Sewing Room Postcard Collage

Almost three years ago (which I only know because I looked it up) I bought some really cute postcards from an artist named Kathy Jeffords with an Etsy shop called The Dreamy Giraffe.  I fell in love with her style and chose the postcards so I’d have several of the prints.  After they arrived, I didn’t know what to do with them and I put them somewhere for safekeeping.  I’d come across them once in a while, marvel at how adorable they are, and put them back.  I finally decided enough is enough – these need to be displayed.

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I started this project with an ordinary 12 x 12” frame.  I wanted to use a button print fabric as the background but didn’t want it to be too thin or floppy, so I ironed a piece of heavy craft interfacing onto the back. 

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By cutting the interfacing to fit the frame, it also gave me a good outline for cutting the fabric.

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To hold the postcards in place I used some stick-on glue dots on the back.  I only used one dot on each card – just enough they wouldn’t slip around.

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I thought something with a little dimension would be fun in the middle, so I cut wool circles to match the fabric and added a little craft floss stitching to the center to make them look like buttons. 

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I attached those with glue dots as well.

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After that it was just a matter of putting it into the frame.  I love how it turned out, and I’m happy I can actually look at these prints every day.  Every day I decide a different girl is my favorite!

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I don’t think The Dreamy Giraffe has the postcard sets in stock any more, but the crafty girls are still available as prints.  I could find a place in my house for just about everything in her shop!

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Friday Favorites–Decorating for Halloween

We have two October birthdays in our house, so if I’m going to decorate for Halloween I try to hold off until those have passed.  My husband’s was yesterday (Happy birthday honey!), so I think it’s time.  Since my kids are grown and we don’t get trick-or-treaters I don’t often do much, but I’m feeling it this year.  I think it might be nostalgia, since my oldest is completely out of the nest.  That’s okay, because there is no shortage of good ideas out there – I had a hard time narrowing it to ten this week!

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I noticed after I was done collecting this week’s favorites that almost all of them involve repurposing.  One of the most impressive transformations is this pink and purple Little Tikes playhouse that became a spooky haunted mansion, thanks to the talents of Saki.Girl on Halloween Forums.

Little Tikes Playhouse Makeover by Saki.Girl on Halloween Forum

Thanks to so many charities using “flocking” as a fundraiser, you can buy pink flamingos lots of places year round.  Pick up a few and make these Painted Skeleton Flamingos with Craftbits.

Painted Skeleton Flamingo by Craftbits

I think these Rock Jack-O-Lanterns from No Time for Flashcards might be my kind of pumpkin carving.

I think these Halloween Spiders from Crafts ‘N Coffee are adorable, and not even a little scary.

Halloween Spiders by Crafts 'N Coffee

These DIY Halloween Lanterns from The Australian Baby Blog would be a fun craft to make with the kids.  All the glow, without all the fire hazard.

DIY Halloween Lanterns by The Australian Baby Blog

These Coffee Filter Spiderwebs from The Artful Parent remind me a little of snowflakes – until you add the spiders.

Spider Webs from Coffee Filters by The Artful Parent

I might need to start saving up shopping bags to make this skeleton from Curious Tangles on Instructables.

Halloween Skeleton Made of Plastic Shopping Bags by Curious Tangles on Instructables

I love a craft that can transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving, like these Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins from The Summery Umbrella.

Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins by The Summery Umbrella

These Toilet Paper Roll Bats from Practically Functional are easy, just the right amount of spooky, and use something everyone has around.

Toilet Paper Roll Bats by Practically Functional

These Barbie Zombies from Crafts by Amanda are at the top of my want-to-make list.  It probably helps that we’re big Walking Dead fans.

Barbie Zombies by Crafts by Amanda

Outdoor Wedding Bathroom

When my daughter and son-in-law announced their engagement, and decided they wanted to hold the wedding at our home, my husband and I entered into what would be one of the biggest projects of our lives.  I don’t know about you, but it isn’t every day we invite 200 people to our house for a little get-together.  There were many things to be considered, not the least of which was the bathroom situation. 

Without going into all the details of how our house is arranged, we have three bathrooms inside, none of which were going to be easily accessible for the ceremony and reception.  We started looking at something we could rent, but the ugly ones were, well, ugly and the pretty ones would break the budget.  Finally, my husband decided he would build a bathroom behind the barn.  If you know my husband, you just nodded and said “Of course he did.”

