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Moved! 9 October 2010

Filed under: Ponderings — Rana Wilson @ 2:25 pm
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Well, I made a change.  I moved this blog and the Definitive Designs blog over to Blogger, and combined them.  Makes life much easier.  Go check it out!

See you there!



Dollar Tree… the untapped crafty resource 25 September 2010

Filed under: Crafting — Rana Wilson @ 7:42 pm
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Seriously, it is… I cannot tell you how many things I have found at the Dollar Tree that have, eventually, made their way into a craft of some kind (including a pair of earrings that I have gotten more compliments on!  Pics in a minute…)

I’ve bought scrapbooking papers there, jewelry findings, stickers, weird knicky-knacks, frames, flowers, clear pumpkins (one of the latest purchases!) I even found adhesive there once (okay, it wasn’t great, and either the Stampin’ Up! Adhesive or Glue Dots work WAAAAAAAAAYYY better, but it’s perfect for testing stuff and then ripping it apart again!)

I’ve seen several discussions recently about craft stores and whatnot, and thought it was time someone came out and said it–sometimes the cheapest supplies help you create the niftiest things.  With that in mind, I thought it might be nice to post pics of some of the things I’ve made, and have gotten complements on, that I’ve used Dollar Tree supplies in.  Hope you like them!

Okay, so ages ago, I decided I wanted some blingy earrings.  This is what I came up with:

The Carousel Earrings--made possible by the bead cap there, which came from Dollar Tree. The rest of it--sterling chain and swarovski crystals!

So, I found the end clips, where the card hangs, for these lanyards at the Dollar Tree, in a mix with key chain loops:

The hooks came from Dollar Tree, everything else from a craft / bead store.

So I mentioned key chains? Yeah, here they are:

The key rings, and possibly the tiger tail, all from Dollar Tree...

And papers!  They have awesome scrapbooking papers (sometimes; admittedly it can be hit or miss). In fact, I’ve never used the more expensive papers I have, but I’ve used Dollar Tree papers in every major decoupaging project I’ve done:

the tea tray... The base was from Michaels, the papers are Dollar Tree...

All the papers used in this project came from the Dollar Tree...

Again, the box came from Michaels, but all that beautiful bright paper came from the Dollar Tree... and maybe the ribbon, too... I can't remember...

So you see?  It’s a wonderful resource!  If you haven’t been, you should go wander. And don’t feel discouraged if you don’t find anything.  Maybe they’re just having an off day! (and don’t get me started on the storage possibilities for all your crafting stuff from the Dollar Tree…)



The awesomeness that is the Hive 23 September 2010

Filed under: jewelry — Rana Wilson @ 10:29 pm
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So, a few weeks ago, I joined this new online crafting community called Creating the Hive. It’s a wonderful site, and I’ve met many really wonderful people.  It’s such a positive influence, and it’s bringing together crafters of vastly different experience and genre, to trade ideas, pump each other’s egos, challenge ourselves, and just generally have fun. So far, I’ve had one of my projects featured (the table I redid a few weeks ago), I’ve won a contest and received an awesome mystery art grab bag (see the adventures of Boxie) and I’ve been inspired to try to craft something (even if it’s just a blog post) everyday. Admittedly, with 8 classes, that’s been a bit hard.  But I’m working it out.

Anyways, I just found another very cool benefit to having joined the Hive–seeing someone’s work that I may not have ever run across any other way, and scoring a BEAUTIFUL piece of jewelry out of it for a very good price!  It’s a brooch, made of copper, with beads in fall colours and some gorgeous leaves, and the minute I saw it in Faye’s post, I knew it had to be mine.  Now, had I not become acquainted with Faye through the Hive, I doubt I would have thought to ask about the shipping.  ‘Cause, see, Faye lives in Britain, while I live in Florida… But I did!  And so now, it is mine…. muwahhhahhhhahhhahhhh!!!!!!!! :D  I can’t wait till it gets here!!!!

I have to go buy a hat….



