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Ghost Mirrors

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Sharon has done this project before and wanted me to try my hand at it. I like the idea and how hers came out. Mine wasn't too bad for my first try.








Tissue Tye-Dye

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Sharon and I watch lots of how-to DIY YouTube videos. We saw one of our favorites, XO MaCenna tye-dye items with tissue paper so we had to try it. I bought tissue paper at the store but didn't pay attention when she said we needed bleeding tissue paper. (Next time I will get it right.) We did have some success, and I will show the pictures, but watch her video if you want to do it right. (https://youtu.be/hIfRmujCXjI)





See how awesome they would have turned out if I bought the right tissue paper. This is before we peeled off the tissue. None of the colors stuck to the items except yellow. BTW, you have to use organic material. It will not stick to synthetic cloth. At least I got that right.  Live and learn.

Upcycle Metal Baskets

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I got these two metal baskets at Goodwill and wanted to change their look. I used jute on one and fluffy yarn on the other. I like the way they turned out.








Macrame on Bottles

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Since I am back doing macrame, I wanted to see ideas of what to do. I usually go to Pinterest for pictures and how-to videos. I found pictures of people who did macrame on vases and jars. I loved that idea, so I had to try it. 
This vase was a Goodwill find and my first attempt. I love how it turned out. It looks even better with a candle inside. I will definitely doing more of these projects.





New in Our Etsy Shop

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Check out the six new items in our Etsy shop. If you like purse charms, you will love these. We added lots of vintage jewelry a while back and will be added more soon. Also, check out the gorgeous wraps that our friend made for us. Sharon is doing some four panel macro paintings that will be added to the shop soon.
Thank you for your support! https://www.etsy.com/shop/GroovyNewLife








From Gourds to Birdhouses

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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…