Sunday, February 23, 2014

pinterest project 3, 4 and 5

Three pinterst projects ended up coming together very nicely on my new entryway wall that I put together this past weekend.

Project 3:

wall art with junk for coats

  I saw this wall over at  funky junk interiors and love the collage effect she has going on. So I thought on it for awhile and this is my mini version.

   I don't have as big a entry wall but I made it work. I went "shopping" through my craft room and work shop (aka: my corner of the garage) for all my fun junk. The folding chair it is hanging from a bracket I screwed into the wall, I knew I wanted it off the floor. After that I just started nailing things up. The best part is the shelf and little drawer, I can change things as the mood strikes me. Leon the moss ball loves his new spot. I'm sure I'll be puttering around with the wall for awhile.

Project 4:
Over at craftiments I found this longitude and latitude art work with free background image. There is a link to a website that gives your address in longitude and latitude coordinates. Yes, I realize that I spelled longitude wrong, the sad thing is the sign has been hanging on the wall for almost 2 years and this is the first time I or any one else has noticed. The frame I got at a local thrift shop and did a brown wash over the existing color.
P.S.  It's also a  great house warming present.

Project 5:

   This project came about after a friend gave me a large garbage bag full of wine corks. While I'm not much of a drinker I do like the graphicness and color variations of the corks. It's super easy to do. 
- On a large sheet of paper draw your letter or print one from a print shop or word program. Cut out the pattern
-  Trace your pattern onto a piece cardboard or a sheet of luan/chipboard. The advantage of using the cardboard is you don't need a scroll/band saw to cut it. Keep in mind the width and length so you don't end up with odd rows of corks. Cut out the letter.  
- Hot glue the corks a row at a time.
- Hot glue a soda tab as a hanger to the back of the letter.
- All done! =]

Of course I made a cork reindeer.

Chris =]

Thursday, February 13, 2014

rooster of love

  Who needs cupids this Valentines? I have the Rooster d'Amore. I found this guy at a thrift store and knew right away I had to buy it. How many people can say they own the rooster of love?
Chris =]

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

pinterest project 2 - glove squirrel


 I don't remember where I first saw this. I used the photo steps and just winged the rest of it. I did find the instructions after the fact.
 I learned that this was an excerpt from a book called Happy Gloves: Charming Softy Friends Made from Colorful Gloves by Miyako Kanamori. Even without the written instructions it was an easy and fun project.
  The squirrel directions don't specify how big a glove to use. I can recommend that when choosing a glove to look at the distance between the fingers and the palm, that's the section that will become the body. The glove I used was a knit stretch to fit and I wasn't completely happy with it. My squirrel looks more like me, short and stocky. hee, hee     

Chris =]

Sunday, February 2, 2014

needful things

You might remember the post about a swap my blogging friend Valerie was hosting called Needful Things. This is my homework for that swap. It wasn't as easy as I thought to come up with 20 things about myself, I don't know if that means I'm shallow or too critical about need vs want.

1. It goes with out saying that I need Mr. L. I can't (and don't want to) imagine my life where he's not in it. I need to talk to Ms. L. at least once a week

2. I need to teach: I know I've said it before but, I LOVE MY JOB!  It doesn't matter that not one of the hundreds of children I've taken care of/taught will remember me (except for Ms. L). I hope in some little way I helped them realize they can do anything they set their minds to or that the little things are a big accomplishment.
  Hey! Maybe that's why I like Mr. Rogers so much. It's not about yelling from the roof tops "Look at what I did!" It's about treating each child as an individual and doing anything in my power to give them a positive beginning to the rest of their lives.

3. I need FB: I never thought I would say that, but FB allows me to keep in touch with my family, friends and to IM Ms.L..

4. I need to garden: It gives me a feeling of accomplishment when I look out the window to our pretty backyard with all the trees and happy birds and know that I did that. I also like getting my hands dirty.

5. I need Zombie Dolls: Valerie said it best, it's the perfect combination of cute and creepy.

6. I need to read: I read a quote that said " In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight". I need books with pages and a book mark sticking out of it and not a flat electronic device with no personality.
  To go along with real books I need a weekly visit the local library for new books, I'm lucky there are three different libraries with all those wonderful books.

7. I need tea: Specifically Twinings Decaffeinated Chai Tea or Bigelow's Decaffeinated Constant Comment preferably iced with a pinch of sugar. 

8. I need to pick up things: rocks, interestingly shaped sticks, shells, sea glass, pinecones, drift wood, tree bark and what-not's. When ever we go for a walk/hike I always come home with something, I'm an uncontrollable Magpie. 

9. I need heart shaped rocks: I know it goes with 8 but these rocks are different. I'm amazed at how many times I find a rock in the shape of a heart. There is something happy about that coincidence.

10. I need to clean: I can't stand a dirty house, which is different from a messy house. A messy house just needs to be straightened: items put back from where they came, breakfast dishes popped into the dishwasher. A dirty house needs to be steamed cleaned from ceiling to floor and the refrigerator thrown away. Disinfecting wipes are wonderful! and no nasty sponge.
  Mr. L won't let me watch that TV show about hoarding because afterwards I need to break out the vacuum and bleach the bathrooms. ((shudder))   

11. I need to be creative: Have you ever had that feeling that you HAVE to make something even if  it's just a doodle in your art book? I love to make something from nothing or recreate items into something new.  
 I like to join swaps and push myself to try different things. If I hadn't I would have never realized how fun zombie dolls are.

12. I need cute things: Like this, because I can't crochet (sniff, sniff). I'm a sucker for anything miniature or felted or fuzzy or sculpted or just a little bit funky.

13. I need plaid: Plaid Shorts (and a matching solid color shirt) are my favorite go item. 

14. I need to catch and release: When bugs or lizards get into the house I catch them before the cats do and release them in the garden. Except for black widows, they get squashed and the nest gets destroyed. I also pick up worms off the sidewalk after a rain shower and put them in the flower bed so they don't dry out and die.

15. I need speed: I love to drive fast! My dream is to drive the Top Gear test track with the Stig in the UK.

16. I need photography: I take my camera almost everywhere I go. I've been known to stand in the middle of the street to get "the" shot. I don't even notice the weird looks any more.

17. I need to explore: I love to learn about a different countries by immersing myself into it's culture. The same can be said for exploring the States or local cities. Ms. L is usually my eager accomplice.

18.  I need vintage Christmas: There is something magical about decorating with vintage items. It's not that it reminds me of my childhood (that would be 70's and 80's). I think it has more to do with the fact that such care was taken to keep them around this long.
  I also like decorating my tree with ornaments that mean something to us, whether it be ornaments that have been handed down or the ones Ms. L made in elementary school or ones that remind us of a trip or handmade ones from friends or the one that reminds me of the visit with my sister.

19. I need handmade: I like to give items that are handmade, I hope it shows the recipient that I was thinking about them. Not that I'm adverse to giving a gift card, especially if it's what they want. I like receiving handmade items for the same reason.

20. I need Doctor Who, TARDIS blue, Weeping Angels and Raxacoricofallapatorius.

21. I need to get this posted because I'm a day late...

Chris =]

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