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Pine Cone Swag

My neighbor has two pine trees in her yard.  Lucky me.  I gathered about 30 that looked nice and carried them home.  She loves me and doesn’t mind if I take some of her pine cones.  It’s just like me to forget to take a before picture, but you all know what pine cones look like, right?  They’re brown.

Pine cones in the Yard.

Pine cones in the Yard.

In my studio, I dug out my paints and a brush.  I put newspaper down to save the desk top and painted them all pretty like.  I saw this idea, originally, on Pinterest and they were spray painted shiny red and green.  Since that’s not really my style, I chose white with a hint of yellow ochre in it.

Titanium White and Yellow Ochre

Titanium White and Yellow Ochre

They dried overnight.  Finding some white braid trim in my sewing stash, I measured the amount that I wanted to make the swag drape twice.

Painted and ready to string.

Painted and ready to string.

Using my hot glue gun, I attached them to the braid.  Watch out for those burned fingers.  😛  I spaced the cones about four inches apart along the braid.  When I got to the end, I had four pine cones left over.  With three of them, I made a group hanging for the center of the swag.  I kept one to just place on the mantel by itself.

Completed Pine Cone Swag.

Completed Pine Cone Swag.

I like how it looks.  Since I don’t do a lot of decorating for each different holiday, I made this to enjoy for Fall through Winter.

My newly decorated fireplace.

My newly decorated fireplace.

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Glitter

I do like glitter and lots of it!  If it sparkles, it makes me happy.  So, today I made the time to paint my tennies with some holographic paint.

Yesterday, I bought some Extreme Glitter Acrylic Paint by FolkArt.  With no idea of what I would use it for, I bought it because it looked pretty.  Then, today, I was staring at my shoes and the paint came to mind.

It was easy peasy.  The paint is acrylic so it cleans up with soap and water.  I got a brush and set the shoes on a newspaper here at my desk.  I had one shoe done, before I remembered to snap a before photo.

Tennis shoe.This is how it looked before I began painting.  Last night, I sewed battenburg lace doilies onto the tongues.  Doesn’t it look cute?  This is a girlie thing, for any guys who are reading.

I opened the paint bottle and began painting just the saddle portion of the shoes.  I just painted one coat.  The instructions say to paint multiple coats until the desired effect is reached.  The paint cures in 24 hours.  There is no mention of whether or not it is waterproof, but it does say to clean it up with soap and water BEFORE it dries.

Tennis shoes painted with hologram glitter paint.

This is how they look in the sunshine.  The glitter has an aqua look to it.  I guess that’s good because aqua is my favorite color.  After studying them for a while, I am thinking that I may paint all of the canvas.  I’m going to wear them like this for a while to see how I like them.

Like I said above, I like anything that sparkles.  I have an aurora borealis crystal necklace.  I found it years ago at an antique store.  It is BEAUTIFUL.  When worn over a white blouse it is amazingly sparkly (if that’s a word).  I often wore it to church on Sundays and taught three year old Sunday school.  I told my little people that it reminded me of heaven when I looked at it.

Heaven is a beautiful place and each one of us, as a believer in Christ, has our own personal mansion.  “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV  I am confident that all of heaven is brilliantly sparkly with Christ’s light. “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.” Revelation 21:21 NKJV And I can only imagine how wonderful it will be.

Do you like to personalize your clothing and belongings?  I enjoy seeing other people’s creations.  Please post a comment, so I can stop by your blog!

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Zebra

I spent the morning painting on my notebook.  And I finished it!   Zebras are a beautiful creation and I am glad I made that choice.

notebookFinishedBack

When I painted the under coat for the larger zebra stripes, I gradated the color to make it more interesting.  What do you think?  Do you like the subject and color choices?

notebookFinishedFront

Yup the new looks much greater than the old!

before

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Changes

No posts since September?  That is because I am not finding WordPress to be very user friendly.  When frustrated, I tend to quit.  But, with encouragement from my blogging daughter, I am committing to figure it out and get this blog organized.  A downside of this is that my daughter lives 1600 miles away!  We see each other one or two weeks each year.  During that time we drink coffees and chat, chat, chat about blogging, crafting, shopping, and other girlie stuff.

Other news…  My camera broke while on vacation this summer.  You saw my summer travel posts, right?  Well, when I returned home, my son gave me his old camera that was still lying around.  I am now the proud owner of a Nikon D70s with a zoom lens.  That is exciting to me, because now I can get some photos of flowers to paint from.

Before I ever had a digital camera, I used a Pentax SLR for many years.  I also had a Minolta SLR that I didn’t like very much.  When I got my first digital camera, an Olympus C-3000, I put my SLR cameras away in the back of my closet.  When my son gave me the Nikon, it didn’t include a case, so I dug my cameras out of the closet to possibly use one of the cases.  I found five rolls of unexposed film in with the Pentax.  Go figure…only I would pack away film with my cameras.  What a waste!  The Nikon didn’t fit in either case.  My children are so generous.  My photographer daughter had a spare case that is now containing my camera and accessories.  Happy dance.

Keep a look out for some new changes and upgrades to my blog, thanks to some much appreciated help from my daughter.