Makeup Bags

As you can see, I have been very busy lately, and I hope I’ll stay like that for a long time. But, every time I get into this “crazy” state, I seem to “burn out” after a while, and then loose my muse, or energy, or how ever you might call it. But, I intend to enjoy it while it lasts.

Sooo, I have something small and cute to share with you. I have been playing with my handwoven fabric again, and made these makeup bags, or small purses, or just something to put whatever you’d like in. 🙂

Two smaller ones are about 6.5 inches by 5.5 inches, and the bigger one is 8.5 x 5.5 so that one could be used as a lovely clutch, maybe with a Summer dress or jeans…

Two of these are going to my friends as birthday gifts, and I am seriously tempted to keep one for my self, even though I already have quite a few. But I just love them!

The flowers are suede that was cut with Sizzix. Fast and easy.

The next clutch was actually made a long time ago, it just needed some finishing touches, and I finally finished it! I guess some things have to wait for the right moment. But you should put your sunglasses on, because this one is very bright!

Crazy, huh? I call it “Neon”. I am so clever, right? LOL!

Have a wonderful day everyone! xo!

Blogaversary Giveaway!

I almost forgot that today is my Blogaversary! I can’t believe that the whole year passed so quickly! OMG! And what a great year it was! I am having so much fun here, sharing with you my creations and bits of my life. So it’s giving time, and I would love to give to one of you the purse/makeup bag I created a while ago.

This purse was made with machine stitched navy blue fabric, lace, and painted plastic bags. Unusual and unique. I hope you like it. And if you do, just leave a comment here on my blog, and I will randomly pick the winner on Tuesday, March 13th. 🙂
I also wanted to share with you my latest (and already SOLD) album. I forgot to post photos of it earlier, and I really love how it turned out, so here it is now!

I used thin corrugated cardboard for the covers, and very thin cardboard for the pages. Everything was first painted with several coats of acrylic paint, and then I added lots of lovely scrapbook papers, bling, puff paint, feathers, lace, and other things. I love it! And tomorrow it’s flying to US! 🙂

Thank you for stopping by! I still can’t believe it’s been a year since I started this journey. 🙂

Have a wonderful day!

Don’t throw away your plastic bags

Hi friends! I have been asked so many times about the things I make with plastic bags, and finally I managed to photograph the process and show it to you. But be aware, this post is photo heavy!!! 🙂

First thing you’ll need are plastic bags (well, of course), which you will cut like this:

You don’t need the handles and the bottom.

Next, lay your bags flat ( I used three here, but if you want a thicker final product, use more) :

Now we can iron them. Take two pieces of baking (parchment) paper and put your bags in between so that you don’t destroy the iron with melted plastic! 🙂

Keep your iron moving non-stop!

The temperature of your iron must be low. I use the “silk/wool” mark, but I still have to check the whole time to see if it’s ok. If the temp is too high, you’ll end up with shrinkage and “too much” texture, like this:

Although, it might be exactly what you want. I do like it for certain projects. But if your iron is not too warm, then you’ll get smoother texture like this:

Check on your bags while you iron, but be careful, it’s very hot! An also, every few moments you should turn your bags (with the paper) upside down so that you iron both sides.

And when everything is nicely melted and fused, you are done! Then it’s up to you what you’ll do with it. You could leave your plastic as is, especially if you had some nice and colorful bags.

Or you could paint them, which is what I like to do.

Paint gives them different “feel”, like it’s a different material, and it gives so many possibilities for use in all kinds of projects.

Isn’t this texture great?

You could draw on it:

But remember, always apply a protective coat of some kind, to prevent damaging the paint. It is plastic you are painting after all, and it doesn’t soak up the paint. 🙂

And there you have it! So nice and textural, durable, and cheap! You can have fun and help saving the planet at the same time. 🙂 I used it for making bookmarks:

ATCs:

One-inch boxes:

You could make journal pages, or just embellish your journal with it:

You could even use it in your sewing:

The possibilities are endless!

I hope this was helpful and inspiring. Have fun! 🙂

What I did today

I love days like this. Creating, creating, creating! Although I make all kinds of things, my favorite activity is, of course, weaving. But I don’t blog that much about it. Why? Well, because it’s a slow process and there would be about one post a week if not less! And I want to blog because it’s fun and because it keeps me connected with people around the world, and because once I started doing that, I can’t seem to stop! ,and because I love to make different things, things that are my way of self exploring, exploring art, exploring different mediums, exploring life!  Sooo, that’s why I did everything today! There was some weaving done, then sewing my handwoven fabric, then making some cute ornaments, and it is all still work in progress, but there was huge progress made today, so I’m happy!

Have a great weekend! 🙂

What made me happy today

Do you have those days when nothing goes right? That was the case with me this weekend. I started making a purse with some of my handwoven fabric, and it just didn’t want to cooperate. My seams weren’t straight, the fabric was stretching, it was a disaster. Then, I started making a cake using a recipe from the Internet, and again, no success. It will be eaten, no worries there, but it’s not as it should be. I also wanted to make some blueberry jam, and I burned it. Well, that’s because I was struggling with the purse, so I forgot to check on the jam! 🙂 Also, I tried sewing some velvet for a lady who wanted small velvet bags, and it was as if it was alive, wiggling under the needle and making my job a torture! I did finish them but after so much trouble that I don’t want to do that again! The only thing that turned out ok is this little loveliness:

Here is the back, open so you can see the leaves better. I used handwoven fabric, my hand carved stamp, fabric paint and stitching:

It perfectly accommodates a passport, or a bigger cell phone, but I’m going to use it for hankies. A lady should always keep her hankies in something beautiful, right? 🙂

This morning I stitched some velcro to it for closure, and that means it was finished today, so I will count that as a first thing that made me happy.

The second thing was a message I received from Monika – http://storiesofpearlsandplunder.blogspot.com/, who said that I am one of the few ladies (randomly picked) that will receive a bonus ATC in the “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” ATC Swap at Milliande’s. That was so nice to hear! I’ve never “won” anything before, so for my name to be drawn amongst six, was great! Thank you Monika!

And another thing that made me happy today was an envelope from Ireland! Helen Goulty hosted an ATC Swap themed “Unusual shaped ATC’s” also at Milliande’s, and two gorgeous cards have arrived!

Aren’t they lovely? The one on the right was made by Anne Trudell from Canada, and it opens up to show some beautiful flowers!

The other card was made by Deedee Forrester and it’s very shimmery. I loooove shimmer!

Both are very colorful and show so much creativity. Love them!

Helen Also sent me some postage stamps and lovely ribbons and papers that are so gorgeous! Thank you so much Helen! I didn’t expect extra goodies, and that was another surprise for me today! I will use them in my projects; actually, I already have a few ideas.

So, after a “not very successful crafting” weekend, some lovely things happened and now I’m smiling! To show you how happy I am, here is an embarrassing “cookie smile” photo of me (it’s never too late to go completely nuts!).

Weaving and sewing

I’m in love with this purse!


It all started by making the heart with some scraps of cotton and silk fabric. I loved it so much, and immediately had to attach it to something. So, I grabbed some handwoven cotton fabric, more silk, and voila! I think I might keep this one! Sooo cute 🙂 I just adore the fraying and unevenness!

And here is another purse, not handwoven, but I like it just the same:

I painted the fabric gray and black, and added some color by stitching with different threads. Easy and fun!

There is also a shawl that was finished about a month ago but I didn’t take a photo of it, so I finally photographed it, and now proudly present Autumn colors in Spring! 🙂

And now, let’s go make some more gorgeous stuff! What are your plans for the weekend? 🙂