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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Valentine Felties for 2019 on: March 27, 2019 08:46:06 PM
Thanks for featuring my felties.  They are one of my favorite crafts to do.  The otter & Clydesdale are my designs completely but I adapted patterns for the others from ones I found online.  I've designed numerous patterns in the past & have a request for a flamingo now.  Need to begin it soon.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentine Felties for 2019 on: March 20, 2019 08:19:50 PM
I'm late posting them but I made Valentine Felties for my kids & Grands this year.  They're all about 6-8" tall, hand sewn & stuffed.
Granddaughter likes cute & cuddly so I designed a hedgehog for her.  After trying felt & fringe, I decided on lace for her spines.  The lace was white until I sprayed it with watered down paint to achieve a mottled look.

Grandson loves otters.  This was the easiest to design & sew.

Since she was little, daughter has wanted a Clydesdale.  I crafted a wire skeleton to make him sturdy.  Didn't turn out quite as I wanted but not too bad for a first try---and she is pleased with it.

Her partner received a dolphin---because I don't know enough of what he likes.  It's sitting on a shelf at work so he must not be too displeased.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Carousel Horse from a child's Wonder Horse on: September 06, 2018 07:29:06 PM
Thank you for featuring my project.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Carousel Horse from a child's Wonder Horse on: September 05, 2018 03:04:49 PM
I didn't think to post a photo of the original horse.  Thanks.  Hubby drilled a hole in the pole & inserted  pin so the horse won't slide down.  Then we cut a board that fits between the horse & pin to disperse the weight.  That way it will hold small children---it isn't meant for larger ones.  I've also stressed that it isn't a toy. 
The insulation caps pop right into the holes left when it's removed from the framework. I follow the embossing on the saddle & bridle when I paint it & the rest is inspiration.  I just try to disguise the caps with paint.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Carousel Horse from a child's Wonder Horse on: September 05, 2018 10:18:21 AM
Thanks for the lovely comments.  This is my 3rd carousel horse---photos of the others are in my album.  I made the others to be "for show" only & sold the first to a friend for that purpose.  I posted the 2nd for sale online & found that professional photographers want them for photo shoots.  A photographer bought it intending to make a base to stabilize it.   I have such a talented husband, I decided to get ahead of the game & make it ready to use---thus the base.  The pole comes in sections.  The lamp base just sits in the box.  The lid slides down over the bottom section of the pole & is screwed to the box.  This keeps the pole from moving & stabilizes all of it.  The heavy plywood won't let it move.  Then the horse slides down over the next section of the pole & the top section screws on top of that.  It can also be used without the base.   
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Carousel Horse from a child's Wonder Horse on: September 04, 2018 11:12:50 AM
I've created a new carousel horse from a child's Wonder Horse.  Hubby helped by removing the metal framework & mounting him on a pole from an old floor lamp---stripped of the wires & light fixture.  He also made an optional wooden base to give it stability. 
I've found that small plastic "caps" are available at Lowes that are used after blowing insulation into a home.  They're 1" in diameter---the perfect size for covering the openings left from removing the framework. 
I sprayed him an off white color, painted the embossing on the saddle& halter & added a scroll pattern to areas to disguise the plastic insulation caps.  The ombre main & tail were my daughter's idea &, I think, very effective.
I found the openwork metal ball at a local outlet store & bolted it to the top.  A couple  of bows & braided reins finished him.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Sign Embroidered on canvas on: July 31, 2018 09:27:27 AM
Thanks.  I decided the "Five o'clock somewhere" quote is getting overused so I came up with this one. 
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sign Embroidered on canvas on: July 29, 2018 07:44:42 PM
I had an idea recently---& some extra stretched canvasses---so I created a sign.  I painted the entire surface black & then embroidered the lettering.  I thought it would be easy to design the lettering on the computer & transfer it to the canvas using dressmakers carbon.  Unfortunately, it wouldn't transfer to the painted surface.  Perhaps I could have used chalk or a white colored pencil to freehand the letters but I really wanted the printed version.

 I finally turned the canvas over, reversed the lettering & transferred it to the back.  I didn't get a very clear image but was able to use a large pin to poke holes in the canvas that I was able to see from the front.  I used the pinholes as a guide to stitch the design---not the easiest way.

I like the finished project & I have ideas for more of them but need to find a better method of transferring the lettering.  I don't know if anyone else has done anything similar to this but would appreciate any advice I can get

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Play Week 2018 on: May 16, 2018 09:19:59 AM
BeaG, I'm sorry you haven't anyone to craft with.  Is there perhaps a library or community center that offers classes?  I live in a retirement community in Florida where there are numerous creative people so I can usually find someone to "come play with me".  Perhaps you can join us for our next Play Week.

I was in Belgium (Brussels & Antwerp) 2 years ago & found it beautiful with lovely, friendly people.  I'd return in an instant.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Play Week 2018 on: May 14, 2018 05:13:39 AM
Thank you.  You can find photos & instructions in my gallery on Pages 4 & 5.  I've taught seminars on them several times & people seem to enjoy them.
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