Archive for December 30, 2006

Coffee cozy

December 30, 2006

Coffee CozyMy brother takes his kids to Starbucks as a treat – kind of special time with Dad. He gets a latte and they get hot chocolate. I thought making a coffee cozy for everyone in the family would be a great gift. A New Year’s gift since I missed all the December holidays! The pattern and instructions for these is in the current (Winter) issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. I lucked out and found one piece of fabric already free motion embroidered so that one went together fast! It’s the one on the cup. The two front ones are made with Laurel Birch animal fabric and the orange one is a superhero fabric – although cut up into a little patchwork. The dark one in the back is made from scraps from my Makerira doll’s outfit and is fabric confetti with thread bits, covered by tulle, that is then free motion embroidered. These are fun and quick to make. I need to make one for Fran now! Maybe one for myself too!

Lost and found

December 28, 2006

I had bought some clear plastic totes the other day so I could get my yarn out of hat boxes and into something where I could see what I have. Imagine my surprise when I found these two in the last hat box under a skirt I was altering (a year or two ago) for a friend of mine. They are at least three years old! I wonder why one doll had 3 legs sewn up!!!

lost and found dolls

Accordian book

December 25, 2006

I made this little accordian book for my daughter as a stocking stuffer. I think she’ll get a kick out of it as she is getting married next year and is already talking about having a baby (yes! I’ll be a grandma!!! ) The photos are of my daughter from when my husband was a single dad and that’s why these are Dad’s tips. Enjoy the photos and I’ll give the technical details afterwards. Click photos to enlarge.

tara's photo album 1

tara's photo album 2

tara's photo album 3

Now the technical details … these are made with book board covered with fabric. The interior is one large piece of watercolor paper that has been painted with acrylics. Notice I’ve used bubble wrap again as a paintbrush. I learned how to make these this summer at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. I made my other daughter one too but it doesn’t have a theme – just baby photos with captions. There are lots of books you can buy (or get out of the library) that teach how to make these – the accordian book is the basic beginner’s project in most of them. I buy my book board and PVA bookbinding glue online from Paper Source. They are great to deal with.
As today is Christmas I’d like to wish everyone who celebrates a very Merry Christmas!

Memory Coasters – Tutorial

December 22, 2006

Coaster 4My friend Sherry has been making coasters for presents – she is making them from scratch with polymer clay. They are wonderful but clay and I just don’t get along. The other day I was in the dollar store and saw a pack of cork-backed coasters. Hhmmmm … bet I can do *something* with these! My parents use coasters so I decided to make Memory Coasters – using family photos. But first I had to get rid of those horrible pictures on the coasters.


Ask the Crafter

December 22, 2006

I have started a new website called Ask the Crafter. It is a place where you can go to ask questions regarding any type of craft. It’s something I have thought about doing for at least a year now and I finally have it up and running. Please pass the word to all of your groups and all of your friends. This will only be a success if people use the service! The URL is: You should go there now – there are a few interesting questions and answers posted already!

This and that

December 21, 2006

One of the things that I like about this time of year are the sales – in the craft shops. I love buying things for dolls that aren’t meant for them! Like this tassel ornament. It’s really a light pink although I couldn’t quite capture the color.


I also wanted to show this photo .. it is a round robin doll I’m working on. I added the skirt – which is a gourd – a Crown of Thorns gourd. Sherry Goshon turned me onto them and taught me how to work with them. As soon as I finish the journal I can send her on.

MaryO's RR doll

It’s torture!

December 19, 2006

I PROMISE not to tell anyone what you got them for Xmas!!! Please .. let me go …. AARRGH ... my head, my head …….

Ornie holder

December 17, 2006

I LOVE clearance racks! I found this silver-plated holder there and bought two of them. I have a friend who uses these for flying faeries so I figured I’d buy myself a couple. I don’t know what I will use them for but I’m sure they will come in handy someday … along with all the other goodies I’m hoarding, LOL.

Ornie Holder

Oh, and this photo was taken in the little light tent. I’m really happy with the color rendering. Now if I can figure out how to get rid of that slight shadow I’ll be doing okay!!

Goldilocks and the Light Tent

December 14, 2006

Goldilocks bought a light tent to photograph her art. The first tent was waaaaay toooo big. Then she bought a little light tent and it was waaaaay toooo small. So she THOUGHT about buying a light tent that would be just right. But she didn’t .. she figured she’d spent too much money already on the silly things and she’ll just make them work!!!

light tent 4

MP3 players and audiobooks

December 13, 2006

Do you listen to audiobooks or your MP3 player while you create? Our library is going to start allowing you to download audiobooks to your computer next year and I’m wondering if I would actually listen to them. They are going to give us 14 days to listen to the audiobook and then it will stop working (I wonder what technology that is!). Sometimes I get so involved in what I’m doing that I don’t even hear what is going on around me. I usually do have the radio on but half the time it doesn’t register. What are your thoughts on this … what do you do? I’m curious.