Things have been a little crazy around these parts. In addition to neglecting my blog, I have totally been AWOL on house cleaning/cooking/everything else! I have been plugging away at our Harry Potter Party plans in addition to Valentine’s Day preparations. I didn’t want to share anything until I had some finished projects to share with you all and everything was just taking so long. The good news is that I finally have a project so have no fear the Cornish Pixies are here!
I purchase a pattern on Etsy (here) to create Cornish Pixies. I had a devil of a time finding the right color of suede cloth and then ended up getting way too much of the blue and then my lighter color was way too purple to make two colored pixies. So, they are going to be one color and I will have to find something to make out of the remaining suede cloth. I am planning on adding wings but they seemed like they wanted to be introduced first.
I have never really made anything like this before and I will admit that the process was a little bit intimidating. Turning the antenna covers was particular challenging. In the end, all the blood (actual blood), sweat, tears, blisters, and cursing was totally worth it. While they are far from perfect, the pattern was fun and very well written with lots of photos. Once I made the first one the others were much easier. Now, I will have to be on the look out for a little bird cage for them. I have already purchased one for Hedwig but she clearly cannot share with these little mischief makers!
My studio area is a huge mess – it looks like a mad scientist has been plying his trade in here. I am working on potion bottles and they are seriously everywhere! In fact, I had to move all my sewing supplies into the dining room area to work on these guys. I am having so very much fun with this party!
Thanks for popping by! Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
I was tooling around Pinterest looking for an idea. My plan was to find a project for my aunt for Christmas and I really wanted something a little different. I knew that she would appreciate something a little off the beaten path with a unique style.
Low and behold I came upon this very striking crocheted blanket. It was created by the Dutch crocheter, Karen Groenewoud she calls this pattern the Mexican Blanket. This project had it all – a real fun pattern and really fun colors. I loved it. I ordered the same yarn that she used and got set to work. This blanket is made with Stylecraft Special DK yarn.
Let me say that I loved this yarn and this project. Karen has more information on her blog on the creation so I won’t bother you with that here. She makes beautiful projects and I love her color choices. I had a little trouble with my joining squares but that was just me having issues. I did block this blanket with a steam iron and I think that helped a lot. When I bought my yarn I bought way too much and I might just have to make another. It was really fun and it is so very cheerful!
Just a quick word on the Stylecraft DK, this yarn is awesome. It is very inexpensive acrylic but it is really soft and so very easy to work with. The majority of my projects have been made with Worsted Weight yarn but this yarn might make a convert out of me.
My daughter has a surprise field trip today and I am so very excited to get to chaperone! We are getting to see Beauty and the Beast at our local theater. This has been the hardest secret to keep and I can’t wait to see all their happy little faces today.
Well, this little girl is finally done. This is my take on the Monter Book of Monsters. This was a real adventure.
I started with a paper mache book form, you can find these at your local craft store, I found mine near the wood section. I started by painting the inside and edges of my book. Next, I broke out the polymer clay, like every single slab I own. I mostly just some plain white that I had been hoarding for at least 15 years. I made the book “pages” first. For this, I rolled out very thin sheets of white clay that I then drew thin lines for the pages. My tissue blade worked very well for this. Next, I added this right on the front of my book. I used a little Translucent Liquid Clay to glue it down. Once the book pages were on, I smoothed the edges and add more lines. I added a little aging with chalk and a paint brush.
Now, I needed a spot of the tongue to pop out. First, I made a little hole on the front pages and then rolled out and cut the tongue using red clay. I attached the tongue and the whole thing went into the oven. when I put the whole book in the oven I was really nervous about it catching fire. I am happy to report that there were no burning books at this house. If you do this at your place be sure you read up on all safety issues and keep that temperature low. I didn’t go very far.
Now it was tentacle time! For the tentacles, I started making tapered coils and attaching these to my book. I also made fatter tentacles for the bottom and added suckers. I really should have covered the complete edges with clay, this would have allowed the tentacle to adhere a little better. After I baked these I actually ended up pulling all the top tentacle off and reattaching them using E6000. At this time I also created the teeth portion. I just used a mixture of what I had on hand to make the teeth colors and pink gums. I also added a little chalk to these parts, for added character.
