A mini bucket, that is.
There is a restaurant in Wichita called "Logan's Roadhouse" (it's a chain restaurant) that has some of it's desserts served in mini buckets. I've collected a few but never done anything with them. Then the other day my boss brought in a couple. His wife didn't think they should keep them but he thought something could be done with them. He ended up giving them to me.
That's when I remembered that Boss's Day was October 16 and I'd missed it. So guess what I did?
Yep, I gave one of the buckets back to him. It looked a little different than when I got it, though.
These little buckets have the restaurant logo on them, which I had to take off. It used to be a sticker but they paint it on now. I took some sandpaper to it but didn't get the whole logo off so I ended up painting over it. I used what paint I had on hand and it needed to co-ordinate with the thread I was going to use. Originally I had planned to use a red button in the center so I chose green paint instead of red. After I had painted it I changed my mind. Oh, well, it still came out looking okay.
I used Lizbeth #638, Christmas Green in size 20. There are two layers of tatting, the bottom/outside having silver beads. I glued a flat-backed diamond gem in the center to brighten it up a bit. The top looked kind of bare so I put a stand of silver ribbon around it. I couldn't get a bow to look good so I tatted a ring with lots of beads on it then glued it down with another, smaller, flat-backed gem in the center.
I also added some candy to it. It looked pretty cute and the boss liked it, so I would say it was a success.
I have a couple other of these buckets I think I'll do similarly. I'm going to try to get the logo off better and use a more contrasting paint for whatever thread I use. This didn't take me very long to do so will make excellent small gifts with a little candy in the center.
I met some alpacas at the store the other day....
Yes, alpacas in the store. Odd Balls, a yarn shop in Newton, Kansas, had an event weekend and brought some alpaca
into the store.
Alpaca fiber is used to make yarn and is similar to wool. They had a display set up showing some of the uses of the fiber.
It was interesting to see the different natural colors the fiber comes in.
I didn't have time to stay long as I heard about it just before leaving for work. The store does this every year, so I guess I'll have a chance to go again next year. I've done a bit of web surfing since then to learn move about them. Here's
a link to ten fun facts about alpacas if you'd like to know more, too.
Labels: alpaca, bucket, gifts