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!

It was asking for it!

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With roughly 6″ of yarn left, I knew this project was right when it spoke to me.

Sometimes the yarn does that, it tells me what it wants to be or who it wants to be gifted to.

This yarn, small balls of got pink, black, and silver, said “roller derby”.

And it was right.

Working on…

I’m working on a post of helpful hints when sewing that probably exists in no less than 153,295,369 places already on the internet, but I’ll have my thoughts which so very few people have.

In the mean time, I thought I’d share some of the latest work I’ve been doing:

currently unnamed

nanny bag

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The Nanny Bag was a project with Sue and the Unnamed will have a name come the end of September. (Not me, but a dear friend.) This last one is just something I was playing with and think is adorable. I’m also making a dress and a couple of skirts that I’ll post photos of soon! They’re in various stages of being finished.

What are you working on these days?

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!
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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.