Hand Engraved Glass Vase

I picked up this vase at a thrift store. Let’s face it, these are all over the place.

But to me it was a blank canvas, and I went to town. I free-hand engraved this vase using my rotary drill. The neighbor came over and asked me what I was doing with a dental drill. He looked worried so I told him I would do his teeth for free. I only wanted to help.

Glass vase hand-engraved repurposed original art with whimsical flowers

Glass vase hand-engraved repurposed original art with whimsical flowers

I took some photos again with an iPhone. But this time it was with my husband’s iPhone 6+. I posted it on Etsy. Please go and buy it.

Glass is tricky to photo, and engraved glass is trickier yet. Especially because I engraved all four sides of this vase. I started by putting down a black drop cloth, but then realized the back engraved side was showing through and possibly mucking up the detail of the front side.

Glass vase hand-engraved repurposed original art with whimsical flowers

Glass vase hand-engraved repurposed original art with whimsical flowers

However, I tried sticking a black piece of cloth inside the vase in order to view one side at a time. I could not get that to look like anything other than tacky. So, I dropped that idea.

Glass vase hand-engraved repurposed original art with whimsical flowers

Glass vase hand-engraved repurposed original art with whimsical flowers

I feel good with the results of photographing at an angle.

Glass is so pretty, and when you light engraved glass, the light plays on your cut edges. It’s just lovely!

Vintage-looking Spoon Rest

Made from repurposed, recycled white glass composite counter top, I completed an image transfer and coated it with gel medium to give it some water and UV resistance.

Repurposed Spoon Rest with vintage Redoute flowers

Repurposed Spoon Rest with vintage Redoute flowers

These photos are copies of what I am uploading on my Etsy shop. This first one has a filtered look applied to it using Photoshop.

Spoon rest view from the top looking down.

Spoon rest view from the top looking down.

Added a tape measure to the shot so the customer can see the dimensions.

Spoon rest with contextual items added.

Spoon rest with contextual items added.

This is a shot of several items that you will often see in the company of my spoon rest!

Spoon rest close up of the Redouté image on the counter top remnant

Spoon rest close up of the Redouté image on the counter top remnant

Why are macro shots so fun. I bought some lenses for my iPhone at Photojojo and spruced up this photo.

Studio SK-303 Knitting Machine

I scored this weekend!

First, my daughter, Marley, came home from college for the weekend. She is a pleasant child, so I feel that I scored there.

Second, We went on a quick thrift store shopping spree and I really don’t like shopping much, but she talked me into going. She’s a charmer, that one.


If I had not gone in with her (and Lee and Taylor), I would not have found the antique Studio knitting machine for next to nothing!


Image Capture Not Recognizing My iPhone

Just a quick little blog post regarding an issue I had.

As stated above, I plugged my iPhone into my computer to transfer photos. Both iTunes and Image Capture opened automatically, and while iTunes recognize my iPhone, Image Capture showed that there was no device or scanner attached.

I immediately went on a Google goose chase – searching for the answer to my question “Why isn’t Image Capture working since my upgrade to Yosemite?”

That was the wrong question to be asking. You see, I read someone’s message that stated they had a problem with their cord. So, I unplugged the cord from one side of my keyboard and plugged it into the other side. Mac keyboards have USB ports, one on each side. One of my USB ports is not fully functional, although it does work a bit.

Once I plugged it into the other side, all of my photos from my phone showed up in Image Capture. It’s weird and I don’t get it. But maybe this will help someone else!

Sequim Washington

I ran across this old post card and am having some intense nostalgia:Silver Sands Resort Old Postcard

My family and I lived at the Silver Sands Resort for one Winter. My parents were managing the place. Could you ask for anything better than living beach-side with woods and meadows in your back yard? I think not. My friend had horses, so we rode on the beach and in the woods. I was living the dream.

I haven’t been back to Sequim, but I intend to go check it out soon. That resort no longer exists as it was in 1976. Ahhh but why would it? That was 38 years ago.

The Holidays Are Coming

I have been enjoying our late lovely summer weather. I seriously cannot get enough.

