I made this mixed media piece for my bathroom. I was inspired by the shower curtain in our bathroom. I used a canvas I got at a garage sale, that somebody had started something on it. Then I glued down 2 pieces of left over card stock paper I had used on previous projects. The trees I free hand cut from a white cardboard box. The clouds were free hand cut from a tissue box. The sun is a paper heart doily that I cut to look like the sun. The bear is made from left over bits of clay that I rolled together w/a rolling pin. Then I used an exacto knife to cut out the bear. I put the bear in the oven, then spray painted him black after he had cooled off. I used E6000 glue, to glue him down. I painted all sides of the canvas brown. I really like how it turned out. I think I'm going to continue working on mixed media projects. I had a lot of fun "free handing/styling" as I went along, w/no real plan in mind. Just letting inspiration free flow.
So, to satisfy my need to make alligators and crocodiles, I made a pink, girly crocodile. I received the pink minky and the lime green camo under body fabric from Nolansmomster in the, "Make a Friend" swap, 2nd package. I've been busy putting the fabric I received from her to good use. The brown minky she sent me, went into making 2 whales, one being a taggie whale. I LOVE minky! I really love how she turned out. I think this crocodile, and her patchwork alligator brother will be going to a family in need, for Christmas. I have 1 more pattern I want to try. But, I have to enlarge it 1st. So, that means a trip to the copy shop, as the pattern is too long for my tracer machine. Otherwise, I would enlarge it myself, as I usually do. I'll probably use fabric I received from texscrapper, in the, "OWS Round 96" for that crocodile/alligator. He will go to the same family. I'll post a pic of him, when I finish him. Enjoy!
I don't know what has gotten into me lately, but, I've been in the mood to make alligators and crocodiles! I've made this one before. But, I think he turned out even better this time around! Patch work fabric is so expensive in the store. So, I sorted through my scraps bin, and made my own. I added the underbody gusset, to give him more depth. I made this alligator w/a ric rack mouth. The previous alligator, I stitched his mouth. I like the mouth either way. His pupils are an embroidery stitch from my sewing machine. He is completely baby/kid proof. I go out of my way to make the toys I make safe for both babies and kids. He is lovable, and cuddly! I enlarge the pattern quite a bit. I like a huggable size. Don't know who he will be going to. Just made him to fill a desire to make alligators and crocodiles. I have 2 other patterns I'm going to try next. 1 needs enlarging though. I'll post pics of them too, when I finish them. I'm going to use fabric I got from both texscrapper and Nolansmomster on them. Enjoy!
Well, technically, they are called opposums, and are North America's only marsupial. I don't know why, but, I like possums. And, I like making them from this pattern. I think because it's not a difficult pattern, and comes together quickly. The end result always comes out cute! The body was made from a women's business long skirt and jacket that I bought from my neighbor's garage sale for .50 cents. The tail and face are made from a bag of scraps the same neighbor gave me, and the feet are made from a felted sweater. The felted sweaters came from a lady on freecycle. I was only supposed to get 3 trash bags full, she showed up w/11 trash bags! They filled the entire bed of her husband's truck! Gulp! Then, she dropped off 5 copy paper boxes of unused yarn! Back to the possum. I think I will make him a Secret Toy Society drop. I hope you all like him as much as I do.
I made this sloth for Nolansmomster's son, in the, "Make A Friend" swap. Her son likes texture and weight, so I made this sloth from a towel for texture, and weighted his legs w/plastic poly pellets for weight. I also sewed on wooden buttons for the eyes. Again, for texture. I hope her son liked him.
I made these 2 giant squid for Suereal in the sea creatures swap. She had to drop out due to a foot injury, so it became a personal swap. She received the other day, so I can post a pic now. Colors are suited to her taste. I didn't want to let the blue one go, but, I did knowing he was going to a good home.
I made this carry along safari for the, "Make a Friend" swap. I LOVE animals! I LOVE, collect, and make toys. I would like to go on a safari in Africa some day. My late FIL had cut out the wooden animals. I also make wooden animals. I have all of his pattern books for making wooden toys and sculptures. I made this set for an autistic boy who is keen on texture. So, I coated the wooden animals w/a fake grass substance that I got from a make your own volcano kit my husband bought for our youngest son, for a project last year. After the glue had dried w/the substance, I painted the animals. Instant texture. Then, the kit came w/a sheet of fake grass. I sewed that down to the carry along landscape. The water is the shiny side of a napkin, and the mounds a ridged upholstery fabric and a quilted nylon vest. More texture. The landscape is double sided, so the landscape can change. I added handles to make it easy to carry. I also made a drawstring bag for the animals to be stored in. I'm thinking about possibly making more, and selling them. We'll see.
The (Secret) Toy Society has resumed operation, so I made this pink stuffed giraffe for a toy drop. I dropped him in a park, on the way to pick up my youngest son from the horse farm he's volunteering at this summer. When my son and I were driving by, on the way home, we saw a group of kids standing around the picnic table where I put him. I hope they took him home, and loved him. It has been a long, long time since I made a toy for, "The (Secret) Toy Society. They suspended operations for awhile. But, now they're back w/a new name due to legalities. They are now, "The (Secret) Toy Society". I encourage you all to join this worthy organization, and put smiles on the faces of children through the surprise finding of a toy.