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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Spooky Bird House! on: October 13, 2008 04:24:23 PM
I was feeling festive and inspired and decided to make a spooky little birdhouse for Samhain/Halloween.  I'm feeling a little under the weather so it made me feel better Smiley

Thanks for looking!
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature potion shop interior for a small witch! The "craft" area... on: October 11, 2008 03:25:34 AM
As a forewarning, this post is long winded and photo heavy Smiley. So after creating the entrance to a potion shop I was inspired to start work on the interior of the space. I really wanted to stay with the natural feel of things and keep it looking rustic so I utilized as many natural materials as possible, keeping the construction of the furniture to found twigs (mostly Pine and Silver Maple found on the ground). The first interior piece I created was a large witch's workbench with ample shelving above it for bottles and herbs and plants. This is a space I would die for! There's tons of room for crafty spell working and storage. What a clever and small witch must live here. I also added some more whimsical potion ingredients in there, such as "Moondust", "Golden Sunshine", "Mermaid's breath", "Worms" and "Dragon's blood"....

Everything is sculpted using polymer clay and the only premade miniatures were the glass bottles. I guess I didn't make the beads either, but I glued them together with suuuuch finesse  Tongue . The beads are a mix of glass, shell, and plastic. I made more things for this setup such as a small grimoire but I didn't want it to be too crazy, plus I can use them for other miniatures. Also, I'm terribly exhausted. If I miss anything, let me know! Apologies for the lackluster photos.

Starting from the left side of the crafty work space... There is a small broom made with raffia and a Silver Maple twig wrapped with black wire. The shelf below holds a pitcher and two copper pots, one containing a ladle and the other a wooden spoon. A small handwoven basket made from scrapbook paper filled with small eggs sits on the upper shelf. There are several real candles in the picture, hand dipped by me, as well as some potted plants. The top left plant is pieces yanked from silk flowers, then to the right of that is actual Rosemary in the small pot, and to the right of that is Lavender. The rest of the plants are silk. There's also small muslin bags full of herbs as well. And a dinky seashell. There's a basket filled with mushrooms and another filled with bones.

In the center... There are more bottles filled with oils and herbs and other goodies. You also get a better view of the basket of mushrooms and bowl of bones. On this little witches desk space there is a mortar and pestle filled with Lavender flowers. The copper colored bowl is filled with Frankinsense resin, the bowl above it with the more brown herb is filled with Witch Hazel. The red contents of the bowl next to it is Red Sandalwood and the small bowl below it is filled with Spearmint. There's an open bottle of "golden sunshine" and more mushrooms as well as a candlestick. You can also see the bitsy skull in these pictures.
Oh! I nearly forgot about her little teacup! I imagine it's filled with Jasmine tea being that I'm quite partial to it myself  Wink

And the far right... top shelf bottles are Lavender and "Dragon's Blood" as well as a grassy type plant. The second shelf has "Moondust", three lovely jars filled with assorted things, and a glass bottle filled with "Mermaid's Breath". There is also a crystal ball and another lovely green bottle.

Thanks for looking!! Comments/criticism appreciated/welcomed!
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Entrance to The Leaning Lady (miniature pirate bar door) on: August 14, 2008 06:12:05 PM
Here's another one! It's a pirate bar fairy door called "The Leaning Lady". Once again made from fallen twigs and other assorted things. The door itself is 5.5 inches tall and 3.25 inches wide. The whole door including the branches is a foot tall (12 inches).

-The door is a carved piece of balsa wood. It has been stained. The "glass" in the porthole window is a piece of plastic that was colored with a yelliow permanent marker. The wire around the window is held in by straight pin "nails". Door handle is a green branch that was allowed to dry in a curved shape. Hemp twine is around the handle.
- The rocks around the door are pieces of blue sea glass. On the rocks are "barnacles" which are glass beads. The ones with their heads poking out are filled with hot glue and then painted.
- The sail portico is from a cardboard toilet paper roll, as well as the sign.
-The chandelier has a seashell and real candles on it. I hand dipped them with hemp twine as the wick using a ton of scrap wax I have lying around.

