Friday, April 10, 2015

JEWELRY DIY: Frida Kahlo Earrings

These wood and paper earrings are inspired by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. These look complicated, but you'll see how simple they are to create. You can use any iconic face from real people, dolls, cartoons or your imagination. Frida is a style icon for me and has a distinctive look. With that, you can use any colors that fit your character and desired look.

  • Creatology Wood Circles - Michaels
  • Acrylic paint - I used black, brown, orange, white, pink, and red
    • Brown + Black = Dark Brown hair for the big circles.
    • White + Orange = Flesh tone for little circles
    • There are a huge range of flesh tones & hair colors, so explore them
  • Aleene's Tacky Glue - Provided by I Love to Create
  • 6 Mini paper roses - From Michael's in the clearance
  • E6000 Glue - Use in well ventilated area
  • 2 Earring posts - Joann has big packs
  • Paint brushes - 1 Detail and 1 Flat
Watch this video to learn how to make your own DIY Frida Kahlo Earrings.

I'm wearing plastic pad bullet backs to support the earrings. They keep large earring laying flat and stable against the ear.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

HOME DIY: Wood Pallet Jewelry & Hair Accessory Organizer

April 22 is Earth Day and we are celebrating with a very special blog hop. Kunin Felt and Walnut Hollow, two “Made in the USA” companies committed to eco-friendly practices and quality products partner to bring you indoor, outdoor home decor projects. It all began with Stephen Seymour Kunin in the 1960’s, “the Father of Craft Felts”. Now The Kunin Group, located in NH manufactures adhesive-backed, die-cut, embossed, and stiffened fabrics in several color and style options using their Eco-fi fiber. Kunin turns trash into treasure using 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Over six hundred million bottles end up in landfills each year, so far this year Kunin has recycled over 350,000, 000 and counting. This adds the value of environmental stewardship to the fun of making crafts.

Walnut Hollow® began as a small family-owned business in Dodgeville, WI in the 70’s. Walnut Hollow is committed to protecting the environment and replenishing natural resources. The company’s owners and employees have been since the beginning strongly committed to preserving natural resources through its raw materials consumption practices, production processes, recycling activities, and community involvement. The Ladd's (owners and founders of Walnut Hollow) have planted more than 300,000 trees and shrubs on personal property in the surrounding area. Whenever possible, raw material is harvested from plantation and managed woodlands for the manufacture of their home d├ęcor items and wood surfaces. Through their manufacturing process no wood waste ends up in landfills, all is recycled. Walnut Hollow’s emphasis has always been to bring the best possible quality products to art and craft hobbyists.

Today I am sharing how to make a jewelry and hair accessory organizer using a Walnut Hollow Rustic Palette Tray, Kunin Felt, Rit Dye, and hardware. This organizer will easily hold various jewelry and hair accessories on it's strips, hooks, and loops. I designed it for my daughter's bathroom, but the items displayed on it, are mostly mine and handmade. For this project, you need to be comfortable using a hand drill and hammer. These are good skills for any crafter to have. After my tutorial, if you head to the bottom, you can see the other projects in this Earth Friendly Crafts Blog Hop and a giveaway!

  • Walnut Hollow Rustic Palette Tray
  • 1 Sheet each, Kunin Eco-Fi Rainbow Classic Felt in Aqua (teal), Brilliant Blue, and Royal Blue (navy)
  • Rit Dye in Aquamarine
  • 1 cup of water
  • 12 Black upholstery nails
  • 48 Cut tack nails
  • 20 Cup hooks
  • 2 Eye hook
  • 15" Long thick hemp cord
  • A wide soft paint brush
  • A small plastic container - I used an old bowl
  • Plastic tablecloth - I used one from Dollar Tree
  • A hammer
  • Scissors
  • A drill with a 3/32" bit - I use a Dremel cordless rotary drill

1) We'll start outside. I worked on my balcony. Lay the plastic tablecloth down. Put the wood Rustic Palette Tray down onto the tablecloth.

