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1  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



2  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
3  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
4  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.)
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fish Wind Chimes on: September 14, 2013 12:45:12 PM
First of all, this isn't an original idea - I saw something similar on Etsy and I instantly wanted to try and make some!!
  I bought some old silver plated spoons months ago, then kind of lost my nerve.  I don't have any real experience with cutting metal and I had visions of shrapnel wounds, but I finally bit the bullet and gave it a try.  In the end, the hardest part was stringing them up so that they were visually pleasing and actually chimed.  I've already sent them off to my sister - she asked me months ago if I could make her a wind chime.  Smiley  I bet she'll like 'em!
  Hard to get a good pic - but you get the idea...

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Spooky Owl Spoon on: August 19, 2013 07:01:54 PM
Can't stop burnin' them spoons!  Smiley  This one came about as I tried to think of something that would go well in this odd "corner spoon" shape!




I found a salad fork and spoon - my next victims... Smiley
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Ma Rainey on: July 19, 2013 04:43:00 PM
I have long been intrigued with "drawing" done on the sewing machine, and have always had it on my "to do" list of things to learn more about.  Finally I just said - the heck with it -I'm just gonna give it a try!
  This is Ma Rainey - a blues singer who was in her prime in the 20's!! She was a lady ahead of her time.
  This was actually a lot of fun - my thread broke a couple times, but other than that it really was like drawing!
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Watch Work Birds on: July 12, 2013 01:15:07 PM
I made a little bird for the OTB Swap. My partner had pinned some birds done in this style, so I went with it! - he's made from polymer clay and then painted and embellished with vintage snaps and watch works and some "antique" papers. He's sitting on an old wooden spool.


While doing this bird I got a few requests for MORE birds.  So far I've only made one more, but have been working on another one today.  This is bird number two:



He's  done with all watch parts and the same paper.  I also tried another method of making his legs.  He's also on an old spool - hope I can find more of those - I really love the look of them!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Chicken Spoon? Why not! on: June 02, 2013 01:39:49 PM
Because I have found that when I browse through Pinterest I am drawn to the great wood burned spoons, I decided to give it a try.  This one is for my nephew's wife since they just got a big batch of chicks for their new farming endeavor!  Smiley



It's kind of fun and I like that burning wood smell...not so much the smell of burning hair when I leaned in a little too close.  Wink
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Holy Mackerel!! on: May 19, 2013 06:56:59 PM
This is quite possibly not the right place for this - but close enough I think!  Smiley
I've been playing around with the idea of making a stringer of fish- in fabric - ever since I saw some carved out of wood on Etsy.  I loved the idea of having them hang on the wall somewhere, so I devised my own plan.  These are made of canvas - gessoed and then painted with acrylics and textile medium.  The paint is kind of shimmery and I intentionally frayed the edges on the tails and fins - just cause it kinda gave them a look I was going for.
  All done - I gave them hooks and strung them up - ready to hang.  Smiley
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