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11  Day of the Dead in-a-Pumpkin in Halloween Decor and Parties by lunamadre on: October 31, 2012 06:28:25 PM
I made this a while back but never took pictures of it. Since I took a picture today I figured why not share it?
I had made some day of the dead clothespin dolls as wedding party favors, and had some of them set aside for myself. I decided to make a little pumpkin home to showcase them in.

I took a carvable pumpkin and cut a lid into the top, just like a regular jackolantern, so that I could work inside it. I cut a circular hole in the bottom and put a color changing light in the bottom, so that the switch and battery cover are on the bottom of the outside of the pumpkin. Then I cut a window in the front, with the intention of making it fancier...but I realized that it was more of a pain to cut the pumpkin with an exacto knife than I had anticipated, so I settled for a plain rectangular window.
I used hot glue to cover the insides of the pumpkin walls with fake autumn flowers and leaves, and to set the clothespin people to the floor of the pumpkin.

Here is a pic of the pumpkin unlit and using a flash...

And here's a close up of the inside with the light....

Thanks for looking...happy Halloween! Grin
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12  My first tea towel embroidery! in Needlework: Completed Projects by lunamadre on: October 31, 2012 05:54:06 PM

I made this for my mother in law, it's Aunt Martha's Java Break pattern. It was my first time doing a tea towel and having to worry about the back of the work. I'm happy with how it turned out.

Detail of the front:

And here is the back of the work:

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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13  Candyland Barware set (pic heavy) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lunamadre on: May 08, 2012 06:39:35 PM
Just wanted to share this here with everyone...some friends of mine planned a local swap upcycling board games. I found a vintage Candyland game at a thrift shop and decided to make a little bartending gift for my partner.

The storage box is made from the interior of the box, the part that had the rules printed on it and compartments for the game pieces.

I found some cool peachy polka dot scrap paper to modge podge on the inside and hot glued some ribbon and buttons on the outside.

I cut the game board into 4 coasters, and used clear contact paper and colored duct tape on both sides, so it's waterproofed....I highly recommend a sharp mat knife, cutting mat and a large metal Tsquare for cutting game boards!

back of coasters, with game cards:

The gingerbread men are wine glass charms... of course when my 4 year old son saw me drill holes in their hands, he howled and cried. Luckily there were 3 other mismatched pieces from another Candyland game inside, which I gave to him intact and un-drilled.
I printed out some candy themed drinks and glued them onto the back of the game cards. Then I hole punched and threaded them onto an earwire loop with some buttons.  

Thanks for looking!

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14  Little Shrek in Halloween Costumes by lunamadre on: November 08, 2011 05:32:13 PM

I'm not really considering this to be an entry that will win, especially once I looked through the gallery....I have to say, GREAT job everyone, I'm blown away!  I just wanted to share my son's costume because I had fun and am pretty proud to have whipped it up in an afternoon.

First of all, he did not want to wear ANY costume.  He was more than willing to let me measure him, but once I came at him with the tunic, he freaked.  I really didn't think he'd wear it, lol, but candy is a powerful thing.

It's pretty cold here, so I layered him up under his costume, there's a brown hoodie underneath, which kind of hides his costuming a little.  I made a cream t-tunic with a belt, vest, and the hat.  I copied a fleece puppy ear hat that he already owns.  It's a little big....when I wear it, the shrek ears stand up, but on him, they flop around, haha.  Enjoy, and good luck to everyone!
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15  Jackalope Skirty Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by lunamadre on: July 02, 2011 12:12:35 PM

I decided I was overdue for a new bag, especially since this winter/fall I had been favoring my oversized wool felted messenger bag, which I had to put away for the summer.  Wool+bare legs=no fun.
I had a skirt stashed to used this tutorial: 

I used an American Eagle lightweight corduroy skirt, size 4 or 6. It had a side zipper that I cut out completely and reseamed the sides  The skirt had a dainty crocheted edge on the hem, which I cut off and used on the straps.  Here's the bag:

