Second bouquet

I made a second bouquet, to use up the rest of the big pink flowers.  Then I pulled the flowers out of the vases, mixed up some resin...vases with flowers and no water look weird...reassembled the bouquets, then left them to cure overnight.

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The bouquet in the green vase doesn't look as good as it did the first time, it's lopsided.  But, in comparison to the other I prefer it.  It looks as if someone picked the flowers from their garden, whereas the one in the clear vase looks like it came from a florist.

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Here, let me spin them around for you..

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I had leftover resin so I filled a couple of glasses and a pitcher.

That is enough of that for a while, I need to move on to something else.  I will come back to bouquets, because I still need to figure out peonies, but I need a little break.

Speaking of peonies, Susan texted me a picture of a painting she finished.

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It's gorgeous!  She told me it's from a paint-by-number kit she bought from Amazon.  I split-screened my phone and bought one while we were still texting.

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Before I can start that I have to deal with this.  Ugh.

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Husband is making a hearty quiche for brunch to fuel me.

 


Play Day

Right about here I decided that no amount of trimming in the end was going to keep the coconut fiber thatched roof from looking awful.

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So...

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I'm going to buy some faux fur instead.

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Will the cricut cut tissue paper to make peonies?  Kind of.  Can I get the cut pieces off without destroying them in the process?  No.  Did I ruin my light grip mat?  Maybe.

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Will the cricut cut leaves from thin fiberous paper?  Yes.  Will it score them first?  No.  Can they then be shaped with a stylus?  I haven't tried yet, but suspect not.  Should I have tried this with flower petals instead?  Definitely, but I only had a green colored piece of this type of paper.

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New feves...

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...and Guthrie's friend Julien.

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I got out the 1:144 scale Queen Anne kit I started then gave up on in November of 2016.  I spread it all out, found I was missing a piece but could do without it, decided what needed to be done to fix the mistakes I made painting the windows, and rediscovered the damaged siding the kit arrived with.  I threw the whole thing in the trash can.  Project complete.

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I pulled out one of Nancy's echeveria kits, threw the instructions over my shoulder, and just played.

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I need to play more today, I'm not done yet.

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I exchanged a few emails today with another miniaturist and found a home for more of Charlene's miniatures.  These will be mailed to the west coast too, only further north than the fishing gear.

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Odds and ends and freezing

The English Cottage Kitchen is back in my studio to have its roof thatched.  This time I used a coir mat as a base and am gluing the coconut fibers over that.  It is a very messy job, and very burny ouchy, as I'm using a hot glue gun.

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Before the holiday break I took my paint chips to the yarn store to purchase yarn in my new reno colors.  A friend turned the yarn into this...

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It was supposed to be mainly teal but ended up mainly neutral because the teal and berry yarns were a slightly lighter weight than the neutrals.  I did know to check the labels to make sure they were the same there, but did not know to compare the actual yarns.  No matter, I love it, it looks fantastic in my living room, and it's long enough to cover my tall husband without his feet poking out the bottom.

I also got a hat, scarf, and stocking, because she was on a roll and bored.  Another co-worker got a hat too.

Nothing else has gone on in the home reno, and I feel a bit guilty for not stripping wallpaper in the dining room during Christmas break.  I would like to have that done before the spring, when it will get warm enough to paint again, but that's a few months away yet.  It's still freezing cold here...below freezing.  Brrr.

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Have you ever received a much too large box from Amazon with only a couple small things in it and a ton of packing paper?  Ester loves it.  It's a playground wonderland.

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I could make a life sized version of Nancy's yucca plant with all this paper.

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