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Magnet Makeover

Hi everyone!

Okay, I can't be the only one that has a collection on crappy corporate magnets on my refrigerator, can I? You know, the ones businesses hand out for free? Like these:


My fridge was tired of being purely functional so I decided to "Gauche" it up by snagging these magnets and giving them a Gauche Alchemy makeover! I was given a series of Japanese Hello Kitty stamps and decided to incorporate those with my Moshi Moshi Kit to revamp the magnets. The fabric and patterned paper in the kit was the perfect background for these babies.


I added various pieces from multiple Mixed Media Color Kits (by far my favorite thing in the shop!).


This last one was the most labor intensive thing I've ever done. I cut a flower from the patterned paper, then got the bright idea to individually cut teeny tiny pieces of the sewing book page and glue them in the outside of the petals. (The I ran over them with Distress Ink.) Luckily the time consuming cutting was worth it.


I s…

Friday Night Fab Five and Winners!

Hi everyone!

First a funny story: So I've been going on and on about my 4 year blogging anniversary and one night I'm looking at Toot thinking what a sweet three year old I have and how I started blogging after she was born. My three year old. I started blogging after she was born. Three years old. After. It is NOT my 4 year blogging anniversary. It is my THREE year anniversary. *face palm* Good night mama, I must still be postpartum because I've obviously gone insane and have forgotten how to do elementary math. So join me next year when we'll celebrate 4 years of blogging all over again. LOL Oh brother...

Anyhoo, time for the winners of my Not-Really-Four-Years-It's-Only-Been-Three-Years Blogging Anniversary! Thanks to everyone that entered! Without further ado, the winners, picked by Random.org are:

Cupcake Hat: Julie!
Chipboard Mini Album Pack: Jacque!
Custom Cloche: Jocelyn!
Gauche Alchemy Pack: Theresa!
My Favorites: Emma!

Congrats to the winners!…

Sewing Box

Hi everyone!

So yeah, I bought a little box frame at the thrift store for like, 60 cents or something. It sat in my craft room for the longest time but once I got the Moshi Moshi Mixed Media Paper Craft Kit from Gauche Alchemy, I noticed that it had these cool vintage sewing book pages and this thread card of well...thread. That gave me the spark I needed to dig out that little frame from under piles and piles of who knows what in my aforementioned Craft Room of Perpetual Chaos.


I first created the background using some of the sewing paper and then stamped onto that using the included PVC punchinella and blue and bronze paints. The rest came together when I decided that instead of using some of the thread off the card, I'd just glue the whole thing in there. lol I cut the woman out of another piece of sewing paper, drew lines on her dress and attached her using pop dots for some added depth.


I thought the thread card looked a little bare so I added the button from the kit and so…

The Gauche Woman

Hi everyone!

Thank you so much for the blogoversary good wishes and for the happy get well thoughts. I'm still feeling pretty gross but I'm sure it'll blow over soon. :D

A little project to show you today! I got a chance to play with the Knick Knack Paddy Whack Project Kit from the Gauche Alchemy store and this kit it so cool, I just love little shadowboxes! This kit comes with a naked shadowbox and some Gauche Alchemy whatnots, perfect for a one shot project. Here's what I made:


I started by painting the box, including the inside, with brown and gold paints, then added a couple layers of Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint (I'm addicted to the stuff!) Then on top of that I rubbed on some Vintage Photo Distress Ink.


I'm proud to say that with the exception of the little vintage photo in the middle square, everything came from the kit. Y'all know I gotta have my glitter so the butterfly in the bottom left got a dose of Stickles. (Which, by the way, I had…

Friday Night Fab Five: Giveaway

Hi everyone!

Okay, so I have to admit that I'm pretty sick at the moment. The girls were fighting it and then gave it all to us feeble adults in the house. I was the last one to fall. Blech. Anyhoo, all that to say that I love you so much that I'm dragging myself from the depths of disease and illness to bring you the last giveaway.*

*Sorry for the drama, I'm going for the Oscar this year.

Anyway, to the prize!


I've got a small collection of some of my favorite things, most of which have been featured in a Fab Five at some time or another. A box of Flipsides crackers, a box of Crystal Light Wild Strawberry Energy drink packets, a Charlie & Lola DVD, a jar of Martha Stewart glitter and a cutesy-poo ornament that's all crafty and cute and stuff.

