A Short Ladybug Update!

20190414_203856 (2)Don’t be afraid! Ladybug Boy and Ladybug Girl are in their kind of creepy-look phase. I’ve opened up their eye sockets and have started work on their arms and hands. You can see the sort of skeletal form of their arms towards the front of the photo. Plus, I had to redo Ladybug Boy’s tummy. I had prime coated both of them the other day and was using a paint brush and apparently put the paint on him a little too thick and as it dried, it cracked, great big ugly cracks across his tum. So, I redid his tum and when it’s dry, dry, dry, I’ll matte medium, gesso and prime coat him again, this time using a sponge brush. Always something. The egg to the left of the ladybug figures, has been primed and it didn’t crack, fortunately. So, it is now ready for the base coat color and then the embellishing.

20190414_191948 (2)I’ve finally settled on a design for my cross stitch ladybug picture. I made it similar to the other ladybugs I did cause I like that look, with the kind of big eyes and little smile. I was purposely trying for cute looking. I need to color in the picture and the chart, then take the cloth back out of the hoop and lace the edges and make some running stitch guide lines, then it will be ready for stitching.

So, there you go! A little bit of a ladybug update. They are all coming along well. If the weather would cooperate and refrain from raining and being windy, I could take the wood ladybugs and the rock ones out and varnish them. So far the weather doesn’t want to play nice. At least the pine trees have finished shooting out all their pollen and the yellow has all washed away. So, I hope you all have a GREAT DAY!!!! HAPPY LADYBUG CREATING!!! HAPPY CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING!!!!! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!

Buttons & Ladybugs, We are DONE!!!!!

20190324_170159 (2)All the pear snowmen have their buttons now and they are DONE!!!!! YEAH!!!! I’ll let them dry for several days, then I’ll wrap them carefully in tissue paper and put them away for Christmas.20190324_170234 (2)This paper-mache’ winter sweater is ready for it’s wire clothes hanger and then the varnish!20190324_170252 (2)The wood ladybugs are ready for varnish, and when it’s dry, I’ll glue on their magnets. I’ll be using the template that I used for the two with the big eyes when I do the feltie ladybug, so it will look similar to them.20190324_170311 (2)The rock M & M has it’s “M” and is ready for varnish. Sharky has his teeth now and looks properly menacing and he also is ready for varnish. The two rock zombies have their patches and stitches finished and they are ready to be varnished. Two Oxford Sandy & Black air dry clay pig ornaments (the brown ones with black spots) and a Gloucestershire Old Spot pig ornament (the white one with black spots) are ready to be varnished, YEAH!!!!20190324_170610 (3)These ladybug rocks are ready for varnish, YEAH!!!!20190324_170223 (2)Here they are again, lined up drying, so you can see their happy little smiles. The girly cat, behind them, is a permanent resident.

So, there you go! Some done objects, and a bunch of objects ready to be varnished, YEAH!!!! I will edit the Great Ladybug Challenge post to add how-to’s for the wood ladybug magnets and the ladybug rocks. And when I get the ladybug feltie and the cross stitch ladybug done I’ll add them to it also. So, I’m not the fastest crafter in the world, but slowly but surely, I do get things done. I hope you all have a GREAT rest of the weekend! And I hope your week to come is SUPER AWESOME!!!!! HAPPY CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING!!!! HAPPY LADYBUG MAKING!!!! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!

The Pear Snowmen are up in arms!

