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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Spring is for Prayer Flags! on: March 12, 2015 04:40:21 PM
I love Craftster Prayer Flag Swaps...especially when you are in a group of 6 and make a flag for everyone, including yourself and then get amazing flags back in the mail. Words were assigned and away we flew. So here are the prayer flags.

Freedom: Red/green silk back with floss and bead dandelion seeds



Two Grow Flags: Cotton back with rough edge applique and beads. There are two because I made the lighter one first, then realized that my partner did not like pastels, so made the brighter one. They both are wonderful and it was fun to do the same in a different palette...I kept the pastel one, luck me.



Silence: Silk again with torn fabric trees overlaid with organza ribbon machine embroidered with SH-H-H and SILENCE and QUIET. With a few beads.



Create: Cotton back and torn fabric strip and beads. Overlay is an antique lace curtain that has seen better days.



Persistance: Silk back with a rope of various fibers and yarns growing to circle the moon. And beads.



Jump: My word and my flag. Silk and cotton and beads and jump!

22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Magic Muse Wand on: February 26, 2015 01:53:21 PM
I am taking a Coursera MOOC* class on Creativity and it's fun to play and learn about something we do here so completely.

One assignment was a "Mini-masterpiece". Take an ordinary object and masterpiece it. I started with a stick, add some thread, paint, paper beads, folded paper, a bottle cap and the foil off the top of a wine bottle. Oh, don't forget the hand painted flat marble "eye".

And now I have my own magic wand. I've seen the concept on Pinterest and just had to make my own version. If you come and visit, I'll bop you on the head with it. We can always find a use for more creativity.



*MOOC are Massive Open Online Classes and are usually free and/or for credit.
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Books of magic and life and potions on: February 12, 2015 02:14:43 PM
I made these little books and potions for the Curiosity Cabinet Swap, then made other items to send.

The books are about 2 inches tall with embossed leather covers. The embossing is a bit faint, but then these are well used and very old. The pages are distressed paper bags (I'm sure the ancients used these too). Wrinkled, dyed with tea and ironed.

The bottles are varied. Some came from the dollar store full of little glittery things to add to your finger nail polish I guess. Cute bottles though. And I found the brown one at the local doll house supply store. A few beads on top, some mysterious contents and be careful what you drink.


24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ancient druid crow mask on: February 12, 2015 01:59:37 PM
Crows and ravens were sacred to the druids and the Celtics. This is a prototype, only about 2 inches wide. I wanted to make a larger one for the Curiosity Cabinet swap, but got waylaid by other ideas. I may still do a larger version when I can figure out a better armature and product to use. I used a home made paper clay that was a bit hard to work with. I'll have to adjust the recipe or buy the stuff.

The mask is finished with brown wax, which did not stick, but made the cracks look good and black shoe polish.



25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Manus Volatilis or the elusive "Hand Butterfly" on: February 12, 2015 12:04:09 PM
Rare and unusual items are showing up in the Curiosity Cabinet Swap Gallery...check it out.

Here are two specimens of the rare and scary Manus Volatilis or "Hand Butterfly"

This first item, flown off now to my partner sports gossamer wings and shiny eyes, with a tail of precious beads.




The second specimen, mine, has turquoise eyes and umbrella wings in metallic splendor.

26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Begging machines or toys with arms! on: February 12, 2015 11:54:11 AM
The Curiosity Cabinet swap has been a blast. Check it out in the swap gallery. I made a number of things for the swap and then for me.

A while ago I acquired doll arms...lots of doll arms and have been trying to use some in swaps. So meet the

Begging Machines. They were designed by the infamous "Armless Monk", no monk, but he wore monks robs for ease and for enhancing his begging. And since he had no arms, he invented the "begging machine" to get that last coin in hand.

Here is the original version, sent away in a swap. The base is a 2.5 inch block.



The embossed metal panels are former soda cans, hand embossed with a variety of tools and distressed with paint and sand paper. The other items were all out of my stash...all of it!

