Friday, November 8, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
After working on a bunch of log orders, I was pretty happy to get an order for a concrete zombie hand.
These are fun and easy to make, so I was happy to do that. I love working with the logs, but it is nice to change it up every once in a while.
Speaking of witch, er, which, I am still learning to sew - I love it. I was taking our Russian Tortoise, Neil, out for a walk, when I thought it would be cute to make him a costume for Halloween. I made him a witch hat.....then a princess hat....
Have a wonderful Halloween! Be safe, have fun, get lots of candy.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
I made Neil the Tortoise his first Halloween costume. He is thrilled. Have a great day and I will leave you with this: What do you get if you cross a tortoise and a porcupine?
A slow poke.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
HYPERTUFA. (Hyper-toofa). Until a few days ago, I had never heard of hypertufa. A lady wrote me through my Etsy shop and asked if I could make a hypertufa pot. A hyper-wha-ta???
Hypertufa is like concrete, but not. It is made by combining Peat Moss, Perlite, and Portland Cement. Mix those together, add some water and pretty soon you have the most amazing substance to make pots, bowls, toad houses, fake rocks, whatever your imagination can come up with!
I was so excited about trying this that I went to the store the next day and bought the materials. Oh, as always, I wore gloves and eye protection while making this. The look is way less than flattering, but sure beats concrete in my lungs or eyes.
Once I mixed the ingredients, I started to form my molds. Being that this was my first time, I really wasn't sure if I was doing this correctly or not. But, I was having fun, so I kept filling molds, or putting it on the outside of the mold to make a larger pot. From what I read, it is best to use either cooking spray or even a bag so the hypertufa does not stick to the molds. I opted for the plastic bags as I thought they might leave a cool indention on the outside of the planters.
Once I was done forming, I closed up my planters in bags and let them sit for about 48 hours. And yes, it is a long 48 hours. With this, it is better to let them dry very slowly and the longer you let them dry, the better.
But, after that 48 hours, the moment of truth was about to arrive. I slowly unwrapped each pot and drum roll please...........
........not too bad. They are still pretty wet and have a ways to go before they are done. But, a huge sigh of relief for making it this far. Whew!
Once they have been taken out of their molds, you can then fix minor things on them. I forgot a drainage hole, so I added one using a drill. Once you have them how you want them, they then go back into the bags for a few weeks to a month. "WHAT??? This is taking for-ev-er!" I mean, ahem, that seems like a long time, yes, but that just gives me a month to make some more. Speaking of which, I went and bought some concrete color to add to my next batch. I am thinking maybe a two colored pot. Or striped. Not sure, but going to try a few things and see if any of them work out.
The thing I love about hypertufa is that you can leave it pretty rugged looking and it looks great. No need to finish it smooth or worry about a bump or dent, I think those "concrete defects" actually add to the charm and character of hypertufa. I love anything where an imperfection makes something look better!
So, there you have it. Hypertufa. I will take pictures in a few weeks once they are dried and ready to sell.
Oh, I also tried some more rock engraving. hehe I made this little owl and my son loved it. I think he is pretty cute for an owl. I ended up making a few more, including a small one. They are pretty funny and so I thought I would share them with you.
Last, but not least, here is the World's Coolest Rock Ever. I found this at a garden decorating place in a big pile of rocks. Oooh, I love it. I have it at my house and it is on my end table. I had to share because it is officially the World's Coolest Rock Ever.
Take care all! I hope you try making some hypertufa. I would love to hear all about it and see some pictures.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Sunday, March 3, 2013
I spent today in the garage hanging out with the dremel, some air plants, and a bag of rocks. Give me items like these and I will come up with something to make.
The first rock I wanted to use was pretty plain, sort of looked like a potato, but it had potential. I decided I wanted to make this into a mini air plant holder. I started by drilling three holes in the top of the rock. Oh, if you want to do this, please make sure you wear your goggles and a face mask. I have said before that I don't want you to get bits of rock in your eyes or your lungs, so please cover up. Better safe than sorry.
I dipped the rock in some water and then started to drill. Since my drill is electric, I dip the rock in the water and then dremel on the rock. Do not put the dremel in the water. Duh, I know, but I would worry if I didn't mention that.
Once I finished the three holes, I washed off the rock and added three mini air plants. How cute is this??? I love it.
Next I wanted to try writing on a rock. I am pretty new to this, but I love it so much and that makes practice a lot of fun. I just randomly wrote "Laugh Often" and added a little smiley face. I again dipped the rock in the water and then started to drill. Once I was done, it seemed kind of plain, so I drilled a hole and added an air plant. Again, super cute!
For my last rock of the day, I kept it simple. I drilled a heart and again, it was too plain, so I added a hole for, you guessed it, an air plant. I really like how simple it is, but how clean it looks.
Here is the finished three hole air plant rock:
And the finished Laugh Often rock.
If you are interested in any of these, they can all be found on my website at
Thanks for stopping by.