The chandelier, along with the door, were the most time consuming pieces EVER. But it was fun.

Thanks for looking!
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Entrance to a miniature Potion Shop! on: August 11, 2008 04:03:43 AM
I started work on the interior of the shop!!!

I was greatly inspired by several of the fairy doors I had seen around here and had always fancied one. I wasn't in a clay mood. I actually wanted to get in the grit since less than a week ago I had retrieved my gobs and piles of craft supplies from storage. Also, I had just recently retrieved a bunch of fallen twigs and pine cones from the backyard sooooo, I mean... I had to make something, right?? It would have been wrong not to. I had originally intended this to be an outdoor fairy door, but I got a little carried away with the exterior decor. There are many details on this little door, I'll do my best to cover them all. If I miss anything, please let me know!

-The door is made from carved popsicle sticks that have been stained and the "nails" in the door are straight pins used for sewing that I actually hammered into the popsicle sticks so other than adding charm, they do add some structural support.... (always stain wood in a well ventilated area.... once again learning the hard way).
-The stones are not tiny pebbles but small pieces of Frankincense resin. Clever, eh? Makes it smell nice Smiley
-The moss upon the twigs and roof is Mugwort, cut and sifted so it no longer resembles itself.
-The portico shingles are made from the individual pine cone... barbs? Not sure exactly what to call them. But they are difficult to remove off the cone. Gotta wiggle them back and forth a lot.
-The tiny broom is a twig and raffia bound by copper wire.
-The "Potions and Brews" sign is made from popsicle sticks that have been painted.
-The little hanging cauldron next to the "Potions and Brews" sign is a plum colored glass bead wrapped with copper wire.
-The lantern to the right of the door is a wooden bead that I hand painted, a black and blue pearlized vintage button, and black wire.
-The door handle, made from copper wire, is functional yet the door is not. Well, at least not for someone of my size....

I'd like to think that what lies beyond this door is a small and dimly lit shop run by a clever and thrifty fae. I can even imagine the smells that would hit your nostrils as you walked in. There would be shelves upon shelves of ingredients and bottles and jars and crawlies. I'd love to create the inside of this shop... perhaps I will...

Thanks for looking!
15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Inkwell to go with my porcupine quill pen!! on: August 09, 2008 07:00:39 PM
So after crafting my porcupine quill and pear branch pens, I decided that the bottlecap I was using as my inkwell just wasn't swanky enough. I looked through my craft stash and I didn't have a small bottle or jar that was shallow enough to act as an inkwell. Anything that was shallow enough had too wide of a lip on it and couldn't be covered with anything I had. I contemplated making one out of polymer clay, but I didn't have any matte sealant around and I was worried that the baked clay would be too porous to hold ink.

While rummaging through my boxes, I found a glass candlestick holder. It was shallow enough and not too wide. But then there's the whole "How am I gonna cover it?" problem. But then, because I still have that impulse purchase problem, I grabbed a cork from a bag of multiple sized corks I had purchased.... I guess it pays for those impulse purchases sometimes, eh? Smiley

And because I just can't leave well enough alone, I wound some thin red wire and spiral beads around the small part of the candlestick holder.

Thanks for looking!!
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Porcupine quill pen!! Labels and ink too. on: August 09, 2008 12:16:03 AM
EDIT: Here's the inkwell I made to go with these lovely pens!

I had no idea where to put this, but I figured since in two of the pictures you can see my labels on my ink bottles that this could be a somewhat likely spot.

A while ago I had acquired some dip pen tips but had no pens to attach them to. I have a problem with impulse purchasing. So for a while they sat very lonely. Then on a whim I purchased a porcupine quill months later and cleverly thought that the two would fit splendidly. So I stuck the pen tip over the end of the quill and wound it tightly with some thin hemp string to keep the tip on and provide a comfortable grip.

