Jan 30, 2012

Poodle Skirt

I found out yesterday that my granddaughter has her first dance this coming Friday, (Feb 3), a sock hop. Her mother was taking her to the thrift store to see what kind of outfit they could come up with.  Hello, Grammy Bear would so make you a poodle skirt.  She said I wouldn't have enough time, huh....sounds like challenge....  
I looked up poodle skirts online, then poodle appliques.  I didn't have a skirt pattern and I seriously didn't have time to shop one so I pulled out the box of patterns and used the skirt part of this dress.  I love vintage patterns.....

As you can see it's short, so I added 5 1/2" around the bottom.

Under the skirt I have an attached slip (made of costume satin, with tulle attached to make the skirt flow outward). I used the same pattern.
I came up with the leash idea...
My daughter promised me pictures, I will have them next week.

Here's the skirt I'm shipping out tomorrow....She will have it by Wed.

Jan 22, 2012


Mammy Potholder

Who doesn't love free stuff?   I'm always seaching for free patterns, free ideas, free downloads.  This Mammy potholder was made by my Mother.  The free pattern is at Needlecrafter.com

Here's how to do it.
1. Download the pattern(s) (there are 7 days a week for dish towels as well, ALSO FREE).
 2. Flip them (in a photo editor)
3. Print them
4.  Draw on the pattern using Aunt Martha's HOT IRON TRANSFER PENCILS.  (They are hard to find in a store.)

5. Iron pattern on towel or fabric.
6. Color fabric with color crayons.
7. Place paper towel over colored fabric and iron to seal crayon to fabric.
8. Then embroider.

My Mammy is hanging on my kitchen wall, I just love so much that I won't use it.

What Mammy means to me..... she's the cook, the cleaner, the hugger, the problem solver of the house, I love Mammy.

Jan 15, 2012

Personal Art

I decided to do something personal for each grandchild for their birthday.  I started with my grandson, with his birthday coming up in a few months; I had plenty of time, ha......
The Christmas before, I had given him Uncle Milton - Moon in my Room, he loved it.  I also made curtains for his room with planets and stars in the fabric.  When I was considering what to put on the canvas, I decided to stick with that theme.
Here's what I did.

1.  Using acrylics I painted the whole 12x16 canvas gray and blue. I put some random colors, the E for his name with his birthday on the bottom.  I added the moon using a White Texture Effect.
I painted the moon orange;

With all these big ideas from the book to start with, I was stuck.
Tick Tock, October is getting closer.
I gave some thought to the personal side of the project and came up with this.
Original Photo
  2.  I took a recent picture of him that was taken at "Kites In The Park Festival".  That was something to see; hundreds of kites all flying at the same time.

3.  With pse (Photo Shop Element), I edited the photo, by cutting the grass and pasting it around the edge to have just him in the picture.

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I extracted him from the photo, (leaving the blue around the kite and the tails of the kite), sized it, flipped it, and printed it on white tissue paper. On the canvas, I painted over the gray with white paint to be sure all the colors from the printed photo showed through when it is attached.  Using a sponge brush, I put a light coat of mod podge over the white paint then ever so carefully, place the printed side down onto the canvas, (otherwise the Mod Podge will make your colors bleed).  DAB the tissue paper photo lightly so it does rip and so it doesn't bleed through the top side; let it dry completely, dab on a little heaver coat the second time, and watch for bubbles, after that dries, mod podged over it a few more times. Painting over the mod podge around the photo is a little sticky, just let it completely dry. I mod podged a piece of white thread for the kite string.
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At this point, I had the moon and my grandson flying his kite.  Tick Tock..... it was September....I wanted more on it and I was fast running out of time; so I bought him more cool planet stuff for his room, again, sticking with the theme, I got him Uncle Milton's Solar System in my Room, with a poster of the solar system.  He loved it.
With the pressure off, I forgot about the project for a month.  Then started thinking about Christmas.
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4.  I pulled it back out, and added a pale yellow over the moon and a gloss to make it stand out.  For the stars, I dipped a pen in the same paint color and tapped it onto the canvas around the moon.

While Blog Stalking, I had seen artwork where the artist had done some distress writing on a picture, I thought it looked cool, (I should have read how it was done).  I came up with the poem idea. Back to the artist,  who composes as well.  I asked my daughter to come up with something about flying a kite by moon light. 

She wrote this.
Swallowed by the night
I try to fly my kite
No worries
No fright
I'm saved by the moon light!
  (Written by Deborah Gammeter)

Kind of catchy.

5.  That's when I painted over the E and his birth date. 

For the poem
I used rubber letter art stamps, with an x-Acto knife and I sliced them off of the wood stamps and taped each one to a piece of heavy duty card board, then split the card board into three large stamps.
Practice first on a sheet of paper. 

Most of the letters turned out but some did not.  Back to the artist.  She fixed it!

For Christmas, along with the painting, I gave my grandson a 4x6 copy of the photo framed, so that he could see that it was really him on the large canvas.  The gift was a big hit and looks awesome in his room.

 Thanks for Stopping By!!

Jan 6, 2012

The Activity Books

A few years back I bought and took the elf on the shelf book for my Christmas Visit with the Grandchildren.  We had fun with the book, there's some great activities, but with 2 children, 5 years apart...well. The following year I came up with a different idea. I made personal Activity Books, more suited for their ages. Same with this year. I found a lot of fun stuff.  Thank you all.

Games, Puzzles, Mazes, Lacing Cards at 

Free Christmas Hidden Picture Puzzles at 

This year as a bonus I threw in step by step "Learn to Draw Sheets", pretty cool.... you can find this at

Jan 5, 2012

Christmas Visit

I want to begin my first post by thanking so many people for so many contributions to my "Merry Christmas" with my Grandchildren.  Though the search for fun projects, was daunting, as no one seems to post their ideas until after Thanksgiving, I still found some awesome projects.
1.    Page Corner Bookmarks
These book marks were so much fun to make, we made 30 of them, my oldest Granddaughter gave them as gifts to her classmates, big hit.  Thank you.