Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dress Form #2

Hello fellow crafters, visitors and friends.  Hope this weekend is going well for you.  This cool weather is fantastic for creating!  This newest dress form was also fun to create.  I went to get another unpainted candle stick and found zero.  So my mind went into overdrive and I purchased spindles at Lowes that are used for outside decks.  I liked the curvy style to them and cut them in half to get two out of one.  ( much cheaper than what I would of paid for one candle stick).   I could probably get more stands if I would use the square parts of the spindle.  We'll see!!

 

The majority of the lace on this is from a  lace top.  I hand sewn all of the seed beads and lace onto the dress form.  Did not use glue because I wanted this form to be soft to touch.   I also made the colored flowers and stick pins.  The necklace is from an old piece of jewelry that I formed to make a necklace. 
 
 
The base stand was painted black  and I wanted it to look less harsh.   I got a variety of lace trims out and decided to cover the base and stand entirely.  After I did that I thought now that's too much.   So after thinking and trying other stuff I imagined some vines crawling up the spindle.   I think it works!!!  Those flowers on the vines were actually red but I colored them with some Lindy's Stamp Gang.  Also some of the flowers and leaves were painted with the same stuff.
 

 
Next a back view:
 
That's all folks!!  Thanks so much for stopping by.   Have a fantastic weekend and Happy Crafting!!

 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Dress Forms in the Making!

Hello fellow crafters, visitors and friends.  I've been in  a sewing mood lately and the weather here has been perfect for crafting and a hot cup of coffee.  Yummy!  Now I'm imagining a hot piece of apple pie.  It's always fun to dream!
I saw a tutorial for this dress form on the DIY Dish here and knew immediately I wanted to give it a try.  Thanks DIY Dish.com for this awesome tutorial!!
So here's my first dress from pin cushion:


The base is an unfinished wood candle stick that I bought in Michaels. ( I painted it with four different colors of acrylic paints)   I found this fabric at JoAnn's.  The top piece is part of a Christmas ornament that I found at Hobby Lobby.  I made the flowers and stick pins.  All other embellishments are from my stash.    This pattern and the sewing is easy. Watch the tutorial for the helpful hints of sewing the sides on.    Here's a closer look of my shabby flowers:

Next a back view:
and a closer view of the stick pins
 


Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the season change.  Happy Crafting!!!
ps.  I just completed another dress form and will be posting real soon!

Monday, September 1, 2014

My Second Tilda Doll

Tilda number two is inspired by the  "Tilda's Spring Ideas" book by Tone Finnanger.   This doll is featured on the front cover and I think she is darling.    The patterns in the book are not easy and I had to work with them to fit my needs.  Thank goodness I've been sewing for many many years and at least had a clue.  
Here she is and I have not given her an official name yet:

 
Everything about this doll is either machine stitched or hand stitched. Her little beany cap was crochet by me and I'm not too experienced with crochet.
Here she is with not much of a profile: LOL
 
 
It's a bit hot out today so now you can see without her denim jacket.
 
 
 
 
And a close up of her sandals. I made these using a  craft foam sheet that has adhesive on one side. This  was perfect to adhere the fabric to.
 

 
Thanks so much for stopping by today and as always I love to hear from you.  Happy Crafting!!!
 
 



Friday, August 22, 2014

My Very First Tilda Doll

Hello to my visitors.  Well after viewing a variety of You tube videos I was inspired again to try another type of project.  I fell in love with the very first Tilda doll that I saw.  I am so new to this,  that I had to do some research.  Tone Finnanger is the author  of the Tilda  books.  These books have patterns and lots of ideas in them.  I found a free pattern on the web and manipulated it to  make this doll and ( I got  "The Tilda Characters Collection" in the mail today!  Lot of inspiration and patterns!!!! )  Let me introduce my doll and I named here  "Cappy"  (that's what my grandmother use to call me so many years ago)


I made the dress which consists of three individual layers.  Also I made the tote bag and filled it with any crafter's necessities : Sissors, camera and a key!   I made her hat too.  Yes I found another You Tube video that had fabulous instructions.   I hope you're ready for some more pictures!  I also like her hair rolled up on the sides but my hubby likes the long braids.

 

 
 
Next a back view of her dress:
 
And of course she has on her gutchies.  Another one of Grandma's famous words.
 
 
 
I machine sewed the doll and dress but all other parts are hand sewn.  Her eyes are French knots with a dot of Glossy Accents.   I did use fabric glue to attach the pearls and little flowers.  I'm not sure if this qualifies as Tilda Fabric but I love the print anyway.  
Thanks so for visiting.  I hope you are inspired to try to craft something outside your comfort zone.  I really enjoyed working on this doll and look forward to many more.  Have a fantastic weekend! Happy Crafting!!!
 
 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Another Altered Project

Howdy friends, followers and visitors.  I'm so happy that you're taking a moment to see my latest creation.  It makes me so happy that you are here today.  Lately I've been in an altering mood and I think this one turned out fabulous.  This is an altered pot holder turned into a stick pin holder. I was inspired by so many fabulous crafters on You Tube. Thanks ladies!


Here is a before picture of the pot  holder that I bought at the Dollar Tree. (actually the package held two potholders)  I covered the colored portion of the pot holder with Gesso just to be safe of any unwanted color showing through.  The Gesso covered well but stiffened the fabric just a little.  No problem since I have several layers of assorted lace and appliques.

 
Next I sewed a lace pocket  to completely cover the entire pot holder except the little loop.  I'll use that for the closure.  All laces and appliques were applied next.  I made the largest flower on the front cover and all of the flowers and leaves on the inside. The padding of the pot holder makes a great place for the stick pins that I also made.  All of the gems are from my stash.
 
 
Now a view of the back side:



 
Another view  of the front with the closure opened
 
 
I'd love to hear what you think and "Thanks so much for visiting and Happy Crafting!!!"

 

Friday, August 1, 2014

An Altered Bottle

Hello fellow crafters and visitors.  I completed my first altered bottle after viewing a You tube video by Gabrielle Pollocco here.   Thanks Gabrielle!   This was so much fun to do.


I love the shabby chic style and also any kind of lace.  I made the flowers and leaves from ribbon.  Some laces and flower were dyed using avocado skins.  The vintage image was found on Pinterest and I framed it in a piece of lace from a top I found in Marshalls.   The ladies on You Tube are really inspiring me with the use of lace.  

Here's what I started with:

I covered the entire bottle with Gesso than applied acrylic paint.  Distressed it in some areas but you would never know it.  More  pictures of various views:


 



I printed the image on fabric from an old wedding gown then covered it with Mod Podge.  The topper on the bottle is a gem I found at Pat Catans in the jewelry dept.  Gems and pearls are from my stash.  
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Happy Birthday Leah!

 Today I'm wishing my daughter a Very Happy Birthday!  She is now 39 and has been a blessing in our life.  I love you sweetie.
I  created a card that is relatively simple.  I used three different embossing folders and a couple die cuts plus a Magnolia stamp.

Here's Tilda with Love Cake colored with Copics:

 
 
I placed Tilda in front of embossed candles and embossed layers.
 



 
 Thank you so much for visiting.
Happy Crafting!!