Mt. Rainier and Lenticular Clouds - Dec. 2008 copyright: JMM

September 14, 2015

Hiding from the Humidity

I absolutely love it when my friends post or tag me in new craft projects.  A couple of weeks ago, a 'stained glass CD mandala suncatcher' project made the rounds and I decided to give it a try.  First you have to remove the silver from the disc, which is extremely easy.  You just scratch through it and then use clear packaging tape to lift the silver off.  Comes off quickly.  Then I found a mandala design in one of my colouring books, placed the clear CD over it and traced the lines using Tulip silver puff paint.


After that tried, I filled in the spaces with glass paint and let it dry over night.  Except for some bubbles (esp. noticeable in the purple), the results came out great!  I would probably use less glass paint next time.

Drilled a hole in it and added a beaded hanger.


Kinder Surprise Eggs are illegal in the USA, but thanks to a friend who shall remain unidentified, I received some a year or so ago, and I saved the yellow toy pods which are inside the chocolate.  What better use for them than to make minions?  Just a googly eye with silver puff paint, a black sharpie, and some denim bits adhered with double stick tape.

Remember the sand art kit I got a few weeks ago?  I decided to do that too.  

Pretty sand and blue glitter!  I kinda wish there had been some white sand too but oh well.  There was just enough to make the 4 bottles and 2 bracelets, although I ran out of blue and purple and had to dip into my glitter stash to make it up.

Finished!  The tops are sealed with clear glue which wasn't quite dry when I took the pics.

Still cross stitching the shells.  I have since added the last 5 boxes with shell names, done 2 more shells and working on a 3rd.  

This is a skull pattern I found online.  I decided to do black on purple and I had a hell of a time getting the purple Aida cloth but I finally found it on the 123 Stitch website.  The boxes are kind of hard to see and count on the pattern so I had to do the center row all the way across and build from there, doing one side at a time.  Since this was taken, I finished the teeth and am starting up the left side.

I'm hoping that the heat and humidity is behind us now, so hopefully I can get back to getting in some day trips before the leaves fall and the snow flies!

19 comments:

  1. Kinder Egg Minions... that is awesome!

    Your escape from humidity was clearly productive -- those sand bracelets are fascinating.

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm afraid to wear the bracelets in case they pop open and spill sand and glitter everywhere.

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  2. It is great to see you back crafting. You had quite a long hiatus from it. :♥

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    1. Thanks Kathy. All I want to do is cross stitch these days.

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  3. You have been one busy chick. Good for you. That CD is such a brilliant idea and it came out great. When I lived in Germany we ate Kinder Chocolates all the time. The commissary sells them minus the toy. So delicious!

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    1. It's ridiculous that they are illegal here. The toy is the best part! Chocolate was good too of course.

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  4. I remember the Kinder surprise eggs... We used to have them didnt we? whatever happened to make them illegal?

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    1. They've always been illegal in the USA. There is a law from the 1930s that there can't be toys and small parts contained inside food. Cracker jack doesn't count b/c the toy is inside the box.

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    2. I remember we used to get something out of eggs... Ill have to think about this for awhile. Ill ask my mom she used to buy them for me... Now that I think about it I think they were chocolate balls in purple foil.

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    3. I found it. LOL Wonder ball. I got these a lot as a kid.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Ball

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    4. It sucks that cool stuff like that have to be discontinued because some dolt choked on the toy...or 'could possibly choke' on it.

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  5. Your crafts are soooooo pretty. You are great at whipping them up.

    I didn't even know what a Kinder Eggs was until now. Why would anybody put small trinket toys in the chocolate? I could choke. :) Love the Minion.

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    1. Thank you! Well the toy is inside the yellow thing, which is inside the chocolate. You'd have to have an awfully huge mouth to choke on the yellow pod.

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  6. I'm thinking Hobby Lobby. They have the best crafts stuff like this! Thanks for sharing the beauty!

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    1. We have Michael's, AC Moore and JoAnn Fabrics around here. I so miss Ben Franklin Crafts out west. :(

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  7. You are one busy woman and that cd sun catcher is awesome. You always have a wonderful new creation that you're working on and I enjoy seeing what you're working on next... :)

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    1. Thank you so much Dee! The only thing about when I make stuff, there are very few crafts I can commit to making a lot of, in order to sell at shows, you know? I make the one project, check it off my list and move onto the next one. lol

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  8. As always, very creative. I wouldn't have thought to turn a CD into a stained glass mandala.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Thanks Lee! Thank god for Pinterest. And Facebook. I never would've thought to make one either if it wasn't for those sites.

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