Monday, December 3, 2012
When I was little, I was fascinated with my mom's collection of buttons. She had them in an old coffee tin, and I'd spend so much time just looking at them, and playing with them. All the different colors and textures were so beautiful. I remember running my fingers through the buttons and they felt just like smooth wet stones. I lost my mom 2 years ago, and I miss her everyday. I thought and thought about what I could do with this wonderful memory of buttons, that is so directly linked to her.
So I took things I had around the house. My mom would have loved that, using what you already had. She was a child of the Depression, and was very frugal. A canvas drop cloth, old torn up quilt, an old hanger, and of course a bunch of vintage buttons. An Advent Calendar was born! The pockets each hold a button, that has an attached hook ready to hang.
Here it is with all the buttons on. I still find them beautiful.
Three days of sewing later, it's done, hung up with an old hanger. I think my mom would have liked it.
Monday, November 26, 2012
But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? Find him over at my website MJ Ornaments. His nose glows with red glitter. Thanks again to Karen over at the Graphics Fairy for another wonderful vintage image.
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Thursday, July 19, 2012
Hi and welcome! I've put my soldering iron away for a bit, and picked up the old watch parts to put together a few steampunk crosses.
Have you embraced the whole steampunk style? Check out my Pinterest board for more cool steampunk pics.Take care,
Sunday, June 10, 2012
First you want to gather a few items. A mobile hanger, I got mine at Amazon here. Some clear thread, I got it in the craft area in Walmart. Looks kind of like fishing wire, but thinner. A pretty beefy needle to thread it with, and some pretty butterflies of course. I got the butterflies at Floraltrims. They're made out of satin paper, and look real.
Here are the ones I bought, and these are made from photographs from real butterflies.
Take your needle double knot it, and thread through the fuzzy part of the butterfly with your clear thread. You need to center it pretty well so it hangs well. I left about a foot of threader more to work with.
After you put together your mobile, find a place to hang it. I used one of those little screws with a hook, and screwed it into the ceiling. Then I started to mess with hanging the butterflies. This mobile has perfect little circles to thread the butterflies through. I used different lengths of thread, so they'd hang at different heights. String them up with a few knots, and you've got yourself your own mobile!
The fun part too is, you can choose your own colors. Floral trims has a lot to choose from.
Let me know if you try this, and pop over to my FB page at MJ Ornaments, and share your photos, I'd love to see them!
p.s. don't use this over a baby's crib, I'd be too afraid one could be pulled off, or fall off.
Friday, June 1, 2012
I'm trying to embrace more color in my life, so I've been making these pretties. Love the old fashioned bathing suits.
Beautiful bohemian butterflies.
When life is hard, it's nice to retreat to beautiful things and color can help make you feel happy. You can find these up on my website.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Hi! Thanks for popping by. Here's a new charm hot off the soldering iron. It's been fun colorizing these old photos of ladies on the beach. I just love their outfits.
If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend, I'll be in Carlsbad, CA on Sunday for the annual street fair. It's the biggest in the whole country! I'll be there from 8 (gulp) until 5. Find my booth by the Witch creek winery, at the top of the hill where Carlsbad Blvd. and Grand meet. Hope to see you there!
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Love the old fashioned suits they used to wear in 1917. Don't you wish they were still in fashion? Then maybe I'd wear a bathing suit again.
I colorized the suits of these lovely ladies, and think they look pretty cute. You can check them out here. at my we site MJ Ornaments. I sure am looking forward to summer, aren't you?
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Friday, April 20, 2012
Spring has definitely Sprung here in So Cal! I've been inspired to create some nature ornaments, and came up with the one above last week. Don't you think the mother bird deserved a crown for all the hard work she does?
I'll be in Encinitas next Sat. the 28th for a street fair, so come out and enjoy if you live nearby.
Hope you're doing well, and have a wonderful weekend!
Friday, April 6, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
I hope you can join me tomorrow for Glitterfest! It's an amazing show, held in Santa Ana, CA. Handmade goodies abound, and you'll be sure to find something to hang in your house or around your neck. I'll be at the first table when you walk in the building, so be sure to come over and say hi. Can't wait to see you!
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Next Saturday is Glitterfest, and I'll be there from 10-4. It's in Santa Ana, CA, so if you can make it, I'd love to see you.
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