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51  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Let's get fancy! Stinking cute bow ties for the little guy! on: December 07, 2014 04:52:14 PM
My partner in the Mini 12 Days of Christmas has a little guy so she requested some bow ties for him...These were so much fun to make and just so cute! 

I sort of mixed a couple of tutorials I found on Pinterest to get the size for him.  I think bigger ones would be great for older boys, but really, a boy in a bow tie of any size is just going to be so darling anyway!

I used some leftover fabrics from children quilts and clip on earring backs that I found on clearance for nearly pennies!

I see more of these in the future, but I am going to wait and see what my partner says about them staying on...I sort of liked the tutorial that had the tie connected around the neck...anyone else have any experience with little man bow ties that could give me any advice? 

Close up that she took:
52  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / T'is the Season for Holiday Mug Rugs! on: December 05, 2014 09:27:21 AM
I made this mug rug for my partner in the Mini 12 Days of Christmas...I have seen tree mug rugs all over the internet, so I knew it had to be pretty easy...it was!  I just used lots of scraps and the thing turned out to be the size I managed to cobble together because I was determined to use what I had on hand.

I sent it along with a couple of Japanese tea cups and matcha (green tea!):

I cheated the binding again (I hate binding quilts!)...Grin.

53  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / It's winter! Need long wrist warmers! Custom fitted to stay up! on: December 04, 2014 06:12:57 PM
My partner, rscowtown, wanted longer than normal fingerless gloves/wrist warmers in the OWS 109 swap.  I have seen longer ones, but they always seemed to bunch up or slide down, so I asked her to send me a couple of measurements and then I used my own arm as a guide to make these for her.

I have knit so many of these, so it was just a matter of figuring out where to decrease (wrist and top of glove) and where to increase (palm of hand area)...I started with 48 stitches on size 2.75mm needles, reduced to 40 by the time I got to the wrist, put in a thumb gussett to increase the palm area.
The upper pattern is from this pattern that I have also made free stitch pattern.  It is super easy and does not require cable needles...it is a mock cable!

I snagged some of rscowtown's fabulous pictures, but here it is on my arm:

Here is the shape of them--they look a bit odd not on an arm:

rscowtown said they fit a little snug on her arm, but they should loosen a bit...if not, she can scrunch them or regift them...I am sure I'll be making her another pair sometimes in the future swaps! Grin

Thanks for looking!
54  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Coiled bowls make great gifts to hold holiday goodies! on: December 04, 2014 04:42:31 AM
Do you have friends who have "everything"?  

I find that a fabric bowl can easily be used by just about anybody....fill it with favorite foods, ornaments, dog treats...whatever you think the person would like...after the insides are eaten or put away, there is still the bowl!

I made one for my partner in the Mini 12 days of Christmas to hold favorite green tea snacks.  Her theme was blue and white...I think she can use it all year.

I wrapped it up in tissue paper, but you could use cellophane or even a gift bag...I bet you guys could come up with a lot of ways to fill these bowls with holiday goods!

55  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Winter Scene on: December 02, 2014 09:07:28 AM
My partner in the Mini 12 Days of Christmas Swap said she enjoyed the snow, and loved blue and white themed holiday decor.

I was playing around with bottle brush trees when it hit me: make a winter scene!

link to DIY bottle brush trees

I dyed the bottle brush trees with alcohol inks...the tiny bottle brush tree is one I made myself from old brush curlers.  Gobs and gobs of Snowtex, gobs and gobs of glitter glue, some sparkly diamond things, and a vintage plastic reindeer...ta-da--a winter scene! Grin

The base is just some box store wood plaque piece that I covered in blue felt.

Thanks for looking!
56  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cami, the mischievous little niece on: November 25, 2014 06:25:26 AM
I have a six year old great niece that is just full of energy and gets herself in hot water all the time because she is curious, rebellious, creative and stubborn (hmmm...wonder who she takes after?....)...anyway, when she was was about four, I started doodling little images of her and writing down things she said or asked...her little observations of the world...

In the most recent 4x6 Art Swap, hosted by Smmarrt, I took a chance and did three small drawings inspired by Cami's shenanigans...

This first one is called "Juggling Too Many Things":

The second is called "Reach for the Stars":

Both pieces are paper stock glued onto ancient, previous drawn upon paper canvas.  Slapped on a bit of watercolor or distress inks, added my drawings.

The fun part was using an encaustic technique I found on the internet.  You take a small mini quilting iron, a hunk of beeswax, and just start ironing the wax right on top --kinda scary, but you can add or take away until you are happy with the results.  Then, you buff it and buff it with wax paper (or nylons, per alteredmommy), until it is nice and smooth and shiny! Grin

The third one...well, it is a surprise for little Cami, so after Christmas, I will post it!
57  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Snakes on my Door! on: October 28, 2014 05:38:31 PM
I have had a snake wreath pinned for quite some time...but it was not until I found a boat load of rubber snakes at our new dollar tree that I finally got the kick I needed to make it!

Really simple:  one twig wreath, 8-10 rubber snakes, a can of spray paint, some wire or twine--costs about $20.

I added some glow in the dark snakes but they really only last an hour or so...but I like them anyway...

Just in time for this year's Halloween!

58  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stripes, the Zebra on: October 02, 2014 06:05:13 PM
I really wanted to join the Faux Taxidermy Swap but I was tapped out...so I fake joined it in the craftalongs so that my partner (me) would make one!

May I present Stripes, the Zebra...name inspired by our own kbrison Grin.

The fabric was given to me by lovesclutter in a recent swap as an extra.  The mane is upholstery trim, I think.  He is mounted on a wooden board with about a tube of e6000.  His face is painted on with plain old acrylic paint.

He looks rather large, but he is really a miniature zebra...they are rare, so my partner did a fab job!

Thanks for looking!
59  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Folded Cards with Origami dolls on: October 01, 2014 05:48:46 PM

I use so many note cards in swaps, that I request them as extras whenever I can!  I make a lot of them, but I send them to my partners...it is a vicious cycle, but a much welcomed one!  It forces me to think of new things to do!

I found a sample card in my mom's things.  It was from a friend of hers in the 1970's.  I decided to dig out my stash of handmade and origami papers, and go to town!

The card is folded so that the fronts insert into each other to keep the card closed.  Pretty simple design and pretty clever.  Folding the tiny dolls was a challenge, but I enjoyed making each one unique!

Thanks for looking!
60  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kirigami Tote Bag on: October 01, 2014 05:34:11 PM

Kirigami is the art of paper folding and cutting in Japan.  I found a tremendous web site that offers free patterns each week.

I enlarged the patterns to fit an 8 inch square with room to sew around the edges. I then cut the pattern out of freezer paper.  I ironed the patterns onto 5 squares of white linen fabric.

I took the squares outside and then sprayed them with indigo dye about four times.  I then rinsed and dried the squares and sewed them into a tote...oh, and I sprayed some plain linen as well to have fabric to make handles1 Grin

The tote is lined with some shibori dyed fabric I made.

tutorial here

Shots of the other sides and the bottom:

Thanks for looking!
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