Posted in Art Books, WonkyGiraffe, tagged accordian, book, christmas, custom, ducks, etsy, feather, folded, Folksy, for sale, green, matchbox, order, present, shoes, shop, special, trim, wonkygiraffe, xmas, yellow on November 28, 2010|
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Just another thought; birthday books… in a box of course!
Instead of a card.
I enjoy making these little accordion books fitted into matchboxes. I have beaten “publisher” into submission (on this at least- it still smirks from its lair) so I have a template the right size to work on. It makes it easy now, when I have a new idea to get it done straight away. It is actually quite good to be restricted by the page size when planning out the placement of words or stanzas (that focus thing again). I’ve been working on making nursery rhymes and stories and a little owl ; but recently did some “special birthday” ones and I thought they may be good for the shop, as custom options…
Here are some I prepared earlier… 21years…of shoes
and lots of ducks!
(it was a long story!)
Any thoughts welcome…
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Posted in Peg Dolls, Sewing, WonkyGiraffe, tagged activity, beads, clothespin, dress, eco, green, leotard, making, net, peg, rubbing, Tinkerbell, tree, tutu, wonderland, wonkygiraffe on November 10, 2010|
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Well – Tinkerbell did go to the ball, or Never Never Land…
The dress was a success, and has therefore moved off the ***(insert expletive of choice) *** sewing list, to the “I made it, yeah!” list.
Just a tip, if using a (stretchy) leotard as a base for a (gathered and stiff) tutu, looks like a good idea; make sure the model is on hand to fit it on at all times! Otherwise you need a willing pair of hands to hold it into stretched mode whilst you fight with the gathers to pin them on. Not to mention while you herringbone petal points all round.
Such fun! Not really. More a labour of love.
The shoes were a labour of love too, but much more fun and we all agree looked fabulous. If only you could wear shoes like this everyday… then we would all feel like Tinkerbell.
I hand crocheted the pompoms with eyelash yarn. They were made as little spheres and then I stuffed them; I think they worked better then normal pompoms but eyelash yarn is weird to work with, in the end I was going on blind faith because I could hardly see the stitches for fronds…
There were some lovely left overs – lots of bits of bright green sparkly net (tulle) and beads. Some of the bits of net (those not trodden ALL around the house) were put to good use in the last event – “Trees”.
We had tree sprites, leaf bowls and lollypop trees.
The latter two were made with leaf rubbings from real leaves collected onsite. All pleasantly eco minded – the leaves were placed under old envelopes and rubbed with crayons to get the imprint of their veins; the beautiful patterns looked great against the blue print inside the envelopes.
The “bowls” were lots of bits of packing card from Ikea, helpfully cut into cross shaped disks!
They use them to protect stacked china bowls, so it was quite nice to give them a new life as bowls themselves.
We also made miniature trees with the imprints and wooden twigs and sticks;
but my favourite was the tree sprites. I have always loved making little dolls from found natural “found objects” and also from wooden clothes pegs. This time they were both combined and the children made some gorgeous little creatures.
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Posted in Art Books, Paper Craft, Sewing, WonkyGiraffe, tagged accordian, alexander, beetle, cushion, Folksy, friday, matchbox, pin, pincushion, wonkygiraffe on November 6, 2010|
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Met a nice lady on Folksy – we swapped lantern ideas, her illustrated calico ones are one of those “simple-but-oh-so-effective-why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-before” ideas.
It made me think of making my paper lace lantern with stiffened fabric – hmmm watch this space.
I’ve sold another fabric beetle.
And a Beetle Matchbox too.
I have always loved A. A. Milne’s poem “Forgiven” about a little boy who has a pet beetle which his nursemaid accidentally liberates from its matchbox. I did a workshop with this poem and bug in a box idea and I enjoyed it so much I went on to make my own version (slightly more refined LOL). This is what the children made:-
And this is what I made:-
I was pleased with the nice quiver on the beetle when the box is opened.
Making the Beetle Matchbox was a bit of a side trip from the matchbox accordion I am working on now, a Dark-Dark-Story.
Yes I know Mary-Mary etc still unfinished but I was inspired by Halloween…
Yes I know that has past… but I was on a roll, and it is nearly finished. Anyhow it is a story book “not just for Halloween but for life”.
My Nan told it to me; and everyone goes “oh – yes…” when I mention it. So I think it’s fairly well known.
I will try to get it listed today Here it is. . Then maybe I will have time to get on and finish the other two.
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