While I was out spending some time with my lovely mum and my lovely daughter yesterday and after I had dropped both of them off, my car broke down. My view was wonderful as you can see from the top photo of my Instagram.

In the meantime with weather so nice, it seems unlikely to think of things like knitting or making when you just want to get out and go to the beach!

Then I came across this delightful blog post: Handmade in August. I have added her to my links on my blog so that I don’t forget to continue to visit.

That is all for today. What are you doing reading blogs? Go out and enjoy what is left of our late summer!

Sandblasting Stencils

I have been working on some stencils for sandblasting. OK. It’s been fun.

Crow in a tree with doodles

Crow in a tree with doodles

I started in Illustrator with my Wacom Tablet. I am still learning how to use it. But once I finished, I printed it out on ink jet film and then exposed the film onto the photo resist (from Rayzist).
Skull with Doodles

Skull with Doodles

Then I rinsed the resist and ended up with a pretty good stencil I used for sandblasting. I sandblasted it onto a light piece of tile that I picked up as a remnant tile from a kitchen back-splash.

Pumpkin with doodles

Pumpkin with doodles

The sandblasted piece didn’t turn out as good as I had hoped but I believe I can correct a few things and do it again. I also think as they are, the stencils could be used on glass.

Well, I better get back to work!

Artist Date

I learned this concept of an artist date from a book I am reading called “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron.

My lovely, talented and creative mother recommended it to me. It has always been her hope that her children would not lose their creativity from childhood. Most of us do because we get busy with raising our families and the business of life. It’s sad, because I believe our creativity is tied to that playful persona that gets lost.

Cloudy day in Graham Washington

Cloudy Day

I took a small road trip just for fun on a beautiful day. It was an assignment from this book. You are to do something that makes you happy and I love driving and taking pictures. My photos aren’t spectacular, but they are things that catch my eye and I think are beautiful in the moment.

I was driving along and looked into a very new, gated community. Somebody left the gate open, lucky for me! Some of these people have an amazing view. I think I want one of those some day!

I love the way taking a different road or path – different from the way you usually go – opens up your mind to the possibilities. I don’t understand how it does it, but it does. I began to think of unique patterns and designs that I could draw. I thought of owning my own farm someday. I wondered why the world seems more empathetic to Hamas and the Palestinians and doesn’t view Hamas as terrorists. As you can see, my mind was wandering just like my car.

Arbor of grapes in Orting, Washington

Arbor of Grapes

I then realized that I didn’t recognize my surroundings. I have always called myself location-impaired because I get lost really easily and have a hard time getting my bearings. I also didn’t have a signal on my cell phone, so I could not use my trusty map app on my iPhone. Then I looked East then West, chose a direction based on instinct, and got to where I needed to be! Praise Jesus, I am healed of my disability! But not before I saw this arbor with grapes all over it out in the middle of an empty field in Orting, Washington.

Engraved Glass Video

While this is not a tutorial, I wanted to share how engraving looks so beautiful on glass. To record, I used an app on my iPhone 5s called “Shadow Puppet“. If you are interested, click it. It is free (yaaay for free!).

This is half of a wine bottle I hand-engraved with two different rotary tools – a Dremel-type rotary for the polishing, and a dental-type high-speed rotary tool.

First we cut the bottle with a bottle cutter tool and hot and cold water. Works like a charm! Then we sanded the edges with a belt sander and some fine sand paper. Then I engraved it.

Display the Date on Your Blog Post, Please

I just want to briefly state (because I am not a rant-er) that if you are blogging about things that are time sensitive, it helps everyone if you make sure the date of your post appears somewhere above or near the top of your article. Posts having to do with technology of ANY kind have a time relevancy that other subjects may not have.

I visited a site to find out how to upload my iPhone photos to Google+. I tried using the app indicated in the article and it is no longer available. The article is very well written, but I was disappointed that it was outdated and that I couldn’t tell by just looking at the date of the article. So frustrated, in fact, that I said the f-word.

OK, I’m done!