Small concrete leaves

This feature photo is my ambition! Watch my steps on what and what not to do!

I would like to start with when I try a new project or recipe I read several different versions and combine different aspects in order to make it work for me. I either do not add certain ingredients because I am allergic to them or try a different method because I do not have a certain product on hand.

Well I tried another very cool project!  I tried to put together small concrete leaves in a spherical shape, open on top to put a candle in outside.  It was an interesting trial.

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I started with smaller containers to mix the concrete in. Solo cups. And I was ready with my balloons and small bowls. Plastic knives for stirring.

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I picked out my leaves from the yard. They have nice bold veins on the back for excellent details on the finished product.

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I had my concrete ready next to me. My small watering can was full and on the table ready to go. Yes we are outside. Concrete is very messy.

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We blew up the balloon and placed it in the bowl for stability. Then we started to make small tape donuts to tape the leaves to the balloon.

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It is looking amazing! I get to choose the direction and placement of the leaves. This is working out great!

The leaves are all on and i realize that the printed part will be on the inside of the candle holder. No big deal, i can just find more leaves and stick them on the outside as well and i will have a pretty design on both sides. The concept idea is great and exciting.

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We mixed up the concrete. Next we attempted to put heavy wet concrete on not a flat surface-yes you probably know where I am going with this.

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It looks so pretty right in this photograph and easy. That is opposite of what is NOT pictured because my husband was keeping the concrete mixing and spooning me little amounts at a time in order to place it specifically he was unable to take photos. Maybe next time we will get a third party photographer. Although there is the down side of them bent over laughing at my husband and I struggling, and our silly comments, so there would still be no photographs taken.

What you are missing is where the concrete was too heavy. The tape was not holding and the leaves kept sliding out of place or just plain old falling or jumping off of the balloon.

We had to work harder and faster.

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Here you can see we have it completed. Yahoo, we are very excited, we take it inside the garage very carefully in order to dry for 24 hours.

i accidentally tapped it once inside and on the counter and it completely fell apart all of the counter.

Alright, lets try to save it!

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We wrapped some mixing bowls in cling wrap- it never clings to what you want it to cling to.

And put the concrete leaves inside.

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The husband at this point had run out of positivity, but I kept saying “ It’s trial and error-it will be fine-it will be great!”

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!

The next day we took off the leaves.

Warning sad photograph below!

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It did not work!!! Also they are beautiful! But because they are so thin-they are brittle and crumble when I pick them up.

This project F- !

I really love the concept and want to be able to make a candle holder but I am going to do it differently next time.

 

 

Does a reward system work?

People probably think that I am an incredibly disciplined person.  I am a little bit. I have so much trouble creating a new discipline or good habit that I want in my life. Biggest best example that almost everyone struggles with is exercise. When I was in high school and college and was active in sports it was so easy. The coach told you when and where and what. And I followed the rules or direction of the Coach. I showed up and I exercised.

I am 37 and not a full time athlete, I work a couple of jobs. Finding time to exercise in my busy schedule is not my highest priority.  I did find it a priority to get Halloween candy early, just in case. Candy is delicious, and we rarely have candy in the house, because I will eat it.

The weather has not been great-mostly rain. So I have been inside doing crafts in a sedentary life style, instead of lots of yard work, sweating out my extra calories.  In addition I recently added 2/3 pieces of candy every day. Its not a lot of candy, they are the miniatures.

But I have not been able to sit in the car or at work without unbuttoning my blue jeans. Not cool!

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I want to sit and crochet all evening on my comfy couch, but I also want to button my pants. So I have to get in some indoor exercise. I am not using candy as my reward for exercising. Also I am not going to the gym for hours. Start out slow with small goals and small rewards for those goals.

So I grabbed my crocheting and set my goal for 50. Every 50 stitches I set down the blanket and  went up the steps, at the top of the steps I did 10 push ups. Walked back down the steps and laid down on the floor next to my crocheting and did 25 crunches. Max time 5 minuets.

Crocheted another 50 and hopped up, walked across the house, up the steps for my push ups at the top. My small exercise routine is low impact, slow stress, small goals that are attainable. Attainable goals are the key. I told myself if I did small bits of exercise In between I could pick up my crocheting again.  A free evening is a rate event, but I was able to do this for three and a half hours today.

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So my blanket grew 8 rows and I was able to get in over 25 flights of steps, 150 push ups and just over 400 crunches. I also got in streching time. That is a big work out. I got in upper, lower and torso.

Small rewards for small goals, works amazing!

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Tomorrow will not be as difficult. Hopefully soon my pants won’t be so difficult as well.

Low Stress Remnant Blanket update

I got a good bit done on the remnant blanket today.

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I was able to get four complete rows from the medium pink. I then added one row of light pink and one row of light purple that will be the border color.

I have started the dark pink three rows and then I will be doing three of the purple that I had done before. After I will be putting in a single row of cream as a subtle pattern that will be between each color where I will use all that I have of the small skeins.

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The blanket about doubled in size today.

Low Stress Remnant Blanket

Do you have left over yarn from other adorable projects?

Do you save it thinking you will eventually use it for another project?

Do you now have a giant tub of remnants?

Well I have been handed down yarn like crazy, friends and family have just handed me yarn saying “ I was getting rid of stuff, found this and thought you could use it” You smile and say graciously “thank you so much.” You get home and add it to an already stuffed tub.

I know a great deal of friends who do a bunch of different kinds of crafts. Some of whom absolutely need a pattern and follow it precisely.

I wanted to share how to make a blanket from your remnants, without a pattern. It will be low stress, makes use of your remnants, and best of all someone will greatly love cuddling in the blanket you made them.

First I dug out skeins that color cordinate. Three of them were nearly full and the other 5 were half flat.

