Please pardon my mess I am doing a little blog makeover.
I went back to playing with my faux ceramic paste this week. This time I decided to try more of a metallic finish. The process is pretty much the same as my first faux ceramic finish which you can find here. For these tins I applied a slightly thicker layer to the outside top and bottom of the cans and allowed them to dry for at least 24 hours before painting with a primer coat and a top coat of silver metallic paint. For the antique finish I used the same technique as I did my paper bracelet here.
The "labels" are made from salt dough. There are tons of recipes out there and the flour to salt ratio is anywhere from 4 to 1, 2 to 1 and even 1 to 1. I used 4 parts flour to 1 part salt and added water until it was the right consistency.
I cut the oval shape with the protective cap that comes on women's deodorant. :-) Dried them over the cans to shaped them after adding the design which was "carved" with a tooth pick. The labels are painted with finger nail polish and attached with E6000 glue.
The final step is a coat of polyurethane to seal and add some shine.
As projects go I think that this has potential even though I am not completely satisfied with my first results. What would you change? I think they might look better in all silver. Maybe they need a different decoration all together?
Oh well I am probably on to something completely different next week.
You might be wondering why I am making my Halloween costume in the middle of July. Let me assure you that I am not that organized and in truth I threw this costume together only days before I needed it.
The reason for Minnie Mouse is an annual moonlight bike ride that the hubby and I have participated in for the last several years. Its quite a lot of fun with thousands of participants and an easy ten mile route. Not everyone wears costumes but many people do. We enjoy the silliness of it all.
The hubby has been prepared with his costume for quite some time but I have been struggling with costume ideas for the last few weeks. I finally came up with the Minnie Mouse idea in the middle of the night, when most of my ideas hit me :-)
It fit all my necessary criteria. shoes I can ride a bike in, the helmet is part of the costume and of course most importantly all of the materials required were already on hand.
1) Duct Tape (because almost every project is better with Duct Tape)
2) Corrugated Cardboard (If you are reading this I know you have some cardboard stashed somewhere)
3) White printer paper
4) Black trash bag
5) Red Plastic Table Cloth (If you don't have one you can use more black trash bag)
6) Small piece of Velcro (A safety pin would work too)
7) Red Ribbon (you know you have some with all that extra wrapping paper)
8) Yellow canvas shoes (or you can dye some white shoes with turmeric from your spice cabinet. That's what l did. :-)
9) Long sleeve black shirt
10) Red Tank Top
11) Black Bike Shorts
12) Black knee high socks
13) Bike helmet (or some hat or headband would work too)
14) White gloves
15) Polka dot-purse (or add some of the paper dots to a solid black purse)
3} E6000 Glue
4) Computer and Printer (or small round object to hand trace circles)
5) Tape measure
6) Clothes Pins
Once I had the idea the whole thing went together really easily. I love that kind of project don't you?
The skirt is made from a long piece of red tablecloth hand gathered onto a piece of white duct tape for the waistband.
I worked in quarter sections when gathering the skirt on to the duct tape so I wouldn't have to deal with such a long piece of tape.
The circles are made from white paper printed from the computer cut out and stapled into place.
I made the skirt about 4 to 6 inches longer than my waist measurement so that it wraps around and hooks together with a piece of Velcro that I stapled on to the duct tape waistband.
I didn't want the back of the staples to get caught on anything so I covered them with a small piece of duct tape.
I thought that I might have to add an another layer of plastic to make the skirt puffy enough but the one layer was stiff enough to make a full skirt.
I cut some circles from the cardboard for ears....
and used the duct tape to attach them to the helmet.
I covered the cardboard ears and the helmet with the black plastic from the trash bag. The red bow is made from part of the tablecloth, more stapled paper circles and attached with glue.
For the shoes I really did go to the spice rack for dye.
If you search on line you will find more technical ways to use Tumeric as a dye but for my purposes all I did was fill the sink with hot water and add the Tumeric stirred the water and let my shoes soak for an hour or so.
Then I tossed them in the dryer with an old towel. Made some bows out of some left over Christmas ribbon and glued the bows onto the shoes.
