Monday, September 18, 2017

Faux Stained Glass

We now belong to a homeschool co-op. First time ever. Not only do we belong to the co-op, I offered to help teach. When I saw the list of classes there were many things that I knew I would enjoy, but I was unsure what I could really teach well. And then I saw there was an art class for teens. 
Inspiration struck.
I talked with one of the leaders and she told me that projects were up to me and to go for it. 
So, I did. 
My mind has been racing as to what all I want to do for this class. I love so many types of arts and crafts projects and dabble in so many different ones, but I wanted to pick some things that might grasp the students attention to what they could do too. 
The first week we began painting a version of Van Gogh's "Starry Night" I'll have to share a picture of that when we are all finished. 

We have a budget for the class, and I'm trying to pick really fun projects to do, and trying to cut expenses as much as possible, so I went to my Facebook friends and asked them to help out. 
I decided if I could find enough old wooden picture frames with the glass, we could make these into hanging, sun-catching, stained glass projects.
I've had several responses and I'm so thankful for them. We almost have as many as we will need for our projects.

What you will need if you would like to try this project for yourself?

A glass of some type. You will need to be able to lay this flat to work on, so if you are wanting it in your window, then you need to find an old frame like this or maybe a blank sun catcher, etc.
Liquid leading (I've attached a link below)

Get online and google stained glass coloring pictures... you will see there are TONS out there. I knew I wanted to do a pumpkin, but there are seriously so many out there, you will have a variety to choose from.

And Gallery Glass Stained Glass Paints in the colors you need.
I just ordered a variety pack, like this.

Lay your cleaned glass over the picture you printed out. Open your liquid leading and begin tracing the picture. I've watched where some who are better at this than me hold the bottle up and allow the leading to fall into a nice rounded beading... I wasn't brave or good enough at it, so I just followed and allowed it to make nice thick, raised lines. And that works just fine.
Once you get your leading done. You need to let this dry for at least 8 hours.
That was the hard part for me! 
Next get your window color and begin to fill in. You don't want to go TOO thick, but it needs to fill the area. 
Like so. Right now it looks really opaque and thick, but it will dry clear after a few hours.
I didn't want to make a perfectly orange pumpkin. So I decided to do a little streaking in it. I used yellow, a couple of different greens, an amber, to make it a little different.
When you use your color what is suggested is that you go around the area to fill with the color, lining it against the leading. Then fill in the center.
This is what it looked like when I finished filling in the color. You can see I streaked it slightly in other areas on the pumpkin too. Just a little. 
After about 4 hours I wanted to come back in and do some filling in around the pumpkin to give it that frosted look. This is NOT dry yet, but I was careful.
If you are going to try this project with a class, make sure you plan for at least a couple of days.
For us, we will lead the first day we start it, and then we will fill in with paint on the next. So from start to finish it will be 3 classes for them. 
I used the color Hologram Shimmer to fill in around the pumpkin. Gallery glass makes several different colors to use for this part, but I liked the idea of a shimmer. 
I used a teeny paintbrush to help get in corners or to help pop any air bubbles.
Ready to dry completely. 
And here is the finished, dried project.
I. Love. It.
All I have to do now is get a small chain to attach to the frame, and I'm ready to hang it in my window. 
I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. Now get out there and make something pretty! 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

My favorite time...

Whether the weather cooperates or no... September 1 brings my favorite decor, colors, sights, and smells to my home. 
The beautiful time of autumn. I know we are about 16 days away from "real autumn" but who's counting? Not me... that is for sure. Because the weather around here has been utterly delightful. Cooler temperatures. 
Windows and doors open. 
Lower power bills. ;) 
I love this time of year. 
I have a few friends who always ask me to make sure I post my seasonal decor. Oftentimes it is the same thing, maybe just a little different arrangement, or place. But each year I look forward to setting it out and enjoying the change of seasons and scenery in my home. 

A little project my Mom thought up. She painted a wooden board and wanted to write Happy Fall Y'all on it, but my writing is poor, so I thought vinyl would be best. I helped her with the vinyl letters, jute and sunflowers. I think it's adorable. 
This is our goofball dog, Tyson. He found one of the pumpkins that we grew in the garden and picked it when the boys went out to pick some for me. It's his "ball". I told you he was a goofball. 

I love the fresh start to learning as well.... it seems everything has a clean slate when the house is clean and it's a brand new year of learning. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE this time of year? 

I hope you are having a wonderful start to your September too. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fantasy Draft: Year 2

It's football time again! 
Over the weekend, Eli held his Fantasy Football draft for the 2017/2018 football season. This is his second year as commissioner.  He decided last year to take it over from his uncle who was ready to pass the torch. Eli has inherited his father, uncle, and grandfather's love for football. So he formed the "League of Champions" last year and on Saturday he held the draft for this years league. 

