Sunday, June 29, 2008


© The Graphics Fairy

July 4Th is the day that Americans celebrate our independence from Great Britain, the day that the then Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence. That was on July 4, 1776, 232 years ago.
Celebrate America! Keep safety in mind and have a happy 4Th of July.

Patriotic Cross Stitch

The following pictures are a sample of the twenty four patriotic cross stitch projects I completed. I am planning to make the squares into a small quilt and/or maybe some pretty pillows.

You can see more of these patriotic squares that I stitched in the slide show in the right panel.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Altered Tin

Who would have thought this tobacco tin could be so pretty. This is one of the few brands that have a metal can. Most are plastic. It has a plastic liner around the bottom inside edge, but the remainder of the can is metal.
Of course I don't chew or dip or whatever you call it! I personally think it is a bad, nasty addiction. I know someone who does use this, and that is where my tin came from.
Below are the steps to show how I altered this tin.

Be sure to click on the photos for a closer view.

The first two photos show what the can looked like before it was altered.

To start altering it, I added a big "glob" of glitter glue to the top. I used the inexpensive kind you find around Christmas at the Dollar Tree or the 99 cent stores.
You can find it almost anywhere you buy craft supplies.

I applied a generous amount of glue to work with.

Then I picked out a few pretty elements from my button and bead collection and placed them around on the glitter glue. I used the very small pearls and seed beads to fill in.

After the glue dried for a day or so I brushed on gold leaf paint around the edges. This step can be done before the glue and elements are added to the top.
Either way works fine.

The edges could be further embellished with trim of my choice but I prefer my tin without more trim. This is my finished tin and it was so quick and easy!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

More Cans

A little can to drop my spare change in, then another just because I like that saying.
Money graphic from GrandStand Graphics.
©jp2008_______Click on photos to enlarge

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Recycled and Altered Can

I made this from a plain old empty vegetable can.
These are the steps I took to make this little can. First wash and dry the can thoroughly. Tap a small hole in the top on opposite sides for the wire handle. Paint the can with a base or matte paint. After that is dry spray with whatever color spray paint you like. Choose your graphic print and cut out or use a premade graphic. I like to spray my ink jet printed graphic with clear Krylon Fixatif to set the ink and keep it from bleeding. You can use a graphic from a magazine or where ever you find one you like. I like to print them on sticker paper so they are easy to attach to the can. Stick or glue the graphic to the can. You can use the sticker paper, glue, or mod podge to attach it to the can. I then coat several light coats of mod podge over this or you can use a clear spray varnish to finish it. After this is thoroughly dry, attach the handle and any other embellishments you like. This makes a cute little holder for different items.
You can turn it into a gift can, candy container, candle holder or a variety of other uses.

©jp2008_________click photo to enlarge

Another Fun Thing

I get these forwarded emails every day and I thought this one was worth sharing. It brought a smile to my face and I hope it does yours too. We all need to smile so this is for all you gals....and guys too, if you have a sense of humor.
I used the email (original author unknown to me), and changed it somewhat, and made this little poster using
Grandstand Graphics.

Monday, June 9, 2008

A Can of Worms

Back to crafts...
This really is a can of worms that I made just for a fun thing!
I used an empty vegetable can, washed and dried thoroughly. The trick is to open the can with a special can opener that opens the top or bottom from the outside edge so it can be placed back on with a little non toxic glue.
My can opener is the Good Cook brand. The cost for this opener is about eight dollars.
I designed and printed out the label and top. The label dimension is about 8.75 x 2.75 inches, the top is about 1.50 inches.
(If you decide to make one of these, measure the can you are using as these measurements would depend on what size can is.)
I stuffed a bag of gummy worms inside and thought this was a cute idea.

The pictures were taken with my older camera so they are not very clear, but you can get an idea of what it looks like.
Graphics used on this can are from GrandstandGraphics
front of can ______________©jp2008

back of can

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

My Photos Published

On a "whim", I decided to enter my yellow lily photo to I previously entered another photo to them and it too was picked to be published in one of their books.
I received my confirmation letter today that said my contest entry, "Golden Lily," has advanced to semi-finalist in the International Open Amateur Photography Contest. My photo will now be automatically entered into the final competition, where it will have a chance of winning a prize, but it will also be published in their forthcoming anthology series called Endless Journeys. Even if it never wins a prize it is still an honor to have my photo published in a book.
Here and here are links to my 2 photos to be published.