My husband is the guy everyone calls when they need something fixed, so I can tell you the barn has absolutely nothing to do with animals.  Tools, wood and left-over home improvement supplies don’t require feeding though.  Pretty much everything he needed was inside that barn, and the entire thing ended up costing around $300.  We could barely rent an ugly one for that and ours flushed.

For some perspective on how this was set up, this is what the area looked like where the ceremony and reception were both held.

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Because the bathroom wouldn’t be obvious, I made this sign using my new wood burning tool.  I need to find another excuse to use that thing – it’s fun.

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We staked the sign near the back of the barn, and no one seemed to have any trouble finding it.

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The first thing they would see as the stepped around the corner was a small wood deck, to the left of the white barn door.

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The next thing our guests would find was a little hand washing area under an overhang.

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The mirror was from Ikea, as well as the hanging bulb that my husband turned into a mason jar pendant light.

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The sink and faucet, which I showed you how he made last week, were plumbed through a piece of rustic cedar.  The day of the wedding we added a bouquet of flowers inside the watering can, some soap I chose strictly because it was the right color, and hand towels.

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Beneath the counter were a couple of tin pails for trash.

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Next to the hand washing station was a stall to house the toilet itself, complete with locking door.  I love the red exterior barn wall serving as a background for all of this.

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I already showed you the sign and rug I made, but I thought this extended toilet roll holder my husband added was genius.  We slide several rolls on before the ceremony and no one ever had to refill it.

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I think the reason I love this little bathroom so much is because it really captured the whole DIY, rustic, country feel my daughter wanted for the event.  And I’m pretty sure no one has ever had one just like it.

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Besides, when you have something so cute going on in front of the barn, you’ve gotta have something special in the back.

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My thanks to Heather Fitch Photography for allowing me to share some of her photos here!

Galvanized Tub Sink and Watering Can Faucet

Are you all tired of hearing about wedding stuff yet?  I hope not, because we just got the photos from the photographer last week, along with her okay to share them here, so I have lots more to tell you about!

I have one more bathroom-related project I’d like to share with you before I reveal the whole thing next week.  I know it’s weird to be so focused on the restroom, but it was just adorable, and this project was the biggest focal point.

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We found the tub and watering can at Ikea last spring, so this wasn’t an expensive project at all.

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It was important to my husband to have a unique handle for the faucet, so we visited a local antique hardware store and found the one on the left for about $5.  He also needed a piece of 1/2” copper pipe and a drain, found at Home Depot.

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Replacing the faucet handle with the older one was as simple as unscrewing the nut, removing the one it came with, putting on the antique and screwing the nut back on.

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He pushed the copper pipe into the spout on the watering can just hard enough to make a small indent in the bottom.

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After that, he drilled a hole at the point of the dent…

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…large enough for the pipe to fit through.

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He put a piece of wood under the tub and pounded lightly on the bottom in the center to create a recessed area for the drain.

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He drilled a hole in the bottom that was slightly bigger than the diameter of the pipe.  After the hole was drilled, he hit it a few more times with the hammer to flatten the rough edges.

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He removed the rubber gasket and nut from the bottom of the drain.  He pushed the drain into the drilled hole, adding some sealant to the underside.  Then he threaded the gasket and nut back on, tightening it with a wrench.

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With the drain securely in place, installing it involved some plumbing skills I won’t get into here.

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It turned out even cuter than I pictured when my husband suggested it.  And it worked!

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Next Wednesday – the big bathroom reveal!

Friday Favorites – Autumn

It’s been a pretty great week here at Crafty Staci.  I’m leaving today to attend the Schoolhouse Craft Conference in Seattle, which I’ve been wanting to do for years.  I’m hoping to come back better, smarter and faster than before, but I’ll settle for a fun weekend.  I also found out I’m going to be one of the curators for Sew Mama Sew’s Handmade Holidays series!  In the past I’ve provided one of the giveaways and had my projects featured, so it will be fun to complete the circle.

Last, but not least, meet my new toy:

My New Pfaff

My Etsy shop stays hopping, so I’ve been working with a second machine for a while now, but it was missing my favorite feature:  the built-in walking foot.  I love my old Pfaff, and found out I could buy a brand-new one that has everything I want and need, and nothing I don’t.  Now they can sit side-by-side with white thread in one and black in the other, while I glide smoothly back and forth.  Or dive frantically, depending on the day.

