2/13/19

Wednesday Workshop

Every Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 I host a pirate prop workshop to get some help for creating items for our Fair fundraiser in October. I have lots and lots of little filler items that are time consuming to create and are the perfect items for people who don't craft a lot to help to make. Basically, all the stuff I don't want to do!
I was going to save these plastic skulls for the helpers to help out with. I dirtied up one... 

and while creating a sample skull-- got carried away and finished them all. 
I cut up some cardboard boxes and made some small knives...
I created some large swords too.... these I'll take to the clubhouse and have them do a fast paper mache job on each one.

I've taken some girl scout cookie boxes and turned them inside out to create some boxes of "beans." Because, you know.. pirates like their beans. *wink*

These stenciled boxes will serve as storage for props leading up to the event and then of course... to be used at the event. I stuffed the skulls I made into the bean boxes for storage for now...
I've been saving small cookie boxes and turned all of those inside out as well. These boxes were created last Wednesday evening when we got together. I brought them home and touched them up a bit... and added a little more detail to each one, glued the boxes back together and added the red eye socket which will get red glitter added to it this evening. I'm going to make a small sign that reads, "It is all fun and games until someone needs an eye patch" and place that somewhere close by. Actually... did you know that pirates wore an eye patch over a single eye so that one eye would be pre- adjusted to darkness while going down below into their ship or boarding another ship in the night? Smart pirates!
Well, I've got a rolling cart filled with projects for my helpers to help me with this evening. It is a lot of work to create a project and get all the supplies together for everyone to use, but it would be even MORE work to have to then create everything myself!
I hope I get a lot of people to come help out tonight!
big happy hugs,
Cheryl

1/29/19

Shrines

This past week two of my good friends passed away. Nothing makes you cling to your faith more than when you lose someone you love. One of the gals was my friend Jennie, who is actually the one who kept calling me "Artsy Fartsy" over the years and with that ingrained in my head, it was a no-brainer to call my blog that very name.

Feeling kinda moody, I set out to create some Holy shrines... creating these really does soothe my soul~
I have several containers of things I've put aside to incorporate into Holy shrines when the mood strikes....
I also have a huge bin of vintage metal fluted pastry molds that I've always wanted to work into a shrine, I was happy to finally get to try using them.
I had to cut two fold lines in each tin and then bend up the bottom so that it would sit flush on top of the base of these silver plated salt and pepper shakers.
I poked through my drawer of rhinestone pieces and found a few crowns and a swirly piece to use as toppers on each shrine.
I filled each shrine base with aquarium gravel so each shrine wouldn't be top heavy. I sealed the gravel with a layer of hot glue so none would ever spill out.
I lurve how the vintage pastry molds added radiance to each shrine. I'm glad I have a lot of them to use in the future. 

It is good to have your faith to support you when things get tough.
big hugs,
Cheryl

1/11/19

Happy 2019!

I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas and was able to ring in the new year in style~ One of my new years resolutions this year is to blog more. It is already the 11th of 2019 and I'm already slacking on that resolution... I always say "I'll do it tomorrow," and before you know it so many tomorrows have passed that it turns into months. In my defense time has sped up... don't tell me you haven't noticed that yourself. *wink*

I did create some candy cane creations for my two grandkids to pass out in December. This year I created nutcrackers, sixty in total.
I also created candy cane cheerleaders for my grandaughter to pass out to her fellow cheer friends.
The squad has dwindled down to only thirty from the previous year of having sixty cheerleaders.
 
I'm not complaining one bit...

My word for the year 2019 is "EXTRA." Possibly even "so extra" or even "super extra." I think it will be a day by day struggle to decide which one to go with. The struggle is real people. Last year, was a very basic year... this year, my wish is for it to be EXTRA!
big hugs,
Cheryl