Painting Acorns With Laura and Duane

My boyfriend Duane came over to my house with a big bag of acorns! Yay!
 We were going to paint them, so he collected them for us. But first I had to get them
prepped and ready for painting. I put them into a colander in my kitchen sink and rinsed
them with water, washing off any dirt and mud. Next I towel dried them and spread 
them all out on a large cookie sheet (use one that has a lip, such as a jelly roll pan) and
I baked them in a warm oven at 200 degrees for at 30-60 minutes to dry them out. 
Once I turned off the oven, I let the acorns sit in the oven to cool. 

When we were ready to paint our acorns, we covered the table with 
newspaper and put the acorns in a big bowl. 

We didn't use any fancy supplies. I had some acrylic paints on hand
in a variety of colors, so we used those, along with a variety of craft
paint brushes. A plate or piece of cardboard serves as a great palette.

 Glasses go on to paint, and off when he starts taking photos!

 The easiest acorns to paint were the ones that had a little bit of stem.
That gave you a place to hold them!
But we still got paint all over our hands :)

I found that you need a pretty steady hand to avoid getting paint on
the acorn cap! (the cap is top part of the acorn)

 Once we painted the acorns, we placed them onto a piece of 
wax paper and set them aside to dry. 

I think we both agreed that the turquoise ones were pretty awesome!

Check out our way cool acorns!

"Hey that one turned out awesome!"

 Once they dry you can coat them with modge podge or another sealant. 

We used the toothpick to try and swirl around the
paint on a few of them.

I found that if you paint them orange they look like pumpkins!

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Decorating With Unusual & Unique Pumpkins for Autumn and Halloween

It's common to decorate for autumn and Halloween with pumpkins and Jack O' Lanterns, 
but how about doing something a little bit different this year?

Take a look at these unique and creative pumpkin decorations and maybe you'll be
 inspired to try something new too!

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Broken China Jewelry Charm Bracelets

Take a peek at the heart charm bracelets that I made from broken vintage and 
antique china. Each is listed for sale in my Etsy shop.

I like to adorn each bracelet with a variety of beads and gems. I most often use
pearls and crystals, and I always use solid sterling silver bracelet chains.  These
are very time intensive to create, mostly due the the small size of the heart charms.
Each heart is about 7/8" to 1" in size, and the smaller the size the more difficult to
make! I love putting these together. I find that the process of digging through my 
beads and gems to match up beads with the colors in the china hearts is a fun
process, though it does sometimes take me a while to find just the right coordinating
bead, I guess because I tend to be a perfectionist and I really try to make each one
perfect! Hope you like them. Click the photos to see them in my shop.

Antique porcelain with pink roses

Broken China Jewelry Heart Charm Bracelet Nouveau Roses with Pearls and Gemstones
Antique Art Nouveau rose china

Broken China Jewelry Heart Charm Bracelet sterling with Pearls and crystals made from a broken plate
Antique porcelain china with pink roses

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