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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Teensy-Weensy Greenhouse on: October 10, 2014 06:59:16 PM
My eyes!!! This has to be the smallest miniature I've ever made. The base is about 2" square and it's somewhere around 1" tall. Inside you'll find three miniscule tables, potted plants, a climbing vine, some seed bags, pots on the floor, and shrubbery. One of the pots has been tipped and there is a sprinkling of soil on the floor. The pots are made from seed beads and the shrubs are railroad miniature bushes. I added some flowers with acrylic paint and a tree on the back.

Mistress Jennie photo:

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Witchy Stitchery on: October 10, 2014 06:34:46 PM
A fun Hallowe'enie hoop for the lovely Mistress Jennie. I happened to have some variegated purple/black yarn in the stash, so the crocheted border was added.

Photos courtesy of Mistress Jennie.

13  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Lil' Witch altered block on: October 07, 2014 06:33:25 PM
rackycoo gave me some blank blocks some time ago, and I got around to altering one of the bitty ones this afternoon. It is around 1" x 1 3/4".

I gained access to the teenager's room (scary!) and found a beetle while cleaning the window.

14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Interactive Altered Tin of Snark on: September 15, 2014 09:07:58 PM
The Queen of Snark hosted a Snarky Housewives Swap and this is what I came up with for my wonderful partner, thisbirdsabsurd.

There is a dial on the side that rotates the snarkism inside the frame. Here's what they say:

another day in paradise
she couldn't remember...was it one teaspoon of arsenic or two?
I believe the word you are searching for is "divine"
why yes, I am overqualified

And the back, which try as I might, I absolutely could not make a dial that both rotated and covered that exposed area of the frame. There is also a button over the brad, but if you want to see that (and all of the brilliant things in the gallery so far), you gotta go HERE. Make yourself a drink first. All the recipes you need are in HERE and HERE

15  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vintage Housewife hoop on: August 16, 2014 01:40:45 PM
A quick little hoop for kittykill's Hoopla A-Long. The theme for this month is whimsical, nonsense, or free-range stitching so I went a little silly. Sewed a tiny vintage-y apron and stitched my quote on a dish towel.

16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fairy Hill altered spool on: August 02, 2014 03:19:52 PM
A teensy fairy village for the amazing Killam Creative in the awesome Altered Spool Swap!

Killam Creative's photos are leaps and bounds better, so here's a link to those, if you'd like to see. And if you missed it, go check out all the rest of the spectacular spools in the gallery!
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fly, Birds altered tin on: August 02, 2014 02:52:04 PM
It's always a happy day when you discover something you forgot you had, and it's a phenomenal day when you immediately use that long-stashed item. That's what happened with this lovely mini Spring Flowers kit I received from Alpha Stamps. The background papers are all Alpha Stamps, and I scrounged a little deeper in the paper bin and found some bird images. That was combined with a nest, vintage toothpick fan, wire, trim, paperclay eggs, and two wooden bits to make a pretty altered tin.

18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Make Your Own Dinky Donkey on: July 14, 2014 03:34:46 PM
I had all this leftover wool felt from a hippogriff so why not make a donkey, too? Here's a pattern in case you need a tiny ass. (Can I say that?)

Grey wool felt
Small amount wool felt for hat, pannier, and any decoration
Embroidery Floss
Sequins, beads, flowers- your choice of miscellany for decoration
Wool/polyfil for stuffing
Cardstock or tag board for your pattern
Insulated wire for legs (optional)

Got your pattern cut out of wool? Good. Note that the back gusset has marked "A" and "B" points, which match up with the coordinating points on the left and right sides of the body. Match "A" on gusset with point A on one of the sides, and beginning at nose, whip stitch to B. Repeat for other side.

Whip stitch the curve of the under gusset, PAYING SPECIAL ATTENTION to the left and right sides. Make sure you have the right under gusset match up with the right legs, and left to left.

Starting at the top front of the gusset, whip stitch down along a front leg, around hoof, and about an inch up the back of leg. Stuff some wool into hoof then continue along the under body and sew rear leg in the same manner. I chose to use a short length of insulated wire inside the legs for stability but he stands alright with firm stuffing. Continue for other side, leaving a gap in the middle of the gusset for stuffing. Stuff as you sew along, it's much easier that way. Sew up any remaining gaps, like the chest and neck area.

