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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Frida Kahlo Dotee....a painting come to life. on: August 15, 2015 09:40:14 AM
I've always been a fan of Frida Kahlo, her life and paintings. What an amazing woman. So here's a Frida  dotee from one of her paintings. It is hard to see, but there is a monkey on one shoulder, a cat on another and moths in her hair.

And her traveling frame:

22  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Urban Zoologie Jelly Roll....Now What? on: July 27, 2015 05:41:28 PM
I bought this Robert Kaufman Urban Zoologie jelly roll from Craftsy to make a baby quilt for my niece's baby. They don't know if it is a boy or a girl, but I figured bright colors always work. These days, all colors work, but I feel that too much pink could make a new boy's daddy nervous.

Now what? I love the fabric and those birds are just too much. I've added the red dot as the backing and another color. I may pull the brighter green or the brown, not sure yet.

So just basic three stripe blocks to showcase the birds and the patterns, or something more intricate. It's busy, so I don't want to get too fancy (and my quilting skills are at the very basic level. I may just look at this and enjoy the colors for a while!

23  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Another ODU bag....for mom! on: July 19, 2015 05:33:25 PM
I finished the ODU bag for my DIL. It's made out of her husbands old uniforms and I wanted to keep as much of the Coast Guard identity as possible. The fabric is very tough and when you have several layers, it gets tricky, even with the proper needle and my new Pfaff! The lining is batik, with pockets inside too.

Here's the link to my grandson's string back pack. I filled it with summer fun. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439789.msg5321199#msg5321199

I'll be shipping the two off tomorrow.

And the happy recipients.

24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Military uniform to backpack. on: June 28, 2015 10:15:10 AM
My DIL and grandson would like bags made out of my son's old coast guard uniforms. He's an officer now and left me with his old ones. Very sturdy navy fabric. The bags sell for quite a bit on Etsy, custom made but still....

Here's the first bag, just a simple string backpack/book bag for my grandson. Took me a bit as I made it up as I went and the fabric is pretty tough to sew through on multi layer areas. These string backpacks are pretty simple, it was figuring out how to use the shirt to the best advantage. But it was a good way to get used to the fabric and the issues I may run into making the bigger bag for my DIL.


And the original shirt complete with sweat stains.

And the very happy recipients.

25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Adult "Play" night at a friend's art studio on: June 12, 2015 05:56:27 AM
Do you find making art "play"?

A friend of mine recently realized her dream of her own art studio, well almost her own, she has a co-artist sharing the space. But she also shares the space for anyone who will drop in and play. Bring your own project, or use the paints, pencils, pastels, markers, paper, scraps of paper, etc. to create.

To me art is play, the best kind of play: Creative, inspired, fun, liberating and awesome. Play should refresh you, relax you and open you up to the world. Yes, this is play.

I came rather unprepared after a long day at work to one of her impromptu studio evenings. A piece of heavy paper, glue, water and scraps of painted paper and i was on my way to the first layer of a collage/mixed media piece. What fun to have different papers to work with and no project in mind.

The finished work is now dry and laying there looking pretty wonderful. And I am planing the next step.

So I'd love to hear your thoughts on art and play and wonder and all that good stuff.
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / ODU bag from old Coastie shirt on: May 09, 2015 01:26:11 PM
My son just became an officer in the Coast Guard and gave me several of his old blouses. My DIL wants me to make an ODU purse or bag out of one of them. And my grandson wants one for his karate gear. The bags are pretty simple to make with additional pockets on the inside, but the size is still not nailed down.

This is a pic of what she is thinking. I'm reasearching and coming up with sizes from 13 x 14.5 x 1 to 14 x 10 x 4. And more. I guess I will just have to ask her what size she is thinking about. To include both front pockets (the shirt is Large or extra large) it will have to be at least 14-15 wide.

Any helpful ideas?
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Coffee bag to organizer pouch on: May 03, 2015 11:14:18 AM
Our church sells free trade coffee and it's the best. I love the bags too, so bright and fun. I whipped up this little organizing pouch out of a couple of them. I washed the bags, but the coffee bean smell still comes through rather strongly. Sigh. I think I will try washing more thoroughly and maybe store in a bag with baking soda for a while. It's still fun.

28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mama owl and her owlets on: May 03, 2015 11:03:41 AM
Check out the One Tiny Bird Swap! So many amazing little birds. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438936.0

Mama owl was made from linen scraps and old lace. I even crafted the pattern after much searching and not quite finding what I wanted. The natural linen was perfect with a bit of white linen for their faces. Her chest is old lace and the wings and tail are from vintage linens. Her beak is a bit of wood and her eyes buttons. She's a barn owl and her little owlets are getting bigger. Mama is about 5 " or so tall.

Where's Mama!

There she is, spying out dinner.

29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Spririt Dotee for poor lost wings on: May 03, 2015 10:58:24 AM
I had this set of wings floating around my craft room since last summer. I made them for another bird doll and they just were not right, but you cannot just discard wings!

I set out to give the wings a home and this little dotee appeared. She has wire antenna with beads and a floaty tail of colorful yarns.She and her wings were sent out as part of an angel package.

The fabric is from a stash of upholstery fabric I picked up at a booth at a music event years ago. I love the patterns, they are fun to fussy cut and get just the right pattern.

30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / More Community Quilt "What I Love" squares on: April 29, 2015 04:37:56 PM
I just added two more, the quilt needs a few more squares and it is coming together a bit differently than imagined. Ain't that just the way. The first two squares can be found here....http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=post;msg=5305619;topic=438891.0;sesc=9760835ae147cacbaef93bc04bed9785

This one is "Heartbeat". This drummer woman was conceived in 2010 for that year's quilt and she just begged to come back and get the going.

And "Whispering Ferns". The land where the festival is held has acres of ferns, just starting to dry and rustle in the breeze in August as you wander through them.
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