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1  Recycled Valentines Butterflies in Valentine's Day by Jenxx on: February 16, 2017 10:06:31 PM
These could be for any occasion but this year, for the kids/grands Valentines, I made butterflies from recycled soda cans.  I cropped the tops & bottoms off, slit down the side & flattened the rectangle of aluminum.  I used a marker to trace the pattern on & cut it out with scissors.  A stylus worked to draw in the details & permanent Sharpies gave great colors.  I punched tiny holes in the head with a pin & ran a folded wire from the back to the front thru the holes.  I held a pin behind the head while I coiled the wire ends around it for the antennae.  Then I glued it at the back to hold it in place.  Finished, each measures about 4" x 4".

Each has a small gemstone heart to make it an official Valentine as well as other gemstone embellishments.

I was late mailing them off so I haven't received any opinions on them yet but the cash accompanying them will go a long way to making them acceptable.  It was difficult to get a photo without a lot of glare so this is the best of numerous tries.




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2  Mermaid Christmas Ornies in Winter Holidays by Jenxx on: January 07, 2017 07:26:49 AM
When I decided to participate  in an annual ornament gift exchange with a group of my internet friends I returned to one of my favorite mediums---felt---& decided to make mermaids.  I began by drawing her on paper---Free clip-art is great for ideas on this step. I added a seam allowance & printed several copies.  I cut the different pattern pieces I needed from each copy.  I only needed 3 pieces for her but find this method the best when I need a large number of pattern pieces.  I sewed & stuffed all but her tailfin, glued on her hair, gems & shells, & finished the details with paint pens.  When hanging, she's about 7" to the bottom of her tailfin.  Hubby was given the task of choosing which one I kept for us---the orange with yellow gold hair.  The others were well received by all of my friends.



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3  Pink Panther Costume in Halloween Costumes by Jenxx on: August 28, 2016 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.






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4  Re: Solar Path Markers in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Jenxx 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.
 

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5  Solar Path Markers in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Jenxx 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.





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6  Dragonfly in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Jenxx 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. 











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7  Painted garden stakes in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Jenxx 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.














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8  Painted Flamingos in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: February 20, 2016 10:49:21 PM
I've been painting flamingos again & thoroughly enjoying it. 

I had Fall colors in mind for the one I gave a dear friend.  She loved it & placed it immediately in her front flowerbed.
 
Another, for our community's Christmas gift exchange, was a great success if it's gauged by the number of people who wanted it.  I tried a lighter, more pastel palette on that one.

The most recent is named Mardi for the obvious reason---She's done up in mostly Mardi Gras colors of purple, green & gold.

I haven't decided which is my favorite yet but am well pleased with all of them.











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9  Reyne, a garden fox in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: February 20, 2016 09:53:03 PM
I hate it when I forget to take photos before I begin a project---but I did.  A friend asked me to paint a peeled & faded fox that's been in her flower garden for years.  I've not had much experience in this area but decided to give it a try.  It could always be repainted if I failed.

While I know what a fox looks like, I captured free clip art images from the internet so I could more accurately paint in the details.
 
After a good scrubbing, I sprayed him with a nugmeg colored primer---the best option of what I had on hand.

When he was dry, I began brushing on the different colors.  I was amazed that what I expected to take a day or 2 was finished in less than 2 hours.  It took much longer to brush on the 3 coats of mat finish polyurethane for protection.  I finished with a coat of gloss polyurethane on his eyes & nose.

For a first try, I was very pleased with the result & so was my friend.  We named him Reyne after Reynard, a fox prominent in medieval French fables.






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10  Funky painted bar stools in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: January 10, 2016 08:28:26 PM
When I wanted to add a splash of color to my almost white kitchen, I decided to paint the table height stools I use at the island.  I purchased them online, unfinished.

Since the living, dining, family rooms & kitchen are all fairly open I carried the colors from these rooms to the kitchen.  I also wanted the colors from the photo on the wall represented.

Inspiration was an abstract triptych on the living room wall but I soon abandoned it in favor of my own designs.  I'm very well pleased with the colors & designs but still have to add another coat of paint to the legs because I had difficulty getting it to cover properly.  After they're finished & thoroughly dry, I'll coat them with polyurethane for protection.






 
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