2) In the plastic bowl, add a cup of water and a cap full of Aquamarine RIT dye. Stir the water & dye mixture with the paint brush, until it's blended.

3) Paint the dye mixture onto the wood, making sure the color is even. If you have trouble getting in between the slats, you can use a smaller brush. Let the wood dry. Repeat again, if you want a deeper color. The color will become richer when it's dry. After it's completely dry, bring it inside.

4) Lengthwise, cut two 1" strips from each piece of felt, for a total of six strips.

5) Lay the strips across the small part of the tray, on the thick wood pieces. Space the strips out evenly.

6) Along the top, hammer one upholstery nail into each strip. Use a small piece of felt to protect the nails, so the finish doesn't come off while nailing.

7) Pull each strip tightly across to the other thick wood piece. Hammer one upholstery nail into each strip to secure it tightly.

8) Use scissors to cut off the excess felt, flush with the wood.

9) Use the ruler to evenly measure 9 dots 1" apart, centered along the underside of the center thick wood piece. The side dots are about 1.5"-2" from the side. Along the center of the bottom, measure out 11 dots. These are for to place the cup hooks later.

10) Drill about 1/4" through each dot. These are just pilot holes for the screws of the cup hooks.

11) Screw the cup hooks into the pilot holes.

12) Cut two 7" x 11" strips of felt from each color. Cut 4 Royal Blue, 4 Brilliant Blue, and 2 Aqua 3" x 1" strips of felt. Divide them into two stacks.

13) Fold the strips in half, to make loops. Center the loops along the sides. Hammer 3 tack nails at the top of each loop, to secure them. Space the loops out 1/2" apart. The big loops are to hold wide headbands and fascinators. The little loops are for necklaces, thin headbands, and barrettes.

TIP: If the side feel a little unstable from all the hammering, add some wood glue to the joints. The sides of the tray came unhammered, because it has thin nails and probably isn't meant for lots of banging hammering. I might add glue later. I hammered the sides back in place. You could also use larger nails to secure the sides better for this utilitarian use.

14) To hang it, I drilled two pilot holes, evenly spaced. I screwed in the two eye hooks. I tied a piece of thick hemp cord, adding glue to the 2nd knot, through the eye hooks. After the glue dried, I hammered two long nails into my daughter's bathroom wall and hung the organizer.

That's all for this tutorial! Both RIT Dye and Kunin Eco-Fi Classic Felt come in a rainbow of colors. I chose my color palette to coordinate with the sea theme of my daughter's bathroom. We store our earrings in drawer containers, but you could add a metal mesh section to hang earrings. I hope this tutorial will help you with your accessory organizing. My daughter has already filled it with her own things.

Find out more about Kunin Group here:
And find out more about Walnut Hollow here:

Our teams are sharing projects that pair both Kunin Group felt and Walnut Hollow wood products to create practical and beautiful home decor, organizing solutions, and entertaining items. You can make these projects all year long, not just for Earth Day. To see more inspiring projects, continue on the hop using the list below:

Walnut Hollow

Kunin Group Felt

Sue Eldred

Beth Watson

Debra Quartermain

Sabrina Alery


Jennifer Priest GO HERE NEXT

Marilyn Gossett

Laura Kelly

Steph Ackerman

Laura Bray


And to sweeten the Made In the USA, eco-friendly fun, we're having a giveaway! We're sending an assortment of Walnut Hollow wood products to one lucky crafter. Use the widget below to enter to win!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

HOLIDAY DIY: Pop Art Inspired Eggs

Easter was yesterday, but earlier in March, I made these Pop Art Inspired Eggs for Craft Paper Scissors. They are influenced by the artwork of Yayoi Kusama, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Peter Max, Keith Haring, and Jackson Pollock. They are broken up into three posts (two eggs a post), which contains artist information and tutorials. Head over to Craft Paper Scissors to see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

