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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Jockeys Up! on: July 19, 2017 05:25:56 AM
My thanks to everyone for the sweet comments.  The pinto is my favorite too but if I'd thought of a rainbow blue I'd have made one & she'd have been everyone's favorite.

We use a long strip of carpet to make a lane for each horse.  It's marked off in squares---only about 6 or 8---but they're large enough for the horse to stand on.  The Jockey stands behind the horse & moves him forward---like a board game.  Our announcer rolls 3 dice & calls off the number for each horse to move.  If 2 or 3 of the same number comes up, the horse moves that many spaces.  Our jockeys dress in outlandish costumes & our inventive announcer gives each horse & jockey a name & background.  He's very dramatic about everything. 

We have a betting window where you can place quarter bets on the race & cheer on your favorite.  No one wins or loses big but we have fun.  We have 6 or 8 races so there are lots of winners.  The races are held after our annual chicken BBQ so it makes a full evening for everyone.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Jockeys Up! on: July 14, 2017 05:15:45 PM
Every year in our retirement park we have a BBQ & horse races.  When I tired of seeing the dreadful posterboard horses we were using, I enlisted the hubby to help cut out new ones from plywood & fasten them to stands.  I then spent a lot of time painting all six them so each was a different color.  Made for more colorful races.

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Gone Fishing on: July 14, 2017 05:01:54 PM
I had an enjoyable time making colorful fish in pottery class.   I strung them with fishing line on a brass ring for hanging.

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Recycled Valentines Butterflies on: March 05, 2017 06:18:28 AM
Thanks for featuring my project on this site.  I should have been here to express my appreciation earlier but have been off the computer for several days. 
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Recycled Valentines Butterflies on: February 16, 2017 10:06:31 PM
These could be for any occasion but this year, for the kids/grands Valentines, I made butterflies from recycled soda cans.  I cropped the tops & bottoms off, slit down the side & flattened the rectangle of aluminum.  I used a marker to trace the pattern on & cut it out with scissors.  A stylus worked to draw in the details & permanent Sharpies gave great colors.  I punched tiny holes in the head with a pin & ran a folded wire from the back to the front thru the holes.  I held a pin behind the head while I coiled the wire ends around it for the antennae.  Then I glued it at the back to hold it in place.  Finished, each measures about 4" x 4".

Each has a small gemstone heart to make it an official Valentine as well as other gemstone embellishments.

I was late mailing them off so I haven't received any opinions on them yet but the cash accompanying them will go a long way to making them acceptable.  It was difficult to get a photo without a lot of glare so this is the best of numerous tries.

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Mermaid Christmas Ornies on: January 07, 2017 07:26:49 AM
When I decided to participate  in an annual ornament gift exchange with a group of my internet friends I returned to one of my favorite mediums---felt---& decided to make mermaids.  I began by drawing her on paper---Free clip-art is great for ideas on this step. I added a seam allowance & printed several copies.  I cut the different pattern pieces I needed from each copy.  I only needed 3 pieces for her but find this method the best when I need a large number of pattern pieces.  I sewed & stuffed all but her tailfin, glued on her hair, gems & shells, & finished the details with paint pens.  When hanging, she's about 7" to the bottom of her tailfin.  Hubby was given the task of choosing which one I kept for us---the orange with yellow gold hair.  The others were well received by all of my friends.

7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pink Panther Costume on: August 28, 2016 01:35:19 PM
We're packing up to move & I found this among my memories.  Daughter & I made it as a grade school costume.  I doubt she was past the 2nd or 3rd grade.  With Halloween looming on the horizon, I think it's appropriate to post it now.
We found a very large paper bag.  Do they still make them?  I slipped it over her head & marked the eye holes.  Then I drew the panther around them & made the reverse on the back.  We used tempera paints & stapled on a torn strip of fabric for the tail.  She wore matching pink pants.  We didn't make armholes but it could easily be done.

I think it looked pretty good then & is still OK considering daughter is now 48 years old.

8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Seafoam (copycat) on: July 16, 2016 03:39:10 PM
Thank you.  I've found all the people here to be very nice---& quite helpful.
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Seafoam (copycat) on: July 15, 2016 11:04:09 PM
Mine is the top one with the green inside & the gloss finish.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Painted garden stakes on: May 18, 2016 01:45:56 PM
Thanks, for the lovely comments but I don't actually have a flower garden.  I have to confess that I'm an indoor person & would much rather paint garden art than tend flowers.  I sell or give most of it away so only one of my garden stakes, my Grandson's & Prism my rainbow egret are displayed at my Florida home.  It's pretty much the same with all of the items I make.  The pleasure is in the creating so I keep very little of it.
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