An Artist's Quest

A Bright Idea for a Big Day!

Solar powered garden light I made for my Mom's Birthday

Solar powered garden light I made for my Mom’s Birthday

My mom turned 80 last week (I don’t think she’ll mind me telling you) and I wanted to make something special. Over the years I’ve made her all kinds of things for her birthday, paintings, drawings, clothing, quilts, ceramics you name it I’ve made it for my mom in fact some of my very first artistic endeavors where probably gifts to my mom. So when you are a maker and your mom is turning 80 the pressure is on to come up with something good! I saw some solar cells that where attached to mason jar lids and I thought this could be a great gift.

These are some smaller jelly jars I experimented on before making the gift ones

These are some smaller jelly jars I experimented on before making the gift ones

So I gathered up the materials I needed; the solar jar lids (found on etsy), jars, tape, paint pens and I tried both etching cream and frosted spray. After a bit of experimenting I decided to use the frosted spray instead of the etching cream, it gives good coverage and is easy to use as well as being less expensive. I made a simple mask with blue tape and sprayed the frosting on. When it dried I added color with paint pens. I made a hanging bale for it with wire and my blacksmithing husband made tall hooks to push into garden pots to hang these lovely little beauties.

I’m looking forward to seeming them scattered among the flowerpots on my parents deck and patio giving a bit of sun-powered cheer in the dark night.

My Mom on her birthday - she's always been a bright light for me!

My Mom on her birthday – she’s always been a bright light for me!

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7 responses

  1. Julie

    What a gift! Lights for a true light!
    You are both amazing!
    Oooxxx

    April 16, 2015 at 5:54 pm

  2. Mary Thorpe

    Love them!!! ❤️❤️❤️

    April 16, 2015 at 8:51 pm

  3. Nicole

    I love your beautiful creativity! You are a shining light and it just poured right into these! So awesome.

    April 16, 2015 at 11:51 pm

  4. Laura

    What a fantastic illumination of your mother/daughter love! Can’t wait to see them! xox

    April 17, 2015 at 4:41 am

  5. Virginia Aldrich

    Absolutely beautiful!

    April 17, 2015 at 2:42 pm

  6. Jeanette Bernard

    Lisa, How very sweet of you…and a fun project for a very worthy “lady”.  I know both your mom n dad were looking forward to being with you for her special day.  Very nice picture of them.  I’m sure all had a wonderful time. I’m always intrigued with your creativity. Lovingly,Jeanette

    April 17, 2015 at 6:49 pm

  7. Maria

    Happiest of birthdays to your mom! What a great photo of two happy and blessed people.

    April 20, 2015 at 6:15 pm

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