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221  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The first of three murals! on: January 02, 2010 06:44:37 PM
This huge butterfly is in my daughter's room. You can't really tell,  but it's really glittery! It's super magical in real life! On the opposite wall, I want to paint a big, girlie castle! But first I have to do a medieval castle in ds2's room, and a big monogrammed skateboard in ds1's room!

222  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Eco-wrapping! on: December 24, 2009 08:08:17 AM
I went to Goodwill and bought old posters and a big old Atlas and used that as wrapping paper and even made my own bows with it. It`s so nice wrapping with this thick paper that can be reused and recycled! It felt really good! And in case someone hasn`t seen this bow tutorial before, here`s a link: http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2009/10/make-gift-bow-from-magazine-page.html
223  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Knit fairy - my very own pattern!!! So proud!! on: December 18, 2009 07:59:04 AM
I made this little doll completely from scratch! I'm so proud of her! I've written out the whole pattern. It's still just a big scribbly mess on paper, though. I hope I'll be able to make sense of it so that I can make her again! This one is for a friend, so I would really like to make another for my daughter!

224  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / My WIP - a little fairy! on: December 16, 2009 08:03:50 AM
This one is my design...she's still headless and stuff, but I'm pretty happy with how she's turning out!
225  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sally the Eco Fairy - AKA Ginger the Wish Fairy on: December 14, 2009 08:55:46 AM
Since I've now figured out how to post pics (lol) here's my Sally the Eco Fairy (renamed Ginger the Wish Fairy) http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTfairy.html   
I've changed the pattern to make her as unique as her new owner (my daughter  - my little redhead named Sapphire)

226  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Miniatures for dollhouse? Ideas? on: December 14, 2009 07:37:24 AM
I would like to make some stuff for my daughter's playhouse. Any fun ideas for me? She's 2 1/2 and seems to be really into playing with it! Now, I know they're small and they're a choking hazard, but I'm always with her Smiley

Thanks in advance!
227  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Will E. Freeze (tut added) on: December 13, 2009 09:47:46 AM
This is Will E. I made him because I wanted my family to have Christmas decorations made with love. He's made from newspaper balls, homemade paper pulp, newspaper strips, flour, paint and *of course* glitter!!! Oh - and I knit his scarf with a beautiful, soft wool - I wanted it to last! My daughter loves him and now thinks that every snowman is called Will E. She pushes him around in her baby stroller.



Ok - tute!!

So this is how one would make a Will E. of their own! Sorry I didn't take pics, but I really didn't realize that I'd be doing a tutorial!

So, first of all, ball up some newspaper  (small, med, lrg) and tape them together with masking tape. At this stage, it doesn't have to be perfect at all. Just a rudimentary kind of thing. Cut a circle out of cardboard and tape to the top of the three shapes to form the rim of the had. Cut out a rectangle, tape it into a cylinder and place above the rim of the hat to form the top part of the top hat.

Prepare your flour and water paste. I use warm water and make the paste to be nice and goopy. Slightly thicker than pea soup. Tear your newspaper into strips (don't cut with scissors, because tearing the newspaper actually makes it stronger) and apply many layers to your base shape with the flour and water paste. Once you have it all covered, leave it to air dry (a fan is really helpful or you can also use your oven at a really low temp (225) for as long as it takes for it to dry. Keep testing. The oven method doesn't take long, so keep checking on it. Make sure that Will E.'s lying down because you don't want the top of his head catching on fire! Snowmen don't do well with fire.

So while he's drying, start making your paper pulp. I buy cheap, dollar store toilet paper and take it off the roll, place it in a colander, and then place the colander in a bowl of water for the fibers to start to break down. I assist it by ripping at the tp until all the fibers are broken up. I then drain MOST of the water and put it in a bowl and start to add flour, mixing and stirring until it gets to be a thick dough. Again, I don't know how much flour I use, I just keep adding until it starts to come together and become dough-like. You want to be able to mold this.

So, once that's all done,  start applying it to Will E. This is where it gets fun. This is your 'clay'. Give him his personality! You can add his plumpness, his cheeks, his carrot nose, round out his hat. Once this is done, air or fan or oven dry. While it's drying, start cutting LOTS of little strips of tissue paper (old phone book paper is REALLY great for the job) and grab your flour and water paste and a paint brush and 'paint' the strips onto Will E. Cover the little guy in quite a few layers of this. Once it's covered, allow for it to dry. To know that it's dry, it will not be cool to the touch.

Once it's dry, sand it down! I like to make mine nice and smooth. Then prime it in the colour of your choice. I like to prime with a dark colour because you get a really nice, folk art feel when you can see the dark base colour peeking through. Once it's all painted, you can go ahead and varnish, et VOILA! Tout finis!!

I know that seems like a lot, but it's really not once you get started! If you check out my blog and scroll down, you'll see some of my papier mache mermaids and I believe I have step by step tutorials for them.
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