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61  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Finished My Seashell Wreath on: June 21, 2014 06:24:02 PM
My boss had a really nice seashell wreath in her house that she made a few years ago. I was amazed by it and I needed to have one for myself.

Here is mine. The materials for it came from AC Moore (for the grape vine wreath), 2 beaches in Norfolk, 2 beaches in Virginia Beach, and 2 shells I had from the Tampa/Clearwater area from several years ago.

Everything is hot glued on. It took a lot of soaking in soapy water and then Lysol to get rid of the stink on these shells. The weird thing is that the items I picked up in Virginia Beach smelled worse than the items I picked up in Norfolk.

I've got:
  • two different kinds of sea grass
    pieces of driftwood
    various shells (some are mussels)
    horseshoe crab shells
    various other crab shells
    mermaid purses
    1 piece of sea glass
    1 Corona extra bottle cap
    a couple of rocks
    some barnacles

This is my boss's wreath, by the way. She said she loves a good hot glue gun project! Smiley

62  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Calvin and Hobbes on: June 07, 2014 06:11:06 AM
They are absolutely beautiful and I'm putting these on Geek Crafts today! Smiley
63  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Leon's Window on: June 07, 2014 06:05:03 AM
This is just absolutely lovely!  And to come from a movie that really stays with you is pretty cool too. Smiley This is going on Geek Crafts today!
64  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: A New Garden Gnome on: June 04, 2014 07:58:02 PM
OMG...KISS gnomes???  Grin I think we need a set of those! My husband would love that! We saw KISS in August 2013 and we are going to see them again this August.

Cute. I love, love, love lawn gnomes. The weather eventually wore their faces off, but I used to have a set I'd tricked out to look like the KISS Army. My most recent project -- completed just last night, and posted a minute ago, actually -- is a garden gnome cosplaying the Tenth Doctor. (Somebody's got to protect my garden from the Weeping Angels, right?)
65  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Finished Fixing Mom's Flamingo on: June 04, 2014 07:55:37 PM
Thanks so much. It was nice to have a project, that was also something of Mom's, to work on. I've been feeling a little out of sorts lately so it's nice to have that to look at in my flower bed. Smiley
66  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Finished Fixing Mom's Flamingo on: June 02, 2014 07:39:53 PM
My mom passed away in November last year. She wanted us to wait until we could all be together, in the spring, to spread her ashes (my husband is in the military and his CO wouldn't let him come home before she passed). So we got together in April to take care of her one last time. One of the things we brought back from our trip home was a heavy stone flamingo that belonged to my mom. It was a little rough looking. having spent at least one Iowa winter outside and several Iowa summers baking outside in the heat.

That one winter it sat outdoors for is what helped to break it's neck. Luckily for me, there is some kind of rebar inside the neck, so everything held together in the bed of the truck on the way back here.

I used a Walgreens knock off of Gorilla Glue, which I was very happy with. The Python Glue is actually thinner and less "foamy" than the Gorilla brand. A couple applications inside the crack was enough to secure the break, but it wasn't enough to disguise it.

For that, I needed to make a couple thin clay collars for it from Sculpey. And since it's oven bake clay, I had to breal down and buy an embossing/heat gun to cure it.

Then I did a quick and dirty paint job on it to set my base colors: just a bright pink for the body and a hunter green for the base. I didn't do any detail work with it. It was just two cans of spray paint.

I painted everything else by brush last night with other colors for the details.

I think my mom would approve of this. I had asked her once before if she'd let me fix it for her and she said no at the time. Now, you've got to get right up on it to see where the thickness and smoothness of the neck changes where the clay and the stone come together.
67  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Big Bang Theory on: May 24, 2014 06:40:45 AM
LOVE IT! ***Rocks***

I'm putting this on Geek Crafts. Smiley Any chance for a pattern?
68  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Monster High Custom- Daryl Dixon on: May 17, 2014 05:47:57 AM


I'm putting this on Geek Crafts right now! Smiley
69  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Release the KRAKEN!!!! Bathroom redo on: May 17, 2014 05:40:50 AM
ROCKS! This is going on Geek Crafts!
70  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Doctor Who lawn gnome on: May 10, 2014 12:47:27 PM
Love this! ***Rocks!*** Going to add him to Greek Crafts today. Smiley
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