Happy Labor Day!  I hope you’re enjoying the holiday weekend and it’s not too hot where you are.  We are sweltering here, but it didn’t put a damper on our family gathering yesterday!

Today is my day to post over on the eP Blog, and I’ve worked up a tag using Graphic 45’s French Country Collection.


As always, you can find more photos and all the details on the eP Blog.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you’ve seen pictures of my newly remodeled bathroom.  I haven’t shared them here for no particular reason; except that I didn’t want to bore everyone to death with my elation of finally having a new bathroom.  Today I’m going to share one of the photos because I’ve worked on a bathroom project and I want you to see the area where I have some things sitting.

New Vanity

Okay so this is my new vanity area that shows all the rubbed oil bronze fixtures that I went with.

New medicine cabinet and light

Even the custom-built base for the new light fixture was spray painted with bronze spray paint.  The mirror actually set the tone for the entire bath.  I told my builder that I wanted a farm house feel . . . white and that I loved the look of oil rubbed bronze.  He found the mirror and then everything else came together from there.

Anyhoo, I ended up purchasing some green glass jars and dispensers from Target that had a vintage feel to them but it didn’t take us long to realize that visitors might have a problem with the dispensers sitting on the sink counter.


As you can see, the lotion and the soap look identical.  Only Mallory and I knew what was the lotion (the taller) and the soap (smaller).  I told her I would make us some labels and I’ve been looking for different images on the internet that I could use.  While working with ICE Resin® the other night a brain storm hit . . . and YES, it did hurt!  So I made the tags that you see above.

Both are made from Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Line silver square bezels that I painted with the same bronze spray paint used on the wood base for the light fixture.    Pretty clever I thought!

Both have a square of Graphic 45 Old Curiosity Shoppe paper die cut with the coordinating Spellbinders square die template (which was sealed with glossy accents) and glued into the bezel.


I die cut a capital “L” (lotion) from chipboard that I painted with the wall paint (same color as the walls) and applied some DecoArt Crackle Medium.  Once dry, some Ten Seconds Studio Bronze VerDay Paint was rubbed over the crackle with the excess wiped away.  The “L” was then glued onto the paper in the bezel.

Beads were added to the bottom of the bezel just for some more decoration.  Of course, I learned after I made both sets of beads that the one for the soap needed to be shorter . . . go figure . . . it’s a shorter dispenser.


I LOVE the vintage distress look of the “L” and the “S” with the crackle and the VerDay rubbed on to show all the crackle.  It’s perfect for my country/farmhouse bath and all the other antiques I’ve added over the last few months.


The bezel for the soap dispenser was made the same way as the other . . . except that I die cut the letter “S” for soap.


As you can see from this photo, I had to remove three of the beads for the soap dispenser . . . but that’s okay . . . it still matches the other.

Both bezels were tied to the dispensers with seam binding that I didn’t care got wet or dirty.  To me it will look all the better when the ribbon shows a little wear and tear.

I’ll devote another post to some of the antiques and other goodies I’ve added very soon.  I still have a few things to finish up before I’m ready for that!  Oh and before I forget, the dispensers sit in the corner of the vanity to fill up all the space!

In the meantime, thanks for stopping by today!


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I finally got up the nerve over the last few days to try something I’ve been wanting to do for some time now . . . make a necklace using the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Bezels and Susan Lenart Kazmer ICE Resin®.    I’ve had ICE Resin for a couple of years now . . . ever since I saw it the first time at CHA.  I’ll never forget walking in the booth with Daisy Sparks and Wendy Vecchi . . . AWEstruck!  We all purchased her books with (I know) the good intentions of giving it a try.  So I guess it’s better late than never on my end!


Lookie . . . I added a chain with a magnetic closure too!  I’m really planning on wearing this and get this . . . Mallory said she likes it well enough to actually wear it . . . I guess I did good!

So let’s talk about the many details . . . starting first with the larger pendant.

KeyNecklace LargePendant

That’s the larger of the 3 oval Bronze Bezels from the Spellbinders Media Mixáge line.  The background is a piece of gold foil engraving board that was die cut with MD1-001 Ovals One and then embossed with the new Poetry Engraving Plate.  Using a sanding block I sanded away the areas that weren’t embossed.  Now whether I did the embossing correctly or not, and I’m not entirely sure, because when I sanded it all away, the embossed areas were much smaller and embedded into the board.  I didn’t try flipping another piece because I kinda liked the look of this one (I’ll try the other way at another time).

The die cut oval was glued to the bottom of the bezel and then the key was added over the top.  I started filling the bezel with ICE Resin and decided at some point that it really needed some color.  Before I had finished pouring the dome, I started dropping in some red beads that I had in my stash.

KeyNecklace Hatpin Charm

The smaller pendant is Spellbinders new Square Hatpin Bezel.  An image was die cut using MD1-002 Squares One (the #1 die template) and glued to the bottom of the bezel.  I turned the hatpin upside down to use it as a charm, adding beads on the pin and hooking it to attach to a jump ring.  The bezel was then filled with ICE Resin.  (Important info:  let the ICE Resin sit overnight before moving the bezel  . . . VERY important info!  I think I might have poured this smaller one first and while I was dropping beads in the larger bezel I kept reaching for a pin to help push down the bead.  Can you guess what happened?  Well of course I did!  I kept picking up the hatpin  . . . spilling resin all over my work space as I went.)

Once both pieces had dried overnight, I started adding the jump rings, chain, etc., to finish off the necklace.  The ICE Resin wasn’t nearly as complicated as I thought it would be and the process really didn’t take that much time.  I’ve been a little hesitant on trying the ICE Resin in this way . . . but don’t be!  It truly is a wonderful product and not nearly as difficult as I first though!

(and actually, while working on the necklace this afternoon, I mixed up some more ICE Resin for a project I’m hoping to have together tomorrow)

Whew!  I guess that’s all I have for right now.  Thanks for stopping by today and remember . . .  life is short, enjoy the adventure!


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Happy weekend!  I’ve been trying to get this project posted for a week now, but finding the time to finish it was difficult.  Finally last night I was able to find a few minutes in the studio to put on some finishing touches.  Now bear with me on this one, because in essence it’s nothing but a practice piece  . . . since I’ve never attempted anything like this in the past.

While at the Spellbinders Retreat, Linda Peterson was there to teach a class on using the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Line and how to look at the die templates in new and different ways . . . Exploring Beyond!

In her class we worked on making a metal birdhouse and quite honestly I was having a rather difficult time staying up with everyone around me.  I didn’t finish . . . well most of us didn’t because we ran out of time . . . but a few actually completed the project by the end of class.  I decided that if I got the basic concept down, then I could come home and try again.

Here’s a photo of what I was able to accomplish in class that day.

Original birdhouse

By the way, Linda has an excellent tutorial for this project on the Spellbinders Blog for Spellbinders Media Mixàge Monday, which you can find here at 3D Birdhouse Charms.  (Sadly mine looks nothing like hers)

Now here’s the one I completed here at home.

Birdhouse Necklace

I painted my metal with Ten Second Studios Bronze Patina Paint and used their spray Patina to react with the paint.

Birdhouse Patina

I’ll definitely be trying this again hoping that I’ll amaze myself and actually learn how to loop metal!

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