This blog started with small daily paintings then changed to a more personal sharing of projects, events and photos. Enjoy!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Fixing a Rolling Backpack

I bought this backpack on wheels at a yard sale for $1.00--the bottom seam and corners were torn, but everything else looked good and perhaps my granddaughter would use this for school?  Her backpack she carries is just so heavy!  I attached some leather with rivets and sewed the eyelet corners on with some heavy thread.

Turns out she doesn't like it--not enough pockets--I tried--guess I'll use it for traveling.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Shrinky Dink Charms

I've been making Shrinky Dink charms for every production my granddaughter has been in--She's been in three or four nutcracker productions, but I'm making just one nutcracker charm to represent them all.

Alice before shrinking in the oven

I'll get some pictures of my granddaughter wearing it, but I just finished linking these on.

I couldn't fit all the charms on one bracelet, so I'll make two!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Hera, the Goddess of Motherhood

 Hera, Zeus' wife and sister

Hera, the queen of the Goddesses

Monday, March 7, 2016

Hera's Staff



This is Hera's pet peacock perched on her staff--made from cardboard and paper mache.  My Granddaughter gave me the go ahead to make Hera's accessories, (headdress, necklace, and staff).  She tells me she'll be graded for her poster board with the written info, but not on the costume, so I can help all I want--yay!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Hera's Golden Necklace

My Granddaughter's costume is getting done bit by bit--This is Hera's golden neck-plate necklace.  Two or three layers of thick paper glued together coated with a golden paper and strung with golden string.

A cut out clue as to what's to come...

Friday, March 4, 2016

Hera's Headdress

A preview of Hera's costume, (she's the queen of the gods--and the goddess of motherhood)  She likes peacocks a lot!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Model of a Cell


My granddaughter's model of a cell with these objects representing all the working parts of the cell--in the center is the computer with a lock on it--I don't know all the cell terms, but each little figure is symbolic of what is in a cell to make it work--a bed, brooms, cooks, a garden, cupboards, windows and a cell wall.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A Birthday Headband




This headband is crocheted with 100% wool.  I washed the headband and the leaves in a hot wash to felt them before putting them together--I thought it would felt more smoothly, so the crocheting stitches wouldn't show, but that didn't happen.  This is a warm headband--good for a cold day!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Awesome Cupcakes!



Lemon filled lemon cupcakes with vanilla frosting and vanilla cupcakes with dark chocolate frosting--these were so very good!  A great birthday present for her mom.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Jumping Back a Month

We'll just pretend it's August---I almost forgot to post about this year's Children's Craft Fair!  Slap my hand!
I'm very proud of my granddaughter (on the right) and her friend's accomplishments in bringing this year's booth to fruition!  Maybe even prouder than all the previous years---I've talked in the past how I tend to get involved a little too much?--you might remember, here, here, here  here and here.  Phew!
This year everything was her's and her friend's idea--they got together for many weeks prior to the fair to cook their cupcakes and freeze them, make the frosting and even cleaned and washed dishes--they thought out all the details and then had a great day frosting and selling their fabulous mini cupcakes!

Four minis fit in a hand folded origami box with lid.





Awesome job!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A Garden Mobile

A plant's eye view

I've hung this inside my netted and above-ground garden (just planted with winter vegetable seeds), because the net doesn't keep out the birds, but maybe a mobile with shiny can tops will do the trick?




It was fun to make a mobile again, but tough to take a good picture of one!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

My Aunty C

A Shrinky Dink tribute to my Aunt Carolyn who lived up into her ninety's!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Tribute using Shrinkydink

 Portraits, shrinkydinked and Photo-shopped.

I love this photo and had it on my wall in my kitchen until it faded so I could barely make out their faces, so of course, it was time to Shrinkydink!  I've hung this in my kitchen.  These three fantastic ladies have nurtured, inspired, supported and loved me along with all my siblings and cousins.
An Aunt.....A Grandmother......A Mother
Librarian.......Milliner.......Factory worker
intellectual.....social......poet
Virgo.........Cancer.......Scorpio
brown bread.....beans.....corn
read...........cards...........dance
beach-rose.....tiger-lilly.....honeysuckle
sand...............wind.............water
fresh air.......warm bread.......beach

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Recreating Glenda's Crown

It was the night before the show.  My granddaughter's gown had to be pinned in spots, and I was given an old crown to possibly fix for the performance...

This Glenda crown is many years old and beyond fixing--I tried to determine what it was made from.  It looks to be a gauzy material soaked in fiberglass and sparkles.  Now it just crackles at the touch.  It must have been a beautiful sight to behold when it was freshly made.  What doesn't show in this picture is that the silver stars on top are glued to little lengths of a thick fishing line that would move and shimmer when worn.
This is pure brilliance!

    I made this one using a pattern I got from the old crown.  The evening before the show, I roamed Rite Aid and the Dollar store.   I used a shiny pink little costume skirt from the Dollar store (unbelievably easy to pull apart!) and some clear contact paper from Rite Aid.   I laid the pink material in between two pieces of contact paper--used wire and what ever I had on hand.   I stayed up way too late working on this----Had to cut the height of it down, twice--had to try to made the thing adjustable to fit and stay on.   If I had to do this again I wouldn't use contact paper---it wants to droop, but the added wires helped.  I would have loved to add those shimmering stars on the top, but I was afraid the extra weight would bend the contact paper and I didn't have those big shiny stars that could hold their own, just some hand cut aluminum stars that would no doubt fold over in some unpleasing ways if left to bounce on their own up there.

The crown in action---it worked!

"Let the joyous news be spread, the wicked old witch at last is dead!"

Saturday, May 30, 2015

A Table for my Table

I've made a table for my table---YAY!  My back thanks me.  This raises my kitchen table/counter up almost 7 inches.  I've wanted to do this for such a long time.  I used some old wood, a thick piece of plywood for the top and a length of 4x4 for the legs.  The top I could cut with a skill saw, but the 4x4 was too thick for the skill saw, so I had to cut each leg with a hand saw--this took some sweat and time---the ends of the legs didn't come out super straight edged, but good enough that it doesn't wiggle!  The plywood was weathered and old, so I sanded it all--again by hand.  I attached each leg with 4 long wood screws, then used some left over paint I found in our garage.  This took me from morning till about 5pm, when the table was dry and ready to be put in place.   This project reminds me of a saying my grandmother used to say, "Where there's a will, there's a way", because this was not an easy task to pull off.  I kept thinking anybody who was used to working with wood, would have this put together and done within an hour, but I enjoyed doing this in my own slow calculating way.

This is an old table--the leaf that swings up and is held by the front table leg is bowed, so things tend to roll around, but this is a much improved space made with supplies I had on hand.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Healthy Snack (Helfee Sak)

About 5 or 6 years ago, my granddaughter made me a list of healthy snacks (helfee sak)  I had that list taped to my kitchen wall till it faded and yellowed, but I still couldn't throw it away, so I enlarged it and painted it on my wall.

Healthy snacks, carrots and ranch, crackers and cheese, bananas, ants on a log, fruits

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sculpture of a Towel

This is my new favorite sculpture--I don't know who the artist is, but it sits up at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, CA, right outside the rest rooms.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Olive Oyl

My idea of a home improvement project--to paint Olive Oyl on my olive oil.