Wood Plank Feather Paintings

Wood Plank Feather paintings using acrylic paint and a thin marker

I was going through my “bookmarks” last night, and saw that I saved something from Remodelaholic. One click led to another, and discovered their feather printables that you can mount on wood boards. That sparked my creative interest, so of course, I wanted to try my own. Only I didn’t print the feathers out. I, instead, referenced them to make my own wood plank feather paintings.

Wood Plank Feather paintings using acrylic paint and a thin marker

I dug through our wood scraps and found this nice sized 1×8. I cut it into 4 pieces, 10″ long each. Then I painted them white with some acrylic paint.

Wood Plank Feather paintings using acrylic paint and a thin marker

After they were dry, I grabbed my thin black sharpie marker and sketched the different feathers, using the printables (on my computer screen) as my reference.

Wood Plank Feather paintings using acrylic paint and a thin marker

I then took black acrylic paint and painted thicker lines. After that dried, I went over with some diluted colors.

Wood Plank Feather paintings using acrylic paint and a thin marker

I went over them lightly with a sheet of sandpaper to distress them.

Wood Plank Feather paintings using acrylic paint and a thin marker

Because they are meant to be a little wild looking, I free-handed all of them. Really fun project, and quick too! the longest part about these was waiting for the paint to dry.

Wood Plank Feather paintings using acrylic paint and a thin marker

I love how they turned out!

Wood Plank Feather paintings using acrylic paint and a thin marker

I just have to figure out where to hang them, now!

What have YOU made today?

Day of the Dead Recovered Office Chair

This weekend, my husband brought his office chair from work, home. It was badly stained and was a dirty mustard color. As he comes in, he says, “We can recover this, right?“. I love that he thinks we can do anything. And of course we could. I had another recovered office chair here.

Day of the Dead recovered office chair

I regret not taking a before photo. Here is the after, though. Sometimes I get way too excited to begin that I actually forget to take a photo.

Day of the Dead recovered office chair

We wanted to do this quick, using only what fabric I have in my stash. Luckily, my friend Kirsten had gifted me yards of Day of the Dead fabric. It is perfect for his already quirky office.

Day of the Dead recovered office chair

To make things go fast, Jim took the chair apart, and removed the staples. I, then, seam ripped the cushion covers, and made patterns from them. I sewed each one, and then Jim reassembled. It was fun to tag team this project, and it was time efficient.

Day of the Dead recovered office chair

We both really like how it turned out. Fast projects like this are so satisfying.

What did you make today?

Dobby Poseable Clay doll

Last week, I was asked to be one of the judges for the Harry Potter contest over on Instructables. As you may know, we are huge fans over here, so I absolutely loved judging this contest! One project that caught my eye was this Dobby poseable clay doll.  I instantly wanted to try it for myself! PS- spoiler alert: she was the grand prize winner.

Dobby poseable clay doll: made by using an Instructable

Dobby the House Elf clay doll

I brought all the supplies to make this craft on our weekend getaway, and created it in about 2 hours (all except the painting part, which I did yesterday, at home). This was my first time ever creating a scultpture using an armature. It wasn’t bad at all! The details in the Instructable are great.

Dobby poseable clay doll: made by using an Instructable

The one thing I would actually do (that is in the instructions, but I forgot to bring) was use rubbing alchohol to smooth the clay. I looked all over the house we were renting for some, and there was none in sight. So my Dobby is a little rougher than he should be.

Dobby poseable clay doll: made by using an Instructable

The thing I made differently was the body. I am sadly allergic to wool, so I couldn’t use it. Instead, I sewed a tube of muslin fabric, slipped it on his torso, stuffed with poly batting, and then hand sewed the top and bottom closed.

Dobby poseable clay doll: made by using an Instructable

He does stand, but I made his legs so they bent at the knees, and consequently, he kind of looks like he is riding a horse.

Dobby poseable clay doll: made by using an Instructable

Mine only stands about 10 inches tall, so creating those tiny digits was challenging. Plus, I didn’t realize that Dobby only has 4 fingers on each hand, so I made an extra wire digit that I had to incorporate into the other finger.

