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181  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fanciful beaded bird, Fanciful hat on: November 13, 2011 07:09:16 AM
(Tongue in cheek) I can easily visualize it.  It would have to be the red hatband paired with a red dress.  Limey green spike heels & a striped red & green handbag.  Would black pearls be too much with it?? 

My British friends have, fortunately, been happily married well over 60 years & aren't planning another wedding.  I've not been invited to their granddaughter's upcoming wedding but, had I been, I'm sure the invitation would be quickly rescinded if they learned about that outfit.  Even the Brits might take exception to the clash of colors. 
182  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fanciful beaded bird, Fanciful hat on: November 13, 2011 05:06:06 AM
What an absolutely stunning bird. I am sorry about your fingertips but the finished work of art must be some reward for your suffering.  It is so lovely it is a pity it can't actually be worn.

Oh, it's completely lined & fully wearable.  I just don't know anyone eccentric enough to want to wear it.  Instead, I like it as a wall decoration.  Thanks for the lovely comments.  I certainly appreciate them. 
183  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fanciful beaded bird, Fanciful hat on: November 12, 2011 08:39:11 PM
I'm at a bit of a loss as to where to post this item because, even tho it's clothing, it's not something most people would wear.  I hope it's OK here.

I created a very fanciful beaded bird to embellish an equally fanciful hat.  Beginning with 2 layers of fabric fused together, I cut out a very long bird shape (about 20" long) & sewed various beads individually over the entire surface.  I learned the hard way that it's not a good idea to try sewing thru the bonding material as it makes the fabric quite stiff.  My fingertips became very sore but I persevered because I wanted the finished piece to be stiff enough to keep it's shape.

After I completed the bird, I made the pattern for the hat.  It took several tries to get the size & shape I wanted.  It's fully lined & the fusible interfacing is the heaviest I could find---doubled.  The scalloped brim is just an added bit of whimsey. 

When I glued the bird on, it circled the crown almost completely.  I left enough gaps in the area under the wing so I can change the hatband as I desire.  A tiny gold earring holds the band fastened in the back.  It isn't really a wearable item but I've sewn a small ring under the front of the brim & it looks quite nice hanging in my bedroom. 

184  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Dobby the House Elf cloth doll on: November 12, 2011 07:22:37 PM
Love this guy.  You've done an incredible job.
185  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Felt food on: November 12, 2011 07:12:44 PM
Cute!  Perfect for a youngster's playtoy.
186  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Needle felted Sarah on: November 12, 2011 07:02:27 PM
An amazing creation.  Congratulations on a job well done.
187  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Reversible mood apron on: November 11, 2011 10:16:38 PM

I created an apron  from a sturdy hunter green fabric.  I first designed the pattern in a pinafore style that wraps across the back & buttons at the shoulders.  I made facings all the way round but sewed the inside edges  down so I could make it reversible without lining it completely.

I then used fabric paints to produce an array of fruits & vegetables on the front side with the reminder: "Fruits & veggies 4 good health".  My darker side appears on the back with a delicious assortment of goodies noting : "Chocolate 4 ever".  It can be worn with either side out, depending on mood but, it's probably easy to guess which is my favorite side.

188  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Carousel horse from a child's toy. ( eight photos) on: November 09, 2011 04:32:04 PM

I really appreciate all of the nice comments.  Always makes me feel good to know my work is appreciated.  I had seen others made from the bouncing horses but it took a while for me to finally go for it.

I would have tried it even if I hadn't learned any one stroke painting.  If I couldn't draw a design I wanted to paint, I would have used a childs coloring book & traced something on so I could fill them in like a paint-by-number.

I've already found another horse at a flea market & would like to begin again but I spend the winter in FL & the horse is back home in IL so it will have to wait 6 months or so.  Meanwhile, I'ts easy to find projects to keep myself busy.
189  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Whopper Cheeseburger---28" in diameter! on: November 09, 2011 04:13:55 PM
Thanks for the comments.  This was super fun to make & not as difficult as I expected.  Most of the difficulty was encountered while I was mulling over how to accomplish it.  I spent about 2 weeks in the thinking stage before I began actually working on it so I pretty well knew what I was doing---This is the way I usually work.

Sugarshoxcrafts, The grandling wouldn't part with his burger but I still have the 22" mini-burger available for sale.
190  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Decorated Beer Bottles for Gifts on: November 08, 2011 01:48:50 PM
I recently found a great recycle for those small beer, wine & cooler bottles. I've made some lovely small gifts for those occasions where you want to remember someone but don't want to spend a lot of money. 

It began last February when I was looking for a Valentine for my grandling.  He was 17 so the normal things wouldn't do.  After I washed a brown beer bottle & removed the labels,  I decorated it suitably for the occasion with painted hearts, I LOVE YOU's, etc.  Then I filled it with M&M's.  I found a small bag of them will fill the bottle & leave a small handful for me to munch on as I work.  I tied a few strands of raffia around the top, added some colorful beads & corked the bottle.  A little tag tied to the raffia finished it off.  Grandson loved it but, since I mailed it off to him, I don't have a photo of it.

Instead, I have pics of some I've made since then.  For those of you who don't have painting skills in your repertoire, don't dispair.  I've found other ways to decorate as nicely. 
The first bottle in the photo is one I painted with one stroke flowers.   I glued a few flat backed gemstones to the flower centers for a bit of sparkle.
For the second, I cut butterfly printed paper into small squares & used Mod Podge to adhere them in an overlapping pattern.  I tried to work it so most of the whole butterflies were showing.  The tiny butterfly I found in my stash looks nice tied to the top with a gold cord.
Bottle three is a clear cooler bottle that I filled with jelly beans after I Mod Podged thin strips of foil gift wrap with a few punched pieces interspersed among them.  Ribbon & beads for trim.
A coat of a light colored spray paint will give the bottle an entirely different, cheerier look.   I did that for bottle four.  Then I cut out flowers from tissue wrap & Mod Podged them in an overlapping manner.
The last is my lazy way bottle.  I found underwater creature stick-ons that I just peeled & pressed to the bottle.  Ribbon & beads again finished it. 
If you check, some of the bottle openings are just the right size for a dime to slip thru.  Decorated appropriately, it makes a fantastic gift for a newly expectant couple. Tag it with instructions for them to begin saving all of their dimes.  They'll add up quickly if they can get the grandparents-in-waiting to join in.  Open a bank account when it's full & refill until the baby is born.  It will give a nice beginning for baby's future.

Everything here can also be done with larger wine bottles but I've not calculated how many bags of M&M's it would take to fill one so you're on your own there.   

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