What that kind of weather does get me in the mood for though is the upcoming holiday season; as much as we might hate to admit it, it will be here before we know it. So yesterday, as the rain fell and the wood stove crackled (yes, I lit the stove, I was freezing!), I made some .. gasp .. Christmas ornaments!
I've been saving used canning lids, it seems such a waste to through them out, and I have quite a pile accumulating. I've used them to make primitive rusty labels on some of my past projects (here and here) but as I tossed another one into my stash yesterday I decided I needed to find another way to utilize them. So I grabbed a hammer and smashed the heck out of a couple of them, front and back, to 'straighten' them out a bit, painted them with some brown acrylic paint, modge podged a Christmas image on the front, sprinkled them with mica flakes and backed them with a peice of felted aged wool. Ta-da! Christmas ornaments :O)
I stamped a sentiment onto a punched parchment paper circle and embossed a holly leaves image for the one above. Simple but effective I think and they made up quite quickly, the longest waiting times were for the modge podge and the glue adhering the felt to dry. I think I'll make up some Hallowe'en ornies as well and maybe back them with black felt.
And speaking of Hallowe'en, I made a collage yesterday with PicMonkey and my Paint.net program and I'd like to share it with all of you. Download it and use it as you'd like, it is currently 9" square at 300 dpi but feel free to resize it for your needs.
I've some other Hallowe'en projects in the works, so if I get them done before we leave on holidays I'll pop in to show you (that's assuming we get away on holidays and that it doesn't snow, did you see the weather in Claresholm, Alberta this morning??!!). Have a great day everyone and think warm :O)