Salt Shaker Angel

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I am trying to focus on activities and holiday outings this year and spend less time (and money) shopping. As usual, I browse Pinterest for ideas and it’s where  I saw this cute recycled salt shaker angel made by Thuula at Thrifty Rebel Vintage.

With fingers crossed, I stop at the Goodwill and was very happy to snag a shaker for 99 cents. I then collected goodies from my craft supplies: beads, buttons, wooden head bead left from making clothespin doll ornaments, an ornament cap, paper, aluminum and copper tape, hot glue, glue pen, glitter and music-print scrapbook paper.

One of the angels Thuula made had a halo made from a key ring and I contemplated using wide gold ribbon for the wings, so don’t think my list of supplies is absolute.

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I unscrewed the top of the shaker and washed and dried it, then filled it with beads, buttons and a few glittery pom-poms. An ornament cap, left when a glass ball broke, made a lacy gold collar, which I hot-glued to the top of the glass salt shaker.

Although I have some old sheet music, I was glad to find a page of scrapbook paper with a music design. The old sheet music was too fragile to use in this project. I cut two wing shapes, one smaller than the other, than folded them accordion style. A glue pen and glitter added some sparkle to the wings and hot glue adhered them to the back of the angel.

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Fine-tipped markers worked on the wooden bead head to draw a simple face, and a double layer of card stock circles covered in triangles of aluminum and copper tape was hot-glued in place as a halo.

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A unique little angel for a friend who has a special place in her heart for all-things-angelic.

Thanks for stopping by.

 

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Giving Thanks

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Poster from the window of Susan’s Store Room, San Anselmo.

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Molly and I took a walk this cold, frosty morning and I gathered leaves, berries, nuts and pods for the center piece at my mom’s house.

I’m grateful for my health and for the health of my loved ones.  It is precarious for some and I’m aware of that.

Wishing everyone a warm, safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving.

 

 

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Autumn Walk: San Anselmo & Ross

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I love this time of year! I took a walk in San Anselmo and a bit of Ross on Saturday, and it was so beautiful. This is on Crescent Road looking towards Mt. Tamalpais.

At the corner of Sunnyside and Austin Avenues – tiny white flowers on a huge green hedge. It made me think of a friend who lived there.

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From Glenwood looking toward Mt. Baldy.

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I turned on Fernwood and walked past Branson School, than passed St. Anselm Church on Shady Lane.

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Susan’s Store Room on San Anselmo Avenue is ready for Thanksgiving. This little window display includes pilgrim candles just like the one’s on our Thanksgiving Table when we were growing up (and mom still has them).

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An old eagle icon high on the wall outside Comforts Cafe, the former site of the post office.

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There are several signs downtown that show the high water line from flooding. They are situated so you can see the same buildings shown on the sign. this one is just before Pine Street, across from the Wells Fargo Bank.

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Sugarfoot, the cast iron deer on the lawn by the City Hall/Police Department and the Library buildings.

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Another flood sign near City Hall.

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Barton’s Bagels – although these looked delicious, I picked up Asiago bagels for the egg-bagels sandwiches my mom and I enjoyed for breakfast.

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The elegant Siren Salon was once the home of Toy Circus, THE place for birthday gift shopping. You knew if one of the packages had been wrapped in the store because they had their one big roll of wrapping paper.

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I saw another flood sign by the fire station. Molly waits patiently when I drop her leash to take photos. The beautiful mosaic obelisk in the background shows scenes from the history of the community.

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Beautiful walkway of yellow leaves on San Rafael Avenue.

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Cutting through Robson-Harrington Park I noticed this decorative plaque on a wall. Maybe it was a fountain years ago.

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I’m getting close to the end of the walk – more beautiful foliage on Crescent Road.

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You can just make out part of the San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) through the leaves.

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I let Molly off the leash at the bottom of the driveway to my mom’s house.  She trots right up and I trudge behind her. She’s waiting on the front porch when I make it up the hill.

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Even though I veered off her familiar route, she was happy to come along (or to let me join her).

“Thanks for the walk, now let’s have breakfast!” (I imagine she might be saying)

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Thanks for the visit!

After breakfast, a final picture from the front yard: the seminary and Mt. Tam.

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Exploratorium Selfies

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Rem and I went to a kid-free evening at the Exploratorium in San Francisco last night.

The Exploratorium is an eye-opening, playful place to explore how the world works. Our exhibits, experiences, tools, and projects ignite curiosity and lead to profound learning.

…as they say on their site. We had delicious soft tacos at the Seaglass Restaurant in one end of the building. Bars are set up throughout the museum.

