Every year I try to enter something in the Competitive Exhibits at the San Diego County Fair. Generally my entries are very amateurish compared to the hardcore entrants (every year there are people that DOMINATE different categories) and I never expect to win, but it gives me an excuse to do something crafty, PLUS I get a free ticket to the fair out of it!
This year, I decided to try something new and enter the Needlepoint/Cross Stitch competition. It gave me a new craft to try and learn. I'm pretty new to cross-stitching, and in retrospect I had NO IDEA how long it would actually take me to complete my submission. I have never worked so hard on something that ended up looking so simple. I've estimated that I have spent at least 60 hours and made more than 10,000 stitches in this project. But in the end, I was pretty happy with how things turned out, all things considered.
I present to you, my Cross Stitch sampler entry for the San Diego County Fair 2011 Needlepoint and Sewing competitive exhibit!
This cross-stitch sampler is a tribute to the old school Atari video games that I played as a kid. The three that are featured here are Pac-Man, Centipede, and Space Invaders. I played these games endlessly on my Atari 5200 game system, and had so much fun with them. Video games have since become such an elaborate and sophisticated experience-- sometimes I just yearn for the simplicity of an 8-bit video game with a joystick and one button! These games may seem old school, they never go out of style.
When I turned my entry in, the older ladies volunteering at the Fair gave my project an odd look. That's right ladies, this isn't a traditional sampler with pretty flowers, animals, houses, and alphabets. It's not traditional by any means. If the judges' reactions to my piece is anything remotely close to the reactions of the ladies that took in my entry, then chances are I have zero chance of winning anything. BUT, I know that some child of the 80's will stumble upon this during the fair, as they hang out in the Home and Hobby exhibit to enjoy the air conditioning in the exhibit hall. And when they see this they'll give it an approving nod in agreement, and that's all I'm really looking to get out of this.
My best friend's (Luisa's) 31st birthday was yesterday, and as a present to her, I made her a pipe cleaner animal of her adorable Pomeranian, Val. I believe Val is short for "Valentine" because she was a gift to my friend from her husband for Valentine's Day.
Not my best work-- turned out Val was pretty tricky... this was my 2nd try. But I think Luisa liked it!
Hi everyone! It's been a while since I've posted one of my pipe cleaner creations! Hope you like this one!
My buddy Jarrod sent to me a picture of his Mom's dogs to Fuzzify for his Mom's birthday. Chippy, a 10 lb Maltese; Dale, a 6 lb Maltese; and Daisy, a 4 lb Yorkie, the smallest of them all!! These adorable little pups are so petite as it was, I could hardly see how I could make them any smaller with pipe cleaners! Hahahah!!
Somehow I managed to make some time in my insane workweek and make these little guys! Here they are!
CHIPPY - 2 inches
DALE - 1.75 inches
DAISY - 1.5 inches
I tried to make them proportional in size based on their weights. Now all I need to do is put bows on these little ones and wrap them up for Jarrod's mom. I hope she likes them!!! Happy Birthday, Jarrod's Mom!!
Here's my latest pipe cleaner creation, Molly the Yorkie! She's made 100% of pipe cleaners, with a Sharpie marker to add the black coloration on the back. Glass seed beads for the eyes. And she measures 1.5 inches in length.
For those of you who have young children, the name "Yo Gabba Gabba" may be a common part of your household vocabulary. I know it is with my brother-in-law and his wife. Their son LOVES Yo Gabba Gabba. His favorite character is Brobee. Brobee is this green striped creature that reminds me a lot of that old McDonald's character Grimace (old skool). For Christmas, I decided to make him a handmade Brobee toy of some type.
My original plan was to make him a Brobee sock toy, since Brobee could easily be made in the same fashion as a sock monkey. But it was virtually impossible to find green/lime green striped socks! I looked online, at Walmart, and Target! No luck. Then I tried to find striped fabric at JoAnns... no such luck (out of the thousands of patterns they have there). So finally I tried Ross, thinking maybe there was something I could use from the kids section. Again no luck.
So I gave up and decided to go shopping for myself. I went to the Juniors section to find a sweater for myself, and lo an behold, what did I find? THIS SWEATER!
It was PERFECT! The right color, and it came with a scarf!! All for $6.99! There were only two on the rack and I bought both of them up. I used one sweater for Brobee's body, and the sleeves from the second sweater for the legs. I also got a green microfiber towel to make his head.
Here are the pictures I took throughout the process:
Being that I'm not the best at sewing, I learned a few things along the way and had to redo the stitching of the arms and legs to the body, but it looked pretty good in the end.
On Christmas, my nephew was one happy boy. His first remarks about his gift were, "Brobee is BIG!" All the time and hard work I put into it definitely paid off!
I absolutely love custom creations. They give me a way to challenge my pipe cleaner sculpting skills, and really gets my creative juices running! I just wanted to share with everyone one of my latest custom creations.
I received a request from a friend for a custom Fuzzy of her Sheltie, Pidge. She also requested that the Fuzzy be made as a refrigerator magnet, hence the nickname I coined for this creation, Fridge Pidge! =)
Here is Pidge fuzzified.
Here is the picture of Pidge that Christyn sent to me. Isn't she adorable? Her coloration was the most difficult to achieve.
It's a little early for spooky Halloween stuff, but given that stores are starting to display Halloween goodies, I thought I'd show off my latest custom creation: Ichabod, the tuxedo cat. Ichabod is mostly my sister's cat. She and her boyfriend named him Ichabod, after Ichabod Crane from the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. As a challenge, my sister's boyfriend requested a pipe cleaner figurine of Ichabod. I made him during a two-hour car ride from memory, and I must say, he came out pretty close! Guess all those times I played with Ichabod paid off!
The cat eyes are part of a new design that I'm experimenting with. They're made with a thin yellow pipe cleaner with two beads. I'm thinking I need to show a little more separation between the eyes. I also would like to add some whiskers. And the ears could be a little smaller.
Overall though, I'm really happy with how he came out. My sis and her b-friend seemed to really like him as well. At least this version of Ichabod won't scratch her boyfriend up! =)
Here is my latest pipe cleaner creation!! Someone asked me to make a pipe cleaner version of her Dachshund Hannah!
And here is Hannah after she was turned into pipe cleaners:
Here is Hannah in real life:
Hannah is made completely out of brown pipe cleaners and glass beads, primarily using traditional wire-wrapping techniques. The only gle used was for her little pink felt tongue. Hannah loves her little blue ball, which is made of polymer clay. I hope the owner loves pipe cleaner Hannah almost as much as the real one!! =)
Distinguished Mr. Rat wears a blue bow, and loves to chat about music and art!!! He also enjoys a bit of peppermint tea from time to time. This little guy measures 2 inches high and comes with his own piece of polymer clay cheddar cheese! Lovingly made with gray chenille stems/pipe cleaners.