Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pin Cushion Swap ~ What I made

I recently took part in a pin cushion swap hosted by Sew Far Sew Good and House of Pinheiro. My swap partner was the lovely and talented Keri of Two Little Flowers. I had so much fun coming up with this little pin cushion and all of the accessories! 

First off, I needle felted a little tree stump on a little green hill and attached it to the wood base. Well, actually I dyed the wool first then felted it... Then I decided to make a little snail out of oven bake clay and a real snail shell I found at the ocean last year.  (The snail idea is not originally mine, but I can't remember where I saw one like this. I saved a picture onto my computer for inspiration, thinking that someday I'd like to make one for myself, and I didn't put down were the idea came from... sorry! If anyone knows I'll edit to include the link!)
Isn't he adorable? 
The flower pins I made by gluing tiny beads onto pin heads.

And the little owl family and clay mushrooms are my own design. I shaped them from oven bake polymer clay, and pushed them onto pin heads. To hold them up while baking I cut a potato in half and pushed the pins into the potato, so they wouldn't warp by laying on the baking sheet while hardening. Not very elegant but it worked and it was free! When they were hard and cooled I painted them. 

My little photo stylist helping my arrange everything just so for the photo shoot. ;-)

I hope Keri enjoys her little pin cushion! Be sure to pop over to her blog Two Little Flowers to see what she sent me!
I'm also linking up with Nicole over at Frontier Dreams for her {Keep Calm, Craft On} link up!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Guest Post Toy Tutorial over at Twig and Toadstool!

Hi everyone! After days and days of not having internet or phone the internet company finally sent someone
over to figure out what was up... turns out one of our dogs dug up a "hidden underground" cable and chewed it to bits. Uggh. These are the times when I really think I am not a dog person.

 Anyway they just now got everything up and running again and I wanted to pop on here to tell you all that I have a guest post over at Twig and Toadstool that went live this morning! I wrote up a tutorial on how to make your very own Comet throwing toys. Hop over to learn how to make one for yourself! And while you are there you can join the link party and post about any crafty things you've made lately!

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