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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Crazy Christmas Angel on: December 01, 2013 01:10:22 PM
I made my own Christmas angel years ago. I made my own pattern and used fabric stiffener for her dress.  She's pretty giant and a little over the top but she makes me happy every year when I unpack her from her box.  I decided to make a few this year for friends and for my shop - this one's about 20 inches long ( a bit longer with the berries) and fits over the top of the tree with a wire coil.  (This one doesn't have a coil, she's going to be hung on the wall I think.)
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fish Wind Chimes on: September 14, 2013 12:45:12 PM
First of all, this isn't an original idea - I saw something similar on Etsy and I instantly wanted to try and make some!!
  I bought some old silver plated spoons months ago, then kind of lost my nerve.  I don't have any real experience with cutting metal and I had visions of shrapnel wounds, but I finally bit the bullet and gave it a try.  In the end, the hardest part was stringing them up so that they were visually pleasing and actually chimed.  I've already sent them off to my sister - she asked me months ago if I could make her a wind chime.  Smiley  I bet she'll like 'em!
  Hard to get a good pic - but you get the idea...

23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Spooky Owl Spoon on: August 19, 2013 07:01:54 PM
Can't stop burnin' them spoons!  Smiley  This one came about as I tried to think of something that would go well in this odd "corner spoon" shape!

I found a salad fork and spoon - my next victims... Smiley
24  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Ma Rainey on: July 19, 2013 04:43:00 PM
I have long been intrigued with "drawing" done on the sewing machine, and have always had it on my "to do" list of things to learn more about.  Finally I just said - the heck with it -I'm just gonna give it a try!
  This is Ma Rainey - a blues singer who was in her prime in the 20's!! She was a lady ahead of her time.
  This was actually a lot of fun - my thread broke a couple times, but other than that it really was like drawing!
25  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Watch Work Birds on: July 12, 2013 01:15:07 PM
I made a little bird for the OTB Swap. My partner had pinned some birds done in this style, so I went with it! - he's made from polymer clay and then painted and embellished with vintage snaps and watch works and some "antique" papers. He's sitting on an old wooden spool.

While doing this bird I got a few requests for MORE birds.  So far I've only made one more, but have been working on another one today.  This is bird number two:

He's  done with all watch parts and the same paper.  I also tried another method of making his legs.  He's also on an old spool - hope I can find more of those - I really love the look of them!
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A Chicken Spoon? Why not! on: June 02, 2013 01:39:49 PM
Because I have found that when I browse through Pinterest I am drawn to the great wood burned spoons, I decided to give it a try.  This one is for my nephew's wife since they just got a big batch of chicks for their new farming endeavor!  Smiley

It's kind of fun and I like that burning wood smell...not so much the smell of burning hair when I leaned in a little too close.  Wink
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Holy Mackerel!! on: May 19, 2013 06:56:59 PM
This is quite possibly not the right place for this - but close enough I think!  Smiley
I've been playing around with the idea of making a stringer of fish- in fabric - ever since I saw some carved out of wood on Etsy.  I loved the idea of having them hang on the wall somewhere, so I devised my own plan.  These are made of canvas - gessoed and then painted with acrylics and textile medium.  The paint is kind of shimmery and I intentionally frayed the edges on the tails and fins - just cause it kinda gave them a look I was going for.
  All done - I gave them hooks and strung them up - ready to hang.  Smiley
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Gashlycrumb Reaper on: April 03, 2013 09:02:55 PM
I participated in the Edward Gorey swap, and made this for my partner.  The Gashlycrumb Tinies (for those not familiar) recounts the tragic demise of 26 children (in alphabetical order.)  The cover of that book is a classic Gorey illustration - the reaper surrounded by the kids.
  AAAAAANYWAY... here he is - about 16" tall, fabric and sculpey.  His umbrella is stiffened fabric and he has a loop on his back so he can hang on the wall.  Smiley
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Big Ol' Stump Pillow on: October 19, 2012 11:11:05 AM
-After finding that my log pillows seemed to be in demand I thought I might try my hand at something a little different.  I figured maybe this one lends itself more to propping yourself up after a long day at the saw mill.  Wink  It's pretty chunky - about 12" across, 15" or so high.  Maybe not for everyone's home decor...but I think it's kinda fun.  Smiley
30  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween Owl on: October 10, 2012 10:55:49 AM
-I made this for the Vintage Halloween swap, inspired by some smaller vintage owls.  He's about 12" high, made of fabric and covered in (gulp) glitter.  The eyes were an accidental find, but I can't imagine any other use for those buttons than owl eyes!

and here's another view (borrowed from rackycoo!)  Smiley
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