Once I have them to my liking, the book went back into the over. After the clay had cooled and I had reattached all the top tentacles, I painted them using craft acrylic paints. I also did several washes over my clay. This process consists of watering down my paint and then applying it over my cured clay, pausing a moment and then wiping most of it off. This leaves the color in the cracks and depressions. You can really add lots interest this way. This was actually the first time that I have every painted polymer clay. It was really fun and since my clay colors were limited it gave me a rainbow without having to hit the shop.
It was at this point that I approached the part that I was the most nervous about, the eyes. This gives the book so much character, and I didn’t want it to look silly. I had been using a photo from Insight Editions, who created the official prop replica. I knew that I wanted mine to look as similar to that as I could get it. In my research, I discovered that there are a few different looks to the books. I grabbed that clay and got to work. I just took my time and kept working until I was as close as I was going to get. The eyes are just four balls of black clay. This went into the oven to bake. Once out and cooled I got to painting and applying color washes until I was happy.
I had bought about 1/4 of a yard of the imitation wolf fur and hoped that it would be enough. After Halloween, I swore no more faux fur but this was nothing like that at all. I shook it out really well, outside and then cut what I needed and shook it out. To adhere this to the book I used a combination of hot glue and E6000 to adhere my fur. I have a seam on the bottom but the fur really covers it up pretty well. Before we were totally glued, I cut a hole for my eyes and then tucked my fur around them as I went through the rest of the project. I used a little Varathane Polyurethane in Glossy on the teeth and eyes.
I almost stopped here, I was happy with my project and you could easily tell what it was but then I knew that it wasn’t really done without the title. That and my daughter said that it needed it and my husband agreed. It really was out of my hands at this point. I had one small pack of brown clay that would do just nicely for this part. Out came my dedicated pasta maker to flatten it into faux leather. I used my Silhouette Design Studio Software to create the titles and then I printed them out to use as a guide. This is not the exact font but I found something I already had, it is Irish Uncial Fabeta – Bold.
I cut around my guides and then traced around my shape with a sharp pin. This is enough to actually cut the clay. Then I used a stylus to trace the letters into the clay. You just trace over each letter and this leaves an impression in the clay. Once I had the words traced I pulled up the paper and used the stylus to make the words more clear. I did some tidying up of the clay and then popped them into the oven.
Once these pieces were cooled I used Iridescent Gold Liquitex Acrylic Paint to paint the words. I did a very light wash on the brown and then applied this to my book with more E6000. She was finally done. While my eye will still find the mistakes and flaws I am pretty happy with this little girl. I had most of the supplies on hand, I only had to buy the paper mache book and the fur which made this a very inexpensive project.
I hope that you enjoyed the photos of this latest Harry Potter project.
As promised, the Harry Potter Party Plans are back! Today, I will share my Golden Snitch. I relied heavily on a tutorial from JaydeLinn(Megan) on DeivantArt. This was a really easy project and the hardest part was finding the right type of plastic fern leaf and waiting for things to dry.
I used 1.5 in. wooden balls, they are round with only a tiny flat spot on the bottom. I sketched my design to start and then traced that using Metallic Paint in Gold from Art-C. This comes in a little tube and is dimensional. The hardest part was not sticking my fingers in the wet paint, which I did, repeatedly. Since I couldn’t stop smudging things I took to just painting part of the ball and then letting that dry. Since I am so impatient this was the really the hardest part of the whole project.
I gave my lines two coats of paint and then let them dry overnight. Now came the gold leaf! If you can believe it I actually had this in my craft stash, it is probably been there for 20 years but hey I used some! That will teach my Hubby to stop complaining about my stash hoarding. When you use gold leaf you should use the corresponding Gold Leaf Adhesive. Since I had some of this from when I purchased the original gold leaf I started with this. I gave my snitch a good coat of adhesive, which promptly was absorbed into the unfinished wood.
