Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Easy to make Halloween Decorations using rub-ons. Plus... Bat Brew a Free Halloween Label to Print

I used the words wicked, boo and bad luck in rub-ons to put on glass bottles. A skull rub-on was applied to a thrift store trophy. The Rub ons are the kind you would use in scrap-booking. This was a very easy project and only took minutes to do. Tape the rub-on onto the bottle securing down the edges so that it does not slip. Using a craft stick rub hard until the design is adhered to the glass.

The Bat Brew Label is another project, one I designed in Photoshop. You can print it for free below.

Here is the free Bat Brew Halloween label that you can print out as many times as you want for personal use. Put these on your bottled beers for your Halloween Party. Or use one on any bottle to add to your Halloween Decorations.
Click on photo above, this will take you to Flickr. Click on the All Sizes icon above the image. Select Large (900 x 913) This will give you a 3" x 3" label at 300 resolution.

More spooky Halloween Bottles for Halloween Parties!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Skull Sticks at Martha Stewart's Show Us Your Glittered Crafts contest.

I just entered the Martha Stewart's Show Us Your Glittered Crafts contest. I submitted this photo of my Glittered Skulls Sticks for the chance to win a glitter prize pack. I can imagine the fun I could have with an assortment of colors.

You can go and rate this idea and view all the other wonderful ideas too.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It's time for Halloween costumes and handmade Halloween Decor.

September seemed to be a busy month. Well with school starting, this year we decided to home school with an online state school. So we all had to get use to the new daily routine. He loves it so far. And then there's putting the garden to bed for the winter. It always seems to come so fast sometimes. It's been cold and we received our first snow this weekend. Now with Halloween only weeks away, it seems like Christmas is just around the corner. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and I have so much fun decorating for the occasion. Check out some of my Halloween ideas from last year.
I have just started a store at Artfire. I have been listing some vintage Halloween costumes and handmade Halloween Decor. These Clown costumes can be happy or evil, depending on your makeup or mask. And the skull tassels below are great to decorate with. Tie back your curtains, hang on a door knob, put one one a bottle of wine for a spooky chic hostess gift.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Visit My Urban Garden Decorated With Found Junk

A little fairy inside a thrown away old carriage light fixture greets you at the gate of my urban garden.

While a worn chalk ware frog waits for a tasty fly to land by.

Found Victorian architectural pieces. An old window without the glass will serve as a trellis for the plants as they grow. And a white column pedestal holds a glass light globe as a gazing ball.
Here I hung an old crock full of sunny yellow yarrow in the window.Glass chips were put around the glass globe to add some sparkle. They actually look like ice chips.
Another old window and some wooden croquet balls add color and whimsy. My patio table set with a vintage picnic basket, an old iron fireplace piece and a tin watering can filled with more yarrow.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Looking to start an Occasional Flea Market in Denver

I love repurposing old found items. And I would love to find other women in Denver that would be interested in holding an occasional flea market like The French Flea Market held in Anoka MN. They are open every second Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the month. And they showcase several talented women like Lanette from Cottage Elements who have a keen eye for repurposing items, re-doing and putting it all together! They feature vintage chic, funky and one of a kind items. So if there are some talented women in Denver who might be interested in putting something like this together please contact me.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hidden Treasures Behind the Door

Some of the things I like to look for when my husband and I go out junking in the alleys is vintage door hardware. We usually have to remove the hardware from the doors. Most of the time the doors are solid 4 or 5 paneled wood doors so we bring the whole thing home and take the door knobs, plates and locks off there. I have also used 4 wooden doors to line the wall behind my vintage fireplace bar giving it an old world look. When I've collected several sets of the hardware and have a nice grouping I then list them on Ebay. Here are some pieces that I’ve sold in the past.

So yesterday when were going down an alley we stopped when we saw an old door peeking out from behind a sheet of dry wall that had been rained on. Behind the rain warped dry wall there was an old door beyond repair, but my husband found this wonderful large old mirror that was hidden and protected from the weather.

The mirror measures 45"wide x 55"tall and has a castle-like top to it. It would not fit on the fireplace mantle so I hung it at the end of the hall. After locating some hardware to hang it I attempted to hang it myself. It took me three tries of hanging and adjusting until I got the right height. Here it is hung on the wall, it's really hard to get a good picture of a mirror without getting yourself in it.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.
This photo of my mom was taken in the mid 50s in Hawaii a year before I was born.
I always thought that she was so beautiful.
Check out the crown I made for my mom and get your free crown.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Vintage Supplies for mixed media, collage, scrapbooking, shadowboxes or just to add to your collection.

I thought it would be fun to create collections of vintage supplies to use for mixed media, collage, scrapbooking, shadowboxes or just to add to your collection.

