Monday, May 20, 2019

My Geeky Past, Present and Future-(Giveaway-Closed)

I've always wanted my own "Star Wars" introduction. 
(Find yours at Star Wars Intro Creator. )

My love of sci-fi began a long time ago in a galaxy far-far away! I remember going to the theater as a little girl and being transported into the world and never wanting to leave! And in some respects I never did. For Halloween that year my mom twisted my long dark hair into Princess Leia braided buns. When the boys of the neighborhood would play "Star Wars" I was the only girl allowed to play with--someone needed to be Leia. As a 12 year old my love of Luke Skywalker transferred to a full blown crush.  It didn't matter the actor Mark Hamill was quite a few years older...and married...with kids. My 12 year old heart still loved Luke I even cut out a mask of Luke found on a cereal box and had it taped to my wall next to my "Teen Beat" posters of Ricky Schroeder.

As I got older, my love of science fiction grew. I read Lord of Rings. The Dune series (yes I'm one of the few people I know that has read the complete series and seen the movie,) Doctor Who,  any superhero movie. I loved being transported to other worlds while being able to do the strange and impossible.

Creative Meets Geek!
My creative side would meet my geek side with the occasional Cosplay going "Steampunk" for a Youth Center costume party or helping the daughter become RiverSong, or one of the Doctors.
Love Steampunk!
The Doctor and some Weeping Angel Friends
Naturally my children inherited the dominant "geek gene" (thank goodness as my husband is not one) and love Sci-fi and role playing games and Cosplay. We even take some time to create fan art as part of our homeschooling!
Beginnings of a Doctor Who Gallery Glass

End Game Fan Art #Dontspoiltheendgame ban lifted ;)
That's why I'm excited to share that Plaid Crafts is launching Plaid Cosplay. Whether it's building cosplay, making terrain and painting miniatures for table top gaming,  or creating fan art and other geeky crafts. There will be a place for you!  To celebrate the launch Plaid is sponsoring a contest here on my blog!  You can win a prize pack valued at $50,  full of an assortment of Plaid Crafts paints, Mod Podge, and brushes.  To enter simply comment here on what you will create.
Win Me! $50 prize pack from Plaid Crafts
Want an extra chance to win? Sign up for my email newsletter!  Yay! I'm finally starting one!  The sign-up link is to the right! Launching next week I'll share more of what I'm doing in my many areas of creative life; craft projects and DIY to Operation Christmas Child shoebox crafts, prophetic art and even some fan art.  For those that might remember my old column "Crafting at the Speed of Life" from  Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine, look for a revival!  It's all about how my life collides with my art and vice versa! 

Contest closes June 2, 2019 at 11:59pm and is open to residents of the United States and Canada only! **Contest extended due to website technical difficulties.

Thanks Plaid Crafts for sponsoring the contest and be sure to stop by Plaid Cosplay on Facebook

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Transforming my mind with Doodle Art

The time around Mother's Day is difficult for me. I miss my mom like crazy. That alone is enough to make me a bit down. Add in some other stress and I found myself in a funk I couldn't shake. I have been trying lately to do something creative to help me remove my focus from what I am down or stressing about. Just basically giving my brain a rest from negative thoughts or stressful thoughts.

Doodle Art
This time I grabbed a canvas and a black Sharpie and began to doodle. I read an article on Canva about how doodling can change your life, it makes you more creative, it keeps your brain from slipping into a default state (which when I am a state of down-ness. )I was hoping that by focusing on something else it would help clear my head so to speak.

I started with a random shape overlapping on itself. Then I started filling in the shape with some patterns, and some Zentangle patterns I remembered from a class I took.  (You can even see my "nap blankie" in the background of the photos. I was snuggled in for the long haul)

 The whole process was relaxing and did give my brain a much needed rest from focusing on missing my mom to focusing on what I was creating.

Transforming the doodle...Transforming my mind
When I was done with the doodling I started flipping the image around  to see if  I could make anything out of my "doodles" and lo and behold, I realized that I could imagine someone in prayer, hunched up, bowing her head.

The scripture came to mind:
" Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."- Romans 12:2 NIV

I tried coloring her in to highlight that. Choosing browns to show her hair,  blues for her pants and green for her shirt, red for the arm. I never did color in her hand. It just didn't seem right.  Granted my new Sharipes ran out (one of them came that way and I had to "renew it" with rubbing alcohol which kinda worked for a bit. but you can still see the "scrubbing".)

 Regardless, I loved the way she turned out and she is a good reminder of prayer (and creativity) renewing my thoughts and mind so I can be transformed. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Impress your teacher with a Money Machine!

