Fishing Lures & Fingernail Polish the New Paint

My Husband is a fisherman. He was in search of a spinner bait with a purple blade. He couldn’t find one in our area and decided to buy one with a shiny silver blade and paint the blade purple.1-fishSounds an easy enough task. He needed enough paint for only the one blade. In the old-days we would’ve bought a small bottle of model paint for him to use. However, in our modern times, model paint is sold at specialty stores not in our area. Buying a bottle of paint online wasn’t an option because of shipping.  Short of purchasing a large can of spray paint, the only other option was auto touch up paint. Seems a great idea, the touch up paint comes in little bottles and many colors. That option was nixed with the $15.00 price tag per little bottle.

Standing there in the auto department, I had an idea… What about fingernail polish? I posed this to my husband and he thought it might just work. So, we were off to the cosmetics department and found oodles of polish in every shade and sparkle under the sun. It took only a few minutes for my husband to find a perfect shade of purple and it was just a couple dollars for the bottle. Thankfully, it’s a brand I’m familiar with and am fairly sure of it’s quality and longevity. Cool! 2-fishpolishI took several coats over a couple of days. My husband says the color is perfect. He said, “It may even catch a big enough fish to win a tournament.”
The color is vibrant and shiny.  Thankfully, it has time to ‘cure out’ and for the layers to be dried and sealed before his next fishing trip. I’m curious to see how long it’ll hold up being cast oodles of times and many fish hits. 3fishSo, there you go, if you need only a bit of paint and don’t want to spend a fortune, try the fingernail polish department, You may find the perfect color at a better price.

Wishing you all a colorful day of sunshine & smiles.

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Ready for Rain

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For a while now, I’ve wanted to make a rain chain. I think it’s a quaint and cheerful decoration.
I found a website that has helpful directions on how to make a rain chain.

There was a few things I needed to do differently from the directions.
I didn’t want to hang a chain under a gutter spout because if we decide to move, it’s something that we’d need to fix.
I toyed with the idea of hanging the chain from a shepherd’s hook and let it dangle over a container. It took me a day or two to think of a bird bath.
The chain would have to be shorter over a birdbath, but I decided a few small buckets might be quite charming.
I finally had it all worked out in my mind, I just needed to get my supplies together. It took a few weeks, but finally I had them all gathered up.

 

We worked on the flower bed off and all during last week and set up the bird bath. The weather Sunday was a bit chilly, but nice enough for us to stay outside and make my rain chain. It was quite late in the afternoon when we got started on it and after dark when we finished.

 

The stone dangling from the bottom of the chain is a small garden stone I bought last year. It set on my patio table because it was too small to put in my garden. I was delighted when I discovered it was the right weight and size to use with my rain chain. Pretty neat huh?4-4-2016-rc00

I plan to plant annual flowers around the birdbath and also I might even plant some chard for tasty color. Oh and I plan to put my garden flag hanger there too… as soon as I make a flag for it…

I can hardly wait for the next rain so I can see how my rain chain is going to do. I hope I can get a clear photo of it in action to share.

Wishing you all cheerful days of sunshine.ec-sunny

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Shades of Purple Finished Project

IMG_99204-24-2014 I made a post “Shades of Purple“, in it I posted a photo of some purple yarn that I was planning on making a project out of.
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IMG_1319My next update on the yarn was 5-16-2014 in my post “Blackberry Winter & Misc” I posted a photo of a blanket I had started crocheting using the crazy crochet stitch. It was pretty, but I wasn’t happy with the blanket. I unraveled the yarn and balled it up and decided to wait until I found a pattern I liked.
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IMG_4510I found a pattern called corner-to-corner crochet on RedHeart.com. It’s basically the crazy crochet stitch only it’s diagonal. I absolutely love this stitch with my purple yarns and the way it worked up. It was fun to make too.IMG_4472(shhh this is a secret right now) I loved it so much that not only did I make the 5 feet x 5 feet blanket for my son & dil, I also made my Grandkitten a 2 feet x 2 feet blanket.  (okay, the Grandkitten is a full grown cat, but still as cute as a kitten) I’m in the process of finding a box to send the surprise blankets in. I’m not worried about mentioning the blankets here because I doubt my son or dil or their beautiful kitty-cat visits my blog. So, until I send it off, it’s a secret between you and me. 😉 IMG_4470Before I washed and blocked the blankets, I took a couple photos of Shelibean posing with the them. Unfortunately, his dark eyes didn’t show up in the photos, but I think he looks fairly cute anyhow.

I’m glad to finally have this project finished. I hope my son & dil & my grandkitten likes their surprise blankets.

Here’s wishing you all much success in finishing projects
and many happy surprises along the way.
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