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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Upcycled Dragonfly of trash on: June 21, 2018 06:51:20 AM
I don't do much yard decorating. We tend to veggie garden and just getting seeds/plants in, weeded, watered, tended and eaten takes up much free time. But I love eating veggies!

But I changed how the raspberries were trellised this year. They've been dying out from the back to the front for no reason we can discover except the neighbors untrimmed Rose of Sharon and lack of light. This redo left a cross bar right at my head height and when I have a hat on I bash my head on things I can't see. ALL THE TIME!

So I made a little eye-catcher in hopes that my head would stay in better shape.

Bottle caps, wire, printer rollers, beads, small Christmas ornaments, a glass teardop, and other odd items came together in a whimsical flying creature. It may only last a season, but it's fun! And useful.


2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Starry, Starry Night Spirit Doll on: May 18, 2018 08:32:03 AM
Meet Night. She's a Van Gogh inspired art doll. Our church and the local art association is having a joint show/sale. We are also having our annual plant sale and tag sale at the same time. All are fundraisers.

The theme for the art show/sale was Vincent van Gogh's "Starry, Starry Night" and most artists did their own interpretation of the painting or other van Gogh paintings. There are also quilled, soda straw, and other interesting ones. Some did their own paintings in the style. My contribution is a spirit doll.

She's composed of cherry bush sticks (from a damaged bush), fabric, yarn, beads, charms, bits of jewelry, and a polymer clay face. I finish the face with clear shoe polish and eye shadow...kinda weird, but I love the soft iridescent look.




3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Winter to Summer Shirt Transformation on: May 15, 2018 05:30:31 AM
I like sleeveless shirts in the summertime. They are not easy to find in my size and price range. And I wear them for camping, working in the garden and hate to start with something new that I'll wreck in no time. So time to reconstruct some shirts.

The red one had sleeves that were just a bit to tight and so I had hardly worn it. I may still remove the collar, but for now, this is for more civilized pursuits than gardening. The plaid ones were worn to softness and hadn't been worn much in the last couple of years.

I removed the sleeves and made binding out of one of them. The side seam was taken up and the armhole trimmed and reshaped a bit. I hate having to take the shirt on and off repeatedly to get things right, but it's worth it. Then I used the binding to finish the armhole. I love these shirts now.

I am digging through my closet for more!





4  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 123 ENTRIES / Colorful Curiosity on: April 06, 2018 10:28:33 AM
In the recent prayer flag swap, we were asked to make flags for ourselves. I often make extras when I'm swapping, good for last minute gifts, donations to craft fairs, etc.

I chose curiosity. We need curiosity, interest in new things, the need to know, to know how. So take a look. It's approx. 8" x 5".

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Corgis, corgis everywhere! with tut on: March 19, 2018 12:54:23 PM



In the January Dotee swap, I made these little corgis. I only needed one, but it took me three tries to get just what I wanted. And now that I look back...the little guys were fine from the start. But now I have extras for the holiday fair in the fall.

It's only about 6 inches tall. I used two different fabrics and I like the printed dog fabric better, but the little plain guy is cute too.

I drew up a pattern, then modified (twice) in Illustrator. I could have gone with the hand-drawn version, but some days I just need to use illustrator. PM me if you want the pattern.

I don't cut out the pattern pieces until they are sewn together. So I stitched on the linen tummy and muzzle, ears, and the little butt pieces stitching right through the paper. Tear the paper away and trim with pinking shears close to the stitching. Then I added the felt eyes, nose, mouth, and tongue. I do everything I can on the sewing machine, but hand stitching (for those who can stand it) is just fine.




I stitched up the back, leaving an opening. Trim and turn, press the back seam open. I've started doing a back seam as that looks the neatest when finished and also lets me add a cute little corgi tail.

Then place the two sides together and stitch all around, using the pattern as a guide.


 

Trim, turn and stuff.



6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Rare golden circuit beetle - extraterrestrial in origin? on: March 19, 2018 12:27:35 PM
For the Feb science dotee swap, I used a broken down printer as inspiration. My DW needed some teeny screws for a project and so we took apart an old printer. Lot's of little screws, wires, memory boards, gears, bits, bobs, and pieces. It was a fun few hours.

