Category Archives: crafts

Shrinky Dink Art Drives Me CRAZY!

But it was worth it! After about 10 completely failed attempts, I finally got the hang of cooking this plastic menace! And figured out enough to do a little art project with colored pencils and sharpies. It’s not quite like I saw on Pinterest, but I am happy enough now to turn off the oven and forget the whole thing. For now…hahahaha.

Also, please apologize to your loved ones, because I know you will be sucked into Pinterest after reading this. 🙂



The finished Shrunken Product


As they each come out of the oven, shrunk!


Four slices of discontent


The entire 8.5×11 drawing, ready to be sliced


It’s Been Awhile

It’s probably fairly obvious, if one looks at the date of my last post, that I have not been good about updating this blog. In fact, I haven’t even looked at the last post’s date so I don’t even know how long it’s been.

The delay is because I’ve been BU-SAY doing all sorts of neat stuff like, putting together work for two art shows, going to Maui and San Francisco, not to mention raising my baby girl. However, at 20 months, she’s not much of a baby anymore.

So, I wanted to get back into this and I decided to show some things I have been working on, as of late.

First, we have a sketch with watercolor and paper of San Francisco….
I plan to turn this into a painting, it won’t be exactly like this, but this is the longest time I’ve had to plan a painting in months so I’m thinking it going to be be pretty sweet.


a preliminary sketch for a painting I am planning

And next, we have a gift tag that I made for a family member’s bridal shower that uses, more paper, watercolor, and, of course, the Cricut Wedding Solutions cartridge. I thought I had no more need for this cartridge, but alas, here were are.

gift tag for a bridal shower using paper scraps, paint, and the Cricut

The reason I am so happy with this tag, besides the fact that it turned out really nice, is that it came from paper scraps that I have hoarded over the past year. So, I learned something today, hoarding paper scraps, is ok. 🙂

And, this is what the tag looks like, on the bag.

Well, that’s it for today. I’d like to say I’ll be better at this, but all I will do is try. 🙂 -Gia

Guilty Pleasures: Cricut Ladybugs Table Decor

It’s my daughter’s first birthday (well it was Thursday, but the party is today. In a few short hours, her family will enjoy these cute little leaves and ladybugs cut from the Cricut. Totally easy, totally cute! Here’s a peak!

Organic Sugar Art & Gifts Open on Etsy

I just changed the name of my etsy shop to OrganicSugar Art & Gifts. I’ll be posting pictures of the stuff I am making here and linking them to the new shop. The address is:
or you can click here: it’s easier. 🙂 

Here are some of the offerings on the shop so far….

A New Look for an Old Favorite

I’ve updated my magnet tins to be more aggressive, if you will. 🙂 Check it out! I’m listing them in my etsy shop when I get a second to do so.  Heehee. So far, I’m on cupcakes. Red Flowers and Orchids to follow. 

2009 Art Fair Booth Decor

So I’m doing my first show of the Summer tomorrow and I can’t wait to put up the finished tent, so here are the pieces I am going to be using. I also have some SUPER COOL fabrics that my talented seamstress grandmother sewed for me. I tried to learn but this was much easier. 🙂 

I’ve once again used the Cricut to get the letters, glued them onto wood circles from Michael’s to make signs for the booth. My husband, Trevor, helped me with the chalkboards by cutting old backer board for tile and glueing galvanized steel onto it. I then sprayed them several times with chalkboard paint, and they are ready to go in their frames! No one that helped me is going to read this but I am so grateful for all the various talents of my family members! Thank you! 

So, here are some preview shots of the new feel for 2009! 


Guilty Pleasures: Cricut Baby Boy Shower Invites

I did these for my cousin who is having a boy in Oct. That Cricut is so addictive it’s SICK! 🙂 They are made with the “new arrival” cartridge, and loads of green paper. 🙂