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Sunday, September 1, 2019

'The Snake Had His PhotoShoot!'


Its been awhile.......  but i bring you good tidings!  Hubby is doing well... Sometimes he tries to do too much and pays for it that next day with not feeling well.  He went to his first session of cardiac rehab...  As much as we both agree this will increase his quality of life... he REALLY hates to exercise.. Hate is really not a strong enough word.... We got there about an half hour early... big mistake... i could just see his mind working .. fighting the urge to just walk out.. I'm so glad he stayed... Who knows maybe they can change his mind.. lol 


I was shocked to actually find a 'before' picture of my snake.. So so glad i took one..I found him at an Estate Sale for $4. He had a cracked tail so i thought i paid too much anyway but i saw the possibilities... He is solid wood....


I used found embellishments and ones i created myself from air dry clay... I rolled out some clay and used a broken panel from a fluorescent light to give him that snake skin texture...then wrapped it around the snake... worked like a charm.. Painted him black.. painted everything i used with gesso then black paint.. All those little squares are air dry clay that i used various things to make impressions.. 



I used everything from tacks to the little flowers off hummingbird feeders , some bits and bobs from the house remodel.. 


Re-purposed buttons... keys... glass gems.. beads... Most of the time was spent decision making... trying out new configurations before gluing it down.. 


Gluing things down was difficult.. It was so final... Once i glued something down there was no changing my mind... lol 



Some of the pictures i took came out blurry so these are the best of the best...


My initial idea was to make him an 'armored snake'... i think i achieved that somewhat.. but i think he needs more armor.. more of those little squares.. 


The air dry clay turned out to be a little difficult to work with..  i needed to prebend the clay before it dried so it would lay nice on the snake.. Dried clay is flexible but breaks easy when you bend it too far..  Frustrated i just decided to go with a few pieces.. 


He is going to hang on the wall... Here's a tip... Figure out how your going to hang something before you embellish it.. Now i'm worried we will damage it while we figure out how to hang it.. 

This was so much fun .. even if it was time consuming. My favorite part is the head... Love the strap across his nose and the gem on his head..   i love the whole transformation... Take care and thanks for stopping by!! I hope everything is well in your neck of the woods.. Hugs! deb

Friday, July 26, 2019

Life is Fragile..........


...... I've been reminded of that lately.... Hubby has had to have quadruple heart bypass surgery..... he is two weeks now out of the hospital with a long recovery ahead of him.. i'am so thankful to still have him...  sometimes i'am SO thankful that i'am overwhelmed.. It is quite the story that started back in March of this year.. and only an incredible set of circumstances allowed us to find the problem without first having to have a heart attack.. or stroke.. So many people had a hand in possibly saving his life.. 


Needless to say you know what helped me get through all the stress anxiety... These are the plates that you put under plants to protect your tile or carpet... there is cork on the bottom.. 


I decoupaged napkins on and if you look close you can see ofcourse i added glitter...lol 

These butterflies i found in a thrift store for $1


....glitter on the back wings....


I painted on this when i had to come home by myself and leave hubby in the hospital for a week.. It was very calming.. to just concentrate on it for few minutes.. I cannot imagine painting not being a part of my life ... I'm so very thankful i have found that out later in life.. wish i had known it sooner.. 



Isn't it beautiful? ... Some may not think so .. I'am not fond of wasps myself but the fact that they can make something so beautiful and delicate is just amazing to me..  Hubby and i had seen on the news an article about how abundant paper wasp nests were suppose to be this year. And now that we are looking for them we have seen several.. Hubby found this on his shop several weeks ago and brought it in to me.. I love that he knew i would love it.. 

Work on the house continues.... this was done just before hubs surgery..  We had never laid tile before.. But YES! we can do it! So glad to hear from anyone who stops by..  Big hugs! deb

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Season of the Fawn........

 Sometimes when you drag yourself out of bed close to dawn... you are rewarded....This little guy was hanging out with his momma...

 She was giving him a bath and a good washing behind the ears.. Aren't they cute? Since i last posted .......


I learned that crows like mangoes.. did you know that?


Blurry can be beautiful........



Hubby's bird houses have tenants๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™


And a scary dude has been hanging around..... 


Eyeballing the songbirds and even the squirrels and chipmunks...I never saw him catch one though ....(thats my not so squirrel proof bird feeder lol )

He hasn't had life easy either.... I think Mr and Mrs Hawk built a nest in my pine trees but unfortunately for them so did Mr. and Mrs. Crow... and crows LOVE to harass the hawks... Its been one noisy Summer so far... lol   Big hugs to all who stop by... deb 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Something finished.....


Hello my dears...... ! Finishing a project is still quite the novelty for me...lol .. Used to be i started lots and finished nothing.. So i still rejoice in the 'finishing' of something..  I wish i had a before picture to show you or at least a step out but..... 


I don't... all i have is the finished piece.. A co worker volunteers at a second hand book store on her days off and often she will bring me something they just cannot sell..So when she brought me an old picture 10"x13"someone donated that was pasted onto particle wood and said if i didn't do something with it , it was destined for the trash..I had to do something.. I just couldn't resist the challenge..  

So i saw this video using a hot glue gun to make a tree.. i followed the video up to a point then just had to go off the reservation and venture out on my own to get the color i wanted not to mention the fairy which is a wood cut out and paper punched butterflies coated in diamond glaze. The YouTube technique was all a little dark for me at first but has since grown on me.. I think this would be a fabulous technique to try in different colors... Thanks so much for stopping by to see my not too frequent posts... I just love it when you do.I miss our visits... Hugs! deb

Monday, May 13, 2019

A Snails Pace.............


........my posting on this blog has been at a snails pace.... lol  but sometimes life is like that... LOOK what i found at a flea market!I think its sooooo cute! Its vintage Avon. I only paid $1! I find it online for about $12... so good deal but even if it wasn't i think its just adorable.. the perfume... well.... not my style..lol.. That piece of art in the background is from my friend Eileen! Thank you girlfriend!!


I was beginning to think i would never be able to say this BUT they are finished!!! DONE.... tadaaaa... :)


I listed them on Craig's List .But I had to ask way too much for them because my cost is way too high.. You know me i usually find things at flea markets or upcycle but everything here was bought brand new so my investment was too high.. so...


I get to keep them!! They will go in my guest bedroom on the nightstands... 

So so nice to finish a project...  I can't tell you.. Maybe you know the feeling.. :)  I hope life has been treating you well... and your having a wonderful start to your Summer.. Hugs! deb