Monthly Archives: September 2015

Wine cork Angels 

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Wine cork Angels 

For some unexplained reason, I have saved the cork from every bottle of wine I have drank for the last couple of years… I’m not gonna tell you how many corks I have accumulated, but let’s just say it’s time to do some crafting! I found a few ideas for cork Christmas trees and wreaths on Pinterest, but I was just looking for something to do while I am sitting on the couch watching tv. So when I came across these cork Angels, I thought they were really cute.  

First step was to get a hole through the cork. I just used a bbq skewer with a pointed end, it poked right through without much difficulty. 

I then threaded a wire through the hole. I decided to use copper wire for this project, but obviously, any wire would work.  
I threaded on the head next. I have no idea where I got these little heads from, but they worked perfectly. If you can’t find any, you could easily draw a face on a plain bead using a sharpie. Before I cut the wire, i looped the top and twisted the end…  

Then, I cut the other end of the wire…  And twisted a few loops to hold it in place.Then, to make the wings, I wrapped the wire around my fingers four times, left a bit extra, and cut it off.  I pinched the wire in the center and used the excess to wrap around the middle.  Then spread out the loops in sort of a fan.  

And I poked the lose ends in the cork. 

That’s it! Very simple and rustic, but pretty cute! I think I might go back with a glue gun and add a little glue to hold the head so it is facing the right direction, and hold the wings in place.  

  So, I made a bunch…. What do you call a group of Angels? A pack? A flock? Anyways, I’m thinking I might add them to a wine bottle for Christmas gifts….

  

Look at these other ideas I found… I better crack open another bottle so I can keep up….

   
    

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Medal and ribbon display!

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Medal and ribbon display!

My next project this summer has been my son’s room… He has been asking me do do it all summer, so I finally caved. He wanted a sports theme, and was really interested in picking his own paint colour, so I took him to Home Depot, and check out the paint colour her picked!     

When we first moved into the house, he was about 6, and he decided that he really wanted a Van Gogh mural on his wall…. Ok, fine, I’ll admit it was totally my idea… But he did really like it! Here is what his room looked like before we painted…. (By painting I mean, sanding, priming, sanding again, then painting two more coats of the green! That Starry Night was quite a few layers of thick paint!) 

 I even painted a lot of the swirls with glow in the dark paint, so it looked even cooler with the lights off. I’m going to miss my Van Gogh, but totally understand his wanting to change it 😦 

So, his request for a sports room wasn’t really a surprise. He has played on summer and winter soccer teams since he was 4, he has played baseball for the past 4 or 5 years, and he is now playing rep basketball. Put this together with school track and field, school basketball, and other school events, he has accumulated a few trophies, ribbons, and medals over the years. So after painting, we thought we would start with a way to display all of his awards. 

I started by buying a couple cheap curtain rods, and I found these curtain clips (I used the same type of clips for the diningroom curtains). I’ll show you a close up later…   

Here are some of his ribbons….

  

To hang the ribbons, we started by punching a hole in each ribbon. We tried it without the hole, and it worked, but they looked much flatter with the hole.  

Then, to open the clips, we just squeeze them open, and threaded them on the curtain rod.  

I bought enough hoops that we did all of the ribbons he had, plus we even have some left over for future ribbons…  I used the mounting hardware that came with the curtain rods, the hang up the rods….just two screws on each side…  

Then, we hung the rod and straightened out the ribbons.  And we hung a second curtain rod for his medals…    We were really happy with the little display. We put up shelves beside to display his trophies too…

  
The thing I like about this display is that there is room to grow. We can keep adding ribbons, trophies, and medals as the years pass by. 

Now that we have found a great way to display his accomplishments, our next project  is to make some artwork for the walls…we still need to tone down the green a little! 

Btw, I thought I would share this too… Before we painted and moved his furniture, we used this app to see what it would look like. It actually saved us some time and energy because we could move around the furniture and then see what it would look like in the 3D view. The app is called interior design… 

This is the before….

  

And the after…

Wish I could show you the 360 view!  

We adjusted the virtual furniture so it was approximately the same size as his real furniture, and we tried a few different arrangements before we found one we liked. Much easier than moving the real stuff!