(Moms, Sons, Dads)
A few weeks ago my family and I set out to take the 2 to 2 1/2 hour journey, not only to visit my Mom but, to visit the MANY yard sales popped up everywhere along HWY 127. Maybe you have heard of the HWY 127 Corridor Sale that takes place every year the first weekend in August (starting the Thursday prior)? If not, you can find more information about it here: HWY 127 Sale. It has grown so much that it now stretches from Alabama to Michigan!
Our son decided to take advantage of this rare opportunity and spend time with his Ging-Ga (grandmother). So, my husband and I set out to find a few "Treasures" or "Junk" depending on how you look at it (big grin) on our own. Dark clouds started to peek over the mountain top just as we arrived to the local spot that we frequent every year and as we parked...it started to rain. When we entered the first booth the rain started pouring down...just our kinda luck (big grin)! We still did not let that stop us! We took our comfy old shoes off, my husband rolled his pant legs up a bit and we continued on playing in the rain...like the big kids that we are running and jumping from booth to booth or at least to the ones that didn't close up! We even took the time to splash each other and steel a moment as though it was almost 15 years ago when we first met...
another "treasure of a day" in our life book! ;o)
Along our running, jumping and playing from booth to booth, I stumbled upon this little "treasure"!
What an inspiration as I spotted this helpless hummingbird laying there all alone among the many tables loaded with tubs and boxes of jewelry with missing or broken pieces. ;o) My mind flooded with ideas...another reason for visiting the area. I love to frequent craft stores, yard sales, thift stores and the like...if nothing more than to window shop for inspiration! OH...the inspiration that turns my little light bulb on (big grin)!
One of the many ideas for this piece and (as you can see) the one that stuck with me...for repurposing this beautiful little hummingbird with plenty of life left...was designed by using Connie Rios-Relyea's Tutorial for her Ice De Cristal Silk Components. Don't forget to visit Connie on her Facebook Page.
Here is a close up of his little friend...again using Connie's technique at the link above.
We also used a few items on hand from B'Sue Boutiques. We matched the back by sealing it with Metallic Green Acrylic Paint and Diamond Glaze!
One thing I did learn as I have now ran around several days sporting a new look (chunk of hair on my right side gone) is to make sure that I braid and pin my hair "up" while using Ice Resin! I did have it clipped back but, as I bent over the table to reach another flower my hair slipped over my shoulder and down into the cup of resin. Yes, my hands were still in gloves covered with resin and holding the brush. What would your first instinct be...grab your hair to get it out, right? Yep, that's exactly what I did (big grin)! My husband says it doesn't look bad and stated I just fit in more (big grin)! My son...well, he was a barrel of laughs until he realized I had to cut my almost waist length hair, his comfort blanket when he was little. I can not wait until my hair dresser gets back in on Friday!
Anyway, I think the hummingbird has finally found a wonderful home...don't you?
It's definitely not a Spoon (big grin)!
Again, stepping out of our...COMFY OLD SHOES (big grin)!
Hope you enjoyed our Hummingbird Pendant!
Off to tackle the matching necklace to adorn this beautiful piece!
Have a blessed week!