I had a lone pine cone, which sat on my patio table for months. After each bout of rain I watched it close-up and bloom again when the sun came shining. Then one day, my Mother asked, “What are you going to do with this stupid thing?” I replied, “I’m keeping it because I’m going to get more and do something with them.” At the time I wasn’t sure what. The problem was my dog died, so I stopped going for walks because hitting the pavement just isn’t the same without a four-legged companion. A couple of weeks later, and to my surprise, my Mom brought me a bag full of pinecones collected from her walks. It was perfect timing because I knew immediately what I wanted to do – a Holiday centerpiece.
This was a fun, cheap and easy project though it wasn’t quick because I decided to paint them by hand. I browsed the web for ideas and initially thought about spray painting. However, the mere cost of spray paint ranging from $6.99 to $14.99 defeated the purpose of a good DIY in my mind, so I opted for four bottles of craft paint with the most expensive bottle costing $2.29. I picked a large fish like glass bowl for $9.99 to display them in bringing the total cost of supplies to about $19.00. The tall, slender glass cylinders (more expensive) would look really nice too, but I hate that they block your line of sight at the table.
It’s as easy as 1-2-3: Wash, Bake and Paint
Quickly wash in hot soapy water and rinse, then place on foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 300 until done turning every 20-30 minutes.
They’re done when they look right, mine took about 2 hours. The baking makes sure that any critters stowed are taken care of, and the heat really makes the petals pop open, while the constant turning helps to distribute the oozing sap, which resulted in a high-gloss finish (I think I’m going to do another batch for year-round display). Roll up your sleeve and paint at least two coats giving them plenty of time to dry in between coats with your chosen colors I used: Garnet Glitter, Silver Glitter, Rose Gold and Platinum.
Once upon a time, I shared insights and tid-bits from the monthly writers club meetings that I attend regularly, and since I haven’t written much on my own lately I thought it might be a good time to pick that habit back up. So tune in next week when I share information acquired from the learning session… I’m hopeful that my serial comma offender will be incarcerated for life.
It’s no joke
I’m so stoked
Applied some heat
Our mission complete
You’re in for a special treat
But you’ll have to wait two weeks
It is downright dirty, some say Raw
We hope that it leaves you standing in awe
~What can I say except that I recently wrapped up a special project with a brilliant versifier, which will be coming to a Blog NEAR YOU soon… yup I’m pretty excited about it if you couldn’t tell.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to face the social media frenzy head-on if you plan to survive. The statistics presented in this video by Erik Qualman, is both mind-blowing and alarming. Just because you blog and have a Facebook and/or Twitter account doesn’t mean that you are ready or adequately prepared. In fact, you could be hurting yourself and not even know it. I thought I was ready because I had established timely accounts on the most popular sites, which was more than some of my colleagues – GO ME! However, I was smacked down, and in the face no less, with disgrace because some of my digital activities were not palatable by the whole wide world. For me, it feels like a complete invasion of privacy and I’d really like to give the judgmental whole wide world the middle finger, and say screw you. But the reality is that’s not possible; if I want to survive. Therefore, I work (hard) to clean up my act, reign in my beliefs, tone down the vulgarity, and moderate my opinions where and when applicable, OK where and when possible, all in a effort to build a “Brand” that I can live with, and the world can swallow.