Friday, April 29, 2016

A Try at Photo Transfer

Pinterest inspired me to try my hand at photo transfer and since there is no craft store in town and I don't have the patience to wait for mail order, I used what I had on hand. I read that you should use a laserjet photo to begin with but I have an inkjet printer so that is what I used. I have a gloss glaze medium which worked just fine but I have read you can use Mod Podge. I also used a paint brush, nail file, damp sponge and a piece of glass. 

 I started with a vintage photo of Drew Barrymore's Grandmother silent film star Dolores Costello. She is so pretty. Those eyes are amazing. Basically I just used the paint brush to put a layer of gel gloss on the glass and then lay the photo right side down against the gel. Smooth it out so there aren't any air bubbles, just like Decopauge and let dry overnight.
Once the gel is dry, take your damp sponge and press it against the back of the paper damping the entire photo. Then using your finger just start gently rubbing off the paper. As you rub in circles the paper will come up and leave the image/ ink in the gel medium. You can use the file to sand off the paper on the edges of the glass.
 In the end you have a super cool ghostly image.
 This one came out so neat with the soft pink and yellow flowers. I played around a bit with different backgrounds. First against a beat up wood table. Then against a bright Turquoise table which made her look like a Zombie.
 The Sacred Heart came out fantastic.
 This time with the sun shining through.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
 This one is my current favorite.
 The turquoise, the gold. Love Love Love.
 Now I am thinking I should coat them in gloss which will bring out the color even more but first I need to figure out what I am going to do with them. They will look great in frames but I think I want to drill holes in them and hang them in the window. Next up I want to do one with a landscape photo.
I just need more glass, lucky me I am married to a glazier.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Springtime Shots

 Buster our new Foster Child has learned that Rugby is a snuggly heat source.

 A gorgeous Spring storm.

 Pearl Blue Crocus

 The first blooms of the season.

 Starting Basil inside my sunniest window.
 Buster waiting for Daddy to come home.

Still waiting. So cute.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Square of the Day


Crochet Square of the Day - Daffodil Flower
I found the tutorial here.

Granny Plaid Pie

 I finished a quick little afghan and it is listed for sale in my shop.
Isn't it sweet?
I recently realized I must not like yellow very much. You see my yarn stash has been dwindling down and I soon had a lot of yellow shades and not much else. I guess I don't use yellow very often. So the obvious solution is to whip out a new throw with four shades of yellow and use a new pattern just to make it challenging.

This join as you go pattern, which I love, is a Granny Plaid!
It is making me hungry, it looks like Banana Cream Pie...or maybe Lemon Merengue Pie.


Thursday, March 10, 2016

Spring blooms indoors

 
Ahh... green. I love green like Oprah loves bread.
 My little fern struggles to stay alive in this dry climate.
It is doing pretty good this spring.
 
Although the weather outside has been cold and snowy lately
 my Thanksgiving cactus is blooming away!

I can't get enough photos of the light coming through that gorgeous red/Orange color.

 A fresh little bud.
This shot above is my favorite so far this year.
 It just looks so tropical.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Boston Creme Crepe Cake

 
 I made this incredible Boston Crème Crepe Cake
 
So decadent, so good.
 Yep...so yummy.
 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Fun with Paillettes


I made these funky shimmery signs last summer and I am in love with them. I used paillettes and tiny nails so when the wind blows they shake and sparkle.


 
I want to make more but I don't have anymore rotten wood. So I have some old wood out in the back yard currently under several feet of snow hopefully getting all nice and rotten.


I need some good words too. Any ideas?
 


Remember to Wander, Sparkle and Explore and if you find some rotten wood let me know. :0)




Thursday, February 4, 2016

Winter Beauty

 
Just a couple pretty little things I noticed this morning.

 
My neighbor has some gorgeous icicles today.
 

One of my geraniums is blooming. It is confused because I have it in a super sunny window. It has no idea it is February.

Apache Tears






 
 I started this afghan on January 1st using this "Apache Tears" pattern https://sarahlondon.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/crochet-apache-tears-free-pattern/
 
 
At first I thought it seemed difficult but it is actually very easy and it only took a couple weeks. 
Isn't it pretty? I am starting another one today.
 
 
This time I am going to use fewer colors to create more contrast.
I can't wait to get started.