Sunday, November 10, 2013

Creating things is supposed to be calming.

I typically love crafting, writing, and creating things because it's my stress release.  There's something very satisfying and Zen-like to have a project, even if it doesn't work out the first time.  In fact, that's why I started this blog.  I had so many projects that I wanted to share with my family and friends who don't live nearby, this was a great way to share with them and NOT fill up my Facebook wall with things that not everyone would enjoy.

I haven't had an opportunity to do much for a while.  This weekend, I knocked out a few projects.  A couple of baby gifts for friends (well, two that were already done, but finally got boxed up to get shipped - sorry, ladies!) I made cinnamon pecans, pepperoni rolls like the ones I shared here, baked potato soup, and I even pretty thoroughly cleaned my house.  As my husband was settling in for some Sunday night football, I thought I'd tackle a little project I'd been thinking of doing for a while - a floating glass ornament.


I'm in a Facebook group of wonderful Silhouette users, and I've seen all kinds of different ornaments being posted the last couple of weeks.  Lots of glitter, ribbon, feathers, all kinds of stuff.  I'm a keep-it-simple kinda girl, so when I saw something like this one yesterday, I fell in love.  Luckily, I had 2 ornaments just waiting for me to do something with them.

Let me just say - to all of you making multiples of this, or who are selling them - GOD BLESS YOU. Never in my life have I tried something that was such a pain in the rear end!

So to create this floating look, you cut a circle the size of the ornament from any kind of stiff plastic using the Silhouette.  Seems lots of people are using transparency film, but that would have required that I wait until I have some, and if you've been around here before, you know that just wasn't an option.

I had a box of battery operated candles in a drawer, so I emptied out the box and cut up the plastic to use for my circle.  The ornament is 3", and the plastic was something like 2.8", but I figured I'd just put the straight end that would result from not having enough plastic in the bottom of the ornament which would be covered with "snow" so no big deal.  Except I didn't think about how that would cut my Silhouette mat.  Fail #1.

Then, I sent the vinyl through for the lamp post and the star and applied them to the plastic.  This was the best/easiest part of the whole thing.  Smooth as butter.  Then came time for the sleigh.

I had to cut that frickin' sleigh 5 times.  Remember, the whole circle of plastic is only 3" (minus a tad on the bottom), so it was small.  And the vinyl I was using wasn't cooperating.  I would try to weed the negative vinyl out, and a rein or a sleigh blade would break.  So I'd cut it again.  And again.  And again.  And one more time.  Finally, the fifth try, the sleigh's blade broke, but I didn't care, I applied it to the trash turned craft material plastic.  Fail #2.  (Do you SEE the pile of trashed vinyl in the bottom right of the photo?)

Then, you roll the whole thing up and slide it into the hole at the top of the ornament, and when it falls in, viola - you have a floating ornament!  Wrong.  I guess I rolled it too tight, so I spent the next 45 minutes trying to get the lady in the sleigh to not look like she was climbing on top of the man. With that, the thing tossed and turned and was every way BUT right side up.  Fail #3.

Finally, I got it pretty straight and decided to use some Epsom salt for snow.  I grabbed a little funnel, got the salt out from under the sink in the bathroom, and poured some in.  That part was also very easy - smooth as butter.

Then it was time to take a picture so I could share with the FB group where I got the idea to begin with.  Did you know that every stinking light within a 5 mile radius will reflect on your glass ornament when you're trying to photograph it?  After several attempts at making a more "staged" picture, I finally just held it up out of the lights and took a picture. Fail #4.


All in all, though, I do really like the ornament.  But the whole experience reminded me of a warm family memory we share from a small two bedroom apartment and a 9' tall x 6' wide tree we received the first year that my parents were separated.  All I'll say is that then, my brothers and I had to ask an adult family member not to say the "f" word at Christmas.  Sorry, I now totally get it.

Shared at Give Me the Goods @ Rain on a Tin Roof, That DIY Party @DIY Showoff

20 comments:

  1. This sounds like a lot of my projects.Only funny in retrospect.Thanks for a good laugh.
    Doris

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping in! I like to keep it real around here - things aren't always flawless!

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  2. That is too cute! I am so sorry about that Christmas~a little too much stress!!

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    1. Thanks, Mama! Please don't apologize! It's a good story - it's part of OUR story! Love you!

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  3. Well it turned out beautiful!! Love the story!! I am gonna follow you!! By the way found you on the sil site!

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    1. Thanks so much for coming by and deciding to stay a while! I appreciate the compliment!

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  4. It turned out very nice though. :)

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    1. Thank you! A bit of a nightmare, but I do like the end result!

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  5. It turned out great, despite all the trials and tribulations! Love it!

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    1. My WV girl! Have some DiCarlo's and Undo's for me, Tina! Thanks for stopping in and I'm glad we "found" each other!!!

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  6. Wonderful result, stressful, think I won't try it today. Thanks for the inspiration and the laughs.

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    1. Ah - it was just a bad night. Give it a shot! And you're welcome! Thanks for stopping by!!

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  7. considering all your "fail" moments, it turned out beautifully!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Amy! So glad you came by! Appreciate the compliment!

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  8. Well written and understood. I have some of the same "learning" experiences. Your blog got a giggle.

    Kathy

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    1. Mission accomplished! Thanks for stopping in!! And thank you very much for your kind words!

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  9. It's definitely pretty and there's no way in h*ll I'm putting that much effort into something similar. :)

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    1. I will say, it really should have taken maybe 20 minutes beginning to end. Like I told Naomi, I think it was just an off night. Took like 2 freaking hours!

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    2. I love it and I laughed reading your description of the events!! you have brightened a dull Monday

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    3. Inagh - glad you got a chuckle and a brighter day out of it!

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