Friday, July 25, 2014

Today I was working on a photography idea I had last night.  I was able to slip my left arm into a real dress from circa 1910.  The ring I’m wearing is a fake engagement ring I got from a Diamond Rings candle.  I’m not engaged or even spoken for.  It was the weirdest feeling wearing a ring on my left hand ring finger.

For the wartime like photographs I donate the profits I make on any prints to the Wounded Warriors Project.

I haven’t uploaded them to my Etsy shop yet but will do so this weekend.  The watermark will not appear on any prints bought.  I put it on there to keep people from stealing my work which has happened in the past.
 
Always get a kitten to photo bomb your work!

Until next time:  I was told macaroni and cheese used to be canned!  Is that true?

Sunday, July 20, 2014


These both appeared on my FaceBook wall.

Until next time:  this, my friends, is why proof reading is everything!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How to make a "haunted mirror."

This is actually a fairly simple tutorial I read about online.

You will need:

1 mirror with a frame
1 picture that you wish to use
Oven cleaner OR nail polish remover.  Personally I prefer nail polish remover.  Less fumes and easier clean up.

Optional:

Box cutter with extra blades
Comet cleaner or something similar that's abrasive
Steel wool

I started out by buying a cheap mirror online that the customer liked.
 
She went for the sort of period shabby-chic look.  You can also paint your mirror frame and decorate it any way you wish.  May old fashioned mirror frames were dark colors with metal accents.  Glitter Glu would work well for the "accents" to give it a sparkly effect.
 

If you can remove the backing and mirror from the frame.  In my case the mirror was glued in so I used paper towels to catch any mess up.

The silver backing was hard for me to remove so I started by taking my box cutter and making hash marks over spots of the silver backing where I wanted the image to be seen.  This process will dull your blade quickly so make sure extra blades.

I put nail polish remover on those areas and let it sit for a few minutes.  To help with the "scratches" I scrubbed at the areas with steel wool.  You really need to push down and scrub to get the backing to come off.

To help with the abrasiveness I used Comet toilet cleaner as it's abrasive and helps get the silver backing off.

Once you have enough of the mirror's silver backing removed wipe the back of the mirror off with a damp cloth and let it dry over night.  Make sure all of the nail polish and abrasive cleaner has been removed.

The next day I took my photograph and centered it to a position I liked.  I cut off the edges of the photograph.  I did not tape the photograph to the mirror.  As the mirror had a backing I taped the photo to the backing so tape residue could not get on the mirror.

Overall it worked out pretty well and I'll be shipping it off to the customer in a few days.

No two mirrors will be alike so play around with what you like and in cases like this cheaper is better.

Until next time:  they say snails smell with their feet.  Snails have feet??

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Crafting and two shout outs

It's been a while since I've last updated.  I've been busy working on doll clothes for The Broken Doll.  https://www.facebook.com/4TheBrokenDoll?fref=ts

The Broken Doll is a charity organization that upcycles dolls and doll clothing.  The dolls plus their new clothes are donated to orphaned children.

If you have any extra dolls or doll clothes lying about please consider donating to them.  I have chatted with the lady who organizes the drive and she is very nice and easy to work with.

The second shout out is for a Go Fund Me page.

In April I found three abandoned kittens and their mother.  Once the kittens were old enough I was able to get their mother spayed, her shots, and turned back loose outside.

I am currently unemployed and do not have the funds necessary to pay for the cost of getting three kittens fixed, two females and one male.

I have been unsuccessful in finding homes for them.

The shelters have turned me away.  I've tried getting vouchers but they refuse because I do not live within the same city lines as the vet's office.

I set up a Go Fund Me page to help pay for the cost of getting the kittens fixed.
http://www.gofundme.com/atdhcs

For those wanting Hallowe'en props I came across this on Pinterest.  It's a great way to get crafty and make your own props if you're on a budget or want something unique.  I really want to do this now!

http://mitziscollectibles.typepad.com/mitzis_collectibles_blog/2010/10/ghost-mirror.html

Until next time:  speaking of Pinterest...  I came across the quote of "I'm on Pinterest because time isn't going to kill itself."

How true!