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1  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.

2  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.

3  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

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Play Week 2018 on: May 13, 2018 10:30:38 PM
I'm not certain where something like this goes but assume someone will correct me if I'm wrong.

Years ago I subscribed to a craft magazine that had an online site similar to this one.  I made many internet friends who have become very dear to me even tho the magazine & website are long gone.  Several times over the years a group of us have gotten together at someone's home for Play Week.  There were only 4 this time but in the past I've hosted as many as 8 or 9 from all over the U.S.   Everyone brings supplies for projects & we make as many as we  have time for.  It's non-stop crafting with time out for cooking, eating & sleeping. 

This year, because there weren't as many, I invited friends from our retirement community to participate & it was fantastic.  At times my house looked as if Hurricane Irma had just been thru because of all the craft supplies heaped about.  When neighbors were in it was even more chaotic with all of the meeting, greeting & talking going on.  It made for a thoroughly fantastic week.

One of our projects was appliques on dishtowels using a play on words.  We used an iron-on bonding material to adhere the design to the towels, embroidered the details & used either embroidery or fabric markers for the lettering.

I made the Crab one while a friend from Texas made the rolling pin.  The "Chicken Cordon Bleu" is the piece that inspired the project.  A neighbor gifted it to me & was kind enough to teach it to the rest of us.

We also floated nail polish on water & dipped ping pong balls. 

We made fabric covered styro pumpkins even tho it wasn't Halloween.
 Some of our markers & alcohol on tile weren't real successful but we thoroughly enjoyed the attempt.

We also painted on canvas & made soda can art. 

There were snowflakes from chothespins & painted 2x4s.

Some of the projects were taken home half finished so I don't have photos of all of them.   We weren't able to finish all of the projects we had planned so we will need to have another Play Week some time soon.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / The story of Packard on: May 13, 2018 09:27:38 PM
I finished my latest project yesterday.  It was actually a UFO That's been waiting 4 years to be finished.  Back then a friend asked me to make a camel for him like my little felties---but he wanted it to be about 2 ft tall.    Before beginning, I made a trial camel (Jujube) about the size of my normal felties (6-7") with a wire skeleton.  This gave me the confidence to begin the biggie. 

Knowing he'd be heavier, I doubled the wire but found it still wasn't enough.  My camel wouldn't stand up.  I began again with the Boss helping me use PVC pipe to create a sturdy skeleton.  (Did you know you can use a heat gun to shape PVC however you want it?)  That camel became Sahara who I finished & sent to my friend.  He was well pleased with her.  You can find her photo in my Gallery. 

My "Error" has been sitting (since he can't stand) waiting for me to get back to him.  I finally opened the seams in his feet & inserted dowel rods into his legs so he's sturdy enough to stand.  I spent all of yesterday afternoon working on him & have only a few small touches to complete.  I've decided to name him Packard---as in pack animal.

The bottom photo is Jujube---my trial feltie.

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Felt fish Ornament on: December 11, 2017 07:55:29 PM
Again this year, I've joined with some of my internet crafting friends in a Christmas ornament exchange.  We have no guidelines---just send one to each person on the list.  This year I made tiny fish for each of them.  (Actually, the idea came from some clay ones I made & posted here recently.)  I cut them from felt, hand sewed & stuffed them.  I used fabric markers to add details.  Then I hung them from a small ring & added a bow on top.  Over all, they hang about 7 in long.   Not everyone has received hers so I'm still awaiting comments.

7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Jockeys Up! on: July 14, 2017 05:15:45 PM
Every year in our retirement park we have a BBQ & horse races.  When I tired of seeing the dreadful posterboard horses we were using, I enlisted the hubby to help cut out new ones from plywood & fasten them to stands.  I then spent a lot of time painting all six them so each was a different color.  Made for more colorful races.

8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Gone Fishing on: July 14, 2017 05:01:54 PM
I had an enjoyable time making colorful fish in pottery class.   I strung them with fishing line on a brass ring for hanging.

9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Recycled Valentines Butterflies on: February 16, 2017 10:06:31 PM
These could be for any occasion but this year, for the kids/grands Valentines, I made butterflies from recycled soda cans.  I cropped the tops & bottoms off, slit down the side & flattened the rectangle of aluminum.  I used a marker to trace the pattern on & cut it out with scissors.  A stylus worked to draw in the details & permanent Sharpies gave great colors.  I punched tiny holes in the head with a pin & ran a folded wire from the back to the front thru the holes.  I held a pin behind the head while I coiled the wire ends around it for the antennae.  Then I glued it at the back to hold it in place.  Finished, each measures about 4" x 4".

Each has a small gemstone heart to make it an official Valentine as well as other gemstone embellishments.

I was late mailing them off so I haven't received any opinions on them yet but the cash accompanying them will go a long way to making them acceptable.  It was difficult to get a photo without a lot of glare so this is the best of numerous tries.

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Mermaid Christmas Ornies on: January 07, 2017 07:26:49 AM
When I decided to participate  in an annual ornament gift exchange with a group of my internet friends I returned to one of my favorite mediums---felt---& decided to make mermaids.  I began by drawing her on paper---Free clip-art is great for ideas on this step. I added a seam allowance & printed several copies.  I cut the different pattern pieces I needed from each copy.  I only needed 3 pieces for her but find this method the best when I need a large number of pattern pieces.  I sewed & stuffed all but her tailfin, glued on her hair, gems & shells, & finished the details with paint pens.  When hanging, she's about 7" to the bottom of her tailfin.  Hubby was given the task of choosing which one I kept for us---the orange with yellow gold hair.  The others were well received by all of my friends.

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