The tutorial suggests a pleated bag, ironing and pinning the pleats flat.  My skirt wasn't really pleated, it was very slightly gathered, so I had a bit of a problem getting the same look.  I stitched the bottom, then zig zagged it flat, which helped, and then boxed the corners to help give it some shape.  The lining is really sturdy fabric, which helped give it some structure as well.  I boxed the lining corners too.
I wanted an applique on the top, so I picked out my fabric and fused a heavy interfacing on the back.  Then I printed out a silhouette of a jackalope and used my lightbox to trace it onto the interfaced fabric.  I cut it out, peeled off the paper backing and ironed it on.  I tried hand embroidering around it, and I hated it, so I machine stitched around it for extra durability and to give it a little rougher look. 
I considered adding more to it....vintage buttons or something, but I didn't want it to get too busy, so I let it be.

Here's the inside, I made a pocket in the same fabric as the jackalope....In hindsight, I wish I made it bigger and placed it lower inside the bag.  Oh well. Smiley
Whatcha think?
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16  Picasso Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by lunamadre on: May 18, 2011 10:53:56 AM

I was a printmaking major back in the day....and I love Picasso's work.  I was admiring some of his line drawings and prints and figured, that might be fun to stitch!  So I traced this serigraph, "Head 1946".  Here is a link to the original image: http://www.globalgallery.com/enlarge/29823/
I printed out the picture, taped it to my lightbox and then traced with pencil.  I have to admit, it was somewhat thrilling to follow his lines.  His drawing just flowed so effortlessly and relaxing, and it allowed me to imagine watching him actually draw this image.  It felt a little...reverent, as crazy as that sounds.
Anyway, I wanted to really strive to keep the integrity of the line, so I referred to the picture often, trying to really get the same feel of the drawing.  I used one or two strands of charcoal grey embroidery floss, back stitch or stem stitch for the entire thing.
Thanks for looking!

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17  Re: Durga Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by lunamadre on: May 09, 2011 06:30:07 AM
Yes, I agree on keeping it, hope you decide on making more gods/godesses.And we'll wait for the pretty picture of all youre pretty embroidered deities, (YAY!!!).   By the way what kind of fabric you used for the embroidery?
The fabric I used was in my stash, I have yards of it that I must have bought for either curtains or belly dance costuming and never used.  I'm not entirely sure what it is, but it is a slubby texture and I think it is linen or has linen in it because of how it tends to wrinkle easily.  On the other hand it's kind of thick for linen, but it does have a nice drape to it so I really don't know, lol....I just liked the texture and color and figured it would be a nice change from plain old muslin.

I would love to do more gods/goddesses, I'll have to look up some more!  I'm in the middle of a new project already, so I'll have to start searching.  I've actually already done a mini Ganesh embroidery....and I have more designs that I might do of him too.  The fabric for Ganesh is your standard plain ol' quilting cotton fat quarter.  I like using different fabrics for stitching so I tend to look for subtle textures and prints to use for embroidery.

Thanks again for all the wonderful comments.  Smiley

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18  Durga Embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by lunamadre on: April 30, 2011 08:12:47 PM

I found this image of Durga in black and white when I was doing a google image search for hindu goddesses to embroider...I don't know who the artist is, honestly...But I kept bumping into the design and I thought it looked really fun to stitch.  It ended up being pretty addicting, I'm actually a little bummed it's finished. lol

I started out wanting the colors to be shades of brownish red, like it was a henna tattoo, but I couldn't resist adding some punches of color once I got going.  This was really fun to work on, and a great opportunity to try some new stitches I have been intimidated by.  This is my first real use of french knots.  Now that I have the general hang of them, I enjoy doing them!  I tried experimenting with a different number of wraps to vary the size of the knots, which I'm not sure if I like or not.  I have to thank http://www.needlenthread.com/ for being my lifeline during this piece.  I don't know what I would do without those video tutorials! 
I used the herringbone stitch for the crown detail, which is something that never occurred to me to do, because I had no knowledge of it before!  But I'm really happy with how it translated the style of the headpiece.

