Thursday, March 25, 2010

FINALLY!

The stained glass project is finally finished! YESSSS!!!!!!!

Jared helped me finish it! We had to make two trips to the Home Depot to make it happen, though. I got too excited the first trip and when we got home, I realized that I didn't have the grout float, a proper sponge, or cheesecloth. So back to the store we went.

The earliest steps of the process were already documented on this blog so here are the newest parts!

Basically, after we glued all the globs on the window, we followed the directions on the box of grout. I bought Charcoal colored non-sanded grout. We made the whole box, which was a mistake, but next time I think I'll prepare a couple of windows to grout that way I won't have to do crazy math and I won't waste any grout.

and here we go!


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The giant bucket and the grout. Plus, refreshments since it is hard work mixing grout

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Jared mixed it for me since my arms are weak and girly.

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I mixed it for just a few minutes and ended up with it on my face in record time.

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Jared's grout mustache

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We might have made too much grout.

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This is the window with all the grout on it before we wiped it down.

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TA-DA!

and one more!

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I personally think it's awesome!

Friday, March 5, 2010

These flowers aren't fragrant, but they're still cool.

I've felt quite awful today. What could cheer me up? CRAFTINESS! Kate and I made a small button bouquet, so I thought I would share. This is what you need:

1. Buttons
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These are part of my sister's button collection. Mine is currently at the house with Jared, so I didn't get to use my really cool vintage ones.

2. Some kind of pliable wire.
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This was found somewhere in Daddy's tool box. It's seen better days.

3. Some kind of pliers. I'm not posting a picture of a pair of pliers because most likely, people know what pliers look like. Plus, pliers aren't traditionally pretty to look at.

Now, to make the flowers, cut a piece of wire and then fold it in half. Thread the button that you want on top first and so forth. Once you've made your flower, twist the wire to secure. You can add another lone button to look like a leaf. If you'd like, you can even twist a couple of flowers together to get an idea of what it will look like.

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Kate made these!

You could also make multiple flowers per length of wire if you'd like. It's your bouquet, so do what you want.

Anyway, after you've made all the flowers you want, arrange the flowers however you'd like and twist all together to secure.

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TADA!!!

To be honest, I think florist wire would probably be easier to bend, but I wanted to use what I already had around the house.

This is my Spring Break, so hopefully, I'll be able to work on some more projects before school starts back and stifles my creativity.

p.s. If these pictures are gigantic, I apologize. Photobucket sometimes gives me fits. For some reason they are huge one day, but then the next, they're the size I want them to be. Oh well.

p.p.s. Did you notice the new layout? I totally figured out how to do that. It's kind of a big deal for me.