old timer

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Playing with Leather, Thinking About Rugby

Hi guys!

Hey!  Leather and rugby go together ... don't they???  Yep!  They do.  Why???  I can sit and watch rugby while I play with some old leather belts.  See how easy that was?  I learned how to do that from my dad.  When I was a kid my parents used to send us to church with a friend.  Then mom ??? who knew what she did while we were gone.  BUT!  Dad ... oh he was smart.  He OFFERED to do the ironing.  YEP!  My dad, the mountain man, loved to iron.  Why?  He would sit in front of the TV and watch whatever sporting event was on.  Now ,,,, mom couldn't complain.  LOL!   SCHMART!!!

So ,,, here's what I'm playing with while I watched the USA Eagles and Seattle Saracens play rugby on the computer.

Check these out!!!  please ...

Leather and Rugby!

A few fun ones.

Crosses and scrap metals and leather.

Hearts and wings.  2 of my favorites.

EAGLE!!!  Like in USA Eagles Rugby Team.

That is a piece of copper plumbers tape.  Quite often
 rugby uniforms have stripes on them.  I thought
this piece of scrap was perfect for that. 
Yes, that's the original patina.

Skulls, holes and old leather. 
Brand new old cuffs.  :)

The graphics on this metal piece are gorgeous!

I didn't have the Eagle when I started this.  I need to
remake it or add a name and number to it.  That
will help fill in the big empty spaces I left on this.

This was a short piece of scrap that I thought I'd try.
  It flopped.  Why?  It's so stiff it won't wrap around
your wrist.  That's okay.  See ... I wasn't kidding
when I told you (over and over) ... not everything I
 make works out.  I have MANY, MANY failures.


Check out the back side of it.  I call this one
"Inside Secrets".  I used a felt pen on these to see
what it would look like.  Too messy...?

For bull riding!!!

As you can see ... I'm having fun while watching TV (through the computer)!!!  Give it a try.  It's fun.  What ???  You don't know what to watch .... hahaha!!!  Try this:::::

For more information click on this sentence. 
It will take you to the Eagles website. 

Or this sentence to get to their Facebook page.

I hope you get a chance to check it out!!! 
Maybe you'll get the rugby bug too!


Friday, August 21, 2015

Goodies ... I Found Goodies!

I love finding "crap" ... don't you??? 

I have this thing for finding things to use in "art work".   Even though I say I'm not going to make anymore ... I just can't help myself some times... like NOW!!!

The inside ...

close up ...

the outside of a sweet enameled bowl
with cut out holes. 

Silicone heart mold for some hypertufa hearts. 
I guess the tutorial should come next!

PUCKS!  Hockey pucks.  Why? 
Because you just never know???  


SCHWEET old wood hangers!!!!
There are getting tough to find.
Mainly for 25 cents or so each!!!

Oh I had fun.  NOW ... ????  How about a tutorial on hypertufa totems or silver ware wind chimes???

Friday, August 14, 2015

Look What I Found and more RUGBY!

Hi guys!

A short time ago I took an over night trip up to Burnaby, B.C. ......  Canada.

It's only a 2 hour drive.  So I went up to watch our National rugby team ,,, the USA Eagles.  It was the end of the tournament I went to California to watch.  Our team did great!  BUT!!!  I think I'm pretty smitten with the sport.  Right now I'm watching the Seattle Seahawks play and ... SORRY ... I'm bored.  I wait and wait and we throw the ball away.  Then I wait and wait and we run for a couple yards.  Then I WAIT AND WAIT!!!!!  In rugby ... there is NO WAITING!!!   NONE!!!  It's 40 minutes of go, go, GO!  Per half!!!

I finally started posting some of the rugby pictures that turned out okay on a separate place on my blog ... click here (Canada) and here (California) and it will take you to the page sections.  Sorry there aren't more.  Cheap camera, cheap seats, old eyes.  Enough said!!!

Anyway ,,, I found out there were over a dozen thrift shops close to the stadium and on my way home.  So I decided to spend the night and see what I could find.  HEY!  The exchange rate is 31% in my favor!  In other words ... spend $100 and I only have to give up $69.  Kind of!  First you have to find someone who will give you that rate.  HAHAHA!  Good luck!  I use a credit card.  They give me the 31%, but they charge me 3% to do it.  CHEAP!   Easy.  DONE!

SO ... here's a couple fun pieces I found on my way home...

Souvenir Spoons

I love the fancy spoon handles and bowls.

Some have charms hanging on them.

Some are foreign countries.

