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

May 14, 2016

Recent Projects

I've started a family photo album because it's nice to have a hard copy of the pictures to look at in an album vs. on a phone or computer.  The front and back of the album look the same, so I found a wooden letter E which I painted light blue.  Then I added blue glitter ribbon on the edges, rhinestones and our name in glitter letter stickers.


I once had a twig bench that I'd bought in California and had up till I left Washington.  It eventually deteriorated, due in part to the fact that I'd left it outside for years back in CA (but to be fair we never had extreme weather except for rain and hot summers).  It stayed inside once I moved to WA, but by the time I left in 2011, it was falling apart beyond repair so I threw it away.  I was so excited to find one at the flea market in Wareham recently!  

Wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it, but a gnome garden came to mind so I got one at Michael's and dug through the rest of my supplies to see what I had.


I built the rock wall.  The whole scene is on a burlap bag, on which I adhered the strip of dark green moss.  The burlap is only tied to the seat of the bench so that it could be removed w/o damaging the bench.  The ivy and flowers are also tucked into the twigs and not glued.  I did glue the house, rocks, light green moss (from my yard), pinecones and mushrooms to the dark green moss.  I got to this point but it needs something.  This one's ended up on the back burner till I figure out what else to use.


Another time consuming project was to make a garden gazing ball out of marbles glued to a bowling ball.  My dear friend Kim had a spare bowling ball and sent it to me all the way from Michigan.  This project would never have been realized if not for her!  I got some silicone glue and went to work.

The silicone glue works really well.  It's dense enough to keep the marbles from moving around too badly and sliding out of place.  But it's slow going with only 5-6 able to be glued at one time before the ball has to be rotated to add the next ones.  They need time to set up, which is about 30-45 minutes.  That works out to be 5-6 marbles per hour which makes for a very long day as the circle grows wider.  

After the nonstop rain showed up, I had to bring the project inside to work on it, which actually worked out better. It was so much easier to do this on the countertop.  Here is the final result.  

I got a stand for it and I made sure that the marbles stopped where the ball would rest on the stand.  I am so happy with how this came out.  I really wanted one of these for so long.  It weighs a ton too.  The bowling ball was heavy enough but all that glass increased the weight.

Tractor Supply sells wagon wheels.  I really wanted one last spring but they sold out quickly. Fortunately I remembered to check and I got the last one they had.  I picked up some silk roses and wired them to the bottom.  I was attempting to replicate a Grateful Dead logo.

This is 'The Wheel' logo.  I didn't want to break the spokes or paint it blue though.  I like the natural wood colour.

I've just started a new paisley needlepoint project that is quite colourful.  I am intimidated by needlepoint to be honest, but I couldn't resist this kit.  I did, however, notice that the design was stamped on the canvas crooked, so I'm going to have to fudge it big time.  I'm sure it will look good when it's done but I'm already a bit nervous having to fix it somehow.

Still chipping away at the Hummel cross stitch for my dear friend Fernanda.

Other than that, not too many new craft projects on the horizon besides my needlework kits.  Pinterest has started to bore me and I am finding no new inspiration on my pinboards.  But I still have enough to keep me busy!

12 comments:

  1. wow - you have a lot going on at your house! that gazing ball is really quite cool!

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    1. Everything's been slow going though....real life keeps intruding. The nerve! lol Thank you!

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  2. I don't know how you have time to do all that you do anyway JoJo. I like that gazing ball too. Must have cost a packet to send you the bowling ball.

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    1. Thanks! Actually she sent it media mail rate. It took 3 weeks but it was wicked cheap.

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  3. As always, just love your creativity :) x

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  4. Wow, wow, wow on the gazing ball!!! I love it and have never seen one before. Love your gnome garden. A gazing ball would look good there or perhaps a bird bath. I would keep the needle point as is and do a border to fudge around it and you could tilt it when you frame it. Just a thought. I love all your hobbies. You are so talented. Surprised at the cost of shipping the ball. Didn't know it would be cheaper to ship longer time for something so heavy. Thanks for that tidbit. Hugs, LJ

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    1. Thanks Lady Jane! Actually you can't see it, but there is a gazing ball behind the gnome, made from a red crackle marble glued onto the back of a clear pushpin. I've since added a chiminea, grapes hanging from the vines, bottle brush trees, a lamp post and basket with fruit.

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  5. You're so flippin' talented and crafty! At first I thought your photo letter was metal with cool little divets and then you described it and I think it's even cooler to know those aren't divets but rhinestones instead. I LOVE the gnome garden. It's my fave but the gazing ball is cool too. Man. I bet you never get bored do you. Love, love, love your creations. :)

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    1. Thanks so much!!!!! I appreciate your kind words. I'm sort of obsessed....it's a sickness. lol Russell gave me the funniest look when I showed him the blingy letter E. lol Poor man is tracking glitter into his truck now.

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  6. I want to play in and/or with your gnome garden, JoJo. That's precious!

    Be well, my friend.

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    1. Thanks Robyn! I will post some updated pics with the additions I've done, but it's still missing something!!! lol

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