Funny Picture Friday

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Following this new plan of blogging daily, and my little  theme nudge in a direction, we are on Free Day Friday. Free Day Friday will feature a product that I am in freaking out about  in love with, a funny picture, or some fun tidbit that I have come across.  So, for today…

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Funny Picture!

What are we looking for?

There was a time in my life when I rode horses.  At some point in my future, I would like for that to happen again.  First, we need to get out of this house, and move to the farm.

These ponies, with their heads buried, remind me of the horse I had when I was a teenager. His name was Big Gee, and he would eat anything! 

Happy Friday everyone!

J.

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Thinking About… Books!

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It is Thursday. Time to think about my blog. Well, I say that because, I have been working on some projects and ideas for my blog. I have come up with a vague theme for each day, and am going to work hard to stick to it.

So, without further ado, here you go.

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I have been thinking about books. Recently, I have been rereading a couple of series.

I have just finished rereading Harry Potter. Before that, I reread my Kitty Series. Kitty is a werewolf, who just finds herself in a bit of trouble. The books are light hearted, with just enough mystery. I just read Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovitch.  I believe there are currently 18 in the series, but, I am waiting for copies of the rest to resurface at the library.

The rereading her mostly happened because I finished the last book that I had in my pile, and my local library did not have anything that was ringing my bell. So, what I need is some recommendations.

I like easy to read books. I like mysteries, comedies, and some romance. I also like books that have a little bit of the supernatural.

If you have read a book lately that you love, or that you would recommend, please feel free to let share!

Thank you!

J.

 

Sticking With the Owl Theme

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While my nieces were here for a week, we were burdened with some bad weather, and spent a lot of our time crafting. They went home with a gallery (literally, they created a gallery to tour their parents through) of projects.  Some I did with them, others I just helped them with.

One of the ones I did was this owl. We purchased $3 picture frames, and painted on the glass. We used acrylic paint. We printed drawings that we liked, and taped them to the frame. The hardest part of this project is making sure that you paint things in the right order. Think of it like layers of color, making sure that you paint the outlines and details first, then do the backgrounds and bigger spaces later.

If I had better color walls in my house, I would have left the glass clear, and let the wall be the back drop. However, we have very dull color walls, and my owl looked bad in front of all of them!  So, I painted it blue, and hung my owl in front of my owl fabric on the wall.

 

So, enjoy. 🙂

If you have questions, I can try to answer them!

Craft on!

J.

 

New Owls

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I have said it before. I do not generally jump all over trendy things. But I just can not let go of these totally cute little owls. I love them! I have them all over my craft room. On the walls, the chair, and in multiple art projects.

Today, I am sharing my (formerly) ugly brass owls.

I got 2 of these guys at a thrift store for 50 cents each!

 

I cleaned them up with some soap and water, and picked out my pink and turquoise acrylic paints.  I pretty much just got going.  I started with paint strokes, but discovered quickly that a pounce was way better on the brass.

 

 

The turquoise looked really good pretty quickly. The pink was just too light for the brass, without some kind of primer, which, I did not have.

 

So, I mixed some red in, to get a darker pink. In the end, it took 2 coats of turquoise and 4 coats of pink. I did 3 layers of spray acrylic sealer. And put those babies on the shelf!  I love them!!!

 

Next time, I will remember to take a true “after” picture, without all of the paint paraphernalia in the picture!

 

Happy Crafting!

J.

Change Is In The Air

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Well, our life is full of changes. For the last year I have been taking care of 3 kids, but my time with them has come to an end. I am sad to not see them every day. But, I am looking forward to reclaiming my art room as a space for me, rather than a shared space for them.

Another change is that after a fabulous year of pretty much being on my own schedule with those kids, I now have to go find a “real job” again. Again, sad.  But, on the up side, I am looking forward to getting back to a job that will let me be around adults again!

I am trying to quit caffeine. I have been a Diet Dr. Pepper drinker for years. It has been primarily the only thing I would drink on any given day. And while caffeine free DDP does exist, it is hit or miss whether I will find it in a store.  So, I have gone to water and decaf tea.  I think I was a witch the first 2 weeks of this process! The mood has finally stabilized!

Hubs has started college. After 20 years in the Air Force, B is returning to school to complete his bachelor’s degree. This is, by far, the biggest change. Schedules are wonky. We are waking up early. Eating at crazy times. Hopefully, we will get used to this new schedule!

But, amid all of this change, I am embracing the “Keep Calm and Craft On” mentality. I don’t think the cell phone camera does this color justice.  I altered the look of the original “Keep Calm” to fit the materials I had on hand, and the decor scheme in my room. The sign, added to the craft room wall will help me to remember to relax, amid the chaos, and to do what I love best!

 

Craft on, Friends!

Wands

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We all know of the series about the young kid who gets whisked away from his horrid aunt and uncle into a wonderful world of witch craft and wizardry. Recently, my nieces discovered the book. And they love them. Being the “Crafty Aunt” that I am, when the youngest one asked for a wand, I couldn’t say no.