And now my smaller version for me. The base for this is a 1.5 inch block, quite a bit smaller.



and trundling off to go to work.......

27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / "Tie a string around it" Making beautiful strings. With TUT! on: February 07, 2015 05:34:30 PM
I really did not know where to put this little tut, but here we go.



My DW and her friends have been making musical instruments called strum sticks (Google it). They are like a 3 string upright dulcimer and really fun and easy to play. And beautiful. They need a string or strap. We tried braiding and crocheted strings, but they caught on bits and pieces.

So I gathered some strips of yarn (I even used the old braided ones) and zig zagged them together. I've used this technique for decorative additions to fabric art. Take a look. Tut follows

A beautiful strum stick ready to play.



Gather a variety of yarn and floss. I used acrylic, cotton and wool and some glittery yarn. It's a great way to use up those short ends. Set your machine to the widest zig zag (adjust for smaller diameter strings) and long stitch length. Use a thread color to accent your string.



Secure the ends by stitching over several times in the same place. Twist the yarn and start pulling it through the sewing machine. Don't worry about catching all the yarn, you will be stitching back over from the other end. Remember to continue to twist in the same direction the whole length.



When you get to the end, again secure by stitching over several times in the same place. Turn your string around and zig zag back over the string again twisting slightly as your pull the string through the machine.



Trim the ends and "tie a string around it."

28  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Wee little houses with curly tops on: January 14, 2015 12:37:01 PM
I saw these very cute little houses on Pinterest, tracked them down to Etsy and want to thank https://www.etsy.com/shop/ACreativeDream?ref=l2-shopheader-name, June Murphy Crawford for the wonderful inspiration. Unfortunately, I cannot afford the price or the shipping to own these.

I do like to have small gifts around for sudden birthdays, thank yous and other just because events. So I created my version. Not as detailed, but still fun.





29  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Fairy Door into Fairy Land, open at your own risk. on: January 14, 2015 12:25:17 PM
This spring I'm involved in a plant sale, plants donated from your yard, sold for charity. My yard unfortunately, is invaded with a very invasive plant called gout weed. It's a ground cover that takes over, has run all around the house and clear to the back property line (planted by former owner). I've controlled it by covering with black plastic and mulch,  and have it contained. I will never be rid of it, it runs underground, it seeds and it will spring back from the tiniest piece. But no plants are allowed out of my yard! I do not wish this on anyone.

So I have been making fairy doors out of polymer to brighten my day and sell at the swap. Be careful when you open the doors, you'll never know when you will be back.


30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Yetinnis - Ninnis from the high Himalayas! on: January 13, 2015 07:46:24 PM
In the recent Ninni swap, the call was for one ninni, quick and easy swap. But I made two and .....

The Yetinni Family
Note: Whistly has 4 children and they were delighted to get a Yetinni of their own...and her husband loves his too!
I left Mama and Papa Yetinni alone overnight and look what I found in the morning!
A brood of little Yetinnis hopping all over the house. Mama and Papa had proud grins on their faces as they watched the little ones play.
(Warning, leave Mama and Papa alone at your own risk!)
 They are excited about traveling to Utah where they hear that there are lots of mountains and winter sports as well as Summer, something they have heard about, but never experienced.
They eat snowballs and icicles, snow ice cream and popcicles. They pick up after themselves and make their own beds.
So a big welcome to....
The Yetinni Family!
Mama and papa are made with sewn together strips of fur trim from my stash and backed with white fleece (stash). The little kiddies are white fleece...I used every scrap of white fleece I had in my stash.  I knitted the little hats and scarves from stash yarn as well. The wooden crate was from a box of donated little crates. I keep thinking I can use them, but find few uses...the time will come! So enjoy. These little guys were very hard to send off. Check out the gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437382.0

Here's Mama and Papa

Family portrait!




And their woody stationwagon

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