Monday, October 24, 2016

Here is the first picture completed. When I decided to do this project. Did you ever go through the process in your head and say oh, I not only can do this but it will be a fast project. For me, wrong. I do not mind this because I am happy with the results. The reason why I mention this is that someone once told me when you start a painting not to leave it unfinished. You should finish it in the same day. I suppose it would depend on what kind of painting you are doing. Or,how good you are at it. Believe me she was and is very good and talented at her work. At any rate, if you ever see anyone's work at a fair etc. Even if you could do it, the question to keep in mind is will I? Do I have the time and desire for this? Because I realize my head thought is going to be faster in doing the project than actually working with the project. For me I am fine with the time it took. I took my time and it paid off. I think many of you creative people can relate. We all know practice makes perfect. I am not sticking to one thing meaning on one type of craft, so it might be a lot of trial and error pursuit. Instead of getting easier as you go along. And that's okay also because I expect this. So whatever you decide on the reason your doing it that should tell you what you want out of it. I hope this makes sense to you also... The velcro on this project gives the children an opportunity to roll the car's around with their hands. If you make this as a gift please place a card on the back of the mirror to remind them of age appropriate and discretion along with using their own good judgement if child is in need of more supervision of another. At any rate I thank you for checking in and hope you will give it a try. =p.

Second finished picture of the" Children's Car Mirror Wall Hanging"

Here is a craft I recently finished. In the project, I used velcro. I cut a small piece and placed the soft section under the car. The rough part of the velcro goes on the frame. When you look at this picture you might think that the inner edges are missed of painting that is supposed to be black. Believe it or not what it is, is the reflection of the wheels showing through the mirror and the angle I took the picture from.

Mirror frame for car's

Here I used two coats of liquitex gesso on the frame. After I put the painter's tape around the mirror frame.

Mirror car project (black paint)

You also will use black acrylic paint, to paint the frame of the mirror. This makes the color for the look of the car's being on the road. I used three coats of paint, letting each layer dry before painting another. Make sure you read the length of time to let each layer dry on the direction's. I know I had two acrylic different black paint bottles and surprisingly they both gave different times of drying time. I used the painter's tape on the inside of the frame, on the mirror so the paint would not be as messy to clean afterwards. To be clear, I still needed to touch up areas after I took the tape off. You can either use a small thin paintbrush, or possibly a black permanent marker to get the little crevices that were missed. Whatever works for you. :). Patience is required.L.O.L.
For this project gather your. little cars whether you buy them or choose to use what you have.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Poem And Song To Five Little Pumpkin's

With this poem and song you can have the children take turns acting the phrases out. They can have a prop or hold one or even dress up like one. Depending how far you want to take it. When they get to the part where Whoo went the wind and out went the lights you could also choose someone to put on or off the lights at the given time. I have found kids to enjoy this song and play acting and we all had a lot of fun with it. Whether with a group of friends, school or Birthday party. Hope you will give it a whirl. :).Don't forget to press on the picture to see the words better.

My Five Little Pumpkin Furry Stuffed Animals

Friday, October 21, 2016

Finished Acorn Note Holder

Picture and Directions For Acorn Clip Holder

Here is a little craft for the Fall, to hold your note pad. I made a pattern out of cardboard the shape of an acorn. traced it on my felt piece, took the cardboard and drew the top cap on it and traced the top cap to the orange felt piece. On the back of the glued acorn I traced a piece of paper and cut it out and glued this to the back of the acorn. The reason for this is so the backing will stick to the double sided tape. Have the children glue the face on let dry, and then put double sticky to the back of the finished acorn and stick it to the metal clip as well. Put a notepad of your choice on the clip and a pen to top it. Now you have a new little friend to help you with your reminders etc. Hope you will give it a go. :).

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Ceramic Bats and Ceramic Jack-O-Lantern

Here is a couple of ceramics I created. The bats I made one year one for each of my children. The Jack-O-Lantern you would think that it was simply painted in two colors and it is done. (wrong) This actually took some time to do. Inside is glazed and lighted. outside was painted dry brushed at different intervals. These were fun times that I took lessons with some family members that it made it that much more enjoyable. Some days have past, but the memories will always stay with me. :). Don't forget to click on the picture if you want to get a closer look.