The first picture is taken on a giant soap bubble “painting.” Beautiful and very temporary.

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I took a similar picture the last time we visited.

This time we decided to brave the Tactile Dome – in total darkness. You climb, crawl and explore your way through the space. There are different surfaces and textures: AstroTurf, rope bridges, padded tunnels and gentle slides.  Sorry, I don’t have a picture from this part of our adventure.

This shadow-picture was taken in the Shadow Box which uses large phosphor screens which temporarily stores light from a strobe flash.

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It was a perfect date night.

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Balloon Birthday Card

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A big, red balloon was the perfect image for a birthday card for my boss: bright, cheerful and uplifting.

As usual, I went to Pinterest for ideas and found Jennifer McGuire Ink and her cute and simple balloon cards, which I pretty much copied for the card front.

Since this was a red-letter birthday (she turned 40), I wanted something extra special on the inside: more balloons!  I found more inspiration on Pinterest with a link to this tutorial video by Valita. Too bad that  I jumped in without thinking and ended up having a few challenges with the card, but I’ll get to those later.

Open the card…

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Gold thickers looked great for the number 40.

The mistakes I made include:

  • Heavy watercolor paper for the card – It doesn’t hold the creases as well as a thinner, more standard card stock
  • Double-sided tape that wasn’t strong enough – I ran out of my super-sticky tape and used some Scotch tape and it wasn’t strong enough.
  • No balloon-shaped punch – Not a mistake, really, but each balloon is two pieces, so that meant tracing and cutting out 22 balloons
  • Acetate that was too lightweight – I used a sheet of acetate that is used for copying and it was too flimsy to hold the balloons up, so I had to score and fold two creases in each piece with was fiddly and made them more rigid than I would have liked.

In spite of all of this, I’m pleased with how the card turned out.

Thanks for your visit.

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Dia de los Muertos

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Small stones painted as sugar skulls, made at Craft Gym, for Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).

Last year we created papel picado.

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Thinking of my dad.

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Happy Halloween, 2015 (with Costume Photos)

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Hope your Halloween was a treat.  Here are two pumpkins and one very long squash I carved this year.

Rem carved this cheerful jack-o-lantern with a similar smiling gourd hanging above.

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Our Halloween fundraiser at work was held on Thursday. I originally had hoped to do a group costume with some colleagues but not everyone was as enthusiastic about the idea as I was. Instead, I copied a Pinterest idea…but I didn’t pull it off the way I’d envisioned it: using grey scale makeup and black and white clothing and accessories to looks as if I were in a black and white film or photograph

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I didn’t manage to get very good pictures – either the makeup was coming off, I had real problems with the makeup all day, or I was missing the proper shoes (above) or purse.  My niece, Leah, loaned me many of the pieces for this outfit. Aren’t these sunglasses perfect? Her black pumps finished the outfit but I was rushing to have Rem take these photos before he had to leave, and I had on my comfier sandals

My biggest problem with the makeup is that I didn’t get grey for the base. I put off ordering it, than couldn’t find it locally and didn’t want to drive into San Francisco (the toll, the parking) just for makeup. What a mistake! I bought white stage makeup and mixed it with black powdered eye shadow to create grey.

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The color was uneven and dried too dark. It smudged off easily when I changed my glasses or fixed my wig. I get overheated and was sweating to the point that on certain areas of my face, I couldn’t even get makeup to stay on. I was dabbing and powdering all day. It was a bit of a fiasco.

Then when I got it on, it dried and cracked and itched.  The black eye shadow mixed into the white base was really causing problems. What a mess! I said to Rem it looked like elephant hide.

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For the party at work a theme for costumes was announced: a character from a TV show from the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s. I decided instead of trying to enact one certain person from a show, I would represent black and white TV, which is how I remember it being when I was a kid.

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I named my creation Blanca Noir and of course she was an actress in black and white films and television. But tragically, once they started making movies and TV shows in color, Blanca was out of work. So sad.

In the end, Blanca Noir ended up being creepier than intended, but since it was for Halloween, I guess it was ok. It was weird when some of the black and white makeup came off (like when I ate lunch) and my own color showed through.

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Wearing pantyhose, heels, an elastic belt, a wig and so much makeup was too much for a full day at work.  It would have been better for just a few hours at a party.

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I did have fun in spite of it and enjoyed the various reactions I got throughout the day. But I was really glad to get out of the get-up after work. Before I showered, I got a lot of the makeup off with cotton pads and Q-tips. I even had makeup in my ears!

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The next day I was feeling much more myself.

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Hang on…

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That’s more like it! Back in the pink.

Next year: something more comfortable!

Thanks for the visit.

 

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