2/21/15

Outdoor Buffet Table

My new outdoor buffet table is finally finished. Well, the structure is built, I still have to add some pirate items to it to completely finish it off. We started this project months ago and have worked on it here and there until it got completed. Whew. It was one of those projects I never thought would get done.
I wanted the new buffet table to be made out of old fence planks, which is no easy feet as most people haul them off to the dump.

I did find someone giving away old boards on Craigslist... We were at their house at 6:00 a.m. just in case anyone else had designs on my wood.
I wanted a cement top on my new buffet table... but I didn't want to do the work. Isn't that how it goes sometimes? Instead, I tried something new. I bought Backerboard and cut that to fit the buffet top. So far so good! I bought the cement boards that are indoor and outdoor. The backerboard seems to be weathering nicely so I'm not going to paint it until I absolutely have to. I am planning on adding old fish nets and other things to the buffet front at a later date. I was just so excited to have it completed I was in a hurry to share it!
The length of my new buffet table is 25 feet. I previously had a 10 foot buffet table and that was always crowded with food and there was no room for chachkies. We created this buffet table with several openings under it so I could display cool stuff underneath it.
 I still have these two areas to finish off with a lot of small interesting things... which I am still needing to find! Once the weather gets warmer I'll go back and add some really fabulous jewelry pieces inside each vignette just to give everything a little bit more excitement. These last two areas are both works in progress, who knows what they will end up looking like when I'm finished.
At this far end is where I will have a power strip for crock pots and anything else that needs power. You can see my hose poking out of the side of the buffet table. A necessary evil I am afraid. I have a piece of wood at the ready to cover up that area when the hose gets put away and it's party time.

I have a lot more wood planks left over... I feel some more projects coming on!
big hugs,
 

2/13/15

Cat Statue

I created a statue of a lounging cat using metal tape and one of my embossing plates. I've got plenty of inspiration for this exact pose from all of my own cats... You know the pose.... the "I'm sitting here, and you are not to move me" pose....
But, you want to sit in your chair, and you move the cat anyway.... and then you get the "your dead to me" pose...

Then you start talking all goofy like the cat understands you because you don't want your kitty mad at you.... which makes the cat laugh internally I'm sure....
Which brings you back to the cat's original pose... and the question the cat is asking you with it's hungry eyes, "When are you going to feed me?"
Which makes you get up out of your chair to feed the cat... which is probably what the cat intended when it first jumped up into your chair in the first place. Cat 1, human 0.
big hugs,

2/5/15

Pirate Building Sneak Peek

Here is the newest pirate building in my backyard. This is going to be set up like a general merchandise store when it is all finished. I am still needing to add window and door trim and I am also going to staple moss to the underside of the eaves of the building to give it an old decrepit look.
 The building itself is finished.....
There is a lot of little things that need to be done to the pirate building to really make it all pop.
I am going to install new screen in the old screen door, and then add some paint to distress it so it ties in better with the building. I also need to find a handle and some sort of closure to keep it securely closed. Right now I'm using a piece of cardboard wedged in between the door and the door jam.
 I added an over hang to the front of the building. This wasn't in the plans but I think it makes it look more like a "building" as apposed to a shed. I also want to have a skeleton-pirate sitting on the roof with a sword in his hand giving everyone either a laugh or a fright.....
 I painted the siding on the building to look like planks of wood. I'm pretty happy with the way it looks. I think at a later date I would like to add real black bolts to the planks to give it another dimension. All the windows are duel paned windows, this one below is in need of some black paint... I must add that to my list.
 The inside of this building is a jumbled mess right now as the forecast tells of four days of upcoming rain. I did take an afternoon to just play out there.... it was so much fun.
 We created a small alcove of sorts at the very peak of the back of the store. I wanted a place to showcase some do-dads and chachkies. I must keep an eye out for more of the same... I'm running low~
 I have a total of five trunks in this 10 x 10 building. Three flat tops and two camel backs. Somehow I am going to incorporate them into the design of this space. Who knows what it will end up looking like.
 Once the rain has passed, I'm really needing to pull everything out and then get to decorating!
 Here is one of my little chimps drinking some pirate ale.... I think he needs a straw~
 As for me, I think I'll go have a cup of tea.
big hugs,
 

