DIY Altered Art Bottle



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I got my inspiration for making this grungy altered art bottle from Marinela's blog "Martinel Art".

I am not sure what materials that Marinela used in her altered art bottle, so I just improvised.

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You will need a glass bottle, coffee dyed fabric, mod podge, paint brush, scrapbook paper, ribbon, chain, and a small jewelry frame or another embellishment of your choice.

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First cut you a round piece of fabric to cover the bottom of the bottle. Apply a thick coat of mod podge to bottom of your bottle, then add the round piece of fabric, pressing it down and smoothing it to the bottom of your bottle.

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Once the bottom is dry flip right side up. You will start at top of your bottle and work your way down.

Apply a thick coat of mod podge on the top part of your bottle.

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Take a strip of your fabric and start wrapping and twisting the fabric as you go around the bottle, making sure to cover the glass. Pressing it down into the mod podge.

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Continue applying mod podge when needed, and keep working your way down the bottle wrapping and twisting your fabric.

For the lip of the bottle just cut you some small fabric pieces, and mod podge them on.

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Once your bottle completely covered and dry, add a coat of mod podge over the entire piece and let dry.

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Using mod podge glue a small piece of scrapbook paper into your jewelry frame.

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Attach some chain to each side of your frame.

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Using another piece of chain, connect it together just large enough to fit the neck of your bottle. But small enough where it doesn't slide down the bottle.

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Connect your jewelry frame chain, to the chain around the neck of the bottle.

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Add your ribbon, and you'd done.

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You now have a beautiful altered art bottle that can be added to your home decor, or even used as a vase.

What do you think? Have you made any altered art bottles?

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Update on Guide Central Maker Program



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Here's a quick update on the "Guide Central Maker Program" app that I was telling you about in an earlier post.

I am very happy with the new app. I submitted eight tutorials, and earned & 56.00. (You must have three prior approved tutorials). Once I cashed out and PayPal deducted their fee I made $53.52 profit.

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In the picture below you can see that I have one tutorial to be reviewed for publishing and monetization.

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In this next picture you can see that my tutorial was published, and approved for monetization, and I earned $7. (Earnings can't be cash out till you've reached $50).

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I think this app is a great tool for promoting ones self, and earning some extra cash in the process. ;-D

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How To Age Fabric With Coffee



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I found an altered art bottle project that I wanted to try. Wasn't sure exactly what materials were used in the project, so I came up with my version (tutorial for project will come later).

First things first is, I needed aged fabric strips. So I made some using muslin strips, and instant coffee.

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Supplies needed
Instant coffee granules
Large bowl
Cookie sheet
Water

Preheat your oven to300. Then cut your strips of fabric, approximately 1 1/2" x 12". Cut 5-6 pieces.

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Put one tablespoon of instant coffee granules in a large bowl.

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Add 2-3 cups of water, and stir.

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Drop your fabric strips into your bowl of coffee, and stir to cover fabric. Let sit few minutes.

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Then squeeze excess liquid out, and drop back into bowl.

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For a few darker age spots sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of coffee granules over strips.

Using your hand just give it a toss in the bowl so the granules will get onto the other fabric strips. Let sit a few minutes. Then shake off excess granules.

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Spread your strips out on a cookie sheet. Doesn't hurt if they over lap some. Turn oven off and place cookie sheet in oven till strips dry, approximately 10-15 minutes.

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Once dry your aged fabric strips are ready to use in any of your craft projects.

You can dye a large piece of fabric the same way,if you want it lighter use less coffee, and darker use more.

Check back later to see what I made with my aged fabric strips.

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Pick Your Pillow Giveaway

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The “Pick Your Pillow” Giveaway is going on now. Designs by Heather at “Elliott-Heath Designs”.

There’s also a sale going on where you can receive 20% off your order through April 30. You will find a fabulous collection of pillows to pick from.

Get more details for the giveaway and sale at “Knick Of Time“.

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Time to declutter



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We met with our realtor yesterday and was told that we need to go ahead and list our house, that right now it is a sellers market. So I guess we are done with our remodeling. Now we are just touching up, and de-cluttering. YUCK!!!

Our house will go on the market next Friday, so now for the job of packing and de-cluttering, so that the house will look larger, and to get a head start on the packing and moving. Just hope it sells quickly, and we find something quick too.

Kind of sad though, I like our house, and all the work that we've done to it. Kind of hate to move, plus the drive to work is 15 minutes. Once we move it will be at least 45 minutes or longer because of all the road construction )-;

We still don't have a house yet, we've found a few that we really like. But haven't looked at any yet, been to busy working on house. We have already been pre-approved though, so we just need to find our dream home. No more moving. In the mean time everything goes to storage.

I'm hoping to be able to keep some of my jewelry supplies and other crafty things out, but will see how that goes. Slept in this morning till 3:30 a.m. :-D Had to take off work today because I have an doctor's appointment. I'm hoping to pack a few things before I have to go. So I guess I better get busy. Thanks for stopping by, I will keep you posted on our house hunting.

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Zebra Stone Necklace Giveaway



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Are you ready for another giveaway? This giveaway will be for a handmade copper wire wrapped zebra stone necklace.

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This handmade necklace is made from large aqua dyed zebra stone chips, hand-formed copper links that form the chain, and a hand-formed hook clasp.

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The necklace has been tumbled to work harden and polish. Then renaissance wax was applied to protect and preserve the copper finish.

The giveaway will last for two weeks. Starts Monday April 7 at 6:00 a.m. central time.

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To enter you Must follow me, and share this post on one of these social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google Plus, StumbleUpon, tumblr. Each follow and sharing of this post gives you more chances to win. You Must leave a comment here with a link back to the social network where you shared this post for it to count.

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Must live in the United States or Canada to enter. Giveaway will end 6:00 p.m. Central time Sunday April 20, 2014.

I will be using RandomPicker to pick one lucky winner, and will announce the results as soon as possible.

Be sure and leave a contact email so I will have a way to contact you if you are the winner. Otherwise I will have to redraw.

Don't forget after sharing this post, come back and leave a comment telling me where it was shared. Thanks!

Good Luck!!!

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