So I present you with a project I completed in December. He (or she?) is all hand sewn- most of which was done backstage while Glenn was in Bah Humbug! The pattern is from Wee Wonderfuls. I was hoping if I put him out there, he'd inspire spring to hurry up.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
The fabrics are velvet upholsery samples on the front with wool felt on the back (and eventually on the gusset). The buttons are shell and were purchased at Hancock Fabrics about two years ago (I think the brand is Shellz). The bee is out of a sack of vintage stuff I thrifted. I didn't care for the googly eyes he came with, so I replaced them with beads.
The ribbon and beads are out of my stash. No idea where or when I got them.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
After fixing several hearts that Trixie "helped" with, we finally had 21 of these for tomorrow.
A word of caution: I didn't think ahead about how heavy 21 of these would be, nor did I consider how easily they might be smashed. Looks like I'll be carrying them into class tomorrow.
If you're interested, the recipe is an easy one. I used the one from the magazine that said it would make 25 hearts. Our cookie cutter must have been on the small side because we could have easily made over 30. Soon after we finished I found a nearly identical recipe from Ellie's old "messy business" art class. It cuts the recipe in thirds, so I'm more likely to choose this one in the future(and you can make the play dough smell nice with the kool aid!)
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 cup water
2 tbs veg. oil
food coloring or 1 pkg. of kool-aid
Add all ingredients together in a pan over medium low heat on stovetop. Stir constantly for 5-10 minutes until play dough starts to form. When it becomes too hard to stir, remove it from heat. Let cool and knead into large ball.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
The kids lasted long enough to see the dragons bring good luck.
Then it was back home where I'd planned to finish this up. Good fortune is already mine. When I looked inside I found that I must have made the cookies last year and forgotten. Now I just need to decide what fortunes to write on the twill tape "papers".
Friday, February 8, 2008
A vintage school reader that was going to be cut up for another project until I realized that it's the perfect level for Ellie to read right now. She may get it first. I had to grab it because I rarely find Asian children depicted in an acceptable way in vintage books. I have to settle for any little girls with dark hair (also hard to find).
And this was the find of the day - 5 ziploc bags of buttons for $1.00 each. They obviously came from the same source because when I started to look at them I saw similar buttons in each bag. They're all grouped together on a platter that's about 9X12. The pile is an inch deep in the middle. Money well spent. I'm finding one gem after another in these.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Carol's were made from some vintage fabric I picked up at an estate sale. The blues are very her.
Monday, February 4, 2008
The fabrics have some meaning behind them. The navy is from the crib sheets I made for him right after he got home. The chambray is from a favorite Laura Ashley dress of mine. (I can't exactly make him a little floral dress from the others.) The greens were chosen to bring in the celadon shade of traditional Korean pottery. The whites are from various projects or thrifting trips. The patchwork backing is a little nod to Nate's kind of preppy dad, Chip. (The backing fabric was bought pieced - I didn't do all that work.)
A few scraps were sewn onto the card to finish things off.
Snuggle in, little guy.