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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Super Quick Antennae For Your Pet's Halloween Costume on: October 15, 2009 04:14:09 AM

I recently constructed Halloween Ladybug costume for a little Yorkie in Utah by making just a few changes to my Ultimate Vest/Tutu tutorial. I thought I'd share this quick, easy way to construct a set of antennae (yes, I double checked and that is the plural of antenna).
SUPPLIES:
1.   Felt scrap
2.   Chenille stem (pipe cleaner)
3.   2 poms
4.   oval pattern
5.   ribbon or elastic
6.   scissors
7.   glue gun (my looks so yucky that I wouldnt add it to the picture)



Step 1:
Cut an oval from a piece of paper, a suitable width for your pet.  I made mine 4 X 2.5.  Using the pattern, trace the oval on the scrap of felt.  Cut 2 of the ovals.

           

                                         


Step 2:
Cut a 6 (or longer) length of the chenille stem and bend into a square U shape.


Step 3:
On the underside of one oval mark the two points where the chenille posts will be positioned.  Cut small slits at these points. Run a small bead of glue along the line between the posts on the underside and pull the chenille posts through to the other side securing in place with the line of glue.

                                                                       

Step 4:
Using small beads of glue, position the ribbon as pictured.
 

Step 5:
Run a thin bead of glue along the edge of the underside of the oval and attach the remaining piece of felt, covering the bottom of the chenille stem and ends of the ribbon.


Step 6:
Add a tiny bead of glue and position a pom on the end of one post, pressing firmly until the glue sets. Repeat for other post.



Tah-Dah~~quick, easy antennae for your pet to wear this Halloween!

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Happy Halloween Dog Collars on: August 15, 2009 01:18:54 PM
I finished these yesterday and wanted to share.  I only had just a bit of that ribbon left and need to see if I can locate more.  I absolutely love it.  The last picture is of a "new concept" for me:  the Raggie Bow for dogs! Please tell me what you think.







Thanks for looking!
Suzanne in TX
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: item for a swap. RikaHeart, avert thine eyes!!! on: July 14, 2009 05:23:53 PM
That is fabulous!  I love the colors, too.  Where did you get your emery pouch?  I need some now!
LOVE,LOVE, LOVE it!
S in TX
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Just another PinCushion from a jar--With super easy tutorial! on: July 12, 2009 04:28:02 PM
I'm over here in HOT Abilene--up to 105 today-whew!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Just another PinCushion from a jar--With super easy tutorial! on: July 12, 2009 03:30:01 PM
I had another crafter have the same problem and I suggested making the circle of fabric a little larger and the cardstock circle a little smaller, thus having less "layers" right under the rim.  I did have to PUSH really hard to get a couple of the ones I made to close-- I thought I made them all identical, but who knows.  You might even try to place the glue further toward the "center" of the lid, thus, less bulk under the rim.  Hope that makes some sense!
Good luck!
S in TX
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / VERY VINTAGE EARRINGS REPURPOSED THE MODERN DAY WOMAN on: June 30, 2009 08:29:49 AM
I bought several earrings at an estate sale recently.  Unfortunately, the lady did not have pierced ears.  Some of the earrings have been made into magnets, but I wanted to repurpose these "dangly" ones into something my daughter and I could wear.  Here's a pic of the before:



Notice the ones on the earring stand--I love these!  I pulled off the clip on the back and just glued on a small post using E6000!



And the rest just got ear wires added:







This last pair was constructed by combining the "green balls" of two of the pairs in the "before picture":



So, if you liked these--keep an eye out for vintage earrings at the next estate sale you attend!  I know I will!
Enjoy your day!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Just another PinCushion from a jar--With super easy tutorial! on: June 29, 2009 05:47:30 AM
I found mine at good old WalMart and my local grocery store.  I just love their little size and shape. Hope that helps!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Covered Button Magnets Tutorial "how to", Super Easy! ***PICTURE HEAVY*** on: June 28, 2009 01:10:03 PM

So I absolutely love making these covered button magnets.  They are quick to make, super easy, and not too expensive!

Supplies needed:

Button to cover kitavailable in most fabric stores or online
  I like using size 45 (1 1/8 diameter) and size 60 (1.5 in diameter)
  Im using size 60 in this demonstration.
Small magnetsavailable in most craft stores or online
Strong glueI use E6000
Needle nosed pliers
Scissors
Fabric scraps
Optional:
Various trims/ribbons
Dryer sheets


Step 1:

Using the pliers, remove the shank from the back of the button.




Step 2:
Place the trims across the mold and position the fabric over the trim so that your design is centered over the mold.
Optional:  add a layer of dryer sheet on top of the fabric.  This helps to reduce the likelihood of the button showing through the fabric.



Step 3:
Center the button top on the mold, over the layers of trim and fabric/dryer sheet, and push it down into the mold using your fingers.


Step 4:
Trim away the excess fabric/trim and tuck the ends down into the button top.



Step 5:
Place the button back over the tucked in fabric and push down using your fingers, pliers, or the plunger provided with your button kityou should hear it click in place.  Pop out your button and you are nearly finished!




Step 6:
Add a small drop of glue to the center of the back of the button and top with a small strong magnet.  Allow to dry overnight.  Now find the perfect place for your new magnet!




HINT:  I tend to make several of these at a time.  It is BEST to arrange them so that there is ample room between each while they are drying.  If you are using super strong magnets and arrange them too close, you may experience what happened to me.  I accidentally shoved one a bit and the next thing I knew I had a bunch of magnets with wet glue all stuck together. It was a huge mess and it wasnt easy getting them apart, plus glue was EVERYWHERE!  So please learn from my mistake.
Have fun with these!  I do
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Large Porcelain Broken Doll Face Necklace on: June 27, 2009 04:55:01 PM
Very creative and clever, too!
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: kitch cute earrings on: June 27, 2009 04:52:50 PM
Super cute!  and you photos are great, too!
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