 

I searched for ways to make the wands online. The best tutorial that I found was one where you make the wand from paper. Somehow, this just didn’t seem like enough. So, I began experimenting with polymer clay. Each of the three wands turned out completely different. There as LOTS of trial and error, and I have no step by step pictures. But, I will share the final ones, and how I got there.

 

I rolled the clay out as flat as I could make it, without it sticking to the table.

Then, I cut out a piece about 1 inch wide, and equal to the length of the dowel that I was using. (Each one is a different length, from 8 – 11 inches.)

I sprayed the dowel with spray adhesive to make it a little tacky.

Then, I started rolling the clay around the dowel.

And rolled.

And rolled. Trimming extra from the ends as it built up.

I did the same thing for 4 or 5 layers of clay.

Then, I embellished. The first one has only twists in the clay. The other two have long, thin rolls of clay to act as vines and texture in the “wood” of the wand. I hope you like them. If you have any questions, let me know! J.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craft Space

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I finished the new craft room a couple of months ago. But, as my life is settling back down, and as I have decided to try to blog again, I figured it was time to share it.

When we first moved into our house, my craft room was the FROG. There were some pros and cons to that being the craft room. There was definitely more floor space. Almost twice as much!  I had finally worked the room into work zones. I had 4 different work surfaces. It was nice. But it was HOT. Our garage is not fully insulated. So, it did not matter how low the AC was set. Even adding a window unit did not help on the hottest days of summer. And it was COLD in the winter. Though, I liked it that way…so that was OK. The worst part of that room was the 5 foot high walls. Virtually no vertical storage.

Then, Hubs and I traded rooms. Our computer modem is wired in that room. And he wanted it. So… we traded. I got a smaller room, but with lots of tall shelving. Loved it. Even though I lost my zones, and had only my desk and one drafting table. Then, I took on babysitting 3 kids in my home every day. 3 kids and I can not really do art, or anything else, around my small drafting table. So, I set to begging Hubs to be OK with me swapping the art room and guest room. The guest room was a little bigger. I could get a bigger table in there. He said yes… but he wasn’t helping. Ha. I did negotiate him helping me move one shelf. It isn’t heavy. But it is awkward to move alone.

Then, I headed to a county school auction (my second one-  I love them!)  and bought this AWESOME table. For about $25.  That price included the tax and the 10% premium. It is a 4′ X 4′ folding cafeteria table. Which means three things- 1- folded up, it takes up very little space (1′ X 4′.)  2- It is a cafeteria table. It is STURDY.  3- It is super easy to clean.

 

That fabric on the wall behind the table is my most loved owl fabric. I got about 5 yards of it from the clearance table at Hancock Fabrics for $6.  I LOVE it!!! I covered my drafting chair in it. It is also on a couple of places of the wall in the art room now. And the blue was the inspiration color for the desk.

I love this chair for many reasons. The most is that recovering it is about a 20 minute project. So, whenever my ADHD kicks in, and I need a change of scenery, the chair usually gets changed too.

 

 

 

 

So, here is the new craft space. Things do get moved around, from time to time. But, this is basically it. There is now a shelf above that TV, and the owl fabric is on that wall. This shelf on the left holds: Photo albums that have not been disassembled into new photo storage, my Dremel, and collage materials (read that scraps and miscellaneous pieces of other stuff.)

 

 

 

 

Shelf on the right is all sewing, all the time. I had to get rid of a lot of my fabric to make this shelf work. I gave away two trash bags full of fabric. It was hard to take a realistic look at all of that great stock, and just keep those I was most likely to use. The rest went to a daycare center and a church.

 

 

 

Here is the table open. I also bought four lab stools at the auction, for $2.50 each. The entire purchase was just under $40.  Can I just say again how much I love auction!

 

The desk wall. Left side- The boxes hold craft supplies, glues, tapes, glitter, sealers, Mod Podge, etc. The baskets all hold Disney VHS movies.

The right side is computer tower, printers, etc.

The desk- This is the secretary desk that I got at Goodwill. I absolutely LOVE IT!!!

 

 

This is the awkward shelf. It is another auction find, though, my Dad picked it up years ago. For $3.   🙂 What better place to organize all of these craft supplies? Tons of paper, markers, crayons, and everything else under the sun! On top is sorters and a small wood shelf that my Mom built when we were kids. I display stuff I made and love on that shelf. The shelf across the top is actually the side and bottom of another book-case that fell apart. It makes great extra storage. School supplies are in the boxes up there.

 

The closet is almost entirely dedicated to the kids that I babysit. Sadly, they will be leaving me soon, and I will have to go back to looking for a “real job.” Some of that stuff is mine, and will get boxed up until I am either teaching again, or until I have my own kids to use it. The rest of it will go home on their last day.  Closet also holds all of my paint, photos, and everything else that I keep, but rarely use. It will get an overhaul in a couple of weeks, and stuff will get spread out a little.

My craft room is super crowded, but there is very little in here that does not get used on a regular basis. My crafty inspiration bug left me for a while. But it has come back. And brought friends. (Thank you Pinterest!)  I look forward to sharing the wonderful creations that happen in this room!

 

Thanks for stopping by.

J.