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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Blackbird by the Beatles on: March 05, 2009 07:14:35 AM
I have always loved this song.  I am not a Beatles fanatic but this song has always been a favorite of mine.  It's the first song I learned to play on the guitar (and the only one I still remember!).  We chose this song to play at my dad's funeral last year too because it is uplifting and hopeful (Look below the picture for lyrics and such).  Here is the bird I made:

I took a literal translation of the verse:

"Blackbird singing in the dead of night,
Take these broken wings and learn to fly,
all your life,
you were only waiting for this moment to arise"

Here is the Youtube link to my favorite version of this song:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXiOwqMEUC0
And some of you may remember the song was redone by Sarah McLachlan for the movie "I am Sam".  Here is a link to her version (also on Youtube): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3VrggQW7tk

Here is what a blackbird actually looks like:

It's hard to see the detail in any of the pictures I took so I will try and describe it as best I can.  I started with plastic grocery bags and a black plastic hanger that was cut down to just a straight piece.  I formed the bird body with the plastic bags around the hanger piece and used black duck tape to hold it together.  Here are some pics of that:

Then I made the wings the same way.  I covered the body and wings by wrapping a sequin-covered black fabric over everything and wrapped black leather shoelace and silver wire over the fabric.  I made the beak out of crunched up paper covered in embroidery thread and metal wire.  The wings were glued onto the body and then I added white bandage tape around to show "broken wings" and then I wrapped a black satin ribbons around the birds body and wings.  The finished project is a very beautiful and somewhat sculptural blackbird that will be perched up on a ledge in my house reminding me of my daddy and my favorite song.

P.S. Everything I used was found material around my house.  Yeah recycling!
12  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 35 ENTRIES / Child's art smock....and something else.... on: February 05, 2009 09:00:00 PM
I decided that my resolution is to do more art with my son.  He is almost three and loves to paint and draw like his mom.  But like most mom's I don't want him to mess up his clothes!!  So I found this pattern online for an art smock that I very LOOSELY followed but truly altered to meet my needs.  here is the link to the inspiration: 


I had a jersey knit dress that was dark brown and NOT being worn so I decided to repurpose it to make the main parts of the smock.  I added the striped sleeves from some leftover fabric and left the back open for easy entry.  I also added a tie at the top of the back of the neck.  I did a reverse applique "L" (my son's first initial) with the leftover striped fabric.

Last I decided to make an artist's palette paperweight to help hold the paper in place when my son is drawing or painting!!

13  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 34 ENTRIES / Phone Book Wrapping Paper and Bow on: January 02, 2009 10:17:23 AM
I finally came up with a use for old phonebooks!  Wrapping Paper and bows!  Here I wrapped a cd in the phonebook paper (the white pages section with all the phone numbers of people).  Then I made a bow (from the coupon section because it was colorful) using a slightly altered version of a folded paper pinwheel.  Then I went through my felt scraps and found some scraps to add to the bow for a different texture and a pop of color.  My mom (the receiver of this fabulously wrapped gift) LOVED the idea!  What an awesome way to recycle!  Go me!  Yeah!   Grin

14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / **UPDATE** Felt Play Food w/ PATTERN LINK! Chips and a Sandwich....(image obese) on: December 27, 2008 04:34:04 PM
UPDATE 01/27/09:  I finally completed the pattern for this and posted it on my blog.  I didn't post the pattern here because the images get shrunk and it won't keep the proportions right.  So here is the link:  http://snazzlecraft.blogspot.com/2009/01/free-felt-food-pattern.html

I finally made my first felt play food!  I have been researching this since the summer and slowly been making my own patterns so that maybe one day in the near future I could sell this stuff on Etsy.  This first one was a bit time consuming so i hope they will go faster with more practice.  I handsewed all the food with two strands of embroidery thread and I just used that super cheap felt.  

The sandwich includes: two pieces of bread, lettuce, tomato slice, bologna, swiss cheese, and american cheese.  The chips were pretty time consuming.  I took two pieces of felt and stitched lines running down it, evenly spaces apart and then cutout the chip shapes.  There are 15 chips and they fit nicely inside the chip bag.  

I will try and measure the bag and sandwhich to give you all an idea of how smal/large these are.  To put it into perspective...my son got a play kitchen for Christmas and the sandwich fits perfectly on one of the plastic plates.  

All right, you've waited patiently.  Now prepare for image obesity....

