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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Fall Pumpkin Tutorial on: September 15, 2015 08:00:26 PM
I've made the polyfil stuffed fabric pumpkins but find these a bit different.  They're no-sew & use a styrofoam ball as the base.  I've taught them several times at craft seminars & they all turned out quite nicely.
I don't remember who first taught me this craft but recall that it didn't work well.  I soon made my own instructions & pattern.  I'm offering it in case someone would like to try it.







22  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Yard Bird on: September 14, 2015 11:06:05 PM
I've been alternating between garden stakes & painted flamingos lately.  For my latest yard bird, I decided to leave the basic Flamingo pink, as is, & just add painted designs over it.  I found the paint didn't adhere well to the surface.  In the past, I've always spray painted the under surface white when painting plastic.   Once I was able to get the designs on, I finished it with 3 coats of polyurethane.  The result is a hard coated finish that shouldn't wear off any time soon.







23  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Solar lit garden stake on: September 14, 2015 10:43:54 PM
Recently, I've had a lot of fun making solar lit garden stakes.  I even encouraged my grandson to join me for a "Play Day".  You can easily guess which is his---typically male.

Cameron's is made from a 36" wooden spindle I found on sale at the local home improvement.  Hubby drilled a hole in the top to accommodate a solar light (also on sale).  Then he had some nails (spikes) on hand that were about 12" long.  He sawed off the head & drove it part way into the bottom, making a stake that has an overall length of about 4 ft.  I think the bright colors & tribal symbols make it a very unusual piece.

Mine was made from a 2 ft piece of closet rod I found in the basement.  I don't know why it was hanging about but I put it to good use.  It was drilled top & bottom like the other one before I painted it Caymon Blue.  I then added one stroke flowers  & finished it with 3 coats of protective polyurethane.  It measures about 3 ft.





24  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Long Wall Pocket on: August 22, 2015 06:50:59 PM
This isn't one of my favorite pieces but I'm OK with it.  I mostly don't care for the colors.  In fact, the outside was originally green but, after it was fired, I went over it with a dark brown (fudge) color & had it re-fired.  Some of the green still shows thru but I actually like that.  Over all, it's about 15 " tall.



25  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Butterfly on: August 10, 2015 10:50:39 PM
I'm very pleased with the newest project from my pottery class.  I printed a clip art drawing of a butterfly onto an 8"x11" paper, cut it out & transferred the markings to a slab of clay.  I draped it over a shallow mold & carved the detail when it was leather hard.  The finish is food safe & the curved shape makes it ideal for use as a serving/candy dish.   I feel it's a much better effort than an earlier version I tried.



26  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Painted Garden Stake on: July 04, 2015 12:52:00 PM
PAINTED GARDEN STAKE

I found a bag of 5 spindles at a garage sale---each 12" long.  It included the threaded dowels to connect them---all for a couple of dollars.  I think they were originally intended to have boards put between them to make book shelves.  I've re-purposed them & made a garden stake---or 2, or 3, or 4, or 5.  I haven't decided yet.

It's one of those projects that took forever but I'm quite pleased with the end result.  I painted a rainbow of colors on the sections & added small flowers or garden critters to the flat areas (all 80 of them!).  Then I brushed on 3 coats of polyurethane for weather protection.   

Fortunately, I have a great Hubby who's willing to enter in to any project I attempt & help solve my problems.  He drilled out the top of one section so I could push a solar light into it  Then he donated the 12" extension handle from one of his paint rollers so I can make a stake to hold it in the ground.  Screws perfectly into the end of the spindle.

Now I'll have to decide if I want to make one 76" stake or several smaller ones.  I can buy more solar lights & paint roller extensions (these come in different lengths so there are numerous possibilities).   I can see there will be more fun ahead before I completely finish my project.





Work in progress.  Less than half finished.



Painting finished & 3 coats  polyurethane added.



Detail.



Two sections with roller extension & solar light.



Single section
27  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Not-a-flamingo (Anymore) on: May 31, 2015 07:14:06 PM
I've finally finished my second yard bird & am fairly well pleased with him.  I think he'd stand out in a flock of flamingos but that's OK---different is good.  Painting him was an enjoyable past time that definitely I want to try again sometime.







28  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Not-A-Flamingo on: May 29, 2015 01:42:33 PM
Thanks for the positive comments.  I mailed him Wednesday, Deb received him today & decided to display him inside.  I'm working on another now, but with a different look.
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Not-A-Flamingo on: May 29, 2015 11:10:25 AM
He's not a flamingo but I like my new yardbird.  I painted him for a friend & she's pleased with him too.  During his former life, he was pink/coral but I sprayed him white so the color wouldn't show thru.  Then I began by painting large spots of color all over him.  After that it was just a matter of adding the dots, spots & squiggles.  I didn't think I'd EVER finish but it was worth it.  There was too much detail in the wings to paint them the same way so I used the colors I had used for his body.  I clearcoated him with acrylic but don't know how long he'd last outdoors.  My friend can always stick him in a pot indoors or drill holes in a 2x4 & display him as he is in the photo. 







30  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Zen: Horse of a different color on: May 28, 2015 03:09:38 PM
Look what dripped off the end of my paintbrush!  I found this guy at a flea market & thought to give him new life.  I don't know the name of the toy but believe it's for little girls.  I forgot to take a "Before" photo.  He's about 6" tall with movable head & neck.  With Zentangle art in mind, I painted spots all over him & then added the details.  I tried coloring his mane & tail but most of it washed out so there's just a hint of blue to them---I like it.

His name is Zen, of course.





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