Sunday, September 27, 2015

Making a Witch Broom

It's almost October and that means decorating for Halloween around here.  I've been working on an idea and I decided it was time to get started on it before I procrastinated for too long and Halloween was over!  
The best thing about this project is it's totally FREE, that's right, I didn't have to spend a dime!  The first thing I had to do was take a walk and use my clippers to cut some tall weeds and small branches.  Here's what I collected:
The weeds:
  The small branches:
I left my foot in the picture to help show the size of these branches.

I grabbed some of the weeds and started placing them around one end of the branch.  It's only fair to tell you, I thought hot glue would help keep them in place - WRONG!  The glue did not stick, and in all honesty, everything stayed in place just fine without it.
Here's another look at this step:

Then I started wrapping twine around them:
When it looked like enough twine and everything felt secure, I tied off the ends and tucked them in.  
I had enough raw materials to make two brooms:
To see how these little beauties are used, stop back again soon...I'm still working on the rest of the project.....It involves the jigsaw I recently received as a birthday gift!

Thank you so much for stopping by the Cottage.  I've been 'missing' for a few weeks due to some medical issues that involve a herniated disc in my neck and possibly carpal tunnel in my hand. I start physical therapy this week and I still have one more test, an EMG.  In the mean time, I have a new accessory:
Fortunately, I only have to wear it at night!

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Monday, September 7, 2015

How to Make a Windchime...With Keys

Fall is upon us.  I'm convinced, since I could hear the dry leaves rustling as they blew down the street yesterday - even though the temperature was in the high 80s and it was humid!  In spite of that, the project list is growing and I wanted to share this quick and easy one before I got tied-up with the bigger ones.

I found some old keys and embroidery hoops at the flea market and immediately thought, "Windchime"!
This is a very easy project.  You need keys, a small embroidery hoop, a pen, fishing line, and a lit candle.

I started by deciding how to space the keys (I used 10) around the hoop and marked each spot with a dot from a pen.  I drilled the holes, sanded any rough edges, and was ready for the next step.
I cut a length of fishing line and tied it to each key.  I melted the end in the candle flame to keep the knot from slipping - an old trick that my Dad taught me!
Then, the other end of the fishing line was threaded through a hole drilled in the embroidery hoop, knotted, and melted in the candle flame. Repeat 9 more times. 
I cut 2 more lengths of fishing line, threaded them through opposite holes, lifted them and the windchime.  When it looked balanced, I made a knot and, once again, melted the ends in the flame.  
Here's a close-up of the keys:

This is an easy project that can be completed in under one hour.  So, the next time you see old keys, grab them!

I also made another one since I bought 20 keys and 2 hoops. 

My husband says I should sell this one.

That's all for today.  I have lots of work waiting for involves scraping, sanding, glazing, and painting.  With the hot weather predicted for today, I think the cool basement sounds like a great place to be!

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Raise Your Hand...

...if this is you:
Having some fun on this beautiful Friday.  I hope you'll leave a comment and share this post if this is something you do!  Please take a look around this little blog, the Cottage loves visitors and new friends!

So glad you stopped by - have a great weekend and may you find something awesome on the side of the road!

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