15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Memory Game made out of baby food jar lids on: December 26, 2008 11:11:24 AM
I made this for Christmas for my two and a half year old.  I can't remember where I found the original idea from...could have been here on Craftster or on one of the bazillion craft blogs I frequent.  Who knows.  Anyway, I made my own patterns and stuff and have instructions on my blog.  I am not going to bother posting the patterns on here cuz the pictures end up being too small to print properly.  So the original instructions and stuff are here:  http://snazzlecraft.blogspot.com/2008/12/memory-game.html

Here are the pics of the final product (I always make "packaging" 'cause it's fun and it makes it look official...LOL)

16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Baby Winter Dress - Copy of BabyGap design (image heavy) on: December 26, 2008 11:04:18 AM
I am super poor right now!  LOl.  So crafting has become my way of "shopping" so-to-speak.  I saw this cute dress of BabyGap and wanted to make it!  Here is the completed dress that I made:

Here is the original version from BabyGap...I had to post this image rather than link it because it looks like they aren't selling it anymore.

I am super proud of this because I had NO pattern what-so-ever.  I also made the booties to go with it (excuse the blurry image) which I got the pattern for here (http://mollychicken.blogs.com/my_weblog/2006/12/baby_boots.html):

17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Onesie Guitar Applique on: December 26, 2008 09:24:24 AM
So I totally forgot to post this on here!  I had this done ages ago and I was going through my blog today and saw it and realized I never posted this on here!  Oops, LOL.

Well, anyway, this is a guitar applique I made for an infant/newborn onesie.  Here is the pattern I made...feel free to use at your disposal just for personal use only.  Not for sale people.  Grin  I think that Craftster limits the size for images here so the pattern can be viewed full size for easier printing (should print on a full sheet of 8.5" x 11" paper) here: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_c1PECt8iT2M/SMGr75_eqyI/AAAAAAAAAIo/pcZyQcCtsYM/s1600-h/guitar.jpg

Anyway here is what the finished onesie looks like!

I learned the hard way after doing this one, that double sided fusible webbing is critical when doing appliques!  This one is a little wobbly because I tried doing it without.  Not such a good idea.  The next one will be better....Tee Hee.

I would love some CC's and let me know what you think!
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pleated Purse with metal dangle-thingys on: December 20, 2008 05:36:42 AM
I was researching gifts for Christmas and I stumbled upon this article (http://www.canadianliving.com/crafts/sewing/sew_a_stylish_metallic_handbag.php) with intructions on how to make a pleated handbag.  I decided to make it with a grey flannel material I bought recently.  You can't tell from the pictures too well but it is a grey flannel with black and hotpink designs on it.  I did a hot pink top stitching and it looked awesome.  I also added the chain which was an old chain I had that attached to my belt loops on my jeans.  I removed the clips on the chain and added the pink diamond-y bobble thingy and hand sewed it onto the purse using hot pink embroidery thread.  I also added a proper lining to the bag, which the pattern didn't call for and I also added inside pockets.

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / There's a skull on my Nintento DS Lite Case! (Image Obese) on: December 17, 2008 08:55:52 AM
I was truly inspired by this fellow crafter: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231881.0 and decided that I could do that!!  I did a few things differently but all-in-all it's basically the same.  I wanted the case to be red and black since that is the color of my nephew's Nintendo DS Lite. 

This was made out of old clothing.  The lining was a juniors long-sleeved henley and the red fabric (including the Tony Hawk logo for the tab and the skull design) were a boys size 8 t-shirt.  I try to reuse everything so when my family and friends out-grow their clothes, they give them to me to use for my sewing projects!  This case was especially difficult because it is a secret Christmas present for my nephew and I don't own a DS!  I had to be sneaky when he was over one day...I traced around it and measured it.  I also traced and measured one game.  Then I made a prototype DS out of cardboard using my measurements, so I could get the pattern right for the case.  I also needed to use the cardboard game cartridge so I could space out my stitching lines on the elastic that would hold games.  The most exciting part about this whole project is that my nephew has no idea...AND I made it using his SUPER favorite t-shirt that he was mad his mom gave me (he totally outgrew it and he thought it still fit...  Cry ) Anyway, I'd love to hear what you think! 

20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Okay, one more fancy(er) paper clip ring on: December 16, 2008 03:19:52 PM
Here's the second paper clip ring I made.  I am giving to my sister for a birthday gift so I had to make "packaging" for it.  Plus it's good practice for me for when I get done with college anyway (the packaging design part...)  Cheesy

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