Archive for September, 2007


Each night at about 8:30PM is when we put the cats “to bed” in the kitchen, so we don’t have them tearing around the house and making racket in the wee hours of the morning. What makes them cooperate and come in every night? Nummy-nummies.


This is a photo of the cats eating their Nummy-nummies. Nummy-nummies consists of exactly one tablespoon of Friskies canned cat-food on a small plastic plate. Each cat gets one plate, and they fall for it every night. : )


Here’s Noah in the Premium Cracker cat-bed, you can see a couple of the plates in the photo. (And that’s Chloe trying to sniff the camera : ) )


Baby Fish

The paradise fish in one of our water ponds had babies, there are at least 3 different sets, and we were only able to catch eight babies total:


For size reference, the jar is only about 7-8″ tall and is sitting on top of a cinder block. Aren’t they cute? : )

Site “Maintenance”

Hi everyone… I just purchased the Custom CSS Upgrade for my blog, so if you notice anything out of the ordinary (broken links, broken code, random changes etc.) that’s me playing around. : )

“Playing Against Time”

I have been working on this clock on and off for months… at least since February, when I first purchased the picture frame which is the main body of the clock. In March I purchased the moulds to make the paper clay chess pieces on eBay, they were actually for chocolates. In April I purchased the dominos and scrabble letter tiles. I’d have to say this is one of the trickiest pieces I’ve ever done. The chess pieces had to be put in the chocolate moulds and then dried, once they were dry I had sand them with my Chizzel-It porcelain sanding tip, then I had to re-carve some of the details with a damp stylus,  I glued the two half pieces together to form one solid chess piece, when that was dry it was back to sanding again, then I painted them with acrylic paints. For the board, I had to seal it with gesso, then draw the squares with a pencil and ruler, each square was painted individually, trying not to overlap into the next. After I was done with that, I painted gold around the edges and sealed it with a semi-gloss gel-medium. I had to do this twice since I decided that the first board was too big… I also had to take a large portion of the picture frame off with my jr. hack saw because it was too tall. I sanded, painted, and sealed the frame. The dominos and scrabble letter tiles were individually soaked in a mixture of Folk-Art Raw Umber Acrylic paint, “Walnut Stain” Distress re-inker, and water for 2 minutes, then placed on a pizza-pan in the oven at 170 degrees Fahrenheit.

And I could never have done this without e6000. : )

Finally Found A Use For My Circle Cutter! : )

Covering clock faces.

  1. You’ll need your Circle Cutter and accompanying mat, white glue, at least one pair of paper scissors (though I found that my Bumble Bees were handy for doing the center tabs), scrapbook paper, and a CD.
  2. Center Circle Cutter on CD over paper.
  3. Begin your cut.
  4. Apply glue to back of CD.
  5. Adhere to paper and begin cutting outer-edge tabs.
  6. Fold tabs over edges of CD and glue down. Begin cutting center tabs.
  7. Fold center tabs over and glue down.


I just realized I have not put up any photos of Joe yet. 🙂

‘With Time’ Clock

And here’s what I did with the paper in the “Dying Paper: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Re-Inkers” tutorial. The paper was used on the upper left and lower right corners, the face, and wood block in the lower left corner. After decoupaging the paper onto the clock, I went over it with a wash of Walnut Stain Re-inker (1 drop Walnut Stain per 30 drops water). The main body of the clock was painted with Folk Art “Green Forest” acrylic paint, I went over that with a wash of Folk Art “Metallic Pure Gold”, “Raw Umber” and water. The face of the clock is circled with gold skeleton leaves, an addional leaf adorns the lower right corner. The numbers are gold embossed on Basic Grey paper, also used to make the flower on the block in the lower right corner. I glued glass seed-beads in the center of the flower and added two more skeleton leaves, gold lettering is also embossed.


Chloe in the computer chair.

Dyeing Paper: Tim Holtz Distress Ink Re-Inkers


Supplies Needed:

  • Distress Ink Re-Inker Dusty Concord (Purple)
  • Distress Ink Re-Inker Pine Needles (Green)
  • Distress Ink Re-Inker Faded Jeans (Blue)
  • Extra Glass Dropper
  • Paint Brush suitable for applying liquid.
  • Container of water
  • Palette
  • Printer paper (or other blank paper)

I dyed this paper using inks of the following formulas:

Dusty Concord : 2 drops per 10 drops water

Pine Needles: 3 drops per 10 drops water

Faded Jeans: 2 drops per 10 drops water

  1. A photo of the supplies I used.
  2. Tear around the edges of the paper
  3. Ignore the scrapbook paper, I was using that as a background since white against white does not a good photograph make…:)
  4. Crumple paper thouroughly.
  5. Spread back out. Follow steps 4-5 until satisfied with results. The more wrinkles and creases in the paper, the more veining in the completed piece.
  6. Use the dropper attached to the lid of your re-inker to drop into palette (see above for formulas)
  7. Add water and mix with handle of paintbrush.
  8. Begin applying
  9. You can hit it with a hair-dryer before applying next colour.
  10. Here I begin adding the blue and green.
  11. Almost finished.
  12. You can hit it with the hair-dryer again. Once it is dry you can decide whether you want to add more colour. obviously wet paper is darker than dry.
  13. The completed piece! : )

Here is a close-up of the paper:


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