From Gourds to Birdhouses

When I was searching through YouTube for videos to watch on various types of crafts, I came across some that were on designing gourds. I found it fascinating and thought Sharon and I should give it a try. I purchased three pear shaped gourds that I thought would make great birdhouses. It was a fun project and we did learn that cutting holes in gourds is not an easy tasks, especially if they are dry.
After trying to make the perfect size hole with a drill, we ended up breaking the gourd. We didn't want to do that again, so with the tools we had, we drilled small holes around the penciled circles we drew for the birdhouse openings. After we drilled several holes, we took a flat head screwdriver and tapped between the drilled holes. This worked and we didn't break the gourds. We took exacto knives and trimmed off the jagged edges and smooth out the holes with sandpaper. After that, we found small tree limbs for a perch and drilled a hole to put them in.
Next came painting. I have a…

Summer Crafts: Bottles, Clay, Signs and Paint

Since Arizona has such hot summers, I like to use the time to make craft items. I am trying different media to see what I like the most. I purchased a cricut machine and learning what all it can do. So far, I have used it for text and and generic shapes. I have many more projects planned. I am hoping to get at a point where I can sell my crafts in our Etsy shop: For now, I am having fun creating new stuff for my home.



From Rocks to Lady Bugs

I have saved lots of pictures of rocks painted with awesome designs. Sharon loved the idea so we decided to do it. We both have gardens that we love and thought that our painted rocks would be a fun addition. I picked 5 different sizes of river rock to turn into lady bugs. I saw a picture that someone else did and loved the idea. Sharon painted sunflowers on her 3 rocks. Our painted rocks turned out so good that we are definitely doing this again.