Saturday, May 28, 2016

Glass Bottle Shelf Watering Planter

I have had a lot of fun using glass bottles for crafts now that I can cut them fairly easily (see previous blog for instructions). This one is a self-watering planter.  I scored the bottle  around the upper two thirds of the glass.  The upper half is flipped upside down and sitting in the lower half.  With screen (which can be bought at any hardware store) I cut a small piece to create a 'cup' with it in the flipped upside-down wine bottle top.  Take some string, I've used cotton 'wick' and twine but multiple lengths and tie them together about one quarter of the way from one end.  make sure the knot is on the top of the screen 'cup,' so that it will directly in the soil. 

Get any tropical plant, that need constantly moist soil.  Place a small portion of soil on the screen making sure that you can still see the ends of your string.  Place the root ball of the plant on top of that and fill in with the rest of your soil. Fill the bottom half of the bottle with water and you're done!  If you're interested in how I decorated the bottom to make is purple and green and blue, stay tuned for a future post about that!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Cutting Glass Bottles

I have always been intrigued about crafting using glass bottles.  The results look so cool, but it seems really difficult to actually cut the bottles in a usable way.  I did some research and found that this $17 device is the best way to do it (I got mine on Amazon). 

Diamond Tech Crafts G2 Bottle Cutter

It takes a second to put things together but once it is together, it works great!  You use this main device to score the bottles and then with a pot of boiling water and a tub of ice water, move the bottle (submerging the score line) from one pot to the next.  The quick temperature change turns the score mark into a nice clean cut.

After that all you need to do is sand down the edges.  Start with coarse sand paper and move to fine sandpaper.  Only a few minutes of sanding is enough.  I'll follow this post with others on the various projects I've used these bottles in!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Author Recommendation: M.K. Eidem

I am constantly on the look out for new authors.  Today's market can be very frustrating when I want a complete book, that is not part 1 of 3 sold separately, but a complete full length novel.  When I'm looking for these in the paranormal romance category, it can be even more complicated because so many authors are self-published and throwing together content to sell something and even though it's 75 pages long they still want $5 to $7 dollars for it.  Bleh, no!

But recently, I ran across the author M.K. Eidem and pass almost completely shocked to find that her writing was a full length novel, extremely well written and thought out and EDITED!!!  After reading the synopsis from one of her newest novels, and then finding out it's a series, I went back and purchased book one on my Kindle. 

You can not even understand how relieved I was to find an author that was actually worth my time to read.  I enjoyed it so much that by the end of the weekend I was the proud owner of the three books of the Imperial Series and the three books and two short stories of the Tornians series.

M.K. Eidem's novels are all set on other planets and/or in space.   The Imperial Series is about a reality where Earth is an undiscovered planet that comes under attack and a fleet of the Coalition move in to assist.  While attempting to thwart the attack, a fighter is shot down and the pilot is saved by Cassandra and her family.  While he is being retrieved by his people, under imminent threat of death, Cassandra and her niece are taken aboard.  The moon is destabilized by the enemy and Earth is devastated, killing everything.  Cassandra and her niece must find their way in a new planetary system while constantly being pursued from some inexplicable reason.

The Tornian Series is again set where Earth is an undiscovered planet, but this time other planetary systems have been seeking females after they have become nearly extinct, with 200 males to every 1 female.  Earth females are found to be compatible to Tornians and to save themselves, human females are kidnapped from Earth and brought to their system to become essentially 'breeders.'  The Tornians must find their way in a new reality, dealing with unruly, stubborn females that won't become the pampered toys they are trying to make them.

Both excellent series that I would highly recommend!  Especially is the digital download age of breaking stories up into multiple parts in order for new authors to make money.  I don't know about you, but I'm not going to keep supporting this stupid trend that has just got to stop!!!!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Seashell Picture Frame

I really enjoy collecting shells when I make it to the beach.  Here's a nice way to use them.

What you need:
  • Frame: I get some nice wood ones from Hobby Lobby that look like driftwood
  • Seashells
  • Hot glue gun
  • Clear coat, glossy
It's like a puzzle, use your shells to piece together what looks best.  The seashells hot glue really well to the frame.  I've had mine for 5 years and its survived 3 moves as well, with none of the shells coming  loose.  Once you have all your shells glued down, than use a glossy clear coat such as Modge Podge or what I have is a special gloss that's similar to what is used for pottery but doesn't need to be kilned.