Another great thing about this week was the start of autumn.  I love the sun, but after an exceptionally warm summer, I’m ready for my boots and scarves. 

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We had a pretty good wind storm here recently, and the pinecones rained down like we were under attack.  I’ve got plenty of supplies to make these Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders from Freebie Finding Mom.

Homemade Pine Cone Bird Feeders from Freebie Finding Mom

We also have a few leaves hitting the ground already.  From what I read elsewhere, you want to press and dry them before making something like this Autumn Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder from Spark and Chemistry.

Leaf Mason Jar Candle Holder from Spark and Chemistry

One thing we don’t have around here is acorns but I’d love to find some to make these Acorn Owls from Bloesem Kids.

Acorn Owls from Bloesem Kids

This Fall Tree “Snow Globe” from Frugal Fun for Boys is a fun take on a winter tradition.  The author mentioned the water turning brown from the twig, but I think that could be remedied by using an artificial branch.

Fall Tree Snow Globe from Frugal Fun for Boys

I can imagine so many ways to use these Happy Autumn Leaves from Moogly.

Happy Autumn Leaves from Moogly

We can’t talk about autumn without bringing out the big, orange pumpkins, can we?  These Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches from Sewlicious Home Décor are a great transition from warm weather into fall.

Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches from Sewlicious Home Decor

I’ve seen pumpkins made from just about everything in the craft world.  I particularly like the simplicity but unique quality of these Framed Pumpkins from Country Design Style.

Framed Pumpkins from Country Design Style

My son loves fritters, so I’m almost afraid to show him these Apple Fritters from Greek Food and Greek Life.  On the other hand, he’s becoming a good cook himself…hmm.

Apple Fritters from Greek Food and Greek Life

Need a quick, simple but cute little something sweet?  Check out these Chocolate Peanut Butter Acorns from Tikkido.  There are so many flavors of Hershey Kisses, you could really get creative.

No Bake Easy Acorns from Tikkido

I used to be really into cross-stitch.  I still do it once in a while, and love the look of it.  This Wood Plank Cross Stitch Fall Décor from Make It and Love It puts a fun spin on it.

Wood Plank Cross-Stitch Fall Decor from Make It and Love It

Now, I’ve got some sewing to do!

Knotted Knit Bathroom Rug

As you know by now, since I haven’t stopped talking about it yet, my daughter’s wedding was held in the small field between our house and our little red barn.  Because we were holding the whole thing outdoors, one of our first considerations was a bathroom.

We looked into renting a port-a-potty style, but frankly nothing about those says wedding.  We saw some beautiful trailer-style restrooms to rent at a bridal show, but they would have obliterated our budget.  Being the handy guy he is, my husband decided to build one onto the back of our barn.  He ended up using mostly repurposed or left over supplies, and the whole thing cost us about $300.  On top of that, it was adorable.  I’m not going to show you the entire thing yet, because I’d like to share some of the things we made to go into it before the big reveal.  I’m starting with this unassuming but foot-friendly little rug.

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I made each of the bridesmaids and the flower girl grey knit robes, and a white one for the bride, so they would have something to wear while they got ready.  Making six robes left me with lots of scraps, so I used those to make this.  You could also cut up t-shirts. 

I cut strips that were about 1” wide and 6” long.  If my notes are correct (forgive me, a lot was going on) I ended up with 1092 grey and 185 white.  I didn’t use all of them.  I’d recommend counting the holes to get a good estimate of how many you’ll need.

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For the base I used the same type of mesh used for latch hook rugs.  You can buy it by the yard at the fabric store.  I cut mine 16 by 24”.  I happened to have some of this on hand, so this project cost me nothing out of pocket!

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To bind the edges, I cut strips of knit that were 2” wide by the length of each side, plus a few inches.  Starting with the short sides, I overlapped the strip so it was covering the edge and stitched through all three layers on the sewing machine.

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For the long sides I did the same, only I turned the ends under about 1/2”.

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The corners should overlap.

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I used a pointy stick to push the ends of the small strips up through the holes from the bottom.

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Both ends should come up through adjacent holes.

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I only tied these once, rather than a square knot, because I found it was too bulky otherwise.  The knit holds well and none of them have come untied.

