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02 March 2011

So Close, Yet So Far Away ...

Lotus enjoys a little inter-species visit.
At one point, four or five ravens perched in the treetop right outside her perch. When Andy caught this on camera, only this last interloper remained. When they caw and cackle so noisely, it's fun to watch Lotus slyly skulk up to the window seat and dig down to watch. Happy Hump-Day!

27 February 2011

Craft Fail Sunday

Click on Photo for a Closeup of Our Failed Marbled Ornaments: a Craft Fail Supreme!
Behold, my first submission to the hilariously entertaining web blog, Craft Fail

Anyone who frequents craft stores like JoAnne, Michael's or Beverly's must have seen them back in November and December: end-cap displays loaded with boxes of clear glass ornaments. I saw them everywhere in the weeks leading up to the holidays.

Well, my local Beverly's also displayed an array of the ornaments after being decorated. Some were filled with little shiny things or edible sprinkles. Others sprouted beads or were wrapped in ribbons. But the ones that caught my eye were the glorious, perfectly marbled ornaments. Next to this sat a collection of little acrylic paint bottles, in reds, greens and whites.

If you've seen my home, you know that bright red and green just don't go well in here. As I possess aqua, purple and white furnishings, my idea of a Christmas-y red is more a magenta, and for green, chartreuse. So I headed to the paint aisle and picked up a handful of more congenial colors. Two boxes of ornaments later, I was good to go.

My cousin Gabriel was visiting us at the time, and I thought marbling some ornaments might make a fun "family togetherness" holiday project. Also, our tree was on the smallish side, so I pictured it dazzling every guest with its collection of gorgeous and perfect balls.

Well, the paint was thick, and as we poured it inside the glass balls, it didn't move. We swirled, spun and gyrated madly, to no avail. I had the brilliant idea of pouring rubbing alcohol in there to thin out the paints. Bad idea. Glitter paint only made them worse. The paints turned too thin, and poured out. We poured it back in: nada. New paint did not take, either. Some puddles remained, so a few days later I set them outside to dry. Then it rained on and in them. Voila, my spectacular Holiday Craft Fail.

If you ever need a laugh, visit the Craft Fail site. Just be careful not to sip your morning coffee or other beverage of choice while you're reading!

Have a great time at the Oscars this evening! Those gowns and tuxes are no craft fails! Hugs to you all.