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Rock and Stone Crafts – Gnomes and Gnome Homes

Did you know that you can color rocks with Sharpie permanent markers? In this video we show off our Gnomes and Gnome Homes as Rock Art. This is a fun craft to do yourself or with your kids during summer vacation. Sit and doodle on rocks, as you soak up the sun!

Hi Y’All,

I can’t wait to get started on today’s topic and craft.  It is a bit of a tongue twister so watch that eye tooth of yours and keep your tongue away so you can see what you are saying.  Grab your cup of stuff and a seat and sit a spell as I weave a story of make believe around you.Tea for two

Magical Worlds

Don’t we all have a little bit of the child in us and think about the awesome world of make believe?  I am one such person – how about you?  I love the idea of fairies, elves, mystical creatures and gnomes.  I know that they aren’t real – but every once in a while I like to let my imagination go a little and think about the “what if’s” in the magical world. Gnome Flowering Village I especially love to let my imagination run wild when I go some place that has all those miniature villages set up. It doesn’t matter if it is located in a store or someone’s garden.  Intelligently, you know no one lives in them (seriously, I do), but my imagination conjures up whole lives wrapped around those villages {sigh of enjoyment}.  Just a peek into the lives of those magical make believe creatures can give me back a little bit of my childhood and a sense of wonder.

Oh, The Displays . . .

Do you know anyone who has one of those magical places on display?  Aren’t they just the most intriguing eye candy?

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These are painted (not marker) Gnome Homes

My mom is one of those people who loves gardening and setting up all kinds of statues and fairyland items.  She creates a village of her own and lets her imagination go. She does like her gnomes and she’s not prejudiced – any size, style, make or material works for her.  At any time you might just find a gnome or two hanging around her place. You might find a two foot Mr. Gnome made of plaster standing next to a two inch Mrs. Gnome painted on a rock.  Do you know someone who would love a gnome or two?  Well, we at The Hard Hat Belles have the perfect craft for you to create for yourself or that special GNOME loving someone!

Mystical History

Did you know that gnomes were once one and the same with dwarfs?   Or that they were considered nature spirits – one with the elements?  The New World Encyclopedia website, states that “Paracelsus, a sixteenth century Swiss alchemist identified gnomes

Mixed Gnome Village of paint and markers
Mixed Gnome Village of paint and markers

as a class of nature spirits comprising earth elementals (in contrast to the air, water, and fire elementals). The class of gnomes has been considered to include satyrs, pans, dryads, elves, brownies, and goblins, some helping plants and animals, some helping humans, some reclusive ones staying underground or in dark forests, perhaps hoarding treasure, and others interacting mischievously or even harmfully with humans.”  Check out their website for more interesting facts about where gnomes originated.

Bring The Magical Gnomes Alive

There is a really cute animated movie called Gnomeo & Juliet, that brings the magic of gnomes to life.  A must see for young and the young at heart.

2011 Touchstone Pictures trailer story line: The greatest love story ever told, starring…garden gnomes? In “Gnomeo & Juliet,” Shakespeare’s revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover. The title characters have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they find themselves caught up in a feud between neighbors. With plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find a happy ending?

Gnome & Gnome Home Instructions

1.       Chose your perfect or not so perfect rocks.  I prefer not perfect to give the house or gnome character.RAC Rocks

2.       Gather your supplies:  1 med/fine black Sharp ie, Sharpies of colors you want your house and/or gnome to be, pencil, Mod Podge.

Rock Supplies

3.       Wash your rocks and allow to completely dry (otherwise the sharpies will smear).

4.       Very roughly outline your house details (you do not need to pencil details or the landscaping) and/or gnome with the pencil (not too darkly as you want the sharpie to cover over it).Rock Art Gnome Home Craft Outline

5.        Sharpie in the lighter colors first; your windows with yellow to look like the house is occupied; gnome body color and eyes. You get the idea.Rock Art Craft Gnome HOme

6.       Next sharpie in the main color of the house and body of the gnome around all the other details.  Don’t worry about getting right next to the other colors as you will come back later and outline them in black.ARAC Step1fillhouse

7.       Sharpie in the door and gnome with any unique details you wish to add.  Finished gnome home

Gnome Outline

8.       Touch up any missed or messed up areas – some flaws of the rock will make it uniquely yours.

9.   Allow to completely dry – preferred 24 hours.

10.   Paint on two coats of Mod Podge allowing each coat to dry in between completely.  This will seal your Sharpie workmanship.Mod Podge Coats

11.   Gnome and Gnome home complete.

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Now all you need to do is find that special gnome and gnome home a permanent home.  Please share with us how your Gnomes and Gnome Homes turned out below in our comments.