HEADWEAR DIY: DIY Painted Feathers Straw Trilby Hat

I painted feathers on this straw trilby hat for my daughter. She claimed this  hat when I brought it home from Target. I have a straw sunhat for myself, which I'll paint in a different style soon. To me, painting is about enjoyment, not perfection. These feathers use layers of colors, inspired by various watercolor and ink artwork I've seen. If you do the splatter painting all over the hat, do that 1st before adding the other details. Mine was an after thought. Also, protect your work surface well, because the splatter will go farther than you think it would. You should see my arms, table, and back of my cell phone. Honestly, my white cell phone case looks much nicer with rainbow dad agreed. This took me about an hour and a half to paint. You can watch the tutorial over on my YouTube channel.

  • A straw hat. Mine is a trilby style, often misnamed a "fedora". You can use any style of straw hat that you like
  • Tulip Soft Fabric Paint Matte in Royal Blue, Leaf Green, Yellow, Orange, Pink, and Glacier White
  • Tulip Soft Fabric Paint Glitter in Diamond
  • Various small paint brushes
  • Newspaper to cover your work surface
  • Wax paper to cover right under the hat. It prevents the hat from sticking to the work surface while drying
  • A foam plate for a palette
  • A cup of water and paper towels to wash the brushes and your fingers in between colors. Splattering makes for messy fingers
To see how I painted this hat, watch my video tutorial!

JEWELRY DIY: Oly*Fun Geometric Earrings

These geometrics earrings are made from my stash of Oly*Fun scraps. You can use any colors or shapes that you want. I came up with this project, while testing different glues for adhering Oly*Fun pieces. Aleene's Tacky Glue and Fabric Fusion failed, making the pieces easy to peel off. E6000 and Beacon Fabri-Tac held the best, but still not perfect. Unlike most fabrics, Oly*Fun isn't woven. It's has a texture, but isn't porous enough for glues to permeate and adhere it well to itself. My friend Twinkie Chan (or as I call her, Stephanie), suggested Aleene's OK to Wash, since she works with yarn and felt often...both hard to adhere items. Anyway, on with the project.


1) Using Jet Black Oly*Fun, cut 4 rectangles 2" by 4". Set aside 2 rectangles for the backing.

2) Cut small triangles from your colorful scraps. I cut two triangles of each color.

3) Apply a little Fabri-Tac to the back of one triangle. Press down onto one Jet Black rectangle. Repeat with more triangles, overlapping them into a design that is centered. Repeat with a 2nd rectangle. The two earrings can be different. Allow the rectangles to dry.

4) Line up a backing rectangle to the back of the design rectangle. Figure out where you want the earring post to be, so the post back is easily covered. Poke the post through the backing. Repeat for the other backing and design rectangles set. Remove the posts from the holes.

5) Apply Fabri-Tac where the post back touches the backing rectangle. Poke the post back through the hole and press onto the glue. Repeat for other post and backing.

6) Apply Fabri-Tac evenly to the backing. Press firmly onto the back of the design rectangle. Repeat for the other earring. Let them dry completely.

7) Cut away the excess fabric, following the edges of the design, leaving a little black boarder.

8) Wear the earrings!

You can alter this project for a necklace, broach, bracelet or barrette. Use appropriate hardware inserted the same way I did the earring posts, so they stay attached securely. Like I mentioned before, you can use any colors (it comes in 18 colors) and shapes you want. Just be conscious of the size. The Oly*Fun will stay bendable, but more sturdy, in layers. Though these are over-sized, they are still light-weight. You can add more pizzazz with dimensional paint and metallic paint markers. I think these are wacky enough the way they are. What ever you do, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

Friday, March 27, 2015

SHOE DIY: Galaxy Sneakers

I've been wanting to make galaxy shoes for years. I found plain black sneakers at Five Below recently, for $5. They are the perfect base for a paint makeover. I used a variety of Tulip Fabric Paints to make these sneakers out of this world. You use my tutorial on any canvas or cotton shoes, bags, hats, accessories or clothing. This paint bonds to the fabric and is flexible, making it perfect for wearable projects.

