Life By The Seat Of My Pants

Archive for March 2013

There were so many cool things at the thrift store this week, but I only ended up buying one thing! Find out what it was and who won my texture pack give away.


This weeks project was sooooooo simple to make! I was able to complete the entire bag in less than two hours (including drying time) which is some kind of record for me! LOL!


I picked up a few Tyvek envelopes from my local post office and cut them apart. My bag is made with three envelope, but you could actually make it with just two. I just chose to not use the seamed side of the Tyvek envelopes. For the handle, I cut the ends off of the belt I got from the thrift store last week and stitched them to the inside of the bag.


I didn’t know it at the time, but I should have sealed my paint before sewing the bag. When I flipped it inside out after sewing, some of the paint started to chip. If you make one of these, be sure to let it dry completely and then seal it before sewing.

I have already used this bag to carry some art supplies to a friends house and it works great! The Tyvek is extremely strong, so I don’t have to worry about the bag tearing or falling apart if I put heavy items into it.


I love that I now have a personalized bag that I can use over and over again. I’m sure it will be a conversation starter!

I hope you enjoyed this project and I would love to see YOUR hand painted Tyvek bags. Leave me a comment with a link to see your finished projects. If you liked this post, please share it and tell your friends ๐Ÿ™‚

Until next time,
BIG HUGS!!!!!!

This weeks video is a bit different and a bit longer than usual. I explain why in the video, so I won’t go into it here LOL. I also explain why there is no Mixed MEdieology Monday project this week.

This has been an extremely difficult week for me. I was sick all week with a sinus/inner ear thing which I still have not recovered from, my birthday came and went and I was too sick to really enjoy it AND I had ONE OF the worst video editing experiences to date. I think the editing nightmare was compounded by my being sick, but it bothered me so much, I even contemplated not doing videos anymore. Like, at all. Yeah, it was THAT bad.

But enough of that! I am ready to just move on from this week and begin anew with next weeks project!

I know, I know, It’s not Thursday. Trust me…. I know ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

This has been one hell of a week, but I have persevered and I am ready to move on! But that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to vent a little bit here.

First of all, I completely lost an entire day because I was sick. Not ‘sick, sick’ but still sick. I woke up Wednesday morning to the room spinning! I had never experienced that kind of dizziness before, but the shit in my houseย  was LITERALLY spinning around the room. I somehow managed to drive my son (20 minutes) to school and then (20 minutes) home again before my husband came home from work to take me to the doctor. It ended up being this sinus/ear tube issue causing the dizziness and I was down for the count for two days.

Once I felt well enough to finish editing the video for this weeks episode, it was one computer issue after another. I won’t go into the hellish details, but it involved multiple failures, a trip to Walmart, two melt downs, a re-record and an hour and a half on the phone with Apple to resolve my issue. All is well now, but from now on, the FIRST thing I am going to do (in the future) when something doesn’t work properly is a system update and restart of my Mac. Infuriating friggin’ machinery.

Alrighty! Enough of that. On to this weeks episode ๐Ÿ˜€

I found an awesome bag of goodies this week and there was even a surprise in the bag ‘o goodies that took me back to a very happy childhood memory.

I also announce the winner of my giveaway AAAAAAAND tell you about my NEXT giveaway and how YOU can WIN!

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See you on Mixed MEdieology Monday.


On this weeks Mixed MEdieology Monday, I am using the items I purchased on Thrift Shop Thursday 3/7/13.ย  If you missed it, you can find that video here.

This fairy girl is painted on a little shelf from one of those cheapy, pressed wood cabinets. I made her wings by coating a butterfly stamp with glue, then stamping it onto acetate.


Here is a list of supplies I used;

acrylic paints – quin magenta, orange, white, turquoise and light blue perm

gel medium

book pages

bubble wrap


cello glitter

gelatos – black

meocolor II – black

papers from note pads

distress ink – faded jeans

acrylic ink – flesh tint

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See you soon!


WOO HOOOOO!!! I DID IT! I FINALLY opened my Etsy shop!!!! You can come take a peek at my goodies if you like ๐Ÿ˜‰

I don’t know if you have ever put things on Etsy or not, but let me tell you, it is TIME CONSUMING! As I got started, I quickly realized that was one of the biiiig things keeping my from setting up shop. It takes FOREVER! LOL

I listed three items today (the same three from last Wednesday’s blog post) and it took me over an hour! Partly because I had NO idea what I was doing, but partly because there is alot of thought involved and I wanted to get the wording for the listing correct.ย  I’m just glad I finally took that first step and got SOMETHING in my shop.

OK, so on to this weeks friends and family discount listings ๐Ÿ˜€

All photo’s can be clicked to enlarge.

All prices include shipping within US. International shipping cost will be adjusted.

I’m A Little Tea Pot Mixed Media Painting $7

Hand painted 3 X 3 (inch) canvas with moving 3-D paperclay teapot art doll attached to the front. The doll is made with stamped and molded paperclay pieces that have bee hand painted.ย  She has tiny hands, a crown and real doll hair.

Quote reads – I’m A Little Tea Pot

You can view the entire painting being made here.


Little Fairy Mixed Media Art Doll $10

This hand sculpted, hand paintedย  fairy is approximately 3 inches tall. She has a hand painted bodice, a skirt made from fabric and ribbon, hand dyed wool roving hair and real maple tree seed wings.

You can view the full blog post ad video here.


“Ann” Mixed Media Painting $40

11 X 14 canvas with 3D embellishments. Ann is hand drawn and painted with prismacolor pencils, acrylic paint and ink.ย  Her dress is made from fabric scraps and lace and is embellished with pearl beads. Her necklace is made of glitter and a pink gem. The flowers are hand cut from tea bags and scrapbook paper and have a bead in the center.


Feel free to ask questions about any of the pieces you see here. To purchase any of these pieces, please email me at

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It was a little bit easier to put things up for grabs this week. I hope it will continue to get easier and easier and I really hope I get faster at listing the things in the Etsy store! LOL!

I will see you on Monday for Mixed MEdieology Monday!

Hello and welcome to the second installment of Thrift Shop Thursday! My name is Edie and I will be your tour guide today ๐Ÿ™‚

Since I plan on doing a thrift store trip every week, I wanted you to be able to see my whole store and get a feeling of how it is set up. That way when you see me speeding through the store like a maniac, your eyes will hopefully be able to keep up a little better LOL!

This weeks trip is a nice, regular paced, tour of the entire store and the items that I find along the way. You will notice I have a few “SQUIRREL!” moments while in the thrift store, and yes, I AM like that all the time. Ask anyone who knows me.ย  I am *easily* distracted. If you are unfamiliar with ‘squirrel’ moments, you can see what I mean by watching this clip ๐Ÿ™‚

Alrighty then, on to this week’s Thrift Shop Thursday video!!!!!!

I hope you enjoy this series of videos.ย  I am still learning how to pace it so that the video is not jumping all over the place and making you dizzy. I think next time, I may take my tripod and out it in the buggy instead of carrying the camcorder in my hand the whole time.

Don’t forget to come back on Mixed MEdieology Monday to see what I made using the items I got on this episode of Thrift Shop Thursday.

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I would love to hear what you have to say, so leave me a comment or ask me a question down below.

See you next time.

Big hugs!!!