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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Recycled Valentines Butterflies on: March 05, 2017 06:18:28 AM
Thanks for featuring my project on this site.  I should have been here to express my appreciation earlier but have been off the computer for several days. 
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Recycled Valentines Butterflies 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.




3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Mermaid Christmas Ornies 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.



4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pink Panther Costume 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.






5  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.
6  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.
7  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.
8  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.
 

9  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.





10  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!
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