2/3/15

School Valentines

Ahhhhhh Valentines day.... little hands stuffing Valentines into their classmates Valentine boxes or bags... good times- good times. I am lucky that my daughter indulges me by letting me make things for my two grand kids to take to school for their school parties. I came across a cute idea on a blog called "Back to Organic" ...she made a printable sleeve for rulers and had her kids give those out as Valentines. Caute! I just HAD to make some for my two little love bugs to pass out to their classmates. I pre-assembled the Valentines for my grand kids a head of time... I'll send the rulers home along with heart stickers and rhinestones so they can decorate them and have them ready for next weeks big festivities~
The only thing I did different than the original idea was to add some duct tape to the area where the rulers slid through--- I felt this would add more stability in keeping the paper on the ruler for a longer period of time. Once the paper sleeve was added to each ruler, I added a little piece of tape to keep the sleeve centered. Lastly, I added a printed address label to the ruler itself with "Happy Valentines Day" and who it was from. I ended up making a total of sixty~

A few years ago, I found a super cute crochet pattern online for a teeny-tiny heart. These little crochet hearts measure in at one inch by one and one fourth inch, tiny! They whip up super fast.... in this bowl is 100 teeny-tiny hearts. I bought some glittered-colored bobby pins and hot glued a small piece of red felt to attach the bobby pins so that these crocheted hearts can be worn in your hair. I have no plans for these heart hair clips yet... but if I ever need them, boy am I ready!
I don't remember where I found the pattern for the teeny-tiny hearts... but here is the pattern if your wanting to make some for yourself:
G Hook, Worsted weight yarn
Magic ring ch 2
In the magic ring crochet: 2 dc, 2 hdc, 1 dc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, ch 2, sl st into ring and then pull it tight and your teeny-tiny heart will appear.
Now I am on the search to find something to make for Saint Patrick's Day!
big hugs,
 

1/25/15

Grow Your Blog

For those of you visiting my blog from the "Grow your Blog" linky event, 
 "Welcome" 
I started my blog in 2007. It has been a lot of fun over these past seven years finding different things to post to my blog. It is like a journal or a time capsule of things that I have made so it keeps me pluggin' along. I like to do everything! I like to paint....
I like to make jewelry out of old silver plated silverware. I have made a lot of rings....
I have flattened some and stamped on those....
I have also used the bowl part of the spoons to make pendant necklaces.
I really-really love to repurpose things... Here I took some old door knobs and made some photo holders.
I like to crochet too, it is my "go-to-craft" when I want to make something but have no clue what to make. Just recently I made a pattern for a Sweet-tooth Voo-doo doll.... just because I thought it would be funny~ (I shared the pattern I made *wink*)
I also love to play with old vintage jewelry and repurpose that into new jewelry pieces.
Other times, on my blog, I like to show off some of the amazing purchases I buy on the weekends. This entire box of vintage horse ribbons was only $1.00!
Every now and then, I like to do things to my house. I tore out the sink in my bathroom and replastered the walls and put in a new floor and sink. I love how it turned out-- although the first few days I wasn't so sure I would ever get it completed.... slow and steady, slow and steady.... just keep trudging along gets the job done!

I have also made a Barbie house for my grand daughter. I gave tutorials on how I did a lot of the things to create this Barbie house. Soon, I am going to start working on two miniature houses as well. One is a log cabin which I am going to turn into an old store, and the other one is a two story miniature house. 
On the right hand side of my blog you will see the most popular posts from my blog... that will roughly give you an idea of what your likely to find at any given time on my blog. I am all over the place with different things I like to create. My blog has many facets to it... mainly because I get bored easily and I have to mix it up! My studio is a hot mess of tubs full of practically finished fabulous stuff---- I get bored and have to pop a lid on it and "shelf" it until I get "un bored." I am always amazed at how close I am to finishing something then stop working on it cold turkey and put it aside.

I am always working on my pirate themed backyard. Here is a photo of some rum and whiskey boxes that I made out of some old discarded drawers that I got for free.
When my grandson was born and while holding him for the first time... he looked at me with one eye, closed it, and then looked at me with the other eye... at that very moment I proclaimed he was a "pirate!" So, every year I have hosted a pirate birthday party for him, and his little sister too. She is a pirate by proxy *wink* I am currently working on building another Pirate store (number 2) and a rubber band shooting gallery and also a 25 foot buffet table... This year will be the eighth year of pirate festivities for my two grand kids. I look forward to it as much as they do... as do all their friends!
I hope you have enjoyed visiting my blog and having a look at the things that keep me happily busy. I hope you will consider visiting again. Vicki, who's blog is "2 Bags Full" is hosting this Grow your blog linky event.
big hugs,
 

1/20/15

Sweet-tooth Voo-doo Doll

While still in the month of January and of course having one of my new years resolution to lose weight.... ahem.... I thought that I could use some added help. Sooooooooooo I created a pattern and whipped up a Sweet-tooth Voo-doo doll~
So far, all I've lost is 2 hours... 2 hours of sitting on my butt crocheting... but its a loss. *wink*
Here is the pattern if your needing another tool in your weight loss arsenal.
  