20190312_021332 (2)These guys are now ready for their buttons! At long last, these guys are just about done. Through freezing rain, regular rain and even some actual snow, I have been working on these guys, bit by bit.20190312_021353 (2)Spider Girl has her first batch of spots, in interference metallic purple. I’m thinking of putting a contrasting color of spots between her purple ones. I also need to add her actual eye color around her pupils, probably pink to match Spider Boy’s eyes. And as you can see towards the left corner of the picture, I have got a paper-mache’ Easter egg in the works. This is just refurbishing a plastic egg from last year that got cracked. I repaired it and masking taped it, floral tape wrapped it, and got a first layer of paper-mache’ on it. 20190312_021407 (2)Spider Junior looks kind of like he is taking a selfie. He has his first batch of dots in metallic emerald green. I think I’ll either put purple dots between his green ones or metallic turquoise blue dots.  He also needs the color around the pupils of his eyes, his will probably also be pink so he looks like he is kind of related to Spider Boy and Spider Girl.20190312_021459 (2)And in this picture, there is all kinds of crafting action that has been going on. The wood ladybug bodies have been assembled, their wings are now ready to be glued to the body sections and have the dots painted on. Their “eyes” are now ready to be glued in place and have the pupils painted on, and then have the whole shebang glued to the magnets.  Moving along, counter-clock-wise in the picture, the rock M&M just needs the chocolate center to be touched up and have the “M” painted on and it will be ready for varnish. The future ladybug rocks are now finally ready to be embellished, as in, have their faces painted on and their black spots added to their backs. The rock zombies are ready for their “patches” and “stitches”. Behind the zombies, Ladybug Girl has had her shoes floral tape wrapped and glued on her legs. When the glue is dry, I’ll paper-mache’ her shoes. Still moving counter-clock-wise, Ladybug Boy is on his back cause his shoes have been paper-mache’ed  and their glue is drying. And, on the green winter sweater, I’ve repaired and finished the touch-up painting of the place where the repair was made, so it will blend in and not show where the handling stick was.

So, slowly but surely, things are getting done and closer to getting done. I hope you all have a SUPER GREAT DAY!!! HAPPY CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING!!! HAPPY LADYBUG CREATING!!! And HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!

The Rosemary is still trying to make flowers! And some more work on the ladybug figures…

20190303_174715 (2)A few more flowers have appeared and some definite growth is happening over the whole plant. As you can probably see behind the rosemary, the grass out in the yard hasn’t really greened up yet, except for a few clumps of clover and some dandelions. I’m wondering, since the rosemary is trying to bloom now, what’s it going to do in June when it is supposed to bloom? I guess I’ll have to wait and see.20190303_174801 (2)The violas are still growing really well and the ornamental kale is… still not doing a whole lot. I’m getting the two pots at the end of the row ready for spring planting, mixing in organic matter and fluffing the soil up.

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I’ve done the masking tape on the girl ladybug…20190303_175155 (3)And I’ve done the floral tape wrap on her and the first layer of paper-mache’ on her body. Next, to do the floral tape on her shoes.  Under the pile of rocks (the future rock ladybugs, shark, pig and girly bug) and under that ceramic tile they are sitting on, is one of the wood lady bugs. I’ve glued the main body parts together and the rocks are weighting everything down while it all dries. I’ve got the other two wood ladybugs also under piles of rocks while the glue is drying on them too. The ladybug rocks need about one more coat of the red paint and then they’ll be ready to embellish. The red paint seems to be pretty skimpy with the actual pigment in it, so it does not really cover in one coat, or even two or three coats. Very annoying! So, slowly but surely, the ladybugs are all coming along.The weather hasn’t been helping the drying process, it is raining, yet again. I wouldn’t be surprised if this last winter will go down as the wettest we’ve had here in North Carolina in quite awhile. It has been raining more days than it has been sunny or not raining. So, it is what it is. I hope you all have a very nice Monday and an even better rest of the week! Happy Ladybug Creating! Happy Creative Problem Solving! Happy Crafting!!!!

Some Ladybug Action & Another Winter Sweater ready for the matte medium & gesso…

20190227_201540 (2)Some black paint on the wood ladybug body sections.  Another coat of the red paint on the ladybug rocks. Another coat of red on the wings of the wood ladybugs, and as you can probably tell from the picture, I’ve carved out another wood ladybug shape. I have three big magnets, so there is a ladybug shape for each magnet now. I’ve got another ladybug figure in the works and this one will be a girl, so far she is able to stand upright without any support. I guess I got the balance just right. I have some bits of pretty lace that I’ll use to make her a little skirt. I decided the boy one needed a friend.20190227_201505 (2)This paper-mache’ winter sweater is now ready for the matte medium and the gesso! I’ll paint this one a dark blue and embellish it with white iridescent snowflake sequins and silver seed beads.

