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11  Re: Purple Garden Bowling ball/Gazing ball in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: February 25, 2009 12:35:29 AM
It's very pretty Smiley

I don't know where you live so I don't have any plant recommendations. I suggest you check out lasagna gardening if your yard is totally empty. It would make it easier to establish a garden using this method. I used it on my garden plot last summer and I've never even thought a garden could be so low maintenance. This works for flower beds as well.

I live in TX near Dallas so we have very hot summers.  I was thinking about maybe peas, mint, and tomatoes.

There is a space behind my house that is already sectioned off just waiting for a garden!  It gets lots of sun but it's pretty small so I'm not sure about it but I can always expand  Grin  You can kindof see it below, to the right of the door.

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12  Purple Garden Bowling ball/Gazing ball in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: February 24, 2009 11:04:35 PM
I have been in love with this idea since I first saw it on here.  My fiance and I bought our first house this past fall and I CAN'T WAIT to have a garden this year!  (On a side note, any recommendations on what to grow?).  Since our backyard is virtually empty, basically, we have a hose, and that's it, lol, I thought this idea would be great to "pretty it up".  I finally found bowling balls at my local ReSale for $2 and the perfect holders for $1.  I finished the first one and I am very proud of it, so here it is!  It was originally swirly purple and covered with small clear half-marbles.

By the way, my fiance thought I was absolutely nuts the entire process.  Men.  Roll Eyes

You can see the other holder in the back that I am going to use for the next one

In-Progress - I had to work in sections because they kept sliding around
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13  Resin guitar pick experiment in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by skankamaggot on: February 02, 2009 04:27:36 AM
So I was sifting through a "junk" box looking for things to plop in resin, and I had an epiphany!  Guitar picks!  I tried it and I LOVE it.  I made these three so far with the picks I had on hand and I would love to experiment with this further.  I'm thinking they need some glitter for next time!  I have some other experiments as well, I will post those as soon as I get organized   Roll Eyes

Black swirly pick in oval

Blue swirly pick in oval

This is my favorite!  Transparent blue pick in a teardrop.  I love love love this one.  The pick totally fits the shape I think.  (Please ignore that blue monstrosity in the corner.  That was a dye experiment gone horribly wrong.)

One more because I love this one so much!
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14  Scrabble tiles with scrapbook paper in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by skankamaggot on: January 26, 2009 01:23:07 AM
After seeing all the pretty scrabble tiles on here I had to try it.  I couldn't bring myself to deface MY scrabble game, so I bought some mahogany tiles online.  I used some scrapbook paper I had, drilled holes, and covered them with this paper glaze stuff I found at Michael's because I couldn't find diamond glaze.  I think they came out pretty good.  Despite the fact that after I had glazed each and every one of them I DROPPED them.  On the carpet.  Some face down.  Sigh.  Even after dropping them and picking the fuzz out I still think they look decent and I definitely want to make more (WITHOUT MOVING THEM!  Embarrassed).  Some of them stuck to the paper I was drying them on (why I didn't use wax paper, don't ask me) and some of the edges look a little uneven, that's because there is glaze that is stuck to the back and sides of some of them - again a result of dropping them, the glaze didn't drip.  Oh well.  I still like them.  I used jump rings as bails because my stupid craft store apparently doesn't stock any REAL bails and I will have to order them online.

Here are all of them



Purples - you can see the unevenness on these a lot


Misc - The cream and yellow ones had a really cool raised design on them I thought would show up but the glaze killed it

I think for a first attempt they weren't horrible.  What do you think?
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15  Lots of resin experiements - first attempt - LOTS of pictures! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by skankamaggot on: January 19, 2009 12:16:42 AM
Well this was my first go at attempting resin, and after seeing all the beautiful projects on here, how could I not try it?!?! I picked up some molds at Michaels, one resin mold (the only one they had) and two candy molds - Let me just say DO NOT USE CANDY MOLDS, NO MATTER HOW TEMPTING IT MAY BE!  I KNOW they come in cooler designs - but just don't do it!  No matter how much you like that nautical star design.  Phew, there, I said it.  I couldn't get ANY of the candy mold pendants to pop out, I had to bend and twist and ruin and break the molds with two pairs of pliers and a box cutter to remove them all - WAY too much work.  But I don't think any of my pendants were damaged  Wink

