Monday, October 21, 2013
The entire previous week from the first hour the pumpkin was in the house was "Mommy, you need to paint the pumpkin."
No ideas, nope, nada. A two-hour search of Pinterest revealed nothing that screamed "preschool," but lots of other distractions like the brownie-in-a-mug.
I turned to my daughter for assistance and got "Dorothy." She's going to be Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.
Um, okay. Still not feeling it.
Sunday morning and I'm calling my parents for ideas. They're not picking up any of the phones. Panic ensues.
I go to the convenience store around the corner to look at coloring books for ideas... Sponge Bob, Dora... Angry Bird? No, still not feeling it, although I amuse myself on the way home with names like Sponge Pumpkin Square Bob.
A last minute search of my daughter's toy room reveals a book with a cover filled with pumpkin-shaped heads. It's Lalaloopsy!!! I can make a Lalaloopsy. Wait, I can make a Dorothy Lalaloopsy!
Off to the craft store to get some paint. Oh, dear. What to do about the curls? Hmm... yarn... no... pipe cleaners!
I grabbed a jumbo pack of brown pipe cleaners and it's back to the pumpkin.
Now, I had to work out the curls before I made the pumpkin. They had to be to the same scale, but one little pipe cleaner only covered about an inch of curls, so I twisted the ends together and used six pipe cleaners (about 2 and a half yards long) and twisted them around a broken broom stick (I KNEW that would come in handy for something).
Hmmm... it's not enough. Right length, not enough fullness. I made another set of six and retwisted the original with the new ones into a curl and this time, I was happy.
So I painted and painted, and waited, then painted some more. Threw on a bit of varnish because some of the paint ended up shiny and then made some Dorothy bows, opened up two paper clips into a large U and slipped the bow on, three curls (bent at the end to hold on) and jabbed them into the pumpkin.
Done! Yay. And it was only 10:30 pm. Normally, for me, these last minute things take me into the wee hours.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
So I designed and made Adam and Jamie from Mythbusters!! They're both about 10 inches tall and made from fleece and felt. I'm going to set up a contest where you can enter to win them, but right now, I'm just showing them off. They'll be with me at local events but won't be for sale. I'll post a link here later on, along with some other crafty Mythbusters inspired projects.
Now I'm off to blow something up.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Approximately 3½ inches (7.5cm) wide.
Felt & Embroidery Floss:
Size 9 x 12 inch felt sheets and 6-strand embroidery floss.
- White (Embroidery floss only).
- Embroidery needle.
1. Cut two (2) Body, GOLD.
2a. Cut two (2) Eyes, BLACK.
2b. Appliqué Eyes to Body (Front).
2c. Using two (2) strands of WHITE floss, make a french knot and straight stitch for each eye.
2d. Using two (2) strands of BLACK floss, straight stitch mouth.
3. Cut one (1) Bottom from GOLD felt.
4a. Cut three (3) Creme from White.
4b. Appliqué each Creme to Body (Back).
4c. Appliqué Bottom to Body (Back).
5. Whipstitch and appliqué Body (Front) to Body (Back), stuffing as you stitch.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
I admit, I tried to simply double the original head... it didn't work. And it wasn't good enough the second or third time either. But then it did work. And then it all fell into place. The body, the face, the tail... all worked the first time around. And as each piece was finished and sewn into place, I was like a child showing off a crayon drawing.
Now I have MORE patterns to do! Or I think jumbo yarn is in order... the kid in me would like a monster size knit fox... that kid is just NEVER happy.
The pattern is knit mostly in the round on double-pointed knitting needles. I used size 5 US (3.75mm) and Vanna's Choice (worsted weight in brick, white, soft pink) and got a very nice tight stitch where the stuffing would not show through. That's the important part - use a size needle at least 2 sizes smaller than the yarn manufacturer's recommendation or you'll see the stuffing.
It's available on our website, as well as on Ravelry.com and Craftsy.com.