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161  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My latest little horror. on: February 06, 2008 01:17:56 PM
i made this for gatheredthreads bf after she sent me something awesome. the thread is here with the whole story and more pics...

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=224873.10

in the meantime here's my latest monster, i am lurving the bunny zombie hoo yah!

with guts


close up of his wretched face
162  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Oops, i don't know how long it's been in that oven for! on: February 01, 2008 11:30:44 AM
i don't have a timer, guess i should get one 'cause i ALWAYS forget that i've put a sculpture in there to bake. this one is about half an inch thick ( a bit more in spots) and just over an inch high and i think, i Think it's been in there for about 35-40 minutes. that should be an ok range, right?
how long is too long? what happens if i over bake it? how can i tell that i did?
i hope it's ok, it turned out really terrific and i don't want to have to do it all over again!

thanks a bunch!!
163  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Owl note paper in fabric covered box. on: January 31, 2008 05:26:52 PM
i mean, where exactly does a weird project like this fit in? i guess this is the spot!

made for owl swap 5, i had a devil of a time getting the box right. first i tried just making the shell out of fabric backed with stiff fuseable web but that was way too sloppy. then i cut and taped a crazy hard cardboard box shape together to go inside but had to take apart the fabric shell from the lining. then sew part of it back together. finally i got it right, i glued the lining fabric to the sides of the inner box, then glued the bottom fabric on. and then it seemed like it was going to be too small for the note paper i'd had printed, oh no! but it just fit in, whew. i found that wooden owl at the thrift store, it was a pin until i pried the backing off and glued it to a pencil sharpener, i really like his little eyes, wise eyes. it fits into a little side pocket.









164  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Slightly creepy but kinda cute owl with mouse in claw. on: January 31, 2008 07:21:33 AM
I made this for an owl swap, it was originally supposed to be a pin cushion but it's a bit big for that i think.



i fussy cut the batik so the back part looks like a tail, there are swirls in each ear, and the front bit looks like belly and beak.



i've seen similarish eyes on other dolls, a bunny i think and maybe an owl too.



the wings are fussy cut for a feather pattern.





i wish i could have gotten a closer picture of the wee mousey. he has beaded eyes and nose, the ears are fussy cut so there's a heart on the back of each one and a swirl inside, and his tail is braided embroidery floss. his body is one of those strawberries from the classic tomato & strawberry pincushion combo. it's filled with this stuff that sharpens pins so you gotta stab it with them now and then. i told you it was kinda creepy! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
165  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Many Owls! on: January 31, 2008 06:57:19 AM
some patches and a journal cover i made for an owl swap. i just "borrowed" images of owls i found online, drawings and stuffies and jewelry. i think they turned out pretty good, each patch took about 2 hours (darn blanket stitch!) and the journal cover, well, that one took forever but i love it! they are so cute.







i used this tutorial to get perfect circles when i pressed the edges of the patches under.
http://annamariahorner.blogspot.com/2007/02/super-circles.html
166  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / I cannibalized old boots to make an Owly keychain! on: January 31, 2008 06:48:02 AM
i had plans for a keychain for an owl swap but when the beads i ordered arrived they were absolutely miniscule, way too small. still, i wanted to do it, i had bought the keyring finding and all... so i snagged these ugly boots from the thrift store for about $2 (the slider beads i used cost me that a piece!) and hacked them up.



i couldn't find the leather needles for my machine but amazingly a regular old size 14 worked, even through four layers at the tab, i was totally surprised by that one!
and i think it turned out great...



i made the eye and beak imprints by hammering the ends of stuff i found in the tool box into the leather. i love his eyes.
167  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Owly crochet hook roll. on: January 31, 2008 06:25:24 AM
I suppose this might go here, it is a fabricy wallet of sorts.

i made this for the owl swap, it's the first time i ever made a crochet hook /knitting needle holder. i notice that most of them are flat but i wanted to give the pockets a bit of poof to fit more than one hook or some of the bigger ones and still be able to fold up right . i think it turned out ok. oh, and i didn't use a pattern (i never do, so lazy Roll Eyes).

i found the button at the thrift store in a huge bin i was sorting through, very timely and oh so cute too! i didn't line up the fabric on the button strap on purpose, it just kinda worked out that way. cool huh?


with a flap to keep hooks from escaping


open!

168  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted owl wallhanging. on: January 30, 2008 10:42:59 PM
the marvelous gatheredthreads totally inspired me with her Roman Wall quilted wallhanging here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=214773.0

she was so incredibly helpful with information on how to do it myself and even did me the huge favour of printing an image onto fabric for me (for which i can't thank her enough and am sending her something nifty!).
i added a border of funky batik fabric that i had in my stash, did some machine and hand embroidery (the eye highlights are beads) and sewed leaf buttons carved from coconut to the bottom. i'm really very pleased with the results, i think it turned out pretty good.

fairly plain so far


embellished


close up

169  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / fat quarters, charm packs, what does it all mean? on: January 29, 2008 07:01:31 AM
i'm working on a keepsake quilt for my own newest little one and have one planned for a friend who is expecting as well and would LOVE to make one of squares. i have a teeny problem though, i just save the scraps of whatever project is happening at the mo' and fetch them out later on. i have never purchased quilting fabric specifically so i have no idea what fat quarters or charm packs means. i looked a bit online, hancocks fabrics has an auto ship 4x's/year of charm pack squares but very little info on how many squares, how big they are etc. i would like to do something like this
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=223526.0
if i could get away without having to do the cutting myself, well, what a fabulous bonus! but is it worth it to purchase the fabric this way?

thanks so much for your advice!
170  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / quick and easy frozen grated ginger stick on: January 19, 2008 08:09:15 AM
this is so cool!

http://steamykitchen.com/blog/2007/12/02/fresh-ginger-tips/

i've seen a frozen butter and jelly roll on martha but this ginger stick takes the cake!
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