Wednesday, June 1, 2011

If you like cute, you'll love this post...

Hey all! It's been awhile...again...yes I know I keep doing that. Didn't I warn you that I was a bad blogger?! Anywho, here's a little preview of what's been keeping me so busy.

Cute eh? Long story short: A stray female cat shows up in my backyard near starving and pregnant in Febuary, several months later she is doing well(she is going to be spayed asap), and all five of her babies are turning 8 weeks this coming Saturday.

I named them after characters from Star Trek Next Generation(huge fan here!)--Troi, Q, Worf, Hugh, and Barclay. Hoping to find loving homes for them soon! There is a DIY bit to this post...see down below the neato kitten mansion I made out of cardboard boxes.

Play box

Upcycled- clear lid to a fast food salad turned into a window in the play box.
Too bad duct tape is so darn ugly...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Easter Egg Leftovers

Pearly Easter Eggs

I'll be the first to admit that I am a crappy blogger, I get ideas and then am either too busy to do anything about it, or just don't feel like putting all the effort into not only making the project but then photographing the process, which can be VERY tedious! Still, The Angry Pincushion and my blogging skills are a work in progress, and I am okay with that, I hope you are too! :)

With that being said, I have to admit that while I can normally come up with several crafty ideas for any given holiday, I have a really hard time with Easter, my mind kinda goes blank when it comes around. Eggs, bunnies, and chicks have been done a billion times and different ways, and it's sometimes hard to find inspiration or ideas for something new. However I did post an Easter egg project two years ago, and since I am having "crafter's block" with Easter right now I will post this craft left over and hope you get some inspiration from it.

-Pearly Easter Eggs- April 8th, 2009

Leftover Easter project anyone?....anyone?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cuddly Rigor Mortis Auctions Original Painting for Japan

I've blogged about Cuddly Rigor Mortis many times before, like for Valentine's Day, and remember when Perry imitated art? Well the lovely lady behind Cuddly Rigor Mortis, Kristin Tercek, is not only amazingly talented, but she has a big heart too! :) Kristin is using her incredible artistic talent to raise money to help benefit Japan by auctioning a beautiful original painting with a cherry blossom theme titled "Mono No Aware" on ebay. All proceeds from the sale of the painting will go to the Red Cross. It measures 6.5" x 9.25", acrylic paint on a beveled wood plaque. It's sealed with a high gloss finish, and it's signed with the title and year and has a small hanger on the back.

The bidding ends for this great painting in just two days, so you better put it on your ebay watch list asap!

Kristin captures the breathtaking beauty of the cherry blossom perfectly...

Face detail

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I'm Baaaaack!

I apologize for being MIA for almost the whole month of March, but I swear I haven't been laying around eating chocolates(does anyone REALLY do that?). My 90 year old Grandma fell in the beginning of March and broke her arm, so I have been taking care of her during the day, & that takes up alot of time and energy. Then the rest of my days are spent doing house chores like dishes, dusting, laundry, and it seems like I am forever vacuuming up cat hair, sounds like an exciting life eh? Not only have I been busy/tired, but the Winter of 2011 has decided to hang on for dear life into late March, and it's starting to look like it might even be around for April! Argh! It's been so dreary, cloudy, damp and icky here in NE, it even snowed this weekend :( Family stress and crappy weather aside I feel like I have some free time coming to me and I'm gearing up for some Spring and Summer DIYish things.

I don't have a craft, recipe or other helpful info to post today, I would however like to share something with you that I discovered about a week ago that I am in love with. I came across an Etsy store called Fable and Fury, and they make the neatest laser cut stainless steel necklaces and earrings, very artistic! My favorite are the little deer earrings posted below.

So cute!

This store has something for everyone, including silhouettes of the likes of David Bowie, Vincent Price, Johnny Cash, and H.P Lovecraft, and animals like owls, cats, and Jackalope-(yes, a Jackalope is an animal)-just to name a few designs. Love Edgar Allen Poe? How about wearing him around your neck? Nevermore wear a boring necklace....

