Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Sand Art Ornaments




My sister took me to Bermuda with her on vacation last August and I smuggled some pink sand back home. I tried  to  make an ornament for Christmas that looked like we had written our names in the sand, HOWEVER, that did not work out.
I know, you're thinking, that's a great idea, right?


I had gotten this far and put them away until I could come up with a way to make something else that I liked. I'm pretty sure it has to do with my commitment to destashing.

Now more than 12 months later I just added a charm and a hook and created these little cuties. (I had the charm, destash)

You'll need some sand , clear glue, a cup and spoon for mixing.



 Create a mix that is thick like pancakes . You should be able to pour a small amount onto the silicone sheet that will spread like batter and will easily form a circle.



 I added small shells but you can add anything you like.



 Use a toothpick to remove bubbles and to add a hole for hanging. Oh you'll have to wait until this is much more set to put the hole for hanging or you can drill a hole like I did.



I can't wait until my sister sees her ornament from the pink sand from our vacation.


Show me some holiday love by leaving a comment below, especially if you have an idea for me to make writing in the sand.


With love and gratitude,

Michele












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Monday, December 9, 2019

Christmas Cookie Blog Hop Challenge



Welcome to the Christmas Cookie Challenge. You'll find links to favorite family recipes, new recipes for families and fun cookie stuff here at the hop.  Pop on over to the other links for recipes for your Christmas table.
Hoping you'll find some new inspiration to pin to your Christmas Cookie board. 
Meet this month's co-hosts!
Don't forget to pin these goodies and add my Greek Butter Cookies onto your favorite list!!!!
 Greek Butter Cookies
This is a very special cookie to me and my inner child. We , my inner child and I used to enjoy these when I was a child. I used to visit all my aunts in Astoria, ( They all lived within footsteps of each other . Yes I know, totally Big Fat Greek Wedding!!), and as I visited each one they would hand over these lovelies. So from house to house covered in white powder I went. Each one made their cookie a little different and I have taken the best of what I liked and tweaked the recipe.


The pictures below will help you understand the steps better. I suggest printing the recipe and then looking through the photos.There is a little extra work to use the clarified butter but it makes a simply amazing cookie.


 I'm showing the thumb prints here and the height and size of the cookie.


This photo shows the tinfoil with sifted powdered sugar with  hot out the oven cookies placed on top. What happens is the warm cookie begins to absorb the sugar and sweetness. Remember this cookie has very little sugar inside and it comes alive with the powdered sugar.










                                                                      Sift more powdered sugar on top of  the warm cookie. 
 These cookies are fragile and I like to lift them with my tiny cookie spatula.

                                                             Yes that is a colander and yes I use it to sift powdered sugar.


Happy Holidays
Michele 
Cookie Bohemian
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With love and gratitude,

Michele












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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Angel Wings Mixed Media Faux Turquoise Technique

 Here's a mixed media piece I  made for a giveaway for a non profit event for This 4 Youth Foundation.

Supplies
IOD Wing Mold
Brown Acrylic Paint 
Turquoise Sculpey 3 Clay
watercolors
Decorative Stencil
Texture Paste
Stamp for hanging Ivy
Block of Wood 
Old Book Page 
Printable Rose File.




You'll need some brown acrylic paint and a block of the turquoise Clay by Sculpey
Pull the clay apart in small bits. Add 2 drops of paint to a bowl and roll the clay around the bowl to allow the clay to pick up some of the brown paint.

I'll be using this mold from Iron Orchid Designs.
Do not blend the clay together! Place each bit into the mold pressing into place to fill in the
 entire mold. Release the wing from the mold
 and bake for 15 -20 minutes according to the directions.

                                        I used a piece of scrap wood for this project. 

I printed this image on an old music sheet page and used decoupage glue to adhere the paper around the block of wood. I covered the front and the sides. This is my canvas.


I brushed on some white gesso and wiped it back with a baby wipe. I'm looking to knock back the printed paper and create a more subtle background.
Next, I added some texture 
with my texture casting medium.
 I swiped it on with a an old credit card. 


Additionally, I create more texture using the texture casting and a floral stencil.

I added more gesso to cover up the texture casting and give it a primer for my other paints.
Using a watery mix of Seaglass paint by Americana,
, I dripped the paint  down the front starting from the top. I used a large juicy brush filled with the watery paint to help me lead the drips around the page. Repeat this with turquoise and black paint.


I glued the wings to the block using hot glue. 
I shadowed around the wings with black watercolor and added some ivy stamping from the top.
I also edged the entire canvas block with black watercolor to create a vignette.


I'm in love with the faux turquoise technique. I even created some mermaids for some other projects.



Thanks for stopping by today.

With love and gratitude,

Michele












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