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nailed it

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My ten year old wanted to make his big sister a special Christmas gift. A few weeks before the holiday they were both saying “nailed it” over and over and over to each other. Together we decided to get a piece of wood at the craft store, spray paint it, then hammer nails to form the words ‘nailed it’. He chose the font, and I did the nailing, because it was a lot harder than I thought it would be to nail those little things into the wood and he just couldn’t manage the hammer. This project took a few days and many sore fingers, but it was well worth it! His sister loved the present and it’s now displayed in her college apartment for all to see.

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gold hearts on glass bottle

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A few things I love:

  • IKEA
  • gold
  • decorative tape (such as washi tape)
  • spray paint
  • bottles
  • unique stuff

So there you have it. That list was my inspiration for this project. And it turned out GORGEOUS, if I do say so myself. Which I just did!

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cross stitch — stay gold

twisterfishcrafts stay gold

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton was my favorite book when I was a child. One of my sisters also loved the book and she and I fought over the one copy of the book we were meant to share. All these years (decades) later, we still sign cards to each other with “stay gold” — it’s our signature phrase.  So when I went across the country to visit this sister back in May, it made sense to give her a gift that means a lot to her and will help her always think of me.


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My daughter liked the finished piece so much, and the colors worked so well in her room (see photo above), and she has come to love The Outsiders almost as much as I do, that I allowed her to keep the first one I made.  A week before my trip I quickly stitched a second one for my sister and put that in a white and gold frame (see photo below).

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Another friend had a birthday and I wanted to make her a special gift. She enjoys wine so I made this for her to put on her wine bar.


Here’s a close up of the stitches (this photo shows the colors better than the photo of the framed piece):

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twisterfishcrafts be nice or get out

I’ve done a few more framed cross stitch pieces lately. Here’s one I made for my mom while visiting her this summer. She had complained about someone who came to her house and “didn’t have anything nice to say” and this came to me as the perfect thing to have in her kitchen. Just in case that person comes to visit again.


Here’s a pic of the piece in progress:

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cross stitch — bitch, please

twisterfish crafts bitch cross stitch

A good friend turned 40 and I wanted to make her a gift. Something personal and fun and very “her”. This is what I made.


The process:

#1: I used a dark gray color. Wanted it to have a modern, sophisticated look to it. (If you look very, very, very closely you may notice an extra stitch. Good news: That kind of mistake is hard to see unless you know it’s there!)

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#2: After finishing the comma, I realized I had not planned ahead and wouldn’t have room to put both words on the same line.

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#3: It needed a border, so I stitched a simple one.

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#4: Decided it needed more than just that simple border, and a flower was too big, so I picked a fancy heart.

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#5: I felt it needed still more. So another border and an additional heart. The placement of the small heart also helped to cover a missed stitch.

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During this part of the process I had to put masking tape on two sides to prevent it from unraveling.

#6: Ironed the reverse side. Used the warm setting with no steam.

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#7: Used the back of a spiral notebook and some small duct tape to attach the piece to the cardboard before putting it into the frame.

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#8: Framed and ready for the birthday girl.

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twisterfishcrafts painted vase

Recently I saw a pin on pinterest that got me excited due to it’s simplicity and because the results looked spectacular. You can see the site here.

So I tried it. I bought the paint she mentioned, and took one of my dollar store vases and got to work. The vase I had is tinted blue so I thought silver paint would look nice with it.

Notice her vase is a nice straight cylinder. Mine is not. Do you know how hard it is to tape around a vase that is curvy,while trying to keep the lines straight and not have any gaps? It’s not easy! But, the results are still beautiful!  Next time — because there will be a next time — I’ll use a straight vase.

The process:

#1: Prep (I decided on three stripes.)


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#2: Paint (I did three coats. It didn’t take long for each coat to dry.)


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#3: Remove tape and allow to dry completely.


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#4: Display with other pretty things.


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painted canvas — song lyrics

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I love painting canvases and I love words, so painting words on canvas is a favorite of mine. My daughter has been playing Ingrid Michaelson’s music while home on spring break, and I have fallen in love with the song, You and I. My daughter and I went to the craft store, purchased a black canvas (yahoo! that way we didn’t need to paint it black before putting the stickers on!), and some lower case stickers that not only had lots of each letter, but were on clearance. Then we went home and started the process.

Note to self: Never purchase stickers on clearance. There might just be a good reason why they are being sold cheaply.

Here are the photos of the process. Overall, we’re happy with how it turned out!

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homemade cards — house

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I received a “we’ve moved” notice and I wanted to send them a “welcome to your new home” card. This is what I came up with.

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woven art

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After making cards by weaving strips of maps, photos, and pages from books, I set out to weave a larger art piece. This summer I was explaining my plans to my sister-in-law and she asked me to make one for her. So I did.

It took me a few months because I was creatively stuck. I knew this piece of art would include a map of the area where she lives, and a page from a thesaurus. But which page? Which word, or words, would go well for her? And what else to weave with it? Maybe a photo, but which one? Weeks went by before I could start. Then months. Then I decided just to get started and see what happens.

As I gathered the map and the thesaurus, inspiration struck. In the drawer I keep the thesaurus I had put all the items I gathered from our summer vacation. There were maps, brochures, paper gift bags from museum gift shops, and lots of other mementos. One museum we went to is very near and dear to my sister-in-law, and I had a brochure and a gift bag from that one. Perfect! And while flipping through the thesaurus, I came upon words associated with family and lineage and knew those were the pages to use.

I cut horizontal strips from the map, the thesaurus, and from the museum shop gift bag. Vertical strips were cut from the cover of the museum’s brochure, which features a famous painting on display at the museum, and a picture of the museum grounds.

I started by arranging the horizontal strips. Unfortunately, after cutting the map the pieces fell on the floor and it took me quite some time to piece them back together. It was important to me that the map was in order in the piece. Good thing I know that area well and am familiar with most of the town names! But, wow, it took a lot of time to set it right before I could start weaving.

I used Washi tape to secure the left side of the strips. As you can see from the pictures, I made the mistake of not lining it up with the lines on my cutting board. Silly mistake. If I had done that, the process at the end to square it up would have been much easier.

Then I started weaving. I was careful to not cover names of towns that were important to my sister in law. Her hometown and the town she currently lives in are in sight, as is the town she works in. And I did the same for certain words from the thesaurus.

Looking at the final piece, it may not be obvious what the vertical strips are, but if she looks closely, and spends some time examining the piece (which I hope she does!), she may notice bits of the reflecting pond from the museum grounds, and the eye of the woman in the painting that was on the cover of the brochure.

After the weaving was complete and squared, I chose a piece of textured card stock to mount it on. Using my sewing machine threaded with white thread, I stitched around the piece to secure it to the card stock.  Then I cut the strips that were too long. The piece was then inserted into a frame I purchased, and boxed up and mailed to my sister-in-law.

Below are the pictures I took as I did this project. It was a lot of fun and turned out exactly as I had hoped it would. Definitely will be making one of these for myself very soon!

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Warning: When you notice a piece of fuzz on your very sharp cutter, do not wipe it off using your thumb.

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