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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Happy Tuesday!

Mornin' my peeps!  Busy weekend as always.  On Friday, I went to Brighton and purchased some veggies, 'cause, you know, its that canning time of year.  Up here, tomatoes, peppers and squash don't grow very well because of our short season.  And I do love some homemade canned goods.....
I canned jalapenos, hot salsa, and corn relish.  My new item this year is candied jalapenos.  We will see how they go over.  The corn relish is my mom's recipe and I love it.  It has a sweet and sour brine with corn, peppers, onions and celery.  Type the word corn in the search bar at the top for the recipe.

I got a request for a bobble-head pattern.  It is now listed in my Etsy shop.  I will be working on another pattern for a bobble-head scarecrow later this week.

I have listed the rusty bed springs for sale on my Etsy shop as well.

I also finished a couple of bears.  I like to make them out of unexpected fabrics and colors:

 These are also for sale for only $10 each.  They come complete with a little tag that says I love you, an organza bow, and eyeglasses.

I finally got around to working with one of the cutter quilts that my friend gave me.  I made the following four ornies.  I love the Victorian feel to them.

I will make more of the stocking and mitten.  I have to revisit the star and the heart.  Since it is a double thickness of quilted fabric, it was impossible to turn.  I think I will simply back it with muslin so the edges can be turned.
I have two raggedies cut out but still incomplete as well as some ornies that need to be finished.  I try to get all the painting and machine work completed during the day so that during the evenings I can do the hand stitching.

Today is my son, Scott's birthday.  I am treating him to lunch.  Actually, it is a treat for me as well.  Love you Scott!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What Cha Workin' on Wednesday????

Still workin' on witches.....Wanda is from a pattern form Sparkles n Spirit.  I have two of these cuties and will be listing in my Etsy shop today.

Wanda is about 20 inches tall and holds a bottle of witchy potion and a broom.  She stands on dowel legs.  She was quite an undertaking but I love how she turned out.

I also made another ornament wreath.  These are so easy to make.  And they are a great way to use some of the "extra" ornies that you no longer put on your tree.
To make, buy one of those foam circles for flower arranging.  I get mine at Dollar Tree.  Wrap in the ribbon or fabric of your choice.  Then wrap some wire around the top for a hanger.  Then decorate.  I lay on a flat surface and do the outer, bottom layer first.  I use the bigger balls for this and simply hot glue in place.  I try to mix up the colors somewhat.  Then just build it to the center.  When all the balls are on, add a little whimsy by adding foliage and other odds and ends.  I get some of the balls at the dollar store or I buy after the holidays and save big bucks that way.   You can also check out garage sales.  Add some lights and use as a centerpiece.   Have fun with this!

Well off to finish up my Wanda #2.  Have a good day!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Feeling Like Fall

Though temps in Denver have been nearly 100 degrees, it is cooler up here in the mountains.  And I am starting to feel like Fall.  I made some more of my large pumpkins, and some candy corn:

Some are bright colors and others are a pit more prim.

I also made some really cute Pumpkin Poop from Sunflower Friends:
The back of the tag reads:  I started to carve a pumpkin, With my carving knife and scoop.  But the pumpkin got so scared, he took a little poop!  Oh my, I wondered....what should I do?  So I scooped it all up quickly and saved it just for you!

Got a busy week ahead.  Have a creative one, my friends!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What 'cha Working on Wednesday?????

Monday was kind of a bust for me.  I spent the day with the DMV getting my van licensed and then drove to pick up miscellaneous items.  So I didn't get much done in the studio.  But yesterday I killed it....and even managed to get some laundry done!

One of my hubby's co-workers just welcomed a new baby girl.  So in addition to shopping for the little one, I also made some of these really cute items from Sunflower Friends:

They have a cute little rhyme and the graphics easily fit in a 4 x 6 bag.  Just put in a pair of baby socks and staple on the topper.  I am sure that these will be great sellers at my shows this year.  They come in blue, pink, green, and purple.

