Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Brandie Bell

Brandie Bell

Happy Cinco De Mayo Everyone!

I hope your having a great day and will have an even better night! So what is Cinco De Mayo? Well, many people think it is the Mexican Independence Day but that is actually on September 16. Cinco De Mayo celebrates Mexico’s triumph over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Which was a big deal, the French had not lost in a long time.

So here we are! Let’s Fiesta then Siesta!

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Here are a few things to get you set for a fun and traditional Cinco De Mayo Celebration.

1. Food!

Chips & Guacamole!

Guacamole dips is made of avocados, chiles, onions, tomatoes, salt and lime! Mush it all together and PA-DOW Guacamole!

Now instead of buying corn chips you can heat up some oil, cut up some tortillas into quarters, fry them in the hot oil until crispy and PA-DOW better celebration chips!

Tamales, Tamales, Tamales.

Looking for a recipe? Check out for lots of Tamale       Recipes. But just so you know… none will compare to my Gramma’s! – Food.com http://www.food.com/recipe/traditional-tamales-pork-15286

Chalupas!

Now you can go to Fast Food or you can go to WikiHow and make your own!! Love it!                                                                                   http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Taco-Bell-Beef-Chalupa-Supreme

2.  Loud Music!

Its just one day..so let it rip! Bust out the loudest Uuum Pa Pa, Uuum Pa Pa music you can find. Don’t have any you say?! Well here you go!

Got to LOVE Pandora: www.pandora.com/music/mexico

3. Crazy Lucha Libre Masks?

Well no…but Hey! Why Not! It’s a celebration! Not sure just how to make an awesome Lucha Libre Mask…

No Problem, click on over HappyThought.co.uk. This fantastic lady has not only given awesome instructions but there is also a free downloadable template! Its not too late Get printing!! https://happythought.co.uk/craft/printables/how-to-make-lucha-libre-masks-free-templates                                                                                          …no your NOT too old!

Have A Good Time!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

I love Frida

I love Frida

Oh and May the Fourth be with you!!

6 Amazing Recycled Basket Ideas from around the Web

Easter and baskets go hand in hand, inspiring this spectacular recycled basket post.

These amazing basket ideas have been gathered from around the web. They are brilliant and all from recycled materials.

enjoy!

1.)   Here is a great recycled basket pin by Tihamer L Nagy featuring recycled a  Hot Air Balloon made of newspaper:
Recycled Newspaper
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/520236194431468823/

2.)  Check out this awesome basket out of maps tutorial: Flashback: Woven  Map Basket  By

Woven Map Basket

http://makezine.com/craft/flashback_woven_map_basket/

3.)  Terry Ann from Atkinson Designs created a wonderful tutorial for making a basket       out of scraps of fabric.

Atkinsons Designs

Atkinsons Designs

http://terryatkinson.typepad.com/atkinsondesigns/2014/02/woven-fabric-basket.html

4.)  Denim Do Over came up with an amazing recycled denim cover for your basket:

Denim Do Over!

Denim Do Over!

http://www.denimdoover.com/2014/03/make-a-denim-basket-for-easter/

5.)  This fun little basket by Craft Elf is a great way to reuse all those empty soda bottles!

Recycled soda bottle into basket by Craft Elf

Recycled soda bottle into basket by Craft Elf

http://www.craftelf.com/Caft_elf_Easter_Soda_bottle_basket.htm

6.)  Baskets woven from recycled plastic bottles by Brainstorm. So Pretty!

Woven Baskets by Brainstorm

Woven Baskets by Brainstorm

http://ems-brainstorm.blogspot.com/2015/01/woven-baskets.html

I hope these earth friendly projects help you create something wonderful.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Valentines Day Upcycled Tags on Etsy

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A few months ago my mother contracted me to make her a bunch of tags she could use for gifts and cookie trays. She loved them so much I decided to take a stab at some for my Etsy store.

They are made out of old recycled file folders and index cards.

