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

December 1, 2015

More Holiday Crafting

Well I was going at a healthy clip, making projects that I'd seen on Pinterest and wanted to tackle, but then everything in my life went sideways through no fault of my own, and I ended the month of November really sick which was not surprising considering the way I was run ragged and right into the ground.

But I did manage to get this one completed and I'm really pleased with it.  I got the shadow box at AC Moore.  It had some text on the back that I don't even remember and I covered it with silver glitter paper.  Next, I had to drill the hole for the battery operated LED lights, then pulled them through but left them outside till I finished with the tree scenes.  I used some styrafoam chunks to elevate the trees and then glued the other trees in place.  That took a day or so to dry.  After that I ran the lights around it.  The project that I was using as a guide had the wires showing like this and actually I kind of like the effect.  Once the lights were in place, I stuffed some cotton snow in the bottom, then used gold glitter paint around the edges (hard to see in this pic).  The sad thing is, I have no room for it but I'm going to try and find a place. 


And then I finished experimenting with a bunch of ornament ideas seen on Pinterest, just to check them off my craft bucket list.  I ended up giving all of them to my stepdaughter.  No idea what she's doing with them....but I don't have the room for them so better her than me!  lol

Stuffed with colourful pom poms.

This one was a disaster.  Supposed to be easy....pour in nail polish then swipe around the sides with a Qtip.  Well I used more polish than I should have so it got everywhere.  I had to let it drain in the trash for about 15 minutes before attempt the Qtip part.  I had polish all over my fingers for days.

The project I saw for this just had pearl beads in it but that looked really bad so I used a long strand of pearls I found buried in my ribbons container.

Same thing with this strand of red.

This is kind of pretty....just some fibers and stuff.

This one is stuffed with iridescent fibers.

Another pain in the butt.  I was going to just stuff the whole thing with that snow stuff but thanks to static electricity, it was hard to fill and hard to keep from sticking to my hands, shirt and basically everything in site.  So I threw a bunch of little holiday bits and bobs into it and made a 'spot the item' ball instead.

This is an interesting effect.  It's supposed to be like mercury glass.  You spray some mirror paint inside and swirl it around, hit it with a hair dryer to partially dry it, then put a drop or two of water inside and shake the ball to spatter it on the sides.  

Finally, glow in the dark paint.  I never fully charged it to shoot a pic after it was glowing.  I assume it worked.

Right now my craft table is a hot mess but I'm hoping to get a few more altered art projects done.

10 comments:

  1. You may have gotten really sick JoJo, but you certainly achieved a lot of work. Some of those Christmas balls are lovely. I particularly like the silver one (mercury) one. Hope you are beginning to feel better. What a rotten time to feel ill.

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    1. Thank you so much Jo. Yes, I've finally turned the corner on it. But not before a trip to the urgent care clinic yesterday to get a bunch of prescriptions. Now that the house is decorated, I am hoping to return to some more altered art Christmas projects.

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  2. You are so stinkin' talented! One week I'm going to tackle some Pinterest stuff and see how well I can do. I do so much sewing these days that I totally forgot I used to be a crafter of all things. I need to get back to that! I love the shadow box and that mercury bulb is just cool! I think I like the pom pom one best tho just for the happiness factor. It makes me smile. :) Great job JoJo!

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    1. Thanks Karen! Hey if it wasn't for Pinterest I'd be sitting here going, 'uh....ah wanna make sumpfing but ah don't know wut'. lol I have about 6 or 7 more balls to work with but not sure I'll be doing much with them this year. I'm out of craft shows and I doubt Val wants me heaping more balls on her!

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  3. Hi human, JoJo,

    You have quite the talent and such a delight to see your talents on display via your wonderful photos. Those are some impressive balls!

    Pawsitive wishes and doggy kisses,

    Penny xx

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    1. Thank you so much Penny!!! XOXOXO

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  4. Seems a wonderful dilemma: you're running out of room, because your place is full of your beautiful creations.

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    1. Thanks Robyn! Go take a look at my Christmas pics on Facebook that I posted last night and you'll see what I mean about running out of room! lol

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  5. Clever girl! Hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Thank you Anne! I'm slowly getting better.

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