Sweet-tooth Voo-doo Doll
Materials: 
- White and black worsted weight yarn
- Size F crochet Hook
- Buttons
- Tapestry needle
- Straight Pins

Abbreviations:
sc = single crochet stitch
dc = double crochet stitch
sc inc = single crochet increase
dc dec = double crochet decrease
sl st = slip stitch

First root/leg
Using white yarn...
Round 1: Magic ring, 4 sc in ring, sl st in first sc made. (4 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch. (8 sc)
Rounds 3 - 7: 8 sc around (8 sc)
Fasten off and stuff firmly leaving room so you can crochet the stitches at the top of the root/leg when it is added to the doll. Tuck the extra yarn into the root/leg to hide.

Second root/leg and Body
You will be using the same pattern that you used for the first root/leg but you will not be tying off on round 7....
Round 1: Magic ring, 4 sc in ring, pull and join together in first sc made. (4 sc)
Round 2: 2 sc in each stitch. (8 sc)
Rounds 3 - 7: 8 sc around (8 sc) Firmly stuff the second root/leg you have just completed. Do not tie off. The next round is where you will add the first root/leg to the sweet tooth doll.
Round 8: pick up the previously made root/leg you made and join together with a slip stitch. You will sl st in the sc stitch that is next to the last stitch of the root/leg, pull tight. Sc in the next 17 stitches around the two legs. (17 sc) Now with the two legs joined together it is time to start on the body. Round 9: 7 sc, 2 dc, 7 sc, 2 dc. (18 stitches)
Round 10: 18 sc around. (18 sc) (At this point, if you need to increase or decrease your stitches to get to 18 sc go ahead and do so)
Round 11: *4 sc, 2 sc in next stitch* do this 3 times, 2 sc. (20 stitches)
Round 12: *3 sc, 2 sc in next stitch* do this 4 times around, 3 sc. (23 stitches)
At any point you can place a marker to help you keep track of your stitches. Just as long as each starting row is kinda in the general area keep going! It is just a voo-doo doll after all~

Round 13: 23 sc around. (23 sc) (At this point, if you need to increase or decrease stitches to get to 23 sc go ahead and do so)
Round 14: *4 sc, 1 sc dec* do this four times. (20 stitches)
Round 15: *3 sc, 1 sc dec* do this four times around (16 sc) Add stuffing to your sweet tooth doll.
Round 16: *2 sc, 1 sc dec* do this four times, 1 sc. (12 sc)
Round 17: *1 sc, 1 sc dec* do this five times around. ( 10 stitches)
Round 18:  Last chance to add a little more stuffing... At this point, continue with sc dec stitches until the hole is closed. This will take three or four decrease stitches. Tie off leaving a long yarn tail so that you can use a tapestry needle to pull down the top of the crocheted tooth so it looks like a flat molar. Weave in the yarn and cut off the excess. 
Eyes:
Using either thread or yarn attach one button to your sweet-tooth doll. The second eye will just be an "X" made using black yarn.
Now just add pins to your Sweet-tooth Voo-doo doll and let the magic begin!
There you have it... a Sweet-tooth Voo-doo doll to help you lose weight. Perfect to help you ward off any heart-shaped-chocolate-filled-Valentine-box temptations that come your way.
big hugs,
Magic ring, chain 1 and make 6 SC in ring, join, chain 1 - See more at: http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/search?updated-max=2015-01-11T08:43:00-08:00&max-results=7#sthash.YRgbTO2B.dpuf
Materials:
-Worsted Weight Yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Sweet Pea.
- Size F Crochet Hook
- Tapestry needle - See more at: http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/#sthash.8m6rl2Rl.dpuf
Materials:
-Worsted Weight Yarn. I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in Sweet Pea.
- Size F Crochet Hook
- Tapestry needle - See more at: http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/#sthash.8m6rl2Rl.dpufbig hugs,