Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Old School Pile o' Valentine's

The family had decided to watch Hidden Figures over the snowy weekend and since I have windows from my office into the living room, I caught a large portion of the show. It was really nice to have a pile of pretties to play with & watch a movie. Good show too. A lot of think about.

The cards weren't anything special. Just a bunch of scraps. In fact, the white is the backing from the foil back tape project I saved from last week. A requirement for Valentine's Day is the heart doily, so I made a bunch with red and others with white.

What fun are those little tickets and the heart gems! Yummy!

I'm not sure if I'll send these out or release into the wild as a RAK. I suppose it depends if I get time to make another pile! I do like to send cards, which is why these are FLAT!!! I could always make 3D ones for the RAK.

Happy Hump Day!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Funkie Junkie Tags and Lindy Stamp Gang Mists

Had a fun little time this weekend with some mists and some goody bags from The Funkie Junkie. Did you know Linda sends along these little cellophane baggies full of cool things for each order? Realized that I had a couple of bags that I had been hoarding not to mention some fun new tag paper and new mists! So I made four tags!

Forgot how much I liked playing with mists. In fact, this is probably why I don't buy them because they are so yummy!

My favorite two tags are probably these two. The little girl image and those cool pieces of foliage came in a recent package. And I can't imagine why I haven't played with that dress form already!

In an ongoing effort to do more Random Acts of Kindness and Be Kind these will get released into the wild of the Corning Area! (Indoors of course, goodness gracious I know paper and snow don't mix!)

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Ghosts, Flapjacks, and Other White Stuff

We headed into the weekend giddy with laughter for two reasons. The first being that we had a big snow coming and virtually all weekend plans screeched to hault. People know their limitations here in the Twin Tiers and cancel things before the first snow flake even falls. This meant I could spend some time with some recently received art supplies and make a mess! Happy Dance!

THE MAN was pleased because then he could play with the tractor a whole lot. (Yes the bird feeders were empty. They are now filled due to the blue jays that kept looking in our windows and menacing us for seed). The other reason I was laughing was due to an early morning Friday meeting at Arbor Housing. I had spotted this post on Facebook the night before and been preparing helpful suggestions.

Our local Habitat for Humanity collaborates with Arbor. They are the big dog in town and do a lot to help the local community from home repair, low-income housing, and in this case, assisting with taking down an old school that couldn't be saved & replace with market rate houses. The fact they were dealing with ghosts was a first for me. After the fifth ghost buster joke, they still weren't laughing which didn't stop us. We then resorted to using the word ghost as many times in conversation as possible for good measure. Us Habitat peeps know how to have a good time unlike those uptight peeps at Arbor. Besides, better them than us.

In other ghostly news, we got Luke's award that he received from Harris Hill. The dude the reward was named after happens to be Gross, although we had a lot of theories on what exactly what a Gross Sky Ghost would look like. Let's not ask Arbor, they seemed to be lacking in imagination....

Pancakes are fun aren't they! Luke's school had a fundraiser and we all got up early to head down to have some hot flapjacks and bacon. It was a nice start to Sunday. The snow was pretty much cleared and I had done enough chores to spend some time playing with my goodies from The Funkie Junkie! I'll be back with a post about that tomorrow!

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Embossed Foil Back Tape Upcycled Rose Canister

Skip the craft store and get the makings of this project at the hardware, grocery, and second hand store! Seriously! This canister was your typical metal cookie container that got fancied up quite a bit. Don't believe me?

The foil tape was embossed with a new rose embossing folder from Close to My Heart. Due to the size of the embossing folder & tape, you end up making strips, so you pretty much have to piece it together until your entire tin is covered.

I used alcohol inks to get the mottled look combined with some rubbing alcohol. THE MAN says it looks like stained glass. 

A lot of these flowers & even the butterfly came from the second hand store! I'm always on the look out as usually people donate odds & ends and it doesn't take a lot to make something pretty. 

