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Sunday, August 16, 2015

STAEDTLER Lily Fairy Doll Make

I made up a Lily Fairy doll so I could send the instructions out to the contest winners, but decided to post them here so you could all see how easy (and fun) it is to create a doll using this fantastic STAEDTLER mold.

I changed the feet included in the mold because I wanted my doll to have curled, striped stockings on.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sweet Summer Giveaway!

We've been very excited to announce this special summer giveaway!

of our blog followers will each receive a Lily Fairy kit containing....

12 half blocks of various STAEDTLER Fimo flesh tones.....

Contest rules and regulations:

To win, you must follow this blog
You must leave a comment on this post.
You must live on the planet earth.

Contest winners will be drawn on August 30th 2015.

A HUGE thank you to STAEDTLER for sharing these kits!!

Now, join and comment!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Bedroom Floor Posies

We are forever renovating the house. With all the family changes going on around here the rooms are constantly changing functions. After 15 or so years, Mom has flown the coop and is enjoying her own space in her own flat. That left her upstairs room vacant. We have been slowly decorating and changing the space to meet our needs as a master bedroom. We've painted the once chocolate brown walls to a warm cream, we've primed the floor and added a decorative one stroke rose and leaf pattern with some beautiful paint (Thank you cousin Lindsay!!!)

Here is a closer look at the floor design. It was hard to stop making these rose sprays. I kept wanting to add more clusters and it very easily could have ended up like a bad hair cut. Adding more clusters closer together around the room until there was no more open space..... I stopped while I still wanted to add more. I think there are just enough now.....

Here's a shot of Lily on the floor to give you a spacing idea. (and to show you how cute Lily is playing on the new floor!)

We've added two coats of water based semigloss varnish and some trim to finish the room off. The varnish yellowed the floor a bit and thicker areas of varnish went almost caramel, but I really like the aged look it gave the room.

We got these gorgeous paints from The Painted Peacock in London Ontario. They are made by a company  called Homestead House Paint Co.... Fusion paint is the perfect choice for finishing furniture with almost no prep work and a built in top coat, but I fell in LOVE with the colours. I knew they would work well with a one stroke rose and leaf for the bedroom floor. We wanted something that looked like it had been in the house for years. We didn't want anything too bright or new looking.

Here are some of the colours available. They also offer a line of furniture finishing and re-finishing courses that are extremely economical and informative. Please do stop by The Painted Peacock at the London Market and say Hello from us!

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
cooking skewers
wood primer
black mat spray paint
silver acrylic paint

Black felt

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
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.