Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
I like plain blank cards that can be used for any occasion.
I love the sea life motifs that I found here on etsy!
I had the blank cards on hand, had been wanting to put them to good use!
Now I can just add my message to the inside and have a personalized card to let people know that I am thinking of them.
Love the coral!
This shop has so many sweet designs, it was hard to choose just a few! And the prices are really reasonable too!
All I used was a $1 dictionary (mine happened to be from Target and half off) and some plain note cards (I had a pack of 50 from Hobby Lobby for $9.99 before I used my 50% off coupon) and these cute little sea life crocheted pieces from GoldenLucyCrafts.
Hope you are having a good week!
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Monday, September 17, 2012
I did some thrifting…found this wine crate for $3 at the Salvation Army…it will be used to organize in my craft/sewing room. I am just going to use some lemon oil treatment on it and I think it will perk up just fine!
I bought this full of thread spools at an auction…I wanted the spools, but am thinking the jar is pretty great too. I think it might be a 2 gallon size, not sure, but I plan on making a terrarium out of it.
It was half full of spools…love it! Lots of old ones, all wooden!
I have washed all the spools and will probably rub them down with pledge to make them pretty again.
The best thing I found was this pretty yellow all wool blanket! I was so excited…it is a square about as wide as a twin blanket but not as long! I have already felted (or fulled) it in the washer and it felted beautifully!
I have been motorcycle riding lately with a friend…four times over the past month, the first time for half the day! I love riding and I needed a jacket that won’t be too hot but will keep the wind off me.
I have even gotten brave enough to let go and take a pic or two…here I am in the reflection of Larry’s helmet!
I wanted a plain denim jacket and looked at several stores and catalogs, finally settled on one and it was $50, I hadn’t ordered it yet, but was going to… Imagine my surprise when I walked into the Salvation Army and found this perfect denim jacket, it’s a little long but that will be perfect…Just my size and only $5!! So glad I didn’t order the expensive one yet!
A week ago Friday we had a bad hail storm with probably a tornado too…there was a funnel cloud sighted within a few miles of home, but it’s not official I guess. I didn’t lose any trees but there are a lot of trees twisted off at the ground. The hail on the glove was pulled out of my friend’s gutters the next afternoon!
I was upset that the umbrella cover I made had several holes in it from the hail. Bummed!
And the hail was sooo big, in my area, people reported up to baseball sized hail. When I got home 4 hours after the storm had hit, the hail I found in the yard was still up to 2 inches in diameter.
Almost every plant on my deck was demolished! All summer it’s been so hot and I have watered them 3-4 times a day, but now they are all broken off.
The ground was covered with leaves and sticks, the trees looked so bare!
Insurance adjuster was out yesterday and now I am just waiting for the roof and gutter and chimney replacement estimates.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
I found this hideous weensie pheasant under glass at Salvation Army ($1) Saturday. I was looking for a sweet little tea cup and saucer for a gift basket, but didn’t find that of course.
Instead, this ugly little bird with fake grass but it was in a glass cloche with a wood base. Isn’t it just wonderful?!
The glass wouldn’t let go of the base, so I soaked the whole mess in a cup of warm soapy water…it just popped right off then. I cleaned the glue off the base and sanded it really well.
I used a turquoise enamel I had leftover from another project…perfect color, distressed it real good after that and I was good to go!
It’s only about 4” tall and makes a great way to display a special seashell or crystal. Oh, and can I interest anyone in a lovely pheasant?
That’s all I have for now…Hope you are having a good week!
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Been wanting to make one of these for a while…
I found this styrofoam ball at the ReStore thrift store in Fort Collins. Crazy to bring a styrofoam ball back from Colorado, but I did. This 8 inch ball is from $12.97 to 14.99 at various stores (Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels) here in town.
One buckaroo! I have been wanting to make a gazing ball using flat marbles. The marbles I had were partly clear so the color of the ball would show through.
I painted it with some left over spray paint and then sponged on various assorted colors, mostly silver metallic, blues, turquoise and green.
At first I just set it down on the table and started gluing the marbles on. Pretty soon I was chasing that thing all around the living room, so I decided to put it in a bowl to keep it from rolling off the table.
It was soooo much easier after that! I glued like marbles in rows, throwing in an occasional 1 inch round marble with a tiny square mirror underneath it. I wanted something that the sun could reflect from…
I just kept adding rows.
I just used hot glue to stick the marbles on. Lots of strings!
It went pretty fast after I got started.
Frosty is not sure, he would have made it a different color!
Now just waiting for some clear grout! I didn’t even know there was such a thing, but Lowe’s had it in stock so I picked some up.
I added some millefiori glass pieces left over from another project, just to fill in the spaces between some of the marbles.
I wanted some type of clear grout/filler. I searched the web and found a product that Lowes carried. Well, when I got to Lowes the worker in the tile department highly discouraged me from buying that product!
So he talked me into buying a clear adhesive grout product…CLEAR…did you catch that? Well, apparently I don’t understand what clear is because this sure looks white to me! So, it is still wet at this point; I hope it dries clear! The white isn’t terrible, but I wanted the colors underneath to show through! I was hopeful that it would dry clear!
Ok, so you can see that it doesn’t look quite as white, but it is not clear either! So….not exactly like I had envisioned but it’s still good!
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