Contents of this blog: Original hand crafted wood items, crochet, sewing, knitting, painting, drawing and also some How to's and craft tips thrown in! Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Early Easter Craft...

Hey Crafters!  I have created an Egg Graphic for you to use for Greeting cards, place cards, or just for decorating.  Just click on the image to make it larger and then copy to your picture file.  Then you can print it out in what ever size you prefer.  I did lettering on some and left one blank for your own writing.  If you use on a card, just cut the outline of the egg out and paste it.  I created this Egg Graphic with jell pens, permanent fine marker, and drew free hand.  I have never shared this before.  Thanks so much for coming by and I hope you will be able to incorporate this colorful egg into your Easter crafting.

This is reminiscent of beautifully colored eggs that my Mom's friend used to make for her each Easter.  They were made in Ukrainian tradition painting on a real egg with dyes and wax.  They were most beautiful and my mother treasured them.  I have painted on blown eggs to try to simulate these eggs and keep them in a china closet.  They are a good likeness and my friends did not know the difference until I told them-ha!

If you cannot draw ovals free hand, just buy plastic eggs in the $ store, open and draw around the base.  If you cannot draw, simply put dabs of different colored paints on the end of the handle of a paint brush and dab dots on the egg.  This can be quite pretty also.  And there is always ribbon and Rickrack that you can paste as stripes across the egg.  I would love to see how you use my graphic, please send pictures in an e-mail and I will feature them here on the blog! 

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Scratch Board Stallion and Scrollsaw items

   Hello dear crafters!  Today it is beautiful here in sunny South Carolina and 77 degrees at 4:25 p.m.!!  What more could we ask for?
   Hubby has not been feeling well of late due to the treatment for his Multiple Myeloma cancer and being in the house a lot instead of woodworking in the shed, he had to keep busy.  So he did this beautiful Stallion on scratch board and I just love it!
   These are so much fun to do at any age and you can buy kits that are pre-printed with the pattern or if you are artistic, you can just buy the scratch board in different sizes at the craft stores.  This one that hubby did though had no pre-printed pattern so he just used the small picture on the package for reference and I love what he turned out!  It satisfied his creativity for the moment and he has another one of a wolf to do when he is house bound again.
   In the past he has cut out this very beautiful Friend Saying that is on the wall in our den.  The words are all cut out separately with the scroll saw.  He has so much patience doing these very meticulous cuts!  He has also cut the first line of Amazing Grace for me on a note staff!!  I am always amazed at the wonderful detail in his work.

We had planned to make more of these for my Etsy shop (not open at present) but with Bill's treatment causing much pain and lately nausea, he has not been able to enjoy his wood work and also the shed had been too cold for him to work out there when we were having the unusually cold weather here.
And last, but not least, is this beautiful wooden scroll saw fan that he made for me from a purchased pattern.  He also made another one that I will have for sale in my Etsy shop when opened again, that has peach ribbons, bead decoration and flowers.  These are large and make beautiful accent pieces in any room.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of his projects today and that it is an inspiration for your crafting. 
  Here is my other tissue box holder made for the long boxes from the plastic grid and yarn.
I did not have a pattern for either this one or the boutique one I made and on the long box I just filled in with variegated yarn and used corner to corner stitches.
I was even able to put a little flower cluster on each end by making the flowers first and then filling in with the filler stitches.  This is another fun project and I plan to make more. And PS: I did do all the stitching on the panels this time before joining with the white yarn.  It was much easier to work on and made the back of the work almost as neat as the front.

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Red Tailed Hawk Completed

The red-tailed Hawk in Intarsia is finished by hubby and ready for his owner who will be picking him up.  He measures 10 1/2 inches wide and 11" tall.  He is quite beautiful and we were both pleased with the way he came out.  The top wing was cut out separately from the body parts and glued on afterwardAll 64 pcs. were stained and/or painted first before gluing them together on a base.  Then the details of the feathers, head and eye were painted again.

He does not have a glaring shine like that which is reflecting from my camera flash,  but does have 2 coats of varnish to protect him. 
This was a long project but hubby enjoyed making it for our friend and cannot wait for him to see it in person! 
I hope you enjoyed seeing the hawk's development and if you are a woodworker that this has peaked your interest about working in Intarsia. 

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Valentine Low to No Cost Crafts...

Remember my Christmas Wreath with Santa in the middle?  Well, I printed out a valentine from the Graphics Fairy once again and Placed it right over Santa without gluing or harming the Santa print.  Since the wreath is made from pages from an old hymnal, I can keep this up all year just changing the picture in the center for all holidays!  I just love it so much!  I have it hanging in the kitchen on the wash room door.
Here is a close up photo.  Karen at the Graphics Fairy provides a multitude of vintage artwork free for the copying.  She also has Request Thursdays where you can even request graphics!  Do visit her site.
Next, I printed out valentine graphics, cut them out with scalloped craft scissors and strung them on a green ribbon with a glue stick.  I don't know where I will hang it yet but love the result.  Also, I made some book marks from vintage actress photos that were popular way back when with their little envelope under them.  I just loved these too and they came out very nicely.  I simply glued different colored ribbons to the back of them with a loop at the top.

Thanks to the Graphics Fairy, I can be so creative!  Sharing is what it is all about!  Life is good!

Hubby is still working on the Red Tailed Hawk for our friend and I will post when it is finished. 

Here is one from real life that he brought for us to see on Sunday evening.

For more pictures of the Red Tailed Hawk and our Backyard Wildlife, go to my Kerrie's Korner, SC blog.
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