OH ... and a tea bag holder. 
Hey!  Isle of Man

I think some of the handles would make great rings ....

or pieces of bracelets ...

or pendants ....

or earrings.

FUN FINDS!!!  I'm going up this winter to watch hockey in Vancouver ... more finds please!!!


I had a ball watching rugby.  It was a beautiful day.  The weather was amazing and the view ....

The view of the field and it's surrounding
area was amazing!

A Canadian rugger and a volunteer.  Both very nice
gentlemen.  Sorry the pic is blurry!

Danny Barrett rockin' that man bun! 
 Just try to call him a sissy!

Or him ... this man is a giant!  Meet Tonga!!!

I told you the view was AMAZING!!!

By the way ... we won in the last seconds of the game.

More finds coming soon! 

Friday, August 7, 2015

This Healthy Smoothie is My Latest Must Make

Hi guys!!!

How's it going out there???  Has your weather been as crazy as ours in the Northwest has been???  It's been so hot.  Last week I was in the store and I spotted some wonderful red grapes for a pretty good price and I thought of a party we went to when I was still in high school.

YES!  I can remember that far back ... LOL!  Okay.  So this was about 40 ... plus years ago.  BUT!  Our family went to a party where one thing on the table was a grape, on a toothpick, that was covered with cream cheese or sour cream, then rolled in crushed nuts.

I never did learn exactly what was on those grapes, but, this is soooo close.  Those were so good ... well, I kind of ate too many of them.  tee hee hee!!! 

This is what I would call a tart, clean, refreshing taste for a smoothie.  You are more than welcome to change anything on here you'd like.  BUT!  This has become my new go to snack or light lunch.

BTW ... I like my smoothies REALLY thick.  Like eat it with a spoon thick.

YUM!  Pretty!!!


Greek Yogurt - Plain
FROZEN - Red Grapes (your choice of grapes!)
Rice Milk - or any liquid you like (you might not need it)
Sweetener - I used Steviva.  You can use anything!  You might not need it if you use yogurt with a sweetener already in it.

I bought myself a Ninja blender a while back.  Oh did I get a good deal.  Have you ever noticed that most of my blog posts are about good deals?  With just one income they have to be good deals!!!

Let's start.

Put about 1 cup of frozen red grapes in the individual serving cup of your Ninja or regular blender jar.

Add about 1 cup of yogurt.

Top with 10 to 15 almonds.

You really want to put the almonds or grapes where
the blades will get to them first.  The blades need
something to grip so they can blend quicker and easier.

Blend!  I want my smoothie really thick so I don't add any liquid.  This was tough on my old blender.  It's easy with my Ninja. 

The longer you blend this ,,, the warmer the ingredients get, the thinner the smoothie gets.  I only blend mine until all the ingredients are smooth, not chunky.  A chunk or two won't hurt you though!

If this is too thick for you, add a little bit of liquid.  Start with a small amount and add more if you need it. 

At this point you can try your drink.  If it's too tart (and it sure can be!!!) add some sweetener.  I added about 1/2 of the small dipper you see in the picture to my drink.  It still had a little bite to it.  I like mine that way.

Just put your sweetener in the blender jar and whirl for a couple seconds.  Ready to "eat".  LOL~ mine you eat with a spoon.

SO GOOD!!!  It's chilly, tasty, healthy and
it needs to be fuller!  LOL!


Well, unless you find something else you'd like to add to it ... like cinnamon!!!  YUM!  It will change the taste ,,, but, that's okay!!!  Cinnamon is very good for you, as are the rest of the ingredients in this recipe.

I hope you try this and like it!!!


Sunday, August 2, 2015

How To Make Plant Markers with Metal and Wood PLUS a Winner

Hi guys!!!

Let's start with a winner.  It's always fun to get the good news first ... right?   Our new friend Susan was kind enough to give me a few new ideas for some goodies to make using those funky plasma cut pieces of metal.  Remember those???  I'm going to get some of those goodies in the mail to her real soon!!!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!  Your ideas were so much fun!

Well, she's given me a few fun ideas... so, let's start with the easiest (to me) first.  One thing she and others have asked for is a tutorial or two using tools.  I grew up in an area you would consider country.  I was lucky enough to have a father and 2 grandfathers who loved to make things using power and hand tools.  Someone was always building something.  So, while they were gone, I got out their tools and built things too.  I was a lucky little girl because I never cut off my fingers using the power table saw.  I had to stand on something in order to reach the blade!!!  OOPS!  If I caught my kids doing that ,,, they wouldn't sit down for a week after the spanking they would have gotten.  My daughter was older when she finally found my tools.  You see she didn't clean up her messes as well as I did as a kid!!!   EEK!!!!!  She just couldn't believe that I knew she'd been in the garage.  She did good though!!!

