Spring Bounty – Finished Mixed Medium Project

I call it ‘Spring Bounty’

Wishing you all a bountiful Monday!

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Flower Pen – Mixed Medium

I was in search of a project to do and went looking through my idea files. I came across this flower pen picture my Bff had sent me some years ago.
The flower pen is made of silk flower/leaves, floral tape, ink pen, clay pot, some filler and what appears to be a grassy filler.flwrpen08It seemed an easy craft, but I didn’t have any floral tape nor a small clay pot. I thought about it for a second and realized that I could use polymer clay to wrap the pen in and sculpt a clay pot and stone fillers.

It was fun to make. My clay pot isn’t perfect and neither is the clay wrapped pen, but I think it turned out okay for my first ever flower pen.flwrpnI was going to put some green raffia over the top of my sculpted stones for fake grass, but I liked the look of the stones and decided not to cover them up.

What do you think?
Should I cover the stones or leave them bare?

Happy Crafting!

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Cherry tomatoes, cross stitch & sculpting

10-4-2016-ctLate in the gardening season, I noticed one lone little volunteer tomato plant growing in amongst my tiger lilies. I decided to let it grow. It’s a tall leggy vine and only started branching out when it grew as tall as the lilies. It had a few blooms, but never developed tomatoes until a couple weeks ago. Now it has about a dozen cherry tomatoes on it.
I figured the vine would die with the nights of cool weather, but so far it hasn’t.
If our first hard frost holds off until late in the month, it’s possible we’ll get a few fresh cherry tomatoes. They would be a mighty tasty treat.

p1070298I haven’t progressed very much on my cross stitch. All the changing of the many colors of threads on the needle has slowed me down and made cross stitching not-so-enjoyable.
I thought about how to make my needlecraft more enjoyable and go smoother with less needle threading work..
embr-needlesand then it came to me, have several colors threaded on other needles ready for the color changes.
Cool idea, but I didn’t have any extra embroidery needles so I had to wait until I went shopping to buy some.
I bought a 6 pack of embroidery needles. The low price was a nice surprise.
I haven’t had a chance to load my new needles up and work on my cross stitch. I plan to soon.
I’m happy that I might actually finish my cross stitch before the holidays and have it ready to display with my other decor.

untitled-7I’ve done a small bit of polymer clay sculpting recently. I sculpted 3 cherries of 2 different varieties. They turned out really pretty.

Did you have any late season gardening surprises?

Have you been doing any crafting for the holidays?

Have a great day!

 

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June Wreath

1-fishwreathMy June ‘2014 Wreath of the Month’ is my most favorite wreath that I’ve ever made.
2-fishwreath*I made the wreath base out of empty water bottles.
*I sculpted the critters, trees, lily-pads,
boat & fisherman out of polymer clay.

*I made a hook out of wire and sculpted a little worm for it.
I used fishing line and hung the worm on the hook
from the fishing pole that I made out of a toothpick.

4-fishwreathI used some shells which my late Grandma in-law gave to me.
I added a bit of salvaged paper raffia for sea-weed.
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I had the best time creating, sculpting and decorating this wreath.
It’s a fun wreath and has gotten many compliments.
The men and boys in my family especially like it.

Fishing has always been a big part of my family.
A fishing trip would be an enjoyable way to celebrate Father’s day.

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I hope all the Dad’s & caretakers of our children
have a pleasant month of good times & fun
whatever your hobby or favorite sport.
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Here’s why I’m making a ‘Wreath of the Month’ for every month of 2014.
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Here’s a photo of the way I made the wreath base out of empty plastic water bottles.
I used shipping tape to hold them together

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Memorial Day Wreath

 

2014-memdayI made this wreath in honor of our Military for Memorial Day.
It’s a small but sincere effort on my part to show my appreciation to the troops past & present and their families for all they’ve given and still give for us. Their sacrifices are great.

Using polymer clay, I sculpted one rose for each month of the year and the pearl centers are for the tears shed for the troops continual sacrifices 12 months a year.
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The wreath base is made from newspapers and covered in camouflage fabric. I covered the base with blocks made on a cardboard loom using camouflage yarn.

Here’s wishing you all an awesome week.
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May Wreath

02-IMG_0416For my Wreath of the Month for May, I decided not to do traditional flowers and fluff for this special month, I decided to give tribute to the creative side of Motherhood. Mom’s are the most creative people I know and I’m not talking just crafts either. As I’m the only Mom in this house, I chose some of my favorite stuff to put on my May wreath.

