Jul 27, 2016

A beautiful night

Perfect temperature, low humidity, the second month of summer gone.
I finished the little hornbook that was to be Martha Hards sampler.  I like it.  For now anyway.

Almost made a trip to the ER.  I've put off the heart monitor for two months, time to get it on.

Jul 26, 2016

Testing testing....

You will get to choose from two options. 
Sorry for the poor photos, but the tags are high gloss and I had to take these without much light, so they are not very clear.  They are 3", 2 1/2", and 2".
The first is from Lucy Redd. 

The second group is from various samplers.

This third group is the one I just now decided to keep for myself.
They are on thin acrylic, not perfect, and not tested for durability.  The edges may eventually lift a little ..... add a dab of Elmer's.

The red houses on wood have warped and that's a shame!  Usable, but I'm not comfortable offering them.  I think the others are really nice and I love the feel. 
So if you would like to enter the drawing for these tags, choose #1 or #2,  include your initials or email in your comment. Email me if you can't leave a comment for your entry. samplersandsantas@gmail.com
I will draw a name on Friday the 29th at 4pm.  Then I will throw a hissy fit about losing July.

Jul 25, 2016

Only because you asked, brow time

Permanent cosmetic tattooing lasts for a few years,
but is not forever like traditional tats.
 This is a solid powder fill because I have only a few hairs from the middle to end.

Close up - you can see my thin hairs ending around the middle.  There is a method called microblading or something like that, it's very fine hairlines and totally realistic.  But it may only last 6 months, my method fades in about a year or longer (depending on the # of sweaty flashes) and then is touched up to darken again.  And the most asked question - no it really doesn't hurt too bad.  They use a numbing cream over and over during the procedure and although I did feel it in the beginning, it was like getting pinched.  And it's over pretty quick so no big deal. BUT - make sure you see her work beforehand - some use very dark ink and terrible looking hair strokes.  The first week will be darker because some of the ink sloughs off, and you may need a touchup after a few weeks if there are any spots that didn't take as well.   I choose a medium brown even though my hair color is very dark (when I color it on time).  It's lightened and is now perfect.  You can also get a shade of gray for salt & pepper hair.  Her charge for both brows was $125, so so worth it to not have to worry about the pencil coming off.  I came home from a flashy shopping trip to find myself with one brow gone and one smeared.  Kind of like walking around with my one lens sunglasses.  I feel it's made a huge difference and ...... I'm 65 and it's time I started doing some things for me.
Other than eating a bag of Dove chocolate covered blueberries AND a bag of chocolate covered cranberries.  Neither survived 48 hours.  I am so ashamed.

Jul 24, 2016


Worked on a few more tags to finish off the material.  They aren't completely finished yet, still some work to do.  Will the edges stay put?  Will the finish hold up?  Hard to say since they are untested prototypes, a set of two on wood, two sets of three on acrylic.  But since I don't need them all, which one will I give away and have you test?  I'll let you know this week.


Jul 23, 2016

My tags

Hello people.  I guess most of us are having some heat, and I must say, I am thrilled that my eyebrows do not sweat off now!  My friend has such thick and beautiful brows, she can pluck in one day as much as I have on both.  Before, one good hot flash or heat wave, a gentle wipe of my forehead, and that waterproof pencil was gone!  So glad I found her and just may have a little liner done also. 
Here's my tags!  Corner squares, whatever.  I did not do the large 4" because it is not necessary to me, and I use the Gajit anyway. 
I found some very thin but sturdy acrylic (?) that we cut and I love the lightweight slickness of them. 
They are glossy which I never do, but I should ask - do you think the labels on boxes should be high gloss?  I always use a matte finish and wax but maybe gloss is better?
So now my decision is .....
which way do I ring them?  Small in front I think, but I do love the middle size (sampler) best.
I think another set will show up soon.  They're just too cute to have only one.
Thanks for visiting!

Jul 22, 2016

From frame to

fringe.  Several sewing projects that have been hanging around were worked on today in a 120 degree sewing room.    They all had a prior finish of some sort that I wanted to change and finally did. 
The ornaments are just that, and will receive stuffing and a hanger whenever the hell I feel like it.  No more pockets and fancy crap.  Hang it and get over it.  The linen on the Lydia Broome sampler (Pineberry Lane) had very thick threads.  Perfect for fringe, a large piece left that I will never use became the backing, and the machine did the sewing.  I used the Frixion pen to mark the sewing line by just running it in the ditch.  Easy to follow and straight with the weave.
Is it hot in here?
Have a fabulous weekend.
Thanks for visiting.
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