January 25: New Listings

If you haven’t stopped by my shop lately, I’ve added a few new items! Whether or not they’re designed in the pink and red of Valentine’s Day, most of my items would make a perfect gift for a sweetheart or

friend.  Check out some of the new stuff!

Valentine’s Day Glass Magnets

 

Red Valentine’s Day Earrings

Valentine’s Day Clothespin Magnets

Red, Pink and Pearl Valentine's Day Necklace

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I’ve created this red, pink and pearl beaded necklace, strung on simple silver beading wire. I’ve already sold one, and I only have one left – so get it quick if you’re interested!

Downton Abbey Inspired 1920s Flapper Necklace

I have taken on a new obsession with Downton Abbey and the fashion of the 20s, and this is the first piece of jewelry I created to honor that! Don’t worry, it will definitely not be my last.

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Burlap and Lace

I created this treasury earlier today, and it is definitely one of my favorites! I love how the artists feminized the burlap with lace and soft white/cream/beige hues.  Enjoy!

‘Burlap and Lace’ by EvaMDesigns

Lovely creations made from burlap and/or lace.


Personalized/Monogram Grapev…

$40.00

Burlap Cupcake Birthday Bann…

$12.00

BABY or EASTER Burlap Banner…

$24.00

One Dozen Natural Burlap Ros…

$19.00

Love Burlap Bunting

$10.00

Burlap and Lace Sand Ceremon…

$29.50

rustic shabby burlap grapevi…

$36.00

Burlap Pencil Roll – Holds 1…

$25.00

Winter White Rosettes & Burl…

$40.00

Burlap & Lace Printable Wedd…

$5.00

Grey White and Tan Custom LO…

$28.00

Burlap Art, Personalized Mr …

$20.00

Burlap and Lace Backdrop Fab…

$83.00

I’m One Burlap Banner – …

$24.00

Recipe Binder – Dividers, Gr…

$40.00

Burlap and Organza Rose Belt…

$29.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Enter to Win A Beach Glass Pendant From Yours Truly!

If you haven’t already gotten on this, visit Blart Blog to see Eva M Design’s feature and enter to win a lovely beach glass pendant handcrafted by yours truly.  If you’re feeling too lazy to click that link, though,  I’ve made it even simpler for you! Just click  the Rafflecopter widgetthingamabob below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This is what you could win! What are you waiting for???

win an aqua blue beach glass pendant

Pretty White Blanket

Apparently snow is blanketing the UK right now, according to Polly S of CrossStreetPress. I am horrible at keeping up with the news, so I have to admit I wouldn’t know… Anyhoo, in honor of the snowy weather, Polly S created this awesome treasury! I love the whites, soft lighting and delicate finds!

‘Pretty White Blanket’ by CrossStreetPress

To celebrate the current snow covering the UK…


crochet heart with winter sp…

$6.00

New medium size porcelain bu…

$18.00

amethyst moonstone sterling …

$92.00

Handmade Teddy Bear in Natur…

$34.00

Wedding Shawl Stole Capelet …

$110.00

White Paper Flowers Origina…

$40.00

Nesting Bowl, Ring Bearer, …

$20.00

Salt and Pepper Shakers

$40.00

White freshwater pearl sterl…

$105.00

Lavender Necklace Pendant – …

$22.00

Sinamay 9.5 inch Saucer – wh…

$30.00

Small Bunny Rabbit hare doll…

$38.00

Dangly Frosted White Clear B…

$18.00

Linen Doily Crochet Trim Han…

$6.99

Geometrika – porcelain neckl…

$39.00

Wedding Cream Flower & White…

$24.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Please stop by to see the treasury at Etsy and be sure to LIKE IT! You can find it here: Pretty White Blanket.

Knit Your Hearts With An Unslipping Knot

‘Knit Your Hearts With An Unslipping Knot’ by EvaMDesigns


2 red hearts, red and white …

$12.00

Valentines Day Sale – Red Bl…

$22.00

Red Necklace, Long Ruby Red …

$18.00

hand crocheted Fingerless gl…

$25.00

Red crochet necklace. Red a…

$21.00

Crochet Flowers in Red x 6 ,…

$6.00

Really Red Crocheted Cotton …

$12.95

Valentines hat, handmade hat…

$19.90

Valentines Happy Couple, Pur…

$16.00

Dark Red Roses Handmade Appl…

$12.50

Red Rose Crochet Earrings Wi…

$16.00

FREE SHIPPING-Rapunzel Wool …

$75.00

Ruffled Swirly Scarf – Red

$25.95

NEW – Red Cotton Necklace

$15.00

Red, Felt Flower Earrings

$23.00

floral headband, red flower,…

$34.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

CSI Winter Craft Theme Challenge… and Other Stuff

won Top 10 in my first craft challenge!