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I have decided that the biggest leftover skein will be used sparingly throughout the blanket and mostly used for the border. Using it in the blanket will help to tie in the border and make it look complete.

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I have started with a base of three rows of double crochet of the full Pink. Then three rows of double crochet with the full dark purple. I then threw in one row of double crochet of the cream to start breaking up the thicknesses of the rows.

Remeber to keep in mind a remnant blanket is a way of organizing your chaos.

You can see that the next color in line is a medium pink that is half of a skein.  I intend to crochet the entire skein until I have none left except if the littlest bit left, only does a partial row. Then I end it at that colors last full row.

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I will continue the entire blanket in double crochet style to keep a consistency throughout, it also helps reduce the stress of choosing loop size each time you change yarn. It also reduces stress in being able to put down and pick up and know what you were doing last time you shoved it in your project bag.

You can see that this medium pink skein is pretty flat. So far I have a full row on the blanket, I am hoping for four rows.

Stay tuned to see progress.

Completed Baby Blanket

8C6E05B5-88D0-478F-B589-3271EA771668.jpegI finally finished the scrap baby blanket!  At no other time in my life could this blanket have been possible.  It is left over ends made from many other blankets and projects including projects my grandmother made from 60 years ago.  I was passed down the yarn scraps because I can crochet.

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Here is my trusty bag of yarn left overs that I dug out of several tubs in the basement and attic because my craft stuff is everywhere. I would randomly choose a color pull it out and connect the ends and depending on how much yarn was on the ball or skein I would either do a single stitch or a double stitch, or multiple rows. Having no pattern meant that I did not have a specific amount of yarn that I needed or how big the blanket needed to be.  It was a very relaxing project.  I am able to crochet in very low light by the feel of the yarn.  So when we go to the movies I take my crocheting with me, multitask to the max! I also crochet in the car, but only when the husband is driving.

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In the photo above you can see the very plain blue border that really helps wrap it up and make it look complete.  I personally love my shell boarder but that is a bit fancy for a baby boy blanket.

In this close up you can see that there is no set pattern. This was a very fun gift!

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Welcome to the new Klunk baby!

 

Hela of a costume-top Part 1

I worked on the turtle neck of my Hela costume this evening. I started with turning my top inside out and popping it on.

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Then with help from the husband We drew on what sections I wanted to cut away in order to have the shoulders out.  I used a tan colored pencil, rubs off easy- and in case it doesn’t thats why we flipped the shirt inside out.

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And the side/back close up.

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Then the shirt comes off and gently cutting begins. Then the shoulders are off, trying it on to make sure I don’t need to take any more off anywhere.

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Shoulders are gone! Then I found the old bra I wanted to sacrifice for the costume and pinned the shirt to the bra. I put the bra on and then the shirt on correctly with the right side out and then carefully pinned the shirt to the bra in strategic places in order to know where I need to stitch. I will be taking out the wires later for comfort, but I need a good shape for the beginning of sewing.

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I am leaving the straps on the bra- I can slide them off shoulder and that is also where I want to attach the cape mainly for structure and strength and for easy attachment as well as a great deal of flexibility.

The next part I took off the top and bra and started hand stitching them as one. I do a great deal of hand stitching because I have found it to be quicker and more precise for myself.

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So all I got done tonight was a bit of sewing but here it is.

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I decided to attach a bra to the inside to give it the best shape structure in order to work on putting on the overlay fabric. I am glad I got a bunch of this overlay material because I realized tonight that I need to pay close attention to the sample photos I am using to see which angle the pattern is laying (oval overlay) I need to be able to recreate the same exact pattern angles will only pose as a slight bit more work.

 

Weekend Warrior!

Last weekend in August! Got to make the most of it!

Last Weekend in August-Work hard, play hard, sleep hard too.  Had so many gardening tasks planned for this weekend but only got a few done- due to my finger cutting episode. That is okay, we worked on a million other things this weekend. Plus we spent a little sweetheart time date night out to a movie.

Yesterday bright and early I started cleaning. Bathrooms, floors, laundry and ceiling fans. Then we did some gardening where my finger got cut, but it is healing great.  I soak it in warm soapy water every morning and then wear a bandage with triple antibiotic ointment, changing the bandage 4 times a day and letting the skin dry out a bit in between.  I wait until my skin is not so wrinkly from being wrapped up with moisture before I wrap it up again. When we go out I put a small finger splint we have on hand over my finger for extra protection. it is still just slightly sensitive.

While soaking my fingers in soapy water I set up a stepping stone to start painting. Looking good.

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I got around to water proofing my concrete leafs as well as a rock I painted months ago. The tops of these are done. I will get the bottom s of them tomorrow.

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I have the border on the baby boy blanket completed and am working on tying in the ends, so almost complete blanket! In plenty of time before my friends baby boy is here.

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I have successfully designed, printed, addressed and yes put in the mail box. Invitations to a great Aunt”s 90th birthday party.

The husband and I both sanded for an hour each on my China cabinet makeover.  The husband used the Dremel on the top edges where its a bit fancy and too tricky and small for the Black and Decker Mouse hand sander that I prefer to use.  It doesn’t look much different then my last update on my china cabinet makeover but it is coming along.  I did some sanding on the bottom of the shelves and I used the 220 grit on the one outside and my goodness that is so smooth.

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We went material shopping for my Halloween costume updates are in my previous post Hela of a costume. Made my cutie pie niece a card for her birthday. 8 is great! Also in the mail.

We also finally started working on our new bar.  We left the old bar behind when we sold the old house, it really was beautiful and it went great with the dining room.  It was our first bar building experience as a couple and we have a few things we are very excited about doing differently.  We got some stain, and some frame! 2x3x8 boards to start building the frame.

Busy! To bed at midnight and Up at 5am. Do it all over again tomorrow.