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21  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!
22  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!
23  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
24  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
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Gashlycrumb Reaper on: April 03, 2013 09:02:55 PM
I participated in the Edward Gorey swap, and made this for my partner.  The Gashlycrumb Tinies (for those not familiar) recounts the tragic demise of 26 children (in alphabetical order.)  The cover of that book is a classic Gorey illustration - the reaper surrounded by the kids.
  AAAAAANYWAY... here he is - about 16" tall, fabric and sculpey.  His umbrella is stiffened fabric and he has a loop on his back so he can hang on the wall.  Smiley
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Big Ol' Stump Pillow on: October 19, 2012 11:11:05 AM
-After finding that my log pillows seemed to be in demand I thought I might try my hand at something a little different.  I figured maybe this one lends itself more to propping yourself up after a long day at the saw mill.  Wink  It's pretty chunky - about 12" across, 15" or so high.  Maybe not for everyone's home decor...but I think it's kinda fun.  Smiley
27  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Owl on: October 10, 2012 10:55:49 AM
-I made this for the Vintage Halloween swap, inspired by some smaller vintage owls.  He's about 12" high, made of fabric and covered in (gulp) glitter.  The eyes were an accidental find, but I can't imagine any other use for those buttons than owl eyes!

and here's another view (borrowed from rackycoo!)  Smiley
28  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / The Grand High Witch on: August 29, 2012 08:08:11 PM
-as a child that is. As part of the Wicked Child tin Swap my partner picked "The Grand High Witch" from "the Witches" by Roahld Dahl.  Now everyone KNOWS that real witches are bald - so of course my child had to be bald!  The number 86 (at the top and on the bottle) refer to Formula 86, which turns people into mice.

This is a quote from the book

And a good look at the frozen Charlotte head I found - pretty darn creepy if you ask me!

This was just too much fun!!
29  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Itty Bitty Owls and... on: July 19, 2012 05:32:01 PM
Here's another little something I added to the swap package I did for the Put a Bird On It swap...

They're quite small - (that's a nickel in the background) - Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl, Screech Owl and Snowy Owl - oh!  And their teeny tiny supper.  Smiley
30  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / More Tiny Birds on: July 19, 2012 11:12:32 AM
For the "Put a Bird On It" swap I did a take off on a project that I did last year.  The last one was 25 tiny birds - this time it was six - all of them on my partner's list of favorites.  Smiley  Done in ink and watercolor:

1" x 1", raised mount

-and here's a closer look.

Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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