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1  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.
2  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.   







3  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.
     



4  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.





5  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?


 
6  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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7  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.



8  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.













9  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.   






10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Clay Tile with Mushroom & Ladybug on: May 21, 2014 07:05:34 PM
A clay tile that measures about 4x4 inches.  The background leaves & mushrooms are carved into the clay while the other items are modeled individually & added before firing.



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