The fun part is that every single side of this container are different! Some of them have more red and others more of that turquoise color I love...I'm on a RAK kick, so it's possible this one will head out to be hidden locally for someone to find as a random surprise! 

Happy Tuesday! 

Monday, January 8, 2018

Velvet & Lace Vintage Scarf Pin

A while back, right before the holidays at work, someone mentioned scarf pins. It was an offhand comment like hey Mitra, you should make some. So, I guess I'm here to confess I'm not even sure if they are really a thing since I googled and didn't find too many.

To be honest, I probably would have skipped the whole thing if I hadn't found a fun piece to play with at the second hand store I frequent. It was fancy and looked fun. I wiggled the pin on the back of it until it broke off and then got crazy with a dyed vintage lace doily, velvet flowers, a little copper piece and some hot glue.

The back was pretty simple. This is just a little clip so really this piece could be added as bling to just about anything. Maybe a hat? Anyhow, it's heading off to hang on some one's desk and they can figure out what to do with it. ;-)

It's certainly scarf weather around here, so maybe it will be used on one soon!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, January 6, 2018


In keeping with my first post of the year, of Being Kind or shall I say Beeing Kind :-) I decided to make a RAK Journal for THE CUTTING CAFE. Randomly (see what I did there?) I got my first RAK shortly there after!

So many cool printable pages for this journal! I used watercolor paper & distressed the edges which made me happy. This is an add on for the planner but could also be made into a seperate book like mine.

I can't decide whether I'll be gifting it to a friend or adding my first Random Act of Kindess in it.

We have kindness rocks here (well, I am sure they are a lot of places) and I found one in the wild today! So cool. I played a little rock music for my ROCK and then rehid for someone else to enjoy!

Happy Saturday! Hope it's full of unexpected joy and loveliness!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Flying into the New Year

A while ago our Habitat for Humanity ReStore had these kaleidoscope kits for sale.  There were a couple of different kinds and since my Mom is a glass artist, I asked her if she'd like to try them out. Turns out she had plans of making them for the kids for Christmas! Luke's Christmas present was this cool plane.

You actually look in the tail end of the plane and the front prop has all the pretty glass that makes cool shapes! Wish I could show you what THAT looks like. It's super cool.

Here's the front! So much fun. Just took a couple of quick photos in the snow. It's super cold here at the moment so outdoor time is at an extreme minimum.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Erosion Bundle Collaboration Reveal

Since this past August...back when the days were sunny and flowers were blooming....a little bundle of paper, string, fabric, and some seam binding has been hanging out wrapped in tissue paper & exposed to the elements here at Pratt Inc. Well, a couple of days ago it was time to bring it in for a thaw and a peek-see.

Was so pleased with mine! I didn't bury one because somehow I knew we'd be in the single digits here in NY and figured that unburying would be most unpleasant. Not to mention, possibly the ground would be under snow cover. It was hard enough waiting for the gosh darn thing to thaw....I was most impressed with the doily. The age spots make me happy too. I had added a bunch of sumac which dyed the paper a little.

My most favorite item though was quite unexpected. I didn't know that I'd love the wrinkled & faded tissue paper quite so much. In fact, I didn't wait for our collaboration project and started using it right away! I figure I have quite a bit so I can use a little now! It went on like a dream with that sparkly Martha glitter glue.

Wish me luck! I'm dreaming up a big project now for the collaboration!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Be Kind: First Project of the Year for Another Freaking Scrappy

Happy New Year's Day! Just popping in with a little project I made yesterday. I won't lie. It's been extremely cold here and the mojo has been on vacation since the break. Good thing I have been hoarding some really lovely items like that pretty fame and those awesome big blooms which encouraged me to put down the book and get creative!

Anne over at Another Freaking Scrappy gave us the assignment this month of making a layout or project that talks about personal resolutions or goals, or how you want to improve something. It can be bettering yourself, making something better in your world, or the world in general. I thought a little frame that tells us to Be Kind or to Bee Kind :-) would be a good way to start the year. 