Whew! Go get a drink and smile at your success.
Embroider the hat with whatever stitch, glue ric rac on it, bead it, whatever. Sew the straight edges together and then cut two small slits in the top so the ears can poke through. Fold ears together at the base, then shove 'em through the slits in the hat. Sew ears to hat, then sew to donkey.

Embroider the center fronts of the pannier, then sew straight edges together. Sew pannier base to bottom edge. Sew large loops on the pannier top to simulate flowers, then stitch to top of pannier. Or omit the top entirely and stuff the pannier with flowers like I did, because I can't make loopy embroidered flowers. Cut a strip of wool that is 1" by 3" and sew panniers on either end.

Time to decorate your donkey! Embroider eyes, sew beads around neck, add wool leaves...don't forget to give the little guy a tail. I gave mine a turkey stitch mane and a dangly tail.

Too Cute!
19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 100 ENTRIES / A Little Screwy on: July 07, 2014 01:25:58 PM
This project came directly from my husband's pants. Or at least his pants pockets. There is a bin next to our washer that is full of whatever I pull from his pockets after work, like screws, magnets, key fob stickers, contact thingies, circuit do-dads...well I don't know what any of that's for, but it looked like a fun project. There are 100 screws (who knew 100 screws together took up so little space?) attached to a board and then gessoed. I went a little Georges Seurat and attempted a pointillism selfie, and a colour explosion of sorts. And then there's the funny PANIC sticker on my noggin.

20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Make Yer Own Hippogriff tute with too many pics on: June 26, 2014 07:42:01 PM
A bit ago I whipped up a tute for a little hippogriff, and thought I'd share it here, too. It's super simple, and they make great ornaments for all those Harry Potter trees out there.


Dark Grey wool felt for body and feathers
Light Grey wool felt for feathers
Golden wool felt for beak and front feet
Embroidery Floss in matching grey and gold
Small black seed beads for eyes
Wool yarn for tail
Wool for stuffing

Trace patterns pieces onto coordinating felt, reversing pieces for opposite side. Place dashed lines of leg pieces on fold of felt.

1. Sew beak to body piece. Repeat for other body piece.

2. Fold ear to right side then fold ear slot over, aligning the piece. Sew along straight edge. Repeat on other body piece. This will be the only sewing done on the inside. Forgot to take that pic but you can see here how it's sewn.

3. Align body pieces wrong sides together and sew around, leaving an inch open at bottom to stuff. Stuff body firmly (this is where you'll be glad it is wool felt) and sew opening closed.

4. Fold rear leg piece in half along fold and beginning at hock, sew around, leaving hoof open. Stuff firmly. Place hoof on bottom of leg opening and sew around. Repeat for other rear leg.

5. For front legs you have two options. I chose to cut off a bit of the front leg and sew on a piece of gold felt to replicate the hippogriff's eagle legs. Or you can skip this part and have grey legs. Fold leg in half, sew around, leaving bottom open. Stuff firmly. Sew two foot pieces together. Place foot at bottom of leg opening and sew around. Repeat for other front leg.

6.  To sew joints together, thread three strands of embroidery floss (or use button thread) through a needle, so the thread is doubled, and make a knot at end. Take a small stitch on inside of rear leg, catching a bit of stuffing, then pass needle back through knotted thread and pull tight. Pass needle through body. take a small stitch on other rear leg then pass needle back through body. Pinch legs together and pull tight. make a loop around joint of first leg and pass needle through thread, making a knot. Loop and knot a second time. Repeat for front legs.

7. To make feathers, cut several feather shapes from your scraps (wool is expensive!) in both dark and light grey. Sew or glue feathers beginning at bottom of neck, and move up toward head. Put 'em wherever you want 'em. Glue ears back, unless you like the way they stick out.

8. For wings, I trace the top portion of the wing and cut out a thin band to act as the "wing bone" and glue in place. Cover wings with feathers, using longer feathers at wing tips. Sew wings in place.


9. Almost there! Wind wool yarn around a credit card, or whatever you have that is the same length as the tail you'd like. Tie a knot around center of wool and cut the other end. Sew tail to body. Sew bead eyes to head, add whatever other features you'd like, then voila! A little hippogriff! Enjoy.

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