October 30, 2010

Halloween "Puking" Pumpkin Carving Using Power Tools Rotozip

puking pumpkin with power tools
Update October 2015!!...This original post had 3 photos that seem to have been
swallowed up by the internet. I wasn't aware until someone emailed me
and the photos are nowhere to be found. I did find one photo online that 
someone had pinned so ... that's all I have for this post, sorry about that!

Pumpkin carving has always been a family affair in our house 
but now that my boys are older they just aren't into the 
whole pumpkin carving ritual anymore... so it was left up to me.

I've used the Rotozip saw before to carve real and faux pumpkins,
super easy to do

I had seen the idea of a "puking" pumpkin before and thought it was
pretty funny and kind of my mood for this year so I got out my Rotozip saw...
"and this is where I have no more pics so you will have to use your imagination."

I drew the shapes with a pencil and went for it with the Rotozip. 
It literally took like 5 minutes...that's what I'm talking about!

puking pumpkin, power tool pumpkin carving
Happy Halloween :)

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October 16, 2010

Hand Made Jellyfish Lights Using Recycled Christmas Lights and Repurposed Electrical Conduit

repurposed and recycled jellyfish look lights
A pair of funky lamps I made that remind me of jellyfish
so that's what I'm calling them

pendant light recycled art makeover
I started with this pair of pendant lights from IKEA. 
I had thought I would hang silverware around the edges so I stopped by 
the thrift store looking for mismatched silverware.

clear christmas ball lights
Then I spotted two bags of clear bubble Christmas garland lights
and it made me think of jellyfish.

clear garland light covers
They were sold "as is" so I didn't know if they worked but it didn't matter
since all I was after were the clear, opalescent-y plastic globe pieces
that were going to become part of the jellyfish tentacles.

Christmas garland light repurpose
I started by cutting the light strands and removing all the wires.

clear plastic Christmas light garland covers
I was left with two sizes. 
At this point I didn't really have a definite plan for how I was going to assemble
them, but I did have a vision of how I wanted them to look.

repurposed conduit wire
I had a pile of salvaged conduit wire. 
It is metal tubing with electrical wires inside.  
I've used it for other projects before and it's fun to work with
and it just looks cool and swirly when you unravel it.

working with conduit wire in mixed media project
To use just the swirly metal part you start by unraveling one end to expose the wires...

recycled conduit wire lamps
Once the wires are exposed, you can just pull them out. 
They are wrapped in plastic and easily slide out. 

 If you really want to recycle, you can save the green, white 
and black wire and use for other recycled projects.  

creating art with conduit wire
After the wires are out, you pull it apart and it will start to separate and uncoil.
  You may want to wear gloves for this part.
It's not really sharp until you start cutting it but it will rough up your hands.

You can also use it as is without uncoiling and incorporate into different projects. 

I got all involved and forgot to take more "during" pics but I had
unraveled the conduit and added the clear balls in random patterns 
to make eight strands per light.

diy jellyfish lights
To attach my conduit/clear ball strands to the lights, I drilled eight holes around the edges
of the metal pendants. I threaded lengths of thin wire through the holes, using
a clear bead on top to secure it and attached the conduit strands to this wire.

jellyfish lights
You can see the clear beads here on the outside of the pendant.

making spiral wire
I added more of this thin wire as well and made it spiral-y by winding
the wire around the end of a paintbrush...or pencil, whatever you have.

diy jellyfish lights
Here they are unlit. They aren't going in my house, 
I'll be taking them to my booth where I sell my pieces, 
so I hung them off of my chandelier in the kitchen to photograph.

jellyfish lights
I think they look pretty cool, they are definitely one of a kind.

recycled wire and pendant lights into jellyfish lights
They are all swirly and "other worldy"...

jellyfish lights
They really do look very pretty all lit up!
These lights are sold, thanks so much for reading about
 my DIY Jellyfish lights.

