Monday, October 19, 2015

My DIY Sock Doll Tutorial

I've been making sock dolls since 2012.
I created this tutorial for a friend that bought
a bunch from me but wanted to learn to make
her own! This is the style of doll she wanted.
You can make any theme you want with these instructions.
You can see some of my other design under
my Labels on the right hand side...
look for Sock Doll tag!

So get out that bag of mis-matched socks & have some fun!

Ask any questions by finding my Facebook page

Click the pic for a larger view!

If you decide to use this tutorial and create
your own sock dolls, then post them...
Please use #CyndiSockDollTutorial so
we can all enjoy seeing them!

Let me know if you have any questions. Please leave a comment or contact me on
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Vintage Photo Slide Lampshade & Instructions

Photo Slide Lamp-with light off

 This is a project that I have always wanted to make and it is so easy to do yourself. Here is my list of supplies and photos of my process!

I used a travel theme!

What you need:
-Wire Lampshade Frame, ... this one is a custom UNO Fitter,
           Ring Diameter=9 inch, Fitter Drop 6 inch
       *If I were to make another, I would order the Fitter Drop to be 8 or 9 inch instead of 6 inch. That would make the bulb sit more in the middle of the shade.

-80 to 100 (Square Outer Edge) Photo Slides,
This shade is made with slides held in Landscape direction.
There is 14 slides in a row and 6 rows

-10mm Jump Rings, same metal color as the fitter frame.
This shade used 504 jump rings.

-Hole Punch, 1/16 inch

-Pliers, to open & close jump rings

-Clothes pins, to hold slide rows

-Modern Candle Stick Lamp, 20 inch tall. This one came from Walmart, $25.00

It was great finding vintage family slides in carousel trays!

The light bulb holds the UNO Fitter frame in place.

An old slide viewer made it easier to construct each row.

Use an undesirable slide and create an even template. Mark each slide and punch holes.  2 holes per corner creates a smooth shade and makes a nice design when lit.

Create long rows then attach rows together. Clothes pins help to hold rows in place while threading the jump rings.

When all the rows are finished, Fold so short edges are together, then attach jump rings to form a barrel shape

Put the barrel of slides over the Fitter Frame to form the Shade. Have a helper hold the top edge to the frame and attach jump rings by  frame legs 1st. Continue filling in all the holes in between to secure.

Use a low watt bulb

Great for a Dorm Room! My son Loves it!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lilla Rogers Studio School To Build My Portfolio

Lilla Rogers’ Make Art That Sells e-course is the best thing I have done for myself and my creative process!

Since 2007, I found out about  Art Licensing and started submitting  to art agents, asking for a critique or feedback so I could see if my work would fit in this industry. I mostly never heard from them or got the standard response of... thanks but you work is not what we are looking for at this time. I paid for someone to review my portfolio, I sent them a check and copies of my art and they sent me a list of agents to email... and I never heard from this "Expert" again either.
Well... what are agents looking for and how do I make my work fit?!?  I flew to NYC, attended Surtex and paid extra for the seminars, only to be told... I should just go home and know the my family loves me so much that they couldn't bare to tell me the truth... that I don't have any talent and I shouldn't be at the conference. I never believed that, but knew my work wasn't in the right form. So I kept looking for the avenue for me.
I started following Lilla's agency through her newsletter and decided to sign up for her second round of classes when registration opened this year in January. I am so happy that I found her and all my new artist friends!
The class is now in its 3rd week and we (some 200+ students from all over the world) have tackled Bolt Fabric with Kitchen designs and Home Decor with dinnerware using a summer succulent theme! This week is Children's Picture Books with a Fox character. You will have to stay turned because I am so excited about this adventure... finally getting my money's worth and my questions answered!
I know this is where I belong and I will be able to sell my work! The supportive community is wonderful and even though I haven't spoken to Lilla personally, I can see what to do and where to fit my art by the information and advice she give during the class! I'm on my way and will soon have the career I always wanted!!!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hand Painted Fish Utility Knives

The 1st craftshow of the season was a success! I sold some hand painted fish knives and my Brother-in-law Doug debuted his new welded garden art! Our table looked great!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Wedding Shot Glasses for Manly Favors

For the "S" wedding that I planned last year, the bride and groom wanted custom favors at the reception for all the male guest. We found these great straight sided shot  glasses and had them etched by a local crafts-person. The bride and I attended the etching session and got to experience the process. My daughter used the same idea and we created a poem to stand up in the shot glass:
Take a shot !
Chris & Hanna tied the knot !
This Thank You Glass is yours to own,
Don' forget to take it home !
So eat, drink, be merry and send them good wishes,,,
Add lots of love & kisses for the new Mr. & Mrs !

The O'Donnells
September 3, 2013

Thursday, January 16, 2014

A New Year & Time to "Make Art That Sells"!!!

I'm Registered!
It has been a while since I decided to look into surface design art and try to find an agent to sell my work. I attended Surtex in NYC in 2007 and I quickly found that the advice that I paid for before going, was not so good. I went home after going to workshops but still not sure of where to start and leery about approaching other agents. I have been reading, watching the blogs, following groups and Facebook for the right lead for me since that trip. Now that I have read many reviews I am attempting --- again--- to enter the art licensing market. So, Cheers & good luck to me... I have signed up for the Lilla Rogers Studio School, MATTS A & B, Make Art That Sells! I am Very excited to ready develop my art so I have the confidence to approach anyone in this industry. I want to be the best I can be! Please stay tuned for when I start the course in March!
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