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Mini Storage Jars

Some of you may recalled a blog about these jars that I made around December of last year.

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The link to it is https://lesleysoriginalthings.wordpress.com/2017/12/11/storage-jars/

 

Since I finally cleaned out my computer desk, I had plastic containers and even a chipped glass for pencils sharpers, erasers, and even USB chips. Which honestly I can say, “Seriously, these are very ugly.”  So I made these mini storage jars

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Mini Storage Jars

The supplies I used are pretty much simple and I already had this around the house.

  • Acrylic paint. I used of what I had in my stash which was Craft Smart, Grass Green. (find the brand names for the black and white paint)
  • Paint brushes
  • Sharp pencil
  • Mason Jar
  • ½ inch circle punch
  • Scrap cardstock, doesn’t matter what color, I used it as a stencil for the eyes

And yes, this time, I made sure that everything fitted inside the jar before I started painting.

This time, I had 3 big problems which I am really hoping it is an improvement. The first one that we had 2 blacks out during the filming.  So I had to wait until the power came back on before I can think of continuing.  So that was out of my control.

The second problem and you can probably guess it. Drying time.  I couldn’t use the heating gun on these jars because I was afraid that the heat might peel the paint off of the jars.

My third one and this one was a doozy. I knew that I record myself painting the face, except I couldn’t find the footage.  I had a choice of either skipping the footage, but then I suspect, it wouldn’t make sense to everyone of how I added the face.  Or I redo the whole video.

I talked to a few people and Lady L suggest that I do the face, but on paper, actually watercolor to be more precise. She also suggest that I have a glass of wine while editing this video.  Now that one was probably best advise that I had all week.

So here is the finished painting which is now going to be sent as mail art. I just have to pick someone to send it.

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As for the wine, unfortunately, it wasn’t good. It tasted like dog biscuits.  It is hard to find a good bottle at a cheap price.  Now I am stuck with a full bottle of wine which I don’t know of what to do with it.

However my desk looks much more cleaner.

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I can honestly say that now I have eyes watching me as I typed this out. It is a little creepy.  Oh good grief.

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Making Time

There is a song from the Rolling Stones, that say, “Time is not on my side.”

Well, it is true.

Or maybe I have bad time management skills.

It has taken me over 2 weeks to make a You Tube video.  And yes, I realized that the last one took longer because of the glue drying.

But take “Do it On a Dime” and “Vasseur Beauty” for example.  Kathryn from Do it on a Dime has two young boys and somehow manages to make a couple of videos every week.  Brittney from Vasseur, has a toddler son and works at her family’s company and still able to make a couple of videos every week.  So why am I taking so long?

  • The gluing incident for one
  • I am not used to it.  I am still learning as I go.

As well as the upcoming April sale which I should have more cards and hats done, but I do not.

So this week, I have been keeping track of my time, seeing what if any is the problem.

And yes, there is.  After dinner last Monday, my stomach flared where I had to lie down for a few hours.  It wasn’t until after ten that I was feeling better to do some work.

Except after ten is when the sun goes down.  And I need natural light to work for the cards.  Somehow my lamp gives off this yellowish tint which is fine for knitting.  But it does make my white and cream color cardstock appear to be the same color.

A better lamp may be on my birthday or Christmas wish list.

I hope everyone has a good weekend.


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Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

So it is a brand new year which means New Years Resolutions.

So what are mine, you ask?

Fantasy wised:

  1. No more back pain
  2. Win the lottery

Practical:

  1. Get the logo figure out.
  2. Open an online store.
  3. Clean out the filing cabinet for more storage.
  4. Redesign this blog.

Realistically, (what will likely happen):

  1. Sleep in more
  2. Drink more slurpees.
  3. Give into more impulse buying.

I am honestly not holding my breath on the logo.  I prefer the store and the filing cabinet to do be done first.  Heaven knows, I need more storage space.  And there are stuff in the filing cabinet that I haven’t touched in years.  So why I am still keeping it.

Although I have no idea of what I will be storing in there.  I might just get rid of it and get more bookshelves.  Who knows.

I am hoping that everyone had a good Christmas and a Happy New Year.


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Storage Jars

During my many nights of insomnias, I would go on Pinterest for ideas for upcoming projects, crochet and knitting patterns, recipes, and storage ideas.

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I found these jars on there which I thought it was awesome.  The ones on Pinterest were pastel colors and these are obviously not.  I just basically used the colors I had in my stash.

But I am going to give you an important tip that you must keep in mind when making these jars.

MEASURE THE JARS BEFORE YOU PAINT THEM!!

As you can guess,  I didn’t.  So the jars I originally planned were to hold my brushes and knitting needles.  Well they do not fit.

Fortunately, my niece decorated a plastic jar at her school and gave it to me a few Christmas ago.  That was one of the best Christmas gifts I ever received that year.  That little jar hold my paint brushes perfectly.  As for my knitting needles, I am just going to keep them in a base, a purple one by the way.

I am not too disappointment at the results, in fact, I really liked them.

They were quite easy to do.

  1. Pick out a jar.
  2. **Make sure you measure it**.
  3. Wash it thoroughly.  You do not want your pens to smell like pickles.
  4. Add 2 coats of acrylic paint on the outside.  I used cheap acrylic paint and it took me 2 coats.
  5. Add the face.
  6. Spray with varnish

And boom, you are done.  The only hard part was the drying time.  As you know of what my patience is like when it comes to drying time.

