<![CDATA[Travel Time Mama - Crafty Corner]]>Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:48:58 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[My Latest Projects]]>Sat, 11 Jul 2015 22:40:46 GMThttp://traveltimemama.weebly.com/crafty-corner/my-latest-projects
I painted this canvas at Elements Art Center. It was a lot of fun, even if it did stress me out. The staff helped me correct a couple of mishaps and I am happy with results. Even if the boots look like some sort of cowboy rain boot hybrid.
This is an altered allotted tin. I used polymer clay, sea shells from our recent vacation and stamps. 
Miniture clay food using polymer clay. I tried a few new techniques that worked well. 
<![CDATA[Camp-tastic Craft : ¬†Up-cycled DIY Jar Lanterns]]>Sat, 11 Jul 2015 22:26:49 GMThttp://traveltimemama.weebly.com/crafty-corner/camp-tastic-craft-up-cycled-diy-jar-lanterns  This is the perfect pre camping trip craft that will allow you to make use of old jars and add a little light and glam to your trip.  I used old jars I had on hand. Most were Smuckers Natural Peanut butter glass jars.  Remove the labels by soaking in hot water. 

After drying, use a flat brush to apply paint in the pattern you prefer. I used a metallic aquamarine acrylic paint and applied it with a squiggle pattern. Work quickly, and then use a paper towel or sponge brush to blot paint to give it some texture.

<![CDATA[Craft Tueday: Hummingbird On Canvas]]>Tue, 26 Aug 2014 17:33:17 GMThttp://traveltimemama.weebly.com/crafty-corner/craft-tueday-hummingbird-on-canvas
<![CDATA[Craft Tuesday: Owl Art]]>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:38:04 GMThttp://traveltimemama.weebly.com/crafty-corner/craft-tuesday-owl-art

I wish I had an awesome DIY craft project to share this week. What I have is a finished project that I gave to my three year old. She was thrilled with it- me, not so much. It was fun to create but it is no masterpiece.

My mom painted the pink owl. Mine is the blue/purple owl that reminds me of a furby.

We used acrylic paint, small canvases, and regular paintbrushes.

<![CDATA[Craft Tuesday: Fairy Garden DIY]]>Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:02:30 GMThttp://traveltimemama.weebly.com/crafty-corner/craft-tuesday-fairy-garden-diyMy default craft is polymer clay so when I don't have a craft idea I start there. My mom  and I saw some cute fairy garden stuff at the store. So, we decided to make our own tiny fairy garden decorations for my moms garden.

Atfer sculpting and baking our tiny accessories we set them up outside to photograph before sending them on to my mom's house. Here are some close up photos of our creations. From my tiny leaf table and chairs to the awesome tree my mom made we on a roll!

I had a lot of fun creating this tiny things! My personal favorite is the little koi pond. Mom's red mushrooms added a fun flash of color. There were a few creations that did not work out and I forgot to photograph them but trust me they were terrible. 

Project Level: Intermediate
Project Cost:  I had everything on hand. 
Lesson Learned: Just because I can draw butterflies doesn't mean I can sculpt them. 

<![CDATA[Cat Tuesday ... Err I mean craft Tuesday]]>Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:49:30 GMThttp://traveltimemama.weebly.com/crafty-corner/cat-tuesday-err-i-mean-craft-tuesdayToday's craft is a short sweet one because as I was out running errands I somehow ended up at the vets office. It turned from craft day to cat Tuesday when I brought home this cute fellow.

  Isn't he adorable! Check out that bob tail, buff beige fur, and white eyeliner. So hard to craft when you have a new cute kitten to love on.

  Now back to the craft...

   I picked up some glass votive holders and battered opperated tea lights. I knew I wanted to glam those holders up with some rhinestones. A little clear glue made quck work of that. So simple. 

The white tea lights were begging for a little glam of their own so I cut some strips of glitter duct tape to fit the top & sides. Again, so simple my 3 year old made one. 

