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31  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mixed Media Bear in the Woods on: October 01, 2013 06:59:50 AM
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.
32  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Girly Crocodile on: September 15, 2013 11:55:44 AM
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.  Smiley  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!
33  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Patchwork Pal on: September 14, 2013 12:18:20 PM
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.  Smiley  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!

34  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / What the heck are these things? on: August 30, 2013 10:28:52 AM
And what are they used for? 

35  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Playing Possum on: July 26, 2013 01:40:07 PM
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.   
36  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A special sloth for a special boy on: July 25, 2013 06:03:08 PM
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. 
37  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Beware the Giant Squid!!!!!!!!!! on: July 18, 2013 05:43:47 PM
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.  Smiley  I didn't want to let the blue one go, but, I did knowing he was going to a good home. 
38  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Carry along safari on: July 18, 2013 04:55:00 PM
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. 

39  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Pink Giraffe For The (Secret) Toy Society on: July 09, 2013 08:00:57 AM
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. 
40  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mini 12 Days of Christmas Swap on: June 28, 2013 03:38:49 PM
When does the mini 12 Days of Christmas swap open? 
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