Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thankful.

This is a non crafty entry. Just me thinking about life and such. I've got so much to be thankful for: God, family, friends, love, happiness, salvation, etc. I have more than I ever will deserve. I'm truly blessed. I've got a future husband who is incredible, a Mama and Daddy that no one will ever compare to, a sister who is my heart and friends that are too awesome for words. I'm blessed beyond all reason and measure. The Lord is good.

I'm thankful for this:
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that's my world in a photo.


Happy Thanksgiving

Monday, November 23, 2009

Bottle crafts, oh how I love thee.

I love crafts. Obviously. I also love my friends. One in particular is made of awesome: Jess Wal. She is the amazing woman who came up with Crafty Thursday over the summer.

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The beautiful Jess with her cool boyfriend Jared.


This project is straight from her genius mind! It's a bottle chandelier!!! This is one of my favorite crafts!

First off, we found a grill grate. (Actually, we had to ask Daddy if we could have one of his. He said we could have ONE.) I took the giant bolt cutters that I used for the bottle tree project, and while Jess risked her fingers, I cut up the middle, keeping the circle intact. We pulled out all the spikes we created and arranged (and rearranged) bottles on the spikes several times until we liked the configuration. We then attached some chain to the chandelier base with four C-hooks. Then we wove some white Christmas lights throughout the bottles and hung it up in a tree in my garden.
and VOILA!

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Pure awesome.

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It's kind of blurry, but I like it. 

The 100 light string of Christmas lights really shines nicely all throughout the garden. I ran an extension cord up in the tree so the plug is hidden and used the power source I already had in the garden for the bathtub fountain. It is awesome. And it's even more amazing because I made it with a really cool girl!

P.S. Please pray for my dearest Puck. She somehow broke her tail. (I didn't know that could really happen, but turns out, it's possible.) She's pretty funny on her pain meds, but she's not up to her usual shenanigans, so it's kinda depressing at the same time.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Some spirits are in those bottles!

My first post on this blog explained how craftiness nearly made me a felon. Well, it turns out, I come by it naturally. Daddy, who is probably the best daddy anyone could ever hope for, is also a potential felon... or at least a potential misdemeanor-er. I don't think that taking the flower stands at a grave yard would count as a felony. (Don't worry. These were in the pile at the edge of the graveyard where all the gross flowers and such were. They were going to be thrown away, anyway.) 
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He's both crazy and awesome.

Anyway, he brought home some of those flower stands and I decided to cut them up and use a piece of  rebar to make a bottle tree!

A little background: Bottle trees were brought over from Africa with slaves. The legend goes, that if a person hangs bottles in a tree, evil spirits would be attracted to the light passing through them and get trapped in the bottle. Then, once the spirit is trapped, the bottle is corked and thrown away or in a river. BYE BYE EVIL SPIRITS! It's pretty much a fail proof plan.

Here's the process:

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The "stolen" flower stands.

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Look at the giant bolt cutters!

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They are so huge, I have to stand on them to use them!

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Getting started! Oh man!

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Almost done!

My bottle tree
Ta-DA!!!!!!!

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If you were a spirit, wouldn't you want to investigate the bottle?

This was my first attempt at a bottle tree and I would love to make more. This one turned out woefully boring compared to some online... Seriously. Mine is put to shame by beauties like this one:
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I didn't make this, but I wish I did... I found this picture at: http://www.dallasartsrevue.com/ArtSpaces/Tours/wrlast06/wrlast1-06.shtml

One day, I will have a bottle tree forest. And it will be magical.

Friday, November 6, 2009

No I don't smoke! I do, however, like to feed birds.

As has probably become obvious over the past posts, I like to be outside. I like to play in my garden and I like to make junk to put in my garden and to make my neighbors look at me weird when I go get the mail. Jared, my long suffering fiance, knows this about me and has embraced it. (He actually asked me if I would make a metal man to hold our mailbox! I am so excited about working on that!) I came home over the summer with a thrift store ashtray. This is slightly odd because neither one of us smoke. I told him I was thinking I could use it to make a birdfeeder and he gave me the look. Anyone with a significant other can recognize the look. You know. It's the look that says, "I really don't understand where you're going with this and I'm going to humor you until I can figure it out."
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That's pretty much the look he gives me all the time.

Anyway, I found that ashtray and bought it without knowing exactly how I was going to make it into a bird feeder. I found a pretty yellow glass bowl and bought it without knowing what I was going to do with it. I found four ceramic bowls and a cobalt blue cup without knowing what in the world I was going to do with them... Sensing a pattern? I generally have no idea what's I'm going to do with all the stuff I collect, and then one day, it hits me and ridiculous stuff gets made.

I glued each piece together and prayed it would stay balanced long enough for the glass glue to set. This is the result:

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A close up of the ashtray part (which was my favorite!)
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I can just see the little birdies sitting on the grooves where a cigarette would go!

On a different note, Jared is all moved into the new house and so has the dog Puck. She is a beast! She's so ugly she's cute, and she provides near constant laughter because she's crazy. So, because she makes me happy, here's a parting picture of our dearest Puck:
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