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181  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Reversible mood apron on: November 11, 2011 10:16:38 PM


I created an apron  from a sturdy hunter green fabric.  I first designed the pattern in a pinafore style that wraps across the back & buttons at the shoulders.  I made facings all the way round but sewed the inside edges  down so I could make it reversible without lining it completely.

I then used fabric paints to produce an array of fruits & vegetables on the front side with the reminder: "Fruits & veggies 4 good health".  My darker side appears on the back with a delicious assortment of goodies noting : "Chocolate 4 ever".  It can be worn with either side out, depending on mood but, it's probably easy to guess which is my favorite side.







182  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Carousel horse from a child's toy. ( eight photos) on: November 09, 2011 04:32:04 PM

I really appreciate all of the nice comments.  Always makes me feel good to know my work is appreciated.  I had seen others made from the bouncing horses but it took a while for me to finally go for it.

I would have tried it even if I hadn't learned any one stroke painting.  If I couldn't draw a design I wanted to paint, I would have used a childs coloring book & traced something on so I could fill them in like a paint-by-number.

I've already found another horse at a flea market & would like to begin again but I spend the winter in FL & the horse is back home in IL so it will have to wait 6 months or so.  Meanwhile, I'ts easy to find projects to keep myself busy.
183  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Whopper Cheeseburger---28" in diameter! on: November 09, 2011 04:13:55 PM
Thanks for the comments.  This was super fun to make & not as difficult as I expected.  Most of the difficulty was encountered while I was mulling over how to accomplish it.  I spent about 2 weeks in the thinking stage before I began actually working on it so I pretty well knew what I was doing---This is the way I usually work.

Sugarshoxcrafts, The grandling wouldn't part with his burger but I still have the 22" mini-burger available for sale.
184  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Decorated Beer Bottles for Gifts on: November 08, 2011 01:48:50 PM
I recently found a great recycle for those small beer, wine & cooler bottles. I've made some lovely small gifts for those occasions where you want to remember someone but don't want to spend a lot of money. 

It began last February when I was looking for a Valentine for my grandling.  He was 17 so the normal things wouldn't do.  After I washed a brown beer bottle & removed the labels,  I decorated it suitably for the occasion with painted hearts, I LOVE YOU's, etc.  Then I filled it with M&M's.  I found a small bag of them will fill the bottle & leave a small handful for me to munch on as I work.  I tied a few strands of raffia around the top, added some colorful beads & corked the bottle.  A little tag tied to the raffia finished it off.  Grandson loved it but, since I mailed it off to him, I don't have a photo of it.

Instead, I have pics of some I've made since then.  For those of you who don't have painting skills in your repertoire, don't dispair.  I've found other ways to decorate as nicely. 
The first bottle in the photo is one I painted with one stroke flowers.   I glued a few flat backed gemstones to the flower centers for a bit of sparkle.
For the second, I cut butterfly printed paper into small squares & used Mod Podge to adhere them in an overlapping pattern.  I tried to work it so most of the whole butterflies were showing.  The tiny butterfly I found in my stash looks nice tied to the top with a gold cord.
Bottle three is a clear cooler bottle that I filled with jelly beans after I Mod Podged thin strips of foil gift wrap with a few punched pieces interspersed among them.  Ribbon & beads for trim.
A coat of a light colored spray paint will give the bottle an entirely different, cheerier look.   I did that for bottle four.  Then I cut out flowers from tissue wrap & Mod Podged them in an overlapping manner.
The last is my lazy way bottle.  I found underwater creature stick-ons that I just peeled & pressed to the bottle.  Ribbon & beads again finished it. 
If you check, some of the bottle openings are just the right size for a dime to slip thru.  Decorated appropriately, it makes a fantastic gift for a newly expectant couple. Tag it with instructions for them to begin saving all of their dimes.  They'll add up quickly if they can get the grandparents-in-waiting to join in.  Open a bank account when it's full & refill until the baby is born.  It will give a nice beginning for baby's future.

