DSC00764 I posted previously about playing around with Sculpey and making faces with molds.  I had a hard time getting the ink  to dry, but found with a bit of sanding and a lighter hand on the inks it worked.  I like that the color remains a bit rustic looking. 

I knew I was going to use them for brooches, but was not sure of the exact way I wanted to use them.  Since this one looks a bit sun-like, I decided that I would crochet a flower to go behind it.  For the flower, it is a very easy pattern of chain four, join with a slip stitch, then chain 10, slip stitch to join to chain 4 circle (repeat 7 times) and then tie off.  Then glue the face to the top and the pinback on the back and you are done.  The finished dimensions are about 2.5″ X 2.5″.  The yarn is a wool yarn that is a bit bulky, but not extremely so. 

The ink I used is the Tsukineko Dew Drop Brilliance in Cosmic Copper.  It took it a day or so to dry completely on the face.  I am pleased with the result, but am still working on the inks and shadings, etc.  More to come.

DSC00766 Also, I have been working on a decoupage wooden cigar box.  I used pattern pieces for the base layer and am still deciding what to do next with it.  It will be a work in progress for a bit as I decide what to do next.  I like how the wood shows through the layers.  It gives it a more rustic look.  I tore the pattern pieces into irregular squares.

It was a glorious day yesterday and today will be awesome also in central Virginia.  It was 70 degrees yesterday and will be 74 today.  We have a bit of rain on tap for the evening, but it was nice enough to drive with the windows open. 

My Clematis thinks it is spring and is sprouting a few sprigs of leaves.  My lilies have popped up out of the ground.  I am hopeful that the frost will not kill them and delay the blooms.  In the garden that is Cindy’s it is live or die.  I don’t coddle or pamper the flowers. 

Hope where you are it is nice, too.  It is days like this my spring fever goes on overdrive!