Dobby poseable clay doll: made by using an Instructable

Overall, I am pleased with how it came out! I am thrilled to have this skill in my repetoire for future projects.

Dobby poseable clay doll: made by using an Instructable

I absolutely adore sculpting. I took a class in college (I was a fine arts major), and fell in love. I tried throwing pottery, and was not very good, but handbuilding was more my speed. Since then, I haven’t done a whole lot of it. I really need to make time to do it more often. This one was so much fun!

Dobby poseable clay doll: made by using an Instructable

What have YOU made today?

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Making Magic: Paper and Glue Wands

As this last week winds up our Summer, I am determined to slow down a bit, and enjoy my family.

Falafel came into the room and said she wanted to make wands (she has been listening to at least one of  the Harry Potter books on CD every day this Summer). I jumped at the chance to sit for a moment and craft with my girl (especially this one because it is one of my favorites).

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

If you need a tutorial to make your own, you can see mine here. You can also see some others we made here. All you need to make these is paper, hot glue, and paint. We also used tissue paper (for stuffing) and tape (to hold them tight). Oh and don’t forget to bring your imagination.

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

I made this one. I love making them bronze. I have no idea why. Just seems magical to me. My Falafel, on the other hand, made hers a dark sparkly green/brown. She also made hers much shorter and wider. This is a craft of much creative freedom.

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

I absolutely love the simplicity, and ease of making these. We always have materials to make them, so the convenience factor really pushes this one to the top of my list.

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

Falafel said that hers reminds her of a flute, and she likes the way mine turned out, so of course I said that she could have them both. She has  been casting spells and pretending to play the flute like Hagrid ever since.

Paper and Glue Wands: by Falafel and the Bee

It is amazing how making time to sit and create with my child helps me recharge. Did I need to make a wand? Probably not. But did I NEED to MAKE a wand? Absolutely.

What is YOUR favorite craft to make with your children?

Office Chair Refashion

I found this chair on my local Buy Nothing Project group.

The upholstery had holes and was worn, but the chair had “good bones”, so I grabbed it for my daughter. When I brought it home, I did a simple Office Chair Refashion that made us both happy.

Office Chair Refashion

I started wiht asking my 10 year old what kind of fabric she wanted. She said soft and warm, like flannel. That narrowed it down, nicely. I then went through my fabric stash, and found this adorable woodland creature flannel and she was in love.

Office Chair Refashion

If you have never recovered one of these rolling chairs, it really is super easy. Unscrew the screws on the back, remove the old cover (and any staples) and cut a new piece of fabric to fit. After the fabric is in place, secure it (either staple or even tape) making sure to get all the wrinkles out, then place the backing and screws back on. Repeat for the seat part.

Office Chair Refashion

The only thing I was in doubt about was giving my child a white chair. Ha! She does not keep many things white, for long. So far, though, she is treating it gingerly, and lovingly. I do hope those fuzzy creatures help her maintain it. But if they don’t, I can always recover it.

Office Chair Refashion

What have you recovered today?

Recycled Plastic Bag Christmas Wreath dressed up for the Fourth of July

Recycled Plastic bag wreath dressed up for the Fourth of July

Remember this wreath I made from recycled plastic bags? Well, my Falafel wanted to turn it into a Fourth of July wreath. She took one of her ripped up fuzzy blue socks, and cut it into strips, and tied it on the wreath.

Done.

Pretty clever 10 year old, huh?

I think we should use this one for Valentine’s Day  too. Just add some hearts. I like this reuse business. Makes decorating a little easier.

Do you decorate for the Fourth?

Happy Independence Day!

30 Days of Sundresses: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

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I am so thrilled to be a part of 30 Days of Sundresses this year! This series has been going on since 2012 and it has always included such talented sewists. Tons of free patterns and tutorials, just for you! I am honored to share my fabric splatter paint tutorial with you today.

  30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

First, gather up your supplies:

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

acrylic paints (however many colors you would like to use)

empty spray bottles

white sheet/ or fabric

water

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

To prepare the paint, you squirt some of the acrylic paint into the spray bottle. I did about a tablespoon. Then add about a cup of water to that. Shake to mix.Test it on scrap fabric. The more you dilute it, the better.

