Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Happy New Year!

 I found these glitter letters at the after Christmas sale at Walmart.  They were about 48 cents each.  I couldn't find a "y" and really wanted to spell Happy New Year, so I settled for CELEBRATE.  Maybe that's a good thing, I can use the banner for birthdays or any other celebration too. 
 And, then I wanted a new decoration for my door, so I came up with this party hat.  Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

 So I was browsing pinterest this morning and I found a great tutorial on how to make an knockoff anthropologie necklace here, and I was thinking I could totally do that and I wouldn't even have to buy a thing, cuz I have a bunch of junk jewelry already.  And, I might even have enough to make two!

Also, amother project that I've tried my hand at is duct tape wallets.  Don't buy the cheap tape at Big Lots, get the thicker stuff at Michaels.  There are lots of tutorials on youtube.And, one more gift idea for the holidays, reuse used leather belts for bracelets.  I bought one at a flea market in L.A. and have been making them since. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Learned how to make this on bighugelabs.com, guess it's official now that I have a badge, I'm on the yearbook staff.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Crafts

 My Jr. Highers made 80 of these crosses for the Missions Christmas Dinner.  We hot glued popcicle sticks together painted them with acrylic paints and then decoupaged a heart to the middle and added a string. 
 I've started a collection of these little pearl snowmen.  I've been saving little glass bottles over the year and throw in some pearls and a form head and then embellish with eyelets, buttons, broken jewelry, etc....
 Snowman ornaments made from sheet music and a stripy scarf paper with a button.
Made some wool and felt flowers for Mistletoe Mall.  I just buy colorful wools sweaters from the good will and repurpose them.  Sew them together with a button and add a pin  back and any extra layer of wool on the back.  super easy and fun.  I great way to cheer up your wool coat or sweater.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Rizzi Taxi

 So we've been inspired by James Rizzi.  Love his bright colors and how he uses up the canvas space.  Students drew using just oil pastel, no pencil first.  Only had one melt down, but we pushed through and it didn't have to be perfect. 
 Next we painted with water colors, trying to conserve the yellow for the next classes.  Also, I asked if the kids could come up with different windows for every building and I even let them put a happy face on the sun, which is so against every grain in my art teacher mind, but so Rizzi, so I said, do it.