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31  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Didn't make the cut on: January 08, 2013 11:44:02 AM
Yesterday I worked for about 6 hours on a doll that I thought would go into my Etsy shop for sale. When I'd finished with her, I just wasn't happy with the result. But Sophia was! She now has a new doll, and she's hardly put her down since last night.

It's nice to know that the labors of my hands are still loved by somebody!

32  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Joseph Had A Little Overcoat Doll on: January 04, 2013 07:51:26 PM
I was so pleased to get a request from a client to make her a doll. She'll be using him to tell the story as she reads a book.

She bought some of the fabrics and sent them to me, making this a relatively easy commission to complete.
If you don't know the story it goes a little something like this:
(Please forgive my retelling of the story. The book is much better.)

Joseph had a little overcoat

It became too shabby to wear and so he made a jacket out of it.

It became too worn out, so he made a vest out of it

It became threadbare and so he made a tie out of it

When the tie was too worn out, he made a handkerchief from it

Soon there was very little to work with. The handkerchief became too worn out and so he made a button from it

And that was that. There was nothing left

I love that this book teaches about thrift. Joseph was able to make new things from the old, but I had to make each individual piece.

Which used almost 1/2 a yard of a beautiful piece of wool fabric.
I sewed a large snap to attach the  tie, to make dressing and undressing Joseph faster.
33  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cooking up some felt foods for Christmas on: December 10, 2012 03:31:59 PM
I am always looking for inexpensive clever things to make for Christmas. Felt squares are only $.25 each. This year I cooked up some felt foods for my girls to play with in their kitchen.

Pizza is a perennial favorite in our house, and you can change the toppings according to your tastes. Green peppers, pepperonis and mushrooms, to order.

 Anyone feel like some salmon with a little salad on the side?

 A cornucopia of vegetables, fruits, donuts, and even a cupcake to tempt your pretend palate.

 And finally, a hamburger with all the fixings; cheese, pickles, onion and lettuce. I ran out of red felt to make the tomatoes, and then I realized that the girls could use a pepperoni as a substitute.

I spent about $7 for all of the felt used in these foods. I already had the stuffing, thread and beads.

The girls saw me making these and can't wait to play with them. I've found that Santa's workshop is just too hard to keep a secret in a house of 7 people.

What are you cooking up for Christmas?
34  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Want a cuppa? 3 teapots painting on: November 10, 2012 02:15:45 PM

My mother just started working for an amazing doctor who has changed her life in some pretty amazing ways. She works in the Tea Room. She asked me to paint a picture for her new friend and employer. Shhh! It's a surprise. I'm not allowed to post this on My Facebook, but I'm pretty sure it's safe here.

Some in progress pics, cause I like to look at others pics.

Reference photograph

The most challenging part was the peony.
35  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Holly Elf on the Shelf on: November 01, 2012 04:54:57 PM
It's been a while since I've made a doll. I'd forgotten how fun it is!
Holly is my newest creation. She started as a baby earlier this year and I just didn't have any vision for the doll. I guess I just lost my muse.
A few days ago a friend of mine suggested an Elf on the Shelf challenge. And I was going to start from scratch. Until I saw the little naked, not quite finished doll. And then I knew what to do. I repositioned the legs to a sitting position, resewed the wonky ears, gave her some braids and some hair, and Holly was created!

She's just like my 4 year old daughter. She loves fluffy dresses, and showing off her bloomers. She'll fit right in!
36  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Rainbow tutu and thigh highs on: September 13, 2012 04:58:52 PM
My daughter's birthday is next week and I was searching for something to make for her, when she spotted a rainbow tutu on Etsy. So off to the fabric store we went, and bought 10 yards of tulle. While there I spotted some cute ladies' knee socks, and I knew just what to do with them.

The heels were cut out and sewn closed to make them into tube socks. Now she can wear them under her tutu!
37  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Salsa Verde on: September 13, 2012 08:05:57 AM

Salsa Verde
7 Medium tomatillos, husked and rinsed
1 garlic bulb
2 medium jalapenos (or pepper of choice)
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Heat a cast iron skillet (or a pan that can take very high heat) on high.
Shuck and clean the tomatillos. Place into the heated pan.
Separate the garlic cloves from the bulb, leaving the skins intact and set aside.
Wash the jalapenos and place into the pan.
When the jalapenos and tomatillos are charred on one side, turn and add the garlic cloves.
Turn all of the ingredients, and cook until they are well charred. When they look like the above picture, they are ready to remove from the pan.
Place the garlic cloves into a paper towel and let them cool. Remove the stems from the jalapenos, and place them and the tomatillos into a blender with 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Peel the garlic cloves. They should just slip easily from their skins, and place them into the blender. Blend until smooth, and enjoy with corn chips. The best kind? Homemade of course!
38  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Spooky banner on: September 13, 2012 08:03:23 AM

Halloween is my favorite holiday second only to Christmas. I love the cooler weather (if you can call the 90's being cooler), the costumes, the makeup, the spooky decorations, and of course the candy. My kids are already asking when we can pull out the skulls and spiders.
 My addition to our decor this year is a banner to hang from the mantel.

It's the details that make this so much fun. The spiderweb and cat, and letters were cut using my friend's die cut machine. All others were cut freehand.

The witch's hat was embellished with a buckle from one of my girl's cast off shoes. I love to save little things like that. It comes in handy with the doll making too.

So are you excited about Halloween?
39  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Revamped lamps on: July 18, 2012 08:19:02 AM
It's amazing what a little spray paint and fabric can do. I bought these lamps at Goodwill for cheap! A spray of Krylon's oil rubbed bronze paint, some $10 shades and some fabric and a glue gun and they're a perfect addition to my home.





Saving more great stuff from a landfill! LOVE it. Saving some green too. Grin
40  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / "Bone" replacement faucet handles on: June 21, 2012 05:51:59 PM
One of the perils of having so many children is having things in your house broken...frequently. So I wasn't surprised to hear that someone broke the porcelain handle for the faucet, but I was disappointed.
I made a call to my aunt who has some schooling and experience in interior design, thinking that she might know of a place I could go online or maybe a store to replace the porcelain part of the handle.  Her answer to my problem was that I wouldn't be able to buy a replacement, but I could make one!

Initially I thought that I would just make them look like the originals, But that was easier said than done. I wasn't able to get them smooth enough, so I decided to make them look like carved bone instead. There's so many things that you could do to make them unique.
I used an aluminum foil armature, and then sculpted white Fimo plasticine clay which hardens in the oven. After it was cooled, I carved it with an exacto blade, and then painted it with a mixture of cream and brown paint, and wiped it off so that it just stained the clay. Then I used my drill to drill a hole through. There's a square knotch needed to fit the shaft of the handle through, and that was carved with the exacto blade.
Then spearing them on chopsticks, they were dipped in polycrylic twice waiting until the first coat was dry.

The bathroom these go in is decorated in a forest theme. So they go perfectly.

How do you like seeing my reflection in that faucet. Fun huh?
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