That Jolie Girl Crafts

Crafting a better life


Flying Blind

Flying Blind


Posted on May 16, 2005

I thought this would be a fun item to post.  This was my first attempt at soldering.  I had the brilliant thought that I didn’t need to take a class; I didn’t need to read a book; I get the basic principals of soldering, how hard can it be?  So I jumped into this head first.  There were a few things I didn’t realize that needed to happen for soldering to really work.  First, you need copper...

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Come on in!

Come on in!


Posted on May 13, 2005

This is the second month that I’ve had my blog.  I think I’m finally ready to put it out into the world and see what happens.  It’s extremely nerve racking for me to put anything I create out for others to view.  So, let me tell you this is a huge step for me.  By contacting some of the blogs that I visit often, I’m hoping to slowly enter the wonderful craft community that is blooming. ...

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Cat Box

Cat Box


Posted on May 12, 2005

Sometimes crafts are born from the most mundane of daily occurrences.  This cabinet stands 8 feet tall.  One day, I put a box on top of it to just get it out of the way.  Well, Trilly decided that the box made for a great bed.  After a couple of days, I just put a towel in the box for his comfort.  Then I got the brilliant idea of lining the box.  I took an old flannel blanket, cut it down and glued in...

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Fused Glass

Fused Glass


Posted on May 11, 2005

A friend and I just took a one day fused glass class at our local paintpot store in Hillsdale.  We were able to make 3 pendants each.  These are my creations.  I kept the one in the middle (I’ve been in a weird pink and brown phase lately.)  and gave the other two away as gifts. Now we have been bitten by the fused glass bug.  We start a 4 week class tonight through our local parks and recs.  We are...

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Wedding in Kansas

Wedding in Kansas


Posted on May 10, 2005

I  just came home from my trip to Kansas.  I had such a great time.  I loved seeing family and catching up.  I even learned some pretty crazy family lore…which I won’t be getting into.  The main point of the trip was to see my cousin get married on May 1st.  The wedding was held in an amazing chapel on a 900 acre garden.  The day was beautiful and the bride was gorgeous.  Yes, I did...

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Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl


Posted on May 9, 2005

So today is my birthday.  It will be my last prime number for awhile.  I made this cake for my birthday last year.  I turned the big 3-0 and had a great party.  My sister threw me the party since I hosted her 30th.  Part of the present was not having to clean up the next day.  I did make bracelets as party favors.  I don’t think I have a picture of one.  This year will be much...

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Flying to Kansas

Flying to Kansas


Posted on Apr 28, 2005

My bags are packed and I’m ready to go. Well, almost. I still need to double check everything. My husband can be a bit obsessive at times, so tonight will be filled with checking and re-checking to make sure we have everything and that the house won’t burn down. We will be getting up tomorrow morning at 2:30am to allow extra time to check things a third time. At least we will be able to sleep on the plane. I’m going...

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Stained Glass Pendant

Stained Glass Pendant


Posted on Apr 27, 2005

Here is a variation on the stained glass pendant.  This is much harder to do, although I think I was doing things to make it harder on myself.  I took a soldering class after making these pendants and realized that my glass cutter was a disposable kind and should have been thrown out years earlier.  I just thought I was lousy at cutting glass.  I have since gotten a much better glass cutter (which I haven’t...

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Serenity Now

Serenity Now


Posted on Apr 26, 2005

As I’m scurrying around trying to get everything in order for my trip to Kansas, I need to remember to take a deep breath and relax.  I know that everything will get done and I shouldn’t worry so much.  This little figure sits on my piano.  Every time I walk by it, it helps to calm me down.  The other reason I decided to post this picture today is because I’m going to see my cousin soon in...

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Kansas on My Mind

Kansas on My Mind


Posted on Apr 25, 2005

I leave for Kansas in four days.  I’m very excited that my cousin is getting married, especially since he’s marrying such a great person.  He knows how lucky he is.  His wedding will be the last one for quite some time.  My family is extremely small, so we all tend to show up for any kind of function since they are few and far between. When I was in Kansas for Thanksgiving, I gave my Aunt and Grandma...

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