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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / A real mans wreath on: December 29, 2008 10:25:20 AM
My dear dad seems to have everything, so gift-giving occasions turn into a real logic problem.  He is an avid trap shooter, a hobby we share when I can get a way from the kids and get to the range with him.  After a trip earlier this year, it dawned on me the shotgun shell casings are red, green and gold.

Hmmm, how festive.  I picked up a bagful of used shells and squirrelled them away for a project yet to be decided on.

Luck was on my side when I found a 16-inch resin shotgun that would be perfect for a wreath ornament.  The creation that follows was the best idea I could have had.  You can't tell but there are some gold shell "flowers."  That plastic has a lot of "memory" to it.  I had to heat it up and form the flowers so they kept their shape.  The twirly shells were cut with a razor knife in a spiral down to the brass.  So there it was, a no frills man-wreath waiting to be opened.

It brought tears to my dad, the man who has jokingly referred to me as his best son since I was a child.   

It's kooky and not something everyone would want hanging in their home, but it was perfect for my dad.

All comments are welcome, and thanks for peeping.

12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Firemans Quilt on: December 29, 2008 01:53:25 AM
My friend wanted something special for her hubby for Christmas.  So after she gathered up a bunch of t-shirts, I made this quilt.

Thanks for looking.
13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Butterfly House for Habitat for Humanity on: November 10, 2008 08:35:44 PM
A local Habitat affiliate hosted an auction of bird and butterfly houses.  I painted three of them for the auction and mine raised a few hundred dollars.  I was so proud! 
Here is the best one.  I've never painted a butterfly house and I wanted it to be very different.  I put a quote from Sir Winston Churchhill on the roof "You make a living with what you get, you make a life with what you give."

Tell me what you think!!!

14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Need some Hair of the Doll HELP on: October 22, 2008 12:10:06 AM
I am making some fabric Santas and bought some fibrecraft hair to use for the beard and hair.  I don't usually "play with dolls", but this is for a non-profit silent auction and I need to finish both of them by 10am tomorrow morning so all help/advise will be appreaciated.

I checked the fibrecraft website for any information on how to put the curly doll hair on and they have nothing.  So how do you doll makers use it?  Sew it in clumps to the fabric or just use craft glue?

Thanks in advance.
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Time for herds of pinecone reindeer on: October 01, 2008 04:12:48 AM
Each year about this time my kids and I go to the park and pick up pine cones, big ones, little ones and the ones chewed up by squirrels.  Then we grab glue guns and make a lot of these little reindeer. 

This one is a little drunk . . .
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New handle look on: March 16, 2008 11:28:58 AM
I had some cheap upholstery remnants and wanted to try a different/unique handle for some bags.  This is what I came up with. 

I tried covering some beads with polyclay in a matching color for a handle, I ended up with crappy airpockets.  So, I went with a medley of dark beads.  It's funny, it turned out kind of cute and nautical.  I'll probably use this one!

Comments/critique welcome.
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Getting mini-quilts ready for the holidays - Ghosts on: August 12, 2007 09:30:50 PM
Okay, I thought I had this little mini done, but the ghosts didnt stand out enough for me.  So, I changed the thread and outlined them in black.  Sorry bout the first pic, it looks like ghosts in headlights.  Not sure what I had the camera set on.

One of my lovely opinionated kids said the black doesn't look right?  I bow to the masters - what do you think?
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / I finished this Patience Square Quilt while reading posts on here tonight. on: August 10, 2007 09:53:31 PM
I have been working on this Patience Square quilt for a few weeks. This is the second hand-pieced quilt i've done.  I made it for my teen-age daughter.  There is significance in the name! LOL

I've been hand sewing the binding every night while I read craftster posts. You folks are truly inspirational!


Here is the back, I love seeing the pattern on the back of a quilt. 

I'm revving up that sewing machine after this - no more hand-piecing for a long, long time.  Woo Hooo!!!
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone have a pic of a prairie pines quilt? on: August 02, 2007 09:24:53 PM
My mother cut out all the pieces for a Prairie Pines quilt.  She passed away a few years back and going through all the boxes of sewing goodies I found the pieces in a bag with the templates.  I remember cutting the templates out for her long ago.  I haven't found a book with a picture so I'm not sure how to piece this. 

My goal is to sew this up and give it to my dad for Christmas this year.

Any picture of this quilt or pattern would be greatly appreciated.

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