Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My Boy - the Artist

Last month Ran's class studied Mexico.  He had to choose a project to turn in at the end of their studies.  They were given a bunch of different suggestions of what to make.  Ran chose to make a sculpture of a lizard.
The lizard he chose to model is a Short Horned Lizard.  These little guys have a defense mechanism to please any young boy - they can squirt blood from their eyes when threatened!

I think he did a fabulous job!  We made if using air dry clay.  Ran painted all on his own once it was all dry. 
We glued Lizzie onto a piece of plywood covered with sand.  Ran also made some pipe cleaner cactus and a snake to further decorate his model. 

Flowers for Mom - A Tutorial

This is LONG overdue!  I'm home sick today, so I decided to spend a little time doing some blogging.
Recycled Sweater Flowers
Wool sweaters - felted
Various buttons
At some point I ended up with a very large box of medium floral wire.  It was perfect for this project!  You need on piece of wire for each flower.

You will need to start by felting your sweaters.  I am not going to go into that process because there are a ton of tutorials out there on the net already to felt.  Just do a Google search and you will find what you need.

I had recently bought an Olfa Circle Rotary Cutter.  I decided to give it a try, but it didn't work very well.  The sweaters were just to thick to cut easily or evenly.  In the end I just used scissors to cut the circles.

You will want to cut various sized circles and flower shapes using different colored sweaters.
Take a piece of wire (approximately 18-20 inches) an fold it in half. 

Feed a button onto the wire and bring it all the way to the end. 
Pick out 2 or 3 different flower pieces. 
Carefully slide the flower pieces onto the wire one at a time, bringing them all the way up to the button.  Be careful that you don't poke your finger with the wire.

Once your are satisfied with your layers twist the wires to prevent the pieces from sliding off. 
There you have it - a perfect gift for mom. 

An Elvis Quilt for Roger

My father-in-law, Roger, is a huge Elvis fan.  When I found this quilt panel a few years ago I knew that I would have to make a quilt for Roger! 

Roger loves taking afternoon naps on the couch, so a lap blanket would be perfect for him. 
I added a thin white and a thick grey border around the main panel to make the quilt into a lap blanket size. 
For the quilting I did some stippling around the edge.  I added some free motion musical notes at each corner.
(sorry the pictures are so terrible)

In each of the Elvis blocks I free motioned around Elvis (not easy!) and then I did stitched each set of jail bars. 

I was a hit!