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Monday, February 28, 2011

How-To: Transform Empty Coffee Cans into Crafty Cubbies

Welcome to How-To Mondays!  This week we're going to transform cans into cubbies :)

Allow me to introduce my newest creatures...
Golden Insect Wings
Slice of Pi - My friend Annie was the inspiration for these pi earrings ^_^

Alright, how to transform empty coffee cans into crafty cubbies:

What you will need:

  • Glue gun
  • Empty coffee cans
  • *Hammer and nails --> if you want to hang on wall
Here's how we do:
  1. Clean empty coffee cans and remove plastic label. 

  1. Run the glue gun along the side of one can
  2. Quickly press second can onto the glue, hold for a few seconds
  3. Repeat steps 2-3 until all cans are glued together.
  4. Place on desk and fill 'em up!
  5. Or hang on wall

Very simple, easy and quick. If you knit try putting yarn skeins in, or crochet hooks. Let me know what you used to fill your crafty cubbie!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Earring Giveaway

Congratulations to Annie, this week's lucky winner! *whistles, bells, and clanging of pots and pans*

Instead of weekly, I've decided to make this a bi-monthly exchange. Two weeks from today I will announce the next winner!

To enter to win just email and tell me your favorite item in my shoppe, be it sold or currently for sale. And that's all you need to do. The lucky winner will receive a victory email as well as a free pair of earrings. Yay!

Here are my new experimental earrings:
Shrinkydink Eukaryotic Cell

Target - Paperearrings

Blue Stripe Paper Earrings
Thank you and TGIF!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thirsty (for stuff) Thursday - Finds Under $20

Let's get ready for St. Patrick's Day with some green earrings! Find more at my shoppe :) Don't forget to click here to enter to win free earrings. Today is your last chance to win!!! XD

Kiss My Irish DNA
Lavish Luck
Charming Cyanobacteria
Here is this week's Thirsty for stuff Thursday contains great items all under $20...

Baby Octopus Earrings- MissFluff

Blue Plumeria earrings-SizeLoveCreations
Purple Hedgehogs Studs- lacravatteduchien
Motherly Love - HamJArt
Sexy Flamingo Thights- post

Mixed Bag Three Small Air Plants- tohold

Green Leather Birch Leaf Barrette- Beadmask

Rosebud Earrings- Larquebyjason

Berries and Snow- Luxeplumes
Brimstone Eye Shadow - orglamix
Thank you for stopping by, and I hope you enjoyed this week's Thirsty (for stuff) Thursday. If you're in the California bay area stay warm and watch for snow! XD

Monday, February 21, 2011

How-To: Upcycle Picture Frames into Earring Holders

Do you have earrings but no where suitable to hand them?

I've been having that problem.
I usually find a cute cup to dangle them off of, or a plate to put them on. Allow me to present to you an affordable alternative and a more suitable/crafty/personal way to hang your lobely jewelry.

Be sure to email to enter to win a FREE pair of earrings! Contest ends Thursday, so enter today!

All you need:

  • Inexpensive frame --> I got mine at the 99cent store :)
  • Jewelry wire --> $2.99 OR $1.80 with Michaels Coupon. Here is 26 gauge, but thicker wire is also suitable
  • Glue gun and glue sticks --> ~ $5
Now, you may be questioning the strength of glue and thin  wire but when done properly the glue holds incredibly well.


  1.  Remove glass and cardboard backing from frame
  2. Plug in the glue gun, insert wire, and cut 3-4 wire strips that are the width of the frame
  3. This part should be done quickly to ensure stability: 
    1. Select a wire strip and place it on the frame
    2. The glue gun is ready to use when globs of glue begins to drip from the tip
    3. Wipe it off and put a glob of glue atop the wire and hold in place until glue cools a bit 
    4. Do the same for the other side
    5. Repeat steps 1-4  for the remaining strips
    6. I used a thicker wire gauge for the hanging piece, you can also use string, yarn, ribbon, anything handy you happen to have nearby works. Center it as well as you can and glue.
    7. Make sure all glue has cooled (a few minutes) and then hang your beautiful jewelry :)

Make sure the wire is already touching the frame when gluing because hot glue dries quite rapidly.

Finished product!

Enjoy your new re-purposed frame and brand new earring holder! And yes, that is a thumb tack.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and let me know how yours works out!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Free Friday Giveaway!

Congratulations to our very first winner!! She will be receiving a lovely pair of Coconut Head earrings free of charge, yay!!!

We're going to be doing the same thing this week, and here is your potential prize:

To win send an email to and tell me what you like about me blog. Easy peasy. 
Contest ends next Thursday night! Good luck, and may the force be with you.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thirsty (for stuff) Thursday - Etsy Desirables

Happy Thirsty (for stuff) Thursday!

  • TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ENTER TO WIN A FREE PAIR OF EARRINGS! Be sure to email what you like about Friday. 
  • New items after geeky finds

This week I have perused Etsy's geekery showcase. This week ranges from geek --> Treky --> pretty --> science goodies from wonderful sellers.
Vulcan Felted Doll - woolykins

Circuit Board Necklace- boardaments
I hope you enjoyed this week's Etsy desirables!

My new items:
These insect wings are inspired by all of the insects buzzing around in the recent warm weather.

Cellular mitosis - metaphase earrings

Special Order - Nonpaper cup caffeine molecule earrings

Special Order - Blue Butterfly Plastic Earrings

Monday, February 14, 2011

How-To: Transform Take Home into Shrinky Dink Jewelry

Happy Monday and Happy Valentine's Day! 
Email to enter to win a pair free earrings!

Since today is the day to celebrate love wouldn't it be great to share the love of shrink plastic (Who says V-day has to be about sharing your love with people?). So, I have read of various forums/websites that take home food containers are made with plastic that shrinks in the oven. Say what?! Yes, its true!!
Outline of Steps
  1. Find a clear plastic take-home container
  2. Clean container
  3. Use permanent marker to draw designs onto plastic
  4. Heat Oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit, cut out design and hole punch 
  5. Bake plastic on paper for 1-2 mins
  6. Enjoy your miniature creation!

Now you don't have to spend a nickel on shrink plastic if you have a container like this in your fridge :) 
Be sure to wash out the container removing all food particles.
I just used the lid (I didn't want to spend time cleaning it if the project ended up failing). But it works!

Be sure to use permanent marker when drawing your designs and coloring them in.
NOTE: Flip your design over before coloring in the lines. The marker will smear with whatever colors  you're using. It happened to me on the next photo...

I'm not sure if it's easily visible, but I wasn't careful and the yellow and blue markers smeared. Fortunately the smears were integrated into wing veins.
Be sure to heat your conventional oven, toaster oven, but no microwave oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Place a piece of plain paper (brown paper bag, graphing paper, printing paper, card stock) on a baking sheet. Make sure there is no ink printing on the paper or else it will end up on your creation.

Remove baking sheet from the oven, let cool and then pop off your shrunken creations!

This plastic has a lovely transparent quality to it that creates a stained glass look.

I hope you try this at home, and let me know how it works out!