I bought this Robert Kaufman Urban Zoologie jelly roll from Craftsy to make a baby quilt for my niece's baby. I simply fell in love with it. I added a red polka dot as the main fabric and went to town.
I kept it simple, creating 12 inch/3 strip blocks with the birds as the center block. The fabrics were so busy, I didn't want to make them any smaller or lose the wonderful birds. I did a simple "stitch in the ditch" around each square, then hand tied the center of each square with red floss. It's so warm and cozy I don't want to send it off.
I made some bibs and a crinkly block with the bits left over.
I has taken me 3 months, due to other fun things to do like vacation and work and the outdoors. But here is the finished product.
Hey, it's November, but for October I managed to use up 5 (1/2 of 10) things in my stash that were big space wasters.
I grew bird house gourds several years ago and the last 5 have been rattling around my craft shelf in the basement. Rolling here and there, getting in the way, getting moved to accommodate something else, and generally causing havoc.
So three became Day of the dead skulls and the last two are bowls. I still have the tops...they must be good for something! Funny thing is....now I have to figure out how to store them for next year!!!!
I grew birdhouse gourds one summer and have had several rattling around my basement for years. They take up space and roll all over! I have used them one by one for crafts, but the last 5 were just annoying me.
So, with a few layers of paint, a cup hook or three, and a saw (for the bowls) I transformed them into......Day of the Dead Skulls! Few people recognized them as gourds with the paint and hanging them upside down.
I sketched the faces in pencil, then painted the bright colors. The first two gourds I outlined in black paint, but with Halloween approaching, I used Sharpies on the last one and it worked just great! Much faster and easier. We will see what it looks like next year. I find that sharpies can bleed over time. For the full effect see http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441356.0
Here's a shot of the naked gourds. Lovely with their mold spots and variations.
Here's one after several coats of paint. I should have done a base sealer coat of shellac, but I do like the slight discolorations coming through the white paint. Makes them a bit creepier.
These are the bowls after a coat or two of shellac. They show the lovely patterns the curing process left. The insides are also coated with several coats of shellac. Caution: Always wear a face mask when sawing or sanding with gourds. The dust is not good for you.
Our church did a Trunk or Treat this year so my trusty Matrix received a make over to DAY OF THE DEAD!
I constructed the hat out of posterboard, an old pair of black pants (I couldn't find enough plain black fabric in my stash), and red pom pom trim. The mask was downloaded from the internet and hand colored (I grew short on time!). The rest of the outfit was straight from my closet.
I painted up some birdhouse gourds to keep me company and cut tissue paper garland for a festive look. I ran the lights from a Diehard battery charger. The candy bowls are missing in this pic, but were cut from the gourds and painted with shellac. I included a pic...we ate ALL the candy!
I also received a wonderful house from sonjaboo. I love the wonky windows and door and the dancing skeleton is perfect. The back is awesome too. But it is sad, this is my last house for this round. Sigh. But they are sitting in my window looking spooky.
I received from thisbirdabsurd a wonderful black and white house.The woman is from an old dagurereotype and the window is mica. With the light shining through you see her ghostly form. OOOOO haunted! There is lots of details, trim and wings and little metal bits. I love it. Thank you.
I love spooky chunky houses. Missingwillow...wow! All so cool. And Pottermouth, yours are all so different too. And I received one from pottermouth!!! Coming back from a wonderful, relaxing, adventure cruise of the San Juan Islands, I got to open lots of goodies.
We had sun and fun and kyaking, paddle boarding, hiking, site seeing, critter spotting and a whole afternoon of whale watching. Humpbacks and Orcas, oh, my.
Mine says BOO in wire with little witches attached at the top. Lots of layers and tombstones. On the back are more witches, elegantly planning great mayhem!. I love it.
I received, I received!!! Coming back from a wonderful, relaxing, adventure cruise of the San Juan Islands, I got to open lots of goodies. And this one is from blu!
We had sun and fun and kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking, site seeing, critter spotting and a whole afternoon of whale watching. Humpbacks and Orcas, oh, my.
And be prepared for more jaw dropping goodness. A little steampunk girl, ballooning her way into my heart. She was swaddled in more bubble wrap, paper, padding and even her own little plastic container, and arrived in one piece...well almost, her parasol blew off....but was soon returned.
The detail is wonderful. I keep finding more little things. And is that a paper lantern or a tomatilla husk? I love it.