Out of the box of parts crawled this little Golden circuit beetle. Very strange. Apparently, buttons, gears, springs, and so on breed when you aren't looking.

This was so fun to make, trying out all kinds of bits, digging for more, trying to make it look appealing.  Cheesy And trying to get it to hang more or less straight.

Makes you want to take things apart, doesn't it?



7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cat beds 2 and 3 from stash...completely! on: February 18, 2018 02:49:50 PM
In clearing up some of my fabric stash I came across these wonderful bits of cat fabric. Must have been from someone's bag of donated fabric. I also had polyester batting. cotton batting and some red quilted fabric for the bottom. None of the pieces were big enough so I cut and pieced to get the 18" round base, then stitched in the ditch through several layers of polyester batting. Added the padded sides and stitched on the bottom. It was a bit awkward stitching the final base on, as I wanted to turn it all inside out and the padded sides were a bit bulky. But it worked out, even if the stitching was a bit wonky, it does not show...and the cats do not care. This one is for the living room near the furnace vent, a popular spot.



This one was made from two old fleece blankets and crocheted like a big rug with sides. My hands hurt, but the cats like it.



I'm done, the cats can just stop begging for more fun things from my stach.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / DIY crochet hook on: February 18, 2018 02:42:00 PM
Don't have the right size crochet hook, make one! I wanted to crochet a cat bed out of flarn (strips of fleece blankets), but I didn't have a big enough crochet hook. But I did have 5/8" dowels. With a little help from my DW and her workshop, some sandpaper, and patience I made my hook.



I drew the shape on the dowel, then used a drill press to drill holes for the inside of the hook and down the slope. Then did a little sawing with a small hacksaw, grabbed the roughest sandpaper and sanded, and sanded. Then moved to finer and finer to finish off with a nice smooth finish. I will probably add a finish to the wood, but the plain wood was smooth enough to make this:

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cat Bed No. 3 with DIY Crochet Hook on: February 18, 2018 02:36:27 PM
In cleaning up my fabric stash I came across an old gray fleece blanket that had been already trimmed down a bit for another project. I ended up using two fleece blankets. I cut the blanket into 2 to 1.5" strips ( I wasn't too accurate, just slashed away), does that make flarn?

sandpaper

And Oskar checking out the bribe....catnip! The cats sleep in the dining room/office with me during the day, so they are enjoying the beds.



But I did not have a big enough crochet hook. And since craft stores are like crack to me, I made my own...crochet hook, not crack.

One 5/8" dowel, some minor help from my DW and her workshop, and sandpaper. I'll post more separately.

10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / My Scrappy Heart to Your Scrappy Heart with tut on: February 08, 2018 11:40:22 AM
I actually sorted through my fabric bits and separated the smalls (big enough for a quilt square) and tiny (not really good for anything, but projects like this.)



I had mad a few monsters and they were clamoring for something to hold. It's February, so of course, scrappy hearts came to mind. I had made larger ones of these years ago and so revived the idea in a scaled down version.
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431291.0

Start with a base fabric, anything will do since you will probably cover it up anyway. Then layer on bits and pieces of fabric. I use larger pieces first, then add smaller on top. Add fabric, lace, ribbon, anything can be layered on. Just don't let it get too thick...just 1-3 layers in areas at the most.



Cover with a piece of water-soluble stabilizer and pin the edges and about the center. If you don't have water water-soluble stabilizer, then pin the heck out of it and stitch the first several passes carefully.



Then stitch away. I go around the outside with wobbly lines of stitching, then across the center, then angle across. You want to add enough lines of stitching to anchor all the scraps. Use warm water to dissolve the stabilizer, rinse well so the dissolved stabilizer doesn't make your fabric stiff. Let dry.



Now use as you would any fabric. I added a pink printed fabric backing and stitched heart shapes leaving an opening for stuffing, then cut out with pinking shears, stuffed them and stitched the opening closed. Add hanging strings if you want.



And watch out for monsters. Sneaky little guys.



BTW, the monsters posting is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454165.0
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