Monday, June 30, 2014

Exploding Firecrackers

I admit to being a little fascinated with explosives, and the 4th of July is an irresistible holiday.

I may have gotten a bit carried away in past years....

.....but honestly

 I'm getting a little old to be running for cover when the cops
 finally track down the street that the illegal fireworks are coming from.

So, this year I came up with something a little safer,

"Exploding Firecracker Display"

Start by making the firecrackers.  Gather an assortment of patriotic papers and cut into 3 " squares.  Cut coordinating circle tops.  The end of a large spool of thread is a perfect size to draw your circles.  Cut a slit half way through the circle.

I used white and silver curling ribbon for the smoke trails.  Cut to various lengths, then curl.  Shred with a ribbon shredder to make it more wispy.

Tape the ribbon to the bottom of a square and glue wire to the back.  
A 22 gauge wire has just the right amount of boing!!

Roll up the paper fairly tight and glue down with another line of hot glue.

Pull the cut ends of the circle together to form a cone and glue to hold.
Put more glue on the end to attach the cone to the top.  They go together quickly so make a bunch.

These little firecrackers are ready for action!!

To assemble the centerpiece, start with a glass container and fill the bottom with clear rocks.  This will give you a place to hide the end of the cord and also give support to the wires.

Add a string of lights to the container.  I used red and blue star lights but just plain white Christmas lights would work too.  Be sure to tuck a few lights into the rocks to give a glow and have a few pop over the top.

Then gather up the firecracker wires and twist the ends together for support.  Place down into the rocks and position them around in a crazy random pattern.

Don't forget to add a dud to the jar for a touch of reality.

Of course things really get explosive when it gets a little dark outside.

There you have it, all the sizzle of fireworks matches required. 

 (They are a lot quieter too.)

Have a fun and safe holiday!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A Vintage Halloween

For as long as I can remember,

these characters have been putting the SCARY in my Halloween...

Friday, September 13, 2013

Friday, September 6, 2013

An Outward Expression

Just a few years ago, a whole bunch of metal sculptures showed up here on main street.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hanging on to Summer

Ahhhh, those last days of summer......

I'm savoring each and every one. 

This has been the first summer to really enjoy our new front porch addition.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I Can't Stop!

I'm finding it impossibly hard these days to keep the lid on the can of ASCP in Paris Grey that I bought a few weeks ago. 

It started innocently enough with this project

                                    and then it moved over to this project,

                                                                          and now look what has happened.  

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Mini Makeover

You've got to be really careful when you open up a can of that Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

It just gets all over everything.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Another One Bites the Dust

If you've hung around on my blog for a while you may remember the love affair I have with orchids.

You can read all about this one-sided relationship here.
I go over in detail everything I have tried to get them to thrive.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tabletop Tweak

Have you given up on me??

I wouldn't blame you a bit.

It seems that my list of things I GOTTA do has really taken over the list of things I WANNA do.

But today the gotta dos are taking a back seat.  I just can't take another BLOGLESS day.

I just did something for the very first time.  Something to this unsuspecting coffee table.