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Pretty Glazed Balls

Hi!  OK, my 2014 New Years Resolution has started!  My goal is to get back into blogging again!  I spend so much time on my facebook pages that I have neglected blogging and I’m sorry about that!  I’m going to try to keep you posted with my current projects, experiences, and thoughts 🙂

Right before Christmas I suddenly got this idea to decorate hanging glass balls.  I’ve actually wanted to do this for the last two summers for the tourists, cutting and painting “Alaskana stuff” on them.  They’re so pretty and can be hung all year round.  What nice little gifts they make!  A long time ago, my sister gave me a friendship ball (painted glass) which hangs in my living room and I think of her every time I look at it 🙂

GlazedBalls-Facebook Photo

I’ve been having soooo much fun making them and selling them at Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center (where I work).  I either use clear glass or plastic ornament balls.  I got mine at Michael’s Arts & Crafts store (use your coupon!).  I cut small pieces of paper or fabric and paste them on using a small sponge paint brush and Mod Podge.  WOW!  I’d forgotten how much that glue stunk!!  But I kept on and after three days of horrible headaches, I took a break, and when I went back and got headaches again, and I realized it was the Mod Podge.  What a huge bummer!!!  I switched over to “Golden Gel Medium”, which is a lot more expensive but I don’t get headaches and so it’s worth spending more 🙂

Before-Glaze Balls-cropped

On the drying rack and three more coats to go!

Let them dry between coats.  I used “Golden thick Gel (Matt)” on the ones in the photos but found that it was just too thick.  I really love and recommend the “Golden Regular Gel (Gloss) Medium” because it’s a thinner and shinier coat!  I think it’s the best!

After-Side View Glazed Balls-sm

Finished glazed balls and in the store! The hanging balls are made with fabric and the balls in the bowl are Alaskan paper.

Interesting…I found that when I put them on a green Christmas tree that the lighter ones stood out so I need to make more of those.

GlazedBall-one-name

One of my favorites!

Wishing you much love for 2014 and lots of fun projects!

Donna

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Christmas In August

Hi!  Did you know Alaskans celebrate Christmas in July?  JoAnn Fabrics always has a big fabric sale on their Christmas fabric in July and a furniture store gives great prices at their “Christmas in July” sale.  I get flyers through the mail and I see advertisements on the TV.  I never have really understood why?  But the craft stores now have Halloween and Christmas items on their shelves (already!).  When I was in retail business I remember I’d have to start thinking about what I’m going to buy for the store for next Christmas, like right after THAT Christmas (or earlier).  Company reps would come up that winter or early spring to take Christmas orders and if you didn’t have orders in by summer, you were sunk.  I’m glad to be out of that life!

So……….I’m celebrating Christmas in August because  I recently posted some of my “Big Holiday Stockings” on my Etsy shop.  It felt weird taking photos outside and no snow yet, but it was so much FUN! I put a few tree branches in the tops of the stockings and hung them from a tree (a great suggestion from a friend & locker hooker).   I will be making more big stockings and I’ll get some photos in the snow.  We get snow in October and sometimes in September.

It all started when I drew one of my daughter’s names for a Christmas gift.  She had recently moved into a new apartment and I wanted to make her something special.  So I crocheted her own stocking with lots of colors and pretty yarns.  I even crocheted beads into the toe.  I had so much fun making it and used up some of my yarn remnants!  Jake was thrilled saying, “don’t stop now, what a great way to get rid of ALL your yarn!!”  OK, I do have way too much yarn, way too much!

Here are some of my Big Holiday Stockings!  I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!  Thanks!

Donna

One of my "holiday stockings"

Fun with fun fur

Christmas stocking

Had fun with some novelty yarn

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