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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Red flanked bluetail, female on: April 09, 2018 05:57:03 PM
I finally finished my painting and my mom had an extra frame lying aroung that fit it. I started it three years ago. We moved my boyfriend in/out/and in again. Finally I found time to finish it.

The background is plastered for texture and then painted with a 1" flat brush. The bird and branches were done with a 1/2" angled brush and details with a toothpick. Suddenly when I had the urge to finish it my brushes came up missing.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Fall Obsessed on: October 31, 2016 06:43:34 AM
I have always decorated outside for Fall, but not inside. My apartment is a little cramped, even more so with my stepson visiting. I wanted to make things festive for him though. This will be his first Thanksgiving.

I started with the banner I made in a class, then the wreath, and decorated the votive candles on that wall.

When making this pumpkin flower arrangement I used similar red sunflowers to the wreath and different branches. My son made one with different flowers and a gray pumpkin. He then drew a face on it with chalk. I had to put it up high to protect it from the cats.

I then decided to make some Dollar Tree crafts. The terrarium, houses a small start off my spider plant for stepson. The pumpkin was leftover from the wreath. I had chosen the picks for the leaves but didn't want the pumpkins.

These other Dollar Tree crafts are for my daughter's apartment. I made two coordinating wreaths, one for her bedroom door and one for her roommate's door.

My daughter and I both love terrariums, so I made one out of a stemless wine glass and one of my candle holders. I placed the other pumpkin in it. Since did not glue it down, she can change it for other seasons.

I chose two signs to alter. A pumpkin for Alex and an acorn for me. The acorn stayed mostly the same. I just mixed up some chalkboard paint for the bottom half. For hers I had to remove the glitter outer frame, which my son chose to save for another project. The inner pumpkin shape was lacking stem so I used a cinnamon stick and finished with burlap bow.

Since my son enjoyed the pumpkin flower arrangement I had him help and to make this arrangement for his sister.

I decided to make one more thing for the livingroom. I knitted a pumpkin and mixed it with my store bought items. I chose a stick from outside, a couple thin vines that fell off a christmas rehab, a raffia bow and and orange leaf to bring out the orange in the yarn. I think it coordinates nicely with the store bought items.

I am switching gears to Christmas planning now.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Lipstick Swatches on: June 26, 2014 09:06:03 AM
I started keeping my lipsticks and glosses upside down so I could see the label to choose the color I wanted. I was not completely happy with that solution as I was concerned that they might melt or fall into  the cap resulting in an unusable mess. I was inspired by Juleps cap swatches and decided to create an accurate smudge proof swatch.

These are my finished lipsticks.

This is my inspiration; the Julep polishes. Note how easy it is to choose the color you want. Since you are using the actual polish the colors and finishes can be seen.

I had a few thoughts on how this could be done with lip products. One was to apply a sticky dot on lid, apply the lipstick and seal with tape and the other was to create some sort of bubble a lipstick swatch could be put inside. I decided to play with google eyes.

My first thought was to slit the side open to remove the black dot and place the product in. I found that difficult and dangerous, so I made a slit on the top above where the black dot was resting. I was then able to pull the black dot out using a crochet hook.

Two things I noted here. This left the cut edges lifted and rough, I found that if I burnished the smaller side flat I could slide the dot out easier. Both ways left a potential leaking of product. I then decided to fuse or flatten the swatches.

The other thing I noted it is much easier and much safer to prep the bubble while they are still on their sheet. Care should always be used when using an axacto knife as well.

To flatten them I pressed the lids against a hot iron covered with parchment paper. I found that it worked best if you pressed the cut side of the bubble first so you smushed the product into the bubble, not out. I also recommend removing the lid from your lipstick while doing this to prevent any possible melting.

Here is the before of my glosses.

This is the after. You will note some of the thinner glosses had issues of leaking out when sealing. This is before I started pressing the cut edge first. I can still see the color I want to use so they are still functionable.
4  Category Challenges / Bath and Beauty: Challenge Entries / Spring to Fall Frankenpolish on: October 21, 2013 11:25:50 AM
I like to buy cheap little polishes to mix with. That way if I don't like it I can toss or dump it out. These polishes are often under pigmented, but have a base color to start with.

I then chose my loose mineral powder pigments or make up, clear polish, glitters, and polish colors to mix in.

I use my cuticle scoop to add and mix the powders. They powders need to be mixed in well and I sometimes need to thin it with the clear polish. Add a little at a time until you get the color you desire. For a few colors I may have to add a drop of colored polish or even a glitter polish to get the look I want.

Today I started with a sheer peach pearl color and added a pinch of dark brown pigment, a shimmery rose glow powder, a drop of red, 4 drops of clear, and 6 drops of pink glitter polish. Some loose glitters can melt and clump up.

These are more appropriate for fall now. A rosy nude with subtle glitter, an antique gold, a dark burgundy brown, a dark purplish burgundy, and a semi translucent bronze with gold and brown glitter.

This last one was made for adding a darker gradient to the tips. I really liked it paired with this silver gray here.

