Saturday, August 25, 2012

Okay, I don't drink coffee, I love the smell of most coffees but just cannot acquire a taste for it. I have no idea what all the gizmos and levers, etc. do on a cappucino or espresso machine and my rendition may not be totally accurate. So why did I make this particular gadget? It all started with the desire to make a copper tea urn in miniature. I did a search for images on Bing (MSN) then one thing led to another and I somehow came accross this image:
When I saw this picture I just had to try and make a miniature of it. I also gleaned some ideas from this YouTube video as well:
Anway, this is my rendition. My mini may be rather large for this type of machine in 12th scale but I think it turned out pretty good. It is a mixture of plumbing fittings from the hardware store, brass wire and various jewelry findings from the craft store. Paper filligree edging. Copper color Contact Paper from Lowe's was perfect for the lower part.

I plan to put this on a marble top counter in a cafe' still in the planning stages. Maybe it won't be long before I get the cafe' in the works.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Just thinking......

The imaginary decorators have been to check out the lantern rooms and have left samples for the client to look over.

The matboard used for the wall was a scrap piece of matboard gleaned from a frame shop's throwaways. I visit there on occasion to collect these pieces for my various projects.
The fringe pieces in the basket are selvages cut from my fabrics. Remember to look closely at everything you use and you will see it in a different way.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Someone has been away too long....
The rose bush needs tending and cleaning up!

This is the rose bush I made for my florist display. Took a long time to do! I think it was well worth it, though. I made my basic form from a bunch of thin wires and twisted branches in here and there; painted it with a mixture of craft paints and glue mixed together (about a half and half ratio). I used the two punches shown in the second picture. The flowers are made of painted tissue paper and he leaves are painted mulberry paper. (Acrylic craft paints used) Then I used the back of my xacto knife and a mousepad scrap to put a line down the middle of each leaf. Then I built each rose on a corsage pin so that when they were removed I had a hole in the middle big enough to stick on the ends of the branches with glue. Dried tea leaves from my used tea bags make the mulch/soil.

Monday, August 13, 2012



Been a while since I have been able to post; busy at work and I've been trying to do more on my florist display.
I will post some pictures of my new rose bush when I can and show you the entire display when I get more done on it.
NOW for the main info in this post; Hobby Lobby has their metal ware on sale for 50% off this week.
I purchased two lanterns made of metal and glass for half price. Here are the pictures:

These are only two of the various designs and sizes available in my nearest Hobby Lobby. (40 miles away)
I LOVE the green one! The glass dome on top is two sided convex patterned glass. I plan to put some mini wicker in this one. The other I am not sure of yet...maybe a library corner? These are about 24" tall to the top of the handles.
Looks like I'm going to be even busier in the future with new projects, huh?!
Have a great week everyone!