I haven't done anything to them other than spraying them with a clear coat of glaze to get ride of the tacky-ness left of some of them - I sprayed both sides of all of them so they looked even.  No holes yet - I know a lot of people use glue-on bails but I want to try drilling holes.  Has anybody drilled holes in these successfully with an actual drill?  I've seen people used dremels, I don't have a dremel, but I have a real drill and I think I will give it a go.  I already have some dye to experiment with next time, but I need more molds  Grin

Anyway, Here they are.  What do you think?

Don't mind the plate, I'm not super into photo backgrounds like some people around here  Wink

Shamrocks and gold/green stars

Pot of gold - I really like this one, but then again I am half Irish  Grin

Dried flowers

Red hots, hearts, and a red rose with gold stars

Closeup of the rose

Candy Sprinkles - stars, dolphins, dinosaurs, moons, and sprinkles


Seed beads - experimenting on how many to put in

Metallic heart and star beads

Other beads - the top one is a bat if you can't tell

Green Sugar and Girly skull and hearts - the skull and hearts were metallic stickers so they look wonky but they don't really have all to many bubbles (or at least, they aren't as noticeable when there isn't a flash on them  Roll Eyes)

There are a few more I didn't photograph yet (champagne bottles, wee!) because they wouldn't pop out of the molds, but after freezing them for several hours they came right out.  After I take pictures of those I'll add them.

Comments and criticism appreciated, thanks for looking  Smiley
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16  Re: Christmas wreath from yard in Winter Holidays by skankamaggot on: January 18, 2009 10:21:23 PM
I made a little one out of my rosemary  Cheesy

Nothing too fancy but it smells nice.  Don't mind that bit on the left side - it grew an arm  Roll Eyes
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17  Re: Please help me find a pattern! in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by skankamaggot on: January 02, 2009 03:31:00 AM
I'm sure if you'll be able to find the exact pattern you are looking for, but I did a search and I found some interesting color wheel stitchings. 

This one I found on Flickr and it's really neat - it's a color wheel embroidery. 

There is another one on this page 2nd from the bottom that's a square shape

Sorry that is all I could find  Undecided
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18  My very first sewing project - pretty throw pillows in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by skankamaggot on: December 29, 2008 11:47:40 PM
I have been telling everyone that will listen that my fiance got me a sewing machine for Christmas  Grin  The bad part is... erm... I don't know how to sew.  But after reading the manual I was able to figure out how to wind a bobbin, thread both the upper and lower parts, and tried out some different stitches.  After destroying some scraps I decided to try throw pillows, because isn't that everybody's first project?  You can't REALLY screw up two squares and stuffing.  I still need practice on sewing in a straight line but I think they came out pretty nifty for my first attempt and I finished them a LOT quicker than I expected.  I made them with $1.50/yd fabric from walmart.  They are super easy and simple but I am very proud  Grin

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19  Zombies Cross Stitch - Braaaaains! in Needlework: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: December 22, 2008 10:36:14 PM
I made this cross stitch just for fun while I was at work.  My fiance loves zombies.

Fresh off the hoop
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20  "I Kiss Better Than I Cook" Cross Stitch in Needlework: Completed Projects by skankamaggot on: December 21, 2008 10:47:18 PM
I completed this cross stitch last week and I have to say it is my favorite completed project yet.  It took much longer than I had anticipated, about two weeks only working on it on-and-off at work.  The pattern is from Stitch Graffiti: Unexpected Cross-Stitch by Heather Holland-Daly.  I tweaked the pattern just a teeny bit and used colors I had on hand.  I have it framed and hanging in my kitchen and it makes me really happy  Grin

Before ironing

After framing - I really wanted a square frame for this but after going to three stores I could NOT find a square frame in the size I wanted, so I had to settle for this one.

On the wall!
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