Hah! But then I had an extra pen tip left over, and no porcupine quills left. So I found a pear twig I had waiting to fulfill its purpose and whittled the twig down to accommodate the size of the pen tip, shoved it on, and wound it with hemp string again.

These tips aren't wide enough to do calligraphy, but they're great for sketching or writing on small labels and such, which is what I currently use them for. I plan on getting more pen tips to use for calligraphy and the like. I also have some of the ink I've mixed up with the nerdy little labels I made too. I'm working on making my own ink currently. I found a simple recipe and I lack one ingredient, which I'll be hitting up the health food store for it tomorrow. I don't have a problem with using india ink, but I think making your own ink out of herbs and such has so much more personality and meaning to it.

17  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Freshly painted harlequin diamonds on: August 03, 2008 02:41:19 AM
So I recently moved back in with Momma bird to save money and go back to school. Soon after, she bought a new smaller house across town and we've been moving, painting, and cleaning for about a month or so now to give this new house some sassy spark and make it the true fresh start that my Mom wants and deserves. With the new acquisition of a new room, I was beaming with ideas of how to decorate. It's a crazy stressful process, and trying to keep everything on as small a budget as possible makes things difficult, but also provides new and thrifty ways for my Mom and I to make this house a home. So paint was the first thing and we began with the basement, my room more specifically.

Here's the original color of my basement bedroom. Almost a khaki/sandy color, which wasn't too terrible, but was too beat up to be salvaged. Plus there were a ton of dime sized holes in the walls. So after some spackling and sanding, I was pumped to paint. You can also see the tealy blue color we chose for the rest of the basement in the second picture there.

I wanted something mature, and slightly feminine. But something that still appealed to my artsy side. I've moved around a lot in the past few years like a gypsy which hasn't provided much opportunity for complete redecoration. I lived in apartments and rented townhouse rooms, none of which provided permanent decorating solutions. You know the drill. I also needed to take into consideration that I have no windows in my room, so light would be an issue. I own a really ridiculous combo of french/thrifted/ikea furniture but I wanted to play with the thrifty french idea a little more. I wanted a pattern or something like that on one wall, and chose harlequin diamonds. For the walls, I picked "Vintage Taupe" by Behr for the walls, and a similar color to "Shy Violet" in Behr for the diamonds, but in a cheaper paint to save moolah. Unfortunately this caused several problems since it was a cheaper paint but it's nothing that can't be worked through.

Sadly, none of the photos do the color justice. But trust me when I tell you that the Vintage Taupe was a drastic change from the previous wall color. Anywho, so after painting the walls and then the trim an Antique white, I began doing the measurements for the diamonds which would be on the back wall of the room, or the first wall you see when you walk in the room.

Here's the back wall. Closet door on the left there.

I'd just like to say that taping is a pain and quite possibly the biggest pain when it comes to painting... it is the bane of my existence. Also, you need to wait for the wall to dry completely before you put tape on it. Or bad things happen (learns the hard way).

Also, No matter how hard I pressed the tape down, I still got furry edges on my diamonds, but its only noticeable when your face is a foot from them so I'm not pressed.

And don't rip the tape off like it's a pretty boy's pants because you could do damage to the paint. (still learns the hard way...)

And here's what I have so far! I think it looks pretty fancy. I was also thinking of edging the diamonds in a small metallic outline. Gold maybe. And I realize that there might not have been much of a point to painting the wall with the bed there, but it's the only one that would look good. I also apologize for the lack of furniture and decor (and I have a lot of decor to put up and arrange), but I just put my bed in the room this evening. Oh, and you like how my tv is smaller than my computer monitor?? Yeeeeah... guess which one I love more. Heh. I'm also in the process of painting my bathroom the same color as the harlequin diamonds... but that is still a work in progress since I'm having issues after I stripped the wallpaper away so that's another story.

This is just the beginning of the projects we've started in this house. This is my first post, but certainly not first project. I'd love some feedback!
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