Harry Potter – Books from the Library

It is time for more Harry Potter! Clearly, this has become a “thing” for me. I created these two Harry Potter textbooks for our Harry Potter Trunk-or-Treat.  I popped them in the cauldron I had made for the Harry Potter party. Becuase we had the whole Trunk-or-Treat props to create, I was working on a tight deadline and so I will have to confess that I really didn’t write down supplies and tools I used to create these. That just adds to the mystery, right? However, if you have a specific question about how I created something just drop me a line. Without further ado, we enter the Hogwarts Library.

Straight from the Hogwarts library

Both books started life as blank journals. I found the larger book at a discount store and the smaller book came from my local craft store.

Dragons – created by Jennifer Miner

The Dragon book was referenced in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone where Hagrid borrowed a copy from the Hogwarts Library to learn about a dragon egg he had acquired.

I started by creating the dragon scales using a stencil and dimensional paste. I used a variety of products to get the color correct. Some paint, a little mist and finally a little Distress Stickles.

Harry Potter Inspired Textbook

Next came the “leather” portion. For this, I used heavy cardstock and more paint with a little stamping on top. Then I applied a little vaseline in a few areas and painted over the whole thing with a few shades of brown acrylic paint. I then tore the corners and adhered it to the front. I also distressed my edges to add to the whole feel.

Detail on the Dragons book

I added the corner details which were created using chipboard accents colored using Prima Marketing’s Patina kit.

More up close detail

Next, I started on the title. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the lettering from white cardstock and then I attacked it with all of my distress metallic supplies. I made two accent bands using a variety of tools and techniques.

Dragons: Breeding for Pleasure and Profit created by Jennifer Miner
To create the subheading I used my printer the wording and then I used carbon paper to transfer the words to my cardstock. I then tracked over the wording with a Sharpie pen. I knew I wouldn’t be able to recreate this on my own.
Book created by Jennifer Miner

I used a ton of different distress techniques on the book and I was really pleased with how it turned out.

Harry Potter Inspired Books handmade by Jennifer Miner

Now on to the smaller Quidditch book. The snitch in the center was created with polymer clay and gilding wax. The wings are from Tim Holtz and were colored with Pearl Alcohol Ink Metallic Mixitive. The title and shield and title were cut using my Silhouette Cameo.

Title Close-up

I used Distress Inks, paint, Crackle Paint, stain, sprays on the cover to create the work look. I also stamped a large compass to add to the effect.

Quidditch: A Complete History

I used metallic corners that I used the Patina Medium on for the corners.

Not your average library book

The metal ribbon holder and title frame are from Stampin’ Up! They are really old and have been hiding in one of my drawers for ages.

Created by Jennifer Miner

I also added metallic nailhead rhinestones and gems for just a little bling, I really love the colors on this book cover.

Inspired by Harry Potter. Quidditch book

IThe larger decorative strip is a piece of faux leather fabric leftover from my Brave costume.

Quidditch: A Complete History

I hope you enjoyed seeing my books as I had a blast experimenting and creating these. I wasn’t trying to make them match but I guess I tend to go for similar colors.

Created by Jennifer Miner

As always, thanks for popping by and checking out the latest Harry Potter addition.

Harry Potter Trunk-or-Treat

Halloween was over a month ago, but I am sure that you all are thinking about next year already! Okay maybe not but between getting this post ready and my Halloween Lantern Village in progress things are this weird mix of Halloween and Christmas around here. Hopefully, you too will get the all-year Halloween bug with our Harry Potter Trunk-or-Treat.

Now, let me start by describing what a Trunk-or-Treat is, just in case you are unfamiliar. In our area, most Trunk-or-Treats are hosted by churches. Basically, you go to the parking lot and decorate your car, more specifically your trunk or in our case the bed of our truck. Then the kiddos come around and collect the candy.  This year’s event had about 30 participants, each class has a representative. Since I was not sewing Little Misses costume this year I had some spare Halloween energy just floating around. I knew it had to be cool and big and Harry Potter themed.

