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11  Reyne, a garden fox in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: February 20, 2016 09:53:03 PM
I hate it when I forget to take photos before I begin a project---but I did.  A friend asked me to paint a peeled & faded fox that's been in her flower garden for years.  I've not had much experience in this area but decided to give it a try.  It could always be repainted if I failed.

While I know what a fox looks like, I captured free clip art images from the internet so I could more accurately paint in the details.
 
After a good scrubbing, I sprayed him with a nugmeg colored primer---the best option of what I had on hand.

When he was dry, I began brushing on the different colors.  I was amazed that what I expected to take a day or 2 was finished in less than 2 hours.  It took much longer to brush on the 3 coats of mat finish polyurethane for protection.  I finished with a coat of gloss polyurethane on his eyes & nose.

For a first try, I was very pleased with the result & so was my friend.  We named him Reyne after Reynard, a fox prominent in medieval French fables.






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12  Funky painted bar stools in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: January 10, 2016 08:28:26 PM
When I wanted to add a splash of color to my almost white kitchen, I decided to paint the table height stools I use at the island.  I purchased them online, unfinished.

Since the living, dining, family rooms & kitchen are all fairly open I carried the colors from these rooms to the kitchen.  I also wanted the colors from the photo on the wall represented.

Inspiration was an abstract triptych on the living room wall but I soon abandoned it in favor of my own designs.  I'm very well pleased with the colors & designs but still have to add another coat of paint to the legs because I had difficulty getting it to cover properly.  After they're finished & thoroughly dry, I'll coat them with polyurethane for protection.






 
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13  Flowered tile in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: September 17, 2015 12:39:59 PM
I absolutely love my weekly clay classes.  My latest creation is a tile, approximately 6x8 inches.  I pressed a crochet doily into a slab of clay, then modeled flowers & leaves that I affixed to one end.  I used 2 greys for the tile color, orchid for the flowers & pale green for the leaves.  I achieved the pale colors I wanted.  Getting the colors right seldom happens so I'm very pleased with it & will display it on an easel.



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14  Fall Pumpkin Tutorial in Thanksgiving by Jenxx on: September 15, 2015 08:00:26 PM
I've made the polyfil stuffed fabric pumpkins but find these a bit different.  They're no-sew & use a styrofoam ball as the base.  I've taught them several times at craft seminars & they all turned out quite nicely.
I don't remember who first taught me this craft but recall that it didn't work well.  I soon made my own instructions & pattern.  I'm offering it in case someone would like to try it.









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hope this comes out ok I retyped instructions so they are a little clearer for those who might like it.
Fabric Covered Pumpkins

You will need:
6 (inch) diameter styrofoam Ball.
1/3 yard fall print fabric
Artificial Leaves & berries.
Raffia or ribbon for stem
Green wire.


Also
Scissors to cut fabric
Dull bladed knife- eg butter knife or table knife.
4 Rubber Bands
Hot glue gun and sticks.
T Pins or straight pins.
Round pencil or down rod.

Mak a flat bottom on the styrofoam ball by shaving a small sliver off one side with a serrated knife or bang it on a hard surface several times.

Divide the ball vertically by stretching one of the rubber bands around it.
With the second band divide it into 1/4 (quarters.) vertically.
With the remaining bands divide it into 1/8ths ( one eighths)

Cut a shallow groove to the side of the rubber bands then remove them. Widen and round the edges of the grooves by pressing the knife blad against them.

Cut elliptical pieces of fabric from the pattern. Center one piece over one section of the ball and secure it to the top and bottom using pins.

Using the knife blade press the fabric into the grooves you have created in the ball.
If the ends are too long trim them with scissors
Repeat with the remaining fabric pieces.
Note: Leave the pins in the adjacent sections so the fabric wont be pulled out while you are working on the neighbouring sections.

Poke a hole in the top of the pumpkin for the stem. Place a dab of glue in the hole and insert the stem. Arrange the leaves and berries around the stem and glue into place.

