5/13/16

Recent Treasures...

Is it just me, or are treasures getting far and few between? All of this loot below has taken me weeks to amass... 
I prefer to buy aluminum trays over silver plated trays as they don't get rusty out in my yard. That... and it drives my friends batty that I have such fabulous stuff just laying around in the yard. The trays were only $1.00...
 I scored on this small box of new velvet draw string bags. The entire box was only $1.00. I've got an idea of what I want to use these bags for when I find some free time to get working on it.
 I always buy the little booze jugs when I see them, I love how they look tucked in amongst my plants.
 I've always wanted one of these skeleton hands that crawls along a table... A very good investment for only a dollar. It has a sensor on it so it will activate randomly if someone passes by it. I am going to add a bling-ring to one of the fingers and make the fabric look a little more like the arm once belonged to a pirate. Aaaaarrrrgggghhhhh~
 I bought a box of hawaiian decorations for $5.00.
 I pulled off the seashells from the boards which is the main reason I bought the box. I want to use the little plaques as sign posts with arrows pointing to different locations in the yard. Not that this is necessary, but I think it will look cute. *wink*
I am needing to pull off the old hot glue from the seashells. Most of it will pull off easily with some needle nosed pliers... the coral is pretty clean already and looks so pretty in this silver bowl. :-)
I also bought these two very tall iron what-cha-ma-call-its. With the lids in place, they measure in at 28" tall. Kinda pricey at $10 each-- but when you want something, you've got to have it!
 I bought them thinking I would load them up with seashells... but when I got them home I decided to add some moss and some pirate items to the containers. Right now I've got a compass, a small knife and an old padlock along with some small skulls in one of them.
 I am still needing a lot more odds and ends to fill them both up nicely. I'll probably add things that I don't want exposed to the elements as I'm planning on keeping these indoors. Over time I am sure it will all come together. It was inevitable that the pirate theme would work its way inside right?
Lastly, a photo of my little baby, Akira. My-oh-my is she getting big FAST. There were far better photos of her I could have posted... but, she was surrounded by a bazillion toys and pieces of bark, random rocks--- well you get the idea. Don't let that look of obedience and calm fool you. She is a hyper, jumping, spinning, never-ever seems to get tired- puppy.
With that being said, she is also pretty darn smart, she doesn't pull apart my pirate decor, and is already potty trained (hooray!) and she is beautiful :-) Now... if I could only get her not to embarrass the heck out of me at our puppy training class all would be right with the world. *sigh*
big hugs,

4/28/16

Hat Forms

I created a few head forms that I took with me to the  street faire I recently attended...
 There is a lot of work that go into making these... a lot of mindless work that is. It is the perfect project for sitting in front of the television to work on.
As I place each piece of metal I also add some pins to make sure everything stays in place.
I created five of these head/hat forms...
They all sold...

I've got a few upcoming selling events that I'm interested in attending... but I really haven't made anything "new".... so I'm not really "feeling-it" as I'm so busy with other stuff recently... and I also start puppy training with my German Shepard puppy, Akira on Saturday. Busy, busy, BUSY.
big hugs,
 

4/17/16

Pooped....

In more ways than one! Today I enjoyed a fun day selling my wares at a local craft show. The selling time was from 9 - 2, but as everyone who sells at events knows... it starts a LOT earlier and runs a LOT later for the sellers. I sold lots and lots of items and got the chance to talk with and visit with some super awesome like minded people. I love crafty people and those who love crafty stuff!

Also, I am now the proud owner of a new puppy. Look at that face! She is a three month old German Shepard. I have had her for one full week now and oooooooh my goodness is she smart. She can sit, lay and shake on command already. I am being very diligent on potty training her... another reason I'm pooped. My dog of seventeen years died recently, and I had forgotten all about puppies being little Tasmanian devils. This week I am going to get her enrolled in obedience classes. When I took her to visit with my Vet I was told she is going to be BIG. Hmmm just how big is big? I am pretty sure all that talk was code for, "You better get that dog into some obedience classes."  Okokok... that's how I took it anyway. *wink*
 This puppy had previously belonged to a nineteen year old girl who was working and going to college. It was hard for her to part with the puppy as you could imagine, but I assured her it was going to a home where it would be well cared for. 
 I kept the name she had chosen for the dog, Akira. Although, for the most part she doesn't acknowledge you when you call to her. Right now she is more interested in- the leaf blowing across the ground, the bird flying over head, trying to catch a fly buzzing her head, the branches on a tree rustling... I personally think she thinks her name is, "Are you hungry?" or... "Want some chicken?" You've never seen a dog come running so fast in your life.
Akira's big ears stand up all the time...even while sleeping. I cannot even tippy-toe to check on the puppy because she hears me coming. I must google how to walk like a Ninja....
My backyard is "pooped" too.... pooped with "poop" and puppy toys!
She is a real cutie pie~
big hugs,

4/5/16

Upcoming Street Faire

I've got an event coming up in a few short weeks in Old Town Clovis where I'm going to be selling some of my vintage and hand made items--- so I thought it was high time to work on some new display pieces.
I was planning on getting rid of this two tiered vintage shopping cart for awhile now, but  thought I would take one last look at it before putting it up for sale... It was missing some of the woven metal pieces that make up the baskets so I thought it looked pretty ratty. Recently at an antique sale I had seen -just the basket for this shopping cart with a hefty price tag where they had just used heavy gauge wire to recreate the missing pieces. Duh. So, now that I've done that to my baskets I'm in love with it once again. I had previously made fabric liners for the baskets and decided to remake some to match the ruffly table cloth I use at my outdoor selling events.... I found some ruched white fabric so it was easy-peasy to whip up the new inserts for the baskets. Now, I'm smitten with my vintage shopping cart once again.... *swoon*
I was curious about the selling price/value of this shopping cart. I had bought it for $5.00 a few years ago... *score* I found one on Ebay with the asking price of $410.00.... Here is part of what the seller wrote about the shopping cart:
This is a rare find! You are viewing the two wire basket trolley which happens to be the first shopping cart. It is said to be invented by Sylvan Goldman, who owned the chain grocery stores called ‘Piggly-Wiggly’. These carts were developed in the late 1930's for his stores and then later patented in 1940's. Goldman was inspired by the antique folding chairs you see today! 
I would sell mine for $200.... any takers? *laughing*
A few weeks ago I bought a two tiered display piece for $2.00. After painting it white..... you guessed it- I added a ruched liner to it as well. 

