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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Painting the House



We've had our hands full lately with work and grand baby and minor decorating. I got my hands on some gorgeous paint made by a manufacturer in Toronto. (Thank you cousin Lindsay!) More on the paint later.


There will be so many more posts coming. Some posts about renovating, some about new publications, still more exciting posts about a fantastic giveaway.... Been planning this giveaway for weeks! You're going to LOVE it!!!


It's Canada Day! We celebrated by having some delicious red and white pancakes. Love it when our local strawberries are ready! 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Enjoying Summer

We've been busy...

Picking flowers...


and making bread...



and building backyard sheet forts...


and hunting dinosaurs.

Hope you're all having a time too!


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Lilac Cake

We are totally making use of our giant lilac this year! We've had blooms around the house and shared some with Mom. Then we decided to make a cake with the last of the gorgeous flowers.

I lade a simple white cake and made a plain sugar and butter icing.


I added a handful of fresh blooms with all the green pulled off to the batter.


They looked so pretty in there!


I added some orange blossom water to the icing too. made the cake even more flowery. I think next time I'll try using my no icing sugar icing. This butter icing was way too sweet.


Lily enjoyed the lilacs this year too!


So very purple!






Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It's Curtains For Me Again

I finally got the dining room curtains done and wanted to share the details. I used two grocery store table cloths and added a wide band of  celeriac coloured cotton to the bottom. I trimmed the seam where the two fabrics meet with some STAEDTLER FIMO Effect geraniums.

I love the bright red pop of colour.


Here's a link to how I made these buttons just in case you were wondering.


I added a button about every six inches. I love the little bit of cheer they add to the dining room. My Grandma loved red geraniums and always had them in the kitchen window above the dish washing sink. They always remind me of her when I see them. 


I think she would have liked these too.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Potted Pendant

We've been swamped with projects lately, both commission and home repair. I did manage a wee spring time pendant for myself this week.

It's a little potted succulent made with STAEDTLER FIMO Professional and glazed with some FIMO liquid to make the plant look more realistic. We're working up to a fantastic spring time giveaway! So stay tuned!!!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

We've shut down work on commissions for the day to enjoy some festive treat making.

Hope all you folks are having a beautiful Easter too!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Basic Bust Tutorial with STAEDTLER FIMO Air Basic

Here's a quick and dirty tutorial on how I made the bust of Mars.

Things you'll need:
Styrofoam block about an inch smaller than you want your finished piece
Plaster bandages. 1 or 2 rolls should do it.
1/2 inch dowel at least 2 ft long
5.5 x 5.5 x 7 inch block of wood for the base.
wood filler
vinegar
cooking skewers
wood primer
black mat spray paint
silver acrylic paint

Black felt

Tools:
1/2 inch wood drill
sandpaper rough, medium and fine grit
basic set of sculpting tools
craft knife
clay cutting wire or knife
paper towels
scissors
hot glue and gun
Spray adhesive
cling wrap
large flat soft paint brush


Start by filling any holes in your wood block. I dried my block out in the oven at 230 degrees for about 3 hours. It was in an outdoor wood pile before I found it and I needed it to be dry before I started finishing it. After the block filled with wood filler I sanded it with a rough sandpaper. I moved down to a medium and fine grit to finish the surface smoothly. I dusted the piece off and gave it a primer coat and let it dry. I roughly carved a head and shoulder bust shape from a hunk of Styrofoam using a craft knife. I paid attention to the recessed areas like the eyes and under the chin. I coated the foam bust with two layers of plaster bandage. I cut 2 inch lengths of the bandage and wet each one as I worked my way around the piece. I made sure to cover the whole piece except the area at the bottom where the dowel would be inserted. You can insert the dowel now but you might want to carve a point at the tip of the dowel to make it easier to insert it into the foam. Be careful not to come out the side of the neck. the armature had to cure so I set it aside for the evening.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lavender Biscuits

A few weeks back I scored some organic culinary lavender from the local spring garden show and I've been itching to make these shortbread biscuits ever since.


This is the pack from Steed & Co . The lavender I used in our flax seed pillows was theirs also.

Completed Mars Bust From FIMO Air Basic

I promised to post pictures of the finished bust and here they are. I LOVE FIMO Air Basic. I like that I could wrap the piece and leave it to work on the next day. I liked the way it felt in my fingers.

I got some pretty awesome tips from my friends on the interweb before I started working on this piece. I think the most valuable piece of advice was to use vinegar on the final smooth out on the wet piece. It apparently changes the clay chemically and allows for a virtually crack free dry. I had some superficial cracking and filled those by coating the crack with vinegar and smudging more clay into the crack. I finished by smoothing more vinegar over the area and letting it dry again.

It's been a blast to get my fingers mucky.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Flax Seed and Lavender Pillows

I promised Mr. Jimmy some extra firm pillows ages ago and have been driving around with 50 pounds of flax seed in my trunk. Today was the day to finally get to it.

Here's how it went.....