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Gnome Door

Category: bethie's world | Posted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:37 pm

During the holidays we Finally got around to making a gnome door. I showed hubby some pictures I had on the computer and out we went with a tape measure.The door can be made any size depending on your tree. We decided on this spot in the yard because of the nice old ivy vines running up the tree plus my goose pen is right behind this so I am here every day to enjoy it. We measure for the size we want then I cut a rectangle out of newspaper that size. I folded it in half and cut a gentle curve with scissors. I did the same for the window.
We're going to make this completely out of junk and not buy a thing.
The body of the door is some aged oak barnwood that we salvaged. The door is cut with a jigsaw. It's cut out in one piece and then re-cut into several. It's put back together on the back with some thin wood. The doorframe is cypress that I've sanded and sponge painted. The hinges are old kitchen cabinet door handles pounded flat, cut off and sprayed black. The brass door handle is the top off and old canister. Mirror is glued to the back of the window. It doesn't have to be cut to size and could be a mirror out of an old compact. Hubby gets carried away by it all and even grinds off the screw heads to make them square. What a guy. We'll definitely be making another of these in a different size and shape. Fun.

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My Pighead

Category: bethie's world | Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:24 pm

Sometimes you just Want something. I woke up one day and longed for a Pighead. You know the feeling. I go right to taxidermy on e-bay and start bidding on a taxidermy pig form. He has teeth and tongue but no ears or eyes. Still I love him and soon he arrives in a box on my doorstop. Hubby is surprised and pleased to make his aquaintance.

I decide to glass him all in shades of blue off one big sheet of glass. I cut the glass and then sort it into shades. We get eyes and ears and attach them. Now the pig can watch his own creation. He has kind eyes.

Hubby loves spirals so I make sure to include a few.

I want to make him like a carousel pig. Fun. It takes a good while to get him glassed. He will take a lot of taping off to keep the grout out of his mouth. We go with gray grout and hubby does his thing. When the grout cures the cleaning and scraping is done.

He has a spot on the dining room wall all picked out for him so up he goes.

He's such a Happy Pig.

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Mosaic Eggs

Category: bethie's world | Posted: Mon Feb 09, 2009 1:18 pm

I saw some painted eggs online that were very pretty but I knew paint could never make it in the Southern sun. I want eggs in a cute nest so I look around for something to glass in a robin's egg blue. Egg Gourds. They are hard as a rock and ready to go. These are easily grown and will cure right on the vine and have many crafty uses. Grow some. Here are the egg gourds shown with a white size medium egg.

The glass is small so I put it on with tweezers.

Hubby works his grouty magic. Black grout is a Big Mess.

I search around for some wild grapevines that still have some "give" in them. Hubby twists me up a grapevine wreath and I take the leftovers and weave a crude bottom into it. I want plenty of drainage on them.
All done.

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