I hope everyone had a good weekend.

 


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Don’t Let the Boxes Fool You.

So in amidst of cleaning, I finally sorted out my scrap paper box and got it organized.  I think that is the second hardest thing to organized in my little art space.  Stamps are still number one.  However you will be happy to hear that I finished going through the wooden stamps and gave the ones that I don’t used anymore to my friend J.  She really loves me now.  But I digress again.

So last Monday, I picked up the scrap paper box as I have done before several times.  Except this time, something happened.  I pulled a muscle in my back.  Ouch is right.  So after my shower, I took a couple of muscle relaxers and the worst case with them, I ended up talking to furniture.

Well not this time, I ended up being sick as a dog for the next three days.  Although I am kind of thinking that it might have been stress that made me sick.  I have been dealing with stress of my boyfriend’s daughter health problems, orders and now with Halloween coming up.  And the biggest stress is the upcoming sales in Bentley.  As usual, I have that little voice in my head telling me that I don’t have enough.  I know, I know, “Lesley, stop listening to the voices in your head.”

Finally Friday, I dragged myself out of bed and went out to pick up some rubber cement for mail art.  My back is still sore, but very SLOWLY getting better.  It is testing my patience again.  And I can’t work on my cards or albums until my back is better because I am constantly bending down and picking up stuff.  I can however knit and crochet so I am working on a scarf right now.  But I want to paint and do some mail art.  I know, I know, I am never happy.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend.


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Holy Cow!

I assumed that my last post was in May, not March.  Opps.  Once again, I can make flimsy excuses saying that my computer had a bug, then I had one.  Or I finally got down and dirty and cleaned up my work space.  I am still cleaning, but I got about half done.  I threw out and donate a great chunk of out.  Donate as I gave it to my friend J.  I mentioned it to my boyfriend and he wondered if she would be so grateful that she would kiss me on the lips.  Pervert.  And no, she didn’t, she hugged me.

I still have several more canvas boxes to sort out.  Which I am kind of dragging my feet.  When I go through them, I find things that I haven’t used in 5 years and have no intention of using.  So why I am keeping them?  Get rid of them and make stuff for the new toys.

Except that little voice in my head is telling me, “It’s so pretty.”

De-cluttering  is definitely a battle between the brain and the heart.

And of course, it doesn’t help with the weather being so hot with the temperatures reaching 32.  And of course, our air conditioner dies.  Good news is now working, which means I can’t be on my computer because as you know, it blows cold air at me, drying out my eyes and giving me an ear ache.

I am still working on the Cheap Art Challenge which is giving me a run for my money.  I honestly thought that this was going to be a simple, and relaxing challenge.  Oh hell no.

My first attempts got wreck because of the supplies.  And here am I rooting for cheap supplies, saying it is the skill, not the supplies that make you an artist.  Third one, I spilled paint water all over it.  I am not giving up on it, but at the same time, I feel like I am hitting my head against the brick wall.

I know the big reason is the subject that I am using a photo from someone I admired.  And he see the works which it is kind of adding more pressure to me.  I know, he has no intention to do that and he is ok if I don’t use his photo.

But I did finally finish this mini elephant photo album.

There is some good news, my boyfriend’s child is finally out of the hospital and doing good.  In fact, she is being a little devil, (in a good way).  When she was released, I was in the middle of 3 deadlines where I told him that I didn’t have time to spend with him.  She found out and asked if that means that he get to spend more time with her and her sisters.  That little sneak.

There is more.   I gave her a get well package which included this.  Thank goodness, my friend J was a former nurse which was a tremulous help in this, telling me of what was accept and not accept in hospitals.

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Her sister saw it and asked my boyfriend if I can make her a monkey.  And of course, he said yes.  And the way he asked was strange.  We were talking and he said “(Name) like monkeys.”  And then I said, “Of course, they are a lot easier to take care than elephants.”  A few seconds later, I asked him, “Am I missing something?”  That is when he told me about that she wanted me to make her a monkey.  It is coming along slowly, except I ran into the nightmare that every crocheter and knitter fears.

I ran out of yarn.  I went to several stores trying to find that shade of brown.  I found it online, but I don’t have a credit card.   My boyfriend told me that he will take care of it, and until I get the yarn, there is nothing else I can do.

I guess that is all.  I hope everyone is well and at peace.


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Trying to Catch Up

I know it has been awhile . . . again since I last post.  I have been still dealing with back problems and cleaning.  This is my next big cleaning up project.

The clean stamps.  I foresee a few slurpees and chocolates just to get through it.  It is a complete mess.

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Although a funny note is while I was sorting out my buttons, this truck button was stuck in this jar.  I eventually got it out with a help from a friend.  But still that question still remains, how the heck did it get in there if I can’t get it out.  Good grief.

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However I have participated in a few art exchanges.  One was favourite quote on an ATC and we had to used a playing card.  This was mine and the second one was the one I received from the exchanged.  I went alittle overboard because I completely covered the playing card.

20170106_1442471    The quote is from Maya Angelou, “You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.”

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20170216_170052120170216_1701311  These two are birthday cards for my nieces.  I cannot believe one of them turned 18, ghee, it didn’t seem so long ago when she was playing with Barbie.

I did do a delivery for Koda’s Kountry for Easter. And please excuse my big toe in the shot

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As for knitting, I just finished these two pieces.

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So that is basically it.  Now wonder my back hurts.