Thursday, December 29, 2011

If You Like It, Then You Better Make a Ring Out Of It!

Aah vacation. As it draws to a close, it's just now getting to the point where I can do some fun stuff. 

The first three days I spent shoveling out my craftastrophe. What's funny is it doesn't really look that different. But I spent most of the time on the closet. I threw away three huge garbage bags full of old class notes from conventions past, some old cards that were ugly and I was never going to mail to anyone, and a whole lot of random scraps of things or half finished projects that weren't worth starting. 

After I got rid of the trash, I had a lot of stuff that was brand new or gently used that needed to go. I boxed these up in flat rate boxes (35 pounds across three boxes!) and mailed them off to friends. That felt good. 

I did so much of this that I'm actually sore from squatting in front of shelves peering at ill advised purchases from bygone years. I have lots more to go but it's a start! 

My goal for 2012 is to have exactly HALF of the possessions I have now. I only want to keep things I really love and use. The rest should go to people whole will love what I'm not using. 

I've also decided if I win the lottery I will build a large, one-story home with NO closets, NO drawers and NO attic. Everything will have to live in the space it's used in, so things will have to be useful and artfully displayed. So put THAT in your hat and smoke it. 

So today was the first day I've gotten to the point where I could be crafty. And it was SO fun!!

I used a tutorial I saw earlier in the year to make fake faceted jewels from floral stones!!

LOOK how sparkly and fun they are!! Here's the white one. 


And you KNOW I did a blue one!!!

Don't they just make you happy????

Okay - here's what you do. I started with this fried marbles tutorial on Craftster. However, I tried it with her temperatures three times and it didn't work. So after a lot of failed experimentation, this is what I did.
  • Start with these flat bottomed marbles
  • Preheat your oven to 500.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Fill a stainless steel bowl with ice water - lots of ice.
  • Spread stones out on parchment paper in a single layer. 
  • Bake for 20 minutes, and when finished, take the cookie sheet and dump the marbles directly and immediately into the ice water, where they will make a satisfying sizzle and crack. Leave them there about 15-20 minutes and dump them out onto a paper towel. 
Some will crack better than others. They are SO fun!! I made a squillion of them. 

Then, take some of this glue and glue them to these ring blanks

VOILA!! Ring bling!! 

How fun is THAT?

And for a few Christmas gifts, I bought these stacking espresso cups and some candle making supplies - a little hot pot (nice because it's easy to pour the wax out of), wicks and some unscented wax and I filled the cups with wax. When they were cool, I added a circle of stamped tissue paper and heated it with my heat gun to melt it into the candle. The stamp is the retired background stamp - Musical score. Aren't they sassy?

Now after I gave them away I was left with the holder the cups came in:

What ever shall I do with it? Got any ideas? Lay em on me, stringbean!! :)



  1. Will rolls of ribbon or embellishment containers fit in your cup holder? They'd look super cute stacked in there! LOVE the projects. May have to make some rings of my own!!!

  2. Oooh, pretty! Those flat stones will be so much easier to use than the round marbles. Maybe you can use the holder as a holster for your heat gun. :)

  3. the rings are FAB!! don't have a good idea for the empty cup holder. Sorry charlie, you are on your own for that one. ;)


  4. I'm a sucker for espresso cups! I would buy every set out there, if I could. Adorable!!!

  5. Hi Lydia,

    I've never seen that ring tutorial. I love cute rings. Thanks for all the links to where you purchased stuff; I LOVE Amazon!

    I bet my BFFs back in California would love to make some of these rings. We are currently on vacation in Taos visiting my familia.

  6. Looks like a stampin' snack station. A plate of cookies on the bottom and a cup o' hot chocolate "inktacto" and you can't spill it, can't tip it and it's still handy.

    inktacto is, of course, the spam verification word.

  7. Catching up with your blog, Missy... So expect comments sprinkled hither and yon. This post I love. Your crafty cleanup is motivating me. (I could definitely rid myself of 50%!) Your rings are gorjusss... Cool project. And the espresso-my-friendship candles are also too cool. Thanks for the ideas... *smile*

  8. I'm so glad I stopped by. Not only are your posts interesting and funny, but you always are making cool stuff. My students are totally going to make these rings to give to their mommies for Mother's day.


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