Harry Potter Trunk-or-Treat

This was our entry! My husband wore his Harry Potter robe. I dressed as McGonnagal, our other parent volunteer came as Rita Skeeter, and we picked up a spare Bellatrix Lestrange from the front office. We built our castle using 2x4s and plywood. I had my in-house engineer (aka the husband)  help me with the design and build. The wall is about 7 feet tall and fits right about the tailgate and comes in two pieces, which were joined on-site. Next, I skinned the wall with insulation foam. This comes in large sheets at the hardware store. Once the walls were covered with the foam I used my Dremel-like tool to carve in the stones. Once that was done. I then heat the foam with my paint stripping gun (hot!). This causes the foam to contract where it has been carved and gives it a more authentic look.

In-Progress

At this point, I really should have covered my walls with monster mud but I was afraid to add to much weight, so I just used craft acrylic to paint my walls. I used a sea sponge to get the stone look. I used a beige color for the mortar and three shades of gray on the blocks. This took awhile, mostly because I had to keep running to the store to buy more.

In-Progress – Wall with the foam carved and heated

I create the “Hogwarts” sign with more foam and a lot of carving with the Dremel. I printed out a guide that I traced onto the foam to use as a guide. Then carved around the letters. I then hit is with the heat gun before adding the Monter Mud. This gave the piece a lot of strength and didn’t seem to add too much weight.  I painted it to match my wall.

I cut a Hogwarts silhouette out of plywood for the bed of the truck. We used fabric stapled to the top of the wall to give the whole thing some depth. We also added a background made from 2x4s and plywood behind the castle silhouette. I bought a fancy light projector that I shone on the background, this was supposed to look like it was behind the castle but it was too bright out so it was a little less than I had hoped for.

Plywood Silhouette
In-Progress Testing

We drug out all the Harry Potter Party props that we could lay our hands on, really it was everything that I could fit in the truck. We bought:

  • 2-cauldrons
  • Directional Signposts
  • Giant Spider
  • Trunk
  • Caged Pixies
  • Hedwig
  • Snape Cut-out
  • Sorting Hat
  • Fawkes
  • House Banners
  • Signs
  • Snitch
  • Rats
  • Potions
  • New Harry Potter Textbooks
  • Smoke Machine
  • Monster Book of Monsters
  • Gryffindor Scarf
  • Bertie Bots & Chocolate Frog Boxes

I also loaded the soundtrack to my phone and played it through a Bluetooth speaker. This was so much fun! The Hubbs would like the castle to find a new home but I really would like to keep it for down the road, I guess we’ll see. Hopefully, this will inspire you to create your own Trunk-or-Treat.

Back again!

Howdy Readers –

So, it seems as if my life ate a whole month of my life. It sounds strange and maybe I’ve been watching too much Doctor Who but I could swear it hasn’t been a month since I posted last. Alas, here I look and it has between illness, holidays, and general life craziness I have completely neglected my blog. Sad days, lucky me it isn’t a plant of something alive.

I have been working on the ridiculous Afghan situation and I am happy to report that I have finally completed #4 of the 5 I need to get finished before Christmas. I really can’t show you a whole photo of it since the person who will be receiving it visits here. I will give you a tiny sneak peak. Once it has made its way to the recipient I will post a full host of photos here.

December Afghan – Sneak Peek

While I was engaging in my favorite non-active pastime, ie Pinterest I came across the most amazing Tim Holtz Halloween Village in a Lantern. Seriously, check this baby out. Naturally, I decided that I needed to create my own. Thus commenced a crazy search for a large metal lantern. I was lucky enough to track one down the week before Halloween that has spiderweb details, lights and a motor that will spin a witch or bats. This was originally a pretty pricey lantern, $70 but it was 70% off and I had another 15% off coupon – a steal for $18!!

My Halloween village will have three houses and has actually been coming around great. I wish that I had thought about this earlier because I am sure I could have found some bargains on Halloween miniatures. I am debating showing it to you in-progress or just waiting until it is done. Right now I am leaning toward waiting but I may change my mind so keep an eye out.