Ceramic Jack-O-Lantern Lit up

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Apple Crisp Recipe

Every year at the beginning of October there is a farm near us called Water's Farm. They have hay rides and food tables to choose from Girl Scouts help the farm by selling sweets to choose from. They have an old barn with the History by also showing old and new pictures. They have Native American's showing how they made their tents and you can ask questions and even go in the tent and imagine yourself living in those times etc. This all to show the History and keep the farm going. Oh and yes this Apple Crisp recipe is from them. It is the best one I have ever tried. Hope you will have a chance to try it out. My oven usually cooks higher so if it say's to preheat to 375 degrees I do 350 degrees. So keep in mind how your oven works. I hope I covered all bases. =).

Picture of Ingredients For Apple Crisp

The recipe will tell you to mix apples in your rectangle pan that you are going to cook them in. I prefer to mix the apples and the first mix in a large bowl then add it to your rectangle pan.  I like to use a glass rectangle pan spray the bottom and put slices bits of butter or margarine before the apple mixture is put in.  I once tried it in a rectangle pan and then foiled it and the foil stuck to the pan and it made a mess to clean it off the pan.  If you try this I hope these tips help. :).

Apple Crisp Cooked And Ready To Serve 'Yum'!

Here is the apple crisp finished.  Warm apple crisp with vanilla ice cream is the perfect fix for a change in weather and the Fall season we are now in.   I recommend you try this recipe, it's the best!  :).

Monday, October 3, 2016

Fall Place Setting '1'

Here is a picture of my Fall place setting. I used a lace tablecloth. I put extra large plates on this setting. We use these at Thanks Giving to be able to choose what goodies we want on our plate all at one time, if we chose to.  These plates were my husbands parents, who started the tradition of eating on these plates every Thanks Giving that they had.   They made so many memorable times for us and our children throughout the years...   I also used some of my 50's glasses for this sitting . I liked that they each had a different color to this set. I love the long, sleek  style of these glasses.   There is something about colored glass that brings out the sparkle in me.   =).

Fall Place Setting '2'

Here is a picture of my  Fall place setting with apple place mats, not just under the plates but also for a more decorative look I placed them on the four edges.   Have a nice day, or night wherever you are.  :).

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Helpful Tips Stains

Did you ever have a stain on something and put it in the laundry and say I will remember where it is? When it comes time to washing it your looking all over to where the stain was that you said you would remember. L.O.L.  Well, even if you are the type that catches and puts stain remover on right away to get the stain out.(  More power to you by the way!) There is always seemingly a time when we are unaware of a stain on something. Oh well we can't catch them all.   At any rate instead of second guessing I have decided to take a clip or a colored plastic close pin and put it where I see the stain. =&.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Second Flower Abstract Picture Taken In The Light.

Here is the Picture in frame taken in the light.    One:  Choose or draw picture and place under the glass that you will be gluing your stained glass to.   Two: Cut pieces to fit the picture where you want them.  I used regular glass cutters and the wheel cutters. Please remember your safety glasses and gloves for the silicone glue you will be using for this. Three: Glue the pieces on the plain clear glass to create your scene. You can keep your picture under the plain glass to get exactness of why you cut them in the first place.   What I like about this one is it shows up the way I want it to without any grout.  I am leaving this, this way on purpose.  I like the clearness effect where the grout would have went .  It's nice not to have to follow the rules always.  =p.   Hope you like.  Almost forgot I plan to protect it with ONE part weld bond  to THREE parts water.   This is all experimental to me so we'll see how it holds in time...

Abstract Stained Glass Of Flower's Backing Picture and Instructions On How To:

Here is the same picture turned on the back side to show you what I did in place of soldering.   First I used silicone adhesive to attach the glass to the backing of frame.   Let dry.  Then, I used black sticky felt to attach to the sides of the frame and extending it to fold over in the back a bit.  Why would you need to do this you might ask?  Well, first for neatness and second because it is not a wooden frame to attach the screws to hang it up on.   Since I am not soldering a chain on and am using my own technique this was the step I took to have a chain put on to hang it from.   I then cut out four squares of felt to put on each corner.  I, took four wooden knobs and glued them to the four corner's of the back of the frame.  With silicone. When you hang it on a window the picture will be straight not slanted also.  I wrapped the chain around the two top knobs and then clasped each side of the chain that is around the knob.  Now if you find it is not staying attached you can do what I did and use T-pins and attach it to the felt.The middle of the chain I glued on to the top middle felt. It will take a while to dry. Days to let you know.  I will now cover all this up to cover the areas of mess that would show if I didn't.   With more felt of course. (I love this stuff!)         Seeing I have never done this before, I ask myself what would I do differently.  I would not use a chain with no holes in them again. So if you do try this then make sure you use a chain that has holes as links so it will be easier to clasp on to your knobs...    Feel free to ask if need be.  :).

