Sunday, December 29, 2013

Thought for the Day

"It's important to have a good vocabulary.  If I had known the difference between the words antidote and anecdote, one of my good friends would still be living." - John McDowell

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Holiday Project - Gumball Tree

Holiday Gumball TreeWhen we lived in Virginia Beach - around the mid 1970's - Mom crafted glitter holiday decorations out of sweet gumball pods.  I don't know where those went - but the idea stuck in my head.

In 2008, I collected a bag full of gumballs from two massive giant sweet gums across the street (which unfortunately have since been felled).  I put them in the garage.  And forgot about them.

Unearthed the bag a few weeks ago and got started.  Picked up a Styrofoam cone, glitter, spray adhesive and glue sticks for the hot glue gun at Joann Fabrics then had to stop in at True Value for some silver metallic spray paint.

I sprayed the cone down with the silver paint.  Then I snipped away the stems on the pods and started gluing away.  Mid-way, it was clear I didn't have enough pods and the gumballs I found on the ground in the area were soggy and in pretty rough shape.  So, I turned to the internet and snapped up a box of dry and craft-ready gumballs off eBay for a reasonable price and free shipping.  

They came quickly - and it was onward to the top!  [The slight difference in gumball color because of the break calls to mind the Washington Monument stone color change.]

Then two coats of silver overall and atop that the spray adhesive and glitter.

Very pleased with the final result. It sparkles from every angle.

And it takes me back many Christmases every-time it catches my eye.