Wednesday, March 13, 2013

My Mom's Christmas and Easter Gifts and Other Stuff

The Easter gift ,I stenciled a rabbit onto a flower pot for the "basket"


I found this little owl at a local gift shop, my mom likes owls.

I made these little Easter chicks from this tutorial here unfortunately I couldn't make the wire legs they won't turn out no matter how I tried. Wire crafts have never been something I've never been able to master I think they're cute without the legs to though.

I made a whole bunch I don't know what I'll do with them all yet

I made a little bunny applique bag to put these candies in. The candies are old fashioned liquorice jaw breakers with anise seeds in the middle.
 This is my Mom's birthday gift, well actually I got a Canadian tire gift card so she can buy plants for the pots on her deck, but I wanted to include a little something else with it so....
I made his bouquet of pansies from this tutorial here

I tied them together with a scrap of ribbon I had.
My mom and I went to annual rock and jem show they have here and I found some pretty beads
These are amazonite I got two strands and I am going to string them together for a bead necklace.

I'm not usually into skulls but I really liked thses onese I'm not sure what I am going to do with them they where kind of an impulse buy.
 I have been searching skull beads and found a few necklaces I liked.
hot pink skull pearl tassel necklace
till death do us part necklace
Gothic skull bracelet 
dia de los muertis beaded skull tutorial
Wire and bead necklace
and lastly this one doesn't have a skull but I feel like you could do a skull where the rose is
rose and bead necklace

and here are some pictures I took on a couple walks..
hellebore


black cat I stopped to visit

crocuses



and a salamander


Well thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful day!


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Doily Dream Catchers

I really love the doily dream catchers I've been seeing on the internet lately and decided to make some of my own. Here is a pinterest board with some of my favorites I've seen online as well.







Well there they are thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Felt Birds, Garage Sale Score, and Toques From my Grandma.

 I've been making felt birds from the patterns on this website, the hardest part of these patterns is the cutting out, besides that they make great travel craft projects as long as you make sure to include all the beads and embroidery threads you need (I didn't bring everything I needed the first time I took these on the go). I've got some more cut out and made into little kits for when I visit the in laws with the boyfriend it's nice to have a little project to keep busy. I made some for Christmas as well and posted them here and here.
I've always liked puffins they have such a comical look about them.

These crows have wire feet in the pattern but I haven't gotten that far yet

Chickadees are so adorable

I made all these owls for my mom for Christmas I made 2 of each. Saw-Whet Owl, Horned Owl, Barn Owl and Snowy owl.

and a Canadian Goose
   I notice they have some new owl patterns (long eared owl, barred owl, and the eastern screech owl) that I'll have to make for my mom and also a really cute looking peacock they put up new patterns quite a bit so if your interested check back often for new birds. It's such a great sight you may have already found it through Pinterest I think that's how I found it, I know I've seen the patterns on there quite a bit.
    I went out to a garage sale the other day and got a nice set of dishes for $5.00 which was nice as my current set was from the dollar store and was getting a bit beaten up. I really like them a lot they are all hand painted so each bird is different on each plate, bowl ext.
I got 8 of each dinner plates, side plates, regular bowls and small snack bowls then 3 platters in varying sizes, a salad bowl, a baking dish with a lid and a gravy boat.(plus a salt and pepper shaker which aren't pictured here).

the dinner plate

inside of the bowl

inside of the little bowl

salad bowl

platters

baking dish

here is one of the signatures on the back they are all different

another signature

and the salt and pepper shakers from the front

and the back
   Well those are the plates I really love the set, the one thing I was worried about when I got them home was whether they where microwave safe as it didn't say on the back so I found this test and they worked just fine.
   Now last but not least my Grandma made my boyfriend and I each a toque or beanie, I recently learned Americans don't know what a toque is they call them beanies which I'm curios about as I always thought of a beanie as these slouchy Jamaican hats. It's funny how you call something something all your life and amuse that's what everyone in the world calls it only to learn everyone has a different name for it. So where are you from and what do you call a toque?
a brown one for the boyfriend

a purple one for me
I love these toques they are so soft, she used this Bernat Pattern  (it says it's a man's hat but it works for me and I'm a girl) here which looks quite simple I think I might even be able to make it. It's knitted flat and then stitched together after.
    Well Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!