Friday, October 29, 2010

Two dishes, but to one table: that's the end.

Your worm is your only emperor for diet: we fat all
creatures else to fat us, and we fat ourselves for
maggots: your fat king and your lean beggar is but
variable service, two dishes, but to one table:
that's the end.
                                            Hamlet IV.ii.19-

Check out these super-fun jello blood worms:

Serving Time:

3D Skull Cake Pan by Wilton
Blood Worms Tutorial from The Idea Room

Friday, October 22, 2010

Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda (Alter)

(Please click for larger pictures)

Yesterday I set up our Day of the Dead shrine. Last year it fit on our printer table; this year it's about eight feet tall. Wow. And we all love it. Madly and passionately love it.

My regular readers should recognize a lot of the projects included. It's such a special time for our family to reminisce about loved ones, tell their stories, laugh together. 

I wanted to make a shrine for Grandma Maki and my Auntie Myrtle but wasn't able to. Hopefully they'll be added by next year. 

Left Side (Note the traditional Tequila... it's missing a snort or two *grin*)


Right Side:

One of my favorite parts of this shrine is the flower garland I hung around it.

They are all made with water bottles. My DH hosts a large meeting each month and I asked him to bring home all the used water bottles. I bet he didn't expect me to make this. LOL.

In case you haven't seen these before, they were popularized by Anthropologie and everyone was making them back at the start of 2010. Mine got all the way through painting and then hid in the basement for six months.

Here's how you do it:

1. Wash

2. Cut in Half

3. Dry Thoroughly

4. Cut Petals using scissors
You do this by cutting out a piece like this

5. Bend the petals down. Some won't stay down, don't worry.
Side View

6. Do this to all your tops and bottoms

7. Spray Paint. I like mixing colors but I also prefer my projects to be very imperfect.

Assemble. I hot-glued a top into a bottom piece and then used a bottle cap for the centers. You can then further embellish them with Sharpies and paint pens if you like.

All that was left from a huge box of "trash" was this:

Not bad!

Most of the items in my ofrenda were made using Bombshell Stamps and supplies by Gauche Alchemy. My inspiration came from the lovely Crafty Chica.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dish Mats

 Making dish mats is such a great joy for me. I really love mixing and matching fabrics and sewing them together all higgly-piggly. So, when the need arose to send a present, I knew just what to make.

This is the first time I've used colored thread and I loved the effect of the teal zig-zags.

This one is more scrappy:

The wrinkle ribbon looked so cute that I didn't fuss with the packaging at all. It's always great when one spectacular detail carries the weight of making something look special.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Halloween Neighbor Gifts

After making cards today, I thought it would be fun to use my scraps to decorate the treat bags in my Candy Corn CupCards {To Go} kit. It was a great chance to play with the included stamps... and eat candy corn :-)

Each bag took just a couple of minutes and now I can brighten someone's day.

Did you see my wrinkle ribbon? I just love the stuff! I'll be adding some yardage to my Etsy shop so if you're interested in a specific color or color group let me know.

Linked To:


Something Completely Different and CupCards {to go}

The current challenge at Something Completely Different is Black and Orange. This gorgeous paper from my Candy Corn CupCards {to go} kit was just perfect. I love mixing dots with fancy flourishes.

The card itself was a plain stark white so I warmed it up with Spiced Marmalade (orange) Distress Ink applied with a foam applicator. I just love orange ink and use it nearly as often as black.

As always, click on the picture to see it full sized.

Papercraft Star Challenge 18 & CupCards {To Go}

I was excited to find a new challenge called Papercraft Star and loved their Friday Challenge this week. You were instructed to use this picture for inspiration:

The picture reminded me of the cute papers in my Cupcards {To Go} kit that I took a rather literal approach. Don't the Halloween trees looked look like hanging lanterns? That sort of thing always amuses the heck out of me :-)

Here's my card:

And a close-up:

Thanks so much for popping by. 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happy Mail: CupCards {To Go}


My dear sweet friend Sonda sent me one of her delicious CupCards {To-Go} kits and I have to tell you; it's like Christmas around here... well, actually, Halloween! *SQUEAL*

First off, it comes in this cute box with a tuck-in lid so instead of having to shake your new treasures free you get this:

What a pretty present! As a huge fan of tissue paper, I'm already excited about using the packaging in a project. And did you see the cute tag? Click on the picture to get a closer look.

When I carefully pulled back the tissue I saw this:

*Jaw drop*

Is that stamps I see :-)

Here's the contents of this super-packed kit:

To see more, click here.

