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Lighted Wall Sconces

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Lighted Wall Sconces

I have just realized how long it’s been since I’ve posted anything.  I’ve always thought my crafting is reliant upon my mood, and 2017 was really hard for me to be motivated to do much at all, crafting included. I’d been in a funk because my lovely cat passed away, and it has taken forever for me to get used to him not being with me anymore.  Now, for the “it’s just a cat” people out there, 18 years is a long time to have a warm being greet you at the door, and demand to spend time with you. Eighteen years is a long time to take care of, provide for, and love a furry friend each day. A lot can happen in 18 years; the good, the bad, and just normal day to day life. For us animal people, we know what is coming, and yet we still sign up for the next baby, which we did when we adopted a kitten on New Year’s Eve.

That being said, 2018 is shaping up to hopefully be better. I’m a little late with this post obviously since these were Christmas gifts, but my sister and I always try to do something crafty to give out.  This time, my aunt was the one that dropped a hint about hanging lighted wall sconces that are all over Pinterest, which seemed like it wouldn’t take much to do. I just had to find some wood, and jars.

Instead, I was walking through Hobby Lobby, and came across these already made.  I texted my sister because they were pretty much half done.  What could be easier?

I grabbed the rest of the supplies, which included some floral foam and battery operated LED lights. I actually got the lights from Joann’s, because most of the lights I found had large battery packs that I wasn’t sure I could hide easily. I also wasn’t really liking any of the flower options, until I came across single stem large flowers.  There were several options that I really liked, so I picked out colors that complemented the design on the wood.

My sister, and even my brother, helped put everything together.  We all started by hacking the ends off the floral foam and trimming the excess away to fit snuggly inside the lip of the jar. These were only about an 1/2″ thick, so it didn’t go below the metal band holding the jar.

I then hot glued the battery case to the back of the wood. I figured that would make it pretty easy to remove if the lights ever stopped working. My brother then threaded the light strand through the hole that was in the wood, and down into the jar.

My sister then placed the floral foam in the jar opening, making sure they would not slide down into the jars themselves.

I had been cutting the stems off the flower heads, and I hot glued each large flower to the floral foam. 

And there we have it. You can still see part of the light cord where the flower didn’t cover the hole, so I do wish we could have drilled a hole farther down so the flower would hide it.  Other than that, I really like how it turned out, and I also like that they were able to sit…

Or hang on the wall. Easy peasy, and they are so cute.

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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Found Object Art

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Found Object Art

Wow!  It’s been a long time since I have posted anything! We’ve had an incredibly busy summer, and it just now kind of feels like I can sit back and relax a bit.  That doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing some crafty things, but mostly I’ve just been puttering around with ideas.

I did work on this over the summer though. I’ve had a old piece of wood that’s been hanging around the house.  It was part of the vintage typewriter stand that we used for the bathroom sink, when we only used the iron legs.Wood from Typewriter Stand

I also had a pair of keys, and a pair of old hinges that we picked up somewhere. I never really thought of all of them going together, until I was going through Pinterest, and I happened upon some pieces put together with found objects.  I’m actually kind of in love with this idea.

I gathered all of my pieces, and pulled out my scrapbooking materials. I started by laying out how I thought the pieces of paper would best frame the old pair of keys. I found an old cardboard frame in my supply, and used that, along with the old dictionary page.  I added some black ribbon to hang the keys with, and placed that behind the cardboard frame.Paper glued together with Keys

I combined all of those with Mod Podge, and used that to add a layer over the finished frame. mod podge and trim nails

I also had found an old graphic online that had a lock on it.  I thought that would go with the keys, and I added a saying to it. I used some old trim nails that I’ve had laying around forever to attached both items to the wood. Twine bow with keys

The final touch was to add the hinges.  I loved how heavy these hinges were, and I just attached them so that they would be part of how the piece was able to be hung. Vintage hinges on Found Object art

And this is how it turned out.  It was super easy, and I used a lot of items that I picked up here and there, but wasn’t sure how they would end up being used. I’m going to see what else is just hanging around, waiting to be a part of something!Found Object Art hung on wall

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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DIY Pumpkin Topiary

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DIY Pumpkin Topiary

So years ago, I’d gotten three Styrofoam pumpkins from Hobby Lobby.  I liked the colors, as they aren’t the typical orange pumpkin.  I’ve used them each year, just basically grouping them together on the porch.  They were starting to look a bit worn, since they are Styrofoam, so I thought I would try to camouflage the gouges and scrapes a bit.

This is what I started with.  I’d already removed two of the stems, which turned out to be really easy, since they were separate from the pumpkin body, and just glued on.Styrofoam pumpkins from Hobby Lobby

I grabbed a wooden basket that was on sale at Joann’s, and bought some window and door spray foam, which I sprayed into the basket.  I did create a liner with a plastic sack, so the foam wouldn’t expand out the sides of the basket. I let that expand overnight, and the next day it was about an inch below the top of the basket.Spray foam for volume

I’d also purchased some red Spanish moss on sale for $.97 a bag.  I used one whole bag to cover the spray foam in the basket.Red Spanish Moss for filler

Next, I started with the bottom pumpkin, and hot glued some more moss to the top of the pumpkin. Spanish Moss glued to top of pumpkin

Once that had dried, I used a wooden kabob skewer and pushed it through the top of the bottom pumpkin, and connected the middle pumpkin, using the skewer to hold the two. I also added moss to the top of the middle pumpkin.Wood Kabob skewer to attach

From there, I was able to work on the top pumpkin.  I had also bought a bag of fabric leaves, and I started hot gluing those to the top pumpkin, around the top. I connected that one to the middle pumpkin, using the same process with the wood skewer. Hot gluing leaves to pumpkins

That brings us to actually placing the pumpkins in the basket. Originally, I had only placed one skewer in the bottom pumpkin, to push into the spray foam. After I tried it the first time, I thought it was a bit unsteady, so I used a second one, and that seemed to help a bit. Adding skewers to base pumpkininsert skewer into spray foam

Now I was ready to spruce the topiary up a bit.  At first, I had just hot glued a few leaves on the pumpkins, but it seemed to be a bit blah.  I decided to go crazy, and so I added the rest of the leaves, some wire garland with plastic beads, and then some really cute orange and red bead picks, just placed randomly to cover as many of the nicks and indentions as I could.Adding leaves, garland, and plastic beads

Finally, I created a large bow to go on the top, but I did make sure that I can take it on and off.  I couldn’t decide whether I liked it with, or without, the bow better. Add bow to top of topiary

And here is the topiary in all its blinged out glory.  I’m not normally drawn to fancy things, but this is such a contrast from the three plain pumpkins I originally started with, that I’m liking it for now. Pretty easy, and fun to do this fall.pumpkin topiary with bling

Thanks for looking!

Sarah

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