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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sometimes I Think I Have a Blog Just to Go On Haitis!

It's hard to believe I let so much time go by since I last blogged and promised to stick to it. Well forget it, never gonna happen! What I have been doing is CRAFTING!  Yup and here are some of the things I have been working on. Halloween inspired me all on it's own.

I searched the net to find out how to make a tabletop witch and came up very short of ideas. So pure creativity took over. I work with access to very few supplies, so as always, I ended up using what I have around the house. I used a detergent bottle for the body, covered it with scrap booking paper. For the head, I had a two inch paper mache ornament ball from Michaels. The face was hand formed from Fimo. I had just watched the latest release of OZ and was inspired by the Wicked Witch of the West and let my fingers work the polymer until I was happy. I added plastic eyes. Using purple/grey variegated yarn, I glued strands on the head, long enough to drape down her shoulders.

For the cape I cut a circle out of black felt. To get the sizing correct, make the radius of the circle, the same length as the detergent bottle. Cut a small hole in middle, big enough to slip over the detergent bottle's opening. Before placing the cap, take a 15 inch piece of strong wire and using the middle of the wire, wrap it around the neck of the bottle. I added duct tape to assure it would stay in place. The wires to the left and right become the witches arms. Drape the cape over the wires and bottle.  I cut the felt circle up the front of the bottle to expose the witch's paper dress.

Glue the head on the top of the bottle and let dry.  I also glued a 5x5x 1/4 inch pine board to the bottom of the bottle to give the witch more stability.

For her broom, I used an old paint brush for the handle. For the bristles, I rolled a piece of black construction paper and cut slats into the role. I then wrapped and taped the "bristles" to the paintbrush. To make it more realistic, I also wrapped a small gauge piece of wire around the top of the bristles.

If you look closely, there are small stickers of ghosts, an owl on her shoulder and a voodoo doll in her hand. The frog, well he's a friend I found and bought at a local boutique. The witches' hands were made from green foam leaves with a sticky back that I had laying around the craft room. I also spied a shred of purple tissue paper which made a nice scarf for the witches' neck, to keep her warm on these cold October nights.

Granted, I keep a supply of craft items around, and occasionally I go to Michaels, JoAnn's and other crafts stores. But at the time that I buy items, sometimes I don't even have a plan for what I am buying. Usually it is a whim, that says, yah, I want to try that, or that's cool, maybe I'll find something to use that on. If you have any questions about making this witch, feel free to contact me. (carpediem5790@yahoo.com) Oh and carpe diem! Seize what you have and seize the day to create.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cracker Barrel - summer games

Cracker Barrel has over 100 prizes to give away and a fun little game with which to gain chances to win. Trips to the Grand Canyon, Grand Opry, Gift Cards, Gift Baskets, etc.  Check it out today. http://www.crackerbarrelsummerspin.com

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

$100 Amazon Gift Card Flash Giveaway!! at Coupon Queen that Saves Green

Head over to Coupon Queen that Saves Green and enter the flash giveaway of a $100 Amazon Gift Card or your choice Here's $100 Gift card Flash Giveaway http://bit.ly/KNkB4mhttp://bit.ly/KNkB4m  of some wonderful gifts.

Friday, March 30, 2012


Hurry over to Old House Kitchen to enter the Gooseberry Patch Recipe book giveaway of Meals in Minutes Three simple, but memorable entries to win. Visiting Old House Kitchen is like a having a little miracle happen during your day. Turn on your sound, listen to the sweet music, and read some of the wisdom filled and peacegiving thoughts on this blog from a blessed blogger. Carpe diem, giveaway ends April 7, 2012.  http://www.oldhousekitchen.com/2012/03/meals-in-minutes-gooseberry-patch.html

Monday, March 12, 2012

Don't Miss this Giveaway....

CARPE DIEM CARPE DIEM, Seize the Day and go to www.marriedsingleparent.blogspot.com and enter to win Gooseberry Patch's recipe book, Meals In Minutes. Michelle will be reviewing the book,
trying the recipes and giving us her expert opinion on several of the goodies found in this book.  Contest closes on March 16, 2013.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Heart Pin
February 14, 2012, Valentine's Day has come and gone. Since not much else was happening that day (yes, I was one of those lonelies looking for something to do other than lamenting my lost roses and chocolates and diamond gifts. I seized that day and spent the time designing a Valentines Day pin, a gift for a friend and something for me to wear next year. I started with a heart cutout and traced it on several sheets of paper, pink, purple and lavender. Second I centered a heart-shaped jewel in the center of those hearts and supported the papers and jewel by pasting it on a cereal box cardboard heart shape cut with a frill scissor. I embellished the pin with glitter puff paints and added feathers. Last I added a self-stick pin to the back. If you like it, leave me a note. If you'd like me to make one for you, leave me a note and I will reply with the cost. If you'd like to make it yourself, go ahead Carpe Diem!!
Carpe diem!! Seize the Day! to visit Faithfulness Farm and enter their giveaway for Gooseberry Patch's Meals In Minutes, tenth anniversay edition. In addition Faithfulness Farm is adding a week's worth of  lovely tea towels and a beautiful apron!  Contest ends March 6, 2012 http://www.faithfullnessfarm.blogspot.com