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Antique Mirror Glass – Understanding your options

As with many things, we all have choices to make. In Australia, the land of equality and freedom of speech, we have the ability to choose how we live depending on the way we were brought up and our personality. This freedom of self goes right down to the freedom of being able to choose how we decorate our homes or workplace and the way we pay for our choices. If your choice happens to be an antique mirror, you have the choice of how to obtain it by either paying for it or making it yourself.

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The most obvious option is searching for an antique on the internet using websites such as eBay and learning from television shows such as Antiques Roadshow as described on  This can be painstaking work because it takes hours, days, weeks, months, even years to find the exact mirror to fit your purpose.

However, there are easier options, such as paying someone else to make and design the mirror you have pictured in your mind. You basically pay someone to translate your idea into an object that can fit your personality and therefore your home or workplace. Websites such as offer a range of colours and styles of antique mirror glass as well as frames and fastenings. They can also research a desired effect for you if it is not listed on their website.

Of course, the cheapest option is to make an antique mirror yourself. Numerous websites provide instructions that you can follow and list all the materials required that you can buy from craft or warehouse stores. All you need to do is type in the keywords ‘how to distress a mirror’ in Google and you will understand how the professionals create such fine masterpieces without the added cost. Making one yourself can also bring out your creative side, be therapeutic and allow you to learn a new craft that others will admire and help you to feel accomplished. If cheap and fun coincides with your personality, this is the best option for you.

Tis the Season – For Craftsy Ideas!

No matter where you live, the seasons are an important part of the year. Despite the change of the seasons, parents are stuck trying to find ways to keep their kids entertained- raid or shine, snow or heat wave.

So here are some inexpensive craft ideas that will keep the kids happy and will help you all celebrate the coming of each wonderful season.

Winter Wonderland Crafts

Not everyone can enjoy the beauty and majestic powder that is snow, but you can still build your own snowman. Materials include: parchment paper, cotton candy, frosting, pretzel sticks, brown M & Ms, and candy corn. Roll the cotton candy into three different sized balls. Glue the cotton candy balls onto the parchment paper. Then glue down the pretzel sticks as the snowman’s arms. Glue the M&Ms down the front as button and eyes, and glue the candy corn to the face as his nose. Voila! You have an edible snowman!

Spring into Crafts

Spring is when the birds come out and the birdsongs begin. You and your child can make a bird feeder using a large pinecone, peanut butter, and birdseeds. Take the pinecone, and using a butter knife, smear the outside of the pinecone with peanut butter. Once the pinecone is covered in peanut butter, roll it in birdseed. Now hang it from a tree branch or the eaves of your house.

Summer Fun Crafts

In the summer, the best thing you can make is ice cream. Materials include: an old 3 lbs coffee can with lid, an old 1 lb coffee can with lid, crushed ice, an ice cream recipe (vanilla is yummy), sea salt, and a lot of arm muscle. Put the liquid ice cream into the 1 lb coffee can and place this can in the larger coffee can. Liberally pour the ice and seal salt around the smaller coffee can, put on the lid and shake, shake, shake until the liquid ice cream is firm enough to eat with a spoon.

Fall into Fun Craft Ideas

The Fall (Autumn), is the season of Halloween fun. Why not create a Jack-o-Lantern? Creating a Jack-o-Lantern is easy and even provides you with pumpkin seeds to roast. Buy a pumpkin, clean out the icky insides, and with a carving knife (adult use only), carve out your favorite face. Once the carving is complete, light a votive candle, put it inside the pumpkin and enjoy!