Monday, November 28, 2011

Tutorial: Duck Tape Flower Pens

   I just learned how to make these cool Flower Pens, using Duck Tape! I like them so much and wanted to share how I make them. This project may be a trial and error for some to get the technique just right, or the technique/results YOU like.  Enjoy, hope you have fun with this project.

  • 2 different colors of Duck Tape
  • pen
  • scissors
  • rhinestone
  • hot glue gun


Measure the pens length with the first color of Duck Tape, make a small cut.

Finish the cut as straight as you can, wrap this piece of Duck Tape around the length of the pen.

The Pedals: Second color Duck Tape

Each piece of Duck Tape should be around 2 inches.

Fold the edges overlapping to make a tip, leave some sticky Duck Tape exposed.

I start my flowers low to the butt of the pen, I like to put rhinestones as the bud to decorate.

Fold both edges around the pen.

I like to put the first two pedals on then then add the rhinestone, that way you don't risk burning the Duck Tape later.

Keep wrapping your Duck Tape pieces around forming the flower, try to keep the pedal tips in a straight line at first, then they will "bloom".

See the "bloom"?

Take the first color and cover all the layers of Duck Tape that form the flower and create the leaf effect here, blending with the pen.

Finished Duck Tape Pen. 

   These are a great project to do with kids. Enjoy and have a great Monday all.

                                                                                                             xoxo, Val


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Things That I Love Thursday

             Wine              Family                                Laughter                    Cookies             Pie      Good Friends            Puppies                    Funny Stories  

Happy Thanksgiving All

                                                                                                               xoxo, Val


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Things That I Love Thursday

   Home Cooking                 Fall                Vintage Jewelry          Family Dinners                  The Internet                 Dessert                 Hand Written Letters     Music

Pumpkin Rolls!

                                                                                                             xoxo, Val


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Rain Bird Gallery Blanco, Texas

   I feel so bad because I haven't blogged in what seems like forever... forgive me please.

   Well tonight I went on a little adventure with my son, Anthony. (I drag him along on them quite often, he likes it.) Tonight we were in Blanco, Texas. We live very close and even attend mass there on Sundays. I had been wanting to visit this charming Store or as you can say Gallery for a while now, I would go as far as saying as long as I have lived here in Spring Branch, Texas. As it so happens for my luck, when I drove by tonight they were still open! You see the normal hours of operation state that they close at 5:00 p.m. I am very happy that I was allowed to walk around and ohh and aww at all the treasures, even snap some pictures!

With out further a due...

   The first room we went into had very cool beaded jewelry, stones and many international looking items. Many things I would love to have for myself or things I like to collect. I'm a sucker for those paper folding fans.

 One of the first rooms we went into had an antique Spittoon, I had to take this picture.
I fell in love with this phone!
   Many antique items all in such great condition! Wonderful antique furniture, even toys...

Gotta love Wonder Woman.

Anthony found this Authentic WWII helmet. He said it was heavy.

Very Nautical Wall Clock, you can't see because of the quality of my picture but there is a mermaid around six o'clock.

Shave set

Awesome antique register! (I should have pushed some buttons!)

I had to ask what this was... It's a scale of course! I don't know how I couldn't figure it out for myself.

   Well there you have it folks, Rain Bird Gallery in Blanco, Texas. Go check it out if your ever in the area. I already have my favorite items in mind that I want to snag. (Pssttt, they offer lay away also...)

                                                                                                                xoxo, Val