He was short one team, to which I told him that if I "HAD" to I would make a team, but I would prefer just being hostess. Thankfully my nephew was able to come and get in on all the football fun and make a team of his own. 

So I was able to focus on the fun of making food for everyone.
We had queso dip, buffalo chicken dip, pizza, veggie tray, peanuts, rice krispy treats and a football shaped cookie cake. The food was a hit and the guys had a big day of drafting their team. 
There was a NFL soundtrack playing off of youtube in the background. 

Well played my son! You amaze me all the time with your ability and I am proud of you! 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The First Field Trip of the year

Last week we started back to our homeschool lessons full-time, and I would never plan an outing that soon into the year, but sometimes you just have to go with it.  I learned on Thursday that a little tea room in Chattanooga that I visited once before with Carlie was closing down for good. I was surprised, because it is such a neat little place. I was a little worried too, because Carlie had received a $30 gift certificate to the tea room that we had yet to redeem! I kept saying, "I'll save this for a special day and then we will go..." 
Well, this mom had to get to planning quickly or that was not going to happen. 
So early Friday morning, I got up and got cleaned up and got the children up early as well. I told them to shower and dress decent because we were going somewhere. 
You have no idea what kind of nonsense happened thereafter. 
Questions by the hundreds... 
"Where are we going?"
"What are we doing?" 
"Are we having a 'homeschool day' somewhere?"
"Is it homeschool day at the aquarium?"
"Is it homeschool day at the zoo?"
"Are we going to meet friends somewhere?"
The questions lasted most all morning til we left.
I told them we were going to go into Chattanooga and visit the Library book sale, Hobby Lobby, and then go to the tea room. 
I believe their hopes may have been more exciting than what they found out. But I was determined that we would have a good time. I wanted us to leave early, because I felt sure that the tea room would be very busy with that being the last day.... everyone who ever loved going there might want to get in just 'one more time.'
It opened at 11, so we showed up around 10:25 am after running our other errands. 
It was pretty funny because although my boys THOROUGHLY enjoy tea time at home, when they got a look at the place they were a bit unsure of going in and having tea at a place that looked so feminine. I told them that many men have tea, and just because the place looked beautiful and feminine that their masculinity was not being questioned at all. 

Like I said, we got there early so we sat at the little cafe table outside. Even that was adorable. I love mosaics. 

We were happy that we got their early because within another 10 minutes there was a line being formed around the block.

It was just as lovely as Carlie and I remembered. 
Carlie enjoyed herself very, very much and was so thankful to be able to come back one more time. 
We all shared the "Victorian Tea" which had two traditional English scones, finger sandwiches, 'biscuits', cheese, etc. There was just enough for everyone to get a little bite or two of each item. Thankfully we had that gift certificate, because it was certainly out of our price range, which made me remember why we had not been back in a while. It HAD to be a special occasion for us.
And thankfully this was.
There were people lined up though, out the door, around the block, standing and waiting for their special occasion. 

I'm so glad we had one more opportunity to visit and that the boys got to go this time. After we finished they both said, "That food was great! It really made up for the place looking so girly! And, Mom... do you think you could learn to make some scones like those?"
Always about the food with my boys. haha

Do you have a great traditional scone recipe? Would you mind sharing with me? Please leave me a comment or email me at

Have a wonderful day friends, and make sure to make those special moments happen with your loved ones!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Keeping flowers a little longer...

A few weeks ago, I bought myself a dozen roses that were on the clearance aisle at the supermarket. Rarely I buy fresh flowers, but I had a pretty nice bouquet of wildflowers I had picked from my cutting garden and I thought about how pretty the roses would be in the mix. So I did it. I bought the $6 roses and brought them home. 
I had this enamelware bean pot that was fairly short and wide and I thought it would make a beautiful centerpiece filled with fresh flowers... but it would take a TON of flowers to fill that pot. So I have a little trick for you. I took some regular ole scotch tape and made a grid across the pot. Stretching the tape from one side to another and then running the tape across the opposite direction. 

That gave me a great template to which I could arrange my bouquet. 

The bouquet lasted all week and was such a sweet sight on my kitchen table.  But by the next Saturday, a week later, I had several flowers beginning to droop. 

So I found a couple of smaller vessels for smaller arrangements, used the scotch tape method again, (you can see the beginnings of that below) and filled a couple of the smaller vases with what flowers still had a bit of spunk in them. 
This turquoise teapot was given to me when I participated in a secret sister swap between bloggers. It was so much fun! It was many years ago, but I still love this teapot. I believe my secret friends name was Renee. 

Here's another tip! I also took any zinnias that were lifeless and lopped the dead head off and put it into a baggie to keep for next year. They can be rubbed between your hands and let the seeds fall and it is a super easy way of planting. 
These flowers look almost as beautiful going on week 2 as they did when I first arranged them week 1. There just isn't anything like fresh flowers on your table. 
Have a wonderful day.