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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pink Panther Costume on: Today at 01:35:19 PM
We're packing up to move & I found this among my memories.  Daughter & I made it as a grade school costume.  I doubt she was past the 2nd or 3rd grade.  With Halloween looming on the horizon, I think it's appropriate to post it now.
 
We found a very large paper bag.  Do they still make them?  I slipped it over her head & marked the eye holes.  Then I drew the panther around them & made the reverse on the back.  We used tempera paints & stapled on a torn strip of fabric for the tail.  She wore matching pink pants.  We didn't make armholes but it could easily be done.

I think it looked pretty good then & is still OK considering daughter is now 48 years old.






2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Seafoam (copycat) on: July 16, 2016 03:39:10 PM
Thank you.  I've found all the people here to be very nice---& quite helpful.
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Seafoam (copycat) on: July 15, 2016 11:04:09 PM
Mine is the top one with the green inside & the gloss finish.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Painted garden stakes on: May 18, 2016 01:45:56 PM
Thanks, for the lovely comments but I don't actually have a flower garden.  I have to confess that I'm an indoor person & would much rather paint garden art than tend flowers.  I sell or give most of it away so only one of my garden stakes, my Grandson's & Prism my rainbow egret are displayed at my Florida home.  It's pretty much the same with all of the items I make.  The pleasure is in the creating so I keep very little of it.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Solar Path Markers on: April 18, 2016 07:34:06 PM
I buried it shortly before we left for Florida last fall.  Hubby mowed over it a few times & it survived intact.  I expected it to be crushed & broken when we returned 2 weeks ago---That's why I waited until now to post the idea.  It's fine.  I just took another photo to show how it glows at night.

I used the 16 oz pickle jar because it was handy.  Any size jar would work as long as the solar light fits inside.  If the jar is too short you could always twist off the clear plastic part & use the remaining solar panel with the light bulb underneath.  I left it on because I felt it would reflect more.  Also, I will bury the next ones just a shade deeper so it's more level with the ground.  I didn't allow for the soil compacting around the jar.
 

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Solar Path Markers on: April 16, 2016 07:07:55 AM


I had an idea last Fall that I implemented shortly before we left to spend the winter in Florida.  I returned recently & checked to see if everything had survived intact.  SUCCESS!

I live in the country & it can get pretty dark out there at night.  We have security lights for the rare times we have to go to the out building at night but I've found that the light isn't aimed quite correctly so it doesn't go on right away if I leave by the side door.  Rather than asking hubby to add another light, I made a solar path marker.  So far there's only one because I wanted to test it first.

I used a glass jar (probably a pickle jar), a cheap dollar store solar light that's smaller than the jar & some aluminum foil.  The strip of foil---glued to the inside of the jar & lid---made it more reflective.

I hot glued the solar panel---minus the stake part---to the bottom of the jar so when I turned it over, the solar panel could pick up the sun's rays thru the glass. 

When I screwed on the lid, it was pretty much weather resistant.  I buried it level with the ground just off the edge of the concrete by the workshop.  At night it gives off a soft glow in the grass.
 
We can mow right over it & unlike stepping stones, it's almost invisible during the day.   The plan is to collect more jars & bury them at intervals across the yard so I'll have a lighted pathway to the workshop.  I think they'd also be great placed randomly in a flower garden.





7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Frogs and snails and bugs, oh my! on: April 06, 2016 04:25:48 PM
These are all adorable.  I especially like that you designed them yourself.  Kudos!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Dragonfly on: March 25, 2016 10:45:30 PM



Pinterest gave me inspiration for my latest project---a dragonfly made from ceiling fan blades.  I found them & a single chair leg at my local Habitat for Humanity.  Each piece was about 25 or 50 Cents.  I also found a glass garden globe on clearance for about $1.  Most of what I spent was a lot of time.

I laid the chair leg & fan blades on a piece of paper, in the proper shape, & drew around the center section to make a pattern.  Before cutting the pattern, I folded it in half lengthwise so both sides would be the same.  I transferred the pattern to a scrap of plywood & my very sweet husband cut it out for me. 

I adapted a clip art drawing of a dragonfly to fit my needs & painted it on the blades.  I finished with 3 coats of polyurethane for protection.  Using the original holes in the fan blades, Hubby helped me drill & bolt everything together with stainless steel nuts & bolts.  He cut most of the spike from the garden globe & drilled the top of the chair leg so it would fit for the head.  We added a wall hanger to the back but could have mounted it to a stake to display it in a flower garden

Over all, I'm pleased with it & already have friends wanting help in creating their own. 











9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Painted garden stakes on: March 25, 2016 10:27:16 PM
I'm still enjoying making painted garden stakes from recycled wooden spindles & poles. A stair handrail that is flat on one side & was originally used as a drapery rod made 3 different stakes.  One was a flag pole that hung from a wall bracket.  The others are used wooden spindles.

I added wooden finials or solar lights to the top & either metal spikes or copper tubing to the bottom. 

My grandson deserves credit for painting the one with green zigzags. 

All have 3 protective layers of polyurethane.














10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Eldred (formerly Elsie) on: March 12, 2016 05:41:21 AM
The feathers are from a pkg of multicolored ones I purchased at one of the craft stores.  I chose the small,grayish fluffy ones & hot glued them into the seam before I sewed it.  I put the glue far enough inside the seam edge so I could still sew it.  For the wing tips, I placed a short feather far enough inside the wing so only the end tuft shows.  The center vane is inside.  I ran a thin line of white glue around his neck & pressed small scraps of feather clippings into it.
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