So, there you go! Some of the various ladybug projects are moving along and another paper-mache’ winter sweater is closer to being finished. I’ll be posting tutorials for the ladybug projects as I finish each of them. None of them are very difficult to make, they just take some time to do, mainly drying time for paint and glue. All the rain we’ve been having does not help things to dry as fast as I would like, but at least it wasn’t snow, at least not yet. Hope not, don’t really need to see snow up close and personal, especially since I saw yesterday morning that my bluebirds already have a new batch of babies and they have already made their first venture outside of their house! Can you believe it?! I guess the parent bluebirds have decided that Spring has sprung, or at least enough to be able to find enough bugs to feed the new babies. I want to say, “Hello!” to my new followers! I’ve been looking at your blogs and you are some very clever and creative folks! Thank you to all my followers for looking at my blog! I work at making it look nice and try to make my posts understandable, as well as I can. I hope you all had a GREAT DAY! and that tomorrow will be even better for you!!!  So, HAPPY CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING!!!! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!

The Great Ladybug Challenge/Exhibition!

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I’m flying by the seat of my pants here! When I saw the cute ladybugs on Our Little Red House’s blog,    https://ourlittleredhouseblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/26/dollar-day-do-overupcycled-coat   I thought they would be nice inspiration for a ladybug challenge/exhibition/creativity exercise. So I’m going to try to set this up sort of like the Sunshine Blogger Award nomination post. When I was nominated for that the first time, I had no idea what it was! So, I started following the links back through the various people’s nomination posts to get a feel for what was expected and along the way I saw some really nice blogs! So I’m going to make this challenge as wide open as I can to appeal to the most people. So, I’ll start with some rules…

  1. Thank the person/s who tagged you and create a link to their blog.
  2. Use “THE GREAT LADYBUG CHALLENGE!!!” logo banner on your post and copy and paste the rules on your post.
  3. Add a picture of your ladybug creation/s and maybe a how-to of how you did it and the supplies used.
  4. Create a link to Our Little Red House’s blog, so people can be inspired by her beautiful ladybugs! And check out her blog, she makes really neat projects!
  5. Tag 1 – 5 people that you think would be interested in making ladybugs and create links to their blogs.
  6. Notify your tagged people that you’ve tagged them through social media or in the comments on their blogs.
  7. This is a wide open ladybug making exercise! You can make them however way you want, it’s not limited to sewing them. Use whatever is your favorite crafting materials to make them. And you can even write poems or stories about ladybugs or paint pictures of them.  Or make cards featuring ladybugs. Or you could even make ladybug cupcakes or cookies! Use whatever creative medium you are comfortable with!
  8. There is no time limit! Ladybug making should be relaxing, not stressful!
  9. Even if you weren’t tagged, feel free to participate in making ladybugs! Tag others and create links to their blogs so people can follow the links to see the ladybugs!

So, I’ll show a few pictures of ladybug creations I have and have made and tell about ones I’m going to make, to help inspire you a little bit.20190130_045244 (2)That ladybug painted rock in the middle of the above picture is one I painted. I prime coated it with FolkArt 901E Wicker White. Then I base coated it with FolkArt 437E Lipstick Red. The head and dots and the pupils of the eyes were made with FolkArt 938E Licorice. The whites of the eyes and the antennas were made with the Wicker White. And the little smiley mouth color was done with a toothpick dipped in a mix of the white and the red.20190130_045333 (2)See the cute ladybug above, with the goggly eyes and chenille stem legs and wire antennas? That is a ladybug magnet that I bought from a little girl who was selling them at one of our local crafts show and sales. I’m showing it because, one it’s really cute and two, it shows you can get really nice results from simple crafting supplies. The body is just a teardrop shaped piece of wood that is probably available from Hobby Lobby or Michael’s or amazon.com. The legs are made from one short black chenille stem cut into four pieces and glued on. The antennas are two pieces of craft wire that have been shaped and glued on the bottom of the wood shape. She painted it to look like a ladybug and varnished it. Then she glued on the eyes. And lastly, she glued the magnet on the bottom so that it covered the ends of the legs and antennas to help keep them from falling off. I think she used some type of Super Glue to hold everything on cause the magnet is still in really good shape, even though it has been ten years since I bought it. And that round piece of wood with the squared off top, I’m going to use my carving knife to round that square bit off some and then paint the whole piece to look like a ladybug, that top bit will be it’s head. I might make it into a magnet. You can never have too many cute magnets!20190130_045913 (2)I’m also going to make a feltie version of a ladybug with some of that red felt. And last but not least. I’m going to undo that thread I have on my cross stitch cloth and use some 14 count graph paper and design a simple ladybug cross stitch picture. Maybe have the ladybug sitting on a leaf, or something like that.

