Monday, February 25, 2013

Re-purposed Box Pin Cushion Tutorial

I received a cute little box of chocolates for Valentines Day and decided to see if I could re-purpose the box and make a pin cushion. Well, it worked and so I made a little tutorial for you. You don't have to use a box of chocolates, any little box will work.

Here is what you will need:
A Small Box
Fabric (I used a cute bandana that found at Wal Mart for $.98)
FiberFill
Ribbon (the picture shows washi tape, but I realized it wouldn't be sturdy enough)
Scrapbook paper (not shown)
Matte Medium (or Modge Podge)
Glue Gun

 
                                                                 
                            Hot glue fiberfill to top of the lid.                                 
 
 
 Cut fabric about 1 1/2 inches larger than the top of the lid.                                                                      
 


                           Hot glue the fabric tightly around the lid and cut off any of the excess fabric.


                                           Your box should now look like this.
                                          
 
Hot glue your ribbon around the edge of the box covering the bit of fabric that is still showing.


There was still some of the box showing at the bottom, so I decided to hot glue some white ric rac to cover the rest.

 
Now it is time to cover the bottom of the box (I really didn't want to be reminded of how many calories those chocolates were). Cut some decorative scrapbook paper to size and glue it to the bottom.

 
Here is what is looked like after I glued it.
 


                Add your sewing supplies and some pins in your cushion and you are all set.


 

                                           Here is what it looks like closed.

 

I hope you try this tutorial. I would love to see how yours turns out. Have a great week!
Shonna

 

Monday, February 18, 2013

Abstract Journal Page

Every once in awhile, I just want to play with paint!!



Have a great week!!

Shonna
 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Mumford Monday!

Hey All!

I am in love with the band Mumford and Sons! Last night they won a Grammy for Best Album of The Year and totally rocked the stage (did you see them?). They are an English Folk band and I really like their sound. More than that, I love the lyrics that singer Marcus Mumford puts down on paper. He seems to come from a very spiritual place and I just love that. A theme throughout both of their albums seems to be the struggle between our spiritual self and human self. This is also a theme I have explored in my Art Journaling. Maybe that is why I connect to their music so much. Here is the song that really made me fall in love with this band; it is called "White Blank Page." I hope you enjoy.
 
Mumford and Sons also inspired my latest journaling page. The quote says "Plant your hope with good seeds, don't cover yourself with thistle and weeds."- Thistle and Weeds by Mumford and Sons.

Have a great day!!!
Shonna
 

Monday, February 4, 2013

Working In My Journal Again

It has been since September 2012 since I have worked in my Art Journal. I was so busy making Christmas Ornaments that I didn't have time and then when the hustle and bustle was over, I lost any inspiration to do art. Does that ever happen to you? Do you have dry spells? I recently watched Mystele's new You Tube Video and was so inspired by her, that I opened my journal and began painting. Her excitement over creating art is so infectious and she is a great teacher as well. Thank you Mystele for helping get my mojo back!!

Here is the Art Journal piece inspired my Mystele.
 
This is a commissioned piece I did for someone who's best friend is having a baby. The woman who commissioned me to do the piece is the only one who knows the sex of the baby. The mother and father did not want to know, but gave her the envelope with the result. Now the mother is getting ready to deliver and this painting will be presented to her in the delivery room. Isn't that so cool?? I can't wait to find out how it goes.


Lastly, I was asked to substitute teach an Art Class for a home schooled group of kids. I taught two Thursdays in a row and had an absolute blast! Watching children make art is so exciting to me. They are so free when they create. You can see in their eyes how excited they get when they are given licence to get dirty with paint. And they make art for nobody but themselves. Here are the results...


                                      

Thanks for hanging in there with me, even though I'm not the best blogger in the world. :)

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