We will be starting our Christmas cards and possibly holiday cookies around here soon so more to come on that and we went a little crazy with our Hary Potter Themed Trunk-or-Treat including some custom magic books. I will share the books and more photos in the next post.

Basically, what I am saying here is I haven’t forgotten you and while my online presence has been pretty quiet thinks have been brewing here. More soon!!

Sophie’s Universe Afghan

Progress – Completed!!

Agh, it felt like this was never going to be done and at the same time, I kept wanting it to be bigger! This amazing afghan comes from Look At What I Made and it is stunning. This was originally a CAL from 2015 and judging by the number of versions of this puppy over at Ravelry a huge hit. I went with inexpensive Red Heart Super Saver and Red Heart With Love for this afghan. I will admit that other than the hedgehogs I made, this is the first project I have made with Red Heart.

Crochet Afghan – Sophie’s Choice in Red Heart Super Saver and With Love
More corners

Red Heart Super Saver doesn’t have the best feel in your hands but honestly, it is impossible to beat for the price. I bought most of mine simply ages ago on a one day 33% off sale. Seriously that made each skein just over $2 US.

Sophie’s Universe in Red Heart Super Saver
Finally to the edge

I really liked this pattern, although it was massive and a little slow going. Per usual, I had to set it aside for more pressing projects. I have one confession, in my dotage (wink) I have been really trying to be correct with my projects. That means that I am going a little slower to try and avoid mistakes and that when one creeps into my work, I go back and fix it. Having said that, in the last few rows you are doing a ton of stitches and I noticed that I had made a mistake in the row with the diamonds. Of course, I had already completed not only that row but the two and a half rows following. The prospect of redoing of 1,000 stitches was simply too much so I left it. If anyone asks I am doing that Amish thing where you intentionally make a mistake. Yep, going with that.

My favorite part of this afghan – the big flower
Sophie’s Center

I did not add the square blocks. I was just afraid that it would involve purchasing more yarn and I am really trying to not purchase any additional yarn this year.

Sophie’s Choice Folded
Love these little crochet roses

I have listed all of the colors that I used in this project by row. All colors are Red Heart Super Saver with the exception of Lettuce and Boysenberry which are Red Heart With Love. I used one skein of each color with the exception of Real Teal and Medium Purple but there were varying amounts of yarn left. I had very little Aran but a fair bit left in a few other colors.

Just in time for winter
Corner Flower on Sophie’s Universe
Part 1

Row 1: Lemon Yellow

Row 2: Perfect Pink

Row 3: Rouge

Row 4: Turquoise

Row 5: Boysenberry (With Love)

Row 6: Lemon Yellow

Row 7: Turquoise

Row 8: Dark Orchid

Crochet Afghan by Jennifer Miner

 

