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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / An Enchanted, Yet Charming Fellow on: June 29, 2014 06:59:20 AM
I made this elf doll for PJR107 in the Enchanted Forest Woodland Creatures Swap.  I knew she liked stuff like this.  His arms and legs are jointed w/embroidery thread.  I needle felted yarn into his head for his hair.  I stitched his eyes.  I blanket stitched his hat and shirt together.  His hat and shirt are upholstery fabric.  I thought it looked kind of woodsy.  Like tree bark.  The funny thing about his shirt, I did it upside down, and didn't know it until I had finished it, and was putting the pattern back into the magazine it came from for safe keeping.  Oh well, it still worked out just fine.  His body is made from green leaf fabric, and his head gray leaf fabric.  I really like how he turned out.  I wish I had taken a better pic of him.  You can't see his face.  Enjoy.
22  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Where Do Fairies Live? In Fairy Houses of Course! on: June 29, 2014 06:52:34 AM
I made these for PJR107 in the Enchanted Forest Woodland Creatures Swap.  On  her questionnaire, she said she liked fairy houses.  They are wooden bird houses that I painted and decorated.  I pulled apart those picks you get at Christmas time and glued the berries and pine branches onto the roofs.  I also glued branches from my backyard onto the roofs of 2 of them.  Then I cut out some images from various cards and calendars and decopauged them onto the sides of the houses.  Stuff like little rabbits, flowers, bushes, butterflies, etc.  I also used acorns that I found on my walks w/my dogs, gravel, faux moss, rocks, and small porcelain animals that I painted.  I sculpted 2 tiny fairies, and glued them to the outside of the house, near the entrance.  One fairy is a charm that I picked up at Goodwill.  I hope you enjoy them, as much I enjoyed making them. 

23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Such a sweet little deer... on: June 28, 2014 07:23:27 PM
I made this stuffed/plush fawn for PJR107's son in the Enchanted Forest Woodland Creatures Swap.  I know how much he loves stuffed animals, and how much he loves the stuffed animals I make.  When I swap w/his mom, he expects that there will be a stuffed animal, that I made, in the box.   Grin  This was the first time I tried out the pattern.  I'm super please w/how it turned out.  He/she is made from an old lady's coat that I got at a garage sale for free.  His/her eyes, nose, and spots are needle felted.  I've made a couple of more since.  They just need to be stuffed.  I absolutely LOVE how he/she turned out!  I had been in a long time search for a pattern like this, before I happened upon it.  Enjoy!

24  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Unicorn Shadow Box on: June 28, 2014 02:19:50 PM
I made this unicorn shadow box for PJR107 in the Enchanted Forest Woodland Creatures swap.  I got the wooden box w/the rope handle for free.  It was the end of the garage sale, and the lady let me have it for free.  I got the images behind the unicorn from a magazine.  They are different photos of trees.  They are decoupaged onto the inside of the box.  I found the stick on the top in my backyard.  The unicorn was a porcelain Clydesdale figurine that I had.  His ear had broken off.  I stripped off his harnessing, and then layered him w/paper mache.  That's how I created his horn, and missing ear.  His mane, tail, and fetlocks are cotton balls that I pulled apart, and glued on.  That is dried moss around his feet.  I had a hard time letting this one go.  I hope you all enjoy it.  I had a lot of fun making it.  And, I enjoy recycling, instead of throwing away.
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Altered Tins Dubbed as Owl Shrines on: June 28, 2014 02:11:39 PM
So, I made these for PJR107 in the Enchanted Forest Woodland Creatures swap.  I used Altoid tins, branches from my back yard, and bark from my 3 River Birch trees.  The owls are images I cut out from an old children's encyclopedia that was going to be tossed in the trash.  Also acorns that I gathered from around my neighborhood, when I took my dogs on walks.  They have been dubbed, "owl shrines", so that's what I'm going with.  Enjoy!

