Surf’s Up

By Janet Hickey / February 22, 2012

While I gather photos to share with you my latest thin thread let me share some fun sites and projects I’ve found during a quick surf of the net… Plastic Milk and Bacon Roses? This interesting web site shows you how to turn milk into a substance similar to plastic called CASEIN ( gives you the…

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2012 Declaration

By Janet Hickey / February 17, 2012

My “Inner-Me” said to me while driving the other day (she always interrupts when I’m driving)… “You’re not an Impulse Buyer (my favorite excuse for having so much STUFF) – You’re an OPPORTUNITY SHOPPER“. Whew!  I was getting concerned.  “Impulse Buyer” has somewhat of a negative implication where as “opportunity shopper” puts a positive spin on the hoarding…

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Metals – I’m just playin

By Janet Hickey / February 17, 2012

These are projects I made for the Bonnie Art Tools at the recent Stamp Festival (the black display cards are made from pre-cut chip board (same boards used for the Flower Press).  Black paper was glued to one side and then edged with various paper tape, holes were drilled, grommets set and ribbon inserted to use as a hanger): Frame…

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1 GOOD Excuse, 5+ Reasons and a Flower Press

By Janet Hickey / February 13, 2012

It’s been over a month since my last post!  First and foremost…Is this the cutest picture you’ve ever seen? Gabi opened her dress-up trunk Christmas morning (when this picture was taken).  Stripped down to only the tutu, fairy necklace, magic wand and crown, and holding her new Dora Doll – she twirled on one foot…

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Merry Everything!

By Janet Hickey / December 23, 2011

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS Carolers 10″ Porcelain – Made by JH c 1999 Merry Christmas Today…i wish You a day of ordinary miracles. A fresh post of coffee You didn’t have to make yourself.  An unexpected phone call from an old friend. Green stoplights on your way to work or shop. I wish…

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Extreme Paper Cutting + Some More (more than 1)

By Janet Hickey / December 22, 2011

Found this paper artist There’s more of Karen Bit Vejle’s work at the Daily Art Muse.  This site highlights magnificant artists.  If you like eye-candy, take a look. I found this on I don’t collect Hub Cabs – yet. But this caught my eye (both of em) on a site I hadn’t been…

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The 3 T’s are Finished

By Janet Hickey / December 20, 2011

That’s TRUNK, TIARA BOX AND TU TU’S… The descriptions, techniques and supplies are lengthy so I put them at the end of this post with more pictures… Aluminum Trunk Tiara Box Magic Princess Tu Tu TRUNK (as pictured on it’s side) 26″ wide  x 16 1/2″ high x 10″ deep: This is an aluminum salesperson’s trunk we…

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Vintage Ballerina Music Box – Renovated

By Janet Hickey / December 18, 2011

Renovating this Music Box was a lot of fun.  In the next few days I’ll post the Tu Tu, Dress-Up Trunk and Tiara Box that were made to go with the music box (some days it a very thin thread for me 😉 Spark (more like an explosion) of an idea: My granddaughter loves to…

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Vintage Floppy Disks = Jewelry

By Janet Hickey / December 15, 2011

We had dozens of floppy disks (they weren’t really floppy – they were 4 x 4 hard disks). I hesitated to throw them away because although we couldn’t get information from them anymore some clever thief might find them in the trash, have a relic of a computer laying around the den and get all…

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This and That

By Janet Hickey / December 13, 2011

smARTaleck: Fun with old floppy disk parts. Look what I found when I should have been crafting my Christmas gifts… This and That … CREATIVITY:  A blog that contains information on sites holding design calls for one time designs, challenges and/or an opportunity to become a design team member.  They’re generally scrapbook (as the name…

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13 More Sleeps Til Christmas

By Janet Hickey / December 12, 2011

A lot has happened this month… My long list of “firsts” without Mom is at an end (first Birthday, Easter, Mother’s Day, etc).  She passed away December 3rd, 2010.  I could hear her talking to me as I was lamenting my need to make this year’s Christmas cards.  First she would tell me how pretty…

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Christmas Cards – – WHAT WAS I THINKING?!

By Janet Hickey / December 9, 2011

Note to Self on making this year’s Christmas Cards:  WHAT THE HECK WERE YOU THINKING?!! My muse really got me good this year.  Usually I get the urge to do what my friends do so beautifully –  make Christmas cards.  I’ll make a card or two, they don’t look near as impressive as theirs do and I…

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Pantry Storage

By Janet Hickey / December 7, 2011

When we bought our house 8 years ago the kitchen pantry shelves were sagging in the middle. Always the crafter…we put chair legs in the center to support them until we updated the kitchen and decided if we were going to move the pantry. Well, one year turned into eight and we still have a three…

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What if?

By Janet Hickey / December 6, 2011

11-20-2009 – Laura’s 40th BD Cruise – Rainbow seen off balcony A sign seen yesterday… What if we woke up today with only the things we thanked God for yesterday?

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BE NICE! plus a few more rants…

By Janet Hickey / November 29, 2011

BE NICE… I’ve done a little impulse shopping around town in the last week and I have to tell ya – folks are PRE-occupied. I wish folks would (this goes for me too):–  be “in the moment”.  Be aware of where you are.   Be aware, unless you’re on uninhabited planet, that everything you do involves at least one other person. …

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Day 332 of 2011

By Janet Hickey / November 28, 2011

Self imposed stress trying to create every idea that comes in my head (visual of this came to me last night as I was taking a shower – more later). Shout out to self (at 9:30 this morning)…GET OFF YOUR ASS AND ON YOUR FEET! Stepped away from the computer, washed and dried shaped bottle…

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Who Packs Your Parachute?

By Janet Hickey / November 23, 2011

In 2002 my son, in the Navy at the time, emailed the document below to us.  I would forward it on at this time of year to the team I used to supervise (pre-retirement), and to my friends, to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for them “packing my parachute” – I couldn’t have said it any better.   I feel that MY LIFE is…

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IT’S OFFICIAL (I’ve seen it with my own eyes)!

By Janet Hickey / November 22, 2011

My book is featured on page 57 of the Premier Issue of Cloth Paper Scissors “PAGES” magazine.  Woo Hoo!! The book featured is my SmARTaleck Studio book made from a vinyl store banner.  I use it to sketch sculpting ideas and take notes in class.  It’s a little worse for wear – schlepping it back and…

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Woven Star from Vintage Book Pages

By Janet Hickey / November 17, 2011

Stars made from pages of books, magazines, cloth, ribbon – just use your imagination for an easy, fun, rewarding, project.  Technique for “making stars come out at night” is towards the bottom of this post. This is the first star I made using 1″ x 8″ strips cut from an old dictionary. After that I reduced the…

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Last Year’s Ornament

By Janet Hickey / November 15, 2011

I’ve been sooooo busy (Ha). Thought I’d share a past project with you while I get pictures together to post about my work with leather and my jewelry made with repurposed floppy disk parts. I make my grandchildren a christmas ornament every year. This was last year’s ornament for my grandson Martin who LOVES sharks.…

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