Well, this wouldn’t do at all. I gave the wooden ball a coat of Glossy Modge Podge and let that sealed the wood and adhered the leaf that sort of stuck to the dimensional paint. I let this dry and then gave another coat and applied my gold leaf. This was the trick. The gold leaf stuck right on there. Now, I am not sure how this will hold up in the long run but for a party, in three months I think that it will work. I gave the ball another coat and made sure that the whole thing was leafed, leaved? Then, I let everything dry and then gave it one final coat. I think that it worked out just perfect.
Now, on to the wings. This was another challenge that I had not foreseen with this project, finding just the right fern to provide the wings. It took five stops to finally find just what I needed. I trimmed off one edge of the ferns and then trimmed down the remaining leaves into the shape I wanted. I freehanded this and just kind of went for it with these and they turned out just like I wanted. To cut the second wing I just laid the first on top and cut them so they would be roughly the same shape. Once they were trimmed and cut to size they needed to be turned gold. I used a small can of gold spray paint and gave these babies two coats. If I had to do it again I might have given them a coat of Plastic Primer first but so far the gold seems to be sticking.
Now, I had all my parts and they just needed to be assembled. I used my Dremel and a small drill bit to drill two small holes at an angle on the ball. Again, not too much measuring or preplanning on these I just drilled and then checked the depth until I had it just right. I glued my wings in place using E6000. Once again, I set my Snitch aside to dry.
While I was waiting, I was thinking about how to display my new treasure for the party. Initially, I thought that I would add a small loop screw at the top to hang it but something about that just wasn’t working for me. I came up with a snitch stand! I bought an unfinished wood candlestick, gave it a couple coats of Iridescent Bronze Acrylic Paint and “poof” I had a fancy little stand for my snitch. This way I can have it resting on a table where the kids can see and touch it.
Super fun project and it is so cute. I think that this will be a big hit at the party. I hope you are enjoying the party plans.
1.5 in. Wooden Ball
Dimensional Paint or Dimensional Fabric Paint
Gold Leaf Adhesive/Modge Podge
Gold Spray Paint
Iridescent Bronze Acrylic Paint – Liquitex
You usual craft supplies – sissors, paint brush, that sort of thing
Taking a short posting break from the world of Harry Potter today, just here on the blog, the work is fast and furious in the workshop. Today, I am going to share a crochet project that I have started. I have never done a Crochet-A-Long (CAL) or Kint-A-Long or anything “along” before which is what makes this so much fun. This particular CAL I am following is the Creative Crochet Workshop Crochet A Block 2017. I will fully admit that the thing that drew me to this project were the colors. Since I don’t know what this will look like at the end but I just love the colors.
We are a month in and I have completed all four blocks. Nothing has been blocked yet so they are a little wonky but my blocking board is currently being used as a chess board. The examples were done with a very nice looking DK weight yarn called Elle Pullskein, but this is hard to find here in the US. I had a bit of Rose Shocking yarn left from my giant granny blanket so I choose the Vanna’s Choice Worster Weight for this project.
Vanna’s Choice Lion Brand Yarn
Dark Grey Heather
Here is my take on Block One – Spiked Flower Granny Square
Block Two – Spiked Row Granny Square
Block Three – Split Granny Square
Block Four – Four Square Granny Square
I am still not totally sold on the Split Square but I figure I can always leave it out at the end if I really don’t like it.
I will try to share these as I go along. This has been really fun so far. One area that this is helping me in is the process of sewing in ends. That is not one of my favorite tasks and I often am left with hundreds to do at the end of a project. These blocks work up fast and there is nothing else after so I can sew those babies in now.
That is all for tonight! Harry Potter Party will resume soon. Projects that are upcoming are the Monter Book of Monsters, Golden Snitch, Cornish Pixies, and a Nimbus 2000.
Things are cracking along here at Harry Potter Central! I think that at first, I was a little nervous because I really wasn’t sure if I would be able to pull some of these projects off. Now, I know that I have a long way to go I have been having a blast with everything.
