in over the years. (speaking from experience!)
all wrapped and ready to send out in cute gnome bags from ikea.
i'll post the other ornaments from the exchange as soon as i receive the rest of them.
I've been in an ornament making craze lately. I did 4 for the swap I was involved in and now I've decided to make them for my top 20 or so customers (stores), 2 ornament exchanges, a few friends and 5 to sell on Etsy. That's a total of 50 ornaments. They'll all be signed and numbered on the back.
I wanted to share my process with you to maybe inspire you to create your own ornaments. If you do I would love to see what you come up with!
First of all, I hand cut a stamp from a sketch. I use the soft eraser material for my stamps just because it's so easy to cut and it doesn't make my hands hurt. Genine has a wonderful tutorial just on stamp cutting, not to mention her work is fabulous! I prefer using the StazOn ink pads just because the ink is waterproof and I don't have to worry about it smearing. You can also use a brayer and printing ink but using the ink pad goes quick and there's less to clean up.
Then I began stamping and stamping and stamping. You could use any kind of wood but I used raw 3/8" MDF (medium density fiberboard) as my base.
Using a scroll saw I cut carefully around each stamped image. Afterwards I used fine sandpaper to smooth out the edges and back.
Here's Rachel, one of my employees, getting to play on the creative side of things. She's usually in the office but I'm sure she welcomed the change since she's quite artistic herself. I had her cut the thin copper into scarf shapes with a pair of scissors.
Before applying the glitter as shown here, a little watered down gold paint and some shading were added. An orange oil pastel was used for the nose area and Mod Podge to adhere chunky glitter to the areas to be covered.
The hangers are made out of those brass hooks that you can hang things from your ceiling with. Bent and oxidized with Nickel Oxidizer to blacken them. I pre drilled the holes to prevent the wood from splitting.
Wrapped the copper scarf around fastened it with a small nail and then added a copper patina to give it a weathered look. Repainted the small black dots for the mouth, used red/pinkish paint watered down for the cheeks so it kind of spread naturally under the glitter. And finished it off with a vintage bingo game piece.
This has been so much fun to make! I've already decided I'm going to give one to each of my girls with a bingo piece depicting their age this year.
If you've handmade something this holiday season I'd love to see, please leave me a comment with your blog address so I can come visit.
I've posted 5 of them on my Etsy. They're signed and numbered on the back and even better in person!
hi and welcome!!! i'm so glad you're here! my name is michelle. i'm blessed to be a wife (to gary) of 18 years and a mom of two girls; alexis(16) & jess(11). i've been a full time artist for 15 years. i made my start at Portland Sat. Mkt. and art fairs around the country, and then headed into wholesale shows when our oldest began school. i love ART-ing, art journaling, running, cycling and downing junk food!