Sunday, December 28, 2008

Yin Yang On Mushroom


Yin Yang On Mushroom, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

I upgraded to a pro Flickr account today and moved a few of my old photos there. This is a concrete mushroom I made almost 6 years ago. I took the shot with a large tom cat sitting on it for size reference.

It is concrete and has white vitreous glass tiles and heart shaped glass globs in the top. To make it I cut strips of contact paper so it would lay flat inside a large plastic bowl. Then I placed the glass tiles and glass upside down on the sticky side of the contact paper. I used 4 heart shaped glass blobs for each red spot on the mushroom cap surrounded by the glass tiles that had each of their corners nipped.
I used a cardboard tube to form a concrete nipple under the mushroom cap. To make the mushroom stem, which is a separate piece, I hand formed concrete onto a cardboard tube. There is lathing wire inside the concrete of both pieces for strength.
After curing I soaked both pieces in a plastic trash can filled with water for about a week. Then I was able to remove the cardboard from both pieces. The nipple underneath the mushroom cap fits inside the hole in the center of the mushroom stem. It is sturdy and perfectly balanced. Our grandchildren use it as a chair.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Favorite Tool of the Week

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Do I knit? No. 18 years ago my mother-in-law and I decided we would trade crafts. She would teach me to knit and I would teach her to crochet. Neither of us were able to grasp it though. Apparently we needed more time and alas she was just here for a short visit.
However, knitting needles are one of my favorite tools for sculpting with polymer clay.

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The aluminum needles are easy to cut down to size with a tubing cutter. I have lots of different sculpting tools but the needles remain my favorite.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Ghosts of Christmas Past

A few things I made in December of last year.
My mother-in-law adores snowmen. These were for her...
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Polymer clay, mirror disc, glass chunks

This is actually a box...
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Polymer clay including the eyes, wool that I dyed green, red ribbon around the caterpillar's neck.

The mushroom was made with glow in the dark clay.
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It is actually a box. The mushroom cap is the lid.
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These tiny clay cookies are attached to magnet cookie sheets that I made with sheet magnets and foil tape.
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Polymer clay, micro beads, seed beads, sheet magnet, foil tape.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thursday Thunks


Thursday Thunks Meme. Click on image to participate.
1. If you had to have a brain transplant and had to choose between a cat brain and a dog brain, which would you choose?
Dog

2. Why do you think bananas are shaped the way they are?
To make them easier to carry.

3. Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip?
Neither. I prefer mustard.

4. Do you use keyboard shortcuts?
Ctrl T For a new tab in Firefox is my favorite.

5. Are you a member at InsanityCafe Forums & Arcade? If not, you should be.
No.

6. Where I live it was a low of -19 degrees this morning - what was your low last night/this morning?
40ยบ and raining.

7. Do you like hard boiled eggs?
Yes. Especially when they are turned into deviled eggs.

8. Have you ever drank green beer?
Hasn't everyone? :-)

9. Whats your favorite cleaner?
white vinegar

10.White or whole wheat bread?
White, warm and fresh from the oven.

11. Everyone has some type of phobia - whats yours?
Apparently not everyone. The older I get the less I am afraid of anything.

12. Aren't you glad there weren't any Christmas related meme questions?
:-)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Pot Holder and Tea Towel


4sukigirl, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

This is for sukigirl, a new pot holder and matching tea towel. I love this flowered fabric. It reminds me of a flower child hippy girl. We did an applique along at Creative Living and I designed this owl for her then.
I figured out what I did wrong on the other pot holder. I am making them with two layers of insul bright insullated batting sandwiching one layer of cotton batting. Great to keep you from getting burned through the pot holder when using. However it is too many thick layers to sew through.
I learned to trim away ½" off the excess layers of batting leaving only one before adding the bias tape. This is easily done using duck bill applique scissors. It is much easier (for me) to trim away the excess than to cut it smaller. For someone else it might be easier to just cut the insul bright ½" smaller than the fabric and cotton batting.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Favorite Tool of the Week

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I always used Creative Little Daisy's wonderful tutorial to make bias tape before now. It is easy to follow and get great results. Recently I tried the Clover Bias Tape Maker tool and I really love it. In my next post you will see the new and improved pot holder I designed for sukigirl using this bias tape.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Fall Day


November Trees 2, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

I love Fall. I love all of the colors in the trees and plants. Usually there is also a beautiful quality to the sunlight. Everything seems brighter and more in focus. Today however was overcast. We are expecting bad weather later this week and these colors might not wait to be captured in a photograph so I grabbed my camera as I headed out into the chilly air.

