Friday, January 06, 2006

Show and Tell - Something Crafty

This year I told suggested the cool cat make me something for Christmas. I tried to make him something as well. I had visions of making a photo holder with a concrete base, where the base is a hand or foot print, and there is either a notch or a stem to hold a photo (of the Boo, of course). I first tried making a sand casting. I mixed the sand to the proper wetness for forming, and I covered it with plastic wrap to keep down the mess, and also to produce a smooth finish. Unfortunately, it takes quite a bit of pressure to make a clear impression in the sand, and Boo, Mr. Magooboo, didn't take kindly to that. I poured it anyway, to see what I'd get (which was an undefined lumpy foot). Not what I had in mind. Next, I made play doh, because it would be softer than sand and easier to make the impression. I found a recipe on the internet, and what do you know, it worked. Since I didn't have the plastic film this time, the finished product didn't turn out smooth. It looks sandy and coarse. But much more like a hand and foot print. I gave up on the photo holder details, and decided that these would just be paperweights or garden stones or something.
I tried, anyway. On the left are the play doh castings. They haven't cured as long, and are a dark color with a coarse finish. On the right are the sand castings. They are smooth and white, having cured a week longer. Also, their color may be more white because of the smoothness factor. I like the smoothness and color of the sand casting better, but I like the definition of the play doh casting.
This is what the cool cat made me. Bless his heart. My BIL is an excellent craftsman, having built an incredibly beautiful and amazing home and furniture and whatnot. So. When the cool one presented me with my gift, he didn't say, Merry Christmas, Honey. No. Instead, he said, I'm not D. By way of apology, I guess. Silly man. I love that he made me something. That he thought it out and made it happen. It's a box that holds my ribbons. (I had mentioned that I'd like something to spool my ribbons on, as it would make gift wrapping so much easier.)
Now my ribbons spool oh so nicely. I like this gift quite a lot.
Since he was on a roll, he made me a spindle for the gift wrap as well. He got a little carried away with the dowels, bless his heart. It works, and holds quite a lot of paper. Incidentally, this was the baby's favorite item on Christmas day. He kept pulling dowels out and swinging them about like a Kung Fu master. He had loads of fun.

Go see Blackbird for more show and tell!


Blogger blackbird said...

you are both soooo lucky.
the ribbon box is gorgeous - at first I thought you were going to say it was a piece of furniture!

12:43 PM, January 06, 2006  
Blogger BabelBabe said...

i so totally need one of those paper spool thingeys - brilliant!

1:57 PM, January 06, 2006  
Blogger Alice said...

Is it part of your work or do you give an extraordinary number of gifts to people, requiring miles of paper and ribbons? Just curious - but very impressed with these gifts, too.

8:08 PM, January 06, 2006  
Blogger SueeeuS said...

Alice.... I buy the ribbon in those super large bulk rolls because they are such a bargain compared with the standard rolls. There can be lots of ribbons and curls on packages. I try to use up the paper I have before buying more, but still, it seems to accumulate.

10:31 PM, January 06, 2006  
Blogger Suse said...

I love that he made you that.
And that he said "I'm not D" when he gave it to you. Not many people in the world are as clever as D when it comes to building, so he has nothing to apologise for!

(PS. have D and C sold the house yet?)

4:36 PM, January 08, 2006  

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