Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Mystery Thing Revealed: The Gold Bird Variations.

Hi!  For a few days, my readers and I have been engaged in a grim battle of wits, to determine the outcome of my latest Guess the Mystery Thing challenge.

Okay, maybe not so grim.  But stirring! Definitely stirring.  The assignment: identify the secret ingredient in these upcycled earrings...




What are those swoopy golden fowl?  Confident you know the answer?  Read on!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Guess the Mystery Thing: Art Nouveau Earrings.

Hiya, everybody!  Let's play a round of Guess The Mystery Thing!  If you can identify the mysterious secret ingredient in these upcycled earrings, you could win a pair.  Check them out:


The mystery this time: those pretty swoopy birds.  Don't they have a cool, Art Nouveau silhouette, hung upside-down like that?  What were they in a former life, and where'd I get them?  Be specific.

How it works: leave your guess in the comments.  There will be two winners: first correct guess, and a random winner.  That's right, I said random winner - so even if you don't know (or think someone else already got it), enter anyway, you could still win.  And if your guess is funny, it might make my Most Creative Honor Roll.

This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere.  C'mon and join in!  There is only one rule.

THE ONE AND ONLY RULE

1. UNLESS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS ONE CLICK AWAY IN AN ONLINE PROFILE, PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITH YOUR GUESS.  (Fun fact: if you only THINK your email is visible in your profile, it probably isn't.  Go in and make sure, okay?  Nothing's sadder than a winner disqualified for no contact info.)


Ready?  Let's do it, people.  Guess the Mystery Thing!




UPDATE: THIS CHALLENGE IS NOW CLOSED.  THANKS FOR PLAYING, EVERYBODY!  REVEAL IN THE NEXT POST!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Upcycled Crystal Ornaments! Pretty! Easy! Vintage Chic!

Hi!  Today, an ornament tutorial.  Vintage, cut-crystal ornaments, to be precise.  And of course - they're upcycled.



Aren't they nice?  And crazy simple to make.  Here is the DIY.

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Mystery Thing Revealed: It Was Fate.

Hi!  For the past few days, my readers and I have been playing an exciting round of GUESS THE MYSTERY THING, a game of wits and crafty intuition.  The challenge: identify the original source of the little twisty leaves in this upcycled necklace:




Think you know?  Betcha don't!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Guess the Mystery Thing: Teeny Twisty Autumn Leaves.

Ready for another round of GUESS THE MYSTERY THING?  It's way fun and anyone, yes, anyone can play!  If you are the first smartypants to identify the mysterious secret ingredient in my latest upcycled necklace, you win it!


Look:




What are those twisty little contoured leaves?  I upcycled them from something rather...unexpected.  Even to me.  I am dying to see if anyone can figure this out!


How it works: leave your guess in the comments.  There will be two winners: first correct guess, and a random winner.  That's right, I said random winner - so even if you don't know (or think someone else already got it), enter anyway, you could still win.  And if your guess is funny, it might make my Most Creative Honor Roll.

This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere.  C'mon and join in!  There is only one rule.

THE ONE AND ONLY RULE

1. UNLESS YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS ONE CLICK AWAY IN AN ONLINE PROFILE, PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS WITH YOUR GUESS.  (Fun fact: if you only THINK your email is visible in your profile, it probably isn't.  Go in and make sure, okay?  Nothing's sadder than a winner disqualified for no contact info!)


Ready?  Annnnd....Guess the Mystery Thing!


UPDATE: THIS CHALLENGE IS NOW CLOSED.  THANKS FOR PLAYING, EVERYBODY!  CHECK THE NEXT POST FOR THE EXCITING REVEAL...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Mystery Thing Revealed: Confessions Of A Tomboy.

Previously, on Mich L. in L.A....

For the past few days, my readers and I have been playing a new round of Guess the Mystery Thing, a game of wits, trivia and crafty intuition.  The challenge: identify the secret ingredient in one of my recent upcycled jewelry projects.

Check out these fun little exclamation point necklaces:



Cute?  (I hope you think so.)  Fancy?  Oh my, yes!  Those faceted 'dots' are crystal drops from an antique chandelier.  But what the heck are those mysterious colored oblongs?


Before the reveal, I always pay homage to a few of the wonderful weirdos who took a shot...and missed.  I give you Mich's Honor Roll of the Most Creative (Completely Wrong) Guesses:

Amy: Obviously they're the handles to a fairy's silverware set. Shame on you. Some fairy is going to have to eat with their fingers & you know how much they hate that.
Alex: a gynecological scraper made for mermaids. Y'know, nice swirly shell-like texture...
Periwinkle Dzyns: fairy wings from stodgy old unhip fairies.  Rectangular wings are definitely for old squares...
Betsy: petrified pieces of blueberry Dentyne gum. You stamped a little design in them just to throw us off track.
Dena: they're stamped wax. But remember Icarus. If you wear this to your birthday party, the heat of the candles as you blow them out will melt your necklace, bringing shame to you. Much easier to cope with than the death the sun's heat brought Icarus, but still, not something to take lightly. Consider yourself cautioned.
Flying Beader: pieces from a Glade air freshener. Imagine the smell. 
June: smushed and twisted JuJuBe's - a candy I loved to get at the movies.
MaryXO: a birthday candle squished flat.
Michele: the covers of some rather floofy memory sticks which I'm quite certain they have down there in LA though I admit I've never seen up here in Canada as we are a much more conservative bunch.
Amy:
I'm a barbie girl, in the barbie world
Life in plastic, it's fantastic!
You used to brush my hair,
But not anymore
Mich has broken them apart
into charms that we adore.
Now my hair's a mess
But at least I have a dress.
Imagination, life is your creation
Come on Barbie, let's go party!


Heeheeheehee!

Ready to find out?  Here goes...