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« on: February 07, 2007 11:30:30 AM »

see, i have this small obsession with apples. they are just too cute. well i'm wanting to re-do my kitchen with an apple theme...and i'm wondering if anyone can help me find things to make/buy.

i want cutesy apples, not realistic ones.

here is a site with examples of things i do NOT like. except the message board thing is cute. but everything else looks too realistic...
http://www.countryred.com/Catalog/apple_country_decor_536213_products.htm

i already plan to embroider some apples onto dish towels and things...but other than that, i'm stuck.

keep in mind that i'm 19 years old...so i'm trying to avoid the country,old-lady looking apple approach.
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2007 04:01:24 PM »

To avoid the country thing, try adding in green and yellow apples along with the red. And putting little faces on as many apples as possible because smiling fruit is always adorable. As for suggestions:
1) Buy a vase and sew an apple cozy to go around it and put cooking utensils in it.
2) Make polymer clay exteriors for your salt and pepper shakers, one red and one green.
3) Apple magnets for fridge
4) Find a really modern bowl and fill it with apple plushies that all have different expressions.

That's all I can think of for now...
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2007 12:29:57 PM »

Here are a few apple-related things made with polymer clay:

Marcy's teacher pins (apples, books, chalkboards, etc.)
http://www.marcysclaypen.com/teacher/teacher1.html

molds for apples, chalkboard, worm, etc. (also faces, hands, people, garden, etc.)
http://www.sculpey.com/fset_products.htm (click on EZ Release Molds)

Josh's apple head, with dangle hands/feet on ribbons
http://joshclay.com/apple.html

Nora Jean makes a nice green apple by taking a slice of a green & green-with-white-or-yellow-added Skinner Blend rolled up into a log (light green on inside) and running it through the pasta machine to enlarge and lengthen it. She then wraps the slice around another ball and smooths then rolls? to smooth the seams. She creates an apple shape with the light green at top and bottom, indents the top and adds a stem.

candy apples (Miniland's lesson) http://www.miniland.ca/CandyAppleClass1.html

Elizabeth's lessons on ...apples (including Winesap with Skinner blend)
http://polymerclayexpress.com/octo2003.html (click on photo for details)

Here is the formula I use on apples of various types:
Red: Mix 5 parts red to 1 part transparent. Form into 1/4 inch balls. Indent depression at top and put a bit of dried flower stem in. Indent shallow depression at bottom. Bake. Touch irregularly with dark red or dark green chalk depending on the apple you are trying to duplicate. Gloss.
Green: Mix 1 part leaf green to 1 part green to one part transparent. Form as above. Roll in green chalk. Bake. Gloss.
Yellow: Mix 5 parts golden yellow to 2 parts transparent. Shape as above. Roll in yellow scraped chalk. Bake. Gloss.
I find it works best to take the chalk or pastels coloring on my finger and touch it to the apples in a pattern that looks like nature... mine are one inch scale so you might want to increase the size a bit. You can use eye shadows, chalks or artists pastels for the colors. The pastels are your best source I think ...Nature does not present perfectly shaped or sized apples, so I always let them vary a bit for more authentic looks!!! Laura

Darlene's apple Candy Jar for teacher (website gone)

Shala's lesson on covering a large marble (then removing it) for a tiny openable "apple" box pendant (hinged & closed with cording)
http://shala.addr.com/polyclay/index.htm

(CANES... could use apple canes to cover cabinet knobs, salt and pepper shakers, containers of various kinds, glass votives, etc.)

Marie's lesson on simple (half) apple cane, then using slices from it on cup, frame, cabinet knob, etc.
http://www.sculpey.com/Projects/projects_applecane.htmhttp://www.sculpey.com/Projects/projects_Knobs.htm

lesson on very simple apple cane (half) --no background, odd-shaped... used as thick slices or as buttons
http://www.sculpey.com/Projects/projects_Millefiore_Cards.htm

Darlene's more realistic apple cane lesson (with leaves, highlight)http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/applecane.html


It might also be fun to make apple heads or applehead dolls too (they could be made "cute: or any other way):
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&q=applehead+carve


You should also be able to find apple themed dish towels, or fabric for aprons, curtains, decoupaging onto things, etc.


Have fun!

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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2007 03:53:42 PM »

thanks everybody, you're all being a really big help...a lot of those polymer clay ideas were cute except for a) i have no idea where to buy polymer clay and b) i've never used it before...but that wouldnt stop me from trying. i just dont know where to buy it.

and those vintage ads are really cute! even if i dont find ones that are apple-y enough...i will still use some somewhere.
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« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2007 05:16:09 PM »

I just happened to stumble across this site...
http://superbuzzy.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=69
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2007 06:23:46 PM »

I just happened to stumble across this site...
http://superbuzzy.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=69

i love you! haha not really...but oh my gosh that stuff is so cute...you see i'm also obsessed with other crafting things involving apples, so..yah. wow. did you see the apple trim?!?! i HAVE to make a skirt or somethign with that now. haha.
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« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2007 06:26:45 PM »

Yeah!  The trims on that site are all amazing...I also like the poison apple fabric.
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2007 06:32:05 PM »

Yeah!  The trims on that site are all amazing...I also like the poison apple fabric.


yah so actually, i very well just might hate you. because i want like...everything on that site. they have such awesome fabrics!! as if i don't already spend enough money on supplying my fabric stash with new friends. haha.
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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2007 03:34:45 PM »

if my camera worked, I'd show you the kitchen in my house. My mother decorated it as apples/vintage 1950s. Its adorable.
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