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October 8, 2010

Metal Mini Blind Makeover From White to Bamboo Blinds DIY

mini blind makeover metal to faux bamboo
This little makeover came about when I bought my first house back in
the early 1990's. I needed a quick, inexpensive solution to cover all the windows and
ended up going with what was popular and easy at the time...white metal mini blinds.

Fast forward a few years down the road and I had replaced all the blinds
 except the one in the laundry room.  It was a special order size to begin with
and the window faced East, meaning it was very hot and bright in the 
mornings when the sun came up. I actually liked the light control
I could get with the mini blind but one day I got tired of looking at it
and decided to change it up.

I don't have a before pic but it was a basic metal white blind.

I took it outside, washed it and let it dry. 
I didn't have quite the color of spray paint on hand I wanted for the background so I ended
 layering about 3 different colors of spray paint to get a camel color...
(This was before I knew to take pics during the creation process)

 I brought them inside, hung them back up, and painted the details while they were hanging, 
much easier!

bamboo mini blinds
I have other bamboo blinds in my home so I studied them then headed back
 in the laundry room to paint.  I used several different acrylic paints in browns and 
tans to get the variation and just played with it as I went.

mini blind to bamboo blinds makeover
They ended up looking pretty close to bamboo and much better to look at 
than white mini blinds... especially while doing laundry

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Fireplace Makeover from Builder Grade Tiles to Pebble or Stone Mosaic Tile Sheets

pebble mosaic fireplace surround
This is a fireplace surround I made over using sheets of pebble
mosaic tiles. It started with builder grade marble-y looking tiles, just very generic looking...
sorry, no before pic.

pebble rocks fireplace surround makeover
I chipped the tiles off with a hammer and screwdriver then tiled
with pebble mosaic sheets I found on Ebay.

I ended up using the leftover grout that had been used to tile the floor so it worked out great.

fireplace surround makeover using pebble mosaic tiles
Big improvement...trust me!

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Hand Made White Tiger and Palm Tree Twin Headboards From a Sheet of Plywood

white tiger headboard
This is a headboard I made out of a sheet of plywood for my 
youngest son Max when he was little. He's almost 16 now (!)
and this headboard has moved on to one of my niece's sons :)

hand painted white tiger
Max was obsessed with white tigers...only white ones...so
it was a natural choice to decorate his room.

plywood animal theme headboard
I drew it out on a 4' x 8' sheet of plywood, cut out with
the jigsaw then painted and applied Minwax polycrylic for protection.

hand made tiger headboard
The 4'x8' sheet is perfect for a twin bed. I didn't even attach
it to his bed frame but just put it between the bed and the wall and
it was perfect.

plywood palm tree headboard
I almost don't want to put these next two pics since the quality is 
so poor...pre digital photos again! They are two more headboards
I also made from sheets of plywood, both in a palm tree design,
that I sold when I had a booth at an antiques shop.

palm tree headboard from sheet of plywood for twin bed
This tall palm tree headboard was one of a set of
two made for a beach condo. I used every inch of 
the 8' length of the plywood to make the tall trees 
and painted sand dunes at the bottom...although that part 
will really bed covered by the bed :)

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Hand Painted Toile Look Dresser

hand painted dresser with bird
Toile Design Dresser...

This started off as a thrift store find and was way before I knew to take "before" pics. 
It had a plain wood finish, 3 large drawers and is solid wood.
I had a piece of fabric that I referred to as inspiration for the painting.

hand painted dresser with toile look design
My son says the design on the drawer fronts look like manta rays....
hmmmm, I guess they kind of do!

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October 7, 2010

Handmade Mirrors, Fish Mirrors, Furniture Shaped Mirrors, Textured Mirrors and Mirrors with Carved Designs Using a Dremel

dremel carved furniture mirror
I've made many mirrors, usually the bigger the better!
See my latest Carved Zebra Mirror.

This fish mirror...sorry it's just leaning against a table 
before I took it to my booth to sell... was made from MDF, it's about 4ft x 4ft.
I carved the designs in the fish using my dremel.

fish mirror hand made blue
A smaller version done in blue and also carved with the dremel.

dremel carved nightstand
I love using my dremel to create designs on all sorts of things
including furniture like this nightstand I carved with the dremel.

