Wednesday, May 31, 2017
My new hobby started this year, after my kids gave me acrylic pants and brushes for Christmas 2016 and my birthday in 2017. I found out that I can make copies and that there is a lot of interesting designs on Pinterest. So here are my results so far:
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Today was a day of multiple cute and totally inexpensive finds at the Lambertville flea market. Here they are, after a good wash, modeling for a photoshoot. The scale is in inches.
The figurine below is from Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts:
This one was a gift from my daughter Olesya, a key-hiding turtle:
|Green Turtle, possibly a Hagen-Renaker figurine|
|Small Duckling, possibly a Hagen-Renaker figurine|
|Turtle, from Ivory Coast, a flea market find|
|Metal Turtle with removable armor|
|Metal Turtle assembled|
This figurine was a gift from my daughter Antoniya, an Easter Bunny from Villeroy and Boch store:
|Easter Bunny painting a lady bug|
Friday, June 17, 2016
I saw a similar idea in HGTV tutorial, and was hooked up.
Somehow it ended up being one of my longest projects. I bought the first birdhouses back in 2015, thinking that in spring everything will be painted and on the fence. But procrastination won, or maybe I lost interest to the idea. The unpainted birdhouses moved into the basement. After the winter of 2016 the idea kind of came back, and I finally started doing it in the spring of 2016. I was painting outdoors, using spray paint, and it took time because of the rainy weather in April and May. Also all the small details that had to be painted separately took their time.
I also have a dozen of almost finished painted tin cans, a couple of them were planted with succulents today. I bought a sedum tile at the nursery, it is drought-tolerant, so even in the small containers the succulents will not dry out.
|Sedum, succulents of different colors|
|The fence before adding birdhouses|
|Long painting process|
|On Memorial Day weekend Tosha came to visit us and helped me. Here we are, adding the polyurethane protective layer.|
|Birdhouses and tin cans painted and hung|
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
|I glued the screw inserts into the acorn caps and painted them with the nail polish, adding white dots after they dried out. The drying stand was made out of toilet paper tube, slighly flattened with small holes for the inserts added.|
The project was quick to make, and I like the final result!
|First Mushroom Added|
|All Three Mushrooms Added|
|Close-Up of Mushrooms|
|The hedgehog looks nice there, too!|
Thursday, March 27, 2014
|Small planter, was sold with the ivy plant in it.|
|This one has inside a sachet filled with potpurri|
that smells like vanilla and lavender
|Stone one, heavy|
|The shell is made of colorful butterflies|
Friday, March 14, 2014
Below is my collection of turtles figurines that I started almost 10 years ago. Some of them were flea market finds, some of them were bought at the stores or art shows, many of them were given by my friends. After they realized that I collect turtles, knowing about it made their life easier - many of small figurines came to my house as gifts.
|The "moving turtles" series: the head and the legs|
are suspended and move all the time.
|Almost identical pair otf turtles, different color.|
|Tiny cute little thing|
|Belly view - upside down|
|I have several of those, made of sea shells - from different|
sea vacations, but mainly they are gifts from friends.
|Gift from my daughter, brought from Donetsk|
|Gift from my friend Svetlana, brought from St.Maarten|
|Gift from my friend|
|A beautiful little one|
|This one has a compas inside.|
From Lahaska, Peddler Village.
|From Chinese market - if you carry it with you,|
you will live a long life
|This is a little box with magnetic closure,|
you can lift the back up
|Turtle-photographer, gift from my friend Svetlana|
|Glass turtle - gift from a friend|
|Cell phone pendant|
|From the Redwoods National Park.|
The back of the turtle is made of sequoia wood.
|Tiny small turtle, made by a sculptor from Connecticut|
(met him at the art show)
|This one is a brooch - flee market find|
|One more from the art show in Morristown Armory, NJ|
|Brought from Petra, Jordan|
|One more broouch, a flea market find|
|Plastic one, from the toy store Jazams in Princeton|
|Chinatown, New York - another one with a compas inside.|
This time the compas is real.
|Silver ring, bought at the art show.|
You can open it and keep your secret stash inside.
|Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts Store|
|Key chain - brought from Israel|
|Stuffed toy brought from Munich, Germany.|
|From Asburry Park. We stopped at the store when we went|
to see the Polar Bears plunge on the first day of the
New Year 2014. Nice Christmas Tree decoration.
|Gift from my friend Natalia|
|Candle in a turtle figurine|