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Tuesday Night Craft Experiment

Birds! March 24, 2010

Filed under: Completed Projects,Knitting,Misc,Painting,stenciling — momentpunch @ 11:21 am
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I have three completed projects to share with you. Yes, THREE!

While galavanting down the clearance aisle at AC Moore, I found a pretty sweet bird stencil and used it for two projects:

1. Bird Canvas

This is the largest of the Christmas Tree Shop Canvas Booty that I acquired way back in ’07. I saw this stencil and thought it would be perfect.

So, using the paints from my “Eat” sign and a prepurchased canvas, I made this.

It needs to be touched up in some areas, but otherwise, perfect!


Paints: Owned!

Canvas: Owned!

Brushes: Owned!

Stencil: $3.00

Total: $3.00

2. Coasters

I’d been dying to try this craftster tutorial for some time. It’s easy and I have always loved painting/decorating pottery. I made four of these coasters for a craftster swap I am in. Two are two shades of blue and two are two shades of green – but reversed. No two are alike…kinda.


Ceramic Tiles: $.16/each

Ceramic Markers: $4.38

Furniture Pads: $1.29

Total: $5.67

3. Pac Man Dishcloth! This is for the same craft swap. My partner is a video game nut so I thought her kitchen might like this. Very easy knit.

nom nom nom


Yarn: Owned!



Eat March 15, 2010

Filed under: Completed Projects,Painting — momentpunch @ 12:37 pm
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I love making little art. You all know my fear of painting and drawing – it’s very real. I’m terrible at it.

Since I am always on the lookout for tiny and cheap canvases and pretty textiles to mash up together, I purchased a few tiny painted block size canvases for $1 in the Target dollar aisle. These blocks were adorned with baby colors and a single letter, most likely representing the first letter of the childs name. (I don’t have kids – is that how that works?) And since I don’t have kids, I had something to paint over.

For my recent Cookbook/Kitchen swap I decided to do a little painting inspired from Courtney Cox kitchen on “Cougartown” (which is thankfully getting a new name) and paint each letter of the word “Eat” on a different tiny canvas.

I had bought three. I know I bought three. I buy three of everything that is super cheap like that. However, while unpacking, I’ve only been able to locate two. So, I went with one canvas and this was born…

Freehanded, might I add! You can tell? Yeah, the “a” is a little humpy.

Anyway, she had stated that her kitchen was silver and purple (which sounds like an AWESOME space kitchen) hence the colors used. I really like it. It’s simple and cute. And kitchen-y. I hope she likes it.


Paints: Purple and Gray (shhh) – .58 cents each.

Canvas: Owned!

Paint brushes: Owned!

Total: $1.16

And now I have the paints to use for something else. Maybe…something else this week….


Art! January 28, 2010

Filed under: Completed Projects,Misc — momentpunch @ 9:47 am
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I can’t paint. I can’t draw.

My last roommate was an Art Therapy Grad student at Tufts. Knowing that I am creative, she asked me to be videotaped drawing “whatever I felt like” on a poster board for her class. I reluctantly agreed since I don’t like drawing, videotaping, or grad students who want to videotape me drawing.

The result was embarrassing. There was a cartoonish turtle. I drew grass as a thick green line. And I also drew one of those suns that sits in the corner and has big fat lines for rays. This was also done in marker. Yup, I’m creative. I swear.

The times that I have done “art” for craft swaps I’ve actually done a stencil and taped it to the canvas. My favorite piece I’ve ever done is a painting of Boston Common that I mod podged some romance cover cut outs over. I call it “The Lone Prospector Keeps a Watchful Eye.”

My favorite craft magazine, Adorn, ended it’s run a year or so ago. It was full of projects and products that were useful and completely awesome. I have managed to snag a few random copies over the years here and there. (Note: I’d love copies if anyone has ANY)

One of the best projects featured is Domino Art. It’s easy. Here is what you do:

1. Buy a shitload of dominoes. I bought about seven sets of light plastic ones on eBay for around $7 including shipping. (I didn’t realize they were plastic when I bought them and that they would not be cut evenly. So it looks a little wonky if you look at it closely)

2. Get a large piece of wood to serve as your canvas. I actually have a bunch of lightweight cavases I bought at Christmas Tree Shop a while ago for about $1-$2 each. Since I am using plastic dominoes, it’s okay to use the canvas for this project.

3. Purchase some heavy duty glue. I just bought regular craft glue. It met the need.

4. Lay out the dominoes in the pattern you want and glue ’em down!

5. Paint the edge of the canvas/wood to match the color of the dominoes you chose to use.


It gets far more complicated if you want to use real domino tiles because the project will be very, very heavy. Since I don’t own a drill I didn’t really feel like making this option. Plus, the point of this is whole blog is to use stuff that I already have and those cavases are just sitting around taunting me.

 I love the way it came out, but the project was time consuming and rather boring. There is really no way to liven it up, but I recommend not watching episodes of Rescue Me while you’re trying to do it.