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An Eerie Fall Centerpiece

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So, this project is sooooo easy! I had to make a centerpiece for an upcoming event, but I didn’t want to spend any money. This bold centerpiece is made from items that I found around my property. We’ve got a root that was washed up along a walking trail, some corn that I grew (you can use rocks if you like), black scrap paper left over from another project, rhinestones, and glue. For this project, I made a photo animation. What do you think of the short video? Should I make more animations of my projects (with no talking) or is it hard to follow? . . . curious 🙂 I thought it might be a nice change.

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Don’t Throw Out That Paint!

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Well, I screwed up. I was working on a gouache painting – haven’t worked with gouache since my college years. That was 16 years ago. Wait! No…that was 21 years ago. Welp, I guess I said it wrong in the video tutorial then. Anyway, since my gouache is 21 years old, many of the tubes of paint were dried up to the bone. So, I threw them out. Then, it occurred to me 2 days later that they are just like watercolors. Why would I throw them out when they can be revived. So I cut the tubes open and re-hydrated the paint. You can see how in my less than one minute long video. But, it wasn’t that easy. Since I threw the tubes away, I had to go through several garbage bags to find them. See, I throw my trash out every day since we have 5 pets that use litter boxes. I lucked out, it was just in a bag with salmonella. Yeah, that’s all – the tubes were only laying in a an old chicken breast tray. So, I had to boil the tubes and let them sit in hot water for an hour. Then I repeated the process because I didn’t even want to think about what I was touching. I wanted the germs annihilated. Well, I’m still alive and healthy and have some more paint to keep the creative juices flowing. Talk to you all later!!! Sorry for being disgusting today. I won’t play with garbage anymore (so I say).

My Best Homemade Eclipse Glasses

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Okay, I stepped things up a notch. These are my new solar eclipse viewing glasses using the tried and true soot on glass technique of days gone by. I made these using a neighbor’s old glass lenses. Actually, when I am done, I’m pretty sure they will clean up perfect…not that I would ever wear them (they are pretty big). And, this video tutorial is only 40 seconds long. Enjoy!