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Personalized Hammer: An Easy Quick Gift For The Tool Loving Man (or Woman) In Your Life

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Are you stumped as to what to get for your husband, your Dad, or grandpa as a Father’s Day gift or any tool loving person? Stick around and we will share how to make a practical personalized gift for the tool loving people in your life! The cool thing about this gift is that you can use (with permission) the wooden handled hammer your husband, Dad or grandpa already has in his toolbox.  So go ahead and nail this project to impress the them!

Hi Y’All,

Come on in and have a seat.  Would you like coffee or tea?  Please help yourself.  With Father’s Day coming up, we thought we’d should you how to create your very own Personalized Hammer for your loved one!

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Personalized Hammer

 

Father’s Day is fast approaching and Wiebke and I wanted to give you a quick , easy, inexpensive craft that you or the kids can make for that special man in your life.Peonie and wooden hammers

We truly think that all those fathers, grandpas, or significant males in your life will love the “personal” aspect of this craft as you can make your message specific to each of them….And by the way – this isn’t only for males!  If you have a tool loving woman in your life any wooden tool that can be sanded will work too! The same method will work.

Who Represents Your Father Figure

I think all of us at one time or another has had a male figure in our life that has influenced who we have become.  Mine was my father.  Who was yours?

Understanding Dad

I really didn’t understand my dad until I was much older and had children of my own.  Don’t you think that seems to be the case for most of us? My dad was grew up in a generation where you were considered a good and successful father if you provided a roof over your family’s head and enough food to eat.  You know  those fathers – the generation of fathers who grew up watching Leave It To Beaver, Father Knows Best or Make Room For Daddy. I have to say that Dad was a VERY good provider.

From This Child’s Perspective

Success as a father was measured differently during those days compared to today.  Now fathers are much more involved in the raising of their children, often times sharing equal time and participation with the mothers. I don’t know about your house, but in our house my father was a huge presence.  I was small and he seemed SO tall and his voice was deep. He would go to work, come home and we’d eat dinner at a specific time. Then he would nap on the couch afterwards because he worked long hours. My dad wasn’t a person who was big on showing affection with his children.  We had a sense that he cared and loved us, but there wasn’t a lot of sitting on his lap to read stories or for cuddle time.  Do you think it might have had something to do with having six children and finding the time?

Dad’s All Grown Up

As I grew older Dad seemed to grow up or I should say my perspective grew up and I started to connect with him on a different level.  I think as we become adults we start seeing our fathers as men with personalities instead of this big presence in our lives who was just a provider.  All of a sudden it seemed to me that he became very interesting and he had opinions I was interested in hearing.  His sense of humor was wonderful and could be contagious and appreciated.  He got smarter too! My dad wasn’t perfect,  but he was Dad, who did the best he could. He passed away in May 2010 and I miss him.

Who was your major male influence?  Was it a brother, uncle, friend, step-father or father? Did they grow up too when you grew up?

I would like to leave you with this piece of advice.  Life truly is short and we really do not how long we have with our loved ones.  Please work hard (because life is not easy) to cherish those loved ones every single day!

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO DADS EVERYWHERE

Personalized HammerPersonal Hammer Supplies

To make this easy gift, all you need is a hammer with a wooden handle, some fine grit sandpaper, damp paper towel, permanent markers, Mod Podge, a foam brush, and some ribbon or raffia. If you are not confident of your handwriting or printing you can use stencils or stickers instead of the permanent marker.

  1. Sand down one side of the hammer’s handle to rough up and wear down the clear coat.Sanding the hammer
  2. Use a damp paper towel (or rag) to wipe off the sandpaper dust. Make sure the handle is clean and dry for the next step.Personalized hammer sanded
  3. Take the permanent markers and write out your message. (VeeBee is a control freak, so she did a few practice runs to make sure she would have her spacing just right.)Write out personal message
  4. Brush a coat of Mod Podge over the written message.  Let the Mod Podge dry for 15-20 minutes and brush on a second layer and set aside to dry.Add Mod podge to personal hammer
  5. Tie a bow around the hammer and you are ready to give a special Father’s Day gift.Completed personalized hammers

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And there you have it! Please let us know how you nailed this project in the comments below.

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Decorate Easter Eggs – Minions, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, & The Hard Hat Belles

Decorating Easter Eggs With Character

Hi Y’all,

Come on in and see what we’ve been up to with Easter Egg decorating.  We have all the details y’all need below. So grab your cup-o-stuff and a seat and we’ll get started.