What? Not enough for you???? Well how about this:

The winner of this pack will also receive a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com. Amazon is a HUGE favorite of mine!

So there you have it, the last giveaway for my …

Blogoversary Giveaway 4: Gauche Alchemy

Hi everyone!

Today is my *official* anniversary of 4 years of blogging! Thank you all so much for being here with me!

Today's giveaway is so gauche I can't even stand myself. Gauche Alchemy that is. :D I've got a collection up for grabs and is a little bit of just about everything we offer in the store.


I mean we're talking HEAPS of GA awesomeness here. There's pieces from our color kits, Ouchless Cardboard, napkins, wallpaper, foreign text. Not to mention stuff from various theme kits and our ACME kit.


I also threw in a roll of variety Punchinella and some lace. If you've always want to give mixed media a try or are have already been bitten by the ephemera bug, leave a comment on this post by Midnight on Thursday, January 26th for a chance to win this package bustin' with Gauche Alchemy goodness.

Good luck and don't forget about entering my other giveaways, Day 1: Cupcake Hat and Day 2: Mini Albums and Chipboard and Day 3: Custom Cloche.

Blogoversary Giveaway 3: Custom Hat

Hi everyone!

My Blogoversary Giveaway week continues with this prize up for grabs:


Well okay, the prize is not me nor the hat...not this particular hat anyway. I've decided that the winner of this giveaway will receive a custom Charleston Cloche made by yours truly in whatever color they desire.


I had so much fun making this hat for myself and have already wore it about a dozen times. I'd love to hook it again for someone who will enjoy it as much as I have. :)

So leave a comment on this post by midnight on Thursday, January 26th and I'll announce the winner on Friday the 27th. Good luck and don't forget about entering my other giveaways, Day 1: Cupcake Hat and Day 2: Mini Albums and Chipboard.

Blogoversary Giveaway 2: Naked Stuff to Make Stuff With

Hi everyone!

Here's Day 2 of my Blogoversary Giveaways, make sure to leave your comment on Day One's post for a chance to win my cupcake hat.

Today I'm giving away some things I think the scrappers (or altered artists) in the audience might like...Behold! Naked mini albums and stuff to make stuff with!

Ta da!


These are from my personal stash but I'm had them for a while and think one of you will be able to be of better service to them. :D I've got a Bo Bunny word album (it says, "I <3 You"), a flower shaped chipboard album, a set of white oversize tags, another chipboard album in the shape of a purse and an unopened pack of Tattered Angels white chipboard pieces, Glimmer Chips in Frosty Memories from the Vintage Seasons Collection.

All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post **telling me you want them** by midnight on Thursday, January 26th.

Good luck and thanks again for hanging out with me here at Just Add Glitter and Stir. Here'…

Blogoversary Giveaway 1: Cupcake Hat

Hi everyone!

Well this week (and Thursday specifically) marks my FOUR year blogging anniversary, can you believe it???

I really wanted to do a couple of giveaways, each marking something that I love or love to do, something that's "me" so for my first giveaway this week, I'd like to offer my recent hookery: The Cupcake Hat:



Crocheted on New Year's Eve from a pattern by the ever delightful Twinkie Chan, it can be yours if the Price Is Right! Actually, that's not true, you just have to leave a comment.


Would you like to win this delicious* hat? ALL you have to do to be entered is leave a comment telling me that you want to be entered. I'd like this to go to someone that would really love it so if it's not your thing, no worries! So to be entered you HAVE to tell me you want it, "Enter me!" "Please enter me!" "I will wash your dishes if I win!" Things of that nature.

You don't have to follow me (although you'r…

Friday Night Fab Five

Hi everyone and welcome to another Friday Night Fab Five where I list 5 things I adore, am obsessed with or maybe just sort of like for the week. :D This week is a random sampling so let's get started!

1. Crystal Light Energy Wild Strawberry

I kid you not, this stuff is like my liquid crack. I got some in a swap once, tried it and was instantly addicted. Have I added this to a Fab Five before? Well, whatever. It's too good not to share again.

