Sunday, November 30, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Celluclay instant papier-mache
3-inch-diameter green plastic-foam ball (body)
Resealable plastic bag
Thin palette knife
Acrylic paints: antique white, brown, black, pink, and silver
Brush-on water-base clear finish
Silver glass glitter
Pink tinsel garland
How to Make It
Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Mix a few handfuls of instant papier-mache with warm water, following the manufacturer's
Apply a thin coat of white glue around the foam ball before coating it with the wet mixture. Note: The mixture adheres better if you use the glue.
Apply a generous layer of the mixture over the entire ball for the body, smoothing out bumps and ridges with your hands. The finished ball should be about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.
Place the wet ball on the parchment-lined cookie sheet. Gently press down on the body, creating a flat bottom so the snowman will sit upright.
Complete the paper-mache sculpting as follows: Roll a 1-3/4-inch ball of mixture for the head. Set the ball on the top of the body, gently smoothing the ball into the body at the neck area. Insert a toothpick through the center of the head to secure it to the body.
Roll tiny balls of the mixture for the nose and cheeks. Press the balls onto the face. Use a palette knife to smooth the features and a toothpick to shape the eyebrows, eyes, and mouth.
Shape a small column of the mixture for the hat and attach it to the top of the head. Smooth the edges into the ball. Cut a 3-inch length of wire and fold it in half to create a loop. Twist the ends together. Insert the twisted end into the top of the hat. Smooth the mixture around the base of the loop.
Place the cookie sheet with the snowman bauble in an oven set at a low temperature and bake for at least 2 hours or until hardened. Remove the snowman from the oven and let sit on the sheet until cool. Lightly sand the figure until the surface is smooth.
Paint the head antique white. Paint the cheeks and nose pink. Use antique white and pink to paint stripes around the body and to add words, dotted borders, and stars. Paint the hat and wire loop silver. Use black for the eyebrows, eyes, and mouth. When the paint is dry, create an aged patina by mixing a small amount of brown paint with water; apply this mixture to the figure.
When the paint is completely dry, brush clear finish on the areas that you want to sparkle. Immediately sprinkle mica flakes over the wet finish. Allow to dry and then brush off the excess mica flakes. Apply bands of glue around the snowman's body; immediately sprinkle glass glitter over the glue. Add glass glitter to the hat in the same way. Apply a band of glue around the neck and press a length of tinsel garland into the glue.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
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She even gives you two free slipper patterns to pick from..Oh what fun! You sure don't want to miss this swap!.Think how cute these slippers will be! Also a great add on to add to your Apron partners and extra Christmas gifts too Thank You AuntPittyPat!!http://auntpittypats.blogspot.com/
Monday, November 10, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
free vintage clip art ect.. I LOVE this picture and will really enjoy using it..I also have placed The Vintage Moth badge on my right column of my blog.
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008
On the reversible side It is a pinstripe, I made the Tea Pot, Sugar Bowl,Spoon and Two Cups
and appliqué them to the pocket.
You just don't know what your missing
if you don't make aprons!!!
Living in Florida and vacationing in Tennessee
we really got to experience all four seasons all in a week!
We had glorious Fall colors,The pictures just don't do justice
to the beauty of the fall colors!
Wonderful family time.Enjoying each other.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
We hope you’ll join us throughout November for our 2nd Annual Handmade Holidays extravaganza! Every day we’ll bring you the very best gift ideas, tutorials & products for each person on your holiday list. This year we are determined to out-do last year’s fun. Here’s what we have in store:
Each day is dedicated to a person you might find on your shopping list. We included grandparents, babies, sports fans, cooks and many others.
We rounded up 30 days of sewing tutorials, all different from last year’s tutorials.
We found some amazing craft tutorials, including crochet, knitting, paper crafts and more.
In case you can’t make all your own gifts but still want to give handmade, we highlighted many of our favorite indie shop products.
Since the holidays aren’t complete without festive treats we gathered lots of fabulous recipes, most of them perfect for gifting.
We’re dedicating every Friday to Holidays at Home, a collection of decorating ideas, recipes, ornament tutorials and other inspiration to help you make the days extra special.
Finally, we have a ton of gifts for you! We have books, magazines, patterns, fabric and gift certificates to give away every day of the month, so be sure to make reading and commenting part of your daily routine. We look forward to your feedback!