It's Like Visiting a Different Planet

Pepper and I were lucky enough to spend this past weekend at Janice's lake house.  We had a fantastic time, but there are some interesting little bits of small town information that I just have to share with you.  First, the trip...

"A Lake View" - Hilltop Lakes, Texas

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Coming This Week - Small Towns and Make Believe

I'm thinking that I'm going to change up my post schedule and add in a bit more structure.  I'd greatly appreciate any opinions or alternative suggestions that you guys have.  In brief, I'm planning on a weekly "Coming This Week" post on Monday.  This would be a teaser for the two posts to follow later in the week, Wednesday and Thursday.  I'm hoping to add in a mid-month interview with one of the many creative people that I know and meet along the way and end each month with one or more "Clever Creations."  I was thinking that a little predictability about the timing of things would be good, what do you guys think?

Drum roll please for our first "Coming This Week":

"Pepper at the Lake 1" - Hilltop Lakes, Texas
Pepper and I got to spend the weekend at Janice's house on the lake.  This meant lots of lake time for Pepper and a chance for me to test out my new little point and shoot with it's waterproof case.  It also meant that we got to learn more about the strange, little town that Janice now calls home.
"Masks Finished 1" - Hilltop Lakes, Texas
We're going to jump the gun a bit on this month's "Clever Creations," but Halloween is fast approaching and I've got more planned for later this month too!

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A Gassy Good Morning

Who knew an early morning trip to the gas station could make your day.

"Ipomoea purpurea 1" - McKinney, Texas

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It's Halloween Time!

I love Halloween!  Seriously, a holiday that celebrates getting dressed up in crazy outfits and candy!  I am SO in!  I know that that's not really the basis for Halloween and we'll get into the real story later, but first I was to share this mask I made with you.

"Mask 1 Finished 1" - McKinney, Texas
Sadly I do not have step by step instructions as I made the mask a few years ago and, well, let's face it, I'm not good with step by step instructional photos anyway.  I get all excited and suddenly the project is done and I haven't taken any photos, I can get a little carried away.  I'm working on it, but...In general here's what I did:  I got a basic plastic mask from Micheal's, along with butterflies made from feathers, and glitter.  Can't have a mask without glitter!  The glitter that I got is from a company called Art Minds.  It's supposed to be "Onyx," but it's more of a sparkly navy than a black, which I really like with the red butterflies.  I decided that the plastic mask would get hot and sticky if I was wearing it for very long, so I took one of the t-shirts that I was going to turn into dog bed stuffing, and created a cloth back to the mask.  I simply sewed it on using a thick needle and regular thread.  *Hint: I cut out the general shape of the mask, then sewed it on before cutting the t-shirt to the exact size of the mask.  This gave me a little wiggle room with the edge of the mask and ensured that I didn't cut the material too small.  The mask was still hot, but at least my face wasn't stuck to the plastic, so I was happy.  At this point I also added some ribbons to actually hold the mask to my face.  I then covered the whole front of the mask in a thin layer of regular Elmer's glue, yep the stuff that you and/or your friends used, and probably ate, in elementary school.  Then a thorough coat of glitter.  I let everything set for at least 24 hours before sewing on the butterflies.  The thread from sewing on the cloth back will show through the glitter a bit, but they just look like small raised areas.  It doesn't bother me.  I actually think that you could create a beautiful textured pattern if you were up for it.  I was not.  Now for the butterflies.  You could just glue the butterflies on, though I would recommend something stronger than Elmer's, but I wanted to make sure that they weren't going to go anywhere.  I also added a bit of glitter to their bodies because I was not digging the plain black plastic bodies. And now you have a beautiful, glittery, butterfly mask!
"Mask 1 Finished 2" - McKinney, Texas
I have the bits and pieces to make a couple more masks, so I hope to have something fun to share with you next week.  What clever things have you come up with for Halloween?

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September's Clever Creation .75 - The Lamp Saga Continues

I did not get all of my lamps finished.  You can't see my face, but I'm pouting.  So we are at two out of three.

"Lamp 1 Finished 1" - McKinney, Texas

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