Today’s project is a canvas. I wanted to create some HP inspired art projects for the house, most things will be inspired by props in the books/movies but I wanted a few pieces of “fan art. ” I love Harry’s stag Patronus image and Always hold a special place for me. While my daughter is a Harry Potter fan, her mom might be the bigger fan.
This project began with an11 in. x 14 in. white canvas. I painted the galaxy background first, I used black, blue, purple, and pink craft acrylics. I applied the paint kind of randomly and then used a sea sponge to blend the colors. This technique requires working in small areas, this way none of my paint dries before blending. Once I was happy with the first coat, I let it dry. Then I came back with more of the same colors and added white. I tried to keep the white in a “path.” Again each paint application was blended with the sponge and then allowed to dry. I took my canvas outside and splattered some white acrylic paint to simulate stars. Now, I let the paint fully dry.
While my paint was drying, I create the stencil I used for the stag. I started with this deer and the used the Silhouette Design Studio® to create the Deathly Hallows symbol. I then added the “Always.”
Have you ever purchase a tool or supply and then sort of forgotten it, well maybe not totally forgot but perhaps let it sit in a drawer for just the right project? The “Always” was created with a tool I sort of forgot that I had, Double-Sided Adhesive from Silhouette America. I bought this knowing that I would totally use it and then didn’t have the right project for it; until today! I cut the word from the adhesive and applied it to my canvas. The adhesive went on the canvas like a champ. I then added the gold glitter. This stuff worked way better than I could have imagined. The glitter is even and really stuck on there.
Now, it was time to add my stag. To begin, I cut out a stencil using adhesive vinyl.
When I went to apply my stencil to the canvas, it was a total wrestling match. It wouldn’t stick at all, well except to itself. I finally got it on, part of the shape had stretched and warped. I used a few little scraps of vinyl to get it down and back into the shape I needed. I used the Modge Podge Technique that is normally used on wood to apply my paint. This means that I gave the stencil a coat of Modge Podge prior to painting. This helps get the stencil to stick down and if there is any seepage it should be the clear Modge Podge and not the paint. This helped a ton, although a little paint did still get through, it could have been much worse. I used a round sponge brush to add the silver acrylic paint.
When I pulled up the stencil I could see a little paint seepage. It wasn’t terrible but I knew that it would bother me if I left it. I used black and blue acrylic paint to touch up the stag. I did a couple light coats of the paint to try and match the background.
Overall, I am happy with the way this turned out. This was really fun to create. Thank you for joining me today and I hope that you are inspired to take on your own Patronus!
As I mentioned in my previous post, the preparations for the Harry Potter Party have officially begun. Today’s project is the knit scarf I created for our porch staging. I would really love to knit one for each of the kiddos but I just don’t think that I could whip up 15 of these in time.
Vanna’s Choice Yarn
Cranberry (2.5 skeins)
Mustard (2 skeins)
Circular Knitting Needles
US 8 – 16″ circular needles
There are a ton of scarf patterns for the Hogwarts House Scarves but I used the one written by Lauren Kent that is in her book Charmed Knits. Alison recommended Cascade 220 yarn but I don’t have a close yarn store anymore and I know that this will go to my daughter after the party so I decided to go with something washable and inexpensive. I picked withVanna’s Choice by Lion Brand, which I was able to pick up immediately, not to mention it was even on sale.
I used Cranberry and Mustard and used 2.5 skeins of Cranberry and 2 of the Mustard. The scarf has 19 bands of color and I did make the larger pattern.
This is a very simple pattern and is knit in one big tube and then you add the tassels at the end. I used Knitter’s Pride US 8 – 16″ circular needles. It worked up into a nice tight stitch and being doubled this is one warm scarf. The recommended size for Vanna’s Choice Yarn is a US 9, but this was so nice and snug.
As a side note, the trunk in the photos is one that my mother refinished when she was a little girl. It currently houses some crafty overflow and I am planning on adding it to the porch for the party. It is one of my favorite inherited pieces.