Second Abstract Stained Glass Flower Picture In A Frame (Shown not in the light.)

Here, this picture is taken without the light showing through. It is clearer in person.  I could have taken a picture with a lighter back round but I think you can get the gist anyhow.   Thanks for checking in! :).

Monday, September 26, 2016

Baby Jar Candy Corn Jack-O-Lantern's

Here is a project I did with many a classrooms and also with my children when they were younger.  What you need is a baby jar, cover, green felt or sticky paper glue gun and sticks, black sticky felt, candy corns to act as a color for the pumpkin yellow contact strip or yellow felt.  Saran wrap or clear cellophane if you want to wrap them up and give as a gift, a strip of green ribbon and scissor's.   Wash jars good dry well.   Trace a circle out of the cover and add more dimension so it will cover the sides of the cover you want to cover.  Now in the middle of the green circle make a small circle. In the middle of the small circle find it's own middle and make a couple of slits so there will be an opening for the folded yellow stem to fit in.  Overlap a small square of a stem and glue the ends so it makes a strip for the stem.  Then attach it in the middle of the green opening on cover.  turn the black felt over so you can see the paper backing.  With a pen draw the eyes, nose and mouth of your choice and cut out.  Peel the backing off and stick the face that you made on the jar.  As you can see They all don't have to be the same. They can if chosen though.   Put candy corns in a bowl and have the children with a small scoop or tablespoon or spoon have them spoon the candy corns in until it is filled.  Close the cover to the top and you have a treat and a decoration for Halloween all in one.    I had them wrapped and on the back put a sticky label and had my daughter sign her name on the label to give to her preschool for their Halloween party.   Another tip, if you do not want to use glass jars for this project you could save smaller peanut butter jars or pill containers or whatever works for you.   (I hope if you try this you will send me a pic. I would love to see how they came out. )  At any rate I hope you will give it a go.   :). Remember to press on the pic.. to enlarge picture if you need a closer look.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Two Toned Grout And Abstract Stained Glass Picture Of Flower's.

Here is the same picture that is not in the light. I like how you can get two different effects from having it in the light or not.  I cut my glass with straight glass cutter's and wheel glass cutter's. I put my flower picture that I chose and put it under the glass that I was going to glue my stained glass pieces to.  After you cut to the areas you chose you can start gluing them on  with silicon.  Be sure to use safety glasses and gloves when cutting and gluing on. I then used non color grout after the glass dries. It takes days for it to dry. Then grout.  I did not like the non colored grout, so I used acrylic blue paint and after it dried I used a technique with clear embossing gel.  I put the gel on the grout and took the mauve embossing powder over the gel that I put on the grout. Then I took my finger lightly and swirled it in till I felt it was the effect that I wanted. If I wanted more powder I used it at times.  So the extra flair is having a two toned grout to add to your picture.   To hang it I used the loop nails that you can just screw in the top of the wood with your hand pressing down as you turn it till it's at the furthest it can go.  Now I just need to protect the grout and glass. I have never done this before so I cannot tell you how well it works. We'll see.  I am going to use three parts water to one part weldbond glue. Mix together and brush on. Not sure yet if I will use more than one coat or not.   If anyone tries this I would love to see your results.   =>).

