Friday, December 14, 2007

Don't Try This at Home . . .

. . . you know what I'm talking about . . . those great ideas that come to you in the middle of the night! Sometimes they should just stay there! LOL

I've had really bad insomnia for about two weeks now. Yesterday was a bad day. I was cranky, irritable, short-tempered, crying and just a huge mess and a cry-baby! :) Be glad I didn't talk to you! LOL

Anyway, last night, instead of tossing and turning, I got up and just kept myself busy. I got the bright idea to alter a large container I keep my acrylic paints in. I've used TAC paper that is no longer available, but I wanted to show it to you because I thought it came out rather fabulous! I love the bright colors of this paper! I didn't want to use the letters on something that was going to sit on a shelf in my craft room, so what I did was cut out the outline of the letters and stick those on solid colored paper. That was the bad part of the idea. That involved detailed cutting with a VERY SHARP Cutter Bee tiny, itty, bitty scissor and when you are tired, well, that's just asking for trouble. The good news, there was no blood shed ON the finished project!
Then I had this clipboard that I wanted to alter with the same papers. Again, I just love the colors! At first, I could only get ribbons on the ends of the clips, but I thought it looked "weird" with nothing in between. I got the "bright idea in the middle of the night when I REALLY should be sleeping" to run a wire through the clip, tie it and thread the ribbons through that. Well, let's just say, I didn't mean for the clipboard to have THESE many ribbons! It never occurred to me that the wire would "stretch!" I thought I'd be tying ribbons till dawn.

Supplies: TAC paper and ribbons from my stash
It all turned out good though! I finished like around 4:00, laid down on my bed to admire my handiwork on top of my desk and must have fallen right to sleep cause I don't remember admiring it! :) Slept through till about 10:30 this morning. I think it was a better idea than drinking warm milk but just maybe a bit more dangerous! LOL


  1. Ema!! This is AMAZING! Just LOVE the bright colored papers on this!! lol! I thought I was the ONLY one that had all those problems! I've been having trouble sleeping lately too! Do you think it's the Holiday hurrying? Take care! :)

  2. It's amazing what insomnia will do to you. I often come up with great ideas when I should be sleeping, too.

    Fabulous items!

  3. Fabulous Ema! That's exactly what I do when I can't sleep - at least it's productive. Lol x

  4. Wow Ema this is really stunning. Fabulous Piece.

  5. OMG girl you made these when you couldn't sleep! I can't do that as I would wake my hubby up as all my scrappy supplies are in our bedroom! Lovely altered creations! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I think you made a great choice! When I can't sleep I end up sitting in front of my computer staring at everyone else's work.
    Your paint can is so bright and cheery, thanks for sharing. Have a Merry Christmas!

  7. Ema these both turned out so great!!! I Love the colors!! You did such a wonderful job on both of them!! I bet they look fabulous in your craft room!!


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