Friday, May 23, 2008

Ooh La La



Here are some pictures of my newer thrift finds. The first two pictures are before and after of a small chest I found this week I sanded it down, painted it black (every room could use a black piece right?), then found some Fleur Di Lis drawer pulls that I painted a silver color, distressed the edges a bit and ooh la la I love it now! The last picture is another chest that I found at my favorite thrift store that I cleaned and painted black, then distressed it. It smelled soooo bad, it came from a chain smokers house no doubt. I used a half a bottle of Febreeze on it. Now I put it in my family room and love it. It was supposed to go to my Queen of Hearts booth, but it won't be going any time soon.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Shrinky Dink Bracelet



Here are some of the charms I made for my French themed bracelet. I stamped each image on shrink plastic that was already rough on one side. This helps the ink stick to the plastic. I used regular dye ink for this. Next I took out several different shaped punches and got all of the designs punched. I then took my Cropidile and punched a hole for the charm to attach to the bracelet. I then lightly brushed each charm w/ corn starch, so they won't stick to themselves during the shrinking process. I then took each charm and one by one shrunk them down using my heat gun. The big trick here is to keep the charm from blowing away. I usually make a little area w/ books to corral them in. I also keep a long bamboo skewer in hand to help hold it in place. When the piece is totally shrunk down I quickly smash it flat w/ a wood block to make sure it is totally flat. Viola! you have a cute little charm ready to be attached to your bracelet. I did not color these as I was going for a black & white theme, but you can use all kinds of media to add color.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Early Happy Mother's Day

I will be very busy this weekend and wanted to wish all of the Mama Birds out there a wonderful Mother's Day. I know it is the most important job I will ever have. Our kids will hold our words of encouragement and memories of being comforted by us for the rest of their lives. I hope you will have the time to enjoy the day and all of the wonderful blessings our kids give us.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Bubbles



I have been playing around with glass bubbles. I prefer to call them bubbles over glass blobs. That sounds kinda ugly. So I started making some new soldered pendants with them. There is a big learning curve going on with these. I feel very luck not have severly burned myself in the process of my learning. The problem is with getting them to hold still so I can solder them. They shoot off of my work table and lately I have been wearing shorts. I tried laying them on a towel and I burned the towel a bit. I have gotten a lot better and now want to make all kinds of new pendants. Stay tuned

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Jury Duty

Well today I did my civic duty, not by choice mind you. I had jury duty AGAIN. Since I have lived here I have had jury duty 3 times in ten years. I have only had it one other time in my whole life before moving to here. I don't understand how it can happen this often, but my husband and neighbors have all had the same thing happen to them. I am happy to say I was not picked for a jury. I was really hoping not to be picked for a criminal trial, that would make me a nervous wreck & I really can not look at gory pictures, I always close my eyes during scary movies. My day got a whole lot better after leaving there.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Sassy booth at Queen of Hearts



I blogged about my booth I started at the Queen of Hearts antique mall a few months back. It has been a very interesting three months to say the least. I have sold a lot of things that I didn't think would ever sell, and some things are still sitting there that I thought would be hot items. I have gotten in the groove of going to thrift stores to find treasures. I have a favorite one that I seem to get some great find every time, others like the Goodwill store, I have never found one thing. Here are some photos of my section of the booth. I am not happy with the way it looks right now, I sold a table that worked great to display my smaller stuff. I am very happy that the table sold though. I am learning a lot about antiques and marketing it is still in the very fun stage.