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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Liddle Lamzy Divey on: March 04, 2009 09:40:31 AM
"Mairzy Doats" is a song from the 1940's that my Grammie would sing to us when we were little and we loved it.  The song is a play on nonsense words, but when sung even by little ones it sounds like something else.  My favorite part of the song was about the liddle lamzy divey, or "little lambs eat ivy"  I always imagined a little lamb frolicking and eating ivy. 

So I created a very little lamb locket in honor of my Grammie and how special she has always made me feel  Smiley

Here are the lyrics, composed in 1943 by Milton Drake:
Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn't you?
Mairzy doats and dozy doats and liddle lamzy divey
A kiddley divey too, wouldn't you?
If the words sound queer and funny to your ear, a little bit jumbled and jivey,
Sing "Mares eat oats and does eat oats and little lambs eat ivy."
You can hear it here:

Here are some details and photos:
I have a couple of of silver 2 1/2 inch pocket watch cases that I bought at a sale and decided to use one as a locket/box frame for my Liddle Lamzy.  First I printed the lyrics and used that as my base for inside the case.  Then I used watercolor pencils to draw a meadow.  I used some old decorator sample books for the fabric for the lamb, they had the perfect texture.  Cut out my lamb shapes and the ears and glued everything down.  I put a small bead under her face to give it dimension.  I painted details to her face.  Then I did my shading and added micro beads and a flower bead around her neck.  I had a pipe cleaner that was just the right color to frame Lamzy.

Once closed, I used vintage lace and trim and charms to finish it all off.  Hope you like her!  Wink
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / "FLY" little blue bird on: January 29, 2009 10:43:13 AM
Hi!  I found out about the Papercraft Challenge: "Chinese Menu" yesterday but decided not to do it....then I took out the recycling bin last night and saw these items in the bin:

The ad flyer was from Tampa and had great colors and a beautiful map!  And a paper bag from the Biltmore had great leaves and acorns on it.  I changed my mind about the challenge real quick  Wink I used a canvas I got for Christmas, some newspaper, sheet music, Mod Podge and some ink and this is what I came up with:

He's a little bird, the canvas is 5 inches square.  I thought he needed a sparkly rhinestone eye.  Cheesy

I used:
Newspaper -A
Sheet Music-B
Advertisement Flyer-B
Paper Bag- B
Thanks for checkin' him out!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Christmas Pup on: December 19, 2008 07:51:54 PM
Happy Holidays and New Year to everyone!

I haven't posted any of my Christmas projects (other than swaps) mainly too rushed to take photos  Undecided  I did get a photo of this cutie.  I made 2 for a family friend to give as gifts to some Golden Retriever owners. 

They are bigger than what I usually make (they are about 3 inches) so I thought they would be great ornaments.  I added a little ribbon loop on their collars and bought some pretty beaded ornament hooks at Target.  I really like these hooks, I think they make everything look prettier! LOL
Hope everyone has a safe, fun holiday!!!  Wink
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Punkin' Head Family on: October 14, 2008 06:07:46 PM
I haven't posted anything other than swap stuff for a while....so here is the pumpkin family I just finished up.  I used fleece and corduroy for their stems. 

the baby is my fave  Cheesy
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hoo-La-La on: September 27, 2008 08:54:27 PM
I took a $5 Halloween t-shirt from Target with a lovely owl on the front and added some yoyos in pretty fall colors.  Now I can wear after Oct. 31st.   Wink Yay!

I put a quickie tutorial on my blog if anyone is interested.
You can check it out here:
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Doxie Love on: July 01, 2008 10:48:27 AM
I had a request for some mini dachshunds, so that is what I spent last night working on  Cheesy  Hadn't made any for a while, and forgot how fun they are to make, and no 2 are ever exactly a like.  They were mailed to there new home this morning in their red paper kennels with patriotic ribbons  Grin

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Island Girl on: June 29, 2008 07:16:25 AM
This is my latest that I finished while on vacation.  I think I'll name her Shelly.  She is a hybrid doll I guess you could say.  I didn't use the Poppet pattern, instead I modified this pattern:
I changed the face and the method of making the head etc.  And I changed the body shape and the hands, legs and arms.  So maybe I didn't follow it that closely now that I am thinking about it.  But it was the inspiration Cheesy
I wanted a flat face i could embroider facial features on easily.  Once I did embroider her eyes, I didn't like them so I added buttons on top and I really like the way they turned out. 
I chose 3 different fabrics for her body, and wanted her legs to look like she was wearing striped stockings/tights.
I used the easy peasy dress pattern (LOVE THAT ONE!!!!)  and she has button jointed limbs, I love doing the button joint!!!
Anyway, enough blabbing, here she is:

PS  Her flipflops are from Mike's, I changed the strap and added a flower embellishment

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone recognize these girls?? on: June 24, 2008 09:31:19 AM
I was vacationing at the Outer Banks in N.C. and found these dolls at my fave thrift store there.  Does anyone recognize these and know what they are called?  They are pretty cute, and I like their faces except for the glitter eye shadow  Wink  I think they will clean up nicely and plan to make them some clothes and add them to the family!!

Oh, they say TM 2004 on the back of their heads.  I know they are not valuable, just curious.   Smiley  Thanks!!

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ahoy there me kitty! on: June 13, 2008 06:53:12 AM
Lately I have been doing a lot of doll making, poppets, dollar store challenge Waldorf doll, and various other dolls.  I am always trying to design/make  my perfect doll but have yet to.   Huh This week I've made 3 dolls, I'll post later, just being lazy.
So amongst all this doll making I decided to make my son a pirate doll he can take on vacation with us. It actually needs to be done today!!! He has a new camera so he can take picks of his pirate doing various beach vacation activities. 
My friend's daughter came over to play with my son for the day yesterday and once she saw all the new dolls she went crazy!  Shocked We decided to make her a doll too. 
She wanted a pirate KITTY and her only request was for pink and that she wear a belt.  So we went fabric shopping in my craft room and this is what we came up with.

She was really happy!  Next time I will make the arms a little wider because they were VERY difficult to stuff. I ended up using a nail file to stuff them, my pinky finger didn't even fit.  Actually the nail file was a good stuffer because the stuffing stuck to it and would actually go in  Cheesy
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ursula the $.50 Elephant on: April 18, 2008 05:36:37 PM
This is Ursula my entry for the Softie Awards on Flickr.  They have an elephant category this year, and since I have never made an elephant I thought I'd give it a try.  She is made out of one sock from a pair I bought at the dollar store, hence the $.50 elephant! Grin  She is about 9 inches tall, with pretty blue eyes.  She loves to walk her Scottie dog.  Here she is:

You can visit all the softies at:

http://www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/pool/

Awesome softies!!!!
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