The burgundy colors were mixed because I did not have an oxblood polish. I like both in their own way. The antique gold was a happy accident found by mixing a sheer gold shimmer with olive eye shadow powder. I think it also looks great with a glitter over it.

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Nesting cross pendants on: July 17, 2013 01:58:32 PM
My son is taking classes for engineering and he made these today. They are working on writing the programs and running the machines.

6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / DIY Nail Decals on: January 27, 2013 04:21:08 PM
Sometimes it can be difficult to paint details on your nails, especially on your dominant hand. When you make your own decals you can have intricate nails in the style you want. For this design I started by putting down two coats of base coat and two coats of color. You do not have to use color as a base. If you only use clear coat it is see through and you can trace a design, choose a base color later, and even see better for placement. I like to use color so I can see better for painting the design. I could also use a nail outline underneath for placement. You do want to use several coats to build up a nice base though. You can paint on parchment or a plastic bag. I like to use a packet with a card for a stable surface. I used acrylic for the design and a top coat to seal it. You need to let it cure for six hours but no longer than a few days to a week or it becomes brittle. If you have made these in advance are concerned you can refresh with a top coat the day before using.

I like to use a straight pin to slide under and release them from the plastic. I get less breakage than using my nails or tweezers to peal them up. Paint a base coat and color on your nail and let it dry. It can be slightly tacky, this helps it adhere, but if it is completely dry it will work like the window clings and become permanent with time. I have one stuck to my table that I left sit too long. Smooth it onto the nail. You can use a top coat to help it adhere before the next step.

Dip a cotton swab into nail polish remover to clean away excess.

You can do all your nails or just one or more accent nails. I still need to to do more clean up around my nails, but you can see I went with a brown polish with an accent nail. I dropped the other decal in my mail clutter so I only did one accent.

7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Minnie Stamped Nail Art on: January 25, 2013 02:11:29 PM

I decided to try my hand at nail stamps. I used Mickey and Minnie this time as it matched two of my scrub tops, it is cute for Valentines Day or just any day. I started with a pearly white on my thumbs and stamped in black for a nice contrast to show off the stamp. I then filled in the red with a dotting tool. I also added red sequin hearts for more color. The rest of the nails I painted red and added an xoxo in black to my ring finger and added a white heart. One of my scrub tops has xoxo on it as well.

I did smudge the base coat on my right thumb. The top coat had streaked the stamped image and I had to start over and rushed it.

8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Velvet and Sequin Nails for the new year on: December 29, 2012 10:30:16 AM
Flocked nails seems to be popular online, but I have not seen it here yet. So, I decided to share my new years version. I started with a base coat of matching polish on all my nails. I actually did a couple coats. For the flocked nails I brushed on one more coat of polish and dumped flocking powder (from the scrapbook dept). I used a soft brush to brush off excess. I had a matching glitter polish that matched so I alternated for fun this time.

I made up a kit with three different matching powders and polish as a gift for my nieces this year.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / RRR Challenge 2 - Beach Necklace: from four generations on: September 05, 2012 06:16:23 AM
For this challenge I used leftover craft materials from four different generations of crafters. I started with a small med vial I had saved to make small terrariums. I had used a couple in swaps. I used leftover fimo from another swap. My daughter and I had made Harry Potter figure charms. I used the fimo to make a stopper for the bottle. I then used thin acrylic yarn/thread leftover from when my mom made needle punch embroidery. I used the needle punch yarn to crochet a cover and make string to wear it. To finish it off I took an extra shell from a craft my grandmother made. I filled it with sand leftover from another swap. I plan to put a message in it but can not decide what it should say.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Garden challenge 2012- making room to garden on: August 26, 2012 04:02:49 PM

As you can see half of my outdoor space gets little sun, the other half is the driveway. That means my garden has to make room for my car, a moped and my bbq and patio furniture. I have to use the space wisely, which is trial and error. I found that planting my root vegetable in the front of the bed and my tomatoes in the back helps. In the spring there is room to share before the tomatoes take over in the summer.
spring bed

summer bed- next year I want cages

I also used a arch to coral some of my pots on one side of the drive. I then placed hanging baskets of flowers and strawberries to double the space. A nice benefit is when you water the top plants they drain into the bottom plants conserving the water and nutrients that can be lost with hanging plants.

I also added a potted plant for the shade this year. Just a little whimsy.

Another fun addition are my moss balls for the bird bath. the birds approved when I managed to keep it full. We have had a hot dry summer this year. The birds also seem to like the grass growing in the driveway.

Yea, for storage. I started the year with bags of mulch and soil lying around and extra pots in a storage tub. This year I found two free work benches and re-purposed them for my needs. The short bench also makes a nice buffet for entertaining.

I have been busy this year, I helped start a potted garden at my daughters and a 2x2 child's raised bed at my sister's house. My nephew had a great time trying different vegetable that I helped cook or straight from the garden. I also added flowers to the other side of the car. Already it had daylilies and my bleeding hearts this year I added a few bulbs and a fushia plant I hope come back next year.
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