Do you have a Bucket List?
I made one for myself some years ago but I am ashamed to admit that I don't even know where it is. Truthfully I am pretty sure that I have made more than one. Would I be pleased or disappointed by what I have done compared to what I set out to do? Perhaps I will gather up the courage to seek out my lists and do a mental inventory. Perhaps I won't. I like the concept of a bucket list but not the idea of using it as some kind of scorecard.
"I did all the things I set out to do by the time I was 30, so A+ for me."
"Why can't I seem to get any of the things done that I say I want to do F-"
and so on.
Don't get me wrong I think that it is important to think about the new experiences that we would like to have. In college I just knew that I had to see the Parthenon before I died. But now it is not so important so F- on that one I guess. Still trying new things is part of what keeps us alive and interested in the world around us. But I don't want to have a list of all the places that I will never be able to visit or worse yet a pitiful list of two or three things.
1) Hot Air Balloon Ride
2) Zip Lining
3) I guess I have to go with 2 for now :-)
It's not that I don't want to do these two things I am just not sure that I want to think of them in terms of yes or no, good or bad, I did it or I didn't do it. It is pretty weird for me to say this because, normally, I love lists. I love checking the box or crossing off the item to say look at me yes I did accomplish this. Yea! I really am proud of myself for picking up the dog poop and doing the laundry!
I guess that my problem with a bucket list is that it seems to be about things in the distant future and the older I get the more I want to draw things in to the here and now. Why have a list of things that you want to do someday? Why not have a list of things that you try to do every day?
And so I give you my slightly non-traditional bucket list of how I want to try to live my life.
Do you have a favorite t-shirt or pair of pant? You know the go to item in your closet that you choose for both comfort and style? Well I have a few such items in my closet and this top was one of them. I love the square neck line and the drape of the fabric and perhaps most importantly the way it disguises my middle age ever expanding waist line.
But, as with all well loved clothing it was showing some wear in the form of the dreaded armpit stains that made it suitable only to wear as an undershirt. But the other day I noticed that practically all of the stain was on the sleeve and not on the shirt itself. So with just a little bit of cutting and sewing an old shirt is new again. :-)
I do hope the you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend. And as always...
Just a quick post today.
I am working on a bigger project but I didn't quite get it done this week. Happily I thought of this fun quick little project. If you follow this blog you may already know that I have worked on some different jewelry project made from old watch parts. I made some bracelets here. And some earrings here and here. Today I have another new project using the old batteries from these watches. All you need for this project is a ring base E6000 glue and some old batteries.
A while back, let's call it March 13th, I shaved my head for St Baldrick's to help fund children's cancer research. If you have followed this blog you are already painfully aware of some of the hand wringing that I did leading up to this decision. Well it is now June 19th and I am well into the portion of this adventure that caused the most angst.
Let's call it the clown hair stage.
I do say this somewhat in jest but it is, in all actuality, a fairly accurate description. It has just been the last week or so that I have been able to, if I use the term very loosely, style it. And by style it I mean squirting fistfuls of heavy duty product into it and slicking it down as best I can.
Now I am not going to say that I made bald look great but the first month of baldishness I at least felt that I looked somewhat exotic but somewhere around the beginning of month two, when the men in our head shaving group were getting the hair re-cut and the women in the group were sporting cute little short hair styles that lay in pleasant lines, albeit short ones, upon their heads, looking something like this.
my hair was and is doing this.
Now I think we can all agree that Mr. Einstein managed to make this Look iconic, on me, however, it is just plain silly. Still Albert was a proponent for curiosity and one of my reasons for shaving my head was a strong curiosity about, not only what it would feel like to be bald but what I would look like as my hair grew back in. And while the outcome so far is a little ridicules the experiment is ongoing. :-)
But let's get on with today's project shall we. It started with a large tin can and the need for a place to store some of my cooking utensils.
I have been wanting to try using this home made embossing paste recipe since I found out about it and while I originally thought that I would use it on an art journal page it occurred to me that I might work for this project. All you need are the three ingredients in this photo and detailed instruction are in the link above.
So I mixed some up.
