Kitty Cat Doorstop

 


EDIT: Pattern for the Doorstop Cat can be found HERE.

Well...over break I was able to design the pattern for the cat doorstop, and finished him this morning. He's purrfect! He weighs in around a pound, which wouldn't be enough to hold open a door in a torrential wind, but he'll do just fine for your average, garden variety, wafting breeze! His base is filled with navy beans, but you could substitute sand or gravel if you need him to be heavier. Also, he is 4" x 9 1/2", but if you'd like him to be large enough to hold open the castle door, just enlarge the pattern.

I am now working on writing up the pattern to be added to our Crafting Club. I'll then turn my attention to the Puppy Dog Doorstop. I will be using these 2 pals to share several different embroidery stitches, which will be added to our glossary. When we post the pattern, we will also post a link for a discount coupon to Prairie Point Junction. As I mentioned before the holidays, they have graciously offered a one-time discount for Wee Folk...Read more

Finally Done with the Hobby Horses!

I finally finished the hobby horses. Boy, these sure have been a long undertaking. It's not that making the individual horses took that long, but when you design something instead of following a pattern, you wind up with a couple beta runs and there's usually at least some "tweakage"! The last piece was trying to decide how to best attach the heads to the dowel rods. Then, in the last moments, I decided I wanted tags, so I printed some paper and put together a label. BUT I LOVE THEM! I am very satisfied with how they turned out and I can't wait to give them to Bug (Lightning), Fairy (Daisy) and Pixie (Iris). I do plan to eventually write up instructions for the horses...obviously, at this point, it will be after Christmas. But now I can check one more project off the list. Here's some pics of the herd.
 


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Drawing with Wool

A little while ago I decided that I wanted to make a series of images to display inside the kids' play house. I think it will be nice to change these out seasonally. I didn't really have a set plan, but this seemed like a good time to try out a new medium for me... needle felting wool roving. I attempted this with a "who needs directions" attitude and just sorta winged it (of course it's not like I haven't seen the process outlined in books in the past). I learned a few things along the way and have a better idea of how I will attempt the second piece. I definitely think I have a way to go before I will feel confident in this medium... but it is fun to have a challenge like that. The kids all like it. So I guess that is a good start. Now I just need to get it a nice wood frame.

Anyone else in the middle of a "completely new to you" project?Read more

What is this?


Anyone want to guess what this is? Perhaps the inside of my wastebasket? Or the floor after I've finished a project? (Uh, no it isn't BUT this IS what my floor looks like after I've finished a project! Why aim for the wastebasket when the floor is so much more convenient?) Anyway, what you're looking at here is an honest to goodness compulsive behavior!

I'm constantly working with felt, and that means I create a ton of felt scraps. Sure, it would be easy to pitch a few little scraps here and there; some might even argue sane, but I can't bring myself to do it. Maybe it's the exschool teacher in me that learned most things have value to a creative mind, or my Polish ancestry that has a tendency to save everything "for a rainy day", but I see diamonds in this colorful heap. Somewhere, in the back of mind, behind this week's obligations, daily errands, and other interactions with humanity, I have an idea forming to turn these scraps into a work of art. The actual usage hasn't made itself known to me yet, but I'm sure one day while showering or waiting for a traffic light to change, or...Read more

Directions for Traditional Waldorf Style Gnomes

Once you let a gnome in your life, you'll never be without one again! Our house is crawling with gnomes. We have unassuming gnomes and rather ostentatious gnomes. We have gnomes that love to tell stories and shy ones that prefer to listen. We even harbor a couple rather naughty gnomes, but down deep, they have a heart of gold! Their personalities are as different as you'd expect in any group of friends. For that reason, we'd like to give you the opportunity to invite a few gnomes into your house.

I decided I just wasn't going to have the time to get a tutorial together for making the holiday gnomes. But an email from a new Crafting Club Member, requesting a gnome pattern so she could make some for her children's advent calendars, made me walk away from my Christmas projects yet again, (LOL like I need an excuse!) and I threw together a couple of the traditional Waldorf style gnomes and wrote up the directions.

If your house isn't already crawling with gnomes, I hope you find the time to make a few before the holidays! Certainly you can take this basic pattern and alter it to individualize your gnomes. The possibilities are endless!...Read more

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