2. Jewel Tone Yarn


I've got this wool yarn that I decided to use for a tapestry (still a work in progress) and part of the reason I picked these gorgeous colors was how well they complemented each other. There's something about a jewel tone that makes me feel fancy.

3. Hot Summer Days

Hot Summer Days is a 2010 romantic comedy from Hong Kong. I thought it was similar to Love Actually in that you've got a few different love stories running around which intersect each other at different points. It was too cute and pretty dar…

I Felt Like It Part 2

Hi everyone!

So remember last week when I posted I Felt Like It Part 1 where I showed you the super cute hat I was working on?

(Image from Crochet Today)
I talked about how my initial run through my Wonder Wash went well (alliteration, snap!) and my hat was looking dandy:


Flush from my awesome success, I quickly washed it again in hopes of smoothing out the seeable stitches even more and then...

I don't want to talk about it.

The Post About Nothing

Hi everyone.

Ah yes, I used a . after "everyone" instead of my usual ! Ever have a case of the Mondays on a Tuesday? Bah. I try to keep things bright and cheery here because well, I like it that way. Not that I don't have days that suck and/or try to hide them but I like to focus on the good things instead of the crap. I'm just having a day where I feel unusually lost and figured I'd post about it since hey, it's my blog and stuff.

It's not that I don't have projects to work on or ideas simmering in the old brain because Lord knows I've got enough things started that need to get finished. I've actually finished a bunch of mixed media projects recently but since they're all for Gauche Alchemy I can't show any of them yet.

Speaking of which, I am now part owner of Gauche Alchemy so go buy everything in the store right now! Go on, I'll wait...

.....

Are you back? Found lots of good things, did you? Awesome!

My 4 year blogging …

In Your Face Nana!

Hi everyone!

My husband is obsessed (okay fine, everyone in this house is obsessed) with the game Skylanders. Toot loves it especially as she can pick up the figures and put them on the "Portal of Power" for Daddy while he plays. My mom made a *snarky* comment tonight that Toot is going to know all the names of the Skylanders before she can say her ABCs.

So I cut the camera on, asked Toot if she could sing her ABCs and then this happened:



In your face, Nana!

I Felt Like It Part 1

Hi everyone!

For Christmas I asked for a Wonder Wash portable washing machine to felt some of my crochet. I have a front loading washing machine which SUCKS when you're trying to felt. I've been wanting to felt for so long and did a jig when I discovered this portable washer.

BTW: "Felting" is when you crochet or knit with animal fibers (like wool) and then wash them in super hot water to agitate the fibers and create a fabric. Here's the technical definition from Wikipedia:

"Felt is made by a process called wet felting where the natural wool fibers, stimulated by friction and lubricated by moisture (usually soapy water), move at a 90 degree angle towards the friction source and then away again, in effect making little "tacking" stitches. While at any given moment only 5% of the fibers are active, the process is continual, so different 'sets' of fibers become activated and then deactivated, thereby building up the cloth."

Wow, tha…

Moshi Moshi Hooker-Chan

Hi everyone!

We've got a new kit over in the Gauche Alchemy store! It's called Moshi Moshi and it is AWESOME. I got a chance to get my glue covered hands on it before it hit the virtual shelves and will be showing those projects off later this month. :)

In hooker news, I've been bitten by the hat bug in the new year and have made these two so far and am working on a third, my first wool hat which I'm looking forward to felting.  New techniques FTW!  But first, here's a cloche I crocheted as part of a "crochet-a-long" (or CAL) in the Citizens of Stitch Nation by Debbie Stoller group on Ravelry.


Super cute and very fast to hook up!


Y'all know I love me some Twinkie Chan so on New Year's Eve I pulled out my *autographed* copy of Twinkie Chan's book and made her cupcake hat:


Yep, this is what I have to show for New Year's Eve. I was sitting on the couch, crocheting this hat and catching up on Doctor Who. I looked up at 12:05 and said, &qu…

Hooking Up Some Strawberry Shortcake

Hi everyone! As I'm sure you know already, Toot is obsessed with Strawberry Shortcake, in particular the updated version of the character:


So for Christmas 2011, I crocheted her this hat using the Girl's Newsboy Hat pattern from the November 2009 issue of Crochet! magazine. I, of course, added some Strawberry Shortcake flavor to it: