Projects for good: Project Mittens (@Mittens4Detroit)

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From Mittens for Detroit's Twitter

I actually didn’t have anything for you today, but over on Fiber Flux she posted about doing this project, “Mittens for Detroit“. It seems this particular mitten drive will be over February 14th, but if you can get them to them before then you can be entered into their Lion Brand sponsored drawing. Or if you’re feeling really inspired and connected to other crafters, you can have your own drive! (Email them for specifics.)

I know I’m a little late to the game on this one, but I just found out about it but I had to share.

Or hey if you just want to crochet some mittens here are a few patterns to try (Free Ravelry login required). (Also this one looks really easy.)

*Are you doing a fundraiser or handmade goods drive that you’d like me to share? Email it to me and we can talk about setting up a Project for Good post for you.*

I took a little break, but I’m back!

After completing the cupcake blanket I needed a break from intense crafting and then I got hurt. Rather than bleeding on stuff, I kept focusing on some digital stuff for a bit.

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I designed a new hat one night when I couldn’t sleep and it turns out my friend was giving birth around then so I named that one after her little one, Claire.

Next week I’ll be sharing some more of my work, but here’s a little something I’ve been working on.

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Tentatively they’re called Zippy Zarfs but I could change my mind.

I’ve also been focusing a lot of creative energy on cooking yummy gluten free food and pulling together cute or snappy outfits for work.

Recently, digitally

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Image of Mr. Met from Google.

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Image of frog from pinterest. Inspiration my own

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Birthday wishes from a mastiff.

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A custom facebook page header by request

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And a little something to let people know their good feeds are noticed.

More examples are over on the Court is Crafty Facebook page.

If you’d like to share, please do but please do not remove my mark. Thanks!

Lantern’s Face Lift

I was at a wedding last summer for dear friends and Momma Maggie made an off hand comment about the lantern on the center for the table being just what she wanted for her porch in the summer. The only problem being that it was a light metal color (see below) and she really wanted a darker finish. At the end of the night, the table insisted that I take the lantern, saying that they knew I could do something fun with it.

Of course I could try!

It quickly got busy planning and crafting for my very own Picnic with a Judge (PWAJ) and then it quickly got quite rainy and then too cold to use spray paint (Really your only option when refinishing metal if you ask me.) so the lantern sat inside until it was nice again.

Right before Mother’s Day, I found my dark bronze spray paint, looked at the lantern and knew that Momma Maggie would be thrilled!
lantern Collage

First I covered my table and weighed the paper down so it didn’t blow away. Then popped all the glass panes out and set then aside so they didn’t get dirty. I used a sanding block to give the current finish some grip. After getting the nooks and crannies, I used a damp cloth to wipe the dust off.

I spray painted it in several coats, letting each one dry for about 40 minutes in between. (Note: Humidity will change how long it takes to dry!) After making sure all the light silver was a nice dark bronze, I carefully cleaned the glass, put them back inside the lantern and wiped my finger prints off again. Done!

I think the whole thing took about 2 and a half house total but I was working on something else while it dried so it wasn’t like I sat there watching paint dry.

Although dry, I didn’t wrap it in case it was still tacky. I was so excited that Momma Maggie would LOVE it (and she did!) I forgot to take a photo of the final product.  I’ll send Momma over to her house for a photo when she gets a chance.

There you have it. Now it is the perfect lantern and the right color.