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I skipped a row of the mesh so only one strip of fabric is in each hole.  I also skipped a row when starting the next.  Again, it was too bulky if I didn’t.  This is what the back ends up looking like.

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Because of its size this rug is pretty heavy, but it’s great to stand on because it’s so thick.  It held in place well on the wood floor of the bathroom at the wedding, but slides around a bit on some tile.  The newlyweds are still using it in the bathroom at their new apartment!

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Office Organization Station

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Yep, that’s me.  I am the queen of lists, and more than once I’ve crossed off the last item before tossing it in the trash.  I know once it’s finished there’s no need to mark that last box, but it just isn’t complete until I’ve done it.  I like my organization with a little side of obsession for flavor.  With the wedding coming up, you know I’m in full organizational mode.  My daughter and I decided it would be nice to put it up on the wall where we could both see it easily.  I think she’s trying to slow my list-making roll.

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Craft Warehouse has been carrying these square frames for a good ten years or so, and I’ve wanted to make one of these with them for about that long.  There are so many ways you could go with this, but I wanted a dry erase board, a calendar and something I could stick magnets to.  I also had the U.S. map scrapbook paper that I bought a long time ago and never found a use for, so four frames was perfect for me.  They also had the twig hanger, which I loved, so I brought that home too.

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I wanted to make sure they all hung together straight, so that’s where my husband and his trusty brad nailer came in.  I removed the glass and backing from each frame, then he lined them all up and secured them with three nails between each side.

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After that it was just a matter of putting in the guts.  The metal square went on top of the glass, as well as the dry erase.  In hindsight, I probably could have put a piece of paper behind the glass and just used it, but what’s done is done.  I did put a piece of scrapbook paper behind the glass with the calendar on top of it.  The map is behind the glass as well.  The backs went back on like they ordinarily would when framing a picture.

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My husband placed the nails for hanging.  That’s been our deal ever since I nailed the pocket door shut in our bedroom.

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After the frames were up, the next step was to hang the hook for the jars to hold the pens and eraser.

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While he worked on that, I took the jar rings outside and used a hammer and nail to poke two holes across from each other.

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I figured out how long I wanted them to hang and cut an appropriate length of wire, making sure there was enough to wrap back onto itself.  I stuck it through the holes on each side and twisted.

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I put the lids back on the jars, filled them with the eraser and dry-erase markers and hung them in place.

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I don’t know why I waited so long.  This didn’t take much time at all, and the whole project cost me about $45.  Not a bad price for my peace of mind.

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Friday Favorites–St. Patrick’s Day

I’ve spent my entire life thinking I had some Irish ancestry, even on days other than St. Patrick’s.  As it turns out, I’m more likely Scottish.  I even have a family castle and a once-every-seven-year reunion in the homeland.  I’m also a distant relative of Sean Connery.  As exciting as all that is, it’s a little disappointing too.  I liked being able to claim a little legitimacy in my Kiss Me, I’m Irish pin.  But aren’t we all just a little bit Irish this time of year?

First of all, just for fun, here’s the castle:

Duart Castle

I don’t think they’re going to let me move in anytime soon, but I might be lucky enough to visit one day.

10 St. Patrick's Day DIYs - Crafty Staci

Corned beef and cabbage is really an American version of Irish food, but dishes like this Authentic Irish Colcannon from Boulder Locavore are much more traditional.

Authentic Irish Colcannon by Boulder Locavore

I love the simplicity of this St. Patrick’s Day Clover Canvas Art from Lovely Clusters.  I actually think this would work outside of the holiday as well.

St Patrick's Clover Canvas Art by Lovely Clusters

How fun are these Leprechaun Hat S’mores from Hostess with the Mostess?

Sometimes basic and inexpensive projects wind up being the most impressive, like these Thrifty Hurricanes from Two Twenty One.

Thrifty Hurricanes by Two Twenty One

This Leprechaun Crunch from Yesterday on Tuesday looks fun and tasty, but what I want to know is, who has to eat all of the Lucky Charms with no marshmallows?!?

Leprechaun Crunch by Yesterday on Tuesday

Again, so simple, but this Leafy Spring Wreath from Dollar Store Crafts would be perfect for a subtle St. Patrick’s Day decoration.

Leafy Spring Wreath by Dollar Store Crafts

I know some kids who would enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day Coin Dig from The Pleasantest Thing.  And I know one who hates getting messy and really, really wouldn’t.

