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LOL, Thanks. Really, the only reason it took as long as it did was cause I was watching Hoarders while paint dried and between stamping - thank you Netflix. I love Krylon's kumar varnish. The stuff dries in minutes with a quick light coat and it makes the colors and finish pop. The carving took a little longer than the dominoes, but not too long - I managed to watch PBS while doing it, though that probably isn't the safest technique. The wood is really soft and it isn't deep at all. I mostly scraped the surface to remove the Stazon. Carving rubber stamp blocks is harder. Decoupage on the tiles would be much quicker.
I don't like to watch Hoarders while sitting and crafting. It hits too close to home. At least I don't have any empty egg cartons or old newspapers. Right?
Hoarders gives me the creeps, I mean people really live like this. It's scary. My scrap room can get to be a real mess, but I will tolerate it for so long, then it gets a complete clean up, and clean out.
I made Santa Brandy Snifters for Christmas gifts probably 30 years ago.....my 93 year old Aunt passed away a few years ago, and she still had the one I made for her, and it looked good as new....she had no children, that may be why.....the beard and hair was made out of white pom poms...the hat was also trimmed with them...red pom pom for the nose and one for the mouth....google eyes glued on.....I was lucky enough to get it, and it is a nice reminder of her....my camera is broke or I would put out a picture of it....
Last sale of the season was today. Whew! I'm beat. We reached $300 in sales and were very happy. It was a small event and a lot of my friends and family that I personally invited showed up - here's the comment that many of them said..."you should just do an open house at your place and we can all come by and shop" Well, duh, I guess I could have saved the $25 table fee. They were my biggest customers/sales. Hmmm...maybe next year?
My guy has two kids and they both received two new kayaks from their dad. He takes them on the river and they each gave themselves pirate names and named their "boats".
His place is a bit chilly in the winter and we huddle under blankets to watch tv, etc. Well, a 7 yr. old and an 11 yr. old often will end up in battles over a single blanket.
Fleece to the rescue! I made a simple blanket from black fleece and then used my Cricut Expression to cut out letters and simple designs in light colored fleece to personalize the blankets. A little fabric friendly spray glue and DMC floss was all that was needed.
One is the finished blanket, the other shows the cardstock pattern.
HINT/TIP: I cut the "patterns" from cheap white 12x12 cardstock and then traced them with matching sharpie onto the fleece. Cut them out with small sharp scissors. Each blanket took about 4 hours to include stitching.
Patterned fleece and a family name or "crest" would be a nice gift.