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21  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Fairytale Dress on: May 27, 2009 07:46:01 PM
My daughter was in "Cinderella"  a couple months ago.  She was in a scene that was before the ball.  So she was disappointed that she didnt get to wear a ball gown.  But I think this turned out just as pretty.  I thought the sleeves would be a pain, but they were really easy.  This is from McCalls M5207.  I bought the fabric at Walmart, the flowered fabric was on clearance for $1.50/yard.  I have about $5 in the whole thing.

22  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Laurelville Ohio - 1943 on: March 04, 2009 08:03:01 AM
Once upon a time there was a young girl who decided to go with her friends to town to see a John Wayne movie.  She had no way of knowing this outing would change her life.  After the movie a tall dark-headed handsome man came up to her and asked if she would like to go to dinner.  She accepted.  That was the day my grandma and grandpa fell in love.

Not too much later he was drafted by the army.  They were quickly married and Grandma got pregnant right away.  Grandpa was sent to Italy to guard prisoners of war.  She had the baby while he was gone.  My mom was over a year old before her daddy held her for the first time.  It was a tough life, they were poor, their second child died at 4 months old from pneumonia.  They went on to have 3 more children. 
But through thick and thin, they were always happy, they were always in love, it was one of those love stories that you read about in a book.  It all ended one December night.  Grandpa got up feeling sick.  He collapsed in the bathroom. He died in my Grandma's arms.  That was 32 years ago when he was just 45.

Grandma's hair turned gray over night.  She never stopped loving him.  She went on with her life, feeling his presence, always missing him.  Now Grandma is very sick.  Things are foggy, she often mistakes my little girl for me.  She is confused.  But mention Grandpa and she can describe things they did down to the littlest detail.  My grandma is dying.  So this project was very emotional for me. 

I love Rascal Flatts.  And this is one of my very favorite songs.  I cant listen to it without getting a tear in my eye.  It is so much like my grandma's story.  Its called
"Ellsworth Kansas, 1948".  Here are the lyrics:

Grandma burned the biscuits
Nearly took the house down with it
Now she's in assisted living
We all knew that day would come

We knew she was too gone to drive
The day she parked on I-65
Found her on the shoulder cryin
She didn't know where she was

It's like her mind just quit
Oh but bring up grandpa
It's like someone flipped a switch

A front porch light and a blue DeSoto
A couple of straws and a Coca-Cola
You can see it all goin down
A handsome boy in army green
A tear on his face
Down on a knee, shaky voice, a diamond ring
She'll put you in that town
Tomorrow she won't remember what she did today
But just ask her bout Ellsworth, Kansas, 1948

She takes out his medals
A cigar box of letters
Sits and scatters pictures
Black and whites of days gone by

We started losin her when she lost him
But to hear her carry on
You'd swear she's seventeen again

Football games and leaves a cracklin
Walkin her home in his leather jacket
You can see it all goin down
A perfect night on a front porch glider
Sayin goodnight for the next three hours
Her tired eyes go wide and bright
When she talks about that town
Tomorrow she won't remember what she did today
But just ask her bout Ellsworth, Kansas, 1948

While the world is fading all around her
Sharing a sundae at the counter
He's goin on and on about her
Bet she's right there right now
Tomorrow she won't remember what she did today
But just ask about Ellsworth, Kansas, 1948

Here is a video for it:


For my Grandma's story it was Laurelville Ohio 1943.

For the background I used sheets of crepe paper.  I love the texture it gives the piece and I really like the way the colors bled together.

For the images of the town I printed them off on regular white paper.  I applied them to clear contact paper, soaked them in water, then peeled off the paper.  It left the ink image.

I found these wonderful pansy stickers at Hobby Lobby.  I was so thrilled with them because pansies were my Grandpa's fav flower.  My grandma plants them on his grave every spring.  These are embossed stickers and they could almost pass for real dried flowers. 

This turned out just like I had imagined it in my mind.  I was listening to the song and laying out my peices last night.  I got goosebumps and tears in my eyes.  Like I said, it was a very emotional project for me. Im going to give this to my mom for Mother's Day. 

Thanks for looking!

23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Curtain into an apron on: January 12, 2009 06:08:37 PM
I found this pretty eyelet lace curtain at my grandma's house.  But there was only one panel. 

So I made it into an apron.  This is my first apron, so I think the results werent too bad.  My dd is modeling it for me here.

24  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Acrylic Painting - Swans and Folk Art Nightscape on: December 31, 2008 05:51:15 PM
I had been pondering on painting swans with a folksy kind of landscape.  I knew I needed something large to paint it on, then my wonderful dh brought me home the end of a countertop he had cut off.  It was perfect for what I had in mind.  This is 31" x 17".  Im very pleased with the way the swans turned out.  I think the landscape is okay, but I wish it had turned out better.  This is the first large painting Ive done in quite awhile. 

25  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Wreath Made from Old Cards on: December 12, 2008 09:05:48 PM
I got this idea from Good Housekeeping Magazine.  These are old Christmas cards that I cut a holly leaf shape out of, I glued straight pins (or you could use toothpicks) to each leaf and stuck them in a 10" styrofoam wreath.  It took around 50 cards.

26  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES / Laramie's Robot on: December 03, 2008 09:57:41 PM
 This is my first challenge. I didnt think I was going to make it in time.   I had to stay up after my son goes to bed to work on him.  It is 12:35am and I just got finished. 

My son loves robots.  This one turned out larger than I intended.  He is about 3 foot tall. He started out at sheets of foam that I glued together until I got the thickness I wanted. 

His legs are the tubes from aluminum foil rolls.  They are really thick and sturdy.  So my robot does stand on his own. 

His body and head are covered in black felt, which I just hot glued on. His eyes are felt, his nose and ears are little wooden flower pots that I painted with metallic paint.  The sequins that border his body were straps I cut off of a dress that my daughter had in her dress up clothes.  You can see the dress laying off to the side in one of the photos.  I raided dh's tool boxs and glued on some nuts and bolts.  In the back there is a little door that opens up to reveal his gears.  The gears are made of foam, they really turn, but dont work too well.  The only thing Im not too pleased about is the area where the gears are.  You can see my felts dont fit together very well there. 

His arms and legs are the reason I didnt get done sooner.  I have wondered around in stores for a week trying to find something I like to do the arms and legs.  The material I finally settled on was the only thing I had to buy for this whole project.  I tied his legs off in sections with gold thread to get the tubing effect.

I think that is about all.  I think he will really like it.  Now on to the dragon I have to make for my other son! 
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