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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Copper Wrapped Candle


Ok, so I'm admittedly on a candle kick lately and really do not see evidence of it ending any time soon. But that's ok, I've learned to go with whatever my creative mind is most focused on.





Materials:

36 gauge copper sheet

Candle

Cut tacks




So, this copper wrapped candle has a similar “coat” form to my Hard Rock Candle.



Hobby Lobby was the only place I was able to find copper on hand, but there are plenty of online stores who sell various thicknesses of copper sheeting.




Using the copper sheet I cut a strip to be wrapped around the candle. I then rounded off the edges. Handle the copper carefully, the edges can be quite sharp.




And using the same cut tacks from my previous Nailed Candle post, I carefully punched them into the copper and wax.


It helped to press beginning holes to guide the tack easily through the copper and wax.



I had a bit of trouble getting the tacks completely through the wax so taking advice from my daughter, I used a hammer to knock the rest of the tack into place. Hammering a candle felt a little funny at first but it did the perfect job.



Finishing with the tacks lining the top and bottom edges of the copper the candle is complete.
I like the natural rustic feel.


And although I have not fully tested this, I like the fact that all the candles I have embellished so far are still able to be burned since the materials are metal based.

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Versatile Blogger Award


A big THANK YOU to Brittney @ http://brittneysbudgetcrafts.blogspot.com/ for passing on the award!


Here are the rules:

1. Thank the person who gave you this award.



2. Share 7 things about yourself.



3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic! (in no particular order...)



4. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.




7 Things about me…


1. I am a mom to a beautiful 8 year old daughter and work full time.



2. I’ve always been a crafty person, I love creating things with my hands. Partly because I love to personalize things and partly because I don’t want to pay full price for something I can make just as cute.



3. Pottery is my other crafty love. Take a look-see: http://www.potteryokc.com/New.html



4. For the most part I am quiet, not a very social one. But blogging gives me a chance to express myself.



5. At one time in my life, I did not throw up for 7 years because I can’t stand the feeling of hurling. (TMI?)



6. I have yet to see the movie Avatar. I am not much a movie goer unless there’s something I REALLY want to see.



7. I LOVE chocolate!



And now I pass the award onto these wonderful blogs:

http://1craftymommy.blogspot.com/
http://chiconashoestringdecorating.blogspot.com/
http://www.craftedition.blogspot.com/
http://www.avidaccents.blogspot.com/
http://thesimpler-life.blogspot.com
http://www.decormamma.blogspot.com/
http://funtocraft.blogspot.com/
http://www.homemademamas.net
http://www.iamonly1woman.blogspot.com//
http://betterafter.blogspot.com/
http://makethebestofthings.blogspot.com
http://madincrafts.blogspot.com/
http://sewcando.blogspot.com/
http://craftskeepmesane.blogspot.com/
http://www.beckieandbrad.blogspot.com/

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Tornado Season in Oklahoma

O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A
Oklahoma City! May 16, 2010

Golf ball sized hail! I must say in all my years living here in Oklahoma, I have never been through a storm this severe. It wasn't a tornado, thank the Lord, but extremely high winds, golf ball sized hail, and just plain scary!


Taking a couple of videos, I know I should NOT have been that close to a window – that hail is nothing to play with – just take a look at my car.


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The weather men always tell you to stay away from windows and to take cover in the center of your house. As my daughter took cover in the bathroom I kept running back and forth from her to the window. It lasted all of about 10 minutes and then it's over.

Now I know that this was minor compared to a tornado, this is just my first hand experience.


The storm came out of nowhere. My daughter and I had stayed in all day and I barely looked out the windows. The TV was off for the most part, we were just enjoying our lazy Sunday afternoon. Mid afternoon I noticed it was getting a little dark outside, peeking out the window I noticed the clouds making suspicious formations – but living in Oklahoma during Tornado season, I didn't think much of it.


Opening the front door to get a better view I noticed a squirrel just a few feet away digging like crazy. I yelled to my daughter to come see him digging away and thought it was odd that he wasn't that scared of us being so near him, well now I know why. His little animal instincts were probably telling him to find one last nut and to soon take cover.



That's when we turn the TV on to see if a storm was near. Well yes it was, the forecaster said that roofs had caved in just a few miles away. Within in no longer than 10 minutes the hail began.


After the storm:


My back window COMPLETELY busted!


Glass everywhere

Glass, hail and leaves


Dents and dings

Hail reached all the way to the front

Cracked front windshield

Hail and leaves

Leaves COVER the ground
This was definitely an experience, and alot of other cars were damaged. It's a pain having to clean up everything but in all I am very thankful my daughter and I stayed safe!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hard Rock Candle

Give your candle some edge with this hard rock inspired candle.


So last week I showcased my Nailed Candle.

Now I'm taking it a step further and it's just as easy.


This candle kind of reminds me of a studded leather jacket.

The only materials are a candle and upholstery tacks.




I was able to find a black candle at Hobby Lobby and the tacks I picked up from Jo-Anns fabric but you can also pick them up at Lowe's.

And of course you can do any pattern you want but this one I think resembles the buttoning up of a jacket.

First I began with the two vertical dotted lines.


Next simply add the top and bottom horizontal dotted lines all the way around the candle.






Rock on!



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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Lamp Revamp

Hope you all had a wonderful Mother's Day. I did, it would be nice if it lasted another week!



This lamp I've had for a couple of years now so it was time for a change.



I decided to spray paint the base a basic black.

And used black and white fabric for the shade.

Using spray adhesive, I adhered the fabric to the shade and finished the edges with a simple black ribbon.


Black and white, always a classic!


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