Grouted Stained Glass Backing Picture and Instuctions

This picture shows the back of it.  Notice I did not put a backing on it so I could have the light shining through if I chose to.  I am not into soldering so I had to think of an alternative to keep things attached in the frame. (Actually in all honesty, I like to think of other ways to do something in a different way.  It gives other choices to a project.)    To keep the glass in I used clear silicon.  I also cut plexie glass and glued them in with the clear silicon. It's clear when it dries.  I wanted to also make sure that the back wood would not scratch so I used sticky felt for a soft ease on it. I cut the plastic with a razor on a handle. It takes a little patience to do this but it does what I wanted it to.   You have to swipe a number of times if you want a clean cut. :).Grouted

Grouted Picture Frame Abstract Stained Glass Flowers in a Wooden Picture frame. (Lit up on a window sill)

This last picture is showing it lit up a bit on a window sill.  It looks lit up more in person per say.  I hope you enjoyed and found this helpful. :).

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Candy Corn Pin

      Here is an idea for the up coming month.  A candy corn pin of course.   You will need cardboard to trace pattern on.  glue stick, white, orange and yellow felt.  Wiggly eyes, pin backing contact paper for a sturdier backing, a piece of black yarn and scissors.   The kids enjoyed this project.  Hope you will give it a go with your's.  =).

Monday, September 19, 2016

Helpful hint for hanging jewelry chains.

I had all my children's chains on a tie twist and was getting ready to make a gift for a little one and the chains were getting all tangled and giving me nimble fingers trying to get one apart.  I remembered I had this old hanger that I don't use for clothes anymore and decided to use it for hanging my chains.  I used the large paper clips one at a time and tightened the clip on the rod so it does not move around. I then put the clasp on one opening of the clip until the chain was dangling and hanging down from it like the picture shows.  Then, I put a clip after the last chain so they would have less reason to move around, just in case.   I have a leather bag that I have all the little jewelry pieces in. It has a handle so I just might hang it on the hanger so I can keep them all together again when I need them.  Hope this is helpful for someone who might have the same thing happening to you.  If you nee a closer look just press on the picture and it will enlarge it. :).

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Sticker on Butterfly

Butterfly butterfly, flying here and there;   Stopping for a second, again flying everywhere...   What is your hurry?   What do you fear?    As the butterfly rests itself on a flower, I look to see what is on your beautiful wing;    Could this be?...   "Oh no"!  A sticker?  Who would do such a thing?   I would take it off but I would not want to tear your wing;  So I'm afraid pretty butterfly it's part of your ware;  Soaring through the air, she still struts her stuff;   As I watch and admire her, SHE GOES ON AS SHE MUST;

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Flower Plant

Here is another flower plant we have in our yard.  I also do not know what this one is.  Anyone know what this flower is?  It is another one that I like watching come to life.  When the petals start  coming in they form somewhat as a cup and reminds me of delicate mother of pearl sea shell.  :).

Monday, August 22, 2016

Yellow spiked flower's

Here is a plant we have in our garden, but I do not know what it is.  Would like to though. These flower's are so beautiful.  Next year I will have to take a picture of these when they are really full in bloom and plentiful. They are so full and rounded with the spikes in full roundness.  :). If you want a closer look remember to click on the picture.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Laurel and Hardy drawings.

Here is an oldie but goody, of Laurel and Hardy that my husband drew in the early 70's.  I would love for him to get back into drawing or painting or both.  Hope you like.  :).

Monday, July 25, 2016

A picture of Brielle when she was a kitten.

Here is a picture of our Brielle, when she was a kitten.  The snickers bar is an extra, extra large candy bar that my son gave to my daughter when he came home for break.  Brie Brie is a Silver Lynx Doll Face Persian. I just love those short legs of her's. She sure can move and so makes me laugh when she does.  It's so adorable when she twirls like a bunny. As I write this I am envisioning the scene.  I hope this picture puts a smile on your face as it does mine. =)>.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sewing Table Project

Here is my sewing table that was in storage and got warped from the rain on it. I tried to pull all of the laminate off of the table but the rest would not budge.  After I finished this project I came across someone who used vinegar soaked towels on it to loosen theirs up. It was too late for me but something to keep in mind if you come across such a situation.  At any rate I am still happy with the way it came out.  =).

vinyl for sewing table.

I used a strong black vinyl with a sticky backing.  I also used wood glue to give it a stronger hold.

Stencils (sewing)

Here are the stencils I made and used a razor to cut around them.
Here is a closer look at the stenciling pics. I dabbed it with a flat round brush.