It's been a long hard school year! But take heart the finish line is in sight. There's just a little hiccup end of the year teacher gifts. As a homeschooler, it seems kind of silly to give a gift to myself, (although I've been known to 😉) but my children do participate in cooperative classes at times and I need to find gifts for those teachers.

So enter in the need to find gifts for two very special ladies. One of them put together an entire government/constitution class for two of my kids (and 15 others) and the other opened her home to us to have that class for 12 weeks! The families of the students wanted to get together and bless these ladies in some way. After tossing around several places to give gift certificates to, it was decided cash would be the best gift and since I never want to just "give cash" I had to find a creative way to present it. So enter in

"The money machine"

I saw several of these "premade" boxes online ranging from $5 to $17 dollars (plus shipping.) Who wants to spend money to give money. So I tried making one myself. 

Supplies needed:
 Money- $1 are fun (because the roll is longer.) but any denomination of bill works.  
Reposition-able Tape- (Scotch- Matte' Finish)
Small Box
Craft knife
Fake Money- Or use fake/play dollar bill images printed from online.
Letter Stickers
Mod Podge-Plaid Crafts

To create your "Money Machine"
  • Start by taping your bills together end to end (I used a small piece of tape on both sides for extra strength.) The "matte finish"  tape came off the bills nicely as long as the tape didn't over lap the entire edge of the bill.
  • When your money chain is finished rolled up the bills and place in a box that will fit not only the roll but big enough you can cut a slit in the top to feed your chain through.

  • Using the craft knife, cut a slit in the top of the box. Then take your play/fake money and Mod Podge to the surface of the top of box.  Add your letter stickers. If you want a title on your machine.  I gave it a final coat of Mod Podge to act as a sealer to make sure the stickers stayed in place.

  • I added some directions on how to use the money machine that I printed out.  I also realized I wanted some type of "pull tab" to thread through the top of the box so this I also printed off and then taped to the end of the dollar bill roll.

Then it's wrapping your gift and "patiently" waiting for your favorite teacher to open!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Shoebox Crafting!

If you have known me for any time at all, you know I LOVE creating for Operation Christmas Child shoebox gifts.

When I found the burlap wedding favor bags on clearance, I knew they had to be turned into "tic-tac-toe" games.

The burlap made it super easy to stitch on with cotton crochet thread. I simply back stitched along the lines to form the board.  The pieces store in the bag.  I love the result!

Supplies Used: Burlap Wedding Favor Bags ($6.99 for 12 1/2 off at Hobby Lobby), Crochet Cotton, Needle, Buttons for markers.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Scrubbing Turtles!

When most people see a bath poof they see something to scrub themselves in the tub with, not me...I saw a turtle!

When we had hundreds of bath poofs donated to our shoebox project I knew I didn't want to send them plain. So taking a couple of sheet of sticky back Fun Foam from Darice and putting them together sticky sides in. I then traced a "turtle" onto the foam. Creating a hole in the middle of the foam for the handle to thread through. The "poof" now becomes the shell. How fun is that? Even more fun, the foam acts as a boat and causes the turtle to float on the water.


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Second Place

After a long week plus of voting the results are IN. I am excited to share that my "Fabulous Faux Stained Glass Table" won 2nd Place in the 2019 Best Blogger Contest sponsored by Fave Crafts!

To see the full tutorial check it out at Fave Crafts---> Fabulous Faux Stained Glass Table

A HUGE Thank you to Plaid Crafts for sponosring supplies for my project as well as Deflecto CraftLeisure ArtsMarvy UchidaRineaYarnspirationsStyleTech CraftXyron  FaveCraftsPrime Publishing LLC for hosting and sponsoring the contest. Congrats to all the winners! There is a lot of talent in that group and they inspire me to do more than I thought I could!

Friday, April 19, 2019


"Abide" -This image has been rolling around in my head for awhile, at least a month or more and it seemed so fitting to finish it today Good Friday

 It started with a vine and then I saw a crown of thorns grow from the vine...and the Holy Spirit whispered to my heart "the crown of thorns was made from a vine as well."

 I was reminded of the scripture . "I always carry around in my body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may be fully revealed." (2 Corinthians 4:10 my paraphrase) 

Abiding for Jesus led him to a place of death, but he conquered death, and so that place of abiding produced the fruit of eternal life for all who receive.

 As a Christian I am encouraged to " abide in the vine" to draw my identity... my strength from God, to bear fruit of showing people the Savior. 

Some times that means laying down my wants and desires for God's better plan. My "death" to my self, to become resurrected as who He has made me to be and to bear fruit that will last. Have a Blessed Easter weekend! 

(mixed media on canvas)
Supplies used: Canvas, Acrylic Paint, Mod Podge Ultra, Hot Glue, Paper 

* Special thanks to Plaid Crafts for providing the paint and Mod Podge Ultra for the project!