  • Black sneakers - I found mine at Five Below
  • Tulip Soft Matte Fabric Paint in Red, Azalea, Pink, Navy, Royal Blue, Grape, Platinum Metallic, and Glacier White
  • Tulip Soft Glitter Fabric Paint in Diamond
  • Tulip Glow in the Dark Dimensional Fabric Paint in Natural Glow, Blue, and Pink
  • Small stiff round paint brush
  • Detail paint brush
  • A cup of water and paper towels - To wash and dry brushes in between colors
  • A plate - To use as a paint palette
  • Wax paper - To protect work surface from paint

My video tutorial shows how I painted this pair of sneakers. The design is up to you. Thanks to my daughter for modeling this for me this morning, as rain was sprinkling on us.

Friday, March 13, 2015

JEWELRY DIY: Mod Melter Faux Stone Necklace

The Mod Melter from Plaid Crafts was released this Monday on HSN. To help promote the launch of this innovative tool, I made a few jewelry pieces with it. Over on my YouTube channel, you can learn how to make this Faux Stone Necklace. It uses the Mod Melter, Alphabet Mod Mold, and Sea Glass Mod Melts...and of course layers of paint and a few jewelry findings. I'm really into the typography (letter art/fonts) lately, as you can see with my Wonderful Marquee Letters Necklace. I created a faux stone finish, inspired by some concrete jewelry I've been coveting lately. You could use any colors or faux finish you desire. This one is rather easy, compared to some others. You could make a smaller version that spells something, or a different shape. As always, that's up to your desire.

Ok, more about the Mod Melter. It was designed by Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza of Mod Podge. It's an upgrade from the traditional glue gun. It's made to be used with the Mod Melts, but can be used with regular hot glue too. It's accepts the mini glue sticks in various lengths. It's much hotter than a regular glue gun, allowing the Mod Melts to achieve the right hot temperature for using in Mod Molds. It has a long silicone tip, which is great for dimensional projects. You can get deep into your project without melting it. That being said, the silicone tip does get hot, so you don't want to handle it while the Mod Melter is on or cooling. The Mod Melter had an on/off switch, which makes it more convenient to use for big projects, than a traditional glue gun. You lose less glue this way. I used mine with the Mod Podge Silicone Craft Mat, so I could easily peel off any Mod Melts drips and use them in future projects. 

The shape of the Mod Melter makes for easier use. The trigger is longer and located at the top, which takes less force to use and doesn't cause hand cramping. You can easily control the flow by how hard you press the trigger. The tube body allows the user to hold it vertically, causing less obstruction. It has a long built in stand, allowing the gun to lay down without rolling. The bottom of the gun has a large silicone section, which makes it easier to grip. It has a 6 ft cord, which makes the gun easier to use on a table. For a traditional gun, I have to stay close to the outlet. 
Ok, you know about the gun. Now, see how it works in my tutorial!

Here are some other things I made with the Mod Melter, Mod Molds and Mod Melts. I used the Trinkets Mod Mold (made for Decoden crafts) and Sea Glass Mod Melts, though the Milk Glass Mod Melts would be good too. I embedded ring bases or earring posts into the filled molds while the melt was still hot. Then, I base coated them with white acrylic paint. Using the Milk Glass Mod Melts would eliminate that need. Using small brushes and bright acrylic paint, I added colorful details to the molded jewelry.  

Back in June, I made this Faux Geode Jewelry using the Metallic and Glitter Mod Melts, and the Gems Mod Mold...and a heavy dose of glitter.

