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71  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Wicked Witch of the Forest....Beware! on: October 07, 2014 02:12:28 PM
In the OTT October Holiday swap www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435848.0, I got caught up in a mad witche's house. I could not stop. Here's the little witch. She's less than 3" tall and was made with a skull bead and a wire armature. This is a very first for a polymer clay figure. Rather proud. The house is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436086.msg5250742#msg5250742

72  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wee Wiches Wicked Cottage on: October 07, 2014 01:50:54 PM
Be careful wandering the woods this time of year, especially if you come upon a tiny weathered cottage, approach very carefully. This was made for the OTT October Holiday swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435848.0

The house is all buttoned up so you can view the outside. There are vines, bats, a chimmney made from egg carton, tomb stones and moss.

But as you unbutton it and lift the roof, all kinds of magical items appear. Potions and skulls, books and candles, caldrons and churns. Her cape and broom wait by the door

The witch is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436087.new#new

This is the starting point, I wanted it to open up and be sturdy, hence the double floor. I was able to keep it flat until the very end. Made it much easier to decorate.

73  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / More Wise Old Owls...may wisdom be yours on: September 27, 2014 06:24:43 PM
In the 3D Pretty Bird swap I make another wise owl. It's a bit bigger than the first one http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435167.0#axzz3EZJADd7A but I like the size.  Unfortunately, the first Owl I sent to Canada arrived, was delivered, but apparently not to the right address and never showed up. (Tears).

But I did make extras for sale at a charity craft fair later in the fall and was able to quickly get another ready to send off. Success this time. The package arrived save and sound.

The owls are made of upholstery samples, felt, hand painted eyes, a monocle made from more wire, and bits of branch for beak and perch. His claws are made of wire. His followers twitter around him and are made of burlap and fabric. Here's a tut for the little bird ornaments. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434563.0#axzz3EZJADd7A and the eyes are a variation on my monster eyes. Tut here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430188.0#axzz2tFYOOS9z

Here's the first wayward owl.

And his brother, the replacement owl.

74  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Snarky Housewife Recipe Holder - Bring on the snark - Pic heavy on: September 11, 2014 06:57:35 PM
The lovely rackycoo inspired this kitschy mini recipe holder during the Snarky Housewife swap. Every cookbook or drink recipe book needs a good holder and a lovely dressed up and bejeweled arm is the perfect item. We must dress for happy hour drinks! The recipe book has been well used with turned down corners on favorites and few wine stains along the way.

Take a look.

75  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wired Bird Nest with Mama Bird and Eggs on: August 30, 2014 02:22:45 PM
I made this little bird and bird nest for a Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine Wired/Mixed-Media Assemblage reader challenge. Whew. I have been working on this for several months, it just would not come together, but with the deadline looming (Sept. 5th) I finally finished and photographed it. Finalists will be posted on the 12th!

The wire bird nest is constructed of salvaged wire from wire-bound manuals, cherry wood sticks, raffia and strung beads. It is lined with milk weed pod silk and three tiny wire wrapped egg-jewels snuggle inside. Mama bird is hand-stitched from hand-made paper fabric with bent wire legs. Overall size is about 4x4x6 inch.

76  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / New Home for Wayward Dolls on: August 17, 2014 05:54:03 PM
I have received some amazing dolls in swaps and they were tucked into various nooks, crannies, and hidey holes all over my craft room. I wanted to be able to admire them easily and needed a display shelf.

We converted our fireplace to a wood burning stove insert a couple of years ago and the old mantle had to go. It sat out side for a few seasons and was supposed to be cut up and disposed of, but it just sat there and peeled and weathered.

I finally took a crowbar and hammer to it to pry off the top shelf part of the mantle. It was home made and had lots of big honkin' nails holding it together. The wood was gray, cracked and there were spots of dry rot.

I sanded, scraped, chipped out bad wood and finally remembered my heat gun and got the rest of the paint off. I filled the holes including one big one on one side. I still wanted a bit of a used look so I didn't get too crazy with the filler. I purchased some wood shelf supports and aged them as well.

A couple of coats of shellac to seal the formerly mildewed wood, a couple of coats of primer and a couple of coats of paint and there was my new shelf. I hung it high on the wall over my sewing machine and now all the dolls smile down on me...ok the Junker Jane doll has a bit of a snarl, but she's still grateful.

And a pic of the before, after rescue from the elements.

77  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Turtle stuffie on: August 17, 2014 05:21:44 PM
I have been working up some new animal patterns and got a request for a turtle. I drew this out and made it in about an hour, with time out to help my DW create a sign for a bio diversity project. Unfortunately, the turtle and the owl now live temporarily on the display!

I have lots of upholstery samples that have been hogging space in my stash, so I picked out a couple and a turtle crept into my life.

It's done in two pieces, the body and the shell, then whipped together. A piece of cardboard helps make a flatter bottom shell.

Here he is crawling up my front steps.

And he slipped and turned over!

And here he is with his new friend, Mr. Owl.

78  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.

79  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.

80  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.

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