Monday, February 22, 2010

LEFTOVERS: A LITTLE SOMETHING "EGGS"TRA...

When I was growing up I never really liked leftover night in our house. It was always a mish-mash of oddities that were supposed to represent the semblance of a meal but somehow always fell flat. I am finding that leftovers in crafting are not the same thing. You can indeed whip up some tasty treats with your leftover scraps.After the "egg"stravaganza last week I was cleaning up my work space in preparation for another project when I started to toss away the brown paper bag I had been using to protect my work surface. I noticed the interesting patterns, texture, and spatters that had been left behind. I grabbed a pencil and began to sketch out egg shapes all over the paper.Some of the them I cut out and inked the edges with brown ink, leaving as a flat embellishing element. Others I backed with another part of the paper sack and took over the sewing machine to stitch around the outlines then I stuffed them, finally inking the edges giving me a dimensional embellishment for a future project.The paper sack was one from Cracker Barrel that my friend, Pam, left behind from our craft day last week. We tried to use it with our new paper punches but it was too thin and did not punch well. I tossed it in the trash but decided to use it to protect my work surface when it came time to paint. I wonder if she is going to want her sack back?I made up a trio of Easter tags using the last of the nut shells from last weeks tutorial and I wanted to show you that you don't have to stick to making them look like real eggs, they work just as well in bright colors.

I painted mine solid colors and then glittered over them by brushing on some matte gel medium and using Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter. You could paint little designs on your eggs like polka dots or stripes if you wanted a fancy Easter egg.Now, I need to get back to another yummy handful of leftovers...
And I promise you the next post will have nothing to do with eggs! Have a happy Monday!

Blessings,
Miss Sandy

14 comments:

Jennifer said...

I'm an egg person and a use what you have person so you hit a home run with me - these are all adorable! Jennifer

Colleen said...

OK, so I spent the last of the afternoon on Friday trying to get someone in my office to actually eat the pistachios so I could have the shells.no luck..had to bite the Weight Watcher's bullet and eat them myself. however, I ended up with 72 shells that I painted this week-end! Hubby thought I was crazy - but he liked the finished product. He told me the next time I want to do any, he'd gladly eat them for me :-)Thanks for the great tutorial and I'll try to get some pics posted top show you how your "Student" did :-)

Sharon said...

I love your Easter bunny tags. I was so tempted at Costco last week to buy a huge page of pisatchios....! I may have to go back. LOL

Lady Farmer said...

I love that you sewed the paper bag to make eggs! And the Easter tags are just adorable!
Blessings!

Mildred said...

I think the pistachio industry owes you big time Miss Sandy! Your Easter tags are so sweet! Have a lovely week.

Vee said...

You are the most creative thinker that I know! It's true. Wow. Just wow. I love your sweet little Easter tags...so darling.

Esther@fleurcottage said...

nifty...does your mind never stop?! :) i like the ideas!

Tara said...

Oh my gosh! Just love your blog!! I love anything to do with birds. So many neat ideas!

Tammy

LiLi M. said...

How clever again! Just great what you did with your work surface protection, it was the right color already. I love your bright palette too! Just as much fun as your natural. You keep surprising me every day!

kathy said...

SAndy -- love it !! You are not only thnking outside the box , but the bag lol !!
I already have my nuts - Need hub to eat them --
I love the speckled one and the Brights --
also the sewn ones -- I have used my papertoweling - for backgrounds --I do not like patterened ones at all -- and they absorb my tatt angels sprays , dyes and glitter glueing --
LOve all you do !! esp sweet little tags -- And Somerset will be crazy not to snap up your sweet creation -- Kathy - ga ♥

Ewe-N-Me said...

Very pretty! I'm amazed at how you've made something out of virtually "nothing". Good work!!

Lovin' your blog, this is my first visit!

Wanda said...

Dear Miss Sandy:
I'm in my late 40's and I don't like food leftovers. My mother and my husband said that I'm spoiled. The only leftovers that I don't throw away is the craft leftovers or like my husband say "craps". Thank you for the wonderful inspirations you have brought to my life.
best regards,
Wanda C.

Deborah said...

Your blog is so inspirational. I never leave here without getting some great ideas. It is always so much fun to stop by and catch up with you.

Diane said...

They're fabulous, Sandy!!!! Love the grunge on them!

Now...maybe the next eggs you create should be in the form of quiche!

Diane

PS: ALMOST finished with our trade! No rush! If I finish it before the month I'll send it but don't feel you need to hurry!

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