Check out the "Dremel" category to see all the ways I use it.

large curvy mirror
I had a couple of those tall wavy mirrors you can find at IKEA and made frames to match.
For this one, I carved the spirals into the MDF with the dremel then painted the whole thing in off white. After it dried, I washed with brown and wiped off the excess to 
leave the darker color in the spirals for them to pop.

gold striped mirror
Another tall curvy mirror painted in gold and cream stripes and and I added
repurposed brass knobs for the "studs". 
They are the same knobs I used on the hand painted dresser with studded sides.

colorful fish mirror
This is about a 4ft fish shaped mirror I made.
I used Flexall to create the texture on the body and corrugated
tin pieces for the fins

fish mirror fish shape vintage tin fins
Another fish shaped mirror with a textured design

blue fish mirror
He can be hung vertically or horizontally

home made texture tool from a squeegee
I used this squeegee that I notched with a utility knife to make the designs 
on some of the fish mirrors. You can use it in texture compound or paint.  
It's basically a large version of those small rubber texture tools you 
buy at the craft store.
In this pic, I was using it to make a design on an Easter Egg Door Wreath.

8 foot orange fish mirror
Huge 8 foot fish mirror, again with a wavy IKEA mirror base.
I used every inch of the 4' x 8' piece of MDF I cut it out of.

Hung vertically or horizontally, he has fun painted orange designs
with vintage, rusty license plates for the fins and an old reflector for the eye.

curved gold spiral mirror
I love this shape. It's kind of a curvy, inside out parenthesis.
I actually have two of them in my home and I've sold several as well.

I cut it out of MDF and carved all those spirals and dots 
along the edge with the Dremel.
Painted in gold and washed in brown to bring out the detail.

fish mouth mirror

How fun is this mirror?
I can't take credit for the design, I saw it in a catalog (pre-internet days!)
and made my own version.

The majority of my mirrors I get from thrift stores.
Check them carefully for scratches before buying, but you
can find practically perfect mirrors for next to nothing.

For this fish, I cut a mirror to fit from a thrift store mirror. 

hand made oversize mirror frame
This mirror hangs in my living room... and now I see how dusty it is...embarrassing.
It's actually the very first mirror I ever made...awww...and it's big, of course, like 4ft x 4ft. 

caulk and rope mirror design
I'll have to share how I made this design more in detail one day but
the small swirls are made from paintable caulk, and the large roping detail
around the edge IS actual rope!

 I hot glued it on the edge, then used joint compound to smooth over the rope
 and build up the sides so it looks like it is actually part of the mirror. Painted and glazed.

large white sun shape mirror with textured dots
Terrible, terrible pre-digital camera pics but this was a sun
shape I cut out of wood and used a convex mirror with it. 

I used dots of caulk around the edges.
I describe the caulk process in  my 

large starfish mirror
A more recent starfish or sun mirror, I used a convex
mirror for the center again and made a design using the caulking dots.

furniture highboy mirror shape funky mirror
These next two mirrors are pretty funky.
Terrible images, scanned from photos that had been cut out 
around the photo, but I'm showing them anyway!

I cut this one to look like a piece of furniture, a highboy type piece.
Painted it all whimsical and girly, it was about 6 feet tall.
The flowers on the bottom "drawers" were real knobs so you 
could hang things from it.

funky chair mirror

A "chair mirror"... another oldie! 
Do you remember that children's show Blue's Clues? That's what it reminds me of.
Probably because when I made it, 15 years ago, my boys were very little 
and were watching Blue's Clues over and over...and over.

table top hand painted vanity mirror with dots, stripes, checks girly
The last mirror to share was this little Vanity Mirror Makeover
that I made and painted in a fun, girly, whimsical way.
I'm really not a girly girl, I just like painting those types of patterns.

painted vanity mirror
This is what's on the back of the Vanity Mirror :)

Thanks for checking out all my mirrors!
Wait, actually, it's not ALL of them,
click the "mirror" category to see the ones that didn't get included.

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