There is a small problem I have. I've been doing a lot of painting. I don't have the wall space to frame and hang anymore but I still want to be able to display some of my new art pieces.
The old throw pillows on my couch were getting pretty ratty and I have repaired them several times so I thought it was time to get new ones. Why not get my art printed on pillows for my couch?
I found an online site that you can upload family photos and get them printed on canvas or on throw blankets or even pillows. I took a chance and uploaded some designs and waited for the pillows to arrive. I was quite happy with how they turned out and love how they look on my couch. I gave several as gifts to friends and family as well.
While I was ordering a second batch of pillows I added in some umbrellas which were surprisingly cheap. Each panel had a different piece of my art on it. The contrast wasn't great but I was still pretty happy with the outcomes and now have a functional piece of art I can use on a dark gloomy rainy day.
The nice thing about the game Among Us is that the characters are all relatively the same and are very simple. That makes it easy to sew felted crew mates based on the game.
Which I did...many of them...in every colour.
Why not right?
I tend to use a paint rag when I paint instead of a paper towel. After a while the paint rag is more paint that rag but they are sometimes so colourful I hate to throw them out or wash them.
So why not make them into stuffies? I have made several paint rag stuffies and have even had my nephews make their own while teaching them how to use the sewing machine.
Sometimes I add paint or stencil shapes on my stuffies. Sometimes I add accessories or felt features to them. Sometimes I draw on them with markers. Sometimes I stitch random lines or shapes into them. There really are no rules or limits except your imagination and the materials you have on hand.
This guy was made by my 6 year old nephew Charlie. I let him paint a rag however he wanted and then add stencils on top. He then traced out a shape he liked and cut it out. I then showed him how to use the sewing machine to sew it, adding on arms and eyes. Lastly we stuffed it and closed it up. His name is Goofy Guy.
He was so happy with how it turned out he made a second one.
Years ago the kids and I experimented with using modeling clay on a Styrofoam head to make a weirdly inhuman mask shapes. They took forever to dry and the modelling clay was hard to pry out from the paper mask. We painted them but they ended up just sitting around for years gathering dust, never quite finished.
I decided to revisit the masks this month and giving them an all new paint job, adding materials to them and creating glass eyes.
My first mask redo was a cat like mask with a ridge of bumps up the centre of it's face. Once painted, I added wool to create a mane and painted glass beads as eyes which I then mounted in behind the mask. It looked even better when I lit the mask from within making the eyes light up.
My next mask was a tad weirder. My daughter had originally made the shape by adding modelling clay to the mouth area before papering over top. It had a strange gas mask-like appearance. I ran with this idea but added bits of black spray painted plastic I melted with a match, small glass vials filled with different materials, a pair of glasses and again glass eyes lit form behind.
I love how it turned out even if it's a bit creepy.
Have you watched Avatar the Last Airbender? It was one of my families favorite shows when my kids were younger (and remains one of their top shows ever). It had fantastic character development and a good balance of adventure, humor and moral dilemmas.
The biggest problem with the show was lack of merchandise. This might be because we came to watch the show after its full run so we missed out on that.
Since I love to sew and my kids love to play imagination style games I decided to make the characters out of felt. I didn't really have an idea of how to make them so the process was slow but they turned out pretty good. These photos were taken after a few years of play hence the pilling and deformity (sorry Toph). I wish I had documented how I constructed these in case other fans wanted to attempt to make their own.
I wanted to make a mobile for my cousins new baby girl and came across the pattern for a Matryoshka Doll on My Sparkle
I decided to sew five dolls each a bright colour and each with a decoration on their tummy representing our love of the four season. I hung them all from a piece of driftwood I found at the beach. I think it turned out quite beautifully.
Thanks to My Sparkle for sharing her initial pattern!
October is Hallowe'en maker month. It was a month of madness that tested my newfound sewing skills to the maximum. First off my twins decided to go as Finn and Fiona (Finn's female equivalent from an opposite reality) from the TV show Adventure Time. I quickly found an online tutorial and pattern for making a Finn hat. Fiona's hat though was move curved and had bigger ears than the Finn hat so I altered the Finn pattern to create a new pattern for Fiona. The trickiest part was figuring out how to wire form the ears so that they remained standing upright. It took two tries for me to get it working right. I was quite happy with the results. For these costumes I also had a make green backpacks for either of them, the sword of their choice (Finn chose the regular sword and Fiona chose the Wish Star Sword) both of which I made using some ideas I found online and then altered to use materials I had on hand. Fiona's skirt I also made using an old T-shirt I cut down to make into a pencil skirt.
The kids were thrilled with their costumes and the Adventure Time theme caught on at school with two of their friends wanting to be characters from the show as well. I went back to my sewing machine this time to make a Jake the Dog and Cake the Cat hats for their friends costumes. I started with the same idea as the Finn hats but modified the patterns to create the final look. The four of them looked fantastic in their final costumes and worthy of any Adventure Time cosplay party.
Next challenge was for my husband and my son costumes. They both wanted to be Clown Sharks, inspired by the Youtube Rhett and Link Clown Shark video. There was no online patterns available for this. There wasn't even some homemade costumes ideas to help point me in the right direction. Lucky for me I had a small shark costume already that I had picked up used a few years back that was usable for my son. There wasn't a huge selection of shark costumes for my husband though so I decided to make it from scratch...well almost scratch. I found a gray fleece sweater in the local thrift store and using a gray fleece blanket of the same colour created a huge shark head that I could sew onto the sweater. The shoes I made out of an old pair of boots with paper and duct tape. The two of them looked spectacular in their costumes and I was pleased o how they turned out.
My own costume was supposed to be something along the lines of a Cheshire cat but my mask ended up looking way scarier than I had intended and I switched up my idea to make myself into The Deadly Black Catshark. I made a cat hat (along the lines of all the other hats I had made) and a scary mask using polymer clay glued to a plastic form. It was hard to see in the mask and super hot but it was fun to create regardless of how little time I was actually able to wear the mask.
Since Hallowe'en fell on a Saturday we decided to throw an Hallowe'en party for our neighbors and friends. We turned out basement into a haunted house and decorated the front lawn with ghosts and tombstones. The tombstones were fun to make, using polystyrene sheets, acrylic paint and spray paint. The two ghost we created were made of packing tape modeled on my kids who willingly sat while I wrapped them in parts with tape. With the lights and cheese clothes added, they looked quite amazing. The Hallowe'en costumes and décor are all packed away now with the exception of the jars of human heads. think I will keep them on my shelf as book ends.
Here is a catalog of my creative adventures and experiments