Hello Lovely Fall

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It’s officially fall! I could feel the chill in my bones the past 2 days. We’ll just pretend that it’s not going to get warm again this weekend. Fall is my favorite season by far. And no it’s not because of all the pumpkin spice crap. I don’t even like that stuff. It’s because fall has the best clothing ever!

It is just about the right time to dig out all my boots. Combat boots, and cowboy boots, and my brand new moccasin boots! And then there are tights in all colors. And funky leggings! I can pull out sweaters and scarves too. I also have 2 pretty awesome faux leather jackets. One mauve pink and one dark purple. It’s not quite time for them, but maybe by the end of October. Perhaps I’m a crazy person…actually I’m pretty positive I’m crazy, but I cannot help but love layers of clothes and how it’s acceptable to wear them in the fall. I just want to get all cozy and cuddly in my warm clothes.

I don’t however want to be the person who throws on a parka when it hits 60 degrees, but my goodness it was so hard not to put on all my favorites new and old. I tried to not go overboard.

fall collageMaybe I did have on a little more clothing than necessary today. I think I did alright, but tomorrow it will be difficult to not put on a big cozy sweater dress with my favorite mustard yellow tights. I hope I have enough will power to not be the crazily out of season dressed lady.

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Oh and guess what? I have new hair color. A few people have told me the color looked just like fall. Perfect!

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License Plates For Lovers

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Using license plates to make signs is pretty neat. I know it’s not an original idea, but this project definitely has my spin on it. I’ve made a few in the past, but someone requested one for a wedding gift so I pulled out all of my rusted up/cut up license plates and got to work. I figured you might like to see the process too. The hardest part is finding plates that are unique and not too expensive. You really have to search.

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I began by laying out all of the letters I had previously cut to see what I was missing. I was missing a few letters, but not too bad. I searched junk shops and antique malls to find license plates with the missing letters. I try to find all different types of tags with different colors and fonts.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere I am ready to cut some license tags. I use a little Dremel Saw Max that my step dad got for me about 2 years ago. My first power tool (and only one to be exact). I am also wearing goggles because my step dad said he didn’t want to drive me to the hospital when I got scrap metal in my eye.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI use clamps to hold a board down. I use this as a guide to make sure I’m cutting in a straight line. I then use another clamp to hold down the license tag so it doesn’t move while I cut. I use gloves because the metal gets pretty hot while cutting, and there are sharp edges. Some tags throw off a lot of sparks so I try to work quickly and accurately to make a smooth straight line.

After all of the letters were cut, I found a big frame. I painted the frame black. Then I cut a piece of cardboard to fit into the frame.

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I covered the card board with fabric and then used hot glue to glue the letters to the board.This is what the sign looks like before it is put into the frame. It could say anything you wanted it to say, but this is what was requested this time.

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Here is the final project from the front. I put the cardboard piece into place and then use a little bit of hot glue to hold it in the frame. It will be a great present for an eclectic couple.

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I then used brown paper to cover the back so it has a nice smooth surface and you can’t see the covered card board. I also added a little hangy thing to the top so the picture can be hung on the wall. I might be most proud of being able to put that little thing into place. Holding a nail that tiny is very tough.

Word got back to me that the couple loved their frame. I get so excited when people enjoy my work! I also recently made one for my best friend’s birthday, and he liked his too. I think this ends up being a pretty cool project that both males and females appreciate.

Unfinished Projects

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I’m not sure this is a good way to explain it, but I’m usually better with movement and sounds than words. I feel like I’m floating along on a river, not in a dangerous way, but in a swift way. There are lots of banks and little islands, but I have no way to get totally on them so I just keep floating along. The river is life and the land is all of the projects I’m working on. I feel like I have a million things going on, but I haven’t been able to pin myself down to one island and conquer it. There is a list on my refrigerator of all the projects I’m working on. I actually am working on list, just not marking anything off. And lets get real…It feels good to mark something off  a to-do list.

So basically I’m feeling kind of frazzled because I have about 500 projects going on without any reward of actually finishing any. And I hate that I don’t have some super cool new thing to post on my blog for you to read about, but hopefully there will be something soon. (I am planning on finishing something today, but I can’t post it quite yet because it’s a present.)

So today I will leave you with a picture so you can see that I actually have been working. Stay safe with those safety goggles. You never know what I might be doing with power tools.

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