Friday, May 27, 2011

Feature Friday! with Custom Chess Sets

This week's Feature Friday! is spotlighting Jim Arnold and his Custom Chess Sets.  The detail of these handcarved pieces is unbelievable. 
The Pirate Chess Set by Jim Arnold

The Samurai Chess Set by Jim Arnold

The Scottish Wars for Independence Chess Set by Jim Arnold

War of 1812 Chess Set by Jim Arnold, The Constitution versus the Guerierre

The Face Jug Chess Set (Moonshiner's Chess) by Jim Arnold and Joey Arrowood

Aren't those amazing?  Go check out Jim's shop to see his other amazing creations!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Raspberry Beret

My sister was very excited yesterday because people in her office were planning on bringing their dogs to work with them today.  She asked me last night if I could make a raspberry beret for a pug named Prince.  She forgot to mention that he was still an itty-bitty puppy and would need a Barbie sized beret.  Which meant that I made one that he'll have to grow into.  The good news though is that the ever handsome Rerun also came to work and stood in as a model (the beret barely survived after he tried to eat it).

Monday, May 23, 2011

Rose Bobby Pin Giveaway

Royal Blue, Cream, and Red Roses

Lilac, White, Yellow, and Bubblegum Pink Roses

Silver, Pink, Honeysuckle Pink, and Black Roses

Want to find out how you can win your choice of TWO of my Roses Bobby Pins?  Check out August Diversions blog to find out how to enter!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Feature Friday! with Rainbeauxart

The shop being featured this Friday is Rainbeauxart.  This shop is full of beautifully painted landscapes, still lifes, and even painted jewelry.  Each one is wonderfully executed by the talented Dottie from Louisiana. 

Spring in the Swamp original oil painting on board 12x9

I just love the colors and serenity of this Bayou Landscape

Original fine art painting "Gulf Shores Moonlight" miniature 2x3

The colors of this miniature canvas would stand out in any shelf display.

Sunset necklace handpainted tiny canvas on pendant

Just imagine wearing your own original sunset.

Avery Island Heat oil painting on board 12x6

This is the view that I would like to look up from my book and see.

Camellia painting original art 5x7 Impressionist floral

What a way to bring a soft touch to your bedroom without going into the land of precious.

I just couldn't resist this collection of vibrant and colorful paintings. 

I'm sure that when you check out Rainbeauxart's shop you'll find the perfect thing to fill that blank spot in your house, even if it's that little space on a shelf that's just not quite complete.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

How to make your own doily covered stones

I have been seeing these river rocks and stones that people have been covering with crochet doilies so I decided that I wanted to figure out how they were made.  I decided to try them on a smaller scale and used these pebbles that would normally be used for plants.  Since they're so dark I decided to use a cheery yellow cotton thread to make my little doilies.  They were much easier to make than I originally though they would be.  It actually took me longer to make five tiny doilies than it did to sew them on my stones.  Just imagine how fast this would go with the ones you can find in the dollar store!

You're going to need some stones (whatever size your heart desires).

If you're making your own doilies you need some cotton thread, a crochet hook, and a large eye needle.  If you're using ones that you bought somewhere then you just need some needle and thread.

Leave a long tail when you fasten off your doily so that you can use it to sew it onto the rock.

Simply place the stone in the center of the doily.

With your long tail threaded onto the needle sew across the stone first.

Then one of the sides.

Followed by the opposite side.  Sew the remained corners so that everything is pulled towards the middle.

After you fasten everything off your stone should look a little something like this cutie.

Finish a few more and you've got a whole crop of these to decorate with!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mother's Day Giveaway Winner!!!

Thank you to everyone that entered my first giveaway!  The lucky number is 13 (see it can be a lucky number!).  The winner is.....
I will be contacting you by email for your mailing information.
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Friday, May 6, 2011

Feature Friday! with The Nib and Quill

When Kristi of The Nib and Quill isn't creating these wonderful handmade journals and notecards she's busy baking cupcakes for the neighborhood, talking art with her Mom, or dreaming about a farmhouse. 

Mini Handmade journal with Coptic Binding

Coptic Bound Journal with Original painting of a Shore Pine Tree

Journal with General store advertisments coptic bound

These are just a few of her handbound coptic journals.  Go check out her shop to see all of the beautiful and unique items she has created!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mother's Day Giveaway

To celebrate Mother's Day AND my birthday I'm giving one lucky winner one of my Rose Garden Necklaces!

To Enter (each counts as a seperate entry so you can just do one or do them all!):

1.  Follow my Blog
2.  Follow me on Facebook
3.  Follow me on Twitter
4.  "Heart" my Etsy shop, Soozie's Cutie Patooties
5.  Share with others on your Twitter, Facebook, or Blog
6.  Leave seperate comments on this post letting me know which of these you've done.

The winning entry will be announced on Saturday May 7th!