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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Hondo, Frog Feltie on: February 20, 2015 10:35:12 PM
When a friend asked me to make a feltie pattern for a frog, Hondo was the result.  He's about 6" long (nearly twice that when his legs are stretched out) & has a wire skeleton to make him bendable.  I stuffed him with polyfil & used cute little heart shaped buttons to attach his legs.  His eyes are beads & I've painted his spots on with an acrylic paint.  There's room for improvement but my friend is very happy with him.

22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Refurbished rocking horse on: January 25, 2015 10:05:05 PM
When my husband pulled this pathetic looking rocking horse from a neighbor's trash pile, he decided it was very sturdy & only needed some TLC to give it a new life. 

He helped me remove the mane, tail,  eyes, etc & sand it down.  We also shortened the handles.

I painted him with a warm tan color & added flowers on the rockers to compliment the colors  in the padded saddle I fashioned from a faux leather fabric.  The fabric had an all-over design embossed into it so I was able to add colorful flowers by stitching along the lines of the embossing with embroidery thread.  The mane, tail, halter, stirrups & ears are all made from the same faux leather.  A comfy ride for a young cowpoke.

23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Corn Leaves on: August 12, 2014 05:31:38 AM
Thanks for the feedback.  STILLATTHETOP, I appreciate all the info you found for me.  I've given it a cursory check but haven't yet gone into it in detail.  We've been moving grandlings into their own house, selling up our motor home, & getting ready to go to Florida.  Time is at a premium right now but I'm anxious to delve into it soon.  I'm sure there are numerous ways I can use the pods & just have to find them.
24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Corn Leaves on: August 03, 2014 08:52:43 PM

I stopped in the lane & picked a few leaves from the neighbor's corn. 

After washing them, I used a scissors to cut closely on each side of the center vein.
Then I cut down each half of the leaf to make 4 strands.

I used some glass marbles to make the stem stand up in a cup so I could work on it.

 I folded the strands one over the other & tucked the last one under the first.  This made what was called a Chinese Crown Knot when I did macrame'.  There are other names but that is the name I learned. 

I repeated the knot as many times as I could & ended up with a little pod at the base of the leaf with the center vein still intact. 

They're now standing in a vase drying.

This is actually the second time I've tried this.   As I expected, the first group lost a lot of it's color in drying.  I may try bleaching them if I can figure out how it's done.  I'm also waiting to determine if I knotted the first ones more loosely or if it's part the drying process.

Now I come to my dilemma.  I've never seen this done, so I don't know what I have or what to do with them.   I need a few ideas.

I think they look kind of neat in the vase & could be used in a dried arrangement.  I also wonder how they'd look in a wreath.  Other then that, I don't know if I've come up with something great or if I should throw them all away.

Suggestions?  Opinions?

25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Flaunt it! on: July 17, 2014 02:58:43 PM
The first surgery was several years ago & I've nearly recovered from the second.  At times it was a stretch but I really enjoyed all of the painting. 
26  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Butterfly Dish on: July 13, 2014 09:56:59 PM
I'm well pleased with everything about my butterfly except the colors.  I captured the image from "Free Clip Art" & printed it as large as possible on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.  After tracing the details on a slab of fresh clay, I cut it out & shaped it using paper wads as support.   When it was leather hard, I carved in the details & painted it over all before the first firing.  Before the second firing I used a dark green glaze to add definition to the carving.  A final transparent gloss finished it.
I dont care for the colors but fully intend to make more butterflies before very much longer.

27  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Twisted cones on: July 12, 2014 10:45:41 PM
A recent pottery piece that's actually a trial run for a larger piece I'd like to make.  I made two cone shapes that are flat on one side so they fit together.  Then I twisted both pieces so they're entwined---sort of a Yin Yang effect but with cones.  I'm not sure I'll ever make a second piece but certainly had fun making the prototype.

28  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Photo Transfers on: July 11, 2014 08:32:54 PM
Thanks to everyone for the nice comments.  It appears we're in the majority because the bamboo & the Ferris wheel are my favorites too.

These turned out great!  I'm especially drawn to the ferris wheel one.   Did you happen to snap any before shots (before the enhancements)?  I would love to see the differences.

Belladune:  You can't really see what's been done in the way of enhancement in the photos.  
On the first one, the bamboo leaves were painted over with a glossy Mod Podge so they pop out of the mat photo.  
We did the same for the lobster & some of the lettering on the Portland Lobster sign.
The only other one is the B&W Budapest Dome where the flag was painted & glossed.

If you want to see the original photos, most are on daughter's site:  denajenkins.com
If they appear different from the ones here, it might mean she did more photoshopping on them.
29  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Photo Transfers on: July 04, 2014 11:28:35 AM
My daughter & I have been experimenting with photo transfers & having a delightful time.   She's not professional but is seriously into photography so all of the photos are ones she's taken during her travels.

We used a gel medium to transfer the laser printed photos to canvas or wood.  We finished some with an acrylic spray---mat or gloss---& added a thick coat of Mod Podge to others.  Some are coated with dark oil to give a more antique finish.  For those transfers that weren't as successful, we covered the glitches with an acrylic wash to give a more distressed appearance.  Several have been enhanced by painting a Glossy Mod Podge onto certain areas for accents. 

We came up with quite a variety of looks & hope to investigate a bit more into the technique.  We've already chosen a lot more photos to work with & may even try a few of my pics.

30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Flaunt it! on: July 03, 2014 11:07:05 PM
My thought has always been:  IF YOU CAN'T HIDE IT, FLAUNT IT! 

If you must use a cane or walking stick, get the most intricately carved, & brightly painted ones you can find.  Get an array of them to accessorize your wardrobe. 

I've added flowers, feathers or beads to several turbans I've made for friends who underwent cancer treatment.  The additional bling can make a huge difference in attitude.

I've seen people wearing eyepatches & had the urge to ask if I could paint a flower on them. Wouldn't a ruffled edge make it look cute?  Sequins?  Oooh, an eyeball painted on an eyepatch?

That's why, on the 2 occasions I've had foot surgery, I decided I couldn't hide the ugly casts I had to wear.  Instead, I opted to paint flowers on them to make a fashion statement.   It's surprising how many lovely comments I received because of them.   

The P. A. at the hospital also liked my effort.  Enough so that, my first cast was sitting atop the upper cabinets in the cast room when I left.  How many people have had a piece of artwork on display at Mayo Clinic?

I also tried decorating the cumbersome walking boot but wasn't successful.  I could't find a paint that would stick to the smooth surface so it peeled right off.  After a second try I gave up.  At least, the paint job lasted long enough for me to get a photo.   

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