Wrap a length of wire (about 12 inches) around a pencil or down rod to make springy vines to push or glue in place around the leaves and berries.

Fashion a bow from raffia and glue among the leaves.
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15  Yard Bird in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: September 14, 2015 11:06:05 PM
I've been alternating between garden stakes & painted flamingos lately.  For my latest yard bird, I decided to leave the basic Flamingo pink, as is, & just add painted designs over it.  I found the paint didn't adhere well to the surface.  In the past, I've always spray painted the under surface white when painting plastic.   Once I was able to get the designs on, I finished it with 3 coats of polyurethane.  The result is a hard coated finish that shouldn't wear off any time soon.







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16  Solar lit garden stake in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: September 14, 2015 10:43:54 PM
Recently, I've had a lot of fun making solar lit garden stakes.  I even encouraged my grandson to join me for a "Play Day".  You can easily guess which is his---typically male.

Cameron's is made from a 36" wooden spindle I found on sale at the local home improvement.  Hubby drilled a hole in the top to accommodate a solar light (also on sale).  Then he had some nails (spikes) on hand that were about 12" long.  He sawed off the head & drove it part way into the bottom, making a stake that has an overall length of about 4 ft.  I think the bright colors & tribal symbols make it a very unusual piece.

Mine was made from a 2 ft piece of closet rod I found in the basement.  I don't know why it was hanging about but I put it to good use.  It was drilled top & bottom like the other one before I painted it Caymon Blue.  I then added one stroke flowers  & finished it with 3 coats of protective polyurethane.  It measures about 3 ft.





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17  Long Wall Pocket in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: August 22, 2015 06:50:59 PM
This isn't one of my favorite pieces but I'm OK with it.  I mostly don't care for the colors.  In fact, the outside was originally green but, after it was fired, I went over it with a dark brown (fudge) color & had it re-fired.  Some of the green still shows thru but I actually like that.  Over all, it's about 15 " tall.



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18  Butterfly in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: August 10, 2015 10:50:39 PM
I'm very pleased with the newest project from my pottery class.  I printed a clip art drawing of a butterfly onto an 8"x11" paper, cut it out & transferred the markings to a slab of clay.  I draped it over a shallow mold & carved the detail when it was leather hard.  The finish is food safe & the curved shape makes it ideal for use as a serving/candy dish.   I feel it's a much better effort than an earlier version I tried.



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19  Painted Garden Stake in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: July 04, 2015 12:52:00 PM
PAINTED GARDEN STAKE

I found a bag of 5 spindles at a garage sale---each 12" long.  It included the threaded dowels to connect them---all for a couple of dollars.  I think they were originally intended to have boards put between them to make book shelves.  I've re-purposed them & made a garden stake---or 2, or 3, or 4, or 5.  I haven't decided yet.

It's one of those projects that took forever but I'm quite pleased with the end result.  I painted a rainbow of colors on the sections & added small flowers or garden critters to the flat areas (all 80 of them!).  Then I brushed on 3 coats of polyurethane for weather protection.   

Fortunately, I have a great Hubby who's willing to enter in to any project I attempt & help solve my problems.  He drilled out the top of one section so I could push a solar light into it  Then he donated the 12" extension handle from one of his paint rollers so I can make a stake to hold it in the ground.  Screws perfectly into the end of the spindle.

Now I'll have to decide if I want to make one 76" stake or several smaller ones.  I can buy more solar lights & paint roller extensions (these come in different lengths so there are numerous possibilities).   I can see there will be more fun ahead before I completely finish my project.





Work in progress.  Less than half finished.



Painting finished & 3 coats  polyurethane added.



Detail.



Two sections with roller extension & solar light.



Single section
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20  Not-a-flamingo (Anymore) in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Jenxx on: May 31, 2015 07:14:06 PM
I've finally finished my second yard bird & am fairly well pleased with him.  I think he'd stand out in a flock of flamingos but that's OK---different is good.  Painting him was an enjoyable past time that definitely I want to try again sometime.







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