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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fun with one yard of pho fur: skit, tail and ears on: November 06, 2016 05:48:40 PM
My kid was using up all our toilet paper constructing long cat tails, so we took her to the fabric store to pick out a better medium.

One yard of pho Leopard fur later, we made an industrial length tail, ears, and more practically, a skirt that could be worn to school.

6 foot tail. Ears= headband + cloth + wire. Kid designed. Kid made, with some help. Kid tested. Kid approved.

We copied her pink skirt to make the Leopard version.

 We have enough left to make a utility tail (24 inches in length) for outdoor play dates.
Fun fun fun with one yard and lots of imagination.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 1st completed cross-stitch on: November 23, 2014 11:20:06 AM

26 years ago we had a long car-trip. I half completed this sheep during the ride, then put it in my sewing box and forgot it. I was a kid then. Recently I found my old sewing box and have begun to complete all the forgottens. I think this may be the first cross stitch project I've completed -- kind of Zen to follow a simple pattern. I think I'll do more.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lego Gender Reassignment Surgery on: September 06, 2014 05:38:42 PM
My four-year-old daughter had no women to fly her Lego spaceships- only Dudes. Three sharpies later .  .  .

The key to a successful outcome is not to overdraw the features. I used dots to mark off the features.


Now there are five bold pilots, ready to fly.

And if next week she wants cyclopses or dudes with mustaches -- a q-tip with a little rubbing alcohol will serve to make the change.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Birdhouses on: February 22, 2014 08:35:51 AM
Becca-red has a fabulous tutorial on crafster about making bird houses out of milk cartons.
So we followed her instructions  . . .

Totally fun project!
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Pink Atlas sewing machine foot pedal? on: February 09, 2014 03:30:16 PM
I purchased a sewing table at a thrift store and found a pink atlas sewing machine inside it. It is missing the foot pedal and I can't find where a petal would plug in. Does anyone have one of these and know where the foot pedal should attach? Anyone know where to get parts?

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pillow case to Christmas Dress for Bebe. on: December 23, 2013 12:52:13 PM
My little one insisted that Bebe have a Christmas dress. Bebe is too small to wear hand-me-downs and the store-bought dress that would fit her is too expensive.

Bebe's new Christmas dress.

 I had been looking for a use for an old friend -- a piece of material that began its life as a bed sheet sometime in the 1980's, was reincarnated into a pillowcase for a body pillow and a Christmas tree skirt, and was now too ragged even to become a dish towel.

The pllowcase in its ragged glory.

Bebe's small size allowed me to cut from the parts of the cloth that were still good. I did not use a pattern-- the idea was to produce the dress before my child got bored with the project. She held down the sewing machine petal and did some of the basing stitches. Bebe was carried triumphantly (upside-down) through the grocery in her new dress as soon as we were done.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Guess what these tree ornaments are on: December 21, 2013 12:08:15 PM

These tree ornaments are a solution to my family's dilemma of too many _____.

Can you guess what they are?

Closer view . . .

Still not sure?

Hint: 100% organic.

8  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with 8X10 in. hand marbled paper? on: October 06, 2013 02:40:17 PM
I went to the Knoxville Turkish Cultural center today for a festival and made this really cool marbled paper there. It is only 8 by 10 inches and I want to do something special with it. Any ideas?

9  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Glitter Pumpkins on: October 06, 2013 12:12:22 PM
The combination of a 3 year old, glitter, and decoupaging medium can only be reasonably described as lethal. So we have no progress pictures.
Here are our glitter pumpkins. The 3-D one is a gourd that we grew last year and found well dried-out in the garage this fall. The 2-D pumpkin was purchased for a dollar at a craft store. This is a good outdoor project.

In case you are wondering, decoupaging medium does eventually come out of hair.
10  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Dancing Skeletons/Floating Skull: Don't have that, Use this. on: September 29, 2013 06:49:03 PM
My 3 year-old fell in love with a few projects that she and I looked at in the Halloween additions of some favorite magazines. She is in the NO-Mommy-Make-It-Like-the-Pictue! phase, so that's what we tried to do, but we were lacking some of the materials and it is hard to get the time to go specialty shopping and do the project. So here is our if-you-don't-have-that-use-this-addition-of-paper-skeleton-crafting.

This first thing she liked was the dancing skeleton- loose arms and legs, dangles from a string, etc.  The one we used was based on clip-art from a certain domestic diva's Webpage. The pattern called for brads, but we had no brads. We did however have a lot of small buttons accumulated from years of family purchases of shirts and sweaters that came with spare buttons. We used the buttons to attach the arms and legs much like you might do for a rag doll teddy bear.

The attachment points on the body and extremities were reinforced with tape and then buttons were sewn on the front and back of each point, sandwiching the moving paper parts in between. To make sure the arms and legs would move well, I passed the thread back and forth through a single hole in the paper at each attachment point.

A surprising number of things can go wrong in this process (see above that I have forgotten to attach the arm under the button- he he) and it is too much for a 3 year old to wait through. However the end result was good and sturdy.



The next project was a floating skull wreath -again based on clip-art from another Home and Out-doorsy kind of magazine. We did go to a craft store to get most of the materials for this one. There was only one melt-down over a plastic dinosaur craft kit that the cruel parent would not purchase.

The instructions called for a scrap of upholstery fabric for the bow- something not carried by the craft store. Wide gauge ribbon would do, but it was $15.99 per roll-a non-starter. However the store carried a selection of $2.99 novelty halloween scarves- Perfect!

The idea for this wreath was to cut black and white felt into 100 1/2 inch wide by 10 inch long strips. We were instructed to wrap the strips around a straw wreath form, pinning each one in place with a straight pin. See picture below. One Hundred 1/2 in strips with a 3-year-old? Forget about it!
We used 50 1 inch wide strips. The 3-year-old pinned about 3 felt strips herself- not bad. She also helped "organize" the strips in a good pile next to our work space.

The instructions called for bamboo skewers to support the skull clip art, sturdy but difficult to achieve the floating aspect for the skull as seen in the magazine. Also, we did not have any bamboo skewers. So we just used thin thread to stitch and X across the back of the wreath. We taped the skull to its vertex. We got very convincing "floating" out of it.

Anyway thanks for reading. Hope your halloween is full of dancing and floating.
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