And started slapping it on my tin can.
Once the can was completely covered I set it aside to dry.
Now here is where it gets a little weird. But for some reason I decided to make a design out of spaghetti, puffed rise and split peas. Maybe I was reminiscing about some third grade craft project, anyway I laid out a pattern.
I knew that I was going to have difficulty attaching the straight spaghetti noodle to the round shaped can so I thought, what the heck, and cooked them. :-)
Once the noodles were soft and cooled a little I cut them to the length I wanted and commenced gluing my pattern onto the can with more of my homemade embossing paste.
I used a hair dryer as I went along to help speed up the drying process.
Once the pattern was complete I covered the whole thing in another coat of embossing paste.
Added a coat of white paint
Once the paint was dry I added some accents by dry brushing on two different shade of gray paint.
The last step is to seal it with some polycrylic glossy finish.
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."
You can understand why I like this quote as I feel it supports my crazy project making. And while Albert Einstein is better known for his theory of relativity than for any experiments with pasta, it would be re-miss, I think, to conclude that he had never done any. Hence I feel a new connection to this brilliant historical figure and aspire to stretch my imagination as far as it will go. I will probably never receive a Nobel Prize for creative pasta uses but I feel that I have Albert's full support and if nothing else we will always have the hair.
So while you may not have any interest in using last nights leftovers for your next craft project I say dive in and make some spaghetti sauce finger paint. :-)
I do hope that you are having a lovely June where ever you are. As I have mentioned in a few previous posts we have had an unusual amount of rain this spring and summer. I guess that officially summer begins on June 21st this year but in my mind it begins on June 1st. Be that as it may, we have still had a lot of rain in May and June. If you follow this blog you may know that I had cleared a small area to plant my first vegetable garden but due to all the rain I didn't know if I would ever get it planted.
I finally got a few seeds in the ground last week and this morning my tiny garden looks like this.
on with today's super simple project. A few weeks ago I made this bird feeder
For part of it I used a gallon paint can lid which left me with and empty paint bucket and the idea for another project.
I don't have a real flower garden in my back yard but I do have lots of pots with flowers and I do like all the pops of color around my yard so I decided to make a few more small pots for the patio.
Empty paint can
Metal Candle Stick
For this simple project all you need to do is clean out your paint can. Punch a few holes in the bottom of the can with the hammer and nail, glue the candle stick to the bottom, allow time for the glue to dry and fill with some flowers.
It is a beautiful sunny morning here and I have just a few hours to get this post done before I am off to all my other daily activities. I do hope to get back on a regular schedule of posting on Fridays but the summer does seem to draw me outdoors and add several more activities to my days. So no promises but I do at least have a few more projects in the works that I am excited to share with you in the next few weeks so we will see what happens.
This weeks project or projects were inspired by my need to get more on top of all the summer activities. It was fairly simple to do but did take a little while to put together. I started with an old shadow box that I had purchased years ago and never use for anything. Below is a quick time lapsed video of how it went together.
For the calendar squares I used some 4 x 6 photo paper cut into 4 x 4 squares. The paper came with my printer when I bought it and I still have a stack of the stuff but little by little I am finding uses for it. The yellow colored squares are painted / dyed with orange and yellow home made alcohol ink which I wrote more about in a previous post here.
After I finished the dry erase calendar I decided that I needed another space for a "to do list" and groceries so I bought this frame for a couple of buck and painted it to match.
The pen holder is made from an old shampoo bottle and attached with a plastic suction cup I had laying around the house.
So here is to hoping that these will serve their purpose of helping me to stay more on top of things.
The hubby is always supportive of my projects but he has complimented this one several times although he admitted that he likes the calendar with all the fun activates more than the to do list. :-)
It took exactly 1 month 2 days 32 hours and 10 seconds (Ok I totally made that up it was really approximately 4 weeks) for my neighborhood squirrel population (or maybe it was just one squirrel) to make this........
and while I am feeling a little hostility toward the afore mentioned squirrels for the total demolition of yet another bird feeder (see first bird feeder Here and second attempt Here) I am also suffering a few pangs of guilt for the probable plastic bottle squirrel poisoning. I do hope they have strong stomachs and suffered only minor side effects.
