11/27/14

Recent Treasures...

 Here are some recent treasures that I'm going to be adding to my pirate backyard.... I've been keeping an eye out for a small old looking heater and found this beauty at an antique street fair in a nearby town. The gal I bought it from is the same gal I purchase my tiki's and my pony from. *waves to Jennifer*
I also scored some more pots and lobsters. Pots always makes good filler for the yard.
I also bought an antique photo album. It was only $4.00... Along with the larger photos inside the album there were some smaller ones... I imagine for lockets? The photo in the upper right hand corner with the young girl with her hands behind her head cracks me up. She has a mouth full of crooked/missing teeth and you can just tell she must have been a real pistol!
I've also been wanting a large Buddha Statue for my pirate yard.... I did find one this past summer but they wanted $100 bucks for it. This past weekend I spotted this happy-chubby guy. The price started at $30-- but I ended up paying only $23.00. He is holding two small balls in his hands--- so I am calling him "Doughnut hole guy" I probably resemble this pose when I get a hold of doughnut holes too *wink*
The area where the statue is now has totally been transformed. I had to make this area eight feet smaller to make room for my new 8' x 8' pirate store we are going to be building in this spot. Here you can see the yard panning left of the statue...

and panning right of the statue is the newly made floor for the newest pirate store that we are going to be starting sometime in the coming weeks.

We had to get a big ol' miter saw so we can do the special cuts for the new store. I'm hoping it comes together fast as its starting to get cold outside!
big hugs,

11/18/14

Backyard Shooting Gallery

I have been keeping an eye out on the trash piles recently for a solid wood hutch to be transformed into a shooting gallery for some rubber band guns I have. The stars were all aligned and I saw this beaut laying atop a huge rubbish pile. Score.

 The two doors with the flower painted glass below the hutch were removed as was the large flower painted mirror that was in the center.... I replaced the mirror with pieces of old fence boards for safety reasons.
Here is the hutch in the first stages of repurposing. I painted the slats red & white and then distressed them to give it an old grungy look. I also added some aged small slats to the piece as well... This is still a work in progress... I've got so much left to do~
 I'm going to build a stand for the hutch to set on to make it taller and of course add some things to shoot at since this is going to be a shooting gallery. I'm still debating on making a shooting gallery sign for the top of this hutch. Since the weather is starting to get colder, I find myself more and more inside with a blanket on my lap and something to crochet in my hands!
big hugs,

11/11/14

Neptune

I recently bought this large statue of Neptune while poking around the swap meet. Handsome devil isn't he? The rod he is holding was missing the trident part (the three-pronged spear) so I decided to add a seashell instead of recreating a spear.

Of course, I had to paint him gold to fit in better with the pirate themed backyard I have. After spray painting the statue gold, I added some black to give the statue an aged appearance. I think it looks much better gold than the stark white~

I used a product called Fix-it-All Patch to attach the seashell to the metal rod.
It is a white powder that you simply mix with water to use. I added just enough water to turn the powder into a clay like material and used that to squish the seashell onto the rod.
Last year, I covered a bottle with the Fix-it-All Patch product, and left the bottle out in the elements all year long. It has held up pretty good. I mixed water into the powder and created a frosting like consistency and used a spatula to cover the bottle....  Once the bottle was dry, I spray painted it brown and added the burlap lid.

Since this statue is by the bar area, I am going to be making a bar sign with the word "Neptune" in it.... eventually.
 We have begun the daunting task of starting on the newest pirate store. I am anxious to get it completed before the rainy weather hits us full force.
big hugs,
 

11/4/14

Fancy Flea Market

I'm going to be a vendor at another Artist's Market this weekend.