Part 2

Row 9: Rouge

Row 10: Real Teal

Row 11: Blue Suede

Row 12: Blue Suede

Row 13: Blue Suede

Row 14: turquoise

Row 15: Lavender

Part 3

Row 16: Dark Orchid

Row 17: Lemon Yellow

Row 18: Perfect Pink

Row 19: Pale Plum

Row 20: Boysenberry

Row 21: Soft Navy

Row 22: Turquoise

Row 23: Jade

Row 24: Real Teal

Row 25: Lettuce

Part 4

Row 26: Lemon Yellow

Row 27: Lavender

Row 28: Jade

Row 29: Rouge

Row 30: Dark Orchid

Row 31: Lavender

Row 32: Turquoise

Row 33: Real Teal

Row 34: Lemon Yellow

Row 35: Boysenberry

Row 36: Pale Plum

Optional Petals:  Perfect Pink

Part 5

Row 37: Soft Navy

Row 38: Jade

Row 39: Rouge

Row 40: Lavender

Row 41: Dark Orchid

Row 42: Real Teal

Row 43: Lettuce

Row 44: Turquoise

Row 45: Blue Suede

These are happy flowers
Part 6

Row 46: Pale Plum

Row 47: Boysenberry

Row 48: Jade

Row 49: Soft Navy

Row 50: Perfect Pink

Row 51: Rouge

Row 52: Pale Plum

Row 53: Medium Purple

Part 7

Row 54: Dark Orchid

Row 55: Lavender

Row 56: Boysenberry

Row 57: Aran

Row 58: Jade

Row 59: Rouge

Row 60:  Lavender

Row 61: Turquoise

Part 8

Row 62: Pale Plum

Row 63: Medium Purple

Row 64: Dark Orchid

Row 65: Lettuce

Row 66: Lemon Yellow

Row 67: Turquoise

Row 68: Turquoise

Part 9

Row 69: Pale Plum

Row 70: Soft Navy

Row 71: Real Teal

Row 72: Aran

Row 73: Lavender

Row 74: Blue Suede

Part 10

Row 75: Perfect Pink

Row 76: Rouge

Row 77: Turquoise

Row 78: Pale Plum

Row 79: Dark Orchid

Row 80: Blue Suede

What I imagine Sophie will look in 100 years
Part 11

Row 81: Jade

Row 82: Lemon Yellow

Row 83: Jade

Row 84: Boysenberry

Part 12

Row 85: Pale Plum

Row 86: Perfect Pink

Row 87: Aran

Row 88: Lemon Yellow

Part 13

Row 89: Blue Suede

Row 90: Turquoise

Row 91: Soft Navy

Row 92: Soft Navy

Part 14

Row 93: Soft Navy

Row 94: Soft Navy

Row 95: Soft Navy

Row 96: Soft Navy

Row 97: Soft Navy

Part 15

Row 98: Turquoise

Row 99: Real Teal

Row 100: Boysenberry

Row 101: Lavender

Part 16

Row 102: Aran

Row 103: Blue Suede

Row 104: Lettuce

Part 17

Row 105:  Dark Orchid

Row 106: Dark Orchid

Row 107: Aran

Row 108: Dark Orchid

Row 109: Dark Orchid

Part 18

Row 110: Aran

Row 111: Dark Orchid

Row 112: Lettuce

Row 113: Soft Navy

Betty’s Beautiful Border (AKA Part 20)

Row 1: Real Teal

Row 2: Lemon Yellow (I added this SC, C1, repeat row)

Row 3: Medium Purple

Row 4: Jade

Row 5: Rouge

Row 6: Blue Suede

Row 7: Boysenberry

Row 8: Medium Purple

Row 9:  Real Teal

So, I hope that is all of the correct colors. I really tried to track them as I went. I loved this project and it has inspired me to try my hand at the Mandala Madness, once I finish my other projects.

Haunted Manor Purple & Black

We are getting very close to Halloween and you know what that means. . . . tiny haunted houses! I have been going a little crazy over the Tim Holtz Halloween Houses, again. If you haven’t seen Lucy’s work over at her blog With Glue and Glitter you are missing out.  I was heavily influenced by her amazing work. Loved this house she made that had a teal roof, make take on it has a purple roof. I loved how makes bases for her houses and so I gave that a whirl too.

Haunted Manor

As with my other two houses (here) and (here), I used the Tim Holtz Dies as my starting place. I used the Village Dwelling, Village Manor, and Village Rooftops.

Haunted Manor – Front View

I started by cutting my bases out of heavyweight cardstock. Then I began creating my siding by spritzing a piece of cardstock with Glimmer Mist and Distress Ink Spray in Autumn Nights and Black Soot. Once dry I then cut the cardstock into thin strips and applied a little white chalk ink to the edges. This is not an exact science, I ended up making several batches of siding and so there was a little variation in color but I think that this adds to the overall weathered look of the house.

Side View

For the roof, I cut the pieces out first and the sprayed with Fully Purple Glimmer Mist and then edged with Black Soot Distress Ink. The window frames were created in the same manner.

Tiny Door

To create the door I stamped a copy of the door with the Woodgrain Stamp from Stampin’ Up and then added color with Distress Inks. I colored a few thin strips of cardstock with Distress Stain and added a little Distress Embossing Powder, then attached to the house. The doorknobs are tiny brads. I was really happy to find these little guys.

View from the back

Each window and the front door have a small piece of acetate behind. I just used scraps I had lying around and colored them with alcohol ink in Butterscotch.

