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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Woodburning Oar Project

I've seen these drinking games at tailgates in the past, and I wanted to make one for our annual Jimmy Buffett trip to Alpine Valley.

I sanded the oar and then sketched my designs  This was my first ever parrot drawing (copied from clip art) but I think it turned out well.
More sketching, also copied from a font and clip art.
This was my first attempt at woodburning, so I bought this cheap frame for practice.  I made both projects simultaneously.
Jess took this pic of me trying woodburning for the first time.

This side all burned.  It was easy, and I enjoyed it--another new hobby.

Here's the back side.  The lettering was hard to burn evenly.

The frame completed.

Another pic of the oar, complete with shot glasses, which are attached with velcro.

And the back of the oar, which shows when you do the shots.  The words reference Margaritaville--all of you should know this.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Paper Bag Purse

These paper bag purses come together really quickly and easily.  I'm sure the idea has been around for awhile, but I was inspired by some that I saw at my LSS.  They are perfect for a small gift bag or for favors for a wedding or baby shower.  I used Close to My Heart's Wings paper pack and Sophia for these two.  Here are the easy instructions for the Wings purse:

You'll need:
1 - paper bag (standard lunch size--approx. 5.25" x 10.75")
1 - 5.25" x 5" cs for the front base
1 - 5.25" x 7" cs for back base
2 - 5" x 4.75" B&T paper for front and back (one is wrong in the pic--they should be the same size)
1 - 5" x 1.75" B&T paper for front flap
1 - 3" x 3" cs for front overhang
1 - 2.75" x 2.75" B&T paper for front overhang
ribbon of your choice
crumpled paper flower (for instructions for making this flower, click HERE)

Cut the paper bag 5" from the bottom of the bag.

Score the 5.25" x 7" cs 2" from one end and fold.

Adhere the 5 x 1.75" B&T paper to the end that's folded over.  I used gluestick for almost everything.
Thread ribbon through the slits, and tie small knots on each end to secure it.

Adhere the 5" x 4.75" B&T pieces to the front ande back of the purse.

Assemble the front square embellishment, and adhere it to the front flap.  I used a strip of two-sided tape to attach the square. 

Finished!  I added a little extra ribbon to the handle.  You can use a tiny glue dot to close the front flap, or a piece of velcro if you want it to open and close easily several times.