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Craft Beer Cap Earrings - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

We have friends that own a local establishment and they sell the best craft beer in town!  I always love the names of the different beers and brew companies.  Some of my favorites are: Hop Bomber Thirsty Dog Brewing Company One night when I was leaving, I noticed they were selling bags of used beer caps.  I picked up a bag and went through it and matched all the catchy names and colored caps.  Since I recently started taking jewelry/metals class, I knew I could probably hammer these caps down, punch a hole in them, and add a wire earring hook – and that’s just what I did.  What do you think?  Pretty cute, huh! Linking up with: LadyBird Ln. My Simple Home Life The Shabby Nest 504 Main Someday Crafts

Chalk Painted Framed Mirror

Another thrift shop find for less than $3.00, woo-hoo!!  I found this cute little framed mirror last week and I wanted to try chalk paint – you know, where you make your own Annie Sloan Chalk Paint – there are tons of tutorials out there.  Which tutorial works best?  The one where you have access to all the ingredients :) Any who – here’s what the original mirror looked like: And here is the finished product: That’s right, you just paint chalkboard paint (I actually used chalkboard spray paint) right over that glass! For the frame, I originally painted it red – you should never send a self professed color blind person to the store looking for a maroonish barn red color – just sayin… So, I did what any DIY’er does when they don’t like what they see.  I painted over it with this pretty turquoise color.  I bought a little $2.99 paint sample from Home Depot (love that they sell these now!) and added one tablespoon of unsanded tile grout and a dab of water to give it tha

Being in two places at once; Smoky Mountains

I'd always told my kids that I can't be in two places at once, but I guess I was wrong :) The Great Smoky Mountains – what a beautiful place to see.  Great place for boys if your traveling with teenagers.  I LOVE to see new places.  What’s your favorite place to visit?

If at First You Don’t Succeed…Rogue Motorcycle Screenprint

Had I only taken pictures of my first failure, then my second failure, you would have been able to see the principle of “ if at first you don’t succeed ” in pictures!  Oh well, maybe next time, because I’m sure there will be more to come!  I first screened this bag with black ink…with the motorcycle image, but it didn’t turn out.  I figured out what happened and then corrected it.  Next, I screened it with white ink. I think my ink was a little too think, because it didn’t provide full coverage.  Attempt and failure number two! Third times a charm!  I then decided to try red ink over top – I love the color red!  Again, same problem…it did not provide full coverage.  But, when I lifted the screen up, it had a whole new look and I absolutely loved it!  It looked rather artsy.  It had a certain kind of look to it – a rogue look.  So, I added the word ROGUE to give it a more finished look.  Wow, this makes me feel really artsy :)  Vintage Motorcycle image is courtesy of Th

Chalkboard Painted Vase

I had a can of chalkboard paint lying around and I decided to make a little chalkboard paint vase.  I picked up this little gem from the thrift store for $1.99.  It’s pale green in color.  I like the dark black chalkboard paint against the light color of the vase. Who is Minnie? Minnie is my cute little grand-pup (on the right side of the doggie pic below). Who is Karl? He is the big golden retriever who lives behind us.  They bark at each other all the time – it’s so darn cute! I couldn’t get a good picture of Minnie and Karl together, so Lola had to do. Lola is the puppy my daughter fostered for 3 weeks – isn’t she super adorable? Seriously, super adorable!  Lola was about 6 weeks old in this picture and Minnie is 3. Minnie thought she was getting a sister....but Lola adopted out quickly.  Imagine that! Linking up with: Someday Crafts    

Screen Printed Vintage Motorcycle Bag

As part of my “ learn twelve new things ” this year, I signed up for screen printing class at the Columbus Cultural Arts Center in downtown Columbus Ohio.  I had no idea what to expect when I started and I can honestly say, I have been pleasantly surprised! What is screen printing?  It is the method of passing ink through a screen – sort of like a stencil.  I will be showing you some of the screens I have made in the coming weeks, but right now I’d like to show you my first project.  It’s a cool looking military inspired bag with a screen printed vintage motorcycle image. Looks amazing in person! I think these bags were made for the IPad - fits like a glove!  Would make really nice Father’s Day gifts !       So what do you think?  I plan on doing some “girly images” in the future – maybe I can bedazzle them :) If you like these items, they can be purchased in my Etsy Shop . Linking up to:  You Are Talking Too Much