I managed to get my Winter Framed Chalkboard entry into the CSI Project’s weekly challenge… and I made the Top 10!

I’ve also made the front page on a few other blogs on Friday!  Check out Blart Blog for a feature on Eva M Designs AND a giveaway! There are LOTS of easy ways to enter and the winner receives THIS beach glass pendant!

Finally, check out Creating Childhood Memories and enter to win THIS pair of beach glass earrings!

 

Also, if you’re looking for a simple, cute but inexpensive Valentine’s gift, check out these magnets:

Tutorial: Winter Framed Chalkboard

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The CSI Project

I recently started following the CSI Project – “Create Something Inspiring.”  Last week, they featured one of my tutorials on their site to gear up for the “Favorite Project of 2012 Challenge.” This week, the challenge theme is “Winter Crafts and Decor” and I’ve been thinking all week what I could do for the project.  While I had a few ideas throughout the week (including a super cute “winter” sign I wanted to make), my issue was the budget.  I am getting ready to move (again), and if you’ve never done it before, moving is EXPENSIVE.  Especially if you are breaking your lease and taking a job that cuts your income by a fourth. (But having a job I enjoy will be worth it.)  Anyway, with the move scheduled for February 8, I’m really trying not to spend the little money I have.  Thus, I couldn’t justify buying craft supplies.

Yesterday, however, it hit me.  I have all the supplies I need to make the PERFECT project.

Shopping List

  • picture frame (Walmart $4.00)
  • blue and white paint
  • white glitter
  • glitter puffy paint and/or silver puffy paint
  • chalkboard paint (Lowes)
  • mod podge

Step One: Take the frame apart and paint it completely with blue paint (I mixed mine with white to create a softer wintery blue).

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Step Two:  While the paint is still wet, sprinkle the white glitter onto your blue frame.

Step Three: I then used puffy paint to add glitter polka dots to my frame.  Also, using the puffy paint, I painted simple snowflakes onto wax paper, allowed it to dry overnight, and then peeled the snowflakes off to glue to my chalkboard. For now, paint the snowflakes and let them set.

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Step Four: Now we’re to the kind-of-tricky part.  Chalkboard paint.

I’ve read online that the spray kind of chalkboard paint will adhere to glass. The last time I used spray paint, however, I ended up in bed the next day with a migraine (too many fumes, is my theory, even though I did it outside!), so I prefer to use the canned variety.  Yes, if you use a brush you can see the brush strokes. However, invest in a $3 foam roller, and you will be fine.

That said, the first coat of chalkboard paint went on as I expected — it definitely needed a few more coats.

IMG_1324Here is where I ran into trouble, and this very nearly turned into a Craft Fail kind of project!  When I went to put on my second coat, the paint began to separate from the glass, forming a lot of cracks and in general, a wet mess.  I then realized that my can of chalkboard paint says nothing about adhering to glass. Sooo…

However, being the determined little craftster I am, I wandered around my apartment for a minute, looking for alternative surfaces.  I wanted to enter this CSI Project Challenge, GD!

The paint can lists cardboard as one of the surfaces that this paint can be applied to, so lacking cardboard, I went with cardstock.  First, I applied a thin, even coat of mod podge to the glass surface.  It’s important to make sure the entire glass is coated, or you will see the paper begin to bubble up in sections.  I actually even had to flip the glass over and apply paper to the backside, as my first attempt ran into the bubble problem.  Anyway, after the paper was glued down and I had let it dry a few minutes, I repainted the surface with the chalkboard paint.

IMG_1344After three coats, it was good to go!  I then glued my puffy-paint snowflakes to the chalkboard and inserted the whole thing back into the frame.  I hot-glued the back cardboard piece to the sides of the frame (I had pried it off before I started), and my chalkboard is complete!  Easy, cute and very WINTERY!

Next time, I’d like to try using galvanized sheet metal (apparently you can buy this at Lowes in the plumbing section) to create a MAGNETIC chalkboard.  If you do that, again I’d recommend either using the spray paint chalkboard paint (not sure how this would do on metal) OR I have read that you can spray paint the metal with a metal primer and then paint the chalkboard paint on top.  But that project is for another day!

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I Really Love Boot Socks

fashion

I’ve never been particularly fashionable.  I mean, I’ve always dressed nicely and in style, but unlike my sister, I’ve never been up with the newest trends.  She, on the other hand, has been a little fashion queen.

fashion princess

on left – way cooler than me

fashionable

on right – she apparently likes jackets

And then there’s me:

High School:

such a geek – high school fun – 10th grade

senior year – still a geek

College:

Baja California Sur, Mexico

summer after freshman year — Baja California Sur, Mexico!