St Patrick's Day Gold Dig by Pleasantest Thing

These Shamrock Cupcakes from Easy Cake Decorating are just brilliant.

I think the hardest part of this felt St. Patrick’s Day Garland from A Subtle Revelry would be cutting out all those shamrocks.

Easy St Patrick's Day Garland by A Subtle Revelry

I think the photo says it all when it comes to this Pistachio Pound Cake from The Candid Appetite.

Pistachio Pound Cake by The Candid Appetite

Go find someone to pinch (on Monday!)

Stained Glass

Have I ever told you guys I work with stained glass?  After four years, it’s getting a little difficult to remember what I’ve brought up and what I haven’t.  I can’t even remember what I ate for breakfast, so there’s not much hope of that changing.  Anyway, let me tell you about my glass work.

It all started many years ago when I was a loan officer for a credit union.  I had a long drive to work, and on the way was a stained glass shop.  I would always admire the projects hanging in the windows and I thought to myself that one day I’d take a class and learn how it was done.  That went on for a few years, then I quit my job to stay home with the kidlets.  I never lost my interest in glass, but honestly the idea of having sharp glass around the little ones was a little too terrifying.

Ten years ago, I happened to skim through our local community college’s list of non-credit classes, and there it was – Stained Glass for Beginners.  I showed up for the first class to find only eight students, including myself.  By the second session we were down to six.  One of the girls said she was only there because her grandmother had bequeathed some glass tools to her, and her friend came along because her boyfriend worked for a window company.  I was the the lone student on the last day.  Ours was the second-to-last time the class was ever offered, so I’m glad I took the opportunity when I did.

Our instructor was a guy who looked like he belonged on a beach somewhere.   He started class by telling us a story of dropping a piece of glass and splitting his foot between his toes, as a warning to wear sturdy shoes.  He stood in front of us in flip-flops.  However, he was an excellent teacher.  In contrast to my fear that my kids would get within 100 yards of anything sharp, he was teaching his 7-year-old twin boys how to cut and solder.

My first project was this sun, which is still hanging in my dining room.  I love that beautiful, swirly glass…

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The next thing I tackled in class was this coffee cup.

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Starting a third project was a little ambitious, but I was hooked and I didn’t have any of the big tools of my own yet, so doing it at home wasn’t an option.  I finished this candleholder just as my instructor was packing up his stuff.

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By the time Christmas came that year, my sweet husband had made sure I had the tools I needed to work with glass at home.  I made this hummingbird for my daughter.

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And Spiderman for my son.  This was a tough one because of all those skinny fingers.  Of course, later the kids both decided they had outgrown these and gave them back to me, but Spidey hangs above my craft room door.  All that work was NOT getting stored away in a box somewhere.

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I made this fairy for my grandma.  I was so happy with the way she turned out.

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I made a few more things from patterns I had found in books or online, like this brown bear who is an all-time favorite of mine.

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But then I got brave and started creating my own designs.  I started with fairly simple projects, like this mountain.

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I really love making things that are three-dimensional, so these flowers sit on top of the fan, as does the tree on the mountain above.

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Another design feature I really like to use is curled wire, like this pumpkin’s tendrils, so I use that one quite often.

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I started to get brave, and made my daughter this flip-flop Zen garden.  She’s held onto this one so far.

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You wouldn’t know it by looking at it, but the light shade over my dining room table is probably the most difficult glass project I’ve ever made.  It looks simple, but the beautiful red glass that had me under its spell wanted to break everywhere except where I meant for it to.  These were supposed to be solid panels, but if you look closely you can see that I had to add some seams to fit some pieces back together.  Fortunately, it’s much more interesting this way.

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In addition to everything here, I’ve made lots of gifts, jewelry and Christmas ornaments.  My most recent project was this candle holder for an Etsy teammate in a gift exchange I participated in…

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…two years ago.  That’s right.  All my glass supplies have been sitting collecting dust for over two years.  Glass is like fabric – it’s pretty, so I would buy it without a thought to what I might do with it.  I have a large box of glass and everything I need to make something.  Or several somethings. 

Now for the big question:  Have I cut myself?  Oh, yes.  More times than I can count, although never so badly I’ve needed stitches.  I’ve also burned myself and probably added a little extra lead to my system.  But I keep coming back.  I think it’s time to break out the glass again.