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Hang your sheet up somewhere you don’t mind getting painty. Add one child/person who would love to get messy (wearing clothes you don’t care about getting messy). Spray!

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

My daughter went a little heavy in parts, which made the fabric stiff. If you can, limit how much spraying goes on. Letting the white shine through is a good thing. I also had her do a second piece, and I watered down the paint even more, which helps too (not shown).

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Plan on getting covered in paint (which, according to her, is the best part!).

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

After it completely dries, throw the whole sheet in the dryer for a few minutes to heat set your paint. If you need to soften it up a bit, you can then machine wash it with a 1/2 cup of baking soda. Then dry again.

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Sew up one of your favorite sundress patterns using your new fabric! For the bottom of this dress, I used the very watered down painted sheet. I like how it looks like the top is running.

  30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Now your girl can sport fabric designs she actually made!

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

Thank you for stopping by! If you decide to give this a try, please show me what you make!

30 days of Sundresses Tour: Fabric Splatter Paint Tutorial

If you haven’t been, yet, head over to Melly Sews to check out some of the other tutorials.

Adults making friendship bracelets

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Making Friendship Bracelets Tutorial

Today I am teaching a class for adults on making friendship bracelets. I used to adore making these as a teen, and I still do. It is a great meditative exercise.

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I truly love the simplicity of taking string, and knotting it to make something pretty.

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I am teaching the class how to make three different kinds of bracelets.

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This one is a fishtail braid, which is new to me, but so pretty.

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I have been making this kind, forever.

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Years ago, in my early 20’s, a friend of mine came over to my house, we watched The Doors movie (which you can get with my affiliate link, if you like that sort of thing), and she wrapped my hair using the same method as I used for this bracelet, pictured above. It took the entire length of the movie, because I had such long hair back then, but it was so worth it. I kept it in for about a month.

I created a tutorial over at Instructables for only one of the designs, so you can make one of these for yourself!

Project Run and Play Stenciled t-shirt for me

Do you remember the freezer paper stencil Abby from Sew Much Ado shared last month? Well, this time I made myself a Project Run and Play Stenciled t-shirt!

Project Run and Play stenciled t-shirt FREE PDF

I got my husband to cut this stencil out again, for me. Thank you, Honey.

Project Run and Play stenciled t-shirt FREE PDF

I probably should have made my own t-shirt. Instead, since I couldn’t find a nice weight t-shirt in the women’s section (they were all thin see-through tissue…seriously, designers??!!) I found this one in the men’s section. And it doesn’t fit properly. I think it may be because most men don’t have large ta-tas.

Project Run and Play stenciled t-shirt FREE PDF

I think I may have to alter this one because I am in love with how the painting came out. I may have to ask my buddies over at the Capsule Wardrobe sew along Facebook group. Those ladies are awesome at helping each other with fit issues.

Project Run and Play stenciled t-shirt FREE PDF

OR I can just ask my husband to cut out yet another of these stencils and I can just make my own shirt.

Either way, I love this stencil.

What have you made lately?

Ninja Kitty T-shirt

Remember last year when I made a Ninja Kitty Stuftie for Falafel’s friend? Well, they are still friends, and they are still into playing Ninja Kitties. His birthday is coming up (with a Ninja theme), so I came up with another gift for him this year. A Ninja Kitty T-shirt!

Ninja Kitty freezer paper stencil t-shirt

My husband is our designated exacto blade  handler in this house, and he is so good at it. He came up with this design by altering another he found on the internet. He then cut it out from the freezer paper, and I painted it on a t-shirt.

Ninja Kitty freezer paper stencil t-shirt

Instant cool Birthday gift fit for a 10 year old boy!

Ninja Kitty freezer paper stencil t-shirt

Since it is painted with regular acrylic paints, I threw it in the dryer to heat set it. Now it is ready for a ninja kitty to wear it!

Ninja Kitty freezer paper stencil t-shirt

I am hooked on freezer paper stenciling (especially with my husband doing the hard work)!

Have you tried this method of painting on shirts?