I always bring more items then my tables will hold--- yet that doesn't stop me from cranking out some more things!
 While tidying up my studio a little bit, I came across the handles of some souvenir spoons  I had previously cut the bowls off of.
 I had already turned the ends back to make little loops for hanging on a chain... and then I put them aside. Something bright and shiny must have caught my eye *wink*
 I went through my ever growing stash of vintage do-dads and pulled out some fun pieces and simply glued them in place.
The atmosphere at this venue is fabulous and they have people who help you unload and load up your vehicles...  and they even pop up your canopies and set up your tables! Well, with this event on Saturday, I think I'll go make something else. I've got time~ *wink*
big hugs,
 

10/27/14

ZERO Calorie Cupcakes

I recently made three dozen "ZERO" calorie cupcakes to pass out to some friends and acquaintances recently. Don't they look yummy! Would you believe they have ZERO calories? Its true!!!! "How can that be," you ask? uh.... because they are not edible ;-) LOL I crack myself up.... 
I used an insulating foam to create the cupcakes. This 16 ounce spray can of insulating foam I picked up at Home Depot was under five dollars. It made a LOT of cupcakes.

I only filled the cupcake liners half way... you can see in this photo below how much the Styrofoam rises with the 24 hours that I let them set up.

I ended up having to cut off the tops down to become "cupcake" size. If your going to try making some, I would recommend filling them only 1/4 high in the cupcake liners. It will look like a squiggly mess when you first spray it in the liners, but when it rises, it will be a perfectly smooth.
I also had to cut off the bottom of each cupcake as the Styrofoam created a round bottom to each cupcake making them wobble when set down. For the frosting I used "Patch-n-Paint" lightweight spackle. I used pink paint in this cup below. The first photo shows the cupcakes that I mixed straight red paint into the white spackle thinking it would turn pink... it didn't, it looks more like a salmon. Whatever~
I noticed too that some of the frosting had started to crack. I think this might have happened due to the spackle being old and having sat in the garage for over a year. If I were to make more of these, I would invest in new spackle. But for what I used them for--- it was perfect. Perfectly funny that is *wink*
Here are a couple of tips if your wanting to try making some.
  • Again, only fill each cupcake liner 1/4 the way up.
  • Don't touch the foam with your hands--- that's some sticky stuff!
  • Once you start spraying the insulating foam you have to either use it all up or toss it as it won't let you use it over several days.
  • Use a piece of double sided sticky tape to hold your cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. The foam will make it expand right out of the cupcake pan leaving you with a "hot mess." 
  • If your needing to wash off any tools, do it outside with a hose and not down your pipes. 
  • Make sure you tell your "dumb" friends that they cannot eat them. *wink* 
big hugs,

10/20/14

Crocheted Frozen Elsa Hat

I whipped up a crocheted Frozen Elsa hat for my grand daughter Chloe... Here is the finished hat on the newly made head form I had made especially to showcase this hat~
 The turquoise yarn I used for the crown has a little silver shimmery strand running through it. I used some large snowflake sequins I pulled off a winter sprig that I got at the dollar store.
I found the pattern for the Elsa hat on Sarah's blog if your wanting to make one yourself. My grand daughter is pretty-happy with it! Now we just have to wait for colder weather so she can wear it to school.

 I have a LOT of crochet projects in the works, two hats, three scarves and one poncho--- it is fall isn't it? The temperature is dropping, but it is still in the 80's. Gotta love California *wink*
big hugs,

10/15/14

Keepsake Tins

I was commissioned recently with a request to make some small keepsake containers to hold a person's cremated remains. A portion of the remains are going to be placed inside each of the containers and given to a number of people so that the remains can be scattered in different places.
 I was asked to make them look vintage and distressed and to use the "Skull n' Bones" embossing folder by Cuttlebug. Sounds easy enough.
They didn't have to be distressed all the same.... it was fun to play around with different color choices. I also added some embossing powders to them to give them a super old look. I think my favorite is the copper tins with the green verdigris. It isn't as bright in person.

I sprayed each one when they were finished with a matte sealant to keep the paint intact.

 I made a total of twenty-four small keepsake tins...
I also added another embossed piece on the inside of each lid. I used some of my coveted vintage velvet on the bottom of each tin... I also distressed the inside too~

I hope the person who commissioned me to make them loves them.

big hugs,