Category Archives: Crafts

Dorset Buttons

Every once in a while I find an intriguing craft I’d never heard of, and of course, I have to try it. Dorset buttons originated in the 17th century, and were made and used through the 19th century, until mass-produced buttons became readily available. I’m not entirely sure I did my rounding properly, but I don’t think it much matters,… (more…)

Make Your Own Hot Wire Knife

Don’t have a foam cutter? Gustamontón shows you how to make a simple one. Instructions so clear you don’t need to understand what she says, which is good, because I don’t.    

Vintage Journal Tutorial

I haven’t tried this one yet, but it’s on my “do this” youtube list. I love how she creates a fake raised band on the spine.

Society Silk

I learned a new phrase yesterday: Society Silk. Popular in the late 19th and early 20th century, this was a realistic style of embroidering botanicals, using single-strand silk thread. It reminds me very much of Chinese silk painting, which was popular at the time. I’ve been looking more into needle arts–not because I want to quilt–but because I want to… (more…)

Lizard Shirt

Not much in the way of links this week, as I’ve been too busy to surf. Busy making a lizard shirt for the Spousal Unit’s birthday, which seems to be developing into an annual tradition. I made this year’s shirt with Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pens. You draw on regular paper, then transfer the pattern with heat. Marvy also makes a… (more…)

Playing Card Accordion Book

I was enchanted with this idea of a playing card accordion book, so I decided to make one myself. This was a lot of fun. One note: the post office does not like playing cards, as they are too small. One got returned as unsendable, and the rest arrived postage due. So you can mostly get away with it if… (more…)

Shabby Chic frames by Hillovely

Found this video on Polymer Clay Daily. Now, one thing she doesn’t say is that molds, especially intricate ones, are kind of a pain, so don’t be surprised if it takes a few tries. Also, I’d be moving that piece from the mold directly to the tile I’m baking it on, so I don’t have to move it after I’ve… (more…)

Melt Art Suncatcher

I have all these toilet paper tubes collected, and I was trying to think of something to do with them. I looked around my studio for stuff I maybe don’t use that often. And there it was: my Ranger Melting Pot. I decided to make a suncatcher, and after a few test runs, I was on my way. I used… (more…)

Gelli Printing with DIY Foam Stamps

Though I wouldn’t use their special foam stuff–I would just use takeout containers.  I love my Gelli Plate, and I love the Gelli Arts channel. Always inspiring.

Which Ink with Which Marker

Jenny of Craft Test Dummies does a definitive comparison of ten inks and six alcohol markers. Very useful!