Sunday, March 27, 2011

What do you think about a SNEAK PEEK CLASS?

Several of our customers have asked us whether we would be interested in giving classes.
We've thought about it and then dismissed the idea - but then again, maybe it's worth re-thinking.??????

With Easter coming up...
we've crafted the stuffed carrot's above.  They're easy to make and would be cute Easter gifts or displays.

If you are interested in attending an hour and a half class at a cost of $20, please contact us at 505.898.4488 before the end of March.  
We're considering a class at Red Rock Rose Boutique on Saturday, April 9th.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

St. Patricks Day - Last Minute GREEN!

I don't know about you, but I never think about St. Patirck's Day until it's here.  I mean, I don't know what I'm going to wear (much less whether any of my green clothes are clean), where to find my Irish dinner, be it Irish stew, corned beef & cabbage, or soda bread ??   Well, this last minute project may help you prepare for St. Patties's day, be it last minute.  Shrinky Dinks SAVE THE DAY!
Use Shrinky dinks to make a charm, necklace, bracelet - and in our case EARRINGS.
Find them at your local hobby store.

1.  Make a pattern about 3-4 times the size you what them to end up!  They will "shrink" down.

2.  Cut and color them.  We use green markers on both sides of the shrinky dink pattern then cut them out.

5.  Bake your project at 300 degrees for approx 2 minutes.  Watching it constantly, your project will begin to curl up and then start to flatten. 

6.  Pull your project out of the oven with good cooking mitts.  Then flatten quickly - we used a book.
7.  After cooling, add your earring wires, ribbon or whatever is needed to achieve your final product/project.
Never hurts to have Shrinky Dinks on hand and they are great for a kid's rainy day of fun!

Happy St. Patricks Day!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Make your favorite memory a lovely keepsake.

Sheet music and notes are so trendy this year.  We'll have several projects that include both.
Thrift stores are a great source.  We suggest you make photocopies of your sheet music, so you can re-use them over and over,  for more projects to come.

Wedding season will be here soon and we wanted to share a project that you may be able to include in an upcoming wedding or event.

Take a  (1) Frame with promise, (2) fitting sheet music, (3) momento or photo, (4) a matting or mounting board (colored foam core), (5) scissors and (6) glue or double-sided tape.

Decide on a frame, photos, sheet music and background.  Keep all items as monochromatic as possible.  Cut all items so that they can be layered and fit neatly into your frame which you have painted with an understated paint.  You will want the contents of your frame to shine and not vice versa.  Next, apply your glue sparingly to each layer and allow to dry thoroughly.
It's all very simple.  The most time consuming part of the project is collecting your  layers or pieces to use in this lovely collage.
There is no right or wrong.  Just make it pleasing to the eye and include items of meaning and sentiment.

This and other fun projects on display and for sale at our

Monday, March 7, 2011

Embossed Metal Class

We took a class today, through our local Hobby Lobby.  Martha was our Instructor and boy is she good! She's also kind, patient and affordable.
Being our first class, our work is a little rough. But can you imagine some Dia de los Muertos or sacred heart belt buckles in this metal?  I can't wait for more.
Thanks for your help today Martha. You can reach her at 505.249.7747

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Cute Spring Swag Lamp

We're always coming up with cute display ideas.  I saw something similar to our garden swag lamp in a magazine.  We had several similar zinc planters.  So here's how this fun project came together.
First, Dad drilled a hole in the bottom of the planter wide enough to handle our light kit.  Fortunately, we carry these 15' light kits, so he was able to get the exact size of the bit needed.  He did say that the zinc metal was really hard on his drill bit, so be prepared to sacrifice :-{

Next, Mom made a cute little skirt for the planter and ran some elastic inside, so it would grip the planter  snuggly. 
Easy, peasy!
Last we strung the light kit through the planter.  Cute little spring swag lamp - Don't ya think?

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