Additional roof edging

I added trim pieces on the roofline using the front trim piece as a guide for the angle and then coloring in the same manner as the roof. My edges were a little rough and this certainly smartened up the whole house.

Base with the battery operated candle

The base was created in the manner that Lucy has described over on her blog (here). I used smaller layers between mine (little strips of cardboard) to give it a little more height without a full piece of cardboard. In addition, I also added a little hole in the center to hold my battery operated light. Once the cardboard was dry I added about three coats of tissue paper adhered with glue. I left that to dry overnight. In the morning I gave it a few coats of grey and black acrylic paint.  I painted a few fence lengths and glued them to my base.

Base without the candle

I feel like my house might be a little plain and so there may be an addition or two down the road, i.e. polymer clay pumpkins or a ghost. For now, this little house sits ready for Halloween. I really would love to get another house done before Halloween but I am simply buried with projects (in a good way).  Thank you for stopping by and I hope that this inspires you to create your own tiny Halloween Dwelling!

House with the light on

Harry Potter Shadowbox

Welcome! I can’t seem to stay away from Harry Potter, not that I am complaining. Today, I have created a new project for all you Harry Potter fans – a tribute shadowbox. I am considering making these available for sale down the road. I am also working on a teacher appreciation shadow box which should be done soon.

Harry Potter Shadowbox

I created this project using my Silhouette Cameo and Silhouette Studio Design Edition Software. I used only white cardstock as my base and then a ton of different tools to create the different looks.

Out of the frame – Harry Potter Shadowbox

I wish I had taken a photo of my desk when I was done, it looked like a craft bomb had gone off. I did my best to write down all of the supplies and I will list those at the end. This was so much fun to create and I had way more ideas than would fit in this 8″x10″ frame. Hedwig is my very favorite.

Harry Potter Initials

I used a lot of misting sprays and embossing powders, distress ink, Glossy Accents and PearlEx powders to pull this Harry Potter Shadowbox together.

Dobby

I love how the Dobby element turned out. This was cut with my Silhouette Cameo and then the background was misted with a variety of Glimmer Mists from Tattered Angels.

Stag Patronus

I reused the stag shape I created for my Always Painting. The stage and back frame were colored with Distress Stain and the blue mat was colored with more color mists.

Hedwig

Above you can see Hedwig and a glimpse of the wand. Hedwig was my favorite element. I added a little Glossy Accents to her eyes.

Quote with Hogwarts

The Hogwarts quote panel was created with Distress Inks, Pearl Ex Powders and Distress Stain. The Harry panel was also created with Distress Stain, Distress Inks, and Distress Marker. The back mat was created with Embossing Powder. The Deathly Hallows Panel was done with Glimmer Mist and Silver Embossing Powder.

8″x10″ Harry Potter Shadowbox by Jennifer Miner

Overall I am happy with how this latest project turned out. I am looking forward to creating and sharing more! As always, thank you for your time!

Supplies

Glimmer Mist: Purple Rain, Granite, Jack Frost, Copper, Lavender Fields, Silver Sugar, Oriental Poppy, Penny, Money Bags, Key Lime Pie – Tattered Angels

Heidi Swapp Color Shine: Black Velvet & Teal

Distress Spray: Black Soot & Peacock Feathers – Ranger

Dylusions Ink Spray: Postbox Red & London Blue – Ranger

Perfect Pearls Mist: Perfect Pearl & Bronze – Ranger

Distress Stain: Rusty Hinge, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, & Walnut Stain – Ranger

Distress Paint: Brushed Pewter – Ranger

Embossing Powder: Gold, Red, & Copper Zing – American Crafts, Copper – My Sentiments Exactly, Sterling SIlver & Clear – Stampin’ Up

Distress Marker: Aged Mahogany – Ranger

Distress Ink: Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Weathered Wood, Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Black Soot, Fired Brick, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, & Fossilized Amber – Ranger

Misc: Pearl Ex Powder – True Blue, VersaMark, Industrial Stamp – Stampendous, Glossy Accents – Ranger

Frame – Gunnabo – IKEA

August is for Afghans (Part Two)

I am back!! Pretty sure that posts two days in a row might be a sign of the apocalypse. So I made you all wait a whole day for the other afghan I completed in August. So, this afghan is a single block from a CAL that Moogly is throwing this year. I loved this block and the colors that were used and decided to make a whole afghan using this one block.