I sculpted the loom & loom hook and then made the little red toboggan on the loom (just to see if I could.)
My sister sort of stepped in the role of Mom after our Mother passed on. She’s spent alot of time and care on me and my family. She’s my Bff and responsible for introducing me to the addictive and enjoyable craft of looming.

I sculpted the crochet hook and it does work, but it’s close to an ‘I’ size, so I crocheted the little granny square with a metal size ‘G’ hook. The size ‘G’ hook was my Mom’s. I think of her every time I use it. I’m thankful she gifted me with the love of crochet.

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I made the cell phone with plastic canvas. I hope it looks like a bit of Excessive Crafting like I really made a plastic canvas case for a cell phone. lol
I made the texting with my image program. The text advice is something I’ve shared many times with my family. Crafting to calm down is a pleasant and enjoyable way to relax.
My Bff has on more than one occasion echoed these words back at me when I get stressed.

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I sculpted the spoon and fork in honor of all the meals and cooking that goes into raising a family. (and also for us old folks after the little birdies have left the nest.)

My embroidered red-work heart is for sewing. It makes me smile remembering all the buttons, costumes, clothes, toys and stuff that I’ve mended or made over the years. I’m so thankful that my Mom gifted me with the skill of sewing. She spent many an hour and many a day happily sewing away on apparel or quilts or toys. She was an amazing lady.
I think my mason jar ring worked out nicely for a frame for my embroidered heart.

I crocheted the 3 daisies awhile back, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to use them on. I needed another something for the wreath and happily they fit okay.
Plus my Mom never met a flower that she didn’t like and pretty much I’m the same way. Gardening is a wonderful gift she passed on to me too.

The wreath base is made of newspaper and covered in knitted yarn blocks made on a cardboard loom.

I’m sorry I’m running so late on posting this. I’ve had a bit of a goofy week and can’t seem to get organized.

Wishing you all a Happy May!

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Flashback Friday – Bunny Sculpt Tutorial

bun4Today I’m going to start having  ‘Flashback Fridays’ each week where I’ll re-post a craft or something from my old blog ‘Enjoyingcreating‘. I have several crafts and things from it that I think would be fun to share again here on my new blog. Plus, this gives me another opportunity to keep my blog active.

I hope you all will enjoy seeing my crafts and things from years past on my ‘Flashback Fridays’ postings.

To start my ‘Flashback Fridays’,  since we’re in the early throws of Spring and Easter is coming up soon, I decided to post my ‘Bunny Sculpt tutorial’.

This little bunny is about 2 1/4 inches long when it’s finished. The photos make it look bigger. It’s cuter in real life.

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Let me know if you or your children make a bunny by this tutorial. And be sure to take some pictures too. I’d love to see your creative little bunnies.

I originally made this tutorial for polymer clay, but you can use homemade clay or air-dry clay.

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If you use air-dry or homemade clay, please remember to ignore the baking instructions.

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Bunny Sculpt Tutorial
~Adult supervision is required~

Supplies:
polymer clay or an air dry clay
a toothpick

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Make the following pieces:
1 – 1 1/2 inch oblong ball of clay for body
1 – 1/2 inch round ball of clay for head
4 – 1/4 inch small oblong balls for feet
1 – 1/4 inch round ball for tail
2 – 1/2 inch cone shapes for ears
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Press the clay in place as follows:
1/4 inch round ball on one end of the oblong body.
1/2 inch head ball at the other end of oblong body.
4 small oblong balls in feet positions.
2 cone shapes on top of head for ears
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bun4Next you need:
1 tiny light pink ball of clay
2 tiny dark pink balls of clay

Press the clay in place as follows:
2 dark pink clay balls in eye positions
1 light pink ball in nose position
Take a toothpick and draw a smile
and dent the eyes to make pupils

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If you’re using air dry clay, you’re finished.
Set your Bunny sculpt somewhere safe and let it dry.

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If you’re using bakeable clay then go to the next steps.

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Before baking,
Pierce the body underneath to allow
clay to bake thoroughly so it won’t
crack or poof or something.

Bake the polymer clay bunny at the manufacturers recommended temperature and for the recommended length of time.
Allow bunny to cool before touching.
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Tah – dah, you’re done and have a wee little bunny figurine.
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I hope you all enjoyed my Flashback Friday.
It was fun sharing my bunny sculpt with you.
It’s always been one of my favorite sculpts
because it’s simple and makes me smile.

Here’s wishing you all a hoppy good weekend!
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