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July 2020

Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus

I'm back!  I've neglected my blog for so long and it's time to pick up where I left off.

The year 2020 has not been a good year so far, sadly.  We lost our nephew this year who fought the good fight against CHF.  He went to be with the Lord  in his sleep on Jan. 29, 2020.  Shortly after that the world was hit with this horrific pandemic, Covid-19 and our lives were changed drastically.  Self-quarantine is a new way of life for many of us as is social distancing.  Face coverings are now mandatory in places of business.  But somehow we have to find a way to cope.  For me, that coping mechanism has been crafting.  

I've been sewing (face coverings for family), and lately we've been working our Dremel laser cutting machine hard.  My most recent project has been a tiered tray loaded with lots of fun wood signs for Halloween, my favorite time of year.

I drew on the Hocus Pocus movie for inspiration.  I cut all signs from 1/8" baltic birch plywood using my Dremel laser.  I painted the signs using water-based Americana acrylics and sealed the signs with a satin sealer to protect the paint.  If I had to pick a favorite it would be a tie between "Book" (book of spells) and the Binx frame.  The frame has an acrylic engrave layer and is reminiscent of a shadow box.  I painted it black, distressed it by sanding areas, painted distressed areas with orange, then wiped down entire frame with water-down black paint to dull the bright orange paint.  I love the effect!  I added a banner garland too around the center tray.

Finally, I need to add some black branches as a filler and perhaps some tiny orange pumpkins here and there and I think I'm ready for Fall!

Til next time, keep crafting!

Tiered Tray
Tiered Tray
Tiered Tray
Tiered Tray
Tiered Tray