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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Imprinting on Concrete Pottery on: April 18, 2014 10:58:46 AM
Congratulations! This has been chosen as a Featured Project!  Smiley

Thank you so much, rackycoo. What an honor  Roll Eyes
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Imprinting on Concrete Pottery on: April 08, 2014 04:25:36 PM
They came out wonderful!
What a great cheap way to make decorations for the garden. I'm thinking that I could alter this idea and make cute memorial stones for my pets...if you don't mind me stealing the idea that is!  Grin

Go for it! We're all here to inspire each other.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Imprinting on Concrete Pottery on: April 08, 2014 03:43:02 PM
Hi! I just wanted to share a few of my latest projects. Using a hot glue gun, I traced images inside plastic containers, and then pressed concrete into it.

This one has the chinese character for "long life."

For this one, I used a permanent marker to draw the images on the exterior of the plastic container, then I traced the images inside with the hot glue gun. Once the concrete was set, I used patio paint to highlight the imprints, then whitewashed the entire planter.

Sometimes it's hard to get the glue gun into the container, so I drew an image of a bunny with my glue gun onto a transparency, slipped the transparency into a milk container, and pressed concrete into it.

Now I have to find the right plants to go with each of my concrete containers. Any suggestions?

Here's another twist on the project. I imprinted my nephew's name (in Chinese) on a slab of concrete. Once the concrete set, I immersed it in water and then used a submersible light to light it all up.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Succulents in Jute Purses on: February 09, 2014 03:50:50 PM
Wow! Thank you so much Craftster for featuring this project in the top projects of 2013. Crafting is fueled by a cycle of inspiration: because you're inspired, I'm inspired and vice versa.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Patio Luminary or Night Light on: February 05, 2014 05:16:28 PM
I intended for this to be a night light, but after making one, I think I will make more as patio luminaries.

These are the materials I used. I was lucky enough to find everything (except the wax paper-- I already had that in my pantry) at the Dollar Store:
A glass jar
Wall stickers - I lucked out on this, because the Dandelion and Dragonfly stickers are sold on Amazon for about $5.50 - yay, for bargains!!
Battery-operated tea light
Wax paper

The process:
Ultimately the jar will be displayed upside-down. Clean the jar, apply the stickers to the outside of the upside-down jar. If the jar has curves and bumps, snip the sticker in these areas to avoid any creases. Insert a roll of wax paper. Place the tea light on the inside of the lid. Close, and display.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: I Heart U on: January 23, 2014 08:48:11 AM
Thank you for the compliments! Stillatthetop, I love the suggestion to mount them onto a plaque--thank you!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / I Heart U on: January 22, 2014 12:05:15 PM
In preparation for Valentine's Day, I put this little project together. I still haven't mounted the letters and heart onto a frame.

Here's a little collage of how I made it:

I crocheted the letters and heart out of jute gardening twine, using a J Hook. Alternatively, if you don't crochet, you could probably cut out the the letters and heart out of thick packing paper. The base should be biodegradable so you can plant them after a few months. The crochet stitches help to hold the little stems of the succulents in place.

For the letters, I widened each stitch with a pencil, dotted with tacky glue and inserted a succulent cutting. For the heart, I glued the leaves of the succulents onto the outer edge of the twine. I've found that the succulents will stay fresh for about 2-3 months without any growing medium. By 3 months time, I can just place them on top of some well-drained soil.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / 3 Tiered Display on: January 16, 2014 12:42:07 PM

I decided to make a display out of the cake pans my pastry-chef sister gave me.
The materials: 3 cake pans, 2 jars of the same height (one thinner than the other), E6000 (where would we be without this?)

Here are the steps I used to put it together:

GLUE - Apply glue to the smaller cap and attach to the bottom of the smallest cake pan. Do the same for the larger cap and medium cake pan. In order to help center the cap, I drilled a hole in the center of the cake pan and marked the center of the cap. I could then use the mark as a guide. Let the glue set for about six hours.

SCREW - Screw each bottle onto its respective cap.


9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Jute Bacon on: November 07, 2013 12:47:26 PM
My friends and I were talking about things we just can't live without, and I thought I would fuse some of those obsessions into one piece: succulent plants, crocheting and bacon. The bacon is jute gardening twine, crocheted in two rows of single crochet stitches, and then painted with acrylics to give the look of bacon. What are your obsessions?

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Lavender Wreath on: August 15, 2013 04:19:03 PM
I planted lots of french lavender last year, and today I got a chance to make this wreath:

This Youtube tutorial helped me a lot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2MFFQVRtAg

I barely had enough lavender to make one, so I filled in some gaps with succulent cuttings. I attached those with florist wire.

I still smell of lavender-- a bit nauseating after working with it for over an hour, but the finished wreath made it all worth while.
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