Ok, this was 3 a.m. in the morning for me, but here are my holiday gift tips. Bad lighting, crazy hair, and not enough coffee for sure. I know, excuses, excuses! We can't always bat them out of the park!
I like Kathy and her work so I thought even though I'm strapped for time right now, I'll give it a go. Besides, I would be reviewing this with some of my creative heroes like Martin Amado and Suede BaumWhy not!
Many of you know that I'm not a tech kind of person at all so this scanner has been sitting on my table staring at me all weekend daring me to open it up and start working with it. I have a few projects in mind that I want to try, but I have to tell you, I'm nervous about it. Yes, it's just a portable scanner, but I saw the videos of the projects that Kathy made and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed. I guess it's time to open it up and see what happens right? Here goes!
This is my first scan.......So far so good. Let's see what happens!
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Not long ago Mattel asked me to design a special Barbie Dream House. After it heads to headquarters tomorrow to be photographed, the prototype will then be auctioned to raise money for Project Angel Food in early December. I couldn't be happier.
Yesterday I took the dream house outside to see if I could get some good photos before I send it off. Here you go!
This house is filled with things made from my various craft books. For example, the Rope Side Table and the Harlequin Table are both from THE BIG ASS BOOK OF CRAFTS.
Also pictured here is the Glitter Blasted Sofa and Sunburst Mirror, a Frida Kahlo, hand painted Calder, Fornasetti and Damian Hirst spin art painting.
The wallpaper is hand printed and the gold striped lamp and corner lamp both work.
Detail of a floor vase filled with branches and flowers.
The bedroom features a Domino Side Table and two Andy Warhol lithographs along with paper lanterns and hand printed wallpaper. Originally the bedding had tons of black lace, but it was just too dark for the room.
These lounge chairs are made from 2" wide striped ribbon and chopsticks. I sewed the canopy from thin white cotton canvas and lined the edges with ribbon and accented it with tiny buttons.
The kitchen features Glitter Blasted table and chairs, a Paint Chip Painting (from THE BIG ASS BOOK OF CRAFTS) and hand printed wallpaper. The sisal rugs are made from a Chinese mat and 1/4" ribbon.
I kept the bathroom very simple. Though the rug took me forever to make. It's rick-rack twisted together and then sewn in a circle. The wall paper is made from tiny book pages (because you know I love to cover things in book pages).
More professional photos to follow. This is just a sneak peek for my friends.
Ok folks, just had the official drawing for our Glitter Blast Tuesday contest and Lisa Maxwell is our official winner! Congratulations Lisa! Please get in touch with me and let me know where to send your prizes! You have a set of Glitter Blast coming from KRYLON and THE BIG ASS BOOK OF CRAFTS 2 from me!
Y'all know how much I love my Krylon Spray Paint, right? Well, they have generously let me give away a set of GLITTER BLAST spray paints with an ongoing contest every other Tuesday from here on out! Rock on Krylon!
Winners not only get my NEW book, THE BIG ASS BOOK OF CRAFTS 2, they will get all of the colors of glitter blast sent right to their front door. Just a few simple rules to enter.
And may the glitter be with you....
1. LIKE and COMMENT on the KRYLON FB page that I sent you!
2. LIKE and COMMENT on my fan page that your entering the contest.
I’m always looking for a good way to cover up a stain on a pillow. I finally found one. OK, I’m only half kidding! I just like gluing fabrics together because the bond is just amazing! Hot glue is an amazing fabric bond and did you know that E-6000 is washable? Either glue will work wonders on this project.
Any lace will do for a project like this and if you’re really adventurous, try doing it all over an old ottoman that needs some sprucing up. I think you might really like the results.
My friend Peter has a huge clock in his kitchen with a collage of his friends. It was my inspiration for this very large wall clock. Sending special thanks to all of my friends for their endless inspiration today.
(and their Teflon blade is perfect for cutting sticky stuff!)