Completed sewing table project

Here is my finished project well almost finished anyway. I also put a strip of magnet to have easy access to pins. On the lower part of the table I attached a silver yard stick for completion.  Hope you enjoyed the steps of this project.  :).

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

101 Ways To Praise A Child

Have children? Teach children?  Or, maybe you are just learning or teaching the English language and want to praise them in different ways with unique words for that individual?  Here is a list to add to your days.  Speaking of days.  Have a great one!  =).  If you cannot see this as clear as you want it remember to click on the picture to enlarge it.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Helpful tip for when you cannot open apart a garbage or plastic bag with your hands.

Here is something I discovered after trying to pull apart a garbage bag so I could put a new bag in my trash basket. Well, I don't know about you but this particular bunch of bags I was really having a hard time separating  the two sides of the bag.  So, I decided to try some tape. I placed a piece of masking tape on one side of the outside of the bag of course. Make sure you leave a little above the crease so your fingers have something to hold on while you easily spread the two sides apart from each other. This worked for me on more than one occasion.  I hope it helps you as well.  :).

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Recycling idea with dishwasher baskets.

We needed to get a new dishwasher.  So, before they came to take our old dishwasher away I needed other items for storage.  I decided to take the two baskets out of the dishwasher to store all my craft frames in. It worked really well for this. I also took out the silverware basket and I used  it to hold some of my paint brushes in.  So, if you happened to be in the same situation as I was maybe you too would find this helpful of an idea as well. Or also would be interested to know what you happened to use your baskets for. Whether you used this idea or another would love for you to share.  :)>

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Arts And Crafts. Snowflake Person Face, For The Snowflake Below This One.

Here is a fun craft to do with children together or independently.  If your children do not have any plans, this weekend.   If in a school setting we created a bulletin board with the finished faces.  The children placed their names on the rim of the hat.  For the snowflake you need to fold a white piece of colored paper, then trace the snowflake on with the straight edge showing on the crease of the paper.  Next cut it out without opening it. After it is completely  cut, now you can open it to see that it forms a snowflake.  The picture underneath shows how to put it all and glue together.  You can get as simple or as creative as you like, with glitter, rickrac etc. Or just use crayons.  Thanks for stopping by.  :).

Arts And Crafts Snowflake Face, Cut ,Paste And Color.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Color lesson for school, home schooling or parent to have children work on

Here is an easy and creative way to have your children learn and practice how to make upper case letters etc.  First thing I did was chose a book of pages that I wanted to use.  Then, I made copies from the book I chose.  Due to the classroom I was in I colored the animals in. For they were still learning to color and I did not want the distraction of this to interfere with what I was asking them to do.  I then dotted the color words in black.  Instead of it just being a piece of paper to work on I cut contact paper or you could use laminating paper whatever you have in your class, home or store that you buy this from.  I attached it to both sides of the paper.  Then, their job was to find the correct color crayon  to trace over each color word with.  The good thing about this is that they can be used over and over again.   They can be wiped with paper towel or old sock. We would save our old lost other socks so the children or adult could erase the page after the lesson was checked by the adult.  Also this could be down sized or up sized depending on the level of each child.  As you can see in the picture that on one page I wrote on the page a couple of the children's  name.  Therefore, they needed that guidance in starting them to see and trace their name also.    If you home school and you have an older sibling to help make this that would be an accomplishment for that child in itself.  I think we all like to help and feel helpful in some way.  =].      Here is a little tip I am not sure whether it will refer to all  but I know where I live in Mass.   their is a company that makes all kinds of clear contact paper as well as color, and if you work with children in a school, church home school etc. They will offer you it for free. The thing that they ask you to do is to make a sample of craft, project or showpiece that you did with or for the children out of what they gave you.  You could also bring in a picture instead depending on what suits the individual.  Worth checking into ,and it saves a lot  of money in this area.   At any rate it gives them another way to learn hands on instead of doing all things on a computer.    Hope you enjoyed and if it fits will try it. At any rate thanks for checking in.   :).

Monday, January 11, 2016

Picture of our cat Brie, on the beam.

                              Somehow our cat Brielle must have known she had a vet appointment this morning.   She planted herself on the beam and would not get off.  My husband saved the day. She bats her eyes at him.  I love the way she intently looks at him, with that little sweet look and turned up nose.  =).