Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Little Umbrella

I was watching TV early one morning, and a Canadian show with two guys named  Steven and Chris was on.  I think that's what it's called but I could be wrong.  I don't usually watch it but it was around 4:30am and believe me, out in the boonies without satellite, that is all that's on....well except for the Amazing Gain Two Cup Sizes "Bra" infomercial.
Anyways, the boys were making these cute little drink umbrellas and I thought, "Hey I can do that too".  I started at about 5am and by 7 am, this is what I accomplished. 
I actually just lied...I have no idea what time it was that I started or finished, but from what I accomplished, I would say maybe two hours.

I used my new cutter and set the dial for 4 3/4.  I cut any circular pattern with a solid center

I also cut just a circle. (Not shown)

I took a gold felt marker and just went around the outside of this style

Now cut a slice of pie.

Glue the two cuts together and you get an umbrella.

I cut the last three.

This was two bamboo skewers from the dollar store.  I cut them in half with a pair wire cutters.

I pushed the skewer through the umbrella and glued a bead to the top.

I found this grommet in my button stash.  I actually think it's the other end to a snap.  I glued it to the center, with hot glue.  I put a fancy bead on top of one and a button on the top of another.

Gee, it kinda looks like I'll be doing a lot of "drinkin".

Well, I"ll hope for a mild hangover....haha  just kidding!
Soda and lime juice.
These would look cute skewered into food too.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Simple Art Project

Hello fellow bloggers.  This is a project that I found somewhere on the Internet but have no idea where.  I remember that they used spray paint, but with the cold weather here, spray paint was not an option for me.

I started with two 70 x 90 cm canvases.

Covered them in fabric.

I cut some fabric larger than the canvas.

Used some spray adhesive on the canvas.

Placed my canvas on the wrong side of fabric.

Wrapped each side of the canvas and secured with staples.

Then I pulled each corner in and made as neat as I could.


I cut out some letters onto a roll of mac-tack that I got on clearance.   I used my Cricut for this task.   The letters are from a song, What A Wonderful World.

I drew lines on the boards so that I would be able to keep the letters straight.

Kilz primer was used and rolled over both boards.

I also put two coats of cream colored craft paint on, and forgot to take pictures.  Oops, but you get the idea!

I mixed up 2 parts linseed oil, 1 part naphtha, and 1 part raw umber acrylic paint.

I used a rag and rubbed the mixture all over the canvases.

Now for the fun part.  Start removing the letters.

All done.  Now to find the pictures a new home!

Have a good week!

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