Someone in our family was having one of those birthday’s with a “0” in it, and is also a little hard to shop for. The idea of a vertical chess board came into the conversation. We had looked at one on a web site, but it was pretty expensive, and thought, can’t we make one?
We started with a 40% off coupon at Michael’s, and found a 18″ x 24″ shadow box
We were in the process of having new flooring installed, and I asked our “flooring guy” Jimmy if he could help get the “shelves” needed and put them in place for me. But first I had to break out the glass in the frame, because it was secured to the front of the frame, not just placed in.
You have heard the saying measure twice, cut once? We measured at least 4 times, to make sure the shelves were the right size and distance apart.
Jimmy also put small spacer pieces on each side to help hold the shelves in place, and give the shelves stability.
Next the shelves were spray painted black.
The back of the shadow box was a soft foam board. It was measured off, and painted. We didn’t have to worry about the lines being exact, because the shelves would cover the top and bottom of the painted squares. Because the back was soft, it did absorb quite a bit of paint.
Every year these ornaments are hung on our family Christmas Tree, and every year decorating and un-decorating, takes me down memory lane.
The ornaments began with the birth of our first child, and a way to showcase a new Counted Cross Stitch product that we were selling in our retail store in the early 1980’s. It was a Lucite Ornament, that you could add cross titch to one side and a photograph to the other.
The photo of “Baby Melanie” with her father, and a piece of Counted Cross Stitch with “Thank Heaven for Little Girls 1980” on the back (pictured) started a tradition that I am so thankful for.
Each year adds special memories for each of our daughters and milestones for our family, including sweet 16 birthdays, graduating from High School and College, family vacations, candid shots and even the family pets. Each ornament including cross stitch or embroidery with the year and important events on the other side. After 40 years of marriage, this year our tree was almost all pictures, and a few prized store bought ornaments. As the years have passed, sometimes finding the ball ornaments that started it all, or the Lucite disks, has been harder than others. With the added embroidery machines, we now have an assortment of ornaments, which are always made in triplicate, to share with our daughters.
Because after all, a photograph is just a pause button on life.
Microwave soup bowl cozy’s! Place your bowl of soup in these cozy’s and put them in the microwave. They protect your hands from getting burned. Assorted fabrics (Fabrics may vary), they are reversible and sold in sets of two.
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Every now and then you find an embroidery design that just speaks to you.
Enough said! (Thank you Urban Threads Embroidery Designs)
Dish towel pillows in assorted colors. $15.00 each plus shipping. Send a message at: firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order. There is no limit to the color combinations. Dish towels available in with Red, Black, Blue, Green, Lavender, Brown, Red/Green Plaid trim, OR Off white with Blue, Black or Multicolored Stripes. Because some days you just have to say “Oh Hell No!”
This is what can happen when you are always distracted by something shiny and sparkly, and have trouble focusing at times. It’s also when happens when “someone” tries to organize your craft supplies and puts the wrong cap on the cans of spray paint (because you are still using the spray paint, and leaving the cap off saves time, right that’s it), its about saving time.
I have been collecting and painting pine-cones for several weeks, and this was the day to finally put them together in a wreath.
I covered a wire wreath form with burlap ribbon, so the pine-cones could be glued on, knowing the wire form would give the wreath the stability needed. After all of the pine-cones were hot glued in place. I took the wreath outside to give it a coat of clear spray paint to add a shine and help preserve the project. I also had a burlap bow ready to place in the center. And that’s when it happened…..
The “CLEAR” spray paint can with a CLEAR lid, was actually BLACK paint. Luckily I started on on side, so only a few pine-cones got a spurt of black. Yes I know I could pull the miss-pained cones off and replace them, or repaint them, but decided it was okay in the end, and it does make me laugh when I see it hanging on the door.
This is not a mistake, it’s a learning opportunity! I will ALWAYS check paint before spraying a project in the future.