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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Heeeeeeere chick chick chick! on: February 14, 2015 06:35:19 PM
I love me some chickens, so decided to make my own pattern.  I have one more color of chicken fur to go.  The black and white is my favorite but really tough to sew.  The white is the cuddliest but I need a lung transplant after working with that material! Has anyone else worked with that curly fur?  Yikes!!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Witch's Spoon on: January 25, 2015 08:59:34 AM
I promise not to drown you in pictures of my latest passion for spoon carving...BUT...just one more.  Smiley
  This is another spoon from the same downed beech tree.  This piece was a bit twisted and full of little knots (you can see one on the bowl that hopefully won't cause a problem.) But instead of chucking this piece as trash I decided to work with the wood and came up with this twisty, silly piece - my favorite one yet so I'm KEEPING it all to myself...thus, the name.  Wink
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little Grey Lady Bird on: January 22, 2015 11:17:49 AM
This is another creation for the Curiosity Swap.  Its made with an antique doll head mounted on a little bird body.  Beads are stitched on and the feet are polymer clay.  the feathers were donated by my African grey.  Wink
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Baby Dragon on: January 22, 2015 09:49:28 AM
I'm in the Curiosity Swap and sent this little critter to my partner. A baby dragon in a very sparkly egg!
Peeeek!  Smiley
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Spoon Carving! on: January 07, 2015 05:29:26 PM
If a tree falls in the woods, does it become a spoon?  Well in this case, yes.  A beech tree blew down last spring, and even though it was almost completely snapped in half, it grew all of its leaves in the following months.  I doubt it will come back again, but a tree with this much spirit deserves to be used for something other than fire wood!
  I sawed off a thick branch and carried it home.  My weapons of choice were an axe, a knife and a hook knife.  The axe was to split the branch and hack it into a shape that somewhat resembled a spoon.  Then on to the knife to refine things a bit.  The hook knife was to scoop out the bowl of the spoon.  Some sand paper and oil and now that tree will live on in my kitchen.  A little wonky, but I love it!
  Also, I only lost about a pint of blood on this project, so I think I did pretty well.  Wink







6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Snarky free motion pillow on: September 14, 2014 10:49:18 AM
Pottermouth was my fabulous partner in the Snarky Housewives swap.  I really had a hard time coming up with something that made me happy but FINALLY had a bright idea.  The witticism was one that she had pinned, the design is my own.  Smiley. It's free motion machine embroidery which I've been experimenting with for the past year or so.  It's becoming one of my favorite things to do.  Smiley

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little Red and BBW on: April 01, 2014 12:15:49 PM
So I made these for the Art Doll Swap.  Cmarion was my partner and since she said she likes dark/non Disney fairy tales I thought I'd go with the one that scared the crap out of me as a kid.  Smiley
  I sketched them out on canvas and then "drew" them with free motion embroidery on the machine.  I added a little of the necessary RED with colored pencil.  I failed at making them stand on their own, but they can lean on each other quite well.  Smiley



8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My Big Bear on: January 30, 2014 11:47:02 AM
So I bought a new house - out in the woods, which is heaven to me.  I'm moving in two weeks so of course I was inspired to take on a new project.  I had seen a bear print on wood that I liked a lot but they were sold out so...why not make my own?   I connected three boards - about 10" x 48" then painted and sanded to make sure the grain and knots showed through.  My present to me for my new woodsy house.  Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Old Chair, New Life on: January 25, 2014 08:54:45 PM
This old rocker has been around since before I was born (a long, looooong time ago.)  I always remember my grandmother sitting in it, rocking away.  Well I've hung on to it and it was in pretty rough shape but I couldn't bear to do away with it so...of course a new project.
  I got this idea from sugarbeth - who may or may not still be on Craftster but she did some really lovely pieces. I used a Dremel to draw out my pictures then painted the entire chair black.  When I painted all the birds, etc I left the black outlines.  On the actual rockers at the bottom I wrote a couple of the nonsense rhymes/sayings that my grandma used to tell me she learned as a girl - in memoriam.
  Ive worked on it off and on for several months but I'm getting ready to move across the country so that was my motivation to finish this bad boy up.  Smiley
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Crazy Christmas Angel on: December 01, 2013 01:10:22 PM
I made my own Christmas angel years ago. I made my own pattern and used fabric stiffener for her dress.  She's pretty giant and a little over the top but she makes me happy every year when I unpack her from her box.  I decided to make a few this year for friends and for my shop - this one's about 20 inches long ( a bit longer with the berries) and fits over the top of the tree with a wire coil.  (This one doesn't have a coil, she's going to be hung on the wall I think.)
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