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I have always loved decorating Easter Eggs. When my kids were very little I got to shine with my creativity because they had very little interest in decorating other than to color the eggs.  They loved to dunk the eggs in those lovely rainbow colors (later they moved on to stickers and crayons).  I would have to limit their dunks per egg as they felt the more colors the egg was dunked into the better -you know where you end up with a greenish brown yuck color.  We usually ended up with a lot of those anyway.

As time moved on they ended up taking over the Easter egg decorating as their own creativity had taken over.  Where I once reigned I was now regulated to an observer position and if I was fortunate they would ask my opinion once in a while (which drizzled to zilch eventually).  Then I was regulated to the “ooh” and “ahh” position.

To Decorate or Not To DecorateMinions and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Now that all my kids are grown and busy with their own lives I have been sitting here thinking about “should I” or “shouldn’t I” decorate Easter eggs this year?  Seriously, it’s not a third world problem and probably not a one world problem; but hey – it’s my little world.  I really hadn’t given it much thought until Wiebke and I filmed the video Minion and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Character Easter Eggs (Whew! Pretty long title – say that fast ten times).  Then the “decorate Easter eggs” bug hit me.  I think it is more the memories that are generated when my kids where younger than anything else.  On the other hand, I do like to craft and create and as an extra bonus – I like boiled eggs.

I started thinking about all the different designs on Google, Pinterest, and some magazine websites I looked through (like Real Simple). The decorate some Easter eggs bug is there, but do I have enough time to do it myself.  I have decided that a day or two before Easter I will see if my super busy schedule allows me enough time.  That way I have taken the pressure off and have given myself permission either way.

Egg Safety

In our video and the directions below we used some empty plastic eggs I had laying around my house.  These eggs will last FOREVER!  But if you do like I do and boil “real” eggs to decorate; you will want to know if your raw eggs are fresh and still safe to eat.  Check out this pin  we pinned to our Yummy and Easy Recipe board on Pinterest to find out.

Supplies Needed For Super Easy Character Eggs

Character Easter Egg Supplies

Plastic Easter eggs (blue & yellow for Minion; green for TMNT; pink for THHB), colored washi tape (or any tape of choice cut to 1/8″-1/4″ width), scissors, glue dots (or Elmer’s glue or a glue gun), a black sharpie marker, and wiggly eyes.

For Minion Eggs

  • Take the plastic blue and yellow eggs apart.Minion Character Egg Parts
  • Mismatch them, putting a yellow top and blue bottom together.
  • Cut pieces of black tape off  to fit around the egg stretching slightly as you go (we used two hands).Character Minion black tape applied
  • Stick the tape towards the top of the yellow half for the Minion glasses strap.
  • Using glue dots (or glue of choice) attached wiggly eyes into place.Character Minion wiggly eyes applied
  • Take the black sharpie marker to draw on hair and a mouth.Use Black Sharpie to apply

For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Eggs

  • Take the plastic green eggs leaving them together.Character Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Cut pieces of tape (orange, red, blue & purple) off  to fit around the four different egg heads (Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello).Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle washi tape applied
  • Place the tape around the middle of the green egg stretching slightly as you go (we used two hands).Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles eyes
  • Using glue dots (or glue of choice) attached wiggly eyes into place.

    Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello
    Raphael, Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo

BONUS: For The Hard Hat Belle Eggs

  • Take the plastic pink eggs leaving them together.
  • Print out THHB (or your) picture on plain printer paper.
  • Cut picture out carefully.
  • Brush on Mod Podge to back of the  picture and place on egg.
  • Let dry.
  • Add wiggly eyes.
  • Modpodge over picture and egg once to seal

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    Peonie, THHB, DDDenine, VeeBee

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Fun, Simple, Quick Valentine’s Day Craft – Tile Plaque

Bible Verse Proverbs 18:24Welcome back to The Hard Hat Belles way to DIY (do it yourself) and LIY (learn it yourself).  Do it, learn it and laugh!!

If this is your first visit, you are in for a treat! Please grab your favorite cup-of-stuff, sit back, kick your feet up and enjoy.Tea for twoI love Valentine’s Day – don’t you? Although I think each day should be Valtentine’s Day.  Seriously, it shouldn’t take just one day a year for us to acknowledge or love on our loved ones whether it is a husband, boyfriend, friend, kid, mom or dad. We should do it everyday that we have with them.

