Monday, December 12, 2005

Secret Storage

I wish I could take credit for coming up with this secret storage design, but I cannot. I did, however take a stab at the project. I had a few blisters after I carved out the inside pages to make the storage area. Once it was completed, I lined the inside with felt and covered the inside pages with a decorative wrapping paper. The book closes with Velcro tabs. Makes a great gift!

Friday, December 9, 2005

CD Sleeve Project

One of my music-buddies once started a "CD of the Month" club with 12 of his closest friends. I have to say I had more fun coming up with a fun way to package the CD's more so than selecting a playlist. I went to a thrift store and picked up some old records in their cardboard sleeves. I cut down the sleeves to fit the dimensions of a CD and even cut out a small slit to allow for easy removal of the CD itself. The best find was the blank CDs that look just like little records!

Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Gift Boxes Galore

I spent a lot of time creating special pendants for my mother and mother-in-law when we got married. I wanted the gift box to be just as special. Combining bejeweled boxes with mini butterflies really made them stand out.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Mother's Momento

Coming up with the right gift for my mother and mother-in-law for our wedding was a challenge. I didn't want to give them the traditional hankie, framed couple photo or store-bought jewelry. I decided to make a soldered pendant that was custom and personal. Since I had a very "untraditional" dress made of black vintage lace over creme silk, I thought it would be nice to use a piece of the lace as one side of the pendant.
For the backside of the pendant, I illustrated a little note with the date. I finished off the pieces with a jeweled chain and heart clasp. I even took a soldering workshop to learn how to put the piece all together. Needless to say they were so happy with the results.

Friday, June 3, 2005

Untraditional Diaper Bag

Who says you have to have the mass-market diaper bag that everyone other new mom in town is toting? This was such a fun project I did for a client who requested a more untraditional take on the new parent necessity. These rice bags are make such such sturdy canvas and the graphics are so happy and bold.

The most labor-intensive (no pun intended) part of this project was the lining. As most parents know, there are lots of things to tote in a diaper bag and each compartment is very specific to the items they carry. I added lots of pockets, zippered compartments and the traditional elasticized bottle holders on the sides.

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

Cavity-Inducing Sushi

I would love to take credit for this sweet treat, but I actually found the article in Parenting Magazine a few years back. The idea is "sushi" composed of a mini cupcakes, coconut frosting, fruit roll-ups & assorted candied toppings to simulate the fish. Not only were they fun to make, but they made quite the conversation piece at the office party (and a grand prize to boot)!