Clock that you can take apart *Check the 99c store
Drill and 3/8” drill bit
Clear packing tape
1.Enlarge your image to 18x24. Staples can do this easily for a few bucks. *This image is from a Dover book with mortised images that are perfect for clocks.
2.Place your image inside the frame to decide where you want your clock to be placed.
3.Drill a hole in the frame for your clock parts.
4.With your image inside the frame cut out your oval in contact paper to use as your stencil for the florescent paint. *I cut out leaves and clovers and added them to the oval so that it would have some interest. I placed one on the lower right corner and randomly.
5.Peel and stick your oval and your flourishes to the frame.
6.Spray paint the frame with the Krylon florescent paint and let dry for 5 minutes and carefully remove the contact paper. If you’re having a hard time getting it off, take the tip of your craft knife to lift an edge.
7.Place the cardboard inset inside your frame and cut out a hole in the area where your clock parts will fit. My clock was square so I traced it and cut out the exact size.
8.Spray mount your image to the cardboard inset and put it inside of the box frame.
9.Poke a hole from the inside of your frame outward through the hole that you drilled.
10.Remove your clock hands and push the little nubby thingy where the clock hands are attached through the hole that you drilled.
11.Tape your clock in place with packing tape.
12.Put on your clock hands and you’re done just in time.
Congratulations LeAnna! You've won a copy of The Big Ass Book of Crafts 2. I saw your blog when I picked your name and I love your baking skills. You are super talented! Get in touch with me at MarkMontanoNYC@aol.com so that I can send you your book and get your mailing address!
I challenge myself recently to invent a way to make a silver leafed mirror without the cost and trouble of actually silver leafing something. I got this round mirror at the 99c store to experiment but then quickly realized that this was the PERFECT mirror for a project like this. So here you are my creative friends. My 99c store Silver Antique Mirror!
Today it's also featured on Plaid Crafts site.
1 cheap mirror with frame (99c store)
1 roll of aluminum tape (also purchased at the 99c store in the hardware aisle)
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I don’t usually pick favorites, but I have to say that this just may be my favorite project in
THE BIG ASS BOOK OF HOME DECOR. It’s beautiful, easy to make and if I do say so myself, it was a stroke of crafty heaven when it finally came together.
6 clear plastic plate holders. *I got mine at the 99C store.
Household Goop Glue or E-6000
6” socket and cord set
Small bulb for your socket and cord set
Dremel Tool with grinding attachment (standard with Dremel)
1.Unfold 3 of your plate holders and arrange them equally on your table on a large piece of newspaper.
2.Carefully mark on the newspaper where each of the legs touch the newspaper because this will be your guide.
3.Tape your 3 pieces together and then take your socket with your bulb screwed in and figure out how much space you will need to create for them on the inside of your chandelier once it’s finished. Because the 6” socket set is so small, you probably won’t need to create much room.
4.With your Dremel, grind out enough space for your bulb and socket. Do this on each of your 6 pieces. *Now I know this sounds difficult, but it’s not. Just take your time and grind baby! Make sure to grind out enough room so that you can wiggle out your bulb and change it when it’s time.
5.Using the guide you created on the newspaper, glue your 3 pieces together. *The hinges are where mine fit together beautifully.
6.When those 3 pieces are dry, glue the other 3 pieces together the same way.
7.When you have your 2 sets of 3 pieces dry, carefully slip in your socket with bulb and glue all 6 pieces together feet to feet.
8.With a dab of glue take your cord and attach it to the crease in the chandelier so that you can hang it from a hook.
Hello everyone! I'm an Author, TV Host and Designer: I write THE BIG-ASS CRAFT BOOK series which are the number 1 selling craft books in the US! I've worked in television for over 10 years on shows like While You Were Out/TLC 10 YearsYounger/TLC She's Moving In/WEtv My Celebrity Home/Style TonyDanza/ABC My Home 2.0/FOX and currently Make Your Mark! for APT (American Public Television) You can reach me at MarkMontanoNYC@aol.com