Small Folk Fairy Wand diy Ideas

One of the things that I’ve been inspired to create are fairy wands.

I love nature. I sense a lot of wonder and magic in nature. I easily see nature spirits, especially in trees, rocks and flowers.

About a year ago, I was inspired to take a course in Fairies and received a certificate in fairyology!

Sometime after I finished the course I was inspired to create fairy wands.

I’m still at the start of this idea but I’ve created two so far.

I collect wood sticks that I pick up on my hikes, along with rocks and driftwood. As for sticks, I pick up what I consider good sticks for walking, guiding my dogs on a path or to point and reach. So, I already had sticks on hand to start. Most everything I already had on hand: acrylic multi-surface paint, feathers, wire, twine, glue, glitter, tulle, fancy stickers and small crystal wands.

The first one I made is right below.

DIY Fairy Wand

On this first one, I tried to wire wrap the crystal to the stick. This was a little bit trickier than I had expected. I used glue to make sure the crystal wouldn’t fall out of the wire wrapping. There ended up being some glue residue. I used E6000. I don’t think I’d use this glue again for something like this.

DIY Fairy Wand

At the end of the wand, I stuck some gem style stickers onto the tulle bow. This created a fun light-hearted child-like look. Great for making wishes come true here and there!

In the second version of the fairy wand, I decided to use a tiny little stick I had kept, hoping that one day it would come to life. The little stick finally found a purpose. And it was a great purpose …a fitting fairy wand for small folk.

This time I knew that wire wrapping a crystal to a stick this size would probably not work out so well for me. Then it hit me. I needed some kind of plaster or clay. It does still incorporate wire though; it further enhances the wand’s energy!

diy small folk wand

Here’s another side of it..

diy small folk wand

I like how this version turned out overall. I’d like to improve the sculpting of the clay … next version!

The clay I used worked magically. It’s called Premier and it’s light weight stone clay. I found it at my local Michael’s store.

I went through a bunch of clay descriptions before I decided to venture on this one. The Premier stone clay turned out to be just what I was hoping it would be. I’m happy with it. I think it will really help me to bring ideas to life.

Oops! I almost forgot to show the final touch I added to it. It’s the leather strapping around the wand handle. DIY Small Folk Fairy Wand w Leather

I’m excited to work on the next one!

Until next time … it’s the little things in life 👍 

History of Vintage Iridescent Carnival Glass

 

Carnival Glass Dishes

Carnival Glass.

Love it or not?

I’m guessing that if you’re doing some searching on carnival glass, there’s more love than not. Awesome. 🙂

Let me preface this post by saying I am not a collector of carnival glass but I enjoy and appreciate glass and glass art.

For me, the iridescence of carnival glass blows my mind. Yeah, I think it’s pretty amazing. It’s got the shiny object factor coupled with being from another time coupled with having an artistic flair. It’s very charming!

It was so interesting to find out that Carnival Glass was given that name only after it started being collected in the 1950’s. It was called that because this iridescent glass was given out to carnival goers of the 1900’s. If the carnival goer beat the game, they’d win the pretty art glass, instead of a huge stuffy panda (which btw I love).

How sweet is that?

I can just imagine a boyfriend winning a carnival game and giving the pretty shiny plate to his girlfriend. The lucky girl would gush and then get to keep the carnival glass plate as a token of one of the best days of her life. Awww….

From what I’ve read, carnival glass was like the “People’s Glass”. When carnival glass came on the scene there was already fancier more expensive art glass, such as Tiffany Glass and Steuben that were afforded by folks with more wealth. I found some references to it being called the “poor man’s Tiffany”. Maybe that was true. I don’t know. I wasn’t alive during early 1900’s. But here’s what I gather. Carnival Glass was dearly valued by people. Regular everyday folk kind of people valued it so much that they took care of it, treasured it and kept it for a looong time after it stopped being made. Maybe these folks couldn’t afford fancier top of the line glass. Regardless, during those times all homes needed color, something shiny to brighten dark places whether in their homes or in their lives. The bright colorful iridescent glass did that for them, brightened up their lives.

One thing stands out for me. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and treasures are priceless.

