Thursday, October 29, 2009

Vintage thingys Thurday at Coloradolady

This is a post in response to Coloradolady's call for vintage postings.
She is here:

My Memere gave me these 8 great paper mache pumpkins years ago.  They were used as decorations when her children, my mom and her sisters, were young.And they actually burned candles in them!   I love them!  The second pic shows one of them on display with my dh's pine cabin from his boy hood.  You burn pine incense by putting it on the chimney.

halloween antique


Use What I Have Challenge

I challenged my fellow crafters at the Garden Junk site to use what they have.  I am trying to do this because goodness knows I have a lot.  I hate to throw anything away that is useful.  Fortunately I can feel good about giving things to non profit thrift stores.  But what about all my material, supplies, wall paper, scrapbook paper etc etc. And so many things that the TS is not interested in.  I am going to try to use a lot of it up this holiday season!

Sewing repair

OK so I fixed my old flannel bathrobe which had a huge tear.  Not as creative as making a new one, but much easier and also meets my Use What I Have challenge to myself.  Later today I will finally sew the piece of fabric I've had hanging in front of a closet for a year into a real curtain.  That's the plan, a bit dull, but I'm sticking to it!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Today I made a plate flower

It has a new style backing which is a flatsided glass bottle.  We'll see how it holds up!

Plate flower with glass bottle back

Saturday, October 24, 2009

More flowers!

I made 4 more bouquets.  I picked up the arrangement from the museum to day and raided it!  With it and left over flowers that we didn't use I made 3 for the building that I manage.  We had a leak in the roof and the tenants who were affected adversely were so nice about it, I'm giving 2 for them and putting one in the conference room that they mostly use..  Plus I made a bouquet with yellow roses for my dfosterd.  and I'm going to get myself a pretty orchid at the florist Monday cuz now I want one too!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Made a beautiful bouquet

A nearby museum is having the local garden clubs set bouquets in front of art for a special show and fundraiser for the museum.  We did a bouquet by committee.  One of us picked out the art that would be our inspiration,  I bought the flowers, and another club member came over my house and put the bouquet together.  We ended up choosing a vase belonging to person number 1.  Early tomorrow morning I bring it to the museum, and I'll take a pic of the bouqueton its pedestal in front of the art (beautiful middle eastern tiles that used to be the back of a fountain) and post it here.  So that's what I've been doing creative for the past two days!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Halloween porch flowers

Repaired them and put them out.  The tall eyeballyhock is new.  The others were part of a costume last year.


See more at my post at Garden Junk:

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Why not NOW!

Many people don't have the luxury of working part time and not having children at home. My only other things in addition to work are a certain amount of shopping, housework, home maintenance and to take my mom (who lives in another town) grocery shopping and on errands. Dispite this apparent huge amount of spare time, I find it difficult to motivate myself to do creative projects, gardening, studying spanish, and exercising. So to the ideas of 10 min per day & use what I already have, I am adding Why Not Now? Oh, also visiting friends or going to fun things that are up to an hour away. Why not now?
Why Not?

I blew it!

Yesterday I intended to repair my home made halloween decorations and put them on the porch which I cleaned off in preparation. Porch is clean, had friends over for dinner which was very nice, but spent the time with the 10 min cooking and, earlier, studying spanish.
Today I will do at least 10 min of halloween decoration. Why not right now?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Finished Teeger memorial

Finished last night, set out in garden today (attached to base, had to wait until temperature got above 40F.
It has a solar light in the top. I'm eager to see it shine.

