More Freestyle Needle Felting

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I finished up our teamwork Porky project yesterday.  I grabbed a stick from the yard and snapped it to the right length.  I cut the wool into a rectangle shape with tabs at the top, then hand stitched the flaps over the stick.  I had to finish it myself because my daughter was off doing something else.

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She got all independent on me.  She printed out this photo of Lucky for inspiration…

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…and just look at what she made!  She even made little orange feet and black speckles on his head.  His caruncle looks nice and lumpy too.  I’m so proud!

I’m afraid we have found a new hobby.  🙂   🙂   :0)

Unfortunately, it seems to be the sort of hobby where we collect all sorts of little bits of things and save scraps of all kinds because they might become useful someday.  We both already have major packrat tendencies.  Does anyone have any ideas for how to organize/control ourselves?  I really am serious here!

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Adding a little something to our needle felting project

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With all the talk of violence yesterday, I thought it best to add a little bit of Porky to our project.  I used some little bits of roving that we had.  I like using the roving.  It’s easier to poke than the sweater seam trimmings.  But the seam trimmings are nice too.  They are less subtle, more dramatic.

We still need to figure out what to make out of this thing.

Needle Felting Some Old Sweaters

 

I’ve been wanting to try needle felting for a while now.   I bought a felting kit a few months ago.  My daughter tried it out right when it arrived, but she wasn’t into it.

I had a couple of sweaters that I bought at the thrift store.  They had some holes, but that’s OK because I bought them for the wool.

I washed them in hot and then dried them on the hottest setting.  Then I cleaned out the lint trap and dried them again.  Wow, those sweaters shrunk!

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I picked out a nice big piece of sweater and some contrasting trimmed-off seams from another sweater.  I got out the kit and figured out how to put the needle together and started fooling around.  After about a minute, maybe less, my daughter came and took over.  Look at her hands flying around.

Between the two of us, we broke three needles in about five minutes.  Rookies!

She casually mentioned that she thought serial killers probably enjoyed needlework because they get to stab stuff, and they get lots of practice, which maybe improves their aim.  So I casually went over and locked up the knives.

She has got to cut back on those mystery books!

I saw where this was going, so I went to the computer and ordered another one of those kits.  And a few more needles.  Then I saw that someone had ordered some yarn (purple!) and I got that all ready to go.  Then back to the kitchen and I poked wool while my daughter got herself a bedtime snack.

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We stabbed and stabbed and this is what the sweater looked like at bed time.

I thought the third thingie from the right needed a little more curl, so I cut a bit more sweater.

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I just set it down where I wanted it and poked it in there a bunch of times.  I like being able to wing it a bit.  I guess I prefer some things in life without a pattern.

We’ll work on this some more tomorrow.  I guess we’ll have to decide soon what we are making.  I thought maybe a pillow or a little bag.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Ridiculous Cabbage Patch Kids Snow Globes

I stopped by a rummage sale the other day and picked up the most awful pair of earrings I have ever seen.  Here they are: CPK earrings!

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They were completely dirty, maybe a little bit chewed-on, and one of them was broken.  But they only cost me a quarter.  I bought them just for the experience of it!

My daughter and I decided some crafts were in order.

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I cut the top off the earring that wasn’t already broken, and that left a little white spot on top of her head.

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A little red nail polish took care of that.

You’ll have to (please) excuse our blurry photos.  Were were laughing so hard, we couldn’t hold the camera steady.

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All better!  Well, not exactly all better, more like a little better.  After the polish dried, we scrubbed the dirt off.

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We had some cheap little containers we bought at the dollar store.

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We put some contact cement on the lids and on the feet of the dolls.  Then we waited a few minutes so they would get tacky.  Tacky like sticky, I mean.  The CPKs were already tacky like cheesy!

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Then we stuck the dolls onto the lids and let them dry for a few hours.

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We put some nail polish tiny glitter into the cups.  It didn’t look tacky enough, so we also dumped in some regular big glitter.

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Then we filled the cups with water.

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We put contact cement around the edge of the cups…

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…and around the lids too.  We waited a few minutes until they got tacky.  Same joke, but I’m too lazy to type it again.

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Then we stuck the lids on and waited for the glue to dry.

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Wow!  How glamorous!  How exciting!  How…interesting.

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But look what happened a couple of days later.  Looks like the glue holding the dolls to the lids dissolved in the water.  Now we have Cabbage Patch Glitter Snow Globes with Unconscious Girls, how excellent!

My daughter’s girl scout service unit is decorating a tree at the mall tomorrow, and she is supposed to bring a couple of homemade ornaments.  Do you think these look homemade enough??

Porky’s “Bite me!” Birthday Cake

We have a couple of pets at our house.  You can see Lucky the duck all over the place around here.  But today we are celebrating our other little bird’s birthday.