That's all the projects I've made with this tool and it's coordinating molds and melts. There are 6 different packs of Mod Melts, totalling 16 colors. There are 15 different Mod Molds with multiple designs per mold. The decorative uses for these items is limitless. Head to your local big craft store and get your own Mod Podge melts supplies! Whatever you do with them, have fun. Happy Makery!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

FASHION NEWS: Zoolander 2

If you are a fan of fashion, you've likely seen Zoolander many times...I've lost count for myself, and today will be another viewing. The characters of models Derek Zoolander and Hansel are dynamic and so quirky, you want to watch them longer than just one movie. After 15 years, (slated for 2016) they will return for a sequel, Zoolander 2!!! I way too excited about this!!! According to the cast, Ben Stiller's wife, Christine Taylor, will return as Matilda Jefferies, in addition to Will Ferrell's villainous designer character Mugatu. In true fashion icon style, they finished the Valentino Fall Winter 2015/2016 show. The roar from the crowd shows that this movie still brings joy to fashion mavens.

While I'm working on my best Blue Steel face, watch them walk a real runway at the Valentino runway show from Paris Fashion Week.

Here is the full runway show, in case you are curious.

Your fashionista bonus, is this Instagram photo of Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue magazine, with Derek and Hansel.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

UPDATE: DIY Bag, Spring Haul, and Painted Hat

It's been busy here at Craft Lady Abby. I've been working on several deadlines, creating projects for Fairfield World, and content on my YouTube channel. I'm getting better at linking all non-site projects over here, so you all can see what I've been up to.

First up is this Pop Art Circles Clutch Purse over on the Fairfield World blog. I made it with Oly*Fun, so it's durable and colorful. Oly*Fun is the reusable grocery bag fabric. It doesn't fray, comes in 18 colors, and cuts like paper. This is a beginners sewing project. You can cut all the circles by hand, or with a computerized cutter. Speaking of, I finally ordered a Silhouette Cameo. I haven't had a chance to play with it yet. I know...every one else would break out their new expensive toy and make all the things with it. I want to dedicate a few days to figuring out how to use it with various materials...different weights of fabric, paper, and maybe some wood veneer, or what ever else I hope it can cut. I'll cover that probably on my YouTube channel, so you all can see it in action...and because I've already had requests.

Want to see why I'm holding this large egg? Watch my Target, Jo-Ann, and Dollar Tree Spring Crafts Haul. I have a few projects coming up using this stuff. I'll be decorating Easter Eggs over on Craft Paper Scissors for Fave Crafts, some time before Easter. I already painted the straw trilby hat, which is the next video below.

Here, you can see me paint this DIY Painted Feathers Straw Trilby Hat. I used Tulip Soft Fabric Paint in Matte. The finished hat looks much more complicated to paint than it is. It's all about layers. I'm not an expert painter by far. I get better with practice and don't worry about perfection in craft projects. I like when something looks pretty and handmade, vs mass produced. This hat was $3. I have a small sunhat...there is probably a style name for paint too. I'll probably do that in a few weeks, just to space out these tutorials. That one will have flowers, reminiscent of vintage fancy sunhats.

That's all for this update. I'm working on some other projects, which you'll see soon. I have a review of the new Mod Melter from Plaid Crafts. I received mine in a promo bag at CHA. If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this photo last night. It premiered on HSN yesterday, but will be in craft stores later this month. I'll have all the info both on this blog and on my YouTube channel, so you can see how it works and what to use with it. I also have some beauty product reviews coming. I'm waiting for my 2nd order from NYX  to arrive, so I can put everything in one video. Have a fabulous crafty day!
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Sunday, March 8, 2015

NYC FASHION WEEK F/W 2015: RED Valentino

RED Valetino's Fall Winter 2015 collection is great for transitioning from the warm Summer to the cooler Fall weather. The plaids are classic for Fall, but these are done in a tailored way that reminds me more of school girls than loggers. The florals and stripes bridge from past seasons' trends, but compliment the plaids. The pastels are a nice approach to Fall and Winter fashions, as those colors are normally reserved for Spring. There is a peek of Marsala (dark red/burgundy) which is the Pantone color of the year. Overall the collection has a hip vintage revival feel to it. This is one of my favorite brands, as they always have many knock out wearable looks.


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