A Collection of Inspirations • Part I

Alright, so this will be ridiculously long, keeping your eyes busy for awhile, but I decided as I desperately need to make some room on my iPhone, so I can hoard more pictures, that I’d share somethings that inspire me, while having them here for safe keeping ;).

Hope you find somethings that inspire you and please feel free to share them in a post below!

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T.L.C Launching December 1st!

Hello my Lovlies! I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be launching a brand new line of products this December! Yay!

The line is going to be miniature food, of which some can be worn (think pendants, earrings, keychains, charm bracelets, that sort of thing), others to be displayed however you like, and eventually some small enough to accommodate a 1/12 scale miniature dollhouse! The line is called “Tastes Like Clay”, or “TLC” for short (catchy, huh ;p) and will be handcrafted by yours truly.

Some things that will make this line quite different from my other work is that…

1: I have never done anything remotely close to this before, so those interested can have a chance to see my work develop over the years, right from the beginning! This will most likely lead me into making a tutorial here and there (something else I have never done – should prove to be interesting ;p). Though to be honest, until I feel that I have something to personally contribute, I am just going to start by curating pre-existing tutorials and adding in my impressions/findings in an afterword.

2: As this line cannot be considered original works of art and once I work out some kinks and settle into my groove (ie: settle on techniques, clay combinations and whatnot that give me the effect/look I’m satisfied with for different food types), the pieces will not take me very long to create and therefore they will be a much lower price point than say my other current works. Also, for some things I will (also for the first time) be using molds for some parts; such as the bottom of cupcakes, waffles, etc.). I will never use molds of any sort for any of my original work, but I just really wanted to start creating something that’s just pure fun and could be purchased for $10 or less.

Alright, so without further adieu, here are a couple of photos of the baguette style deli sandwiches that I made! On a side note these are actual the only two food items that I have ever created! Yeah, I know it makes the launch seem a little premature, but I’m confident that I can have a nice little variety/quantity of things in time for my Christmas sale (and the last before my company relaunch in the spring!) at the Water Street Farmer’s Market, in my hometown of Miramichi, New Brunswick, on December 1st (plug,plug)!:

Hope everyone enjoys them as much as I did making them!

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NOTE: The one on the left is a BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato) and was the first to be created. The second tasty creation (the one in the right), is a lettuce, turkey, tomato, baguette sandwich with an asinine amount of mayo. Yeah, gotta work on the mayo ;p

Alrighty, well it’s past my bedtime now, so off I toddle! Much love and sweet dreams when you get there! Don’t forget to let me know what kind of T.L.C creations you’d like to see!

Wishing You Well,

~Amanda~

Got Old Polymer Canes & Scraps? Then Try This!

This tutorial is brought to by NutterMom and is a gorgeous way to use up all of those polymer clay canes and scraps that you undoubtedly have lying about (I sure do! A few boxes full, in fact)! The finished product reminds me of a kaleidoscope and would definitely make some beautiful, one-of-a-kind pendants! Hope you all enjoy the tutorial and don’t forget to post pictures of your own creations!

DIY Allium “Firework” Centerpiece

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I thought this DIY “firework” centerpiece (brought to us by Craft Test Dummies – click the link to check out the quick how-to!) was a beautifully brilliant idea to snazz up a room and a great way to use up your allium (if you have any, of course ;))!

Have you found another plant, wild or cultivated that works well? Share your findings with us in the comment area of this post!

Have a Guintastic day!

~Amanda~

Homemade Hairspray

Hey everyone! I was browsing through my pile of read-it-later e-clutter and came across this all natural, citrus-lavender hairspray! I haven’t tried it myself yet, but most certainly plan to, once I save up and get the essential oil kit that I’ve been eyeing (I plan to get into the bath and beauty business too, starting with soap!). So, click the link below, give the recipe a go and let me know how it turns out!

DIY Natural’s Homemade Hairspray

Take care, my Lovlies!

~Amanda~

Decou-Page – Multitasker!

Geez, I think I’m on the verge of flooding/spamming my own blog ;p

Anyhoo, last one for today, I promise!

I just wanted to post the link to yet another Craft Test Dummies product review. This is about Decou-Page by DecoArt and all the wonderific things it does! I don’t currently require such a product, so I can’t share any personal experiences, but in all honesty, I really think that once I do, this will be the medium for me, as I’m a fan of DecoArt’s acrylic paints and because Jenny (head Craft Test Dummy) sold me on it ;)

http://www.crafttestdummies.com/craft-product-reviews/craft-product-review-decou-page-by-decoart/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CraftTestDummies+%28Craft+Test+Dummies+-+The+Crafting+Blog+for+High+Impact+Crafters%29

Take care and let me know what you think once you take it for whirl!

Wishing You Sweet Dreams When You Get There,

~Amanda~

For The Green Crafter

Just another bit of my, hopefully useful, “e-clutter” that I want to share with you all. Just click the link below and read the original article, from Craft Test Dummies, about 5 eco-friendly craft products and companies worth checking out. I am personally most interested in the paints and glue. Do without further adieu, here’s the link!

http://www.crafttestdummies.com/craft-news/five-eco-friendly-craft-products-and-companies-youll-love/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CraftTestDummies+%28Craft+Test+Dummies+-+The+Crafting+Blog+for+High+Impact+Crafters%29

Should anyone go off and purchase one (or more) of these lovely products, make sure to come back and tell us what you liked and/or didn’t like about the product(s) and how they compare to their non-green counterparts!

Happy crafting!

~Amanda~

DIY Apothecary Labels & Halloween Decor!

Alright my Lovlies, I know that it’s really early, but while browsing about, looking for some miniature label products and ideas – for a soon to be released “secret project” ;) – I came across this video, featuring Kristine McKay and just had to share it with all of you! Kristine McKay is my newest inspirational/creative discovery, so definitely go check out her site, get inspired and download the free label templates featured in the video! Don’t forget to come back and share the projects/ideas that inspired your next crafty bits! Enjoy!

By the by, I know it’s been quite awhile since I’ve made a proper update in my goings-on, but I promise to make one this week! I’m currently working on some new projects and also piecing together a rather massive “secret project”, so I’ve been busy busy! Talk soon! Take care!

~Amanda~