SO!  Let's make what I would call the easiest for using tools.  She would like to make plant stakes using the metal cut outs. 

Let's start with wood stakes.  Maybe later I'll show you how to use a metal epoxy to "glue" metal to metal so you don't have to have a welder.  There are basically 3 steps to each stake we are going to build.  

First ,,, figure out what the wood "stake" should be. 

Second ,,, how are we going to mount the metal to the wood? 

Third ,,, how to drill a hole in the wood and/or metal.


Nails - a couple
Screws - a couple - if that is what you want to use
Screw Driver - the same type as the screw head has (flat or Phillips)
Twine - if you'd like to try making this type
Metal Wire - if you'd like to try making this type
*Saw (MAYBE!)  If you can find wood that's just the right size,,, you won't need a saw.

FIRST:   Here are a few different wood "stakes" I'm using.

I have so many different types of stakes ,,, so we'll use 5 different types.  This way you might see something you have in your garage.

SECOND:  Here are a couple ways to mount the metal on the wood.

We can use nails or screws ...

or wire/twine you have hanging around. 
This is my metal recycle bucket. 
I'll use the wire in it.

We can use screws, nails, wire or twine.  SORRY!  I DO NOT USE GLUE.  I rarely to never use glue for anything except mounting glass on glass.  I do use glue in wood joints that are put together with dowels, but those have nails or screws that go through the wood and dowels.  The glue is just a little extra help for that joint.

THIRD:  Let's "drill".        

I know drilling means one thing to you,,, but, to me.... it means putting a hole in something.  There are a couple different ways to do that.  I will show you 2 ways to "drill".

When you drill holes you have to feel the metal you are going to put a hole in.  If it's thick ... you can not use the nail method.  You must use a drill.  It can be a drill press or a hand drill.  The thicker the metal, the more you need the drill press.  If you can bend the metal ... try starting with a nail.

Get your hammer out.  I set my work on a
large wood board.  It's easier for this job.

Hit the nail HARD once.  You should find a nice little
hole in it.  Make a second one below it.

Did I measure?  NOPE!  We'll work on that later!

OR!  If you have a drill press, it's much easier!!!

This is what the bottoms of the holes look like.  The
top 2 are from a nail.  The bottom 2 are from
a drill press.  Either works great.

NOW!  Let's figure out what you want your piece to look like.  If you use a large stake, you will need to use a larger metal piece.  The balance of small to large pieces shows up at this point.  I'll show you what I mean in a few pictures.
Larger wood, larger metal.

Large wood, medium metal.

Large wood, small metal.  HMMM???

Large wood, tiny heart.  ICKY!

Smaller wood, large metal heart.

Smaller wood, smaller metal,,, but it's wide!  not bad!!!

Let's put one together!
Let's use this "dowel" (it's the handle of an old mop). 
See how the nail is too long.  Usually I would
cut the nail off.  Not this time!

2 nails.  One used, one new.
You can see how it will look from the front.

The nails were too long.  I just hit them all the
way through, then I hit the ends at an angle
so they would lay down.

Now let's make one where we wire it on.  You could use twine.  I had wire sitting right there, so I used it.

I used a fancy turned spindle, a metal cut
out and some scrap wire.

I used a piece of wire about 12 inches long.  I bent the
end like shown on the left.  I put it around the spindle
so the ends came out the other side.  
Think from the back to the front.

I wrapped the wires down the sides of the metal heart
and then pulled them to the back of the spindle.

Then I twisted the ends together and
cut off the extra length.

The finished look.  FUN!!!

Here are a few pictures of 5 finished plant markers.

Tall.  Short.  One metal piece on a stake.  
3 metal pieces on a stake.
Click on the picture to make it larger!

Tall with lots of room.  So, I used 3 pieces
of metal.  I would use a felt pen or chalk
 to write on the middle one.

There's a heart on each side.

I added 2 skinny hearts for leaves.

I love this little guy.  He's my favorite by far!!!

I hope you learned something here.  It's hard to tell you how to do something without taking page after page to explain things.  Remember one thing.  Art like mine is meant to be "sloppy".  I want these old pieces to look like a real vintage piece once I put it together.  I don't just want it to look old ... I want it too look ancient!

If you have any questions ... PLEASE ASK!!!  I'll tell you everything I know.