Skip to main content

Christmas Toys

Well like most crafters I always get tools and supplies for presents. I do that sneaky thing of posting a wish list on amazon and sending it to those who ask - what do you want for Christmas?  


This one punches holes in metal that are 1" to 1/2"
You have to whack the pins pretty hard so hubby gave me
his short handled sledge hammer.  Oh dear another hammer. 

This punches smaller holes for accents or adding 
rivets and jump rings. It goes threw 20 gauge metal like butter. 
No strain on my hands at all. 

After cutting the disks I put them in the dapping block
and shaped them into bowl shapes. Then I ran them 
threw some flame and then back to the dapping block. 

I nipped the bottoms of the disks with the blue handled punch
to get these zagged edges. Then to keep the patina I gave them
a coat of clear spray varnish. 

These techniques will be taught in my stamped metal class
on January 21st at the Rivergate JoAnn. 


On the sewing front I'm making Ian another monster. 
This one will have a zipper mouth and a little vest
that buttons. It's to teach him how to work buttons and zippers. 

After putting away all the Christmas decorations and cleaning up the 
house playing was needed so this was a fun little project. I got lots
of ideas of other things to make with these new tools. 

Well now it's time to answer that age old question
what's for dinner? To the kitchen I go in search of an answer. 
Does anyone else's husband ask you this question before it's even lunch?

Comments

BJ said…
It's too bad that Ian doesn't have a doting aunt. LOL Did you make up the monster pattern? What a great idea for him.
Love your new toys, too. They look perfect for you.
Happy New Year!!
Gene Black said…
I love sending the Amazon wish list. Ito makes it easy for them, and I get what I really want.
Happy New Year!

Popular posts from this blog

Holidays - Oh how I love them

I've just put the last show of the year behind me and now it's time to really get going for the holidays. I have a quilt on the machine ready to be quilted. Fabric stacked on the other machine ready to be cut. Canvases ready for backgrounds - well in other words - fun stuff a-plenty. 

The weather has turned cool - cold and it will soon be Thanksgiving. Since this is my first Thanksgiving in my new home we will have our dinner here. The turkey is waiting in the frig and the menu settled and the shopping done - I think I'm ready. 

For some reason the days before the holidays I always feel the need to do something new to the house. Why... don't you have enough on your plate? I guess not. Yesterday I painted an accent wall in the kitchen and hung a shelf and photos. The kitchen is yellow, it's a nice color of yellow, but I'm just not crazy about yellow. I went grey on this wall and I really like it.


This is only part of the wall, there are more photos etc, but this sh…

Another Big Change...

 that I'm thrilled about. 

Next week unless something unforeseen happens I'll be closing on the sale of my 1925 house in East Nashville and moving away from the part of town I was born, grew up and lived in for the bulk of 61 years. 

This little town is no longer little, or quite, or like I remember. It's growing by leaps and bounds. I like change don't get me wrong but this is too much too fast. I think it's great that for the first time in my memory there is a restaurant close enough to walk to. 
There are great little art galleries, shops and wonderful restaurants popping up all over the place. The meat and three I've eaten at for 15+ years is now very popular. All of this is good - great even. 

But now I want slow and quite.  I've heard that 90+ people a day are moving to Nashville! So I figure this is the time to sell my house and move out of town to a nice quite place. So I call a friend who just happens to be a great realtor and bam! She finds me a house…

Managing Time

One thing I have found during the last 10 months is I have trouble managing my time like I have in the past. Seems like distractions and life run all over the schedules I make. I sometimes wonder if I'm like the little dog in UP and get the squirrel distraction.
For what ever the reasons this blog has drifted off into my Scarlet area of "I'll deal with it tomorrow. "

With my first show of the year just a few weeks out I'd normally be in full swing of creating new pieces for the show. I have only started creating again a few months back and seem to be getting into the flow of working at my bench once again, thou now as regular as I did in the past.  Here are a few of the recent items.


 This brass butterfly was given a rusted look with alcohol inks. 
An old sewing machine bulb, the end of a fork and some wings created this pendant
The focal element of this necklace is from a vintage bracelet
Then one day I decided to get out the poly clay again.  I've not done anythin…