19th birthday

one tequila, two tequila, too many tequila

sophomore year

Being A Grown Up:

starting to look cute as an almost-grown-up

Now I’m A Professional:

look at me, I'm a teacher

first day of school – fall 2012

Ok, so now that you’ve taken a trip down memory lane and seen the evolution of my pretty boring style (but how gosh darn cute I still am wearing it) – you can understand what I’m working with.  I really wouldn’t call myself trendy.

That said, I have recently taken up with a new trend (well, new for me).

Boots.

and

Boot Socks.

My mother roped me into buying some boots after Thanksgiving this year, and I have to say I am really diggin’ the style! Leggings plus boots is a SUPER CUTE look! Add in BOOT SOCKS, and I’m just a trendy little hipster or something. (I’ve never really understood what exactly a hipster is, so there is a good chance I misused that word. I apologize to all you hipsters out there if I have offended you. I apologize to the rest of the world for allying myself with the hipsters.)

Anyway, after my boot investment, I discovered boot socks on Etsy.  I purchased a pair from PeekABootSocks just after Christmas.  I. Love. Them. They are super cute, and I can’t wait to have money to buy some more.  [Speaking of, please visit EvaMDesigns and buy some jewelry so I can buy more boot socks.]  Until then, however, I will sport these awesome accessories:

lovely boot socks

lovely boot socks —  PS it’s hard to take a picture of your shoes from the side when you are wearing them

work it

work it

don't mind the mess in the background

don’t mind the mess in the background – I’m moving soon (at least, that’s my excuse)

Buy some. You know you want to.

For Your Tuesday Entertainment

Although Tuesdays are generally better than Mondays, I still have a good chunk of the week ahead of me, which is always kind of depressing. However, I know just how to brighten my day — and yours — today.

Check out these hilarious quotes AnroldDesigns has featured on various paper products — notebooks, journals, cards, even towels (ok, that’s not paper…) They are SO random but SO entertaining.

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Karma’s a B*tch

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Happy Tuesday!

Lifetime To-Do’s aka Bucket List

I’ve never really taken the time to write a real Bucket List.  In fact, I even hate that term – “Bucket List.”  As a 24 year old, I find it depressing to think about dying and calling my list by that name seems like asking for bad luck.  That said, I have occasionally jotted down in my journal things I want to remember to do at some point in my life.  Lately, I have been thinking about those lists a lot, trying to remember what it was I put on them.  The lists are in journals at my parent’s house in Erie, PA, so unfortunately I cannot search for them at present (being 10 hours away in Charlotte, NC).  However, I am pretty sure of a couple of things I definitely included on my list:

– Visit Europe. See towns and buildings that were built centuries ago.
– Plant pear, apple and peach trees; raspberry and blueberry bushes; concord grape vines; and strawberry plants in my yard.
– Write and publish a novel.
– See killer whales in the wild.
– Fix up an old farmhouse.

There was one thing that has always been on that list — I remember thinking of it during my sophomore year of college, and I always included it as I rewrote the list in each new journal.

– Start a dog shelter.

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, it should not come as a surprise to you that I have a slight obsession with dogs — rescuing them, particularly.  That fixation started in college, and I dreamed someday that I could open up my own animal shelter to help dogs find homes.  I figured that would be the only way I would ever have the opportunity to run one.  I mean, I didn’t have any sort of veterinary degree, so how else would I get hired at a shelter?  My only resort, I figured, was to someday create my own non-profit shelter on the large piece of land my husband and I owned (the one that had all the fruit trees and berry bushes; also, the one with the farmhouse we fixed up).

Well, it turns out I will be able to cross that particular dream off my Lifetime To Do List a lot earlier than I expected.   In less than a month, I will be leaving the lovely city of Charlotte (sad face) and my career in teaching (happy face) to take a position managing the SPCA of Cattaraugus County’s animal shelter in Olean, NY. Granted, I am not exactly starting my own animal shelter — however, this situation is even better.  The shelter already has some sources of funding, I will have a salary I can count on, and there are already dogs ready to find new homes. Now, I get to do all the things I wanted to at my own shelter — find new sources of funding, write grants, start new programs (like foster programs, dog training, educational and outreach, etc.), increase adoptions and awareness, and generally improve the lives of all the dogs (and, I suppose, cats) already there!

I have to admit, it feels pretty good to reach a Lifetime To Do by the age of 24.

one of the new residents at the SPCA shelter — don’t worry pup, I’m on my way!

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