Crocheted by Jennifer Miner. Pattern from Polly Plum

Seriously I feel in love with the colors and pattern created by Polly Plum of Every Trick on the Hook. It is called Simbelmyne and it is lovely. The blocks are 12″x12.” I used her color scheme as below.

Vanna’s Choice
  • Radiant Lime
  • Toffee
  • Raspberry
  • White
  • Aquamarine
  • Mustard
Pattern by Polly Plum

If you have never worked with one of Polly Plum’s patterns you are missing out. She gives great directions and the photos with details are fantastic. This made it so easy to create the squares. You can find the pattern for this block here.

Flat Braid Join

In this afghan, I used a new method to join my blocks called the Flat Braid Join. I followed the tutorial from The Patchwork Heart (here). I wasn’t able to get my join to look nice as a continuous join so I just did it block by block. Just a heads up these directions are in UK terms so just be aware. I loved the way the join looked.

Lace fan border

I added a border from Edie Eckman book Around the Corner. I was a slacker and did not sew in my ends as I went so it took forever to sew in all of those ends. It was totally worth the time as I am so pleased with this project. There is a chance that this may not make it to its recipient for Christmas. Not really but I might snuggle under it just once before packing it up if it ever cools off here.

Crochet Afghan because August is for Afghans

I really had to force myself to stop making blocks for this afghan I was just having too much fun. I was also happy with the border.

Crochet edges

The only downside of this pattern was that I did have to run around a little to collect all the yarn I needed. No one store had the whole palette. If I was able to plan ahead I could have probably ordered them all at once but I am terrible at estimating how much I will need, so there is always a trip to the store. I hope you enjoyed today’s post!

Cheers

August is for Afghans

Nothing says hot weather like working under a warm blanket, okay well maybe not but I finished two afghans last month and I had to share. I know that many fiber craftspeople don’t make blankets or afghans in the hotter months but I have such a back log I feel like I have to! The one time that this is a problem is joining and sewing in ends. This can be hot work! I usually try to keep the work off my lap and sit by the air conditioning vent and it really helps. These are the two afghans I mentioned in my last post. I have decided to post them even though they are Christmas gifts, I think that they will still be a surprise.  Or at the least, the recipients will forget that they ever saw them since Christmas is so far away!

Crochet Afghan by Jennifer Miner
Created by Jennifer Miner

The first afghan was my very first Crochet-Along. I shared a few photos in this post. This afghan represents a few “firsts” for me. It was my first CAL, the first time I blocked squares, the first afghan with all different blocks and the first time I sewed in my ends as I went along. Sewing in your ends as you finish a block makes the finishing of the afghan so much more pleasant. Nothing like sitting and sewing in 300+ ends.

Looking forward to those cold months

The CAL I followed is from the Creative Crochet Workshop and is called Crochet a Block Afghan 2017. You can find all of the patterns on their website here.  I used Vanna’s Choice in

  • Dark Grey Heather
  • Silver Heather
  • Rose Shocking
  • Aquamarine
Every block is different!

This was really fun and I truly looked forward to the days when the next block was released.  Since the blocks were released once a week I had plenty of time to sew in the ends before the next block was released.

Hooked by Jennifer Miner

The border is pretty simple but there is so much going on in the afghan itself I think that it totally works.

August is for afghans

The cat really likes this afghan and I have had to kick him off it a few times when it was in my studio.

The completed afghan on a full sized bed
Created by Jennifer Miner
The edging

Originally I was going to showcase both afghans today but I think that I will make you come back tomorrow! However, if you have read this far I will give you a little sneak peek.

Sneaky peak of the other afghan

I really hope that it cools off here in Colorado soon. We are in the upper 80s/90s this whole week. I am ready for the Fall! Hopefully soon thanks for visiting.

