Galaxy Earring Holder Frame

I think I am obsessed with these earring holder frames! I wanted to post a tutorial on how to make this one, but I didn’t get enough pictures so I will do my VERY BEST to clearly describe every step.

Here is the final product:
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And lets proceed with the steps!
1. Find a frame – I got lucky with this one. I went to my local Good Will and stumbled on this gem. The sun and the moon were already in place.

2. Remove backing – I took the back part of the frame that had the stand off including the glass it came with. The stand would be useful but it will block where the earring will go.

3. Cut Canvas – all i did was place the frame on top of the canvas and traced it, and then cut it. 

4. Penny Tracing! – I’ve used pennies to trace where the paint WON’T go. This is important because once the paint dries (I use acrylic), it dries hard and impossible for the earring stud to go though. Here is a picture of this step:
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You can see that i’ve overlapped the pennies because it gives you a better shape of where the earrings will go.

5. Start Painting!! – I started with the black paint. I used a brush that was fairly firm because once you get around the area that you’ve traced you want to almost dab it one with the bristles to give it a softer effect. This is your project though, so if you want clean lines, go right ahead!

6. Galaxy time – For this part I used a nail art tutorial. It’s the best way to explain the process. Instead of nail polish, I use regular paint. I also used sponge but you can use any fabric you are willing to through out or even a paint brush depending how well you can handle a paint brush. Here is the video:

Easy Galaxy Nail Art

The only part of the video I didn’t stick to was the very end with the white dots. Instead I just splatted white paint across. This gets MESSY so be outside or have some newspaper down! I also flicked the brush with my fingers to create the splatter.

The canvas painting is now done!

Next is the frame:

With the frame you’ll use the same technique as the canvas. My frame was a dark blue so I didn’t have to paint too much. I picked a couple corners to do the black in. With my galaxy, I painted from one corner to another so when it came to the frame I “continued” the galaxy in the same corners. I placed the canvas under the frame while paint just so I could be accurate. Once I started the splatter part on the frame I took the canvas away.

And there you have it! Your very own Galaxy Earring holder! I have a few more frames that I’ve found from Good Will, but I”m not sure what to do with them yet. If you have any suggestions, feel free to post below =)Image

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Most recent project

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Here is my most recent project! I’ve been so fed up with fumbling in my earring bowl trying to find its match. I don’t want to go out and buy a bulky jewellery box either so this I what I came up with! My mom gave me this gorgeous frame. Its a little beat up but I think it just adds character. I cut out some fabric to glue to the back. I used a stiff canvas since its sturdy, won’t stretch out, and you won’t see all the holes created by the earrings. I used a ruler to draw lines with a normal pen to section off where the earrings will go. (The organizer in me strikes again!)
** SIDE NOTE*** to make this your own, you can use paint or even use a sewing machine to stitch the lines or patterns.
Once the sectioning is done, I flipped the frame over and used a hot glue gun to glue the canvas in place. The gluing was probably the hardest part because you had to tug on the fabric a little so it won’t sag when its hung.
And voila! You’ve got yourself a chic earring holder. My only issue with the piece is that you’d have to take the frame down if you want to grab some earring, but I figure if you have time to pick out earrings, you have time to take them down!

Enjoy!

New Drill and Early Post

Here’s the deal. I want more than anything to showcase things I love and what I am working on, which is the very reason I started this blog. After work today I sat down and thought of all the things I could possibly show and I nearly had a panic attack trying to imagine when and how I would be able to show everyone everything I love (which is a lot… I love sharing). With some help from fellow bloggers and people I’ve bounced ideas off of (mainly my boyfriend) a plan has been devised! I want to break down the days with different interests I have. Not only will you know what you can expect everyday, it’ll be a challenge for me. A daily blog? Sounds impossible, but call me stubborn, I DON’T CARE. Here’s the break down:

Monday DIY – I’ll do my very best to show you a project step-by-step

Tuesday Thrifts – I love thrifting and I am fortunate enough to have so many thrift stores in the area. Most thrifts I either wear or use for projects. Either way, my finds are great and it’ll show you how easy it is to find hidden treasure.

Wednesday Wants – This day will usually be a list of things I want. It’ll range from an entire outfit I’d love to wear if I could afford it, or places I’d love to see or even heavy duty projects I’ll one day do.

Thursday Life and Love – This is a hard day to fit into a title. Thursdays will mainly be a personal day. I want to share what is going on in my life, my thoughts, personal projects and most likely a ton of stories and pictures of my dog Chewie. You got a preview already.

Friday Funday – Fridays are meant to be fun. The end of the work week, the first day of the weekend! Who could complain? I want to fill this day with something to pick you up, maybe teach you a fun fact and just get you ready for an amazing weekend!

Saturday Beauty – I’m a girl. Not a super girly girl, but hey, I’m a girl. Every girl needs fashion, hair and health in her life and I am here to deliver.

Sundays Bakery – I love baking and love baking new things. I will share my successful baking experiences along with the amusing disasters. Nothing beats a Sunday like sitting around, baking and then stuffing your face.

I am excited, ecstatic,elated, pretty much everything that starts with an “e” and means thrilled, to make this daily blog happen. I mean I am up at 1 am posting this only to tell you my plan and how wide-eyed I am about it. Goodness. 1 AM and I need to be up early in the morning? Goodnight all and see you in the morning for Wednesday Wants!

