Archive for August 31, 2007

Getting personal

August 31, 2007

Scene from road

I’ve been blogging for nearly three years now and I don’t put too much non-crafty stuff on here. I thought maybe for the next year I’d change that a little bit. Starting now. So here are a couple of photos I took today when I went to help my husband set up moose camp.
Road to moose camp
We were 10 miles back off the main road – took about 45 minutes to drive the trail (I was following his truck and he was going slow for me). At first I was a bit nervous about driving back by myself – we were out in the middle of nowhere but I ended up having fun and cut 15 minutes off the time it took to drive in, LOL. My little Blazer got a tad bit dirty as you can see by the windows … gorgeous scenery though. The trees look funny because a forest fire raged through there a few years ago and now they are tree skeletons. I told my husband about my wild ride out and he said we’d have to put mud tires on my car and go bogging. I think not!!!

a bit downhill, yee ha!

Severed Hand Pincushion Pattern

August 29, 2007

Severed hand (again!)
I decided rather than make bunches of these to sell I would make one and photograph the steps so I could offer it as a pattern. Is that lazy? There are 19 step by step photos in this pattern – kind of like an online class. You’ll make the hand, dye it with Jacquard dye-na-flow fabric paint, make the glove, and do the fingernails. If you make it with felt it can be a pincushion; make it with cotton and it can be a creepy Halloween decoration. Did I say it is life size? Fun, fun, fun!!!
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Finger turning tutorial

August 28, 2007

I’ve been thinking of making this video for a while … although I have discovered that I can’t turn fingers, think, and talk at the same time…

The Charmed One is finished

August 27, 2007

I’ve been on a roll this week! I feel like I’m making up for lost time when all the relatives were here. It was like I was held hostage or something, LOL. I added some color to the tips of the Charmed One’s hair to give it some depth and then I made her charm bracelet. I have about 20 charms on there, as I was in two hand made charm exchanges. I’m getting geared up for another one too although I don’t know if I’ll be able to add all of those to this bracelet. I love this gal so much she’s up in the living room – not too many of my dolls make it there!


Here’s the bracelet, although it’s hard to see some of the charms … click on the photo to see them up close and personal.

Charm bracelet

A good day to dye

August 26, 2007

Fabric dyeing partyHow’s that for a title, LOL! Actually it *was* a good day – it had rained in the morning but when we got together it had cleared up and it got hot. Of course hot for Alaskans is probably cool for some of you! Four of us got together at Karen’s house to play. We had a great pot luck lunch and then we got to work making messes. We invented downhill dyeing – which consisted of laying a large piece of material on a slope and then squirting color onto it to see how it ran. We had some interesting pieces to say the least. We also played with those Pebeo Setacolor paints. SetacolorThat was fun – although I got the biggest kick out of watching the girls go through Karen’s garden cutting flowers and leaves off her plants. I brought about 7 fat quarters of fabric to play with and only made mud out of one, so I’m happy. Too bad I still have to do the wash out – it would be fun to just play with them all!

My fat quarters

Getting creative

August 24, 2007

So if you got a laugh out of yesterday’s post and the way my mind works, wait until you read this one! I am making more severed hand pincushions and I wanted to hang the dyed hand up to dry. I am going to have my husband build me a little rack to hang these from but for now this is what I came up with. I took my plastic spool holder and tied the hand to that – but as it is flexible the thing fell right over into the sink. I had to add a stack of huge metal nuts to keep the thing upright. Then in order to hold the plastic arm up I tied yarn around the bathroom light and to the arm of the spool holder. It works but you better not go in the bathroom for long or you will burn through the yarn, LOL. Click on the picture to enlarge (then click again) – you have to see it up close to appreciate it. 🙂

The feminine Yoda

August 23, 2007

I was outside spraying her face with sealer when I realized that she looked like she was wearing a robe. Then I thought that she looked like a feminine version of Yoda. To make matters worse, I also thought that I probably need to make a proper ‘hairdressing’ cape for my dolls so they aren’t suffering the further indignities of plastic bags or washcloths. Yeah, I’m weird, we all know that, LOL.

The feminine Yoda

Wedding photos

August 18, 2007

My daughter Tara married Corey today. We had an absolutely perfect day for an outdoor wedding. Everything was just great, good food, good music, good friends. Perfect.

cody sitting

Tara's wedding

Rocky kiss

Tomorrow’s the day

August 17, 2007

The wedding is tomorrow. We have the reception space decorated, we ran through a quick rehearsal, picked up the tux, and we’re ready to rock! Here’s the last thing I did artwise – right before the relatives arrived … it’s the face for the Charmed One .. another Sherry pattern … although she does still need eyelashes …

Charmed DIP

Severed Hand Pincushion on the make

August 13, 2007

Hand #5 and #6… or maybe that should be in the Make magazine! I found out today that a photo of my severed hand pincushion will be in the Halloween issue of Make magazine. That is so cool! Make’s crafts are rather geeky or techy oriented so it will be interesting to see how this ties into their format. Any way you look at it, I’m stoked!
** countdown **
…… 2 days until the in-laws and parents arrive to stay with me!!!
….. 5 days until the wedding
…… 6 days until I can de-stress and breathe again, ha ha ha
…… 8 days until everyone leaves and all the craziness will be over