Friday, February 5, 2016

Photobombed Gnome Embroidery

A couple months ago I changed this photo (see original at end of post) to black and white then printed it on a Printed Treasures Inkjet Printable Fabric sheet and then embroidered the gnome. If you type in "embroidered photo" to Pinterest you'll see all the inspiration I saw. Some cool stuff there! 
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If you don't have the printable fabric sheets it is possible to do it another way (probably many ways). 
I also printed a photo on bleached muslin by cutting a piece of bleached muslin a little smaller than an 8.5x11 printer paper. I then cut a piece of freezer paper 8.5x11 and ironed it to the muslin. I fed it through the printed and printed a black and white photo on it. It came out really really good!  The freezer paper is to keep it stiff..you're not actually printing on the freezer paper.



The photo is a little blurry but I loved it so much I didn't care. I have another one of the girls at this same spot from the year before that I want to embroider as well. Ava is also making a face in it!
the original below.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Island of the Misfits Stockings {#5&6}


Yahoooooo! They are done! I finally made the cats an updated matching stocking and because my sister is spending Christmas with us, I had to make a "guest" one! At the end of the post is a picture of all the stockings together. 
Just in case anyone wants to know, the stocking shape is from an old McCall's pattern. The over-all design of the stocking (the blue, red gingham, etc. and placement of it) is based on a Pottery Barn stocking from years ago. The island of the Misfits characters were made by finding images online (I also had help from Jessica) printing them out to the size I wanted. I traced, cut out and sewed them on. For the names, I sent blank pieces of white cotton to my friends mom in the states and paid her do it. The back of the stocking look exactly the same except for the decoration (characters) and they are fully lined.
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So here is the "guest" stocking:  Hermy holding some freshly extracted Bumble teeth. 


and here is the cats stocking: King Moon Racer! 


The picture below is to show a little of the process of making the characters.

and here are all 6 in all their glorious glory!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

DIY Woodland Stocking Hangers



Metal Woodland Stocking Hangers:
the Gnome and the green mountains are from landofnod.com.

After finding the gnome and mountain from land of nod, I scoured etsy for any brass woodland figurines. There are a lot of brass figurines out there people! A lot. 

I took apart old stocking hangers and used the base for 2 of them and bought two bases for the other two (Target sells the plain bases in two-packs). I cleaned the animals with vinegar then glued them to the bases with E6000 glue. I primed the whole thing with a white primer. After that dried I spray painted them with a glossy spray paint and finished with a glossy clear coat. 


Next I'll blog the two new Island of the misfits stockings I made! They match my others from years past (here, herehere and here)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

sew-together bag 1


Jenny B had her birthday back in September and these are her gifts.  That's thumbprint art made by moi! We are twins in so many ways. If you don't have anything nice to say, come play with us...

Below is a sew-together bag (pattern from here) I made her as well. You may remember this fabric from another bag I made her a couple of years ago. I don't know if she remembers but she wanted me to buy this fabric when I was visiting her in Japan. I'm sure she is thoroughly sick of this fabric by now:)

I thought the pattern was ok to follow but when I found this sew-along here, I really liked the pattern! It really really helped. I've made two now but they were both for other people so I have no idea how practical they are or how much the hold, etc.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Halloween 2015


I did not make the girls costumes this year! Only the jet packs (that double as a trick-or-treat bag!). I love making costumes but only if it's exciting to me and making a white jump suit with patches and buckles, etc. was not appealing especially when I could buy it already made. The helmets, jumpsuits, shoe covers and gloves are from amazon.com

The jet pack is from this Pinterest pin. I had to make it by just looking at what this person had done so I included a photo that tells you what items I used to make them. What's not on the picture is that I used a white primer first then a silver metallic spray paint on the whole thing. I glued everything with a hot glue gun and made cris-crossing straps to keep it on the body out of black elastic.  Also, the box you use has to be wide enough to fit the dyer hose.

The girls would hold up the dryer hose to people handing out candy and they would drop the candy in. It then goes down into the box. Genius huh? Thank you to whoever thought this up!


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