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Porky came to live with us thirteen years ago today.  It played out like this:  Some kind people called our local SPCA to tell them there was a bird on her neighbor’s garage roof that had been hanging out up there screaming for at least three days.  She was worried about him.  They went to check out the situation and saw that he was a conure.  Conures are pretty tough little birds, but they definitely should not be living outdoors around here in the fall and winter.  There are no wild conures around here, so this little green sweetie must have gotten loose and lost or something like that.

They took him back to the SPCA and cared for him there while they tried to find his family.  They normally care for only dogs and cats at this SPCA and they weren’t sure exactly what a bird needed.  One of the workers there happened to be a student of my husband’s, and so she asked him about it.  One thing led to another, and now Porky lives with us!  We love him like crazy, and we are very glad to have him as part of our family.

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That being said, Porky is a bit of a problem child.  🙂  When he first came to live with us, he liked everybody and so we let him fly around the house all he wanted.  He was friendly.  But then over time, he came to prefer my husband.  Then one day, I made the foolish mistake of kissing my husband in front of the bird.  Uh-oh!  He decided to defend his relationship with my husband by fighting off the intruder.  But hey!  I live here!

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Ideally, I would have increased my time with Porky to make sure that he bonded with both of us.  But his behavior got worse and most of the time I was hanging around the house, I was also caring for one or more babies, so it seemed safest to let my husband handle the social concerns of Porky.  And over the years, our children have grown up with Porky and loved him like nobody else.  I love him too.  But…Porky hates me.  Every chance he gets, it’s bite, bite, bite.  He gets hold of my neck and goes for the blood.  It’s quite shocking, really.  Around me, he’s four ounces of perky green fury.  It’s become one of our family jokes.

Porky does most of his living now in my daughter’s bedroom.  He gets to fly around and socialize with anyone who dares to enter.  He sleeps in his cage at night.  And when he needs to come downstairs and be with others (like me), he has a travel kennel.  That’s his little Hannibal Lecter setup, just like in the movies.

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A couple of years ago, I couldn’t decide how to decorate Porky’s birthday cake, so I just wrote “Bite me!” on it and threw a bunch of sprinkles all around.  The cake was a huge hit, so we have continued the tradition.  This year, my daughter did the honors.  I baked the cake, then gave her full access to the cake-decorating area.  She went to town, as you can see.

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Porky’s beak is normally a pinkish-tan color.  She made it red from the “blood.”  I like how she made Porky say “Bite me!” as he contemplates the blood – my blood – dripping down his chin.  Aww, how sweet.

Porky came downstairs for the party and we all had a blast.  Happy birthday, Porky!

Barbie-Sized Shark Tooth Pendant

A few weeks ago, I went with my hubby and kids to the aquarium on Roanoke Island near Manteo, NC.  We had a grand time at the aquarium like we always do.  This time, the best part was digging for fossils in the outdoor area.

The fine folks at the aquarium hauled in a truckload of mine tailings from Aurora, NC.  Aurora is kind of near the ocean, but not exactly on the beach (any more).  There is a phosphate mine in Aurora, and they let people dig in the spoils piles there.  You can find all sorts of cool things there, including fossilized shark teeth.

We rooted through the dirt for awhile and found some good loot.  I only found one shark tooth, and it was pretty little, but pretty amazing.  Check out that little snaggly area on the left!

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I read somewhere that shark teeth are all stylish now for some reason or other, or so say the big-bucks designers.  And that means I was able to find all sorts of instructions online for making my own shark tooth necklace.  Great!

Here’s my first attempt:

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Oh, wow!  I think the shark tooth would need to be just a whole lot bigger to fill out that wire!  You can hardly even see it in there under those coils.

Old broken extension cord to the rescue!

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I peeled the insulation off an old extension cord for about 8 inches.  Do you see what’s inside?  Lots of tiny copper wires.  Perfect for a tiny shark tooth!

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But if you do this yourself, watch out for those little copper splinters.  You only have to step on one with your bare feet once to know what I mean.

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I isolated a strand of copper and then tried it again.

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When wrapping a bigger tooth, artists generally use the wire they are using to wrap the tooth to make a bail for hanging it.  But my wire was way too tiny for that.

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I cut a little piece of 20-gauge wire and stuck it through some of the wires on the back of the tooth.  I could pretend that I did it carefully and followed some sort of plan, but I know you wouldn’t believe me anyway.  I put my reading glasses on, stuck the wire in there until it caught on a few tiny wires, then twisted like crazy until I couldn’t take it any more.  And yes, I do call this art.

The little snaggly part really helped me out by holding the wire tight.

Now I’ve got a little tiny pendant and I don’t know what to do with it!

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Rainbow Beaded Memory Wire Bracelet

I didn’t drink enough coffee yesterday.  So I got a splitting headache.  I should have had a little something with caffeine late in the afternoon, but I thought I was too busy.  So then it got horrible right around 7:00, which is too late for caffeine.  But I had some anyway because I didn’t want to cry in front of everyone.

That means I was up after I normally would have been zonked.  So I made a little bracelet.  Tadaa!

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I’m going to sell this one.  I’ve got it on eBay now, and so it will be on Bonanza for a little less tomorrow.
What have YOU been making?