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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Having FUN with Mosaics!



Just started to get interested in making my own Mosaics! I love the ocean and decided to make one with ocean inspired colors/objects using mostly sea glass with glass babbles, seashells, etc. I free lanced my own design, but you could search on google for your own image.


I bought the frame at Michaels. It is metal frame/with chain (Comes with 2 pcs of glass,but you won't need both pieces of glass...you'll use one side/piece of glass.) Having a frame with hanging chain was perfect for this project!

You can trace a pattern onto plain white paper (or free lance your design like I did) and place under your glass (I would not recommend sliding between both pieces of glass, because it would make it hard to get out after your pieces are glued down.) It might help if you tape your pattern it in place with painters tape.

Example of traced paper. You can make a drawing with the colors that you want to use (this was my nieces idea).

Now all you have to do is glue down your sea glass, shells, beads, etc. I used E6000 glue. Put a dot of glue onto the glass/or plexiglass first, then place your piece of sea glass, bead, shell, etc down on it. Be careful not to move the piece. It will take a few minutes to set up.  After you are done gluing all the pieces down, keep it laying flat and let it dry overnight. Note: This glue will ooze out if you are not careful and can drip onto your plexi and get very messy! I put the lid back on after each dot of glue was squeezed onto the plexi. It took more time to do this, but it was so worth avoiding a mess with glue! Also, make sure you buy the tube of E6000 with this type of tip so you won't squeeze out more than you need. It is possible to rub the glue away with your fingers after it has set up some too.




My 10 year old grandson did this one on clear plexiglass/acrylic. Such a sweet mosaic of the mountains and ocean! See the sun?  We are going to drill holes at the top left and right corners and hang this in his room.


Here is another project I started using sea glass and a starfish. I found this idea on a website...

Website photo lower right. I honestly don't remember where I found these, but they will all make fun projects with sea glass. I thought that I would put a mat on it like they did, but after I finished gluing down the pieces, I kind of like the white plexiglass as a mat! 

Click HERE for the link to Amazon to order 12 x 12 white opaque plexiglass, 
Using painters tape, measure in about 2 1/2 inches all around and place your painter tape. I didn't want to mark the plexi, because I wasn't sure if a pencil mark would come off so I just used the ruler as a guide.


I plan on adding a 12 x 12 white frame, but for now it is sitting in my bathroom window and though 'this photo' is dark, trust me...it looks pretty good!

I found this frame at Joann Fabrics.








Friday, August 7, 2015

Great Sale at Restoration Hardware!

I love love love Restoration Hardware's bedding! Can't afford their furniture, etc, but when bedding or  bath stuff go on sale...look out!  I just purchased this great Premium Down Blanket to replace one by Restoration Hardware that I have had for several years (8+ years?). Really the only thing wrong with it was that it was faded from sunshine. It really held up! We like it so much that I decided to buy a new one and I was looking for a specific color. Light Silver Sage was MY color! King size $99. Orig $209. There are currently 7 colors that are on sale and even $125 - 155 isn't a bad deal and FREE SHIPPING! I hope they keep carrying these down blankets though!  Click this link to see the sale: https://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod410001&categoryId=cat3850008

Another favorite thing of mine at Restoration Hardware are their linen bordered towels. I think they look classy with the linen border and they are very absorbent. These are also on sale right now too. Click this link to see the sale: https://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/category/products.jsp?link=650-GramLinen-BorderedTurkishTowels&categoryId=cat2350036





Tuesday, May 26, 2015

DAILY DEALS


This is a great deal on a duvet (twin only) $12.99!!!!  West Elm  Snatch it up!


...And how about this outdoor pillow as a accent. West Elm. It may not be the actual matching sham, but it looks like a good match to me! $29.99

Or this accent pillow $14.99  West Elm




Try this one...great for teens.  If your teen likes the color orange like my grand daughter, this painterly style is a great look! Twin $19.99 at West Elm!  Act quickly!  





Another great deal at West Elm with a coastal vibe! Twin only $59.99 (A King sham is still available at $14.99)




This is one of my favorites from West Elm. On clearance and I barely tweaked by on this and snatched a King size duvet $99.99 (found at a store out east...they were very courteous and send it right out to me), I was also able to get 2 std shams and a euro sham. Color is Pale Harbor. So you might still find this in area stores. Call and ask! I was also able to get the accent pillow which is still on the West Elm site here.






I love this ensemble called Coyuchi Organic Dobby Duvet cover, but alas! I already made my choice! Check it out. West Elm. All shams are available right now and you can try to find that dark blue 'wave' pillow on Ebay. I saw it the other day!





Now....off to buy that orange Dots & Spots twin duvet for my grand daughter! Happy Shopping!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

CeraVe DRY SKIN CARE!

This is a great product for dry skin. On sale at Costco 19 oz $7.99. My dermatologist recommended for eczema. I usually pay between &12.99-13.99 for 16 oz. Costco Sale ends May 31, 2015. Great deal!



Sunday, April 5, 2015

Nail Polish Art

Nail Polish ArtThis is a fun project that I found while cruising the internet...I couldn't find the exact post, but there are a few of them out there with the same basic idea....click here or here....I made a few of these and later my daughter came over and we made more....Fun!

                   





Gather:
1. A old pan or shallow container.
2. Three different colors of Nail Polish that you are attracted to.
3. Watercolor paper. I used some that I already had on hand.
4. Frame(s)

How to:

Get a container (something that you don't mind getting nail polish on!) to hold about an inch or so of cold water. This was from a Rubbermaid container (I have 2 of these that laid on top of wrapping paper.)

Find 3 colors of nail polish that you like.

Now pour a little of each color onto the top of the water

Quickly take a piece of heavy watercolor paper. (You could cut to your exact size to fit your frame.) Lay on top for just a couple of seconds.


Pick up the paper holding by the far edge and lay it down on paper towels or rags. I found that you really can only get 2-3 good 'prints' before the nail polish dissipates.


(Note: the print in the foreground was dipped in the 3 or 4th time around and did not turn out as good. I threw that one out.)






Let dry overnight. 



I found these white frames on sale at Michaels Arts & Crafts awhile back. I used these for smaller prints.




I also found the frames mentioned in one of the blogs that you can buy at Walmart. These frames are $4 (10 x 13), but didn't come with a mat. That is why I suggest you cut your art to size and then you can just center the art on top of white paper in the frame.


I didn't plan for these to go so well with my existing art on the other wall, but you can tell I like Aqua and Blues!