Quick and Easy Cat Face Pumpkin Carving with Rotozip Power Tool

cat face carved pumpkin
Kitty Pumpkin

I've even used the Rotozip on  foam pumpkins too...so easy!

I decided to use it again this year...

rotozip spiral saw pumpkin carving
The Rotozip is a spiral saw power tool and I use it a lot 
for detailed cutting in wood or...pumpkins :)

cut a hole in bottom of pumpkin
The last few years I've been cutting a hole in the bottom of the pumpkin 
instead of making the little lid , then I set the carved pumpkin over a candle...
that's much easier to me.

cat face pumpkin
I drew a quick freehand design of a kitty face and started cutting

kitty face carved pumpkin using rotozip tool
I used a silver sharpie to draw the face on the pumpkin...
that's what those silver marks are you see on the face

cat face pumpkin design
Scoop out the inside and it's done!

carve a pumpkin with power tools
It only took about 20 minutes start 
to finish and that's including the cleaning part

kitty cat carved pumpkin face using rotozip tool
Happy Halloween!

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Table Leg and Picture Molding Dragonflies

I just finished a new batch of my table leg dragonflies

You can see the others I've made HERE and HERE,
and also a giant butterfly I made HERE

Someone gave me these beautiful corner picture molding 
sample pieces and I thought they would make
great wings for a new group of dragonflies
since the others have all sold

I started with spindles and table legs...

For each one I cut back piece from plywood, glued 
the molding pieces to that, then screwed 
the entire wing piece into the table leg "body".

I like to add the hanging hooks off center so the dragonfly 
will be at an angle when hanging on the wall

This is a "before" shot of a few...
I planned on using most of the existing finishes on the
molding since they are all so pretty

I added finial pieces on the ends of some of the dragonflies

I made a variety of sizes...

...and colors

....and for most, I did try to use the existing molding colors 

...a black one...

isn't that molding cool?

green and gold...

...neutral with metallics....

On this one the molding pieces are different sizes
but I think it adds to the uniqueness



Depending on the spindle/table leg I was using, 
I either cut the molding to fit to the table leg, or...

....I butted the molding against the leg 
like the pic above

love all those different designs

I used random metal doodads for the eyes...

and wire for the antenna

Have I mentioned how awesome all this molding is?...

There were 9 in this batch

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Hand Painted Tray and Tea Set

This is a hand painted tray I finished to match a funky tea set 

How cool is this tea pot?

For the tray, I started with a wooden picture frame
 I had and added a wooden insert where
the picture would normally go...

I seem to have deleted all of the before pics :(

I used the colors and designs in the tea set for my tray inspiration

Gold and black stripes on the sides...

Adorable cups and saucers...

I had a wooden flower cut out that I made into handles
 and screwed them in from the bottom
 so they could support the weight 
of the tray and tea set.

I matched the colors on the flower handles to the ones on the cups

The whole set is by Propero Designworks
 and Studio Designworks...
both the same company that no longer makes these hand painted pieces...

Fun and funky

Makes you want to have a tea party

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Original Art on Recycled Canvas, Hand Painted Octopus and Ocean Coral Acrylic Paintings

octopus painting and painting of sea coral
I just finished these two paintings...one of an octopus and one of coral

I found these canvas paintings at a local store....

Cheap...you can hardly buy canvas for this price much less with a frame...

The frames had some cool detail too
I decided to paint over the existing paintings and add my own.

Red Octopus acrylic painting on canvas

red octopus head detail in painting
I love octopuses

sea coral painting on turquoise background with metallic dots
I added metallic gold dots in the background for both paintings

red sea coral original acrylic painting
Coral detail...

sea or ocean coral painting detail

octopus and coral painting
 I ended up repainting the frames in a dark brown highlighted with 
metallic gold and they were done.
These are sold.

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