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71  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Wise Owl Sittin' in a Tree. on: August 17, 2014 05:13:55 PM
I have been working on some new stuffed critter patterns. I saw this cute owl on Pinterest and this is my version. I still have some tweeking to do...I'm not quite satisfied, but I am very happy with him.

I have lots of upholstery samples that have been sitting in my stash for way too long. I love the textures and the patterns, but it is hard to find a good use for the swatches. I see more owls coming to town.

His beak is a bit of twig and he is holding tight to another twig (wrapped metal wire claws).

It's mostly machine stitched and the eyes are some left over monster eyes. See the tut here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431541.0#axzz3AhJWZo2A

Here he is by his favorite tree....





And here is is with his new turtle friend.

72  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Little journal for small thoughts. All recycled materials. on: July 27, 2014 01:51:48 PM
I needed a small journal for an upcoming trip. Something that would fit in my backpack, allow me to create some quick (small) entries and drawings. This little beauty is only about 5" by 3.75", with pages made from paper bags. These are cut open bags that I use as a drop cloth beneath painting and crafting, and also use to clean extra paint off of brushes.

I love random backgrounds to draw and doodle on, it starts the creative process for me. I'm terrible at actually creating an underpainting on purpose....go figure.

The cover is from a cereal box, covered with torn paper, tissue paper, pencil shavings, washi tape, and a few other random things.

The inside pages are the paper bags with some of them folded into pockets and stitched. I then did a simple string binding and added beads for fun. Some are paper beads.

A small set of colored pencils, a pen and I am set to go.





73  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Shooting Star Bean (Rice) Bags on: July 27, 2014 12:46:33 PM
I saw these little shooting stars on Pinterest and so stitched up a dozen for an abandoned art project. See http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434378.0#axzz38hMpN3Tv.

They are simply felt stars with a top layer of fabric stars, a bit of ribbon and rice stuffing. They fly with their tails out behind them when tossed into the air...or at your partner. Lots of fun. I'm making more for my grandson, probably with a tic tac toe game or such to add to them.



74  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Fabric Art Journal Pages, texture and fun on: July 19, 2014 04:44:33 AM
I love journal page swaps....especially fabric ones. (recent swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434288.0#axzz37ueSyfAO)

The technique on Maleficent is a variety of reverse applique, layers of fabric, stitched the picture then cut away the top layer to reveal the lower layers. Edges are left raw to fray a bit giving it more texture. The quote was ironed on with fabric fusing.

For Planet Pie, I also used the reverse applique method as well as chenilling, which is a technique of layering little scraps of fabric between two fabric pieces, stitching your pattern, then cutting through all the layers (except the back) and washing and drying to get the most fraying. 

There is a great YouTube by Jamie Malden for chenilling, she calls it slashing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaPsMLE2FQ8

And for madcrafter she got a Carl Sagan quote. I'm a scifi reader, so she could have gotten anything!



Angielou1 received a Maleficent quote. I've always loved the tall austere Maleficent character from Disney's original Sleeping Beauty. Even joined the kids one Halloween when they did Sleeping Beauty, Prince Charming and I was Maleficent. I scared young children!

75  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pennies from Heaven...pass those pennies forward on: July 14, 2014 07:17:52 PM
100 things are easy to think of, but hard to imagine in one craft. I recently became the owner of a box of doll arms (impulse bid on eBay that won). I had this wooden purse, a thrift store find, that cried out to become a shrine, but no inspiration. Then I found a penny on the ground and it all burst into fruition.

But I had to find 99 more pennies. I searched my car, the change bowl, the laundry area, the bottom of my purse and came up with 69 pennies. What? Only 69. So I started designing, gluing, thinking of things I could buy that would give me pennies.
Luckily I finally found the big change jar and 31 more pennies joined. Now I am finding pennies everywhere!

Enjoy "Pennies from Heaven" and pass those pennies forward.





76  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little fabric and felt bird ornament tutorial - a bird in the bush on: July 12, 2014 07:17:27 AM
I'm joining the Abandoned Art Craftalong, the idea is so appealing and so fun. You make a piece of art, then abandon it to be found. I was looking for an easy and bright idea and alwaysinmyroom posted these cute crocheted birds. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434378.msg5218657;topicseen#msg5218657



I'm too slow a crocheter, but I can sew up a storm. Searching Pinterest I saw a fabric version and then modified to fit my stash of craft felt. Nice and bright, easy, perfect. These birds took very little time to stitch up, especially in groups. I made 5 and plan on making more. I'll abandon a few today in my home town, then I'll be in Hartford next week for jury duty and can abandon more. Vacation is coming.....I'll leave them across the US (at least to Michigan).