I have read some articles that indicate that animals can't pass plastic which doesn't make a lot of sense and after having cleaned up the dog poo for years I can only say......well maybe my dogs are just special. Not that I have every purposely fed them plastic but.... well they are dogs and sometimes they eat things when I am not looking. And let's be clear here, I don't spend a lot of time analyzing the stuff on the other end but sometimes you can't help but notice, and quite honestly be thankful, that they were able to get ride of whatever strange / gross thing they had in their stomachs. At any rate I am certainly not proposing that is it a good idea to feed plastic to anyone, human or otherwise. But in an attempt to assuage my guilt of feeding 13.27659 grams (this number is a completely fabricated estimation) of #2 HDPE plastic to a 1 pound squirrel (this is the average weight of a squirrel according to a Google search.) I set out to find a little more information.
After about ten minutes of investigating, I concluded that my head might explode.
I know that plastic is a hot button item with the environmentalists and I would agree that our US consumption of the stuff is too high, but I can't quite get myself to demonize it as some do. And while the plastics industry might want us to believe that the stuff is made with such harmless ingredients as sunshine, rainbows and butterfly kisses I do realize that there are some harmful effects. But trying to figure out the answer to any specific questions gets quite complicated. For instance, bottled water bottles. Some say that they are for single use only because when you reuse then some of the chemicals migrate into the water. But why didn't they migrate into the water the first time the bottle was used? And what chemical is it that might have migrated into the water? And how much of it migrates and how fast does it migrate and how bad is it for you really any way? And what makes reusable plastic bottles better? And how much better are they? And if you can't find the answers to these questions how likely are you to find out any real usable information on the effects of plastic consumption in squirrels.
So after reading a list of some of the possible side effects of plastic on humans and the environment ranging from cancers to learning disabilities to birth defects and death. I abandon my search and decided that in this case I would be happier if I adopted the sunshine, rainbows and butterfly kisses version of plastic. Of course if I find a 6 foot radioactive squirrel in my yard tomorrow I reserve the right to change my mind.
Anyway, after three failed attempts to make a squirrel ready bird feeder you might think that I would move onto more promising projects but you would be wrong. :-)
First of all because I am stubborn.
Secondly because I am competitive (not so much with humans but it is hard to capitulate to a small furry creature that is less than 1% of my body weight)
And Thirdly because I still want a bird feeder.
So here it is Bird Feeder number 4.
Empty Plastic Bottle
8oz Tin Can
Empty Paint Can Lid
Metal Candle Holder / Stand
Spray paint the plastic bottle lid and the paint can lid.
Remove the can lid and punch holes on the bottom of the can.
Use a small hammer and sandpaper to flatten and smooth the openings.
Cut the plastic bottle to the desired size.
Use E6000 glue to attach pieces together.
And decorate as desired.
Happy Memorial Day. l do hope you had a lovely weekend.
The sun has finally come out after an extremely long stretch of clouds and rain and l am hopeful that the worst of the weather is past and we can get onto sunnier days.
Today's project is super simple but I have already found it quite useful. Those are the. best kind of projects aren't they? l am sorry if you are tired of the tie dye projects but I just couldn't help myself. l kept finding things to throw in the dye. Rest assured that l have finally dumped out the dye so next week l will have to move on to something else.
If you missed my other two tie dye projects you can find the shorts here and the dress here. They were somewhat more impressive projects but given the recent whether conditions here I have gotten a lot more use out of this little project then the other two.
All you need for this project is a wash cloth and two hair bands or rubber bands. You don't have to use the tie dye. l did because as you can see my washcloth had gotten greyish and well still had this big pan of dye.
To make the soap saver first fold the washcloth into thirds. Wrap the hair bands around each end and then place all your little soap pieces inside and you are ready to go. Once the soap is gone it is easy to turn your soap saver back into A regular washcloth.
Awhile back l made some picture charm bracelets from old watches and since then l have been looking for ways to use the leftover parts. So l made some earrings from the watch buckles and some necklaces from the watch faces.