6x6" papers
1 Basic Grey june bug-apron
1 Basic Grey june bug-corsage
1 Black River Designs-old red pin cushion
1 Bo Bunny whooligans-batty
1 Bo Bunny whooligans-dot
1 Bo Bunny whooligans-grrr
1 Bo Bunny whooligans-stripes
1 GCD spring-orange dots
1 GCD margarita-bird paradise
1 MME blackbird-big dots
1 MME blackbird-costumes
1 MME blackbird-halloween words
1 MME blackbird-pumpkins
1 MME blackbird-spiders
1 UPSY DAISY-lyric
5.5x4.25" Cards
10 Basis-white
10 Basis-white
1 sheet Black River Designs sentiment rubons
3 clear treat bags
1 Basic Grey wheat bling-curry
4 CBX splendid treasures-ruby (assorted)
3 Jillibean Soup sprouts-orange
1 black photo corner
1 bright orange flower
2 orange foam balls
1 Ranger grungeboard circle
4 google eyes (these are sticky backed...just peel and stick)
2 shipping tags
1 EK Success glitter leaf sticker
2 Jenni Bowlin chipboard buttons
3 MME blackbird glazed brads
My Little Korner sentiment tags
1 purple shell bead
May Arts satin pumpkins
Queen & Co. clear rhinestones
hand dyed buttons
1 Unity-candy corn tree + 3 sentiments
1/2 yd. May Arts sheer squares-orange
1/2 yd. American Crafts-black gingham
1/2 yd. Maya Road-black sequins
1/2 yd. cream ricrak braid
1/2 yd. purple sheer w/white dots
1/2 yd. red grosgrain
1/2 yd. lime green sheer
1/2 yd. orange satin
1 yd. kraft hemp cord

So... yeah...I guess you all know what I'm going to be doing the next few night - getting crafty!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Watercolor on Canvas

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is one of my favorite artists and I record Scrapbook Memories to see her segments.  While laid up this week with spinal headaches, back spasms and irregular heart beat (yes, I've had a TON of fun the past few days) I entertained myself with catching up on Tivoed episodes of Work of Art, Quilting Arts and Scrapbook Memories. They were all inspiring, but Julie's project got me off the couch and playing with paint. Here it is:

(click to see it bigger)

Here's a close up:

I didn't stray far from her step by step instructions except that when I realized how water reactive the paint was I splattered water all over the finished product to make white splotches as well as the black paint ones. 

Question: What paint pens do you like? I have both Sharpie ones and Elmer's Painters. Neither is very opaque. The silver DecoColor ones (which I loved writing all over my binders with as a kid) are very wet and opaque but the white ones turn a lighter shade of the paint color underneath within a few minutes.

You can see Julie's instructions HERE

Have a great weekend everyone :-)

Linked up with Tatertots and Jello

Monday, October 4, 2010

'Tis the Season: Calacas

Most readers of this blog know that Day of the Dead is a popular holiday at Casa Maki. We all enjoy making meals that remind us of our loved ones who have passed away and the cheerfully macabre decor.

(As always, click to see the pictures close-up)

The most recent issue of Cloth Paper Scissors (my favorite magazine in the world!) included a feature article by the ridiculously talented Michael Demeng on making calacas. Of course I had to try.

The way you make these is to take Dollar Store figurines or wedding cake toppers (expensive!) and lop off their heads. I know - rather violent, no? I used a chisel, hammer and safety goggles and it was easy peasy.

Then I replaced their missing heads with skeleton heads torn from a garland, also from the Dollar Store. 

Next, you cover the whole thing with modeling paste (which is like working with tartar control toothpaste - not fun but very textured) and decorate and paint them as you like. Using a paint pen was easier for fine details like the eye sockets and mouth.

For me, having a very tactile finished project is important so I glued lace to the dress and added dimensional flowers and added a veil turning my "pretty girl" into a "winsome bride".

The veil was one of my favorite parts as I sprayed it with yellow, brown and a bit of blue homemade glimmer mist and then burned the edges to make it curl after I attached it. The effect added a lot of age and movement to the figure. I used the same colors to dye the lace. 

For the platform she's standing on I used a piece of scrap wood from our etagere that Brayden lit on fire back in May. I know those pieces would come in handy! The back (tall) piece is balsa wood, I love how it warps a little from the paint and gel medium and that adds a little bit more movement too.

After the wood glue dried, I covered the whole stage in modeling paste, waited for it to dry and then added painted book pages and acrylic paint. To finish I embellished the piece with wrinkle ribbon and blue Prima flowers.

You can see last year's shrines here.

This is my entry in the Mixed Media Monday "Shrines" challenge and the ethereal, non-corporeal, magic or supernatural challenge at Alter-it Monthly

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