So, there you go! For my tagged bloggers:

  1.    Sophie Marshall               https://smarshc.com
  2.    Starrcreative                     https://starrcreative.ca

 

 

Remember to include the links! They are SUPER important, you can follow back through them and see what other people have created ladybug wise who might participate in this challenge. I set this challenge up this way so that no one person will end up with their media library crammed full of ladybug pictures and then they can’t post pictures anymore on their blogs cause they ran out of storage space. When I get my lady bug projects done, I’ll add them to this post.  So, thank you for reading my ladybug challenge blog post! If you want to participate, jump right in! I can’t wait to see your cute ladybug creations! So, HAPPY LADYBUG CREATING and HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!

 

 

More things are ready and almost ready to be embellished!

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Spider Girl has her eyes in place and they just need the color around the pupil. Then she is ready for her dot patterning. Spider Junior has his first coat of shiny black paint on. And the first paper-mache winter sweater is ready to be embellished, maybe with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Or something like that. 20190129_071024 (2)The two green rocks are ready to be zombie-a-fied. The shark rock has his eyes in place, I just have to work out the placement of the nostrils and gills, then I’ll work on his mouth. The M&M rock has the first coat of the chocolate center color in place, I’m thinking I’ll make the blue outer shell a little darker blue in color. The hippo shaped rock has the first coat of the pinky-purpley skin color in place. The air dry clay Teddy Bear that was left from the first batch of ornaments, has his muzzle color now and I used that color also on his tummy area. I had set him aside till now because I wanted to make sure I had enough of the colors I had mixed for the pigs, Squirrel Boy and him. If I had to mix a fresh batch of paint, it might not match what was on there originally from the first batch I had mixed. And then, Squirrel Boy! I need to tidy him up around the eyes, real squirrels have a light colored ring of fur around their eyes, so I’m trying to do that on Squirrel Boy’s eye area. He needs just a little bit more touching up and I’m going to declare him done. His eyeballs need a lot of varnish to make them shine, real eyes are not dull or matte looking.  And he needs those little shiny light dots you see in living creature’s eyes where the light is hitting them. I set him across the room and look at him from a distance and I think he looks squirrel-like. Maybe not exactly like a real squirrel, but squirrel-like, which is what I was trying for with him. And the two light colored clay pigs and the spirit bear rock have the base coat on their back sides now.

So, things are coming along pretty well! When everybody is done, I’ll take them all outside on a nice day and use the spray-on varnish on them. Several coats on the rocks, top and bottom. And after the first coat of spray varnish on Squirrel Boy, I’ll probably use a couple of coats of the paint-on varnish on his eyes. Make them shiny! So, there you go! Things are starting to get back to what passes for normal after the award nominations! I hope you all have a very nice day! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!

Most of the Air-Dry Clay Pigs, Kickfighting Bears and the Spirit Bear Rock are ready to embellish!

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I wouldn’t be surprised if this has been the most wet winter so far that we’ve ever had! These guys took about a week and a half to finally be totally dry. So, in the picture, you are seeing the backs of the darker brown ones and the fronts of the light tan ones. One of the dark brown pig ones will be another Oxford Sandy & Black pig for me…proxy.duckduckgo.com.jpg-baby pig#5Similar to this little guy who is ready to chow down on those tasty looking strawberries!proxy.duckduckgo.com.jpg-tamworth pig#9One will look like this little guy who is snacking on some tasty blades of grass. This little guy or girl is a Tamworth, they are sort of a solid colored light-cinnamon brownish pig.proxy.duckduckgo.com.jpg-gloucester old spot piglets#1One of the light colored pig ones will look like one of these sleepy little guys. These are Gloucestershire Old Spot piglets. And those are the for sure ones so far. Somebody has pulled a lot of the really cute different breed piglet pictures off of Duckduckgo.com images. So, some of the other pig pictures I’ll show when I get the other ones further along, will be of the adult versions of some other pig breeds I’m looking at for models for the rest of the pig ornaments.iu93dbt1o2iucgz0pbl6iuprke62d7iusb3xis85