My favorite part besides using a lot of super pretty flowers, was making that honey comb out of some cardboard chippies I found. Believe it or not, I used whiteout to paint them white as it's fast drying and then added some ink in yellow. Nobody said I had to be patient yesterday! 

A little marker on the edges helped grunge them up. I actually used a sheet of tissue paper & some gold modge podge on the very back of the piece. The tissue was wrapped around an erosion bundle that I recently brought in that's been outside for about six months. I was supposed to have shown you that I'll be back tomorrow with a few photos! 

Have a great New Year's Day!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Be Your Own Holiday Magic

Goodness, it's that weird week between Christmas and New Year...and somehow I get to sneak turning 44 in there too. Good thing we're taking the break week seriously around these parts. Pratt Inc. has been on maintenance mode for the past couple of days. That means we're doing the laundry, dishes and basically chilling!

The stockings were hung, filled slowly over the month of December, and then opened in about ten minutes after my parents left on Christmas Day. The 'Rents went home to massive amounts of snow and with a new Christmas kitty to play with. They live in the lake affect snow area. Here we live in the brown grass with a dusting of snow area. Needless to say, the new kitten will not be going outside. They'd lose him under all that snow!

I always wonder every year if I should bother with stockings, but then all the little stuff makes everyone laugh so I think they secretly like them. Even if I stuff my own and stay things like WOW, I love these petaloo flowers, how ever did you know what color I'd want?

Back on the topic of the new kitty, Hawkeye is already proving to be a big part of their family and I'm glad we played a roll in getting the little bugger. He has taken over my Dad's chair which is mightly ballsy of him, but I think that's how he rolls. Likely he did a quick assessment of sleeping on the floor in front of the wood stove or on a chair and came up with the best option. Added bonus is a human sitting down and then he gets a pet at the same time.

As far as the magic of Christmas goes, we're pretty terrible at the holiday here at Pratt Inc. I'm not sure why, but it's probably because we're supposed to do all these things. All these things aren't things we wanna do so we kinda rebel and do it our way. Our way meant the kids got a budget, researched computer components and built their own machines the week after Thanksgiving for their present. That whole thing really cut down on the wrapping. I also just sent the last Christmas card yesterday. I seriously have a low opinion of Christmas stress having spent many years having it.

Well, I'm off to brave the frigid temps and retrive my erosion bundle. It's time to see what all our rain did to the dye I added and the paper. Wish me luck. Hopefully it's not just a hot (cold?) mess of ick. I'll probably be back tomorrow with how it turned out!

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Pretty Purple Pie Slice for THE CUTTING CAFE

Ohhh I have been looking forward to making this box! It was super quick and turned out so pretty!

The actual file can be found over at THE CUTTING CAFE and is called the Pie Slice Box. It's one piece and goes together quick!

I added a snowflake boarder and some crystals! A little heart shows you where to open the box!

I'm working on a little gift to go in this box! I can't wait to send it!

We're rounding the corner to Christmas! I have a couple of cards left to send and a package to mail, but other than that I'm all ready! I have big plans of lots of fun crafting next week!

Happy Hump Day!

Monday, December 18, 2017

12 "Tags" of Christmas for the Funkie Junkie: Jar Twelve

Goodness gracious! The last tag for the Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge is done and dusted! I wrapped it up this morning by rolling three burlap roses and then added some gold paint. I'm a bit sad and in fact after a group shot I packed them up for their next journey in life. But first, let's talk about what I made here!

Linda over at the Funkie Junkie blog used a lot of traditional colors on her tag so that's what I used. She also pulled out some burlap which is why I have rolled some roses out of it. So much fun.

Rolled burlap roses are rather addicting, but I only had one jar lid that needed to be decorated! Really love the little snow flakes that I also glued to the jar with gold pearl centers. They remind me a little of Linda's red pearls she used!

Are you ready for the group shot? Of course you are!

So pretty and to think they are just little upcycled jars with all sorts of fancy additions! Well, I am sure I'll be back next year....just trying to come up with my next creation!