I started out with the intentions of making this really simple, but it sort of snowballed into a big needlework experiment.  I haven't done too many embroidery projects yet, so C&C are welcome....now I have to decide what to do with it now that it's out of the hoop finally!  Thanks for looking!
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19  bird nest supply station tutorial in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by lunamadre on: March 21, 2011 10:48:36 AM
Happy Spring everyone!  
I was reading about nest building supply stations that people make, usually out of mesh onion bags or an empty suet feeder, or simply scattering the supplies in your backyard.  I loved the idea of using tiny fabric scraps, fluff and yarn to encourage nest building in my yard, but the suggestions were just not....crafty enough!  So I enjoyed making this over the weekend and wanted to share my idea with everyone.....

Wanna make one too?


-Attractive woven structure of your choice.
(I found a pack of 4 bamboo plates at a dollar store....but any sort of woven basket or wreath should do.)
-Garden shears
-Craft scissors
-tweezers or needle nose pliers
-Yarn needle
-Yarn or twine (natural fibers are best, especially wool)
-bits of fabric, fleece, cotton batting (no more than one inch wide and six inches long...it can strangle or entangle birds)
-Wool roving
-(I didn't use this, but I read that you can use pet hair too...or hair clippings.  Just make sure hairs are short an unable to tangle around birdie toes!)
-Scavenged twigs, dry moss and brush from your yard.  I used flexible twigs, ornamental grass, iris leaves, tufts of dry grass, soft pine branches, etc....just don't pick from any areas that you know have poison ivy!
-Items NOT to use:  dryer lint, long string, fishing line, anything plastic!  
I also read that birds tend to avoid anything colored bright red. Keep in mind that this stuff might all blow in your yard, so if you don't want to stare at bright blue flannel bits in your shrubs all summer, try something that blends in. Smiley

-Lay some of your long twigs and grass around the circular edge of the plate until you like how it looks. Thread your yarn needle with a long piece of smooth twine or yarn.  Tie an end securely onto the brim of the plate.  Sew large stitches around the edge of your plate or basket, covering the branches and securing them to the plate.  These branches are too large for the birds, they serve as "pockets" to stuff everything else.  Keep the stitches large and really spaced out.

-Weave around strips of cloth and pieces of yarn under the stitches, in the branch spaces, or use your tweezers or yarn needle to thread them into the weave of the basket/plate.  Make them secure enough that a soft breeze won't free the materials, but loose enough that a bird could easily pluck it free.  
-Tuck in wool, fluff, moss, etc, and rethread your yarn needle.  Sew on top of that to secure it in, once again with big stitches.  You can make a star design like I did on the top if you want.  Add as much as you want.
-Thread more yarn and tie a long tail on the left and right side of the plate.  Tie it to a tree trunk securely, out of reach of predators (cats, etc.), in a quiet/sheltered area where you can observe from a window.

I just put mine out this morning, birds are supposed to be really nesting in mid march, so go get started now!  
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20  Not so green terrariums in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by lunamadre on: February 18, 2011 08:42:49 AM
As much as I love plants, my toddler and cats love them too.  They chew them, dig in them, knock them over.  Unless it's hanging from the ceiling, it's days are numbered.  I also moved into a new house without an abundance of sunny spots.  My other house had high light, and the plants that thrived there, kicked the bucket here.  I haven't decided where to hang some low light loving plants yet.  But I did see that my kitchen window sill was a perfect south facing sunny spot, well out of the way of tiny fingers and paws.

My lucky bamboo has been, well, lucky on the windowsill.  So I tried also getting an air plant.  So far so good.  But let's just say my gardening thumb is much greener than my houseplant thumb.  I'm hesitant to try more plants just yet.  But I had my sand, stones, gravel and jars out, and I was on a terrarium roll....

So I made some of these.  They require no light or water.  But they give me my house plant fix.  Plus I like to look at them while I"m working in the sink, which is often, lol.

And here are my curtains I made too....I love the pattern and colors.

Thanks for looking!
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