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1  Apple head doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by madamemel on: August 12, 2009 07:36:53 AM
One of my earliest childhood memories is of two dried apple head dolls my mum had displayed on a shelf in the living room. They were so special and interesting to look at. Last year I decided to try making one for myself and actually took some photos of the work-in-progress. So I thought I'd share them here. Smiley

I peeled an apple and carved in some facial features with a parring knife. I hung it by the stem to dry.



It really started to look interesting as it dried!





After about 2 1/2 weeks it felt thoroughly dry, so it was time to put the doll together.



She's got a little trinket box for a base so she stands nice and steady, and the rest of her body is just some waded up fabric held together with tape. Her dress is an old wool sock, and her shawl came from an old cushion that was beyond repair which belonged to my grandma. She's got a pipe cleaner arm to hold her cane. I shoved two pins in her head for eyes and her hair is some cotton stuffing from inside the cushion. Smiley





What's really neat about this project is that the apple continues to dry out and the doll ages! She looks older today than when I took these photos a year ago. Smiley

Cheesy Thanks for looking!

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2  Tree of Life pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by madamemel on: August 04, 2009 05:07:57 PM
Inspired by phoenixfiredesigns' beautiful "bubble tree": http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=315016.msg3626850#msg3626850

I've never tried anything like this before, but absolutely love the look and am always up for something new. Instead of running out and spending a bunch of money on supplies to practice and learn with, I raided the Dollar Store!  Cheesy

The beads came on necklaces, and the hoop is actually a hoop earring. I got some cheap wire at Michaels' and went to town.

Excuse the crappy pics. Wink








I made a few before these two but I don't like them well enough to share. Tongue

C&C welcome! Thanx for looking! Smiley
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3  My first braided rug. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by madamemel on: July 30, 2009 07:45:05 AM
I've always wanted to try making a braided rug. So this week, that's exactly what I did. Here it is!



I used 2 pillowcases I picked up at a thrift store for 50 cents a piece, an old pair of brown corduroys, and some fabric from my stash. The entire process was definitely a big learning experience for me... it takes quite a bit of fabric to make one of these puppies! Sewing the braids together is kinda tedious. And it works best if the strips of fabric are at least 2 inches wide... you'll notice my inner braids are foolishly tiny; the outer braids are nice and fat and definitely the way to go next time.



Being a practice run 'n all, I didn't make it very big. For now, the little rug has found a place in my living room, beneath a white wicker stand.



All in all, I'm pretty pleased with this learning experience of mine, and plan on gathering some rags together and making something larger sometime soon. Comments, criticism, tips and suggests welcome! Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
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4  Penny rugs in Completed Projects by madamemel on: July 23, 2009 11:58:02 AM
Is it ridiculous that I hadn't heard of penny rugs until a few weeks ago? Yup. Never heard of the things.

So just in case there are others like me out there, a penny rug is a decorative mat made from stacked felt circles sewn together with a blanket stitch. They were most popular in the Victorian era as thrifty homemakers would save scraps of wool and create something new. Coins were used as templates, which is where the penny rug gets its name. They were used to adorn tables, stands, and mantles - they never touched the floor.

Well I came across one while visiting a very crafty lady and just thought it was the bee's knees. I immediately set my mind on making one. I taught myself how to blanket stitch, and here's what I came up with...



Here it is in action on the coffee table!




I had so much fun I decided to make another one, which has found its way to the end table beside the bed.




 Cheesy Thanks for looking!


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5  Re: PINE CONE OWL -- an ode to my grandmother (mini tutorial incld) in Completed Projects by madamemel on: July 18, 2009 03:38:26 AM
Hi! What a cute idea! I saw this thread a few weeks ago and decided to make an owl for my Dad for Father's Day. I ended up with two, and decided to make them into a wall hanging.







I had a blast making it and my Dad absolutely loved it. Thanks for the inspiration! Cheesy
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