Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Week 43

I hope I have the time and energy to supplement these pages, as there is so much more of the stories to tell, eg all the beautiful houses and sights on my trips to San Francisco this week.

Meanwhile, it continues warm and dry, socks are being knit, and I started wearing my new Nike Free's.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Cork Wreath #3

On Saturday I stopped at Scrap while in San Francisco and picked up another little bag of corks, just in case I was about to run out.  Then on Sunday I embarked on, and finished, cork wreath #3.

I LOVE making these wreaths.  There is such a nice balance between regularity and organic, and the upcycle value is priceless.

As with #2, I started by wrapping the wreath form (which unfortunately I had to purchase retail, although I did have a 50% off coupon at JoAnn's) in strips of burlap from the old Mountain View recycling bag.

I devised this formula which I really like, which is to use plastic corks on the inside circle, to build out and give some regularity, then champagne corks as a nice and regular ledge on which to build.  On the outside edge I use corks with some nice end color.  Just for fun, I counted up this formula, and found it takes:
- 33 plastic corks on the inside edge
- 26 champagne corks
- 62 corks on the outside edge

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 Then I start building out, trying to be a little irregular.  Another set of plain corks serve to add some depth underneath...22 corks in this case.

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Finally, another 150 or so corks added to the top completes the wreath.  Oh and, only one minor burn from the glue gun.

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This one is destined as a Christmas gift, I do hope the recipients like it.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Victorian Alliance, Part 2

Another house on my Victorian Alliance Mission tour, this one also on South Van Ness, and currently operating as "The Inn San Francisco" B&B with 27 rooms.  A beautiful property inside and out, with the added bonus that they were giving out cookies and lemonade.

Cool diamond template from new guest designer Our Misadventures at Oscraps.  Lacy products from Maya de Groot and Anna Aspnes.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Victorian Alliance Tour, Part I

Last Sunday I attended the San Francisco Victorian Alliance's house tour in the Mission in San Francisco.  We got to tour the insides of seven houses on Liberty Hill and South Van Ness, houses I have never seen before and certainly never expected to be able to get inside.  It was an amazng experience of architecture, history and beauty.

I was unfortunately not allowed to take any pictures insidfe the house, but the outsides provided plenty of memories.

This first scrapped page is of 989 South Van Ness.  The sketch is from the inside of the program.  There is so much that can be said about this beautiful 1881 Italianate house with wrought iron, Corinthian columns and gorgeous angel bay windows on the front and sides.  The architectural detailing and coloring were just breathtaking, especially against a perfectly blue October sky.

I made the page for the October copycat challenge at Oscraps, using products from Anna Aspnes ArtPlay palettes.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Week 42

In which we are starting to see signs of fall with red leaves and long shadows, I finished up more faux mercury pieces, I played with a new nail design, and we enjoyed warm and beautiful weather.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

1 Kit for Coronado Biking

For the Oscraps blog feature, 1 Kit 5 Ways, we used Happiness by Snips and Snails Designs.

When I opened the kit, I was drawn to the gray paper, in particular the grungy gray with swirlies…I love this kind of paper/look. I chose a photo from our latest trip which to me represents happiness – riding a bike! I was looking for something without too much color that would go well with the gray. This cityscape of San Diego in the background fit the bill with the predominantly gray/silver buildings. I used a gradient mask to blend the photo, then used several of the overlays, my favorite part of the kit, to blend. Turning one of the overlays to color burn made it look like a bicycle! I liked adding some red bits to triangulate the color in the bike.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Next Socks

It seems I must have some sock knitting in progress, so as soon as the green socks were done, I looked for some yarn and a new pattern. I never seem to have the right yarn or the right needles, so I needed to wait for a craft store run.  I picked up some size 2 DPNs and found this cotton yarn...6 skeins for $ Savers.  Then I found a pattern for cotton yarn, but of course it called for size 1's.  I decided to go for it anyway.  They may be too big, but I enjoy the process.

Despite the color in the photo, these really are just a very neutral sock beige.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Week 41

By now, at week 41, I am kinda wishing I was doing broader stories to document the weeks, but at a minimum, getting the 'photo-of-the-day' taken and documented is a start, while I think about how I might want to supplement 2013 and change 2104.