Pattern from the Creative Crochet Workshop

 

Tudor Princess Toothpick Doll

Hello All –

Back today with a new little toothpick doll. Truth be told she has been done awhile I just haven’t made time to share her with you! I started this doll ages ago and she sat in my box of supplies with no head or arms. You see, the arms are the hardest part to get right with these little dolls. It can be a real challenge to get them to match up. So, when I came across this little lady in my most recent endeavor to tidy up my studio space I decided that she must be completed. Thus the Tudor Princess was born.

Tudor Princess Toothpick Doll by Jennifer Miner

I will admit that there are times that I get a little over zealous with my research to make my dolls historically accurate. This doll is what I would call “loosely Tudor.” There are a lot of details that have to be skipped or that are simply not possible when working on this scale.

Side View

This doll turned out a tiny bit shorter than my Fairy Doll, she is just under 3 inches tall. The “braid” trim was created with two strands of floss and was created using a rope making technique.

Back View

The hair was created by wrapping the damp floss around a few toothpicks and leaving it to dry. I have dolls that are over 20 years old that still have curled hair. It is sort of crazy that such an easy process will stay for so long, but I can attest that it does.

By Jennifer Miner

I made her headdress by gluing embroidery floss to a non-stick mat and once it was dry cutting the floss to the correct shape. Once it was attached, I also added a little bit of trim. Based on my research most Tudor women wore a hair covering or net of some sort but nothing I tried really worked out so her hair remains scandalously uncovered.  I made her collar in the same manner.

I use Aleene’s Tack Glue and there is a little flexibility in the pieces once they are dry. The one downside of the Aleene’s is that it tastes terrible. Yes, I realize that sounds strange but there are times when I hold something in my teeth and as a result get a little taste of glue. You may just have to trust me on this one.

 

Tudor Princess Toothpick Doll

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today’s doll. I completed two afghans in August but they are Christmas gifts so I am debating if I should wait to share them with you. Have a great day!

 

Bling Flamingos!

As we are winding down our summer we have been trying to squeeze a few special days and projects in.  Last week we did glass fusing, which was a blast. I think I might be hooked. This sparked a whole interest in glass work in general; stain glass, mosaics, and fused glass. Then there was a moment when the little person was looking at Pinterest with me and we saw a blinged flamingo. Sold, done this was going to happen.

A Blingo in its natural environment

On Monday, we set out to find our flamingos. I was pleasantly surprised to find a pair at the local party store. We had some gems left over from previous projects but decided that we needed more. In the end, we actually ended up getting two boxes of acrylic gems in addition to what we already had on hand. Thus the Blingos, Rhinegos, Flaminglows, Bling Flamingos were born.

This Blingo is after the tomatoes

The boxes of gems we purchased came with more than one color so we had to sort or gems before we could glue them. I would say that it took about four sessions with dry time between to finish my flamingo. I started with E6000 but reading the back of the tube freaked me out, the warnings have gotten more serious since I had purchased a tube. We picked up some outdoor silicon and that worked like a charm. We worked outside and the silicone was nearly odor free with the breeze. I thought about grouting my flamingo but decided that might be overkill, although I always reserve the right to change my mind.

I love our Blingos, and I think that they look fantastically kitschy! These bedazzled birds were a great mother/daughter project. These were easy and you are rewarded with instant shimmer and shine.

A little adhesive and a lot of rhinestones

You have about 30 minutes working time with the adhesive so I would gloop out a bit in the area I was working then add me presorted gems. I found that if I laid out my gems flat side down and then used a Pick-Me-Up/Quickstik I could work pretty quickly.

TheBlingos should hold up to the weather, we hope, but I might bring them in before it snows.

Lots of sparkle!
End of the summer mother/daughter project

I loved this project! this was a pretty easy project, so don’t be afraid and bling up a flamboyance of flamingos yourself. (That is really what a group of flamingos is called, and it is awesome). Every time I let the dogs out these little guys bring a smile to my face.

Enjoy the end of your summer! We are gearing up for the eclipse here. They are saying we should have about 92-93% complete eclipse, we have our glasses and are very excited.

It’s a Blingo