Materials:
Scissors
Felt - 2 to three colors
Fabric
Jute twine/embroidery floss/yarn
Sewing machine or needle and thread

Start by cutting
1 ea. circle of felt 3 1/2" (9 cm) in diameter, cut in half for body.
1 ea. contrasting fabric circle 3 1/4" (8.5 cm) in diameter, cut in half. I used pinking shears.
1 ea. 1 1/4" square of yellow felt, then cut in half diagonally. This will make two beaks.
1 ea. 1 3/4" (3.5 cm) circle, cut in half for wings.
1 ea. 12" (30.5 cm )length of twine, knot together to form a loop for a hanger.
1 ea. 9" (23 cm) length of twine, knot each end about 3/4" (2 cm) from end and fray. Fold in half for legs.
2 ea. 6" (15 cm) lengths of twine, knot each end and fray, f
old in half for the tail.



Stitch smaller fabric circle to felt body



Stitch wings to body, add additional stitching or embellishments now.



Place both halves together, wrong sides facing. Place hanger, legs, tail. Fold triangle beak in half and place at head. See picture. Stitch around body catching hanger, legs, tail and beak. Leave a small opening for stuffing. Stuff lightly and stitch opening closed. Enjoy







Craftalong link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434378.0#axzz37GNwbNbE
77  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 100 ENTRIES / Pennies from Heaven...pass them forward on: July 06, 2014 10:35:47 AM
100 things are easy to think of, but hard to imagine in one craft. I recently became the owner of a box of doll arms (impulse bid on eBay that won). I had this wooden purse, a thrift store find, that cried out to become a shrine, but no inspiration. Then I found a penny on the ground and it all burst into fruition.

But I had to find 99 more pennies. I searched my car, the change bowl, the laundry area, the bottom of my purse and came up with 69 pennies. What? Only 69. So I started designing, gluing, thinking of things I could buy that would give me pennies.
Luckily I finally found the big change jar and 31 more pennies joined.

Enjoy "Pennies from Heaven" and pass those pennies forward.





78  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Sewing Table gets a new life on: July 06, 2014 10:21:56 AM
After 40 years, I purchased a new sewing machine. Wow, what a change. My old machine and it's table went to college, helped dress two children, repaired tents, created costumes and was there to mend the tears in life.

But the new machine sits on top of the old table and was too tall. So I sawed off about 4 1/2 inches of leg. Perfect. Not so perfect. I couldn't get my legs under the table anymore. So out comes the circle drill bits, two holes for corners were cut and a little jigsaw work to cut a new knee hole. Some sanding, some staining and a new life was give to my old table.

I still have the old machine, it does double duty for camping gear repairs and workshops.

And the cut out holes got a new life for the Pincushion Queen's throne. I just can throw anything away. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434331.0#axzz36i2dFaKR



79  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Spoolie Pincushion Queen Reigns on: July 02, 2014 04:39:52 PM
In the recent altered spool swap and how I love to alter things....my partner mentioned Tim Burton and the Pincushion Queen. Poor sad thing. But she is appealing.

It was fun recreating this queen with a narrow waisted spool, striped legs and arms and a throne to rule from. The biggest problem was her head, I needed something soft enough to stick pins in, but not too heavy. I stitched together a ball from a baseball pattern, which came out lopsided. Then wrapped with batting and covered with white fabric and stitched together with black floss. Poor thing. I made big pins from wire and beads. The chair seat came from cutting circles out of the front of my sewing table after I shortened it for the new sewing machine and needed more knee space. Ya never know what you will use.



80  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Steampunk top hat ornament on: July 01, 2014 03:19:19 PM
I can't believe I forgot to post these little jewels. But the holiday season is wacky and I usually over craft myself.

These were made for a steampunk ornament swap last fall and were my fall back item after the first bombed big time. I made one for myself, but then ruined one towards the end and ended up sending it out. I will have to make me another this year...or two...or three.

They are only about 2  inches tall and 3 across...at most. They even have their own little hat boxes. The hanger goes through the top with beads below.



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