Getting the Looking Glass Effect

I'm in love with this project and can't wait to make more glamorous sparkly things!

Here's what I did:

First of all you will need clear glass objects to work with.
You will also need a water bottle and a well-ventillated area to spray paint.

I hung my glass ornaments by string on my easel and set it up in my backyard.

Spritz the ornaments with the water bottle.
Spray them evenly with the Krylon Looking Glass spray paint.
Let dry.

 They are so beautiful with the drops of water and paint on them, don't you think.
Once they dry, repeat the process one or two more times until you achieve the desired effect.
I love how it reminds me of antique mirrored glass.

Here is the finished candy jar  (painted on the outside only)


 The ornaments were a great accent to my display this weekend at a Holiday Open House show.

As always, I would love to see your pictures if you try this project. Thanks!
Have fun painting!

Making a Bible Cover

In this tutorial I used: scraps of upholstry and decorative fabrics, leather, a magnetic button snap closure and an old mini picture frame.

 I started by sketching out ideas for a pattern. I measured the length, width and thickness of my Bible and added a little extra for hemming the edges and folding over the inside fabric to make the pockets.
With a pencil and ruler I marked the cut lines on the inside of my green lining fabric.
I pieced together my leather, trim, and scrap strip.
 The leather I used was a very soft and fairly thin piece.
 * If your leather is thicker you will probably need a leather needle on your machine (trust me I've broken a few regular ones before I went out and bought the right kind)
 Here I have matched up the green lining with the front (right sides together). I trimmed where necessary to make sure it was a perfect fit. Then I sewed around all four sides leaving a small opening on one end so I could turn it right side out.
 Then I pinned and topstitched the ends on each side.
 Note: I ironed the fabrics that could be ironed to make it lay nice and flat. (do not iron leather, yikes!)
I folded over the end pieces and made sure that my Bible would fit. Then I hand stitched the folded over pocket pieces that would hold the Bible in place. Done.

You will see in these photos that I did add a couple of extras. I sewed a small strip of elastic on the front pocket to hold my pens. I also used a 1.25" wide strip of leather to make a closure. I sewed the leather strip on the back and put a magnetic button closure on the other end. Then I used a small old picture frame to decorate the front. I filled the frame with a piece of coordinating fabric, which I padded from the back side with a cottonball and hot glued on the small cardboard backing before using Weldbond glue to secure it to the leather strip. I also hand stitched the frame down to the leather strip to make sure it was really secure.
 The buckle-like closure doubles as a great page saver. ;)
Ok, so let me have it. What can I change or add to these Bible covers? Any suggestions? (Handles, zipper, more pockets, etc.......) Thanks everybody, I really appreciate your feedback.