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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / troll - remember these? on: April 23, 2012 08:22:26 PM
I went to a doll show in March and found trolls - 6 for a dollar!!!  They are naked, so I thought, hmmm they need to be dressed.  This is the first one. 

I call her Anabella Mctrollska.  She is a hire wire act in the circus, along with her unicorn, Bella. 

Anabella is painted with nail polish, trimmed in gold crochet thread and shell stitch skirt.  She has a bead collar.  Bella is painted with white acrylic paint and purple watercolor for the main and tail.  Silver sharpie was used for the wings.

And now in the center ring.... the lovely Annbella!!

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Poor Duck!! on: November 29, 2011 03:43:10 PM
Even the dog couldn't escape my crocheting!!

I think he looks rather charming!!
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / year of the cat on: November 03, 2011 06:00:27 PM
Here's the second in the series in my ode to the song "year of the cat" by al stewart.  I especially like the line   She comes out of the sun in a silk dress running like a watercolor in the rain.  I It's done with pastels  Comments?


Here's the first:

For a third in the series, I  think i'll move to another line, maybe the peter lorre one or maybe his contemplating to stay or leave.
4  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / snail newbie attempt on: October 26, 2011 07:57:47 PM
I hadn't worked in clay for months.  My first attempts were 2 aliens and a frog posted here ages ago.   They have fallen apart and look awful!!  One I dropped and it shattered like glass.   I thought I would try a snail out of a book.  It' didn't much explain how to make the shapes, but I rolled and rerolled parts until I thought everything looked okay.  I think I also used the wrong tools.  I for sure don't have a pasta machine, so I just twisted the tail part candy cane style.  Is there a really good app or tutorial site that uses videos to teach techniques?

Here's my snail.  I think I'll let Pop use his magic touch and do his rock thing with it!!

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / PopCuellar's new obsession on: October 26, 2011 07:48:03 PM
Pop has a new thing.  We started going to Goodwills and barn sales together.  He started looking for containers for his plants first, then he started seeing small ceramic and resin things.  He loves rocks, and he started putting the little doodads and rocks together.  Here's my favorite. 

I think he's on to something here. 
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Yarn dolls on: October 18, 2011 10:59:50 PM
My son went to comicon and asked if I would make him a Flash figurine.  I remembered those yarn octupses we used to make as kids.  I wondered If I could make figures.  I looked at a few resources and came up with an idea.  I made the superman first.  Flash came next.  Then I thought, I want to make a fairy type doll.  I can make a tutorial if anyone is interested. 

Superman.  His face needs improvement.

Flash was next.  My son has him at work.  The face is felt.  I think his eyes are too big!!

The fairy was just finished today.  I especially like her hair.

Sorry about the sideways cell phone photos.  I'm not very computer savy!!


7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / cheery sunflowers small tutorial on: October 06, 2011 10:40:10 PM
I saw this pattern in an Annie's book of fridgies  pattern club leaflet. The flowers are supposed to be glued to a magnet.  I thought they would make a cheery arangement.   Since I can't move around too much, I had to figure how to make them with things that were already at home.  Here's how.

The flowers are basic: R1: chain 2, 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. R2: 2 sc in each sc (12) R3: sc in 1st sc, inc in next sc around (18) fasten off.  Change color, slip stitch in 1st sc, chain 15, slip stitch in next sc around for 18 loops ss in first stitch fasten off. 

I had some 7 mm google eyes, they were glued on.  I used red yarn for smiley mouth.  I glued a bamboo skewer to the back, pointy side down, and glued a felt circle to hid that.  I let them dry really well.  Then I took some green floral tape and wrapped it around the skewer.  I decided not to make leaves.  The flowers looked like this:

I picked out an empty container I had lying around.  I looked high and low for some styrofoam and couldn't find any.  I tried plastic bags, but the flowers kept falling over.  I thought maybe beans,  no, not enough beans.  Buttons?  no.  Rice. not enough rice in house.  Styrofoam cup, hmmm.  I cut the rim placed it upside down in the container and wrapped plastic bags around to keep in place.  Tada!!  Here's what that looks like.

The flowers went in and stayed put.  (here I had to glue some googly eyes back in place)  Then I couldn't find moss or tissue to cut up to look like grass or excelsior or anything.  AArgh!!  Mom, use that candy corn you have in the cupboard.  They're disgusting.  Nobody eats them!! says the bright daughter.  ( I eat them, I think to myself, but I better not admit this)  And voila,  cheery sunflowers in a few hours that didn't cost a thing.

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Happy Days! No more 100 degree days!! on: September 08, 2011 10:35:57 AM
Happy Almost Autumn!!  This is the first week in El Paso that we won't be at 100 degrees.

I had to put out my ode to Autumn wreath on my front door!!  It's my crochet wreath with 3 crochet flowers and pumpkin. The rest are flowers and scarecrows from Michaels 

Enjoy!!   Izzy

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Ms. Whimsey on: September 07, 2011 09:34:21 PM
So I picked up this wood piece at Michael's.  It's a female symbol you would see at a bathroom door at a restraunt.  It was 99 cents, so I said what the heck, let's see what comes out. 

Two months later, I take it out of my project basket and voila,  Ms. Whimsey was born.  She's painted with acrylic paint, decorated with markers, yarn and beads.  I wish I was free like her, not caring that her clothes don't match. She's not even aware she is not model-thin.  She hangs in my workroom and laughs at me when I get uptight about my artwork.  She's a real character!!

10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES / my real submission was a disastrous failure, so I crocheted an owl! on: September 07, 2011 09:16:27 PM
Truth time:  my original project was going to be a batik on cotton of my husband's shed.  I was too cheap to buy the wax and pen, and fabric dye.  I used white glue , cheap cotton, and watered down fabric paint.  It's too embarassing to tell the rest. 

Anyhoo, here's my submission.  I tried to perfect my granny square owl.  I used all yarns that I had in my stash.  The eyes are 2 buttons.  The branch is some wooded dry vines I found in the backyard tied together with wire.  I crocheted some leaves in different cotton, wool, and acrylic yarn.  The cotton and silk doily in the metal ring is an old project, but seemed to me to make a cool moon. 

And yes, my bathroom walls are a deep orange.  My husband's choice of color.  He loves those deep hues!!

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