Tuesday, September 20, 2016

How To Cut A China Plate With A Manual Glass Cutter - Video!



Hi Friends! I'm excited to say that I finally added a new video to my YouTube channel (if you're not a subscriber, be sure to click here to subscribe and be notified whenever I create a new video tutorial) ~ it was kind of an impromptu filming, I thought I'd show those who are interested how to cut a china pottery plate with a manual glass cutter. (click here to watch!)

This is a great method to learn if you want to cut your own pieces for broken china jewelry or to cut china mosaic tiles. 

I think this video turned out really well because...
 #1, you can really hear the tearing sound when I cut the plate (that is a sound that you want to hear because it lets you know that the cutter is correctly scoring the plate) 

and

 #2, it is a great example of what its like to cut a ceramic pottery plate because unlike porcelain or bone china, pottery is a lot more crumbly - as you will see in the video! 

Next I will have to make a video showing what it's like to cut a porcelain plate because the materials are very much different. 

I think it's really important to learn how to use traditional hand tools. Maybe you want to cut your own plates up for scrap but don't have an electric glass saw - this is a great way to get started. This is how I learned - by teaching myself - way back when I started years ago. 

Now, please keep in mind you won't get precision shapes with this method, but knowing how to cut plates by hand can save lots of wear and tear on your saw blades. I hope you enjoy the video. 




Have a great week!
Love,
 Laura

Creative Ways To Display & Store Your Coffee Cup Swag

That's right, I said coffee cup swag. And if you're a coffee addict like I am, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Those cups. Mugs. Whether they be stoneware, ceramic, porcelain or pottery, they are one of the coffee lover's favorite (and most used) items. Many of us land up amassing a small collection of them. And let's face it, they can start to take up a lot of kitchen cabinet space after a while, especially if you are akin to collecting them for fun. Check out these smart and attractive ways that you can store and display your beloved coffee mugs!






Shelves of mugs. Image via arquitecasa.com.br












Which is your favorite?

Have a great week!
Love,
 Laura

Monday, September 19, 2016

My Favorite Autumn Color Palettes

Yay for autumn! 

My 5 favorite things about autumn...

1. The crisp, cool air and the smell of autumn. 

2. Sweaters & hoodies and cozy fall clothes.

3. Campfires and bonfires - there is nothing like a marshmallow toasted over a campfire! Yum.

4. Autumn foods! Bring on the stews, cream soups, and autumn roasts!

5. The colors of fall! 

Okay, so to be honest, I have a lot more than 5 favorite things about fall...but my whole point of this post is to celebrate the colors. For this, we look to nature, and to food. Trees, woods, the changing colors of leaves, autumn fruits and vegetables, and spices to name a few. 

Check out these great autumn color palettes and be inspired. Happy fall! 











Autumn leaves color palette from ColorPalettes.net









Which is your favorite?

Have a great week!
Love,
 Laura

Sunday, September 18, 2016

DIY Autumn Wreaths That You Can Make

What better way to welcome autumn and the change of seasons than to create your own fall wreath?

Intimidated by the thought of crafting your own autumn wreath? Don't be! You can collect plenty of free materials from nature - many in your own backyard (think leaves, acorns, twigs and branches) and there are many materials that you can purchase at dollar stores (wreath bases, glue sticks, craft adhesives, craft flowers) for the price of a fancy coffee or two. Even better, create your own fall wreath using salvaged and repurposed items found in your own home (painted newspaper, old encyclopedia pages, etc).

Best of all, you can create your own autumn wreath to match your own home and decor in as little as an afternoon. So round up your supplies (think glue gun and wreath base to start), and check out this collection of DIY fall and autumn wreaths and maybe you'll be inspired to create your own! Not in the mood to create your own? Some of those I feature below are available for purchase from Etsy sellers...click the link in the text to visit their shops. Happy Fall! 
Who? wouldn't love this cute owl wreath? from AdorabellaWreaths via Etsy


Autumn season wreath from desfeervantoen


Love! Simple grapevine wreath with a few peacock feathers from My Blessed Life



Fall gathered wreath tutorial from Tilly's Nest



Moss and mini pumpkin wreath with burlap bow



Suitable for any holiday, this book page wreath (found here on Pinterest) could be autumn-ized by tipping some of the page edges with glue and brown glitter



Handmade paper feathers and leaves can be made from old newspaper and book pages and make a unique addition to your fall wreath.





Have a great week!
Love,
 Laura

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Painting Feathers - How To Make DIY Metallic Painted Feathers


Over the summer I collected a few feathers that found their way to me as I sat and worked in my backyard. This morning I thought I would try to add a little bit of paint to them...here's how I did it...



Assemble your supplies. I used an old plate as my work surface, a paper napkin as my palette, and chose two small craft paint brushes: a medium ovalish flat brush and a standard round brush. I put a dollop of metallic gold craft paint onto my paper napkin. I chose two feathers to paint; one small and gray and one a bit larger and tan. 

Work in the morning sunlight, it will make you feel great :)


The first thing I did was gently use my fingers to smooth the vanes of the feather so that they laid flat and neat. You do this by working from the center rachis of the feather and smooth the vanes outward. The bottom part of the rachis on a feather is called the quill. The vanes of the feather that are directly above the quill are downy. 



I love metallic paint! I used what I had at home; gold and purple acrylic craft paint. Yes, this is the type of paint that is about 99¢ a bottle.  


The first feather I painted was the smaller gray one. It was not as firm as the tan feather so I thought I might have trouble painting it. I was right. This feather was too soft and downy-like and did not hold it's shape well, so when I painted it, the vanes immediately shrunk, separated, and stuck together. 

Note: I am holding the feather up in the photo but I painted it by holding it flat against the plate and I used a very small amount of paint and a very delicate touch when I painted it...still, it separated and did not hold the paint well. 

I also tried both paint brushes and found that the flat brush worked much better for this job than the round brush. I kind of expected that but thought I would try both brushes anyway. 



Next I painted the tan feather. Again I used my finger to hold the feather flat against the plate and with my other hand I applied a thin coat of a very small amount of paint to the end of the feather using my flat brush. I painted from the rachis out to the tips of the vanes. I held the feather in place on the plate for about a minute before I lifted it from the plate. 


I was pleased to find that the feather held its shape and the paint looked great. 



Yay!



Once the paint on the feather dries, you can apply another coat if you like, just be sure to use a very small amount of paint and apply it in a very thin coat! I really like the gold-tipped look because it shows the contrast to the natural feather, but you can paint as much of the feather as you like. You can also paint the reverse side of your feather once it is completely dry.

All in all, this project cost me absolutely nothing. I had the paint and brushes at home, and I found the feathers in my backyard. If you were going to buy supplies, it would at most cost you $5, and that's for the paint and one good brush - and you would have enough paint to paint feathers for the rest of your life! 

Wouldn't this feather be pretty in an autumn wedding bouquet or added to an autumn door wreath? 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, please leave a comment below! 






Have a great week!
Love,
 Laura



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