Monday, August 25, 2014

Too Much Info on a Teddy Bear in One Post

This young lady...
dressed in grand mom's sweater...
10 inches tall...
 sleeping on a kitten...
 a sweet smile on her face...
hanging out with her friend...
 felted nose and paws...
using wire, foam perm rollers for her armature...
 limbs wired the way I was taught...
 a flexible spine...
 super glued eyeball loops...
taxidermy eyes ready to use...
made in a modified realistic style taught to me by Joanne at:

Friday, August 8, 2014

Fish Pond Game

I needed to whip up a quick fish game for our upcoming picnic at church. 
Most important part of this project is using hot glue! Here's the site I used for reference: 

Monday, July 21, 2014

I Hear Them Popping

It's pickle time! Since I grow my own from a small garden I've learned to make small batches.
Today I had my first technical difficulty...
But three jars for now will do just fine.

I always use this site to make my boiling water bath processed pickles:

I'm also working on a lacto-fermentation pickle, stay tuned!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Brown Hedgehog

I have enjoyed this hedgehog pattern and mohair fabric so much.

If you would like to see all my past hedgehog projects you can go here:

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Owls In Between

This is what crafters do in their between times, crochet owls and...
 take pictures of their kittens.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Still Without A Craft Room

This weekend Daniel started sanding the floors. No dust with his handy dandy shopvac attached to the sander! William isn't normally this brave when the sander/vac is running!!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Little Leather Books

My craft room is coming along great but we are only working weekends and we'd still like to refinish the floor. So I've pulled back the plastic, determined to do a small project.
A friend asked how I've made little leather books in the past.
I've made them as presents so I've never posted this project.
This is the easiest way I know to make one without sewing the pages.
There is lots of measuring to do. The leather cover needs to be wider and taller than the pages...
and you must include the middle or end binding to the cover measurement length.
I've marked the middle here...
and I'm including a page marker.
I've glued the page marker in with hot glue and I use the tip of the glue gun to smooth out any bumps.
Now it's good to smear a layer of hot glue on the folded page edges.
You'll want to have everything on hand and work quickly now! I put more glue on the leather cover along that marked inside middle. Now push your pages on your inside cover middle. It's hard to show but you'll notice above some blobby glue along the edge. This is when I use my glue gun tip to smooth them out. One side at a time I put a thin streaky layer of glue on the inside leather cover. Working quickly I make sure my page lines up and press the end page onto the glued cover. Then do the other side!
Use your glue gun tip as a tool to smooth bumps and reset or re-glue pages.
Here you go, you can use a needle to piece the top binding and add a jump ring to wear this book as a necklace. You can make any size you like!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Primer Coat to Top Coat

 This is where the hole was.
The walls can not be far behind!