Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Handmade Magnetic Board

For a while I have been wanting something to hang notes, recipes, etc over my kitchen counter workspace. I made this last weekend using things I already had around the house so it cost nothing for me to make it.

handmade magnetic board


Several years ago I had bought a hanging wood curio cabinet on clearance. I removed the doors, sanded it, filled the holes where the doors were attached and painted it. It hangs above one of my aquariums and displays stones, sea shells, sand dollars, starfish and a hermit crab made by BewitchingDreams. I had saved the doors and glass thinking one day I might use them to create frames.

I filled the holes where the door hardware used to be. Sanded and painted the wood with primer then red paint and a coat of sealer. My kitchen is mostly red and white. Then I cut a piece of expanded wire mesh (you could do the same thing with chicken wire). I have this because I use it to reinforce concrete stepping stones and concrete sculptures. It is magnetic so I knew it would be perfect. I spray painted it with primer then after that dried, white spray paint. It is now hanging above my kitchenaid mixer using picture hanging hardware.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Fabulous soaps, Win your own

I love handmade soaps! Recently I have been using some from MzzThang and I absolutely LOVE it! You can enter to win 3 bars and try it out for yourself. Trust me, you want to do it.

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Click HERE to enter on her blog Fo-Shizzle Design Studios.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Pink Pixy Stone revisited

Check out what Margo aka Beadlady5 made with one of my pink Pixy Stone cabochons.

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Vintage Inspired Necklace


It is so very beautiful! I was so excited when she showed it to me. She does not even know that I have a thing for dragonflies and it even has one just below the cabochon.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Over the hills of snow

Every year I make snowmen for the holidays. My mother-in-law collects snowmen and that is how it began. I have never listed any before but will be listing these in my shop for the Christmas in July sale beginning July 1st and lasting the entire month.

snowmen 2011


I will be marking down everything in the shop, not just holiday items. Until then I am making a lot of new things to list.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Officially addicted



What is Pinterest? Click here to find out.

I first learned of Pinterest via one of the food blogs I follow in my google reader, Steamy Kitchen. She had included a pin in a blog post. I clicked it and checked out the site, liked it a LOT and joined. It is a fabulous way to collect and share interesting web pages from a large variety of interests. If you decide to join you can find me here at pinterest.com/coltpixy.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Butterfly Mobile

I made a butterfly mobile to hang in my yard. It is not put together quite the same as the tutorial I read that inspired me to make it so I will tell you what I did differently. When you make your own it might be different than either version, depends on what supplies you will use.

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Mine were made by cutting up pepsi max cans, 2 butterflies per can same as the tutorial. The aluminum in soda cans is so thin now days that after removing the ends you can switch to scissors. I cut up the can into one long strip by removing the ends with tin snips (using gloves). Then I cut the tube with scissors to make it a long strip. I cut each strip in half.

I cut a paper template into the shape that I wanted and traced around it with a sharpie marker on the blank side of each piece. Then I cut the butterflies out using scissors.
I sprayed Krylon Primer on each side of the butterfly and once dry, painted with craft acrylic paints. I have been using cheap craft acrylics to paint various things for outdoors for over 20 years and know it will be fine. After I got them painted I sprayed on a coat of Krylon crystal clear to keep the paint from getting scratched off.
*krylon does not pay me nor give me products to use their name. It is just a product I love.

I strung mine differently from the tutorial because I did not have the right color beads and did not want to buy anything for this project. Several years ago I needed one end of toggle clasps for a non-jewelry project. I had saved the bar end of the toggle clasps in a jar hoping one day I would find something I could use them for. They ended up looking great as a butterfly body!
On the top side of the butterfly I attached washers, gluing them on using silicon. I let that set 24 hours. The washer gives it a little bit of weight and they need it. Aluminum is very light weight, even with the washers attached the slightest breeze makes theses flutter... I love them so!

Anyway, after the silicon had cured I used the tip of small sharp pointy scissors and poked a small slit in the aluminum. This is inside the hole of the washer. Then on the opposite side from the washer I inserted the loop of the toggle bar. Then fishing line was tied to the loop sticking in the hole using the same knots I use to tie fishing line to tackle. My grand-daddy taught us how to fish at an early age and said fishing line should never be tied into a square knot because it will eventually give. If you do not fish you can find instructions to tie fishing line to tackle via google.

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Mine are tied to a long branch then it is hung from line leaders that have swivels. This way the entire thing, branch and all spins in the breeze. The reason I painted them the way I did is because from a distance they look like they could be real butterflies fluttering together.

Here is the tutorial that inspired me. Click the image. She has great step-by-step photos. I like her hanger idea too but wanted mine on wood so it would blend in with the humongous crepe myrtle bush it is now hanging from (not in the above photos).

Thursday, June 9, 2011

coffee filter peonies


paper peonies
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

I love peonies. I have 3 colors in my yard but the blooms came and left weeks ago. Then I saw this tutorial and knew I could have them any time I wanted. So can you. Click the image above to see a larger photo of mine. Click the image below to the Pinterest page with the tutorial link.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

white vase and mini terrarium


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Originally uploaded by coltpixy

I have a bunch of projects going in various stages of completion. Today I have these two to show you. A miniature moss terrarium, the jar is 3½" tall including lid. I was going to make miniature mushrooms to go in it but have something a little more organic in mind now to go with a teeny fairy I will make for it.

The other is this white vase made from an empty tomato sauce can. The instructions I used to make it came from...



This week I will be making flowers to go in it and will show you both mine and where I got the tutorial for them.

Not sure why the pinterest pin link broke. Here is a direct link to it http://pinterest.com/pin/278730664407213414/