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Does anyone have a glass block like this? Last Christmas I bought this decorative glass block that had a painted snowman on the front and on the back there were small painted snowflakes.
I say WERE SNOWFLAKES because I scraped them off so that I could paint something different on the back. That way I could have a Christmas theme at Christmastime on one side and then after Christmas I could flip it to the other side and enjoy something different.  Well, you’ll see what I mean as we go along.
Here is the Christmas Glass Block. Isn’t it the cutest? I love the little snowman doing a happy dance. It has a set of tiny lights on the inside so the whole thing glows.
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I really still liked the snowman but I wanted something different for this time of year. Something for Spring and Summer.
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Here I am scraping off the snowflakes with a putty knife from the 50’s which I bought at a tag sale. I always buy putty knives, screwdrivers, and hammers – also misc. tools – at tag sales. They are so cheap and these items seem to walk away on their own in my house.
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At first I wanted to paint tulips so I painted on long tulip leaves.
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But somehow when I started painting the “tulips” they turned into roses so I went with the roses. My art teacher, Hank, always said if you start painting a tree and it turns out looking like the Brooklyn Bridge – go with the bridge. So that’s what I did. (Hank has lots of sayings that you’ll see interspersed here and there among my posts).
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I added some more pinks here and there. (Hank says that when you use a color in one part of the painting you should add that same color here and there throughout. It makes the whole painting look like it’s bathed in the same light. Should I mention here that Hank is an oil impressionist painter. He took lessons from Harold Wolcott whose works can be seen online also. Here is one of Hank’s paintings. You can see more of his paintings by going to Famous Artist’s School. He must still be teaching there. There is a bio on their site and more of his paintings. He also wrote a few books on impressionism painting.
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Back to the matter at hand…. I added in some more pinks and greens.
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When the paint was dry I wrapped this pretty wide pink ribbon around the whole thing. That added a base to glue the flowers on, too.
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I found some silk flowers and large, dark green leaves in another arrangement and put them into action here by hot gluing them onto the top of the block.
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Hmmm…. what more does it need?
It needs a bow!
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Now this fills out the top a little.
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Hank says that when you look at your painting don’t focus on just one part of the painting. Look at the whole painting. That’s what I try to do with my craft projects, too. The painting of the roses isn’t perfect but when you couple it with the flowers, the bow, and the lights, it’s a nice overall look.
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Here is a different view.
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Best wishes to all:
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At Christmas I guess I’ll just have to put a different bow on the top and turn it around. Who knows? Maybe I’ll paint something different on it next time. :)


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25 comments:

  1. Linda,
    Hello, I'm amazed at how pretty that glass block has turned out. You are really crafty.
    Love the bright pink color.
    Pat

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    1. Thank you, Pat. My kids say I'm good for crafts. :)

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  2. I am in love with it! You have great creative talent! Thanks for sharing it at the "Sunday Stop" party! Look for it to be featured next Sunday! Your wreath was a cutie too!!! Hugs,
    Bj

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    1. I love the Sunday Stop party! Will be back next Sunday again and thanks for featuring me! I love being featured. :)

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  3. So lovely! You have a way with paint & glass! So glad you linked up to Mop It Up Mondays. Thanks for stopping by!

    {HUGS},
    kristi

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    1. Mop It Up Mondays is one of my favorite parties and I hardly ever miss joining in on the fun. Linda

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  4. Oh I really like this! I need to make some of these and put them in our bathrooms. They would be make a great night light.
    Thanks for sharing at our Sunday Round Up! Can't wait to see what you have for us next weekend. Have a GREAT week!
    xoxo
    Heather

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    1. This is the second light I've had like this in our bathroom. I leave it on all the time. Thanks for commenting. Linda

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  5. Thanks for sharing this great idea with us at The Sunday Round Up.
    Hope to see you again next week.
    Rose
    http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

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  6. Flowers look gorgeous! Just wanted to let you know that I updated the button coding on Mauvin' Monday! Hopefully the new code works for ya!

    Cheers,
    Jessica

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  7. Flowers look gorgeous! Just wanted to let you know that I updated the button coding on Mauvin' Monday! Hopefully the new code works for ya!

    Cheers,
    Jessica

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    1. I'm going to check out the button right now. Thanks for letting me know. Take care, Linda

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  8. Cute and colorful! I found you at Joy 2 Journey's Sunday Stop!

    Liz

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. Will come visit you soon. Take care, Linda

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  9. Hi, Linda

    How lovely and cheery is your vase.

    Vanessa

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    1. Why thank you. It does look like a vase, doesn't it? Thanks for commenting. Best wishes, Linda

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  10. So lovely! Nice job! Thanks for sharing this at Romance on a Dime!!

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    1. I'm the one that's thankful. Thanks for the party, Betsy.

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  11. Beautiful repurpose. What a great idea. It looks adorable. I'll have to keep that in mind on my next trip to Home Depot. Your newest follower.

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  12. Wonderful idea Linda! Thanks so much for sharing at Project Queen's Link Party.

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  13. Linda it's beautiful. You did a great job. Thank you for linking to the Thursday Favorite Things Hop. I appreciate your bloggy friendship xo

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  14. Linda,
    You were featured at The "Sunday Stop" Linky party.
    http://joy2journey.blogspot.com/2012/05/sunday-stop-linky-party-11.html
    Come by to visit and pick up a button! Thank you for sharing with us. Hugs,
    Bj

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  15. LOVE IT!!!!!! I would so happily display this at my place :)

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!
    I'm looking forward to seeing what you link up this evening!

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