The brief adventures … of Boxie

Filed under: Ponderings — Rana Wilson @ 3:11 am
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So, I found a box in my mail today.  She asked if she could come home with me, and told me her name was Boxie.  I told her yes, and here she is in my truck:

When we finally made it inside, she was so happy, she jumped for joy!  I had to catch her:

Here’s Boxie getting to know the kittehs, Dobby and Buttercup.  They’re not too sure they’re pleased about another member in the household…

Here she is hanging out in the craft room, inspecting the paper and the Forest o’ upside-down punkins…

Ah, waiting for dinner to warm up!  Boxie is really enjoying that Black Cherry cola!

So cute! All snuggled up on the couch!

Boxie stole the kitteh perch.  Dobby was not much pleased…

That Boxie is trubble, I tell you!  She’s whispering to me about the presents she’s hiding!

No help for it!  Gotta find the presents!

Look what Boxie was hiding!  A little package all wrapped up so pretty!

Ready to discover the presents!

What a good Boxie!  She brought me a star!

And what’s this? An envelope?

It’s a pretty, pretty picture!  What a sly Boxie to be hiding such treasures!

Here’s Boxie proudly displaying her gifts!

Boxie told me she came from Ms. Alyice, the Dabbling Mum, and the Grab Bag Project.  And she said to spread the word that she has lots of friends who want to come visit! Boxie and I think you should go check it out!😀

Thanks very much to the Dabbling Mum herself, Alyice Edrich!  I had so much fun discovering the art!  That Boxie is a sly one to hide such treasures!



I got my vanity URL!!! WOOT!!!!! 22 September 2010

Filed under: jewelry — Rana Wilson @ 1:26 pm
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Okay, so last weekend, I started a Facebook page to help promote Definitive Designs.  I thought long and hard about it, and decided the time was right.  So, I set it all up, and managed to get a wee bit confused several times, and changed my picture a couple of times, but finally it was all ready to go.  And then I went to grab the link to tell people about it, and that silly thing was huge.  So I managed to stumble upon another page that was talking about vanity URLs, but you had to have 25 fans before you could get it.  So I just checked my page a little bit ago, and WOO-HOO I got 25 fans!  Yay!!!!!!!! So now, I have my vanity URL in Facebook!  Yippee!!!!!!!!!

Here’s the page: Stop on by and leave me a note!  Looking forward to seeing you there!!!



Lazy-Crafty Saturday Meanderings 18 September 2010

Filed under: Crafting — Rana Wilson @ 11:32 pm
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So, I didn’t do much today.  Okay, I take that back–I got most of that pesky prep work done for the class I have that starts Monday.  So, you know, there’s that.  And I requested an invitation to, which I received, so I’ll have that to work on, too.  And I made 4 more punkin tealights.  And I worked on the planning stages of a necklace for an action figure that a friend requested (she makes them–so cool!) And I planned the colors for the 5 African Helix bracelets I’ve had ordered.

But for some reason, I don’t feel like I did much.  Maybe because it was mostly enjoyable, and I didn’t feel too much pressure and when I tired of one thing I moved on to another?  Maybe.

Anyway, here are some pics of the very few things I took pics of (I’m really liking the photo-blogging idea.  Now I just need to get some easy-to-use photo-editing software… iPhoto is a bit odd to me in that way…)

it's the FolkArt forest of drying punkins...

Oh, one other nifty thing I did.  You know those measuring tapes they have at Ikea?  The paper ones they give you ‘cuz no one ever thinks to bring an actual tape measure to the store?  Well, yeah, last time I was there I stole a handful.  So I could do this:

theft! for a good crafty cause...

I podged it on the table....

And there's the forest of dryin' punkins in the background...

Cool, huh!

Hope you have a great Sunday!



Per Jess’s request, for “Pictures nao!!!!! :D”

Filed under: Crafting — Rana Wilson @ 3:33 am
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It has been brought to my attention that I was an unintentional tease a wee bit ago, so in deference to the “Pictures nao!!!!! :D” command from Ms. Jessie, here’s some pics.  Some of them are even of things I’m working on! LOL!



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