Thursday, April 17, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Glass or ceramic mug (oven safe)
Glass paint - 2 colors (I used martha stewart. #33132 hummingbird in pearl and #33143 sterling in metallic.)
Glass paint marker - black (I used the DecoArt brand.)
FIRST! Clean your mug. Any dirt or grease could compromise your paint job and cause it to peel. Practice one feather on a piece of paper before you start painting the mug.
1. Paint the feather shaft. This is just a gently tapered line. I mixed it up and made some of mine curved and some straight. The curved feathers looked alot more realistic.
2. Now paint the body of the feather in strokes swept toward the tip starting about 1/4 from the base. You can leave gaps in the feather body and change the general shape from one to the other but try to get a tapered look to the tip.
3. Optional* Now make a couple strokes at the base of the body in the opposite direction. This is those little downey bits on real feathers, but don't go over board. Just a couple strokes is fine. I did this on about half my feathers.
4. Now take your second color and add some interest.
Here's a couple ides for patterns. You can paint directly on top of the previous color. This stuff dries really fast.
|Don't worry about the black outlines. That's coming in step 6.|
5. Now take your glass paint marker and load up the tip just like with a regular paint marker. Now you will outline each of the feather shafts and the general outline of the body. Don't worry about being perfect on the outline. Imperfect and sketchy lines make it more interesting. You're just adding texture.
6. Now take your mug cure it according to your paint's instructions. Here's what I did for the Martha Stewart brand I used. Let dry for 1 hour. Then place in cool oven. Set oven to 350 and bake for 30 minutes. Turn oven off and let mug completely cool in oven. Wait 72 hours before using. Also make sure to wash in the top rack of the dishwasher.
DONE! Now you have a distinct mug you can take to the office that everyone will envy.
Gidget likes the mug but thinks my next one should be paw print. More beagle-centric.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Saturday, April 5, 2014
I love how their little tails make a heart.
They are the newest addition to the kitchen counter next to my first orchid. I didn't match all these colors intentionally. The candle was actually on hand from a while ago. You think I like this color?
Posted by Rhinestone Beagle at 8:48 AM
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Down to Earth written by australian blogger Rhonda Jean. She writes all about living a simpler life focusing on sustainable living, living within your means and classic homemaking. All these things remind me of how I grew up, and specifically, of my grandmother. As I'm getting older the way she and my mom do things is starting to make so much more sense in a world that is so focused on speed and technology. Slowing down and taking part in your own life has fallen to the wayside in search of the next best thing. Don't get me wrong, I love my technology, but I'm getting burned out on seeing it as the goal rather than a tool. I will spare you my rant about the lack of depth I'm feeling in the average american experience, but I will tell you I feel an instinctual shift in my focus. A focus for me to be present.
Maybe its because I'm hitting my stride in my almost mid thirties, eek, or that we are talking about expanding our family, or my more recent introduction to meditation. Who knows. Honestly I'm not concerned with the "why" at this point. Rather the question of "what now?" is way more at the front of my mind. I love the idea of growing and making things for my family rather than buying them, including meals, clothing, gifts etc. Homemaking and handmaking have always been enjoyable for me but I struggle some days with the 1950s housewife mental trap. "I'm a career woman!" But being a homemaker and a handmaker is a way to take care of my family as much as providing financial income. I like knowing the food we are consuming, the clothing we are wearing and the things we surround ourselves with aren't full of preservatives and chemicals. When I'm able to make some of those things they also have the added ingredient of love.
Rhonda talks on her blog about starting a simple life slowly, one thing at a time. I have a tendency to dive into things and go overboard, which is probably why most things don't stick, so I'm taking her advice. The first step I decided on was to start making all our own bread. I'm a much better baker than cook so this was a pretty comfortable decision. I'm happy to report I haven't purchased a loaf of bread in over two months. Bread always had this stigma to me that it would be too challenging or time consuming to make myself. That's why I used to own a very expensive bread machine that gathered dust in a closet for 10 years before being donated. While the second part is a little true in the sense that making something actually does take time, the idea that it is beyond my abilities is totally wrong. The bread machine, while very handy, took away the connection that I was making something. I think that's why its luster wore off like most other fad purchases I've made. I've been focusing on really getting good at one recipe before expanding and I'm happy to report my sandwich bread is a big success.
best bread ever. It makes three small loaves or two large ones and it is delicious. Not only that, it only has 5 ingredients! I can make a batch in about 2 hours start to finish, with 30 minute breaks at various steps in which I fold laundry, do some reading or blogging or a quick 20 minute meditation. In reality I'm only actually making bread for about 30 minutes. After the loaves are completely cooled I throw one or two into the freezer until we are ready to eat them. Typically I've been making one batch every week to 10 days. If you want to try something a little more crusty try this recipe for 5 minute bread from Rhonda or an easy overnight dutch oven recipe from My Life in Food. I've also created a new pinterest board dedicated to bread and baking that I plan on adding to as I try new things.
Back to basics is what I'm calling this approach to a simpler life. I've got more to share and can't wait to hear what you guys do or want to do in your life to slow down.