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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chaircow Moo on: July 10, 2018 01:43:11 PM
Happy Cow Appreciation Day! Why not celebrate the holiday with a delicious veggie burger (like this one from Oyhana)?  Cheesy

Chaircat Mao thought a catnap was a more suitable way to enjoy the day.

Happy summer!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chaircat WaterMAOlon on: June 30, 2018 10:53:26 AM
Chaircat Mao is beating the summer heat the only way she knows how.

By lying on the couch and requesting treatsies.

Stay cool!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Miniature Apothecary in a Tin on: June 29, 2018 04:06:22 PM
I made a wee cabinet out of basswood and wondered what the heck to do with it, so I painted it black and stuck it in an altoids tin (because that's what you do with these sorts of things, right?). It was pretty boring until I added an Altoids Tin Facade from Alpha Stamps, which transformed it into a tiny shop that one of my kids named Stop Your Coffin Remedies and RaritiesCheesy

There's lots of teensy bottles made from beads and upturned dollhouse glasses, as well as a few books, a skull, and some mossy bits for good measure.

The cabinet was originally going to be made from cardboard, my go-to material for mini furniture, but I found pre-cut basswood rectangles at a craft store and thought they'd work out. I trimmed a few and they worked better than the cardboard for this project. But I still used cardboard for the "doors"!

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kinda Coraline Repainted Doll on: May 29, 2018 01:00:39 PM
For quite a long time I had been wanting to repaint a doll and plucked up the courage to give it a go. It was RedheadWithThread's detailed How To Guide and her Self Portrait doll that was most encouraging, so I finally tried it out. It was my daughter's suggestion to transform a KuuKuu Harajuku doll into Coraline and I immediately thought that was an excellent idea. Mostly because Coraline's eyes are simple doable shapes and attempting realistic eyes on a doll isn't going to happen.

I haven't invested in a respirator mask yet, so this doll has not been sprayed with sealant. The face was drawn on with watercolor pencils and then painted with acrylic paints. She'll most likely hang out on my craft table and therefore it wasn't important to have a permanent face. Besides, this way I can always wipe it off and start all over!

Before painting features:

Mistakes were bound to happen, and mine was realized after I had spent an hour giving her a new face. Take care of the hair before painting the face! I had to struggle to remove the head and then all of the hair, and as a result, the face smudged a bit. Her clothes were thrown together from two pairs of outgrown knit pants and one shirt, generously donated by one of my kids.

Her hair is made from cheap-o blue acrylic yarn that I brushed, and brushed, and brushed. Took longer to do that than the rest of the dang doll!

But in the end, and after correcting her lazy eye, she came out Kinda Coraline.

"Coraline, what are you doing traipsing around the woods with no shoes?" (I attempted shoes. I really did. They were a total fail. Maybe I can commission Patraw to fashion her some kicks... Cheesy)

A big thank you to RedheadWithThread for sharing her wealth of information. Without it, I never would have gone through with it!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Shabby She Shed in a Tin on: May 23, 2018 12:36:06 PM
Aren't blank mint tins great? They are one of my favorite things to craft because of the countless ways to transform them. This tin has a chipboard facade from Alpha Stamps glued to the front to make a wee house. (I just added siding and shutters.)

The table and chair are made from wire and buttons; one button for the table top, one for the back of the chair, and a fabric button for the seat. I spray painted them white and used acrylic paint to add a pattern on the back of the chair as well as the shutters. Those shutters had been in the stash forever so it was nice to finally have the perfect place for them. There is a shelf inside to hold a few things, and two floral-y lamps made from chipboard shapes. The next tin needs to be a haunted house just to balance out all this pink.

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chaircat Mao She Is on: May 04, 2018 07:56:56 AM

Nine hundred years old I am. Nap I must.

May the Fur Fourth be with you!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Free Motion Octopus with Coloring Tute and Tips on: May 02, 2018 07:48:07 AM
Here is a quickie tutorial on how to color free motion embroidery pieces using Sharpie markers and alcohol blending solution or regular isopropyl alcohol. It will also work with hand embroidery, so give it a go!

There is a little bit of prep work before getting to the coloring magic but it's easy stuff.

*Prewash your fabric in a washing machine. I hand washed mine which probably didn't remove all of the sizing, resulting in the ink not dispersing as well on the fabric.

*Gather your materials. Sharpies, isopropyl alcohol or Ranger brand alcohol blending solution (used with alcohol inks), your pattern drawn on prepped fabric and framed in an upside down hoop. I first drew the octopus with a disappearing ink pen then colored some bits with the Sharpies, but you can always just draw your image with the marker. Whatevs...it's art!

*Prepare your machine. The settings will vary depending on your particular machine so play around with the tension and stitch length before tackling your piece. I have an old heavy duty metal Singer that loves to sew at 9 million stitches a second and found that a tension of 2 and stitch length of .5 to 1 worked well. Lower your feed dogs! If they cannot be lowered, cover them with a piece of tape so you can move the fabric around freely.

*Insert your hooped image under the needle bar. You may need to remove the needle and embroidery foot, slide the hoop under the bar, then reattach the foot and needle. With the presser foot up, draw up the bobbin thread and pull it until the end is on top of the fabric. Insert your needle into the fabric and sew a few stitches to secure. Then just follow the lines! (I promise to get to the fun part in a second...)

All done stitching. Snip the weird threads!

Okay, let's see what happens to the ink when we add blending solution.


Happy Crafting!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Tiny Rainbow Tote on: April 19, 2018 03:03:54 PM
Here's a teensy bin of rainbow flowers to brighten your day!

9  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 123 ENTRIES / I See Love Hoop on: April 04, 2018 10:09:39 AM
While deciding on what to make for Challenge 123, I began a free motion embroidery piece to send to my daughter. The iris hadn't been stitched yet and it seemed like a good place for a rainbow.

10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Majestic Mao on: April 01, 2018 01:40:41 PM
Don't stop believing.

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