Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Pinhooks, Nifty New Find

Pinhooks - The cute & easy hooks that love to be seen!

I spotted these nifty pinhooks on the Gingerbread Snowflakes Web site and followed a link to Futuregirl's Web site (Alice) to see what they were all about. Alice came up with some great ideas, so be sure to visit her site. This is one of those things that makes me wonder why I didn't think of it before. I have a package of each color combination in my hands and so excited to have been in included in their mailing*.

I can't count how many times I've tried to hang stuff from push pins like this gathering of little gifts from my daughters:

Now my bedroom door doesn't have that ugly red pushpin, instead there's a clear Pinhook in its place and you can barely see it!

I bought a couple of dowels and I'm playing around with more ideas, but I couldn't wait any longer to post this. I rarely review a particular product, but when I find something I really like I share it with everyone I know.

And, as if this product could not be any cooler, the founder of this company, Leonard Gomez had an offer by a major corporation to make them, but they wanted the process done in China. Mr. Gomez wouldn't stand for it, so he declined and did himself so he could keep production IN THE U.S.A.! So, please support him and his employees by ordering a pack or two, or three from the Pinhooks Web site.

 *Disclaimer: I wrote the company and asked for permission to post their YouTube video because I thought it was a product crafters and other folk should know about. To my delightful surprise, the owner sent me a package of each combination of colors to try out. But I was excited about these Pinhooks before that happened, so my review is honestly from the heart.

Monday, July 23, 2012

I'm Cozy!

On our way out of the concert I was wrapped in a super soft blanket (it gets mighty cold when the sun goes down). This young (very drunk) guy kind of fell into me and put his arm around me and said, “Oh, I’m sorry…hey, you’re cozy!”

About the same time I heard my brother-in-law behind me (defending my honor) “HEY! HEY! Watch it!”

And then the guy says, “I’m sorry, but she’s cozy! She’s so cozy!” and then stumbled away.

Made my night.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Card Stock Thread Toppers

My daughter Dawn surprised me with a new stamp that looks like the top of a spool of thread. I stamped it on to some card stock, but when I went to punch the circle out I noticed the ink didn't quite dry (perhaps the paper was too glossy). What to do?

I decided to give it a coat of Mod Podge Hard Coat and see how the paper would take this medium. At first I thought it was a disaster, it smudged and I thought I'd ruined it. But when I was done I thought it made it look like something found in a grandmother's attic, very cool, so I did them all. I gave them about 3 coats all together, and when they were dry I ran them through my little Xyron sticker maker (another gift from Dawn!) and this is the result. I like that they're pliable and look like wood. They'll be neat to use in a layout with some of my sewing-themed scrapbook paper.

Friday, July 6, 2012

My Thrift Store Ribbon Find

I found a roll of satin-type wire-edged ribbon at The Discovery Shop for only two bucks (Costco brand, normally priced about $6) with barely any gone off of the roll. I cut them to about 1-1/2” wide so they’d go through my Xyron sticker maker (thank you, Dawn!) and used them on the backs of some envelopes for a few cards I made. It's very pretty up close and personal.

I used this same ribbon to doll up a package I wrapped with plain brown craft paper. I am so getting my two-bucks worth!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

I made this for my best friend, the only 4th of July card I made cause she kept asking me if I was going to send some out. I spoil her. The flags are laser cut wood veneer which I colored with colored pencils. The stars and stripes are raised making it very detailed. It was time consuming, but well worth the effort.