I have these for sale and will be listing more vintage supplies a couple of times a week. You can check them out at rosiemoonbeams.etsy.com

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fabric Gift Tag - Textile Art - Recycled Scraps

I have taken little scraps of fabric and made textile art gift tags. They are decorated them with little bits of ribbons, fibers, buttons, charms, beads and vintage pins. What an elegant finish to a wrapped gift for that special person, and what a great way to recycle those little scraps of fabric and embellishments. After taken off the present it can be hung on a dresser knob or on the wall as textile art. I have list these in my shop at Etsy.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Recycle an ordinary ceiling light - Faux Stained Glass

The ceiling light shade in my bathroom was just your standard frosted glass shade. To give it an old world look I used gold colored glass to transform it. I had picked up some colored glass at a stained glass store where they sold scraps by the pound. Call around to see if any stained class store sells it that way. Otherwise buy a small sheet. Using a glass cutter I cut the glass into small squares.
I glued the glass squares using a strong glue that dries clear. Make sure you leave a small space between the squares about an 1/8th". After the glue dried I used a charcoal color grout to fill in the gaps. Using a dark colored grout gave the whole project a stained glass look. I finished it off by adding a brass finial.

Mosaics with the Glass Guys

Monday, March 9, 2009

She had many faces - The reclaiming of self!

"She had many faces" - a project I did for a computer art class final. I repurposed a frame for the face along with a little drawer, a wooden spool, a box and a lid, a spindle and a stick for the body. To complete the multimedia body, Photoshop was used to create the inside, the sole of the piece.
I used my scanner to scan items that I wanted to use and working in Photoshop I used several layers to create a collage look. Holes were drilled in the frame and wire was wrapped across the face.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Wild about wilderness - Build Green!

I love the mountains! I use to live west of Denver at 9,000 ft and loved it. This little 4" x 4" shadow box collage expresses what the mountains mean to me. Simple and green!
My future plan is to build a cob house up in the mountains. Cob is a method of building with clay, sand and straw. Houses have been built with cob in parts of Britain from the 15th century until industrialization and cheap transportation made brick the preferred building method, and was considered the norm. There is now a revival in North America that started in Oregon. The cob revival is still in the beginning stages as more cob homes are being built in diverse locations. There are cob-building schools where you can get hands on instruction and learn all the methods. No electric tools are used, so building with cob is like an old-fashioned barn raising, where friends and family of all ages can join in. I have put together some information on cob building here for easy reference.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Enjoy Free Days!

It's been so nice this week here in Denver with temperatures in the 60's, that it's been hard to sit at the computer or to start any new repurposing projects. Especially after being cooped up inside last week with a cold, I just had to get outside. So Tuesday I took advantage of the free day at the Denver Zoo. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, it felt like spring. I took a lot of pictures of the animals, but this was my favorite shot. It looks like this bear was enjoying the spring-like day too.
If you live in the Denver area check out the free days for the Denver Zoo, Denver Art Museum, Denver Museum of Nature and Science and the Denver Botanic Gardens. If you don't live in Denver then check out the free days for your city by searching (free days your city). With the economy the way it is every little bit helps.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Homemade Heart Cookies and Valentines Day Cards

My youngest son is in his last year of elementary school and this probably will be the last Valentines Day party at school. So we made some yummy frosted heart cookies using Martha's recipe and heart bookmark cards for his classmates. The bookmarks were simply red strips of paper with a hole punched at the top for ribbon, a red glitter heart and a small heart punched at the bottom for decoration. And then he just signed his name on the back. I think these were a great alternative to the boring standard Valentines Day cards and we had a lot of fun making them.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Memories From The Heart Collage!

I did this in Photoshop and thought I'd post it for Valentines day. I call it "Memories From The Heart". The original photo was taken at the Denver Botanical Gardens. Standing at the very back of the covered walkway are my 3 youngest boys. This was taken about 7 years ago so it brings back memories from when they were little. I added the heart frame for love and a vintage watch for the past.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Hearts have been broken-be playful - Collage compartment wood box .

I love making collages using different containers, pieces of papers, pictures and little trinkets to create a theme. Here is a collage that I made with images of love in reds and golds, the wood box has four compartments with different sentiments of love.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Valentines Day Gifts and Cards to Make

Not far from where I live in Denver there's a little diy boutique called Fancy Tiger. I walk by it every week but have only gone in once. They carry a nice assortment of yarns and fabrics and even have classes. I happened upon their blog and found this really cute idea for Valentines day, felted conversation hearts. Check out Fancy Tiger along with directions on how to make the felted conversation hearts. I think that I will be stopping in more often.
At Hearts Hearts Hearts you will find a vast array of Valentines Day Heart Crafts including links to instructions on how to make Swedish paper hearts, origami hearts, paper heart gift box, nail heart art and diy valentines day cards to print or make. Below is a photo I took of a collection of vintage valentine cards, a heart box and assorted red and heart objects. You can save this photo and print it out for a valentines day card for your special sweetheart.