I love it...
 
Now I have to pull out my bins of things I've made and just load everything up.  It is going to be a fun day selling and hanging out with like minded people. A BIG thank you to my friend Diannia for telling me about this event so I could get in on the fun!
big hugs,

3/25/16

Bunny Ears for a Doll

I repurposed store bought bunny ears for my grand daughter's animator dolls for Easter. Here is one of my dolls showing off one of the headbands with the bunny ears... eek, I'm in love~

The ears were super easy to modify to fit the dolls. I imagine you could make them to fit any size dolls head, but seeing how my little love bug only likes the Disney Animator dolls... that is all I play with too. *grins* I used pre-made super-cute bunny ears that I bought at the dollar store for the dolls bunny ears. The plastic headband on the bunny ears were way to big for the dolls heads so I had to make them smaller. Here you can see the newly sized purple bunny ears compared to the original size of the bunny ears shown in the pink headband below.
 I used wire cutters to cut off a little more than two inches of the headbands to make them smaller. The plastic cut very easily with just a little squeeze of the wire cutters.
 I used sand paper to round off the cut edges on each headband.
 Once the headbands were cut smaller, I took my embossing heating tool-- you know the one used for heating up embossing ink/powder -and heated up a small portion of the headband and simply reshaped the curved headband to be a smaller size. Easy peasy.

 Miranda likes the bunny ears... I think that little smirk on her face means I'm going to have to struggle to pry those ears off her head to give to my grand daughter. *wink*

Happy Easter~
big hugs,
 

3/14/16

Captain Hook's "Hook"

It seems like forever since I made anything for my pirate backyard... it was long over due. So, I created Captain Hook's "Hook."

My husband found an old rusty hook at our local swap meet for only $2.00. Beautiful isn't it? *swoon*
 I immediately knew I was going to use the hook to create something that Captain Hook would have worn. I purchased a faux alligator purse and a brass and copper chafing dish heating stand from a thrift store to use to create the piece. The two items together were only $4.00....
I scored some thick cardboard so that it would curve easily inside the chafing dish piece so that I would have something to create the housing for the hook. I snapped off the curved footings of the piece by bending them back and forth with some pliers.
 Once I had the cardboard fitted inside the piece the way I wanted, I turned my attention to the alligator skin I was going to be using. I cut a large section out of the purses material and painted some black onto the vinyl to really bring out the detail of the alligator texture. I rubbed off the extra with a baby wipe. Once the paint had time to set up in the crevices, I used spray adhesive to adhere the vinyl to the cardboard.
I stuck a cork on the sharp tip of the hook--- I saw that in one of the Captain Hook movies... and thought it was a cute idea. *wink* I finished off the piece with some silver/black trim and I added a Dresden piece to the area around the hook. Once the piece was finished, I took even more black paint and dirtied it up so it looked old...
 I even finished off the inside... why not, right?
I am very happy with how it turned out. Not to shabby for a total investment of only $6.00.
I'm starting to get pirate fever once again.... arrrgggghhhh~
big hugs,

3/12/16

Disneyland

My grand daughter is at Disneyland today with her Girl Scout troop. Last year she sold over 1,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies and part of the money earned went towards this trip with the troop. She informed me she was taking one of her Disney Animator dolls with her to the park. She has five of the dolls now. I thought it would be fun for her friend who was going to Disneyland too- to have a doll at the park as well... so I gave up one of my dolls to her little friend. I thought Tinkerbell would fit the bill nicely. Tinkerbell needed some clothing, so I got busy! I didn't want my grand daughter to feel jealous with me gifting her friend with a doll AND clothing, so I whipped up another set of all the clothing I was making for her friend... for her. Here is Tinkerbell in some smiley face pajamas...

and some matching smiley face slippers.
I think Tink looks pretty cute in her new jammies.
 I also tried my hand at making a long rain jacket. I started off using super cheap fabric to work out a pattern. The original working pattern is on Rapunzel. The second working pattern is on Anna (jean jacket) and the finished Minnie Mouse rain jacket is on Merida in the middle.  Merida is smirking because she is stark naked under her jacket... she is a nutter.
 I also whipped up a nice comfy Mickey Mouse outfit with some shoes for Tinkerbell to wear while at the park... again, I made a matching outfit for my grand daughter's doll too.
 I also made a Mickey Mouse hat for Tinkerbell. My grand daughter already had one for her doll. I had to create this hat with a hole at the top to accommodate Tinkerbell's hair bun. The one bad thing about the hair on this Tinkerbell doll is that you have to leave it in a pony tail or bun-- if you take the hair down, the backside of her head is bald. Poo.
 Here is Tinkerbell decked out and ready for a day of fun at Disneyland!
 While I had my yarn out, I also made two Mickey Mouse hats that matched the ones I had made the two small dolls. Now my grand daughter and her friend can match their dolls!
I'm really enjoying making doll clothing-- but it is getting a little bit time consuming and I'm not playing around with anything else! Isn't that how it always goes~
big hugs,