26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / In a Desperate Search for Alan Dart Sewing Patterns... on: June 16, 2014 12:09:26 PM
Does anybody have this pattern: http://www.ebay.com/itm/181426697688?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2648&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

I used to have it, but, I can't find it now.  I've looked all over my studio/craft room for it.  It's the only pattern that has come up missing.  It's just so frustrating!  I don't want to pay the ridiculous prices people are asking for this pattern.  It's a pullout from a magazine.  I would be willing to trade several artists patterns for it.  I would be over the moon grateful if somebody could find it in their heart to trade w/me.  Thank you for taking the time to read this, and your consideration. 
27  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A boy and his dog, and my husband's pomeranian on: June 15, 2014 02:24:31 PM
So, my 17th wedding anniversary was over a month ago.  I didn't have any money to get my husband anything, and neither did I really want to make anything for him either.  I felt kind of bad about it.  He got me some tomato plants and some squash plants.  He knows how much I love to garden.  Then, today being Father's Day, again I didn't really want to make him anything, or buy him anything.  But, my husband got me flowers for Mother's Day, because he knows how much I love flowers.  Makes me sound like a real b*tch w/a capitol B doesn't it?  It's a long story I won't go into.  So, feeling bad about not giving him anything either time, inspiration hit me, and I was in the mood to paint.  I already had 3 of these smaller canvas'.  So, I sat down and painted.   The 1st one is, "A boy and his dog."  It's an angel boy holding his dog.  I painted it using acrylics.  It's an eskimo boy.  My husband went on a cruise to Alaska w/his grandpa before I met him.  I gave him this one for our wedding anniversary.  The second one is a pet portrait of his pomeranian, also done in acrylics.  I gave him this one for Father's Day.  He got them both today.  He wasn't real thrilled w/the 1st one, but, loved the 2nd one of his pomeranian.  Sometimes I don't even know why I try.  He had been gripping at me, saying I don't make anything for him anymore.  Well, this just might be the reason.  Anyhow, I hope you all like them.  Enjoy. 

28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My version of travel/neck pillows for children... on: March 11, 2014 07:48:08 PM
So, this is my version from this pattern: (http://hiraganamama.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/travel-pillows-for-children/)    I used the smaller pattern, and enlarged it in my tracer machine. I LOVE foxes!  I LOVE how this one turned out!  I used a fleece Tootsie Roll blanket.  I plan on making many different animals.   I have a whole list.  I also made a butterfly, but, I haven't stuffed it yet.  I'll post a pic of it here, when I do stuff it.  I'll also post pics of the other animals I make here.  I'm having so much fun making these!  
29  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Does anybody know the cheapest way to ship to Canada? on: March 08, 2014 03:01:02 PM
I would like Canadian partners more often, but, the cost of shipping usually prohibits me.  Does anybody know the cheapest way to ship to Canada?  Thank you in advance.
30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Chocolate Easter Bunny.... on: March 03, 2014 12:56:17 PM
So, I'm totally in love/obsessed w/Rodney the Reindeer and his family from the 80's, made by Hallmark, and a Burger King kid's meal toy.  So much so, that I've been trying to collect the entire line.  I'm also totally in love with/obsessed w/reindeer.  I have a large stuffed Annalee greeter reindeer that hangs out in my front entryway all year round.  My husband likes to sigh, deeply, because he stays there all year round.  But, he makes me smile whenever I walk in my front door.  Out of the corner of my eye, I've caught a crooked smile on my husband's face, when he sees me smiling at the reindeer.  I was skipping along through Pinterest, when I found a free pattern for making Rodney Reindeer look alike stuffed animals. I squealed w/delight and pinned it.  I was looking at the pattern yesterday.  While I could make stuffed reindeer all year round, I was in an Easter bunny kind of mood.  And, voila!  I made rabbit ears instead, and a little round tail.  What came to life from the reindeer pattern was a chocolate Easter bunny.  I love his quirky little face so much!  He didn't come out exactly like the picture, so, I tweaked my pattern a little.  Trimming off some of the hind end, and adding a little length to the underbody.  Regardless, I still think the bunny turned out fabulous!   Grin  I hope you all enjoy him as much as I do.  He is looking for a new  home.  He is made from very soft fleece. 

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