This was a week of really warm weather, roses blooming, crafting. 

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Candle Recycle

When I cleaned out those Yankee Candle jars to make the faux mercury glass, I threw away the bits of wax left inside.  This didn't feel right to me, so I researched how to save and reuse the wax.  It's the same process of melting the wax in a pot of hot water, but instead of just waiting for it to get soft and dumping it in the trash, you let it melt completely (it doesn't take as long as one would think, and it doesn't have to be super can almost handle the jars by hand, although I used pot holders to be safe) and pour it into a new jar in which a new wick has been placed.

I had to go to two stores to find wicks, as JoAnns doesn't carry candle-making supplies, but Michael's does, and I was able to get pre-waxed, pre-mounted wicks in a package for less than $2 once I applied my 40% off coupon.  The pre-waxed wicks are pretty stiff, but I used this popsicle stick contraption to make sure it didn't sink as it got soft from the added hot wax.

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The smell in the kitchen was just divine, although it might have been overpowering if it had not been a warm day with all the windows and doors open. It amazed me how much wax I was able to get out of just unburnable remnants.  I practically filled this medium-sized Yankee Candle jar, which means I got a $20 candle for about 40 cents.  It looks much prettier in person.  It's hard to take a picture of faux mercury glass.  And I am not sure how much scent the candle will throw.  Although the wax was unburned and very scented, I feel like a lot of it may have filled the kitchen.  We'll see.  But even if it just looks pretty, it was worth it!

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Faux Mercury Glass

I started the faux mercury glass project before we left for So Cal, but finished them up the other day.  At least I think they're finished.  I have not decided whether or not to paint the tops.

Yes, these are Yankee Candle jars, wax removed by setting the jars in a pot of hot water, cleaned with Goo Gone and alcohol.   There are tons of tutorials out there for how to make this faux mercury glass, I used this one.  Key ingredients are a mister with half water and half vinegar, and Krylon Looking Glass paint, found at the local Orchard Supply Hardware.

Also good to have a covered surface, gloves and a paper towel.

I'm not quite sure I'm getting the exact effect, as it's difficult to control the spray and the running of the droplets, but I think they look pretty cool.  Not sure yet what I am going to do with them.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Balboa in White

This is one of the former exposition buildings in Balboa Park.  I love these buildings and their intricate architecture so much.  It was a bit of a gray day and so even better for this challenge by Maya de Groot to scrap a white page.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Week 40

In which we had a blast at Disneyland, all decked out for Halloween, went to Mickey's Halloween Party and got to trick or treat in Disneyland, then hit some highlights in San Diego before heading back up the coast to LA for our trip home.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Week 39

In which we biked the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday, saw a tarantula, I got a haircut, and we prepared for our trip to Disneyland.  When we first got to LA, we went over to beautiful Santa Monica where we rented bikes and had lunch at Perry's on the beach.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

The Haunted Mansion at Halloween

Much of the thematic additions of Halloween at Disneyland had to do with The Nightmare before Christmas, with music from the movie, as well as many appearances of Jack Skellington and Sally.  If I had known that, it would have been good to go as these characters.  Maybe next time.

The Haunted Mansion was decked out with lots of Jack-and-Sally stuff, both outside and in.  This is scrapped with Jen Maddocks Haunted, with additions from Maya de Groot's All Hallows Eve.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Halloween at Disneyland

It's so beautifully decorated, with orangeness everywhere.  Right at the front gate, huge character heads looking like they were carved from giant pumpkins, intertwined with enormous leaves and vines set with sparkling lights, set against a beautiful late-summer California blue sky.

Inside, orange and yellow bunting and more pumpkins everywhere, and the flower beds planted with fiery red, yellow and orange paintbrushes.

This is Disneyland at Halloween, a feast for the senses!  Scrapped with Jen Maddocks Storytells template.

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Additional credits: Maya de Groot All Hallows Eve, Snips n Snails Happiness is You. Anna Aspnes Warm Glows No 1, Jen Maddocks Storytells Template, Harvest Moon, Travel Light, Halloween, Artisan Papers 5