The scarf measures just under 80″ including the tassels. The pattern is well written and easy to follow.
There is so much to do but I am really having a blast! I have more signs in the works and am looking forward to working with my new scroll saw. In my research, I signed up for an account over on Pottermore and took the test to determine my house, I was put into Ravenclaw. I may need to make one of these for myself in my house colors. It is a little silly but still fun. Thanks for stopping by!
Alright, it is official, we are hosting a Harry Potter themed Birthday Party for my daughter. The generally insanity will begin, now. I cannot tell you how excited I am about this. I have been doing a lot of research and Pinning and we are already underway. In fact, there is a pair of Quidditch goggles on their way to my mailbox as we speak. I would normally do all of the party work and then share with you afterward but since this will be taking up a lot of my time there would be no way to keep up non-HP posts as well. This means that you are along for the ride. My advice id buckle-up!
So, our first project for the Harry Potter party will be a Hogwarts Express sign.
Here is the image that I was working with. I have seen a few of these done with foam core but I really wanted mine to be out of wood. Off to the hardware store. I purchase a piece of wood, I had them cut it for me at the store. It is 8 in. x 22 in. , well just under 8 in. I also purchase two pieces of trim, usually used for molding or other home accents.
Here is my plank in all its glory. I gave it a good sanding and I was ready to get started.
Now that I was ready, I gave my board a coat of black acrylic paint.
Here you can see my paint after it dried. I like that you can still see the wood grain.
Now we started with the burgundy paint. I used a few different shades to get just the right color. It is funny because when this paint is wet it almost looks pink.
I probably gave this thing about 10 coats of paint.
Here is the final color.
Now I created my design in my Silhouette CAMEO® Software. The I cut my vinyl to use as a stencil.
Here it is, this is what it looks like when it is just cut.
You can see that I had my blade a little too deep and it cut through the backing, this isn’t really a big issue since I will be taking that off in a moment.
Then I applied a piece of Transfer Tape. I really use my scraper to be sure that the Transfer Tape adhered to all of those little pieces. I don’t want to loose the middle of a letter.
First remove the backing, then panic as you place it on the wood. Just kidding, sort of. I usually try to cut my vinyl to the size of my project so that everything lines up from my work in the software. That Align/Center Tool is my best friend.
Again, I am keeping that scraper tool handy. I really burnished the stencil down. Getting a good seal keeps the paint from oozing under the vinyl.
Paint away! I started with a very light coat of white on my lettering. My rationale was that the white would help the gold pop. I used very thin coats of paint. When I applied the 9 3/4 circle I learned that my “3/4” was too thin. It just wouldn’t apply correctly, so I shifted gears and left those off, to be corrected later. After the first coat of white, I gave the lettering several layers of gold acrylic paint and the circle got off-white/beige. Then get so excited that you forget to take photos. I recut the “3/4” in the circle and painted those pack on after my circle had dried. I also added a little ring of black paint around the circle.
Here is the sign after I touched up the paint. I had a little seepage, not terrible but it had to be fixed.
Next, I needed to create the logo. I went back and forth a bit on the best way to do it but I settled on printing and Modge Podge. So I found a Hogwarts Crest online and brought into my Silhouette CAMEO® and used the Trace feature to create cut lines around my shape, This took forever but it worked. Here is the logo printed out ready to be cut.
I glued down my cut logo and then gave it a tiny bit of paint. There were a few places that I touched up and then the gold paint looked so good that I lightly painted over the crest. It was at this point that I began to question my plan to use Modge Podge. I was worried that my ink would smear and I’ll admit I can never get out the paint lined in it. so I went ahead and gave the whole thing a coat of matte spray varnish. Then I gave it about five more coats.
Well, nothing was smearing but I was worried that the paper wouldn’t stay in place so I broke down and gave it a few coats of Modge Podge. Then I gave the whole thing two more coats of varnish. This helped with the way the Modge Podge looked and it is better then the crest falling off.
Next, I cut my molding. We used a Mitter Box to cut the angles and pre-drilled the holes for the nails to keep the trim from splitting. I say we because my husband wanted to help me.
