Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Mystery Thing Revealed: Theater In The Round


Today I am going to reveal the answer to this week's Guess The Mystery Thing challenge, yay!  Here's another look at the mysterious jewels in question:




Hmm.  Think you can identify that little round platform?  Did anybody get it right?  Read on to find out!

First, Mich's Honor Roll Of Most Creative (Totally Wrong) Guesses:

Lisa: The spools from inside an old cassette tape.
Dena: You stole the stages from theaters in the round all over Lilliput.  Shame!
Shannon: A cushion for Barbie's love seat?
Amy: If it's not a dental floss spool, I think Barbie took a dive from her Unicycle and lost her teeth and never needed to use floss again.
Betsy: A plastic pulley used on the weight lifting machines in the troll gym.
Squarefeet: Part of a tiny alien space sewing machine.
Anne PThe stool tops from Papa and Mama Smurf's bar stools, but of course they don't drink and don't need them, so you are welcome to them.


Such excellent suggestions...strangely, not correct.

Ready for the answer?


Seems that most people were certain it's a dental floss spool.  (It's not.)  Man!  I have been collecting those for years, planning and plotting that one day they would become a Mystery Thing.  Now that's ruined!  I will never floss again.  Because what's the point?


Just kidding.


Kids, be sure to floss!


This scrolldown is getting off the point, isn't it?  Hee hee.


I will also tell you, while I have you on tenterhooks, that NOBODY got the exact right answer.  But somebody came respectably close.


So what is it?




It's...this!



A screen door track wheel.  It's my first hardware store Mystery Thing in months, and I can't promise I won't be doing another one soon.  Stay on your toes, people!

Winners, winners!  I am giving the win to Michele who guessed drawer rollers,  since it's almost exactly the same type of wheel.  Whoohoo, Michele!  And our glamorous runner up, chosen by random.org:  Shannon!  Congrats to you both, look for my email coming soon.

Thanks a bunchabuncha BUNCH for playing, you guys!  See you back here next time, for some more upcycling fun.




Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Guess The Mystery Thing: Theater In The Round



Hiya!  Welcome to a spanking new Guess The Mystery Thing challenge.  (New around here?  It's my giveaway guessing game, and everyone is invited to play.)

Take a peek at this berry cute statement ring, made with a spray of vintage holly berries.  I think they look so pretty against the white.



This flowery one is less dramatic, but even something as simple as a plastic fleur can gain importance, when set onstage.



Your challenge: identify that mysterious white platform.  What is that thingamajig?  Looks soooo familiar, doesn't it?




First person to guess correctly will receive a fabulous prize!  (Namely, one of these purty rings.)

How it works: leave your guess in the comments.  There'll 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), you could still win.  If your guess is funny, it might make my Most Creative Honor Roll.


This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere.  C'mon, join in!


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.

Ready?  Set!  Guess the Mystery Thing!




UPDATE: THIS CHALLENGE IS NOW CLOSED.  THANKS SOOO MUCH FOR PLAYING, EVERYONE!  CHECK MY NEXT POST FOR THE THRILLING REVEAL...
 

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Easiest Ear Cuffs!


I wear earrings every single day.  I probably have 100 pairs.  A tiny sample:




But wait just a durn minute.  Those aren't earrings, are they?  They don't have posts or earwires.  They are just pretty dangles, with small rings at the top.  Those aren't earrings!

So how do I wear them?  Well, I'll tell ya.  I wear them hung from the world's easiest ear cuffs.



And when I say easiest, I mean easy to make and easy to wear.  Have you ever tried ear cuffs?  They are so comfortable!  No piercing, and no tight clip-ons.  They hang in a civilized manner from the inner curve of your ear, and most of the time you can barely feel them.



So many people let piercings close up, and then stop wearing earrings.  Speaking for myself, being an extreme fraidy cat, I have never pierced anything, ever.  Tried numerous times.  Went to the piercing parlor, sat in the chair and everything.  Couldn't do it.  Hence, ear cuffs!



There are lots of tutorials for complicated swoopy, scrolly ones out there on the web.  Here is my minimalist version.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

What Did I Do To Deserve This?


What, what, whaaaat?  Last night, out of the blinding blue, this package arrived.


With that wrapping, who else could have sent it but Aunt Peaches?

Don't know what I did to deserve it, but I am strongly of the opinion that said Aunt Peaches has some kind of magical spider sense about things that are needed to make the world a better place.

Example: her cool little project called I Believe In Strangers.  It's a mere wisp of a blog, intentionally so - and it is an antidote to pretty much anything that is bothering you about this bad old world.

She also organizes a gigantic valentine swaps.  Just for fun and karma.  I could not join in this year and felt bad...sad...even guilty...and see what happened?  I think she sensed something going on with me.  (It has been a pretty rough month.)

She even sent jewelry and chocolate.


If you saw her tutorial for making these jambalaya heart boxes, you might have wondered, "Hmm, are those as pretty in person as they were on her blog?"  (Because she's awfully talented with a camera and maybe she did some tweaking?)



I am here to attest, they are even prettier in person.  And unexpectedly substantial.  Love that!  It feels super luxe and expensive, and it's made of free stuff.  Also, the non-valentiney colors make it a heart box for storage and decor all year round.  To make your own, click right here.

Um, thank you, Peaches.


Monday, February 18, 2013

The Mystery Thing Revealed: Stripey Happy Pendants

Okay, about to reveal the secret of this week's Guess The Mystery Thing challenge.   My readers have been trying to identify the mysterious secret ingredient in these upcycled necklaces:





What are those pretty, stripey overlays?  Think you know?  Did anyone guess it?  Let's find out!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Guess The Mystery Thing: Happy Stripey Pendants.

Huzzah, it's another Guess The Mystery Thing challenge!  (If you are new here, it's my giveaway guessing game - everyone is invited, so put on your thinky cap and let's play.)

Observe these fresh, fun upcycled pendants.  Observe them closely.



I love them, what do you guys think?  The base of each pendant is a re-purposed wooden domino.  The beads are chalk turquoise, carved wood and pressed glass.

So here's the challenge: identify those happy, stripey overlays.  Who can guess what they used to be?



First person to guess correctly will receive a fabulous prize!  (Namely, your choice of one of these purty necklaces.)




How it works: leave your guess in the comments.  There'll 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.  If your guess is funny, it might make my Most Creative Honor Roll.



This giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere.  C'mon, join in!


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.

Ready?  Set!  Guess the Mystery Thing!





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

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Ring On Fire Tutorial


Okay, I think we should all make one of these flamin' rings -



And wear them to the most ordinary places and start a trend!  If I teach you make one, are you with me?  Prepare to make a statement...



They look complicated, a bit?   But I swear they are not hard to make.  Budget half an hour, that's all.



Oh, BTW - they're made from little plastic bowling pins.



So raid a toy chest or take a trip to the dollar store.  Score a bowling pin.  Let us begin!