My version of the Mad Hatters Hat

For Michael’s family Christmas Gathering there was a ‘best hat contest’.  I don’t wear hats.  But I decided to make a couple to enter into the contest anyhow.  And the hostess of this year’s gathering just happens to be a collector of  “Anything Alice in Wonderland”, so I thought the Mad Hatters hat would be fun to make.

How to make a mad hatter hat

I found some instructions on Pinterest, and while I was cutting out my circles for the base and top, and scrounging for a big enough piece of cardboard for the body of the hat, it struck me!  “It looks just like an upside down lamp shade!”  So off I went to my stash of lamp shades and found one that had been sitting for some time because I couldn’t find a lamp to fit it.

12.17.12 finds hats nude beach sign 006I paper mached the brim and the top to the body (strips of paper and liquid starch) Did several layers, letting it dry between layers.  Lightly sanding after the last layer, and before painting it black.  Covered the whole thing with black glitter.

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After my glitter glue was completely dry, I spray painted a clear varnish over the whole thing to help keep the glitter from shedding.  Alas, that method does NOT work as well with COARSE glitter (which I used on this hat) as it does with fine glitter (which I usually use!)  Lesson learned the hard way!

12.17.12 finds hats nude beach sign 008For decorating the hat I had a turquoise feather boa to use, and found this glittered peacock ornament that I thought would work well.

12.17.12 finds hats nude beach sign 009I needed to be able to glue the peacock to the hat, so I used wire cutters and cut off the feet and clip.  (saved them for use some other time!)

12.17.12 finds hats nude beach sign 011I also had a pretty turquoise glittered Christmas pick; cut the stem off it to glue it to the hat.  Then glued on the feather boa, then the peacock.  (one of the very FEW time I recommend using a hot glue gun)

12.17.12 finds hats nude beach sign 010And of course you HAVE to have the 10/6 price tag!

12.17.12 finds hats nude beach sign 012I WISH I could have made it ‘wearable’, but for it being my first hat I wanted to keep it simple.

12.17.12 finds hats nude beach sign 004I also made this pink crown as the second entry for Michael and me.  Guess who won the contest???

Updated train case

Ain’t she sweet; all pretty and PINK!?!

Her ‘before’ state was rather bland and blue:

Amazing what a couple of quick coats of spray paint and a pretty bow will do!

No before pic of this one, but it was a slightly lighter shade of blue.  I actually painted this one first.  I’s been sitting around for WAY too long, so I decided to see how it would work to paint it.   Worked great so I moved on to the train cases.

Forgot the before pic on this one too!  You may have noticed it in the recently updated pics of our space at Stars:

And the big black suitcase has gone to Camas; along with the pink train case:

NOW I’m ‘on the hunt’ for more inexpensive train cases to paint up!  Had to run a few errands yesterday and stopped by Salvation Army Thrift Store in Hillsboro to see if they were STILL doing half price on Mondays.  Yep!  Found two more train cases! 

AND to my surprise the store has been reconfigured!  It was originally nearly 3/4 clothes; and very little ‘bric-a-brac’ (as they call it).  They’ve scaled down the clothing to about 1/3 and expanded bric-a-brac and furniture!   I just may have to stop in more often!  Much more of ‘my kind of stuff’ there now.

***A word of warning about SA though!  They CHANGE their ‘sales’ program VERY frequently!  So if you don’t see the big “HALF PRICE SALE’ banner in front on Monday when you go; ASK!  They ‘used to’ date all the tags and when items were over 2 weeks old, they became half price.  I had a whole cart full fo stuff one day, and found out they NO LONGER ‘did that’.  No signs or information posted anywhere!  harumph! 

They do still offer a senior discount (55 and over) on all regular prices.

Little fixer upper

Found this at the thrift store.  (this pic was taken AFTER I had sanded it) I think it was originally an IKEA mirror, with the mirror missing.  Doesn’t matter.  I just CANNOT pass up frames!

So I sanded off the shiney brown finish and went rummaging through my box of wood embellishments to get inspired.

What I found was THIS; a little broken piece that came off a sign.  Glued it on with a dab of e6000 and let it dry.

Then spray painted it pink.  (I needed a wee bit of a break from all the Robin’s egg blue stuff I’ve been painting lately, as you see in the background!)

I may search out some pretty pink ribbon to make a hanger for it.

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Christmas 2008 ~ sneak peek!

The trees are almost done (I still have some stuff to finish making to add to the primitive tree)  But here are a few quick pics of whk christmas tree, at I’ve got done so far.  I’ll be adding more detailed pictures of what all is on the trees over the next couple of weeks.

And of course ya gotta have some PINK!!!

 

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Repurposed table leg

These unfinished wood table leg pieces Michael brought home were ‘a little chewed up’ around the top edges, (sorry! Forgot to take a BEFORE pic!)  But I remedied that by just rounding out the top curves on the best sander. 

I added a beveled wood plaque (purchased at craft store) to the top and bottom; but it still needed more ‘weight’ at the bottom.  So I added a hunk of 2-6 and another, bigger beveled craft plaque.  You can see the three separate pieces at the bottom.

I painted them PINK and added some pretty brown details with foam stamps.

My initial thought was to use these as candle pedestals, but in a flash or creativity they became stands for a crown and a birdcage.

Not a very good picture of the one with the little crown on top!  It’s just to the right of the three tiered stand.

 

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