I know this is an old post but I love that gazing ball. I's also love to make a water feature from leaves. I can't find any big enough or the right shape here. As for the fortifier. I got a bottle full from a builder friend then promply forgot to add it half the time to my tufa pots. I can't see the difference after 3 years so I guess it'll be okay. I also bought plaster molds---a lady bug, sun, etc for about 50 cents a go and use them (these I use without peat). I hope you made the water feature and post pictures.
You did an awsome job!!! I bought a McCall's pattern to make up one last summer but have been too scared to mess up. It also calls for fiberfill for the arms and I can't find any here...still looking. You are very brave to make this with this type of fabric. I think it came out great. If you want to change something the next time, maybe an applique somewhere. I think it turned out great!! It looks nice and cuddlie. Hope you enjoy it in good health.
Looks like you're off to a great start!!! You got a great find on Craigslist and did a great job in reupholstering the chairs. Very good job. You might want to keep in mind that whatever you do with the tabletop that it will be "scoff" proof.
What an ingenious idea to make some good use of those plastic bags. I like this idea very much since I don't crochet (but then again I had serious hookin' overdose a few yrs back by doing a room rug--big rug). I like the idea of putting it as a welcome mat.I wonder what my kitties would make of it. lol