Author: adatetocreate

Summer!

Ahhh summer. Such a busy time of year. It leaves very little time for art and crafting. I try to incorporate some creativity in my garden and yard. It gives me a break from the weeding, harvesting and preserving….and makes the garden a pleasant place to be.

The strawberries are done….the raspberries are starting to slow down, the beans are blooming and the lettuce is growing fast. I have tomatoes that are beginning to turn red and peppers that are almost ready to pick.

We received several boxes of cherries from the man that purchased our orchard. Lots of cleaning, pitting and freezing of fruit this week.

I have managed a bit of time while it was raining to paint a stone cottage and finished another doorway for the fairy tree.

The fairy door was made from sticks and bark with a polymer clay doorway. I had several decorative keys for another craft project. I cut one apart to use as hinges and door handle.

Fairy Garden

Beautiful weather in Eastern Washington has called me outdoors into the vegetable garden and fairy tree.

I added a few more “fairy doors” to the tree and have planted some low growing ground covers around the tree trunk. The old sycamore tree has such great places to place doors and windows!

I contemplated ways to get light into the windows at night. I am using glow-in-the dark polymer clay in the window panes. I am not sure how long the glow effect will last, but hoping at least a few years.

My granddaughters Margo (age 3.5) and Cora (2.5) are still frustrated the fairies won’t open their doors. Margo says she has seen them though. Helen, age 5, isn’t so sure. She is becoming skeptical. She lost her first two teeth recently and the tooth fairy paid up. I asked her why she believed in the tooth fairy, but not my fairies. I didn’t get a good answer lol. “Because” is not an answer. Maybe if she sees lights on in their windows, it will make her wonder if they inhabit my tree.

Helen did come out and constructed a beautiful fairy garden of her own. She is fascinated by the concept of a tiny world and loves the details in my fairy garden. I guess that is really what it is all about.

Bakery Water Dispenser

I used a small plastic test tube and a water bottle top to make this water dispenser for the doll bakery. The picture to the left/bottom was my inspiration.

While it looks okay from a distance, I am not really that happy with it. The plastic was a real pain to work with – the glue just wouldn’t hold, and the paint wouldn’t stick. I wound up using copper colored finger nail polish rather than paint. The jar isn’t as clear as I would like, and then there was the matter of using a heat gun to get rid of bubble in the resin. It wasn’t very effective because the plastic would melt if I held the gun too long, so the “water” is full of tiny bubbles. I may look for something I can use made from glass and consider this a “prototype”. I doubt it will hold up to much play, which is the purpose.

The spout was made from an old piece of jewelry that was in my stash. Once I glued it on the bottle, I painted it with copper colored nail polish.

When I was making a lemon cake from polymer clay, I made my first cane for the lemon slices. Not understanding how small the slices would be, I wound up with a really long cane! I will have lemon slices for many years! They did come in handy for this project.