Monday, July 25, 2011

Wow, what FUN!

So it seems that I'm updating again today, since I finished one project that I had started several days ago, and then I made a simple one with the Wee Ones this afternoon that will provide hours, if not DAYS of fun!  So let's begin with the first project!
First attempt at an appliqued pin cushion.  Definitely need to work on placement.  :)

Side view.  I kinda like it!  :)
So this thing was fairly easy to make, even though it seemed to take me forever to make it.  Also, I definitely placed the leaves too close to the center, they should have been further down to accommodate the flower better.  Ah well, live and learn.  Maybe with the next one I'll get more ambitious and add some additional embroidery to the edge as well.  All-in-all, I think it turned out rather well.  Might need to stuff it more next time, this one seems a bit floppy, but like I said, live and learn!  :)

Then there's the project I made today for the kids!  Ooh, this one was SOOO much fun!  I got the idea for them from this great blog, and they kids had SOOO much fun with them!  Here are some pictures to give you an idea of just HOW much fun they had.  :)

Oh, can't you just see the JOY on their faces with these things?  They are quite possibly the best and simplest contraption for fun that I have ever had the privilege of making for my kids!  There's just nothing else I can think of that they have enjoyed more over the last few weeks than this.  It was GREAT!

So that's it for today.  I doubt I'll start another project tonight, but if I do, rest assured it will be on here tomorrow.  :D

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Wow, I'm a slacker! lol

So it seems that I have forgotten to post much of what I have been doing over the past few days.  I've been working on things, for sure, but I haven't been posting.  Also, I don't remember when I made certain things, so posting them in order may end up being...  Problematic.  lol  So instead, what I will do is post pictures of this things I have made in what I think is the closest to the order in which they were made.  Sound good to you?  Doesn't matter, cuz it sounds good to me!  lol  So let me see if I can get them all in and even in the right order...
Finished felt strawberries!  :)
That's right, I finished my strawberries!  :)  I finally had the time to make the effort to get the green felt to add the tops to my berries, YAY!  Oh yeah, and I made a smaller one, just cuz I d to try out the french knot version for the seeds.  I don't like it.  lol  And then I made...

THIS!  Yes, it's another soda tab bracelet, but this one is different!  This one is a single layer of tabs, connected with ivory satin ribbon and white and turquoise gingham ribbon criss-crossed over it to hold THAT in place.  I'm toying with the idea of removing the ivory ribbon, but for right now, it's just a thought.  :)  Other than that, I also got on a brief sewing kick and made these as well.

They're not tiny, but as you can tell from the ribbon, they're not all that big, either.  They were made mostly as a decoration for the Wee One's room, but the ribbons came off somehow (personally I think the kids tore them off, but that's another story entirely, lol) but they're now pretty much toys for the kids.  lol  No worries though, I can always make more.  :)

Then I got on a BIIIG sewing/ crafting kick and started making THESE!!!
Middlin' Mervin and Tiny Tee Toadstool

Middlin' Mervin and Tiny Tee Toadstool again!

Top view of Middlin' Mervin and Tiny Tee.

Middlin' Mervin all by his lonesome.

Middlin' Mervin from the top.

Tiny Tee Toadstool!  :)

Toadstool family!

Family with measuring stick.

Look how tall Big Bubba Toadstool is!  :)

Middlin' Mervin's not too short either.  :)

Tiny Tee is really, REALLY tiny!

Big Bubba all by his lonesome.

Big Bubba's pretty spots.

A collection of toadstool spots!

Big Bubba again.

And Big Bubba again!  :)
 Yep, I had FUN making toadstools!  And they were SOOO easy!  Though I will admit, I only made one day.  guess I didn't want to tire myself out on them, huh?  lol  I had so much fun with them, and then I found a companion, of sorts, to go with them!  This is my first ever attempt at...

Gnorman Gnome

Gnorman and Big Bubba Toadstool.

Gnorman got a face finally!
Yep, that's right, I made GNOMIES!!!  I actually have two made (almost have another one finished, just need to decide if s/he's a he or a she and paint on a face, lol) and I plan to make several more in a whole slew of neat colours!  Which leads me to my birds!  (BTW, I found the tutorials for the toadstools on this wonderful blog called Twig and Toadstool the tutorial is here and for the gnomes tutorial is from Wee Folk Art, the tutorial located here.)  These are both simply great sites, they have SOOO many neat ideas that I don't know WHEN there will be time to try them all!

Since I have been on a felt kick lately (I'm even sitting here contemplating between more crafting and going to bed early!  lol)  then it seems rather appropriate my next project was these wonderful birds.  The thing is, I couldn't find a tutorial for them, so they're still very much a work-in-progress.  I've not perfected the pattern as yet, but I thought it would be a good thing to post the pictures of my first two attempts at making the lovely birds that I found on the blog we bloom here with the actual birds in question here.
First attempt.  Something about the head just sets wrong for me.

I seem to like her head better from this angle.  lol

Second attempt.  Definitely do NOT like the schnoz on this one, either!

Nope, not even from this angle!  :D
So that was it until today.  Today, of course, we had family project time and since my oldest (CDC) isn't here right now, (He went to stay with Lizard for a few weeks, so we have some peace and quiet around here for a while!) so the Wee Ones and I decided to have a project day today!  So they cleaned their rooms while I got things ready, and we sat down to make these little beauties!  :)
Mama's mask.

Wee E's mask.

Wee Miss V's mask.
As you can see, the mask's eye holes aren't really cut well, they're too wide-spaced even for my own head, but they were fun to play with and make.  Each of the feather bits I made for the kids, since it took a good deal of time and patience to get them and make them not look like crap.  What's even funnier is that I've seen similar things in the store for like $10 or more a piece, YIKES!  And these cost me next to nothing!  Scraps of felt, feathers and glue, that's it!  Wee Miss V actually tried to claim my green one, but I had to put my foot down somewhere!  lol

Okay, so that's it!  That's what I've been working on over the past week or more with this 30-days of crafting that I decided to do.  And I have more ideas in mind as well, so don't think I'll get bored or forget!  :)