The Octopus Girl below looks like something from a Victorian horror novel, so naturally I love it! :) Seriously, go check Fable and Fury out, you won't be disappointed with what you find.

Ahoy Mateys!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

March Madness


I know St. Patrick's is still a few weeks away, but it's never too soon to start crafting and preparing. Here are the links to some past posts I did on Patty's Day crafts and even a recipe for regular and Vegan corned beef and cabbage.

Vegan Corned Beef

-At the End of the Rainbow, and Vegan Corned Beef

-A Fanciful Shamrock

A Fanciful Shamrock

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Awesome Cross Stitchery

Britta's cross stitch button masterpieces, from the top: Squirrel, Abstract design, Mushrooms, and Hedgehog.

Angry P's partner in craft Britta has quite a talent for creating awesomeness ( her felt advent calendar was so popular that I featured it 2x) and her new cross stitch designs are no exception. Britta said that she used a make your own cross stitch buttons kit to make the buttons in the above picture, and instead of using the already provided designs, she came up with her own using Cross Stitch Pro software. She said each button took about 5 hours to complete. Britta's favorite is the mushrooms, and it's mine too! :D

Since I am a fan of the Double Rainbow video(who isn't?) I couldn't help but laugh out loud when I saw that Britta had captured the essence of double rainbow in the uber cute cross stitch below. Love it!!

Double Rainbow! Oh my God! So intense!

Check out more of Britta's nifty projects, cross stitch and her nail art on her Cut Out+Keep profile, and her blog.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Perry the Love Bandit

Perry and I wish everyone a very Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Matchbox Valentine

You set my heart ablaze Valentine! ;)

If you've been looking for a unique and punny-(that's pun and funny put together, as if you couldn't figure that out)-Valentine to make for your sweetheart look no further! I think this is pretty neato, but then again it was my idea, so call me biased. Not only is this matchbox Valentine fairly simple, but it's using something almost everyone has laying around in that "stuff" drawer, and if not a box of matches I'm sure is not that expensive at the drug store. Okay, I'll admit, the whole writing on the matches thing looks intimidating and it might not be for everyone, it does take a steady hand and a bit of patience. **Disclaimer**-this project is not for children, children and matches do not mix!

I would like to point out that while photographing this project I ran across some difficulty. Most of the steps needed two hands, but photographing with one hand and trying to perform the step with the other proved very hard indeed. I wondered for awhile how other craft bloggers have both hands in shot while photographing. Third hand? Camera gnomes? Then I realized that they are probably using a tripod, duh. Sorry, I don't have one of those yet, maybe next Christmas! :)

For this Valentine project you'll need:
  • A matchbox
  • Matches
  • Water
  • Clear nail-polish
  • Fine tip Sharpie markers or paint pens
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or tape
  • A steady hand!
1. Begin by doing something very important, take as many matches as you think you might want to write a message on and soak them in water for at least 3 hours, I soaked mine overnight to be on the safe side. Then take them out of the water and let dry.
2. After each match is dry coat the tip with a little clear nail-polish to seal it and let it dry.

3. I know this picture is a little out of focus, but have you ever tried photographing a match? It's harder than one would think...anyway, this is the match after I penned a sweet message on it, using all four sides of the match to write the message out with a fine tip Sharpie in black and red. It's not as hard as it seems. The key is to hold the pen and the match very steady, and have good lighting. The message on this match is "You light my fire Valentine", corny yes, but you can write whatever you'd like. Have a whole match box full of important dates to you, or stick with corny and sweet match and fire jokes :D

4. After you have your clever messages, as many or as few as you'd like written on your matches, take a small sized match box, empty it of extra matches of course, and...
....lay it out on your blank piece of paper, you can mark the paper with pencil for the dimensions of the box, then cut out a strip of paper long enough to wrap around the match box, like a sleeve.
5. After you have your paper sleeve cut out you can draw whatever you want on it, match related or not, it's alllll up to you and how artsy you want to get. I thought a picture of a match along with the saying "I've met my match" would be perfect, and again very punny.

