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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: First garden attempt UPDATE on: January 26, 2013 03:56:31 PM
I manage to grow 3 pumpkins. They were bigger than a melon but didn't ripen until November. I only took pictures of them when they first showed up apparently.

My strawberry plants are still alive and green even though it's winter. I'd thought they die from the cold, but we've had a mild winter.  The last strawberry it gave was in the beginning of December but was so tiny. I did get another batch of Kale to grow that survived the bugs, they made a tasty salad.

I pruned the apple tree and tied it off for spring growth and continued espaliering. It grew about 3 feet this year! The orange tree is thriving well inside near a window. It's about 2.5 ft.

I'm also growing cilantro inside. I'm thinking about more dwarf tree varieties for large pots to thwart the hungry dogs.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Portrait of a Deer on: October 21, 2012 12:34:36 PM
Nope, it's currently hanging in my office.
3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Giant Spider and victim w/ steps on: October 14, 2012 11:35:09 AM
Thank you!   I actually really hate spiders too. Thankfully this one isn't alive. Can you imagine how hard it would be to kill it if it were alive.
4  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Giant Spider and victim w/ steps on: October 13, 2012 02:19:46 PM
Last year my husband and I created this giant spider. I found a plastic sandbox turtle at the flea market for $5 and I instantly knew what I could do with it. My DH was skeptical but he played along.

We primed the turtle white, then covered it in spray foam for texture. The spray foam was an experiment, but it didn't end up making much of a difference.

Then we spray painted it black.

We screwed 3 pieces of PVC into the bottom using PVC clamps, so the PVC legs would have a place to attach to. At the ends of the PVC there are angled connectors so the legs go up.

I'm missing photos for the next steps but its not hard to imagine.  I created legs out of more PVC and connectors, then I covered them in the foam pipe insulation. We poked holes in the eyes to insert lights. The legs were a bit wobbly in the wind so we used gardening stakes in the ground and up into the legs for support, so they didn't topple over. Screwing the clamps tight prevents the pvc from rolling as well.  I don't remember how much it cost total but I'd guess between $40-$50 for both the spider and victim.

Finished Beast

I created the spider victim by making a 5ft "t" frame out of more pvc. Then I taped a bunch of plastic bags around the frame to make it more human shaped and bulky. Then I wrapped him in the fake snow sheets used in Christmas decorating. Then I wrapped some fake spider webbing around that.  We left him outside for about a month and he held up well to the rain.
5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Burnt skeletons on: October 13, 2012 02:03:26 PM
I made these last year. I already had the cheap plastic skeletons from Walmart and the dollar store from previous years. I wanted creepier skeletons but didn't want to spend a fortune, so I modified my own.

 I covered the skeleton in expanding foam from a tube. Its fairly cheap but it's almost a one use item because the stopper doesn't really work so it keeps coming out of the tube. The spray foam gives it a nice texture.

After the spray foam hardened I painted the skeleton black with acrylic paint, then wiped it off, so the black stayed in the crevices.

Then I painted it a dark red to resemble burnt flesh.

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Rabbit on: September 28, 2012 07:59:22 PM
I know exactly how you feel. I frequently want to create something but then nothing inspires me to draw/paint it. Frustrating!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Water color moose on: September 28, 2012 07:55:58 PM
Thank you. I painted another one mostly because I love moose.
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Portrait of a Deer on: September 22, 2012 08:13:27 AM
Thank you so much!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The Abandoned House on: September 20, 2012 04:47:00 PM
This is amazing! Makes me want to find my own abandoned doll house to convert.
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Portrait of a Deer on: September 20, 2012 04:40:48 PM
I just finished this portrait. I was inspired by a dream I had and Victorian portraits. This is very large (30x40) and took about 6-7 hours to complete. I had painted an ocean scene and then an abstract on this canvas before but I hated both so I painted over them. I modge podged paper onto the canvas then painted over it. I wish I had a man cave or cigar lounge to hang this in.

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