These last four pictures are of Spirit Bears, which I’m using as inspiration for the spirit bear, which I’m painting for my dad. He, and through him, I,  have a little bit of Native American ancestry. We don’t know for sure what kind we are a little bit related to, my dad was adopted and Grandmother hid the adoption records, and then she died, so that is that. So, any way, my dad really likes Native American imagery, so when I saw the bearish shaped rock in my bag of rocks, the ideas started percolating big time. I’ve been saving spirit bear images to my pictures for ideas for how to decorate the rock. When I settle on a design and get it done I’ll post a picture of what I came up with.

And the Kick-Fighting Bear shapes are ready to embellish. The paint is still usable that I mixed up, so all systems are go for doing them!

So, that is what’s going on so far with all of these air-dry clay ornaments and the bearish shaped rock! I hope you all have a very nice day! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!

Works in Progress! Coming along nicely!

20190119_052046 (2)The last three pear snowmen have been gessoed and are ready to be base coated. Spider Junior has his first coat of gesso on and Spider Girl just needs one more coat of the shiny black paint and then she’ll be ready for her dots. One of the paper-mache winter sweaters has been primed and base coated and another one has just been gessoed.

20190119_052648 (2)Three of the air dry clay pigs have been sanded and prime coated. Spring is coming, with hopefully, dryer weather, so some painted rocks are in the works. The two green ones will be rock zombies. The flat pink ones will be girly bugs, similar to lady bugs but pink with black spots. The more up-right pink rock will be a small pig. The sort of standing up grey and white rock will be a shark. The blue roundish rock is going to be another attempt at an M & M. This time I’ll varnish it with the spray on varnish. When I tried doing this same rock before as a red M & M, the paint-on varnish pooled in all the crevasses of the broken edge that was supposed to look like the chocolate center and it ended up looking like the M had molded, bleak! So, I scraped all the paint and varnish off and started over again. And the two rocks in the front, the bigger one will probably be a hippo and the smaller one will be a spirit bear.

20190119_052203 (2)I have also started doing a feltie  version of the winter sweater ornaments. The camera didn’t pick up that that white felt has iridescent glitter all over it. I have the hoop down side up because it makes it easier for sewing on the snowflake sequins. All the stitching is on the back and having it pointed up higher just makes it easier for tacking down the rocaille bead centers and doing running stitches from sequin to sequin.

20190119_052600 (2)And last but not least, are these two pom pom ragamuffins. The larger one is not going to be a zombie, but will actually be an owl, the two different size round pieces of cardboard are for auditioning sizes of eye shapes. His beak is a piece of foam-core board and he will have foam-core board feet. He is sitting on a small wooden truck wheel and he has a dowel holding him together. I’m going to use a long yarn darning needle to thread some more yarn onto,  into, through, him to tighten his shape up some and add some more color to him to make him more mottled looking color wise like a real owl. The smaller guy, in need of a hair cut, is going to be a bunny and he has a bamboo skewer holding him together. I’m working out the proportions for his tail and feet and arms, which will all be made from smaller pom poms. He’ll have felt ears and I’m still deciding what to use for his eyes.

So, there you go! Progress is being made. The pear snowmen are closer to being finished. The spiders are coming along nicely.  The paper-mache winter sweater ornaments and one feltie version winter sweater ornament, so far, are in the works. The air dry pig ornaments are coming along nicely, finally. Rocks are being painted and prepared for hiding. And two pom pom critters are in the process of being made. I’m going to do a tutorial for the paper- mache winter sweater ornaments when I get the first one finished, so I can show the stages for doing them easier. And probably a tutorial for the feltie version of the winter sweaters too, they are a good small project to practice hand-sewing and beading skills. I’ll also tell how I did the pom pom critters, my version of them. And probably a refresher how-to for painting and varnishing the rocks and getting them ready for hiding. Projