Dollar Store Craft – Garden Gazing Ball

I thought this would be a fun project to try and to add a little bit of sparkle to one of my gardens! It is a quick and easy project that you can change up by using different coloured glass beads from the dollar store!

NOTE: I decided while I was making it that I’m going to take apart a solar garden light to go under the ball to make it pop even more!

I took the picture with just a battery operated votive candle to show it lit up.

All you need to make this project is a few bags of the glass beads from the dollar store, the kind that is flat on one side, a glass “fish bowl” also from the dollar store, your glue gun and then some type of sealer.

To make the gazing ball, I turned the fish bowl upside down and started to glue the glass beads to the exterior, making sure to cover all of it, leaving only tiny spaces.

I filled in all the spaces but the glass beads with glue from my glue gun as a sort of “grout” to hold it all together and then gave the whole thing a coat or two of sealer.

See I told you it was easy…. now you have a sparkly gazing ball for the garden that looks beautiful, even when the sun hits it during the day!

Sandie

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Recycled Deck Decor

It was really windy here the other day. Enough so that the curtains were almost vertical at one point and knocked a cute dragonfly candle lamp I have/had right off of the desk and shattered the base of it. All I was left with was the “shade.” I really didn’t want to just throw the shade in the recycling with the many pieces of the base so I decided to recycle it!

I found a clear glass jar that the base of the shade fit into and seemed to be the right proportions so it wouldn’t look weird and thought I could finish it very quickly using a faux tinted glass method. I have done this before on other jars so I figured it should work for this as well. Not only will the light/candle show through the shade, it will also glow from the painted jar!

So, this is what I started with…. the shade, of course, a clean glass jar, some acrylic paint and some Modge Podge.

I poured a small amount of the paint and Modge Podge onto a plate and mixed it up with a brush.

And painted the jar with the mixture.


I let it fully dry and then gave it a coat of just the Modge Podge to seal it.

I added some cute butterfly stickers I bought a while back from the dollar store, put the shade on top and now I have a pretty candle lamp for the back deck made out of a jar and the recycled shade!

Sandie

Sewing- Day # 9

I want to start by saying Thank you to http://fiddlestixandstitches.wordpress.com/http://fiddlestixandstitches.wordpress.com/ for giving me the great advice on how to embroider items that don’t fit in the hoop! I finally took the time to try it yesterday!!!

I couldn’t figure out how to embroider on an oven mitt because they wouldn’t fit in the hoop. In the comments section of one of our previous posts it was suggested that I baste the oven mitt and let it “float” on the hoop. I’m not sure if I did it as described to me but it worked!!!

Here is what I did…

I centered the hoop on my piece of stabilizer and used a fabric marking pen to trace the outline.

I sewed a basting stitch just inside the marked line to hold the oven mitt to the stabilizer.

I attached the hoop to the stabilizer only, allowing the oven mitt to “float” on top of the hoop.

And then I stitched the pattern on the same way I normally would.

And then all I had to do was remove it from the hoop, remove the basting stitch and cut the threads. I finally embroidered on an oven Mitt!

Thank you again http://fiddlestixandstitches.wordpress.com/

Sandie

A Little Bit of Beading….

I don’t do a lot of bead work as a general rule… especially right now having a head injury that has cause visual issues… but I thought I would play around with some beads I picked up at the dollar store this past week to surprise my mother-in-law with a couple of cute gifts at Mother’s Day.

We also bought her a box of the embroidery thread (and stabilizer) lol… when she heard all about the new sewing machine I bought for myself she wanted in on the fun too. While she hasn’t actually done any embroidery on her machine yet, we wanted her to have the thread on the ready so when she decides it’s time to try it she’s all set!

The bracelet I made was done with a small box of coordinated colours of beads I picked up from the big dollar store… same goes for the tassels I added to both projects.

I used regular beading wire and some silver coloured chain I had in my stash to make the bracelet. Other than attaching the clasp which gave me a hassle, the bracelet was just a matter of organizing the beads on a tray to determine the design I wanted to use and then actually threading everything on to the wire and tucking the ends in!

Here is the finished bracelet… with a little bit of creative license with the pictures lol… I got a new phone and it had a few cool effects!

And here is a little dragonfly key chain. I probably should have taken pictures, of both, as I was going but with it not fully cooperating with me during the process I totally forgot.

I just folded the jewelry wire in half, cut to a length I thought would work and started threading beads onto it to form my dragonfly.

I finished it off by adding a key chain ring, tassel and a little bit of ribbon hanging from the ring as well. Kind of cute, and sort of worth any hassles it might have given me lol!

Sandie

Sewing Day #8

As you have probably noticed from my recent Sewing Posts, I have been having a great time playing around with my new sewing machine lol.

With Mother’s day just past, I used it as an opportunity to play some more…. not only did I make my Mother-in-law a cool reusable bag that says, “Check Meowt” I also made her a monogrammed handkerchief!

I know that not many people actually use them any more but I still thought it was a nice little gift!

For Kim, I got her a cute bracelet that says, “Mama Bear,” and I stitched/embroidered her a little gift bag to put it in with one of her favourite characters on it… Betty Boop!!!

That is the sewing I managed to get done for Mother’s Day and the gifts were greatly appreciated.

Sandie

Chalk Couture

I don’t know if you have heard of Chalk Couture. It is a company specializing in products for creating beautiful “chalked” projects for home and gifts.

I very recently started as a representative for them and thought I would share it with everyone. Whether you are looking to buy products to create your own projects, or you would like to sell it yourself, please visit my store website!

If you love to craft… or more to the point… either already “chalk,” or have any interest in trying it, this is the place to get everything you need!


The link to my store is here: https://www.chalkcouture.com/sandielogan

And here is a link to a great starter project for your home: https://www.chalkcouture.com/sandielogan/product/CB191101U

Sandie

Day #7 – Playing with my Sewing Machine

Sunday I was having a bit of a crappy day and I thought maybe sewing/embroidering something might help. I have barely had a chance to get into my craft room to do any sewing in what feels like weeks.

I bought a bunch of inexpensive tea towels, pillow cases, towels, handkerchiefs and such to practice on and will share what I make as I do them!

This time I decided to make myself something. And I did a little embroidery on a shirt for Dillon… a shirt that I was supposed to do something else with ages ago!

Because Dillon is so into cycling, I thought I would make his shirt in that theme. I downloaded a cyclist from one of the sites I mentioned in “Finding Free Embroidery Patterns,” and put it on the shirt with his name! He was pretty happy with how it turned out!

Next I decided to make myself a couple of tea towels with some kind of “Grandma” theme. Again, I found these patterns on one of those sites and I was really happy with how well they turned out. I now have them displayed in my kitchen so I can enjoy them all the time!

I am still trying to navigate my way through the Embroidery software I bought but once I do, I will share with everyone the patterns I make!

Sandie