Carnival glass started getting made in the early 1900s and peaked around the 1920’s, when it began to fade in popularity, probably to do with the onset of the Great Depression.

Fenton Art Glass was one of the world’s most prominent producers of handmade art glass. In 1907, they were the first ones to introduce carnival glass to American homes. Five other companies followed: Imperial, Heisey, Cambridge, and Northwood.

Keep in mind that most of the early carnival glass had no markings. Later in production, they did have marks but Fenton pieces were never marked.

How was carnival glass made? Carnival glass was made by applying a metallic salt spray to a hot freshly pressed piece of glass. After the spray was applied, the glass was fired again. This is the basics of it. I want to keep this post short and basic. But, you can find more details about the process of making it on another web search. It’s an important part of the story of carnival glass.

In the 1950’s, early collectors started to take an interest in old glass. This brought on a carnival glass revival. Glass companies did end up reviving the iridescent glass and called it “Late Carnival”. So if you’re starting to collect this glass you will want to find out if your pieces are from the original productions or from the revival period.

Carnival glass is safe to use. If you plan to use your glass piece, be sure to care appropriately for your pieces. Don’t run it in a dishwasher. Hand wash it at room temperature and treat it gently. Extreme temperature changes can adversely affect it causing cracks and stress on the glass.

This carnival glass is available on my shop:

Image of Amber Carnival Glass Dishes

Hope you enjoyed learning a little about this cool iridescent vintage glass.

Until next time don’t forget: it’s about the little things!

Starbucks Bottled Black Cold Brew Coffee or Peet’s Baridi Black?

I’ve been making my cold brew at home for awhile now. I’ll share what I use to make it in another post. (It’s great). This post is not about my home made cold brew, but it is about bottled cold brew.

There are a lot of options out there nowadays for cold brew in a bottle. I’ve tried plenty of them, too. When inspiration hits, I’ll share about those here, too.

For today though, I’m talking about just two: Starbucks Black Bottled Cold Brew Coffee and Peet’s Baridi Black Bottled Cold Brew 


Image of Peets and Starbucks Bottled Cold Brews side by side

 

Which one?

For me, the choice is Peet’s Baridi Black Cold Brew. I love coffee and I don’t consider myself a coffee snob of any kind. While these aren’t the only cold brews I drink, I definitely drink these brands. Of these particular two, my first choice is the Peet’s and here’s why:

The Baridi is very flavorful. It also has a nice kick to it. It has a buzz you can feel. It’s smooth no bitterness. Let me just say, the Starbucks black coffee brew is not bad. That said, I find the taste somewhat bland. It’s light and smooth. For me this equates to a watered down taste, if you know what I mean. It doesn’t have that kick to it, either. Overall, I feel it lacks a sense of body compared to the Peet’s Baridi cold brew.

When I try these bottled black cold brews, I don’t have a high expectation. Part of me expects that it’s not going to be as good as the one I make at home. Generally, I check out these bottled cold brews with a “let’s see”, “let’s find out” outlook.

When I first tried the Peet’s cold brew I really kind of thought it would probably be mediocre. You know what Peet’s cold brew did though? Let me tell you. It surprised me.

Yeah, Peet’s Baridi cold brew surprised me. This is another reason that I prefer it over the Starbucks one. Maybe I wasn’t expecting it to taste as good as it does because I’m not a big fan of their regular in-store menu cold brew.

When it comes to in-store fresh, I prefer the Starbucks menu cold brew. It compares to the one I make at home (but I still like mine better).

Here’s some quick info about each

Peet’s Baridi Black is 5 calories, available in 10.5 oz. It’s an East African blend (sources from small holder farms). It’s bold and smooth and described as bright, juicy and aromatic. Cost is about $4.00

Starbucks Bottled Cold Brew Black is 15 calories, available in 11 oz. It has 3 grams of carb. It’s described as super smooth with a hint of cocoa notes. It’s comes from a blend of beans specially selected to brew without heat. Cost is about $3.00

I would love to hear what you think about these two. Do you like the Starbucks Black bottled cold brew or Peet’s Baridi Black cold brew?