6. Using glue, I used a glue stick, you could also use tape, secure the sleeve tight around the box, making sure that the box can still slide in and out without trouble.

6. Put your message matches inside and close it up! Whoever you choose to give this to on Valentine's Day will definitely be surprised, just make sure they don't try and light the darn things! :)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Handmade Goodies For Valentine's

I love Valentine's Day, I always have. When I was little I could hardly wait for my Mom to take my brother and I to the store to pick out those cheap boxed Valentines to give to my class mates, I'd embellish the envelopes with stickers and glitter, and when the teacher allowed us to I would even put conversation hearts in with the card. When I got older I enjoyed making Valentines for my boyfriends and family, and still do. Whoever you celebrate V-Day with, be it a significant other, family, friends, or even your pet, just remember that nothing says "I love you" like something handmade!

Here are a few fantastic handcrafted Valentine's goodies that anyone would love to receive on Feb. 14th :)

"L'amour Or Less" mounted giclee prints by Cuddly Rigor Mortis artist Kristin Tercek-

Ahhh, it's so cute!!!

Handmade warm fuzzies from Violet Pie's Etsy shop-

'You Are My Sunshine' Necklace from Chocolate and Steel-This handcrafted fine silver necklace comes with a cubic zirconia stone, but can be customized with different birthstones, how cool is that?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011

For The Birds

I am an avid bird feeder during the winter, I love my feathered friends and always try to provide them with a meal and a drink during this miserable time of year, can you tell I hate winter? :) There are a lot of projects floating around cyber-space right now for cutesy bird seed ornaments, bird houses made of bird seed, etc., and as awesome as all those projects are, I just wanted something simple I could throw together for the birds in less than half an hour. This project is so easy even kids can do it! So here it is-

You'll Need:
  • Bird seed(small seed works best)
  • Peanut Butter
  • Bread(stale works best for this)
  • Screwdriver, knife, awl- simply something to make a hole with.
  • Ribbon, twine, old shoelace
1. Using a screwdriver, or whatever you have on hand, poke a hole in a relatively stale piece of bread for the ribbon or twine. Don't have stale bread? Just let a piece sit out a few hours until it gets a little firm.2. After you have your hole punched, spread a layer of peanut butter on one side of the bread.
3. Take a handful of bird seed and sprinkle it on the layer of peanut butter.

4. Press the seed into the Peanut Butter to ensure it sticks.

5. Thread your ribbon or twine, through the hole you made earlier, use your hole making tool to help thread it through, if you need it.

6.After threading the ribbon through let this sit somewhere dry overnight before hanging outside to give the peanut butter time to firm up so it holds the bird seed better.

7. Hang one or more in a tree or a bush by slipping the ribbon over a branch and tying a knot at the top. Watch the birds devour their treat! Squirrels will love it too :)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Is It Spring Yet?

Day-dreaming of the first signs of Spring...

Coooold reality

As I type this my fingers are freezing, the high temps around here have been in the teens, yes you saw that right...the teens. I have to admit that between the icky snow covering the ground, and the frigid cold I have been suffering from the winter doldrums and a bit of cabin fever, does anyone know if there is a prescription I can take for either? Stuck in the house 24-7, still a little worn out from all the Christmas festivities and stress, and not feeling much inspiration to do any sort of creative anything. I seem to go through this every January, however, yesterday I did come up with a few winter project ideas that might boost my spirits! I will be posting a new, very winter inspired project this week that I think nature lovers like myself will especially love!

By the way, I often complain about my camera on here, saying I can't get very good pictures for tutorials because of my camera, etc. Well now I have no excuse for bad pictures, or lack of them either! My parents got me a spiffy new Pentax D-SLR for Christmas, I almost fainted when I opened the package! And it's an awesome shade of red too! Look at it below in all it's red glory! :D