Tag Archives: crafting

Beauty is in the Eye of the Flamingo

26 Mar

Handmade gifts are the best, right?  Don’t you love receiving a gift that someone you care about has painstakingly fabricated with their own two hands?  And it’s the thought that counts, even if you don’t totally adore the gift . . . right?

Muuwaaaahaaahaaa UNLESS the gift was made with pure malice and EVIL by your cunningly handy sister!  Muuwaaahaaaaahaaaa!  My friends, may I introduce to you . . .  My sister’s birthday present . . .


A little back-story may be in order here.  My sister HATES pink flamingos.  She thinks they are the tackiest animal on the face of the earth.  So naturally, she despises those lovely plastic pink flamingos that grace the gardens and yards of home everywhere.  What’s worse than an ugly plastic flamingo?  A BEJEWELED plastic flamingo!

If you want to make one of your own, because well why the hell not, right?  All you need are an ugly plastic flamingo, 1500 crafts jewels, a LOT of hot glue, and a lot of patience.  This bad boy here took me about 6 hours to bejewel, and is the reason I no longer have finger prints.  And since I ended up with 2 of these flamingos, of course I HAD to make a 2nd one!  Any takers?  Hehehehe



And the Winner Is . . .

10 Jun

I’m super excited!  Not only are you all visiting daily and telling your friends to come check the Dummy, but I was nominated for an award!  I know blog awards are a dime a dozen, and it may not mean too much to some people, but I’m just so excited that you guys enjoy my blog so much!  And as your nominee (queue corny presidential-style theme music) I promise to continue DIYing as often possible and documenting my trials and tribulations of crafts, home projects, parenting and anything else I think you might enjoy reading!  So thanks again my loyal fans!  Keep DIYing with me!

DIY Tile Coasters

19 Apr

Gotta give a shout out to my Pinterest peeps . . .I’m so addicted!  And I cannot take all the credit for this little DIY number because I found the idea on pinterest and had to give it a whirl.  And now I will share it with you!  Aren’t I nice like that?  (har har har)

You can get plain old run of the mill white 4×4 ceramic tiles at Home Depot for less than $0.20 per tile.  I bought 20 of them because . . .well why not, right?  Make up some cute coasters, give them as gifts . . .put away a few for when one gets broken.

So all you need are plain white tiles, spray adhesive, scrapbook paper, felt, and mod podge.

Cut the paper to fit the tile, spray the adhesive onto the tile and put the paper on immediately.  The spray adhesive dries FAST.  Once it has set, I used an exacto knife to trim off any excess.  Turn the tile paper side down and trim off the edges.

You will need 5 coats of mod podge.  Each coat has to dry 15-20 minutes before you can put another coat on.

Once all 5 coats are on and totally dry, glue a square of felt to the bottom.  This is just going to keep the coaster from scratching up your tables.

Little helpful tip for you: I bought several different patterns and types of paper.  The thicker papers work best.  The really thin paper (which my favorite pattern happens to be VERY thin) will bubble as you layer the mod podge.  The thicker paper didn’t bubble at all.

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Wrong Way Dummy??

25 Feb

Why Wrong Way Dummy?  Well I’m glad you asked!  For starters, I collect Russian Nesting Dolls.  I have a very nice collection, if I may toot my own horn.  I call them Wrong Way Dummy Dolls because when I was a kid watching Sesame Street (pre-Elmo, mind you) there was a cute little number with nesting dolls counting backwards from 10.  In the number one doll hops into another upside down and the nestee says to the nester “Wrong Way Dummy!”  Ever since then, I’ve called them Wrong Way Dummy Dolls and collected them.

Why call my blog Wrong Way Dummy?  Why the heck not?  Because it’s fun!  And I’m fun too!

A little about me:  I’m a mom of 2 wonderful boys and a furry doggy daughter.  I love to paint, draw and craft.  Mainly I enjoy making things out of other things, repurposing or what ever you wan to call it.  I also love to come up with fun projects the boys and I can do together, especially in the frigid winter months here on the South Pole.  (Ok, I don’t REALLY live on the south pole, but it feels like it)

So sit back, relax, and get ready to get crafty!