Project Level:  Super Simple

Project cost: $ 6  ( I had the glue, rhinestones and glitter tape on hand)

Lesson Learned: Avoid holding free kittens unless you want to take one home.

<![CDATA[Craft Tuesday: Painted Rocks (Crafting on the Cheap!)]]>Tue, 10 Jun 2014 18:54:09 GMThttp://traveltimemama.weebly.com/crafty-corner/craft-tuesday-painted-rocks-crafting-on-the-cheapPicture
Today our craft project was simple and inexpensive. My mom found a bag of decorative river rocks at a dollar store for.. you guessed it $1. We decided to paint the rocks to go in her garden. We used acrylic paint and designs that came out of our imaginations. Of course, some turned out better than others. We even glitter stamped one of them.  I did the 2 with words on them and the weird blue and purple one. My favorite is the fun lady bug that my mom painted.

These can also be used a plant markers for your garden. I did the mint one to go by mom's mint plant. We don't actually have much of a garden other than that! All in all - I will rate this one as a CRAFT WIN. Simple, fun, inexpensive and we ended up with finished and usable items. 

Here is a photo of the rocks in progress....

Lessons Learned:  
1. Glossy polished rocks are not ideal for painting.
2. It is time to buy new paint. Mine are really old - some from 1997.  

Project Cost: $1.00
Materials on hand:  Paint, brushes, glitter, and stamps

<![CDATA[Disney Princess Magnets]]>Mon, 26 May 2014 19:44:00 GMThttp://traveltimemama.weebly.com/crafty-corner/disney-princess-magnetsPicture
    I have not made new polymer clay princesses for a while and it dawned on me that I hadn't attempted to do Elsa. 
    As you can see, they have no faces. I am going to try something new because making the clay eyes on such a tiny scale drives me mad. I can NEVER get the eyes the same size.
   Plan A:  Draw the faces with a  fine tipped marker or pen after they are baked. 
   Plan B:  Paint the faces. I am pretty sure this is a plan doomed to fail.
   Plan C: Print tiny eyes and glue them on. 

Sadly, I can't compete them until I get a toaster oven to bake them in. I also wanted to post the faceless princesses so that I show the "After" photo. It will be interesting to see if I ruin them. 
UPDATE: I am sad to report that this project is a FAIL! I burnt the poor princesses to a crisp while curing the. Lesson Learned: When using a new appliance to cook polymer clay, do not walk off and do laundry. 

<![CDATA[Craft Tuesday: Embellished & Painted Chipboard Wall Art]]>Sun, 27 Apr 2014 20:00:22 GMThttp://traveltimemama.weebly.com/crafty-corner/craft-tuesday-embellished-painted-chipboard-wall-art
I used 2 shades of blue paint, a rusty brown, and tiny bit of white to create the base color. I embellished it with some SPARE PARTS fabric flowers, sparkly stones I snitched from one of my daughters art sets, a heart sticker.
I am pretty happy with how my latest wall art came out! I bought a blank chipboard plaque, a key, and a flour-de-lis on sale. I really had no idea what I was going to do with them. They were on sale and I liked them. That was enough for me. 

When I started working with them this past Tuesday I didn't intend to make them complement each other but then they started to come together I decided I wanted to create something to go with a neat wall hanging that I bought a while ago. Here is what I have so far:
The Faith, Family, Friends picture was the "inspiration" piece. You can not tell from the photo, but brown outline around the flowers are actually raised wire. 

The Laugh, love, and live are actually a previous chipboard craft project that just
happened to be on the wall already. 

I tried a new technique on the flour-de-lis. I used hot glue to create a swirl pattern . After it dried, I painted it and rubbed the paint off to give it an antiqued look. I ended up adding more paint, a second flour-de-lis, and then edging around the glued swirls with more paint.

Here is what everything looked like before I got started......

There are a couple of projects laid out that I did not get finished. Ignore that. And the Coke Zero that I stopped drinking a few months ago. All in all, I am pretty happy with the way everything turned out. Trust me, this is not always the case when I create things. Sometimes they are just pain AWFUL!