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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Old Lap Table---New Memory on: April 15, 2015 11:51:55 AM
A few years ago a friend gave me an old lap table & over the years another friend has sent me several calendars from England.  I've since lost both friends & wanted to create a memory of them both. 

After sanding the table, I gave it several coats of white enamel.  I didn't use the calendar in the photo but took a different one apart, cut the main subject areas from the pages & used Mod Podge to adhere them to the table top in a patchwork fashion.  I added the printed type showing the subject of each photo & even made certain I used the photo with the notation of where, in the photo, my friend lived.  I used a green glitter Washi tape to outline the edges of the photos & then added an accent line of black down the center of the green.  After applying several thin coats of Mod Podge I gave it an acrylic finish for durability & put it in the spare bedroom.  Both attractive & useful. 









2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Jujube, Camel Feltie ornament on: April 08, 2015 12:45:41 PM
Jujube (7" tall) was the original miniature I made as a test to see if I could make a larger camel for a friend.  I did & Sahara (about 2 ft tall) is posted elsewhere on the boards. 
Jujube's made of felt & has a wire framework.  I'm well pleased with her & can use her as an ornament or set her on a shelf.  I suppose could get ambitious & make a complete Nativity set to go with her.



3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Prism, Egret make over on: April 04, 2015 05:30:44 PM
When we moved into our new house, I found a garden Egret faded, peeling & knee deep in the dirt beside the carport. His one toe had been amputated, his tail feathers slightly clipped & his beak broken.  I cleaned him up & painted him in standard egret colors.  Then, because of his missing parts, I decided he no longer merits being called an egret.  I wanted to give him a whole new identity so I began again & repainted him.   Because of his rainbow colors, I've named him Prism & think he looks much happier now.  He'll stand outside by our front lamp post instead of hidden away in the dirt. 



4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Whitman's Sampler on: March 12, 2015 11:24:18 AM
I've been working on some UFO's (unfinished objects) & finally completed the last of my Valentines.  It's actually the extra one I always try to make so I'll have it to keep as an example.  

I bought a Whitman's Sampler box of chocolates for each of my daughters & Grands, removed the candies, & replaced them with a forever version of chocolate felties.  They're hand sewn, stuffed & decorated to look like real chocolates.  (Did you know that a candy maker can "read" the top of a piece of chocolate & know what's inside by the design on top?---Easier than squeezing them.)  

I heard a couple of grumps because the candy was fake but all were appeased by the extra I added in the form of Valentine cash.  








Gather the edge of the large oval & circle, tighten gathers & stitch to the smaller circle stuffing before sewing the opening closed.

Cut the corners of the large square & rectangle pieces as indicated.  Fold the corners,  stitch & trim to create a box. Sew to the smaller square, stuffing before sewing the opening closed.

Cut long narrow strips of felt, Put a line of white glue on the top of the candy piece in the desired squiggle.  Lay the felt strips along the glue line to create the squiggles.

Empty a Whitman's Sampler box & wipe the inside with a damp cloth.  Refill with your Forever Chocolates.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Honoria, Turtle Feltie on: February 21, 2015 08:33:22 AM
Honoria, is my answer to a friend's request for a Turtle Feltie.  At 8", nose to tail, she's one of my largest so far.  I've used a wire skeleton so her head/tail/legs are bendable.  Because she's very feminine, I've made her a lace underskirt & flowery shell.   She's stuffed with polyfil & I used a circle of cardboard to keep her tummy flat.  I've planned a couple of changes for the next one but am quite pleased with my first try.   







6  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.
     



7  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.





8  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?


 
9  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.
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10  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.



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