Here are the one’s I made for my mom:

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Here are some Valentines Day versions Available now on my Etsy store:

If you’re looking for an awesome way to add beautiful detail to a gift, cookie tray, or anything, these tags are a fantastic addition. They are very sturdy and make wonderful bookmarks.

If you would like something custom for a wedding, bridal party gift, graduation gift, or sweet 16 party favors, let me know, I can do custom orders.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

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Adventures in Art Journaling – Black and White Tree Sketch

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Hi Everyone!

I was cleaning out the craft stuff (It’s that time of year again already!) and found myself going through some of my older sketches and journals. I found this picture I drew in college (about 16 years ago, yikes!). I went through a phase of sketching trees, no color just black and white. I can’t explain it but there is something very therapeutic about seeing an object then sketching it out.  Maybe because it takes so much focus…and the focus is on something beautiful and natural.  Anyways, I had about 3 hours between classes and one day I just sat outside and drew for the whole three hours.  It was awesome and one of my clearest memories. So I thought I would share it….

Black and White Tree

Alrighty now its a new year lets get out those pencils and get sketching!

What is your favorite thing to sketch?

A little rain in California..

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We finally, after a long dry year, had some rain!! For me rain means mushrooms! I am a total mycology freak. I have always love mold and fungus, it fascinates my soul. So here you go some Cali Mushrooms!

What a perfect day for a mushroom family picnic.

What a perfect day for a mushroom family picnic.

A season for mushroom love.

A season for mushroom love.

Stay close to momma mushroom to stay warm

Stay close to momma mushroom to stay warm

A great day for a mushroom family photo.

A great day for a mushroom family photo.

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope you have nothing but wonderful-ness to come!

Yay! Finished Project!

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Once again I apologize for the huge blog fail. I am having some issues balancing work, blogging, the etsy store and the photography (phew!) but I will figure it out.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are having a great holiday season so far.

I had been in such a beading mood, I decided to do another peyote stitch Amulet Bag. If you’re not sure what an amulet bag is, it is basically a small bag that is worn around the neck, just about heart level.  Inside the amulet bag you can put small tokens or amulets or anything that means something special to you. It is found in much of the Native American culture. Personally I love them. They make wonderful gifts you can pass down.

Here is my newest amulet bag:

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Because I have been so awful at crafting lately I have compiled a short list of super awesome blog posts with fantastic Christmas crafting ideas.

Enjoy!

Amazing Christmas Craft Ideas (45 pics) DumpADay.com – http://www.dumpaday.com/genius-ideas-2/amazing-christmas-craft-ideas-45-pics/

40 Amazing Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas You can Make Yourself Diyncrafts.com – http://www.diyncrafts.com/9513/homemade/40-amazing-christmas-gift-wrapping-ideas-can-make

Top 38 Easy and Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts Kids Can Make – Woohome.com – http://www.woohome.com/diy-2/top-38-easy-and-cheap-diy-christmas-crafts-kids-can-make
Twenty Amazing Christmas Crafts – Tots100.co.uk – http://www.tots100.co.uk/2014/12/08/twenty-amazing-christmas-crafts/

Quick Christmas Crafts – Craftsbits.com – http://craftbits.com/project/quick-christmas-crafts/

Happy Holidays! I will try to keep up!

so….

Y’all come back now ya here! :D

Past Peyote Stitch Projects

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Hi Everyone!

Sorry it has been so long since my last post, I was job hunting and a bit distracted. Happily I was able to find a job! Unfortunately I have been too crazy to get to any projects.  But I have been in a beading mood and working on getting some beads together for some projects.

I was going through some of my older pictures and came across some of my old bead projects and thought it would be fun to share.

Amulet Bag 1 (2) Amulet Bag 1Amulet Bag 2 (3)Amulet Bag 2 (2) Amulet Bag 2 Crystal 2 crystal pouchFalling Vine Waterfall 2 Waterfall

I love beads!!!!

How are your holiday projects going?

Off to decorate for Christmas… have a great week!

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