Jan 20, 2014

Learn How to Make a Pretty Wood Pendant Necklace



In this video, Michelle turns to beautiful wood disks for the foundation of her project. In today's episode, she shows you how to create a pretty wood pendant necklace that is easy to make and pretty to wear. To follow along, gather these items:

  • Blank wood disks (I bought mine from Gypsy Tree)
  • Rub-ons
  • Scissors
  • Cord, hemp, or leather for necklace
  • Drill
  • Paint brush
  • Crystal Effects, Diamond Glaze or some other type of sealer





Jan 20, 2014

How to Make Boot Cuffs from a Re-purposed Sweater

Join Michelle as she teaches you how to make these cute boot cuffs. To follow along you will need these supplies:

  • Sleeves from a sweater
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • Two buttons
  • Large jar to wrap sleeves over





Jan 09, 2014

Some Suzi Blu Inspired Paintings

Before the holidays I spent some time making some paintings using the techniques I have learned from taking a couple of online classes by Suzi Blu as well as from her book, "Mixed-Media Girls with Suzi Blu". I found the process somewhat challenging because I didn't have any scrapbook paper in my house! I have thousands of sheets of scrapbook paper, but all at my old house. So I improvised with the background. I wish I would have added some type of wax treatment to these. Maybe next time.



You can't tell very well from the photo but this painting has some great texture to it. She turned out to be my favorite.




Dec 09, 2013

How to Make a Chevron Style Painting



In this episode of Crafted by Us Michelle takes an old ugly painting and converts into a new Chevron style painting. With a some patience and very little painting skills you too can create a new painting. The follow along you will need these supplies:

  • Canvass to paint on
  • 2-3 colors of acrylic paint
  • Painters tape
  • Rub-ons (found in scrapbook supply)
  • Paint brush




Dec 05, 2013

Let's Make a Super Crafty Paper Cone Christmas Tree Holiday Decoration



Join Michelle as she creates a Christmas tree made from a paper mach cone. At some point this project was going to be fabulous. As it turned out, it wasn't so great. Certainly a one Christmas season craft. But if the project is executed right it could be really cute. Hopefully you can take this idea and make something even better! To follow along grab these supplies:

  • Paper mache cone
  • A lot of ribbon and ric arc
  • Wet glue
  • Paint
  • Paint brush





Dec 02, 2013

"Joy" Christmas Holiday Burlap Banner


In the spirit of the holiday season, Michelle has created another Christmas banner, this time made out of burlap, a stencil, and some paint. No sewing skills are required! If you would like to follow along with this project gather these supplies:

  • Burlap (3 pieces about 10x10 in.)
  • White paint
  • Gold paint
  • Paint brush
  • Brown Sharpie marker
  • Sticki tac fabric glue (a must have!)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors




Dec 01, 2013

Super Simple Earrings for your Mother and your Daughter




Join Michelle as she shares with you how to quickly create two pairs of earrings. This is a great project if you are new to beading but really want to make a pair of earrings. To follow along with this project gather your supplies:

  • Beading pliers (Flat nose, round nose, and side wire cutters)
  • Beads, two "statement" beads for each pair and coordinating smaller beads
  • Jump rings
  • Earring wires




Nov 30, 2013

Paper Christmas Tree Banner




Join Michelle as es a super easy Christmas banner made from paper. To follow along with this project gather these supplies:

  • 8-10 sheets of paper (I used typewriter book paper)
  • Scissors
  • Glue (wet and dry)
  • About 6 ft. of ribbon
  • 8-20 buttons
  • Brown or black ink pad
  • Round template (I used a pot lid)
  • Pencil
  • Stickles or glitter




Nov 28, 2013

Wrist wraps for weightlifting and Crossfit workouts



My Crossfit friend asked me to make her some wrist wraps to help support her wrists while lifting during her Crossfit workouts. I thought I would share with you how I made them. Because this project is probably for a pretty narrow range of people I am only posting it on YouTube





If you would just like to purchase something like this already made you can visit these websites:



Rock'd Out Wear (An Etsy shop)

Crafted by Us Handmade (My Etsy shop)




Oct 04, 2013

Change of Direction

Do you ever work on something for a long time and then realize that it just isn't going to work out? Well, that's how I feel about the Chevron Necklace video. I have had so much trouble with it that I'm finally throwing in the towel. While recording the show, my camera battery died once and my memory card was full at another point. I didn't realize that this had happened until I tried to edit the video. Even then, I had hopes that I could salvage it. I finally finished it and watched it one more time to make sure it was ok. **Chuckle** It wasn't ok. I'm going to have to move on to the next video. The content for the necklace may very well be a starting point for my first written tutorial, but I'm not promising anything yet.

But don't worry! I have more shows coming. I have two recorded and ideas for several more. After moving this summer I'm finally feeling like I'm back in my groove. Thanks goodness! Here are a few photos of show work in progress. Can you get what they are?