Teacup Pig

I have a couple of teacup pigs in my doll collection and after searching in vain for ANY kind of clothing pattern for them I resigned myself to the fact that if I didn’t want my pigs to be naked I would just have to come up with something myself. (Buying clothes for them wouldn’t be as much fun) Here is the little dress, hat, and scarf I came up with. I don’t think there too bad, but stupid me didn’t write down what I did and now I can’t remember! Grrr…

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Origami Tweet

I’ve been playing with my origami paper for the past few days. I just finished a little bird that I thought turned out particularly cute and wanted to share. I folded him with 6″x6″ origami paper and he turned out to be about 2″ tall.

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A flip through of my 2013 sketchbook.

Drawing Again

I’ve been drawing again. This little fairy was done with prisma pencils, and the woman’s face was done with copic markers. These are three new marker colours I got with piggy bank change (I just love my piggy bank change) I thought it would be fun to carry three or four colors around with me to do tonal work. These are the same colors that copic sells with there sepia set for just that purpose. I liked the colors, but I didn’t want everything that came in the set… Or rather I didn’t want to PAY for everything they have in the set. So… I just bought the pieces I actually wanted.The markers are… Sepia E37, Sand E33, and Brick Beige E31. If any of you are interested.

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Rubber Bands

Here’s something fun I’ve recently discovered. Rubber band looms. The one I have is called a “Rainbow Loom”. I chose this one, because out of all of the ones I looked at this one is the most versatile. Not only can I expand the length and width by adding a second loom (something you can do with other brand looms as well) but I can change my loom set up from offset pegs to in line pegs. I haven’t yet found another brand that allows that. I also like the clear pegs. It makes it easier for me to see wich rubber band I need to hook. Rubber band looms are actually considered childrens toys, but I’ve never let that stop me before. I have no problem letting my inner child play. With that being said here are a few things I’ve made. Video instructions for all of these things can be found on Youtube. Just type in Rainbow Loom and all sorts of fun projects will come up for you to do. :-)

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The first rubber band charm I made.

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Baby Duck, Candy Cane, and Poodle Charms.

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Bracelets I made following along with youtube videos.

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Pink and white poodle I made following along with a youtube video.

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This is what my Rainbow Loom looks like.

Making Lace

I haven’t completed anything new lately, but I am crafting. I’ve been practicing my tatting. Just making a long piece of lace. It’s not for anything in particular. I have just been feeling like tatting. Nice thing about tatting compared to crocheted lace is that since it is a form of knotting, it can be cut to the size I need. If I was to try to do that with my crochet without a LOT of effort on my part it would come completely unraveled. When I use a crocheted lace edging I prefer to crochet it directly onto the item I’m working on. Tatting on the other hand, there may be a few stitches that come undone, but that’s it. It’s for that reason I like keeping a long piece of tatted lace in my sewing box. I can easily add it as last minute decoration to something.

Easy DIY French

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I used to free hand my french manicure or I would use those little nail stickers, but I’m finding as I get older my hands will suddenly start to tremble and mess up what I’m doing. A few years ago I bought one of thoes nail art stamping plates just to try out. I liked it a lot and I’ve since added the plain french plate (non decoriated) and it has been the easiest method of doing a french mani I think I have ever seen, not to mention pretty darn economical. (compaired to other methods that give you simular quality) The plate I’m usung is the Konad m19 plate. Normaly the Konad plates go for around $7 or $8 but I got mine for less on an ebay auction. If you don’t want to pay that much or can’t manage to get one at auction. There are other brands out there. I can’t say how well they work, because at this point I haven’t tried any of them. Also when I’m using my plates I use “specieal” stamping polish. There are some people who say you can use any regular polish to do this, but every time I have tried the image has come out bloby. When I use the stamping polish I get nice clean lines. There are a few differant companies who manufacture the stamping polishes for differant prices. The two I’ve tried are the Konad brand and the Salon Express brand. Both have worked really well. The only catch to using the stamping polishes is that #1 you MUST use a top coat, other wise the first time you wash your hands your images will wash away. #2 You can’t use just any old top coat and as far as wich ones work it’s really a hit and miss. The only two I know for sure work is the Konad brand that is specifacly made for use with stamping polish and the Seche Vite top coat. I’ve never seen Konad any place local, but the Seche Vite is carried at our local walmart. If any of you are intrested in doing your nails this way, I recomend heading on over to you tube. That way you can see it in action.

EDIT: I bought some Sally Hansen Insta-Dri yesterday and decided to try it out for nail stamping. It worked beautifully! I love having a regular polish I can use for stamping instead of being limited to stamping polish. :-)

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