A few coats of gold paint and a light wash with Burnt Umber, to bring out the design.
Here it is, all done. I painted the edges gold and also gave the nail heads a coat. Everything got a coat of varnish and I will only need to add hook-eyes in the top to hang on the porch.
Today’s card is a Winter Birthday card featuring a moose. This card is for my brother whose birthday is fast approaching. It was fun to make something that is “man friendly.” I will be sharing this card with this week’s Simon Says Stamp Challenges, Winter Birthday and Be Square. I also have a video for you.
I started with a piece of 5 in. x 5 in. white cardstock, and using a scrap of paper with a circle punched out I inked the moon with Scattered Straw and Worn Lipstick Distress Ink. I then used the negative to cover my moon so I could ink the rest of the card.
Next, I stamped the moose using VersaMark and Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I then heat embossed the moose with clear embossing powder. The embossing powder protects the moose from smudging or getting any additional ink on him.
I then stamped the trees using Memento Ink, then using a scrap of copy paper I created a mask for the snow mounds. I randomly tore the paper and then using the stamps as a guide inked the mounds of snow using Shaded Lilac Distress Ink. Next, I covered the snow with the copy paper so that I would be able to ink the sky.
Then I created the sky using Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, and Faded Jeans Distress Inks. Once I was happy with my sky, I removed the masks and added a little snow with a white Gel Pen. I also added a shadow under my moose with by drawing with Weathered Wood Distress Marker and then softening the ink with an Aqua Pen. Since I wasn’t using watercolor paper I quickly removed the excess water with a paper towel and then heat gun.
I trimmed my stamped panel to 4 in. x 4 in. and stamped the sentiments. Then I added the gold and navy cardstock background. I thought I was done but it was just missing something. You guessed it, glitter! I added Crystal Stickles on the moon and the mounds of snow. Then I also added a little White Pearl Liquid Pearl on my snowflakes. That was just what this card needed and made it feel more like night. I can almost see my breath by the moonlight. Well, maybe not but the glitter really completed it.
I think that my brother will really like this card – thank you for stopping by to check it out.
Stamps: Lovely as a Tree & Pines (Retired) – Stampin’ Up & Saying Stuff – Tim Holtz for Stampers Annonymous
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Marigold Morning – Stampin’ Up, Navy – Unknown
Happy Sunday Night. I thought that I would share a quick post with you all tonight. I had a request for a large koma ornament. If you missed my previous post about these Japanese ornaments you can view that here. They are really easy to make and could be any color you want.
When I started making these a few years ago, I made a large one for my parents. Most of my koma are made with a base of 6″x2″ and the previous ornament and the one I am sharing today are made with a base of 9″x3″. The only request for this koma was that it should be the same size as my large one and that the colors feature high contrast. Below I have posted two diagrams, the top diagram shows the size and scoring for a small (my normal size koma) and the bottom diagram shows the same for a large koma, like this one.
I should point out that these are not to scale but just to help you if you create your own.
Here is what I came with. . . .
This was so much fun. I was able to get started on this when my daughter’s school had a delayed start; she got to sleep in and I got to craft.
I used DMC Embroidery Floss in the following colors:
823 – Dark Navy Blue
995 – Dark Electric Blue
996 – Medium Electric Blue
S762 – Silver Cloud (Satin Embroidery Floss)
The Satin Floss can be a bit of a challenge to work with because the strands separate and it is really slippery. I made one tassel with it and it was a fight! It was totally worth it because it looks so great on the ornament. I really like the way the colors work together.
I purchased a hank of Czech Beads at my local store for the tassels and added iridescent seed beads in between each of the Czech beads. I was pretty surprised how quickly this ornament worked up.
Above you can see how the two sizes look in comparison. As you can see, the larger one is much larger.
I am really looking forward to getting this ornament to its new owner, I think that they will be pleased. I am still hacking away on the same cereal box and I think that I’ll get a few more out of it before it is all said and done. As always, thanks for stopping by!
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