Friday, October 3, 2008

4 swap


4 swap, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

Made for a swap on Creative-Living.us The first attempt at both bias tape and a pot holder. Also first attempt at stitch markers. The owl applique was hand drawn by me so the recipient could have one that no one else had.
I learned a lot and will make her a better pot holder next week with the same owl.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Nap Time

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Reba, approximately 5 to 6 years old and Chester, approximately 6 months old. Not a great photo but I was trying not to wake them up. As you can see Chester did.
They both came to live with us less than a year ago and have taken a nap together every afternoon since the day Chester was dropped off here. They play constantly and are inseparable.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Custom Rubber Stamp


stamp, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

I had this custom rubber stamp made by terbearco.etsy.com
She did a fabulous job! The size is perfect to stamp the little kraft boxes that my pendants go in.
If you need any kind of rubber stamp made I highly recommend checking out her shop.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

On the right path

When I was a little kid, less than 10 years old, my favorite place in the whole world was the woods behind my grandparents house. I imagined little people lived by the creek bed back there. The project I am working on now brought back those memories so strong it was a physical reaction I cannot describe in words.
Ever get the feeling you are doing something you were meant to have been doing all along? I had this feeling before, when I moved back to Tennessee after living in Texas for almost 20 years. It is a good feeling and you will know it when it hits you.
As for the project, I will have pictures very soon.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Orange Pendant for Cynthia


orange pendant, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

I have 3 sisters. One of them has always loved orange. She even had the most beautiful orange and white wedding a few years ago.
She loves and wears jewelry so I have made her 4 different resin and one polymer clay pendants in orange.
This one is my favorite. It is hard to capture the iridescence in a photograph but I hope you can see it.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Almost Hidden Treasure

Can you see her? I almost did not.
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Every morning my dogs and I walk the fields and woods behind my house for about an hour. When we got back this morning I spied this female garden spider (Argiope aurantia) as she was just finishing up her zig-zag pattern in the center of her web. I wish she had set up shop in my tomato beds about 20 feet away. These spiders are great additions to gardens because they eat the bugs that like to chew on plants.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Fresh Produce


From the Market, originally uploaded by lelisa.

For the past several weeks I have been putting up locally grown fresh produce to store for winter. I ran across this beautiful photo mosaic on Flickr put together by lelisa.

I love the colors and textures in the shots she chose for this mosaic. Makes me hungry and it also makes me curious. I had never seen Japanese eggplant before. I wonder how it tastes.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Oven Dress

Oven dresses are a cute way to decorate the lowly kitchen towel. I made these for my mom
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Many thanks to crafts_gwen at Creative Living
forums for sharing the instructions to make them.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Grass Snake


snake, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

This little fella was just above my head, about 6 feet up, in my crepe myrtle bush. He had just finished shedding his skin when I noticed him. There is another pic with almost all of his body on my Flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/coltpixy/
He is the biggest grass snake I have ever seen. Over 3 feet long.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

resin magnets


coltpixyresin1, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

The one on the left with the seahorse is going into my "learned a lesson by making a mistake" file. Sometimes I have happy accidents when experimenting. This was not one of those occasions.
The ones with the maps have tiny hearts floating above them. I am going to attach rare earth magnets to the backs of them and send them off to special people who live in those locations soon.
I love working with resin!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

snail


snail, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

This morning I spotted this snail sleeping on the leaf of a yucca plant in my garden. I love the subtle colors in it's shell.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

lilac pincushion


lilac pincushion, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

This pincushion is even tinier than the last one I made. They are so easy to make.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Spring Egg

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I wonder where the expression "spring chicken" came from? Finished this egg today. It will go in a box to be shipped many miles away very soon.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Handmade Gifts


4Lori bday, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

My family always does handmade gifts.
I made this oven dress and matching apron for my sister-in-law. They were really easy to whip together.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

pincushion


pincushion, originally uploaded by coltpixy.

I needed a small pincushion to keep on my ironing board and made one using a tutorial at How About Orange.

One of the ribbons I used came from http://CardBlanc.etsy.com You should check out her beautiful cards and paper crafts. Simply fabulous!