Thursday, May 17, 2012

It's Thursday, The Happenings for Today May 17th 20012

Heaven's it seems this month is just flying away! Today I have been adding some products to my Etsy store Maplea's Rag Dolls and Animals. I created these all some time back, the first is a cute set of small primitive kitties. I used some scraps of Berber and quilting cotton fabric. I did not use any patterns, I just took some scissors and began cutting these guys out of the fabric to my amazement they turned out not too bad. I have filled them both with fiber fill and used black beads for noses and eyes. I stained both with my super sauce of instant coffee and vanilla.

A while back I had some interesting and color cotton blend fabric that is nice and heavy for making this cat from a vintage pattern. I went away from the instructions of the pattern a little, by not using fake fur or muslin. I added buttons for eyes and the buttons are mismatched a little thing I like to do now and then.

The bear turned out so cute, he was created last fall from an neat vintage pattern that I have changed, actually I used a bit of 2 vintage patterns to make this little guy.

This is a want to be clown rag cloth doll that I created and it started from a vintage pattern but I added my very own ideas, I painted the face white with acrylic paints and designed my own facial features, along with designing my own outfit for the doll.

Lastly there is a great celebration going on at Etsy and it's from the Old Farm House Gathering on Etsy, lots and lots of talented people sharing their wonderful crafting abilities so come check it out!! Here is the link

Monday, May 14, 2012

What I have been working on this week and my Mother's Day present

Late afternoon to all!
Anyway this is when I started writing this post, I have been crafting just a little these past few weeks before the grand baby arrived. I did some painting on small chalkboards. I used oil based paints for the painting and some oil pastels for the wood around the chalkboards. One chalkboard wall hanging is for fall time and the other one is for summer time. I drew the crows and scene free hand using no ideas or patterns, basically just going with the flow of things.
Both will be cute wall hanging for the two seasons, I have also sealed the chalkboards with a good sealer and the wood has been done in oil pastels. What I did was to color wildly onto the wood using the pastel and then rub the pastel into the wood using some Q-tips the method worked quite well.
In the second photo is my mother's day present from my wonderful husband! I am hoping it will attract some humming birds. There are several colors of fuchsia in the pot and I will be trying to get some starts off of it.
This week I am hoping to get some dolls sewn seems my sewing machine is in neglect so hope to start sewing again. I have an 18 inch doll all cut out all I need to do is sit down and sew!