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241  An itty bitty teeny tiny masterpiece ;) in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by FoxyBlue on: July 28, 2010 01:14:56 PM
I had a tiny little 2.5x2.5 inch stretched canvas and thought I should finally do something with it. After making some homemade paper clay and creating a face with little gem stone eyes from vintage jewelry, this is what I cam up with. She reminds me of a Goddess of sorts.

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242  Molly Monkey! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FoxyBlue on: July 09, 2010 04:02:18 PM
I made this little monkey for my friend's little girl for her third birthday.

Here's the *FREE* pattern that I followed.
 It's so wonderfully cute. I have another little monkey on the go for my niece for Christmas! Anyway, hope you like it!
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243  More of my little 8-track art in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by FoxyBlue on: July 02, 2010 11:45:49 AM
I bought a whole bunch of 8-tracks (I believe that's what they're called, anyway) at Goodwill a while ago for the purpose of little canvases. This is the second one I've done. They're really great because they stand really nicely on shelves and they even have two little holes in the back for hanging...oh - and they are super eco-friendly!

They're made up of my usual mixed media goodness!

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244  trash bag for my SUV :) With removable clear plastic bag ***TUTE*** in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by FoxyBlue on: June 30, 2010 01:24:32 PM
I made this today with scraps of fabric, bias tape, clear plastic, and wire! I'm really happy with how it turned out, and I also made one for my hubby's truck with some cool skull fabric Smiley

I made a fitted plastic bag that is removable so that you could put in apples, banana peels, etc, and take it out and wipe it clean.
If you all want a tutorial let me know Smiley I'll be happy to share my pattern!

The long-awaited tute!!

Ok, so I'm going to do my best to describe how I did it...let me know if you have any questions.

First off, for this one, I made the bias tape and sewed it on to an approx. 18 x 12 in clear plastic (vinyl maybe??). I sewed it onto the length allowing at least 1/2 inch to case the wire.

I then used wire cutters to cut and curl the ends of the wire. The wire is slightly longer than the plastic so that there's enough to curl the ends so as to not cut through the plastic or fabric.

Feed the wire through the bias tape casing.

I then double folded the ends so that no liquids would leak through, making sure all raw edges are concealed. (just in case there was a little bit of drink left over in a bottle or something).

I then folded the bag so that the seam is in the back and sewed more bias tape (double folding edges once again) to the bottom.

I then started on the fabric outer of the bag. I used french seams to make it all clean and pretty (if you don't know what french seams are, there are tons of tutorials online). The fabric bag dimensions are slightly bigger than the plastic (around an inch longer and wider, but you can sort of measure as you go. There are no steadfast rules for me. I'm not very good at rules lol)

Now to add the strap, just measure the back of your seat to see how long you need the strap to be. I made mine slightly adjustable because this one was a gift for someone. I made it pretty long and sewed one side of the strap about an inch or two from the back seam. On the other side of the seam, I sewed the soft side of the velcro. Around 6 inches. The hard side of the velcro is sewn to the strap.

Et voila. There's my cryptic tute for you. Hope it wasn't too convoluted. Again...feel free to ask questions. I'm sure there will be some! lol
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245  My shed needed a little personality! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by FoxyBlue on: June 13, 2010 03:21:08 PM
So I painted some huge, fun bugs on it! Now it makes me smile Smiley

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246  Father's day painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by FoxyBlue on: June 10, 2010 04:10:02 PM
My friend had me paint this for her husband for father's day. I'm nervous for her to see it. I hope she likes it...

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*****UPDATE**** my friend said she loved it and that it took her breath away!!! Oh man...now that is great to hear....
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247  My first poppet! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FoxyBlue on: June 09, 2010 05:56:47 AM
A lot of fun to make until the jointing lol. Those knots kinda drove me crazy for a little while. Her clothes are made from my daughter's baby clothes!

She keeps me company in my craft room. I usually give or sell everything I make, but I simply cannot bear to part with her!

I still don't have a name for her!
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248  Tutorial - how to make your own safety eyes in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FoxyBlue on: June 08, 2010 12:57:39 PM
I live in Winnipeg, Canada, and you can't find safety eyes that are smaller than grapefruits (a little exaggeration! lol) anywhere! And I want some right now for a poppet that Ilianora (craftster and friend that lives close by! YAY!) convinced me to start making last night! Anyhow, here's what I came up with and IT WORKS! I'm so happy that it works! And they look pretty good, too!

So first off, take a short screw (less than half an inch would be best), and some polymer clay (a random colour that you won't see, the eye colour of your choice, and black for a pupil).

Now, take the random colour, and the screw and take the random colour and roll it into a little ball. Screw it carefully to the screw. Don't move it around a lot as you don't want to ruin the threading that you're creating for yourself. Then just as carefully, unscrew it and place it gently (without squishing it) on your baking tray. Make two of these.

Sorry the pic is blurry. I dropped my camera (don't worry, I've only spent around $1800 on this camera - no biggie lol) on the ground.

Then take your eye colour choice and mold it into a ball and form it around the top of the screw. Secure it well. Add the pupil (you could paint this on if you wanted, and add a white catch light, which would be cute, too).

Bake the clay according to its directions. Once it's cooled, you can put it on your toy. The screw will screw into the fabric, and once it's through, you can screw on the backing you made with your random colour. Et voila! Your handmade safety eyes!

I don't think you should give these to babies (they seem really safe and sturdy, but not worth the chance!), but for kids three and over and adults, it works fine!!
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249  Bunting and dolls made with baby clothes :) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by FoxyBlue on: June 05, 2010 03:12:41 PM
I made a memory quilt (found in quilting section) with my daughter's baby clothes, and had some left-overs so I made this to hang over her bed. Both the dolls and her name bunting are made with the remnants Smiley It's for her third birthday which is coming up in the next couple of weeks!

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250  tiny little dolly... in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by FoxyBlue on: June 05, 2010 05:18:02 AM
I based this off some little dolls from Martha Stewart's Fabric Encyclopedia. I plan on making a bunting with these little girls on the ends, for my daughter's room. I'm using fabrics from her baby clothes (the left-overs from the Memory quilt that I finished last week).
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