I think I am especially sensitive to this since I lost my husband a little over a year ago.  I wished I could have hugged him more and told him more how much I loved him…..how special he was to me.  We didn’t spend 32 years together just because we had to; it was because we cared and loved one another.  We were partners. Not mine or yours, but ours as that old Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda movie went. Life is tough enough when we go it alone, but in this business of living together and raising a family as one unit their needs to be a partnership as God intended.

Okay – I am going to rant a bit if you want to put your hands over your ears right now. I don’t understand some of today’s generation. This mine or yours stuff….never ours?  You know what I am talking about – it usually revolves around money –  separate checking and saving accounts. Or you each have YOUR own bills to pay – separately. Or buying groceries separately with YOUR own money.  I am not saying all relationships are that way, but I have run into this mind set within my own family, friends and contacts.  It’s crazy if you ask me.  God created us to be dependent on each other. Can you just picture Adam telling Eve – That’s not your rib, it’s mine and I want it back?  Or it’s your fault I ate the apple so you deal with this problem – it’s not mine! Or Eve telling Adam since he ate the dang apple he can suffer all those ridiculous labor pains! Hilarouious, isn’t it. It shouldn’t be your money or my money – it should be our money regardless of who is making it and paying the bills.  It is those tough times as well as the good times that build the relationship into a lasting memorable one. Those battles that are unique to “our” relationship. If we are not partners and we start with a “mine” or “yours” how can we make things work out for the best “together?”

Just a quick unpaid for plug – The Dave Ramsey Financial Plan is awesome.  Wiebke and I both went through the program with our husbands at different times and it really made a difference in how we each looked at finances and our spouses.

Anyway, enough about my thoughts and onto some really fun crafting time.  These Valentine Tile Plaques are super easy to do alone, with a friend, your child or grandchildren. Wiebke and I had a blast!  Check us out HERE.

Do you like Pinterest and Google?  Sometimes, we come across ideas on Facebook that one of our friends will have posted and we just have to give it a try.

Peonie, Wiebke and I LLLOOOVVVEEE to check out Pinterest or Google when we are looking for ideas or ways to do something differently and then of course we put our own unique spin on it.  The Valentine’s Day Tile Craft is one such idea.  We checked out a few different Pinterest and Google ideas and put our own unique spin on it.  We hope you love it as much as we do.Peonie Barbie Wannabee and PlaquesThe instructions for the Tile Craft are listed below, but first we did find a few things we tried that did and didn’t work out (failed).

  • We tried the rolling pin idea that someone else posted to roll out the bubbles the paper makes…..complete fail as it tore the paper while it was wet with Mod Podge.
  • We really liked using the hot glue gun to put the buttons on as it dried really quickly and we could build on the design.  I just recently used a “cool” glue gun at my son, Jason’s house for a craft with my grandkids and I think that is my new favorite thing to use.  I was forever burning my fingers with the hot glue gun as I was always in a hurry for instant results.
  • For faster drying results a fan on the project will definitely cut down on your drying time.  Can you tell I like things done quickly?

Now on to the actual crafting (rubbing my hands together).

 ITEMS YOU WILL NEEDValentine's Day Tile Craft Supplies

Ceramic tile – the size is up to you.

Scrapbooking papers – use your imagination (tissue paper, gift wrap, construction etc).

ModPodge – you can purchase it or search Pinterest/Google for homemade.

Bling/Ribbons/Lace – This is where you can get really creative (buttons, beads, various ribbons, gems, small fabric flowers etc).

Sponge brush (we found that this leaves less streaking on craft projects).

Hot or Cool Glue Gun (you can also use tacky glue or white school glue – it just takes longer for drying period).

Scissors (you can use a variety of different cutting styles and tearing techniques).

Acrylic Spray Sealer (optional).

Please use caution when using the hot glue gun, scissors and acrylic spary sealer. Please see disclaimer here.

  • Cut one sheet of scrapbook paper(s) to the size of the tile. You can use different sizes of paper to create a unique design as well. You can be creative and use special scissors or even tear it.
  • Cover the whole tile with Mod podge, using a sponge brush. Place the paper on top of the tile.  Press out all the bubbles as best as you can.
  • Cover the scrapbook paper(s) with another layer of Mod Podge and let it dry for about 30 minutes.
  • ŒAttach ButtonsUse a hot glue gun (or your choice adhesive) to attach buttons, lace, bling etc. to the tile.
  • If you want to add a sealer, you can use an acrylic spray sealer to finish off the tile, however that is optional as the Mod Podge seals very well on it’s own.
Completed Craft Tile
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