Making Pretty Things…. with Toys

Making Pretty Things…with Toys

Making accessories with toys by Paper and Fox

Hi Everyone!

I just returned from The Makers Summit, my first design and craft conference.  There, I had the opportunity to speak to an expert, Bryan Martin, about establishing my creative identity. One piece of advice that I was given, was to take a look at my work (as a maker) in it’s entirety and to see what it says about me.

Today, I went through my projects and one fact that jumped out is that I love to make things out of toys.  I do!  I have two little boys and have dinosaurs, trucks, cars and superheros everywhere I look.  I love mixing the playful nature of toys and creating them into really pretty things… that people would actually want to wear or display.

Here are some of the things that I have made out of toys.

Making with Toys

Left- white and gold painted dinosaur accent piece

Top-  Metallic Sea Creature Brooches

Bottom- Star (fish) headband

Making with Toys

Left- Dragon pin party favor

Top- Dinosaur Cufflinks

Bottom – Hat with Octopus Brooch

I love when unexpected objects become pretty and more interesting. I love metallic colors and wearing little toy creatures as accessories. I love making things with toys… and I am proud of it.  The  mix of fun and pretty is a big part of my creative identity. This was a fun and well needed exercise.  What about you? What is your creative identity? It is worth thinking about.

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Thanks, Carmody

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3 Responses to Making Pretty Things…. with Toys

  1. Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living March 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    Love all of these ideas, very cute! Thanks for linking up at Link It Or Lump It Sunday

  2. Ashley@BiggerthantheThreeofUs March 23, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    I’m right there with you. You might as well use some of the things that you have in abundance (mine is totally cars/firetrucks). Love your round-up. Thanks again for stopping by & nominating me.

  3. Margaux Daughtry June 1, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    Love this idea! I have two little boys myself! Found you on blog tribes via SGBC! I may have to try this one!

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