A couple of weeks ago I went in Dollar Tree.  I love that store!  I just get so many ideas!  This is a craft that I have been doing for a few years:
Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy.....Just spray your $1 muffin tin with the color of your choice.  I use my favorite rusty primer.  Spray both sides.  I put a piece of jute through the hole and hang it from the clothesline.  Once it is dry, coat with a clearcoat spray.  When that is dry, just paint on the faces.  I used Light Buttermilk.  Change them up a little so they are all a bit different.  I splattered with some light buttermilk paint to replicate snow and gave it another shot of clear coat.  Attach a ribbon and you are good to go.  These look so cute in the kitchen over the holidays.  Make sure you wrap them when storing so they will not scratch.

Also at the dollar store, I found a box of seven emergency candles.  They are really short, maybe 3 or 4 inches long.  I found a free Santa graphic online and shrunk it to fit a small label.  I cut it with a paper pinker and used a glue stick to attach to a piece of brown paper.

I wrapped the paper around three candles, secured with some light twine(also purchased at Dollar Tree) and hot glued on a rusty star.  You could use a bell, or leave it plain.  You could also use a patterned paper, like gift wrap or scrapbooking paper.  I think they are so cute!  And so cheap!  These are going to be a great seller at my shows!

So I am off to get busy.  I sold a couple of dolls on Etsy and I have to get them ready to ship.  Did you know that I include birth certificates and adoption papers with all my dolls?  Check them out at my Etsy shop and take advantage of my sale.  Have a great day, my friends!  Happy crafting!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wendy Witch

Happy Tuesday, Y'all~!   I am excited to show you Wendy, my new witchy doll.

Wendy is a 17" doll I made from a pattern from Chestnut Junction.  She really turned out sweet.  She holds a little stuffed ghost, wears a "boo" tag and has a tall hat that I wired so it can be positioned however you like. I have two of these done and for sale on my Etsy site.  And don't forget, I have a 20% sale going on!  Spend $25 or more and include the coupon code SCHOOL20. 

I also have some more of my Westie ornies.  I sell a ton of these.  They come with a tag for putting the puppy's name or date or whatever:

I also have these in black and black and white houndstooth.  Cute, huh?

I bought a used van to use in my shows and I am excited about that.  The little Jeep just could not haul enough stuff......and think of all the Christmas shopping I can do with it!  Well I am off.  I sold a couple of dolls and I need to get them in the mail!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

What 'cha Workin' on Wednesday?

Working on so many things.....My mind is just racing.  Finishing up some spoon ornies...nearly done.  Two raggedies in process....just need to dress.  Four pillows are ready for stuffin'.  One large pumpkin just needs the trimmin'.  Two funny witches are cut out and ready for assembly.  And my friend Dawn brought me  a couple of cutter quilts mind is busy thinkin' up all the things I am goin' to do with them,

For my prim friends, I did finish up this Snowman and Tree set.  I will be listing on my Etsy shop as a set.  This is from a pattern by J & J but of course I changed it up a bit so its more like me.....

Pieces are cut from 2 x 4's that I salvaged from pallets.  The pattern calls for the tree to be plain, but I liked the rusty stars and wire.  More burlap is used in the pattern, but I like adding a bit of color.  These were fun to do and fast to make.  I will make some more, but I may change up the colors a bit.  I am pricing them at $20 for the set.  The snowman is about 17inches tall and the tree is about 15 1/2 inches in height.  If you would like one with different colors, email me to order.

Back to work!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Happy Monday!

Good morning!  I had a great week, spending time with my 8 year old grand, Brooklynne.  I taught her to sew, we went thrifting, fishing, and did some crafts.  This is one of the crafts that we worked on:

These cute little ornies (inspired from Pinterest) are great for kids.  They are made from shower curtain rings.  I got mine at Dollar Tree (12 for $1).  Here is what you do:
  Snap the rings closed.  Use a scrap piece of fabric, ribbon, jute, etc and wrap around the ring snugly.  Secure at the beginning and end with glue.  I used hot glue, but if little ones are helping, you can use tacky glue, you just have to give it time to dry.  Add a ribbon for hanging and decorate with greenery, flowers, buttons, bells, or whatever you like.  You can see that I used different fabric, trims, etc. so get creative.  I let Brooklynne pick out the fabric and trims and wind the fabric on the ring once the hot glue had dried.  I think they turned out so cute!

Well, back at it, my friends.  Working on spoon ornies, wood craft, and dolls.  Have a great creative week!