Everything here can also be done with larger wine bottles but I've not calculated how many bags of M&M's it would take to fill one so you're on your own there.   






185  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Poseable porcelain doll---approx. 22" tall. on: November 06, 2011 07:35:50 PM

I acquired  a number of porcelain doll pieces but have very limited experience in the area of dollmaking.  Having to make up my own rules doesn't usually stop me so I began by painting vines & leaves on all the pieces to coordinate with a piece of Asian embroidered fabric I found.
 
I fashioned a wire armature for the body---purposely elongated the arms & legs in comparison to the torso.  After padding & covering the framework I attached the head, hands & feet. The wire armature makes her poseable.

For clothing, I designed the patterns for a high necked gold jumpsuit & long open robe, sewed them & dressed her.  Then I went hunting for hair, but couldn't find anything that I felt wouldn't detract from the rest of her.  I finally settled on NOTHING.  Instead I've used a piece of gold trim for a headband with a with a fanshaped fabric & button medallion for trim.   Strands of dangling multicolored beads finish it.

She's gone to live with a friend of mine but I have several more porcelain sets & hope to create some sister dolls some day soon







186  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Whopper Cheeseburger---28" in diameter! on: November 06, 2011 04:30:15 PM

Whopper Cheeseburger---28" in diameter!

I've cooked up a king sized cheeseburger.  Being my own recipe, the ingredients are a bit unusual but have the advantage of adding absolutely no calories or fat to my diet. 

I  sprayed the bun fabric with a thinned brown acrylic paint to give it a toasty appearance.   Sesame seeds anyone?  It seems I toiled over the handcutting of about 131,723 sesames during the dark of one late night & glued them on individually.  (It wasn't really that many but it seemed so.)

The burger itself is a slab of upholstery foam covered with a textured brown upholstery fabric. 

Since this is a whopper, "Have it your way" with a choice of cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion.  Each of the ingredients is made individually so they can be organized in any order or left off completely.  All are provided with hook & loop tabs so they wil stack together to make a very unique pillow. 

I designed it originally for a pillow contest sponsored by the Creative Home Arts Magazine where it won 3rd prize.  My grandlet was the recipient of this first food sculpture.  You can see his reaction to it in the photo.
 
I later made a mini-burger that is only about 22" in diameter.  It's made along the same lines only smaller.

They can be considered as pillows or, because of their separate pieces, as toys.











187  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: ♣ ♥ ♦ Game Board Quilt ♦ ♣ ♥ on: November 05, 2011 12:13:26 PM
This is a brilliant idea.  Now you need to make a carry satchel for it with pockets on the outside to hold the pieces for each game.  It would be a great take-along activity.
188  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Toy Soldier Yard Art on: November 04, 2011 07:58:12 PM
I love this little guy.  So creative!
189  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Easy Little Christmas Trees on: November 04, 2011 07:55:27 PM
Thank you.  It's my favorite too.  I made it with a stiffer interfacing & just pinked the edges.  The height & fullness of the tree depends on how much you twist & push it together on the skewer.  After threading it on, I usually put a dab of glue at the tip before adjusting it.  Then I glue the bottom & clip the skewer to the proper length.  I think the length of the triangle was about the same on all of them altho the base varied a bit in width.
190  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Life Size Old World Santa figure on: November 04, 2011 07:43:27 PM
Thanks to you all.  I'm happy that my creations are so well received.  I'm really quite proud of them & high praise like yours is very gratifying.

 BoatsandSews,  I've done some art & craft shows & have sold a number of them during the past several years but the present economy doesn't provide much of a market for them.

Couple that with the fact that I'm a totally right brain person & I'm absolutely lost in the business world.  I've often thought I need an entrepreneur to handle that side of it because I don't really make things to sell---as an art/craft person, I sell them so I can make more.  I suppose it's a good thing I'm retired & have no mortgage.
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