Hobbits, Fairies & Mice

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Hobbits are described as members of an imaginary race similar to humans, of small size, with hairy feet.  Fairies are generally described as human in appearance with magical powers and mice are small mammals with pointed snouts and little rounded ears.    Who wouldn’t want any one of these little critters living in their garden!?

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With a few pieces of scrap wood, a scroll saw and some paint you can have hobbits, fairies or mice living in your garden.

cut out a small door – 6″ high x 4 1/2″ wide

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cut 2 half circles out of wood for the bridge

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cut 2 1/2″ pieces of wood trim, glue and nail them on the half circles to make the bridge

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cut more 2 1/2″ pieces of trim to use for stairs

I painted some wood grain and a door frame on the door  and painted my hinges black with outdoor deco art patio paint

I used a little wooden bead for the door knob, painted it black and screwed it on.

I glued the wooden heart on the door with outdoor wood glue, then put 2 small drill holes through the heart and inserted fishing line so I could tie the door to a tree trunk.

I added a bit of brown paint to the stairs and bridge to make it look like wood grain then varnished all pieces with water based outdoor varnish.

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I gotta say it looks pretty darn cute at night with the garden lights on.  A little magic door for tiny little critters.

If you don’t feel like making your own but would love one in your garden they can be custom ordered in my etsy shop.

Anyway 😉

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Fall / Thanksgiving / Baby Shower / Halloween

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= busy! Another month over so soon!!! Seems like since I’ve been blogging the months are going even faster.

September was a busy month but not as busy as October is going to be with Thanksgiving next weekend and the baby shower the following weekend.  Needless to say I’ve been hanging out in my cave a wee bit.  Good thing it’s my favourite place to hang out 🙂

I made 60 of these shower favours.  I don’t think there’ll be that many people at the shower but I’d rather have more than not enough.  I was so happy to get them done.  I filled them with candy.  I couldn’t find a variety of candy in blue wrappers so I wrapped alot of them myself in silver paper, overtop of the original candy wrapper. Once I got the knack I was like a candy wrapping machine.  It was pretty monotonous but worth it I think. I’m looking forward to seeing them all on the table at the shower.

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These were my Etsy orders.

My customer wanted quotes on one side of these bulbs and names on the other.  I wasn’t sure the quotes would fit but they did. It was hard to get a good picture but they turned out really cute.

The rainbow door knocker is something new I added to my shop.

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This glass block night light was a gift for a sweet little girl on her 1st birthday. I etched the front of the block to give it a frosted look, drilled a hole in the back with my glass drill bit,  added 2 sets of battery operated christmas lights and some strips of tulle inside the block to help keep the lights separated. I added velcro to the back of the light and to the battery packs to hold them on.

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This weekend I started to get ready for Thanksgiving, Fall and Halloween.

I added some berries to my glasses

and I got my Fall decorating done outside.

My wreath needed a little updating so I sprayed it with some gold glitter and added some varnish spray and then glued the scarecrow on that I took off an old decoration.   He’s cute just sittin’ there chillin’.

I varnished my pumpkins with gloss varnish so they’re nice and shiny and decorated them with some black vinyl words and dots.

I made this fall tree a few years ago.  It was a green tree but a lot of the branches had fallen off so I went to the dollar store and bought a bunch of fall leaf branches, plucked the old green ones off the tree and replaced them with the fall ones.  I picked up some orange lights from Party Packagers and there she is looking like she’s on fire 😉 I love it! A beautiful fall tree that the leaves don’t fall off of 🙂

Anyway 😉

It’s A Boy

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We found out this month that our 1st granbaby coming in December is “A BOY”.  We have 3 daughters so you can imagine how happy and excited we are about this news. Grampa is thrilled and already checking out little golf clubs. I’m starting to plan a baby shower in October and have a few projects on the go.  I decorated some water bottles using washi tape and vinyl letters.  I think they’ll work in a bucket of ice.

The coloured glasses below were an Etsy order.

I thought they would make good baby shower favours filled with candy so I’ve been busy making more

and I’ve been snazzin’ up a few onesies and painting up some clothes pegs for some shower decorating.

This baby stuff is FUN!!!  I can’t wait to be a gramma 🙂

These were Etsy orders for some wood letters and door knockers.

and that’s a wrap for August!

Anyway 😉

Summer Vacation

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Is “the best”!!!

I’m just finishing up 2 weeks vacation.  Ridiculous how fast days off fly by 😦  I’m not too bummed about going back to work Tuesday because I’m only back for 9 days then off again for 2 more weeks 🙂 It’s so nice to have the time to chase butterflies!!!

I thought I would be so productive in my craft cave while I was off work but not so much.  The weather was too nice not too enjoy so I packed up and headed to my sisters cottage for some beautiful relaxing days on the lake and some fun, quality family time. My kids rented a cottage on an island nearby so we went to visit them. We just got to the island and a wicked storm blew in suddenly, lasted about 2 hours and was really quite awesome to watch since no damage was done. My daughter took this picture of the amazing and beautiful sunset after the storm.

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The calm after the storm.

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I did get a few things done in July.  I made the chalkboard door sign for my nieces baby Sam and I had a few Etsy orders;

1 Puerto Backyarda sign

2 Margaritaville signs

a garage sign

and some bulbs

and after many attempts I conquered these booties.   I bought the pattern from Bonita Patterns on Etsy.  I’ve only ever crocheted blankets before  so I found it a little hard to read the pattern and figure out where I left off and my stitch counts but once I did catch on they were quite easy to make.  So cute!!!

Anyway 😉

Chalkboard Placemat

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 How to make a personalized chalkboard placemat

These are handy to have when you’re taking the kids out for dinner.  They help to keep them busy while waiting for their food.  They’re pretty easy to make.  If you don’t feel like making your own they are for sale in my

Etsy shop.

Supplies needed – drapery black out also known as roc-lon sold at most fabric stores,  chalkboard paint (I buy mine in a can from the paint dept at Home Depot),  a roll of 1″ painters tape, a straight edge ruler, a paint brush,  fine sandpaper and a piece of ribbon

 Drapery Black Out / Roc-Lon  – make the side that is more rubbery the back of the placemat

 with a straight edge ruler measure, mark and cut an 18″ x 12″ size placemat

 tape off the edges with 1″ painters tape

 paint along tape line to avoid pushing paint under the tape. do 2 coats of chalkboard paint then sand lightly and touch up with one last thin layer of paint. when it’s dry flip it over and paint the back side solid chalkboard

 remove the tape and paint the border whatever colour you want.  I use patio paint for more durability but any waterproof acrylic paint will work

to personalize I use my cricut. if you don’t have a cricut (I suggest you put one on your wish list because they are fun!!!) you can use alphabet stencils or freehand

don’t worry about the paint that bled a little under the tape edges. the next step will cover that.

 paint around the edge of the chalkboard paint and the letters with short and long paint strokes leaving random spaces in between the lines that you will be filling in with paint dots

dot the painted edges using anything that will make a round dot.  I dip the end of a paintbrush in the paint or a pen tip for smaller dots. touch up the paint splatters with chalkboard paint

sew a 20″ piece of ribbon folded in half to the end of the placemat on the front side either by hand or with your sewing machine.  to cover the thread on the back paint over it with the chalkboard paint. let the paint dry and cure for a day or 2 to prevent the dots from sticking when you roll it up.  tie a piece of chalk into the bow and you’re done 🙂