Thursday, August 16, 2012

Artist "Shout Out" - Eileen Gidman

This evening I thought I would check up on what my super-talented artist friend Eileen Gidman has been up to - WOW HAS SHE BEEN BUSY!

Check out her website here: Eileen Gidman

And view her blog here: Eileen Gidman's Blog

Eileen has pioneered this fantastic technique of painting on fabric with permanent dyes. You have NEVER seen stuff like this anywhere else. Each piece is 100% unique and they are all beautiful.

Don't these raspberries just look good enough to eat?!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

DIY Shelf From Broken Hockey Sticks

- 2 L-shaped shelf brackets
- screws
- tools
- strong glue
- pieces of hockey sticks (tape removed, washed, etc.)

1. Decide on the size of shelf, based on the size of the brackets, and determine how many pieces of stick are required and how long to cut them. Cut the sticks to length.

2. Lay the sticks out face down and side by side. Place the brackets on top. Screw the brackets to the 2 sticks that the holes line up on. Lift up the brackets and apply glue to the top, then place them back on the rest of the sticks. Put something heavy on the brackets until the glue is dry.

3. Once the glue is dry, screw the brackets to the wall. Use a level and use drywall plugs if you can't find studs. Glue on one last stick to fill in the gap at the back - mine had to be up on edge to fit. Use a piece of tape to hold it while the glue dries. DONE!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

DIY Easy Woven Friendship Bracelet

Lately I've been making these fantastic and easy woven friendship bracelets: They are fun to make and handy to have along while waiting at the dentist office or wherever. I've got some tips on colors/patterns for those of you who are interested.

Rainbow Spiral (7 Colors)
For a rainbow bracelet, start with the 7 colors (blue, green, yellow, orange, red, purple, violet/pink) in this order:

Stripes (3 Colors)
For a striped bracelet with 3 colors (3 of the first color, 2 each of the second and third), start with the 7 strands in this order:

Here is a photo of what this one looks like: