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Angelique and I did a 1:1 swap recently.  I showed you the lovely birds she sent to me.  I also mentioned that I had mailed my card to her without taking a picture first and was waiting for it to arrive so she could take a pic for me.  Well it has arrived and she has sent the pic. 

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The birds and frogs are buttons that I thrifted, but cut the shanks off and glued them to the card.  The trees were cut from fabric scraps from my purse as are the flowers.  I embroidered a bit and added some letter beads to spell nature. 

 

It is a fabric ATC.  The background is a dyed piece of fabric I received with a birthday ATC swap. 

 

What have you made lately?

I got a bit behind with my swaps, but am now just about caught up.  The May birthdays for Kate’s Birthday ATC swap have come and gone, but I used the long weekend to get my ATCs done. 

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I had some pieces of the Red Riding Hood fabric left from my purse project, so used them to make May’s ATCs.  I embroidered a bit on top of the fabric adding French knots for the flowers, some green for the flower stems, filled in the wolf and Red’s outfit.  I made a mistake on the left one by adding French knots for her eyes and she looks a little alien.  I will pull those out before I mail them. 

They are headed to Lithuania and Italy, so they won’t even make it before the end of the month.  It IS the thought that counts, right?

3330036049_1999d413d6_o With the help of last week’s MAMMA challenge very well thank you!  The theme was In An English Country Garden.  I immediately was reminded of an image I took with my camera sometime ago. 

I printed the image onto silk fabric using freezer paper to hold it in my printer.  I then embroidered the hydrangeas using french knots for the blossoms.  I outlined the bench to make it stand out a bit more and used stickles to add some sparkle to the green. 

I love how it came out in the end and doesn’t look like a picture any longer. 

 

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Since (as you know) just in case I print a second, I decided to use gel pens to embellish the second one. 

 

 

 

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I also received my card from the Mona Lisa swap from Muddled Mind.  I like the abstract face of this one.  The monkey covering his mouth cracks me up, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And I have received the first of my Faerie Zine Spring swap cards.  This one is from Vivian and I love how she created the basket on this card. 

 

 

 

Now off to figure out who is my favorite artist and to make a card celebrating him or her! 

Why yes, I can!  Meridien Ariel hosted an owl swap and I was partnered with Sara in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  DSC01591 Sara has a 4 year old daughter so I wanted to make a little something for her, too. 

I made Sara an appliqued owl tote bag.  the tote is denim and a thrifted one.  I appliqued the owl onto the pocket on the front.  I love the pink and green colors of the fabric that I used.  I outlined it with pink embroidery floss and added some pink buttons for its eyes. 

For her daughter I made an owl stuffie.  I made it using some blue corduroy fabric, some coordinating fabrics and some yarn covered buttons for its eyes. 

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The package was to contain a thrifted item and candy, too.  This is the thrifted item I sent to her.  I found this lovely apron with the cutest border and smocking.  For the candy I sent along a large box of Mike and Ike’s.  A former co-worker got me addicted to Mike and Ike’s.  I love matching up the colors and eating them in pairs. 

Sara mentioned that she cannot get a lot of the neat craft items we can get here so I also added some crafty items.  I added some letters, borders, trims, and some scrapbook papers. 

I am crossing my fingers that it makes it there.  It was still in transit last time I checked.  Sara mentioned that things occasionally “go missing” there.  It has been in transit since the 12th of February! 

DSC01443_1024I bought this very plain pinstriped denim blazer at my local Goodwill for $4.99.  I liked it and thought it was in great shape.  After I got it home I thought it was (a lot) blah.  I decided to jazz it up a bit with an applique. 

I used a wind up bird image a while back to embellish a tote bag and since it is one of my favorite images I thought it was perfect for my blazer. 

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DSC01455_1024I just love this image and love it on my blazer. 

And while I was at it (the sewing machine, that is) I thought I would shorten another denim jacket I bought years ago on Ebay, but never wore as it was a bit outdated and way too long.  It had long shirt tails on it and I thought it made me look monstrous. 

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Since I am not the best with alterations I decided to cut it straight across and to cover the raw edges with bias tape in a dark plum color.  the jacket was already embellished with the Asian influenced panels and beads.  I loved the jacket, but hated the length.  It sat in my closet for 3 years as I didn’t have the heart to part with it. 

Have you modified anything or held onto something you love, but never wear for too long? 

 

I participated in Debra’s Halloween Flight Night swap.  For the swap you had to create a jointed paper doll, and ATC card, and an owl of your choice of medium.   My partner was Amy of Life In the Lyon’s Den.  I hope she liked the swap package.  I know it has arrived, but have not heard from her. 

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First up is the ATC I created.  I love the Wizard of Oz and found this image of the Wicked Witch of the West.  I borrowed the title of Kermit’s book for the text on the card.  I gathered some raffia for the brook and tied it with some string.  A bit of ribbon with the word “yikes” and the background paper is some of Martha Stewart’s Halloween paper from Michaels.

 

 

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My next creation is the paper doll that I settled on for Amy. I used this template to create the body.  I then created her clothing using various combinations of scrapbook paper and finished it with a bit of lace and ribbon, some gems and some raffia for her hair.  

 

 

 

 

 

DSC01304 Lastly, my owl item.  I used the image below to cut out the parts of the owl.  I enlarged it to the size I needed.image The owl is cut from felted wool, his branch is made with brown seam binding and yellow buttons make his eyes.  He is resting on a piece of vintage fabric I found at the Goodwill (1970’s I would guess).  I thrifted a messenger bag and he was placed on the bag.  Orange satin stitch completes it. 

I had the hardest time putting this bag in the swap package.  I wanted to keep it for myself.  I have a real sickness love for bags and this one was so very hard to part with.

