I'm almost finished with these and they will be listed in the shop soon after. I've finally got a design I like for lichen brooches! I made some months ago and didn't like how they turned out. The new V2 lichen has inspired me to do these without needle felting...the old ones were needle felted and not very attractive; I like the "perfect" circle of these. Here's how these cute little brooches turned out:
The one to the left is a bit out of focus, but you get the idea. Obviously, the two little lichen-covered stones there in the upper right need to be sewn onto their barrette too! I just need to put the pin-backs on the brooches and they'll be done. I'm lichen (oh, brother!) the red thread on them too! Oh, and they are slightly rotund (is that an oxymoron?) because they have a bit of polyester fiberfill in them.
When we moved into our house, I found this darling blue cabinet in the garage. Jeff and I got our wires crossed and he thought I didn't want it, so he tossed it into the "pile" of stuff to get rid of. So, I then hauled it into the house (I found it after it had gotten rained on a bit) and cleaned it with a mixture of borax and water because it had a bit of mold on it. Just before I did the borax treatment, I told Jenny that I was planning on treating it with a mild bleach solution and she said that she read that bleach didn't work; we got online and found a great site - Mold Across America...if you have any mold to take care of, this is a great site! After I cleaned the cabinet, I noticed the mold had stained it, so I'll repaint it (the same color). I then tackled the contact paper on the shelves and I still need to get more "gum" off the shelves from the contact paper with some orange cleaner. Here's what the cabinet looks like:
The cabinet is more of a baby blue than it looks. The top has a layer of laminate on it, like a countertop that is white, so the paint scratches off easily; I'm going to scuff it and paint it...the white is too juvenile, I think. Also, from the rain, the bottom shelf is warped (it's out of a masonite-like board), but the top shelf is wood and sturdy. I think I'm going to put masonite behind the doors instead of something like glass because I don't know if I want everyone to see what's inside (it will probably be someplace to "stash" stuff).
While staring at the cabinet with the pine, firs and spruces through the window, the blue and green looked lovely together....So, I decided it would be the perfect place for the terrarium that I've been wanting to make forever! Therefore, over the weekend, I went shopping with my friend Tracy and found these at Ross:
They were only $11.99 for the three of them!
Here's a look at them on the cabinet:
There's tons of lichen and moss on some branches that Jeff trimmed outside; I'm sure that the deer won't mind if I take some for my terrariums. Also, there's a bunch of moss creeping onto the driveway and dirt road that will get run over, so I'll save them from their fate. I'll post pictures of these jars when they're done!
Boo and I played with MiLK and we saw 17 wild turkeys! Since we had some nice weather, I decided to take the camera outside while Boo played. There's a tree on the property that is growing around a rock:
I'm assuming that a child put that rock there years ago.
MiLK let me hold her while Boo played and she basked in the sun. When she wasn't basking, she was rubbing on our legs:
I've also been trying to teach Boo the subtleties of teasing a cat with a stick; he gets so excited that MiLK often runs the other direction, but they still have fun and Boo giggles a lot:
Another day, I peered out the window and there were the 17 turkeys! Wow! They headed over the blackberry "hedge" onto the neighbor's property when they got wind of me, but I managed to zoom in on the male and a female:
After yesterdays post, I can't believe I haven't posted about Xenotees yet! Noelle is a peach and she loves animals: "$1 from every sale goes to support Flat Iron Wildcats of Philadelphia (on reg. priced shirts)." And, a lot of Noelle's shirts are about animals, like my favorite:
"A "prickle of porcupines", a "streak of tigers" or a "crash of rhinoceros", really?! Oh yeah, and many, many more!
is a list of over 100 animals & their collective names- some you've
heard, but mostly the ones you haven't, & they are hard to believe!
Impress all your friends with this brainy, unique shirt!"
Oh yes, and Noelle's shirts are sweatshop-free! Here's another one:
I love wearing brown too! This is "Japanese Star Moss" and I'm sure you can see why I love this shirt (especially with the moss on the brown)!
Okay, one last pick...
I picked this one because Jeff really likes the "Saw Blade" shirts (and also check out Xenotee's "Forks and Spoons" another favorite of mine) and I showed this view because it would also make Jeff happy for me to have a saw blade on my bum all day! Ha! Ahem....Anyway, this shirt has a blade on the front top also; super cute!
I woke up to a convo (email) from my friend Noelle of Xenotees this morning with a screen capture of one of my Personalized Doily Paintings on the front page! Yay! Another search term front page...this time for "doily."
Boo is a bit of a picky eater, so his Auntie Lindsey got him this Tic Tac Toast:
Boo does like toast (he prefers whole wheat bread with almond butter and honey), but maybe I can get him to experiment with toppings this way. I also don't think he'd really be interested in the game tic tac toe yet, but he might have fun chomping blocks of toppings.
I love the packaging! Here's the back:
Ugh...it mentions that white toast works best...I suppose I'll use sourdough since it's a bit healthier (lower glycemic index). Oh yeah, and almond butter has twice as much fiber as peanut butter, but is much more expensive; I found a great deal on it at COSTCO...I'd better go get more (hopefully they still have it)!
I guess now that I've got the cute packaging stored here, I can take it out of said packaging!