Teeger Memorial near his grave

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Worked on memorial crystal tower/totem/solar light

Today I worked on getting my memorial to Teeger into the garden. I set the base and was going to attach the rest to it. Then I remembered that I had to attach the solar light. Problem! The top light globe won't fit over the solar fixture and rest on the vase like I planned. So I had to add another piece that allows the globe to sit a bit higher.
Tomorrow when it has dried overnite I'll finish and then take pics of it in the garden. As long as its above 40 degrees F. That's my 10 minutes today!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Use what I have, yesterday and today's plan

I posted a challenge over at Garden Junk (conversations side) for pack rats like me to use what we have, rather than buying new stuff, for one month.
Yesterday I began a glass totem to put near Teeger's grave. I plan to have a solar light in the top of it. I didn't have the right color glass globs to decorate it (I wanted orange like his eyes) but remember that I HAVE glass beads. So I used them.
Today I will work more on it and possibly finish it. I can use a solar light that I already have, by stealing it from the garden.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Use what I have and report on yesterday

Yesterday I took the suggestion of someone in the GW Crafts and Decorations forum and put my old spools of thread that are too old and break in the machine in jars in my sewing area.  I added a couple other things like a very old 6 inch ruler and an old measuring tape.

Today, after doing some craft clean up in my house, I am resolving to use what I have and not buying anything unless it is something small needed to finish a project  for the period of one month.  What I have been doing is buying more stuff at a faster rate than I can use it and getting rid of the older things to make room.

Pretty silly!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Yesterday bowling ball, today decorate sewing room

Yesterday my friend Sarah and I began to decorate our bowling balls.  I don't know about me and mosaicing, we'll see.  Sarah's is unlike anything I've ever seen.  But she's more artsy and I'm more crafty.
Today I'm making the upstairs living room (really an enlarged hall way that the bedrooms and bath room open onto, nicer for sewing and crafting.  I'm putting my old thread on wood spools into jars etc.  My goal is to get my stuff off the dining room table, lol.
What are you doing?

I'm still working on getting the comments embedded. 

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Mosaic bowling ball, and trying to get embedded comments!

I am trying to get comments embedded under the post, but there is some glitch apparently in blogger.  That way if/when anyone else reports on what they have done it will just be there, not hidden away.
Today I am going to help my mom, and a friend in the same town and I are going to begin to mosaic our bowling balls!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Buried Teeger today, Finished garden fairies yesterday

The two paper garden fairies that I made are pictured on the right.  They were inspired by some witches in Somerset Studio magazine.  Copied really.  If you'd like to see a larger pic, I posted in Garden Web Craft & Decoration Forum

Today, I don't know.  Maybe something for Teeger's grave.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Thursday, October 8

Last nite I finished one Halloween fairy, and this morning I started another.  I'll post a pic here when both are done.  Will probably post it at GW crafts and decorations forum as well.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Wed: Halloween paper doll. What about you?

I'm determined to finish this Halloween paper doll.  Its pouring  so can't do anything outside (like concrete mushroom caps, or even buy the concrete.)  I'm going to stay home for a while if I can avoid work because my Teeger, who has a congenital liver defect, is dying.

Here he is in April.  His eyes are pretty orange cuz his liver doesn't filter out the copper in his blood.

Teeger in April '09

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tuesday October 6 What are you doing?

I am at work, but will post later what I have done with my 10 minutes.  I want to photo graph my dress and post it at burdastyle.  And I want to reassemble my concrete filled plastic birdbath in preparation for mosaic.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Monday's 10 minutes!

I'm still traveling.  In the airport in Toronto waiting to fly to Boston, then 2 hr drive home.  But I'll do something creative today for at least 10 minutes when I get home and report here.
Micki sorry about your back, hope you are better!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Use the 10 minutes however you want and I'm still in Toronto

Some people are cleaning up and doing yard work with their 10 minutes (or more as it may work out!).  I think that is fine.  What ever you need inspiration for is ok

Today I am still away from home in Toronto.  I bought some fabric since I don't live in a big city and don't get the choices that are here generally.  After choosing some likely patterns at burda style.  My ususal problem is that I love to shop but don't follow through on making stuff (including garden junk).  So what I am going to do today and !tomorrow is decide for sure what I am going to make with at least one of the fabrics, and then start it when I get home.  I don't have to sew what ever it is every day, can do other creative things if I want, but maybe I'll say I have to sew once a week until this project at least is complete.


Friday, October 2, 2009

10 min away from home?

I am in Toronto for a wedding.  I didn't bring anything with me in terms of creative work.  Not sure what I will do!  I guess I could design or plan something.  Or research.  I'll report later. What are you doing!