Your Determined Craftworker,

Saruca

Mini Lucky Cupcake Ornaments

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These are the cutest little mini cupcake ornaments that you will ever find and let me tell you… they are pretty easy to make!

Here’s what you will need:
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(not included in the picture is elastic sparkly silver thread I got from Michaels)
As you can see, these are some pretty basic items that you most likely have around the home. The mini cupcake liners I got from Williams Sonoma about a year ago and they were only $1.25 for a pack of 75 or so.

1. Start by plugging in your hot glue gun and get your mini cupcake liners and pennies. I use pennies because they weigh down the cupcakes. You can use any thing that’s small that has some sort of weight. If you don’t, the paint will end up making the cupcake top heavy and it won’t hang or sit right.

2. Once the gun is heated up, put some glue on the penny (I do my pennies heads up for good luck 🙂 you never know!) and then place it on the inside of the liner and push down to flatten it.

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Easy right?

COTTON BALLS! Side story on the cotton balls: I have a friend that is absolutely terrified of cotton balls. One day in high school she confessed her fear and somehow a cotton ball just appeared out of nowhere in her purse which brought on the most bizarre panic attack. I will never look at cotton balls the same way, I can’t make this stuff up people.

3. This part gets a little tricky. I use the Jumbo Plus cotton ball size. The bigger the better right? They almost look like hay bales. The easiest way to get the swirl effect is putting it on its side, on your finger like this:Image

At first it’ll just sit flat, but gently start pushing the top center down and move towards the outer edges of the cotton ball. The cotton ball starts to separate a little and you can start to see the swirls.

4. To get more of a clean cut I use scissors to “trim” the swirls. I like to start at the bottom and work my way up around the swirl. Think of it as taking a lawn mower up around a swirly hill. That’s the best I can describe it.  Keep in mind not to cut too much because once you begin painting, it’ll get flattened a little. It should look like this: Image

5. Now we must glue the cotton ball in the cup!Image

I squeeze some glue out on the sides of the liners since there is a huge hole in the center of the cotton ball where our finger once was. I pinch together the bottom of the cotton ball and squish it into the liner carefully. Make sure you don’t squish out your swirl! Image

It looks huge, but don’t worry, the paint will tone it down a little!Image

6. Finally time to paint! This part surprisingly takes the longest.

  • First pick a brush that is thin and firm to get into the ridges and help shape the swirl.
  • I first begin by painting inside the swirl like this:Image
  • Once the swirl has it’s outline, I started paint the sides and tops like this:Image
  • The bottom gets tricky. I used a bigger brush to save time but then switched to the small thin one to get in the sides so you can’t see the cotton ball next to the liner.
  • There may be a few spots that are missing, but don’t worry! I let mine dry first and then came back to fill in the spots. This helps because if you put too much paint on it right away the cotton ball will soak it up and it will shrivel more than you’d want it to.

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Ta Da!

***You can add real sprinkles if you want or even glitter! I kept mine a bit simple just for this tutorial***

7. Here comes the final step! Grab a decent sized needle that will fit your sparkly elastic thread. I pinched the top of the cupcake gently and poked a hole first with the needle. Then threaded the silvery string through. Cut the thread, knot it, flatten out the top of the cupcake again and VOILA! You’ve got a Mini Lucky Cupcake Ornament!Image

** if you somehow rip the paint open, don’t worry, just apply some more paint!**

I hope you enjoy this tutorial! It’s fairly easy, a little time consuming, but could be a great gift to family and friends! If you don’t have the time to make them, check out my Etsy shop in the next few days and I’ll have a few posted that you can buy! http://www.etsy.com/shop/sarucas.

I’d love some feedback and to see your work if you try this tutorial! Its one of my firsts so I’m open for some good ol’ criticism.

Your Craftworker,
Saruca

Virgin Blogger

So here we go. Virgin blogger at your service. For the longest time I’ve wanted to document my art, projects, baked goods and maybe even a few other random things. Why this hasn’t happened until now is plain and simple. I am intimidated. This site has been started in August and here and I am, mid October writing my FIRST post. You have to find colors to use, pictures, categories, all this stuff! I know I could pay to have a wonderful layout in front of me, but I am stubborn and I feel okay admitting it. Regardless, the process is started and I plan to stick with keeping up with my blog. To set things off in the right direction, I should probably introduce myself and the purpose this blog will serve.

I am 23 suburban of the magnificent Windy City: Chicago. Currently in school (counting the days until I finish) and pursuing Marketing. On the side I love to create art. I do anything from drawing to painting, to pyrography. Pyrography has been my focus for the past 2 years and in case you’re not sure what this is, it’s wood-burning. I use a professional tool that is basically a soldering tool that has a variety of tips. I’m a handy girl that will never pass up a DIY project. I was a baker for a short-lived 6 months, yet a memorable 6 months and the passion to bake has never dwindled. These are all things I’d love to share and hope you’ll enjoy!

On a more personal level, I will probably post a bunch of ridiculous pictures and stories about my dog Chewie. He’s an adorable overweight Puggle (pug and beagle) with an extremely mischievous side. You’ll know what I mean soon enough.

omigod too stinking cute

On that note, there is more to come! Can’t wait!