Sassy Sonoran Stilettos You Can Make!

I was thrilled to be asked to be a guest artist for Second Inspired Soles: A stiletto shoe auction to benefit Artlink Phoenix. The show is back by popular demand among patrons and local artists for its second year.

Local designers, artists and celebrities have custom-decorated the stilettos.

Those of you who live in the Phoenix Metro Area are getting a sneak peek!

Terri O DIY Stilettos
For those of you who are not able to attend but want to add sass to your own stilettos, the instructions are below.

All of the stilettos will be unveiled and auctioned on April 5, 2013, during First Friday in Downtown
Phoenix at the 6th Avenue Gallery (located on the southwest corner of Sixth Avenue and
McKinley, one block south of Roosevelt. The gallery is in the basement level of the

The stilettos will remain on display throughout the month of April.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Artlink Phoenix, a nonprofit organization dedicated to linking artists, business and the public to better understand, appreciate and promote the thriving arts community in Central Phoenix.

Sassy Sonoran Stilettos
Level: Moderate
Designed by: Terri O

Plain Black Stilettos
Red Paint (I used Master’s Touch Acrylic in red)
White 3 Dimensional Paint
Hot Fix Rhinestones
Round Sponge Dauber
Paper Plate

1. You will have to do the shoes in stages so that each step dries. First I did the zebra stripes on the
platform of each shoe and let it dry.
2. Paint the bottom red. You may need several coats of paint. Let dry in between each coat.
3. With the round sponge dabber, add the polka dots to your shoes and let dry.
4. Place two rows of hot fix rhinestone to the heel.
5. Keep in mind this was my creation. Yours may look different but that does not mean it is wrong!
Embrace your own creativity!!
6. xo

Lucky Shamrock T-shirt

Super simple green clothes to celebrate your Irish heritage…doesn’t matter if you have a little or a lot (or maybe you are borrowing for a day).

I’m sure you will find this t-shirt is easy to make and I hope  the techniques shared I’m sharing will surely send you on a journey to discover how you can embellish fabric with paint and bling!

Supplies and Tools:


Acrylic paint

Sponges for stamps

Paper plate


Heat tool and hot fix beads if you like.

  1. If needed, pre-wash your t-shirt. Make sure you do not use fabric softener.
  2. Place a piece of cardboard in between your t-shirt otherwise the paint will seep thru.
  3. Draw a heart shape on the flat sponge and cut it out. I used two different shapes. You can also cut out a stem.
  4. Add water to the sponges to expand them and pat dry as much as possible.
  5. Use the paper plate as a palette and dip your sponges in the paint and press. Make sure to wear gloves and be careful to not place your fingers on the shirt.
  6. Let dry before you add any crystals.

If you would like to see how it’s done, CLICK HERE.

A Purse by Any Other Name… Clutch!

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Super Simple Beaded Clutch

Purse, pocketbook, handbag, or clutch, it is the one accessory a woman rarely goes without.

You can win a purse in horse racing, boxing, and once upon a time, each member of a crew on a ship that captured an enemy vessel was entitled to a share of the purse… aka money.

So naturally, the purse has come to be the one accessory women rarely go anywhere without.

I suspect these days they cell phone is probably a close second and if your cell phone is not in a pocket, it’s in… you guessed it… your purse!

We make a fashion statement with our purses. My assistant Carol claims her mother’s purse was “an infinite bags of holding and had everything but the bathroom sink.”

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We borrowed this photo and the painting is available from:

The purse is an accessory of many names and styles. An acquaintance of mine from New York calls it a “pocketbook”. My neighbor calls it a “handbag”. When someone refers to a purse as a “clutch”we know they are going out in style.
Beaded Clutch Materials:

Item you wish to decorate
Terrifically Tacky Tape
Seed and Bugle Beads —
Optional: Charms, Beaded ribbon


  1. Cut strips of Terrifically Tacky Tape and apply to item you wish to decorate. (The clutch above was a plain purse I found for a couple of bucks on sale.).
  2. Remove top plastic layer from tape and liberally apply Beads.
  3. Repeat process as necessary.


Tip: I made the clutch above super simple, but you could easily ad beaded ribbon to dangle from the bottom and an aesthetically place charm or two.

DVD Give-Away and Card Making Blog Hop with Operation Write Home

The reason to participate in OPERATION WRITE HOME’s card making extravaganza is a win in itself. Operation Write Home is a non-profit that encourages others to make cards that our men and women serving the military overseas, often in combat zones, can send back home to their loved ones for birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, I love you and all those other reasons that people send still send cards.

I’m sweetening the pot with a drawing for a set of my Paper, Fashion and Holiday crafting videos. I’ll choose one winner at random who makes a card and comments on the blog.

The DVDs are normally $9.99 each. From now until June 9, 2012, you can order a set for $25 through my assistant, Carol La Valley.

I can’t stress this enough, be sure to check the FAQs on the OWH site about card making size and safety –no glitter!

It’s a long holiday weekend so no excuses.

Come on back to my blog  early tomorrow morning for all the details!




Simple Sunburn Save

Sunny days are here and even the careful among us can get burned while enjoying the nice weather.

You can soothe a sun burn with this one-time use facial mask you can whip up in your kitchen!

Salsa Facial Mask
1/2 small tomato
1/4 cucumber with peel, chopped
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 egg white (optional)

Instructions: In a food processor, combine tomato, cucumber, parsley and lemon juice; puree until smooth. If desired, stir in egg white. Apply mixture to your face; leave on 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and pat dry. Refrigerate remaining mask.

Did you know that human hair grows at a rate of about six inches per year?

Daily scalp massages (small clockwise motions with your fingertips) will help stimulate blood and accompanying nutrient flow to the hair follicles.

Jalapeño Hair Tonic
2 small or 1 large jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup vodka
2 Tbsp. castor oil

Instructions: Place chopped jalapeño in a ceramic bowl. Pour vodka over peppers; allow mixture to sit for several days. Strain off vodka and discard peppers. Add castor oil to vodka; pour into a clean bottle. Shake before using. Massage a small amount to scalp before going to bed. Avoid getting this in your eyes!

Fashion Onesies and Burb Cloths

It’s time again for the blog hop at Favecrafts.
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Click on the button above to check out some cool spring fashion ideas.
I have a baby shower to go to so I am making these cute, super simple onesies! I love one-of-a-kind gifts, don’t you?
Super SImple with Terri O


Level: Easy




· One package of onesies (note: they come in different sizes. I used 3-6 months)

· One package of “prefolded” 3-ply cloth diapers.

· So Soft paint from Deco Art

· Stamps

· Sponge brush

· Paint brushes

· Paper plate

· Glitter paint

· Fabric markers (optional)

· Small piece of cardboard or wax paper


  1. Pre wash the diapers and the onesies. Do not add fabric softener. If they are not flat and smooth after drying iron them to remove any wrinkles.
  2. Place cardboard or wax paper inside the onesie in case the paint seeps thru the fabric. It is pretty thin so it might.
  3. With sponge brush apply paint to stamps and stamp designs to front of onesie and along the edges of the diapers.
  4. Add any necessary detail with paint brush or glitter glue to stamped design. Let dry.
  5. Iron your finished designs with an iron on medium heat to set the paint or toss them in a hot dryer for about 10 minutes.

See how by clicking here.

DIY Turquoise Pendent

No creativity required to create this gorgeous necklace just the right
tools.  Click HERE to see how I made this!

Studded Shoes

Just like in the fashion magazines!Why pay top dollar for hip chic shoes when you can bling them yourself? Learn how now.