 

I hope Amy likes her goodies.  I had a lot of fun creating them for her.  Thanks, also, to Debra for a fabulous swap! 

DSC01111When I made a Mermaid Dotee doll for Susan fro our 1:1 swap the moderator of the Mermaid Dotee group on Flickr asked me to join their group.   They were having a Mermaid Dotee swap and I decided to join in on the fun. 

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DSC01113I used pink tulle for her tail fin and sewed a circle in it so it would gather, I then tucked it into the tail of the doll and sewed it on.  I gave her blue eyes (like the ocean) and gave her a little red mouth, too.  I embellished her with turquoise seed beads and some glass flower beads.  Seashell buttons were placed on her tail and one in her hair. 

I wanted her to have long flaxen hair so I cut some strips of twine and then sewed them onto a bit of bias tape to make a wig.  I then unraveled the twine to give her flowing hair.  A rose placed in her hair as she is a girly girl after all.  Letter beads to spell Dotee near her tail and a couple of shell stars for her girly bits. 

I hope that Jenny The Artist, the group’s moderator likes it.  She was sent on her way to Novia Scotia on Monday. 

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I embellished a few more tote bags over the weekend.  And, SURPRISINGLY, they all seem to be in a bird theme.   The first is the City Bird pattern that I have used before. 

I love the bird with the wind up key.  I found it by using Google image finder and also located the other birdie that way too.  I Googled bird outline. 

 

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I am really pleased with the way they ended up.  The tote bags were thrifted from Goodwill.  The bottom two bags were brand new and still had the tags attached.  I love when that happens. 

He rocks in the tree-top all a day long
Hoppin’ and a-boppin’ and a-singin’ the song
All the little birds on J-Bird St.
Love to hear the robin goin’ tweet tweet tweet

Rockin’ robin (tweet tweet tweet)
Rockin’ robin (tweet tweet tweet)
Oh rockin’ robin well you really gonna rock tonight

Every little swallow, every chickadee
Every little bird in the tall oak tree
The wise old owl, the big black crow
Flapping them wings sayin’ go bird go

A wordy little raven at the bird’s first dance
Taught him how to do the bop and it was grand
He started goin’ steady and bless my soul
He out popped the buzzard and the oriole

He rocks in the tree-top all a day long
Hoppin’ and a-boppin’ and a-singin’ the song
All the little birds on J-Bird St.
Love to hear the robin goin’ tweet tweet tweet

Miss Sandy is hosting an Easter Parade today and you are all invited to join us. 

Today she will have a special post for you to link to using Mister Linky. You will enter linking to a specific post that shares one of the following: Easter or Spring décor, Easter or Spring Crafts, Special Family celebration ideas for either of these, Recipes or Family favorites for this time of year, If you have an Easter Bonnet, please do post it, The first signs of Spring around your area, anything that relates to Easter or Spring.

So grab your bonnet, put on your prettiest Easter dress and promenade along with us. 

Easter is usually in April and that reminds me of the phrase about April showers bringing May flowers.  I think there is nothing lovelier than when the crocus, the daffodils, and the forsythia start to bloom.  I went to the Farmer’s Market on Sunday and bought a bunch of daffodils from my favorite vendor.  They look so sunny and full of spring on my kitchen counter!

She also had some mini pies and I bought a few of those, too. 

I found lyrics to an Al Jolson song titled April Showers.  (You can hear him sing it here.)

DSC00829_0 Life is not a highway strewn with flowers,
Still it holds a goodly share of bliss,
When the sun gives way to April showers,
Here’s a thought that we should never miss:

Though April showers
May come your way,
They bring the flowers
That bloom in May;

 

And if it’s raining,
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Because, it isn’t raining rain, you know,
It’s raining violets.
And when you see clouds
Upon the hill,
You soon will see crowds
Of daffodils;
So keep on looking for the bluebird,
And listening for his song,
Whenever April showers come along.

The ‘brella brooch was inspired by the red umbrella Laura created and posted here.   I ordered one from her (my first of her brooches), but I have been a long time blog reader and admirer of her handiwork.  I decided to use a bit of my fabric scraps for the umbrella.  Each red circle is outlined in pink so it worked on its pink felt background. 

The felty bangles I purchased from Madsbelly on Etsy.  She customized the colors and the size for me on both sets.  She was gracious enough when the first set was lost in the mail to make me another set.  I received them today and they are AWESOME!  You can use the request custom order option and she will hook you up, too.

Here’s hoping that you see just enough rain to make lots of  pretty flowers. 

Remember when you were in grade school and you had to write upon your return an essay about what I did for my summer vacation?  Growing up in a large family with money being tight I never had great stories to tell.  I could talk about my goats and chickens and exhibiting them at the county fair {snore}, the hours I spent weeding and digging the potatoes in the garden {ugh}, or plotting my future as the next greatest celebrity {LOL}.   My stories were always, to be honest, a bit embellished.  It gave my life a bit of a spark instead of the mundane that was the truth. 

Now, here I am all grown up and writing you an essay almost daily about what I do with my crafty creations and I am riveting.  Well maybe not riveting, but I don’t have to fib to you.

My partners for the Easter Bunny’s Chicks Swap were Lori and Karen.  We had to make one handmade item for our partners and send it to them.  As I always do I sent along some extras, too. 

I used a bit of ribbon and my small yo-yo maker to create the bunny and some fabric and a vintage button for the flower brooch.  Lori’s favorite spring colors are pink and green.

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I used ribbon and the yo-yo maker again to create the chick’s wing and some Amy Butler fabric and covered a button for this flower brooch.  Lori’s favorite spring color is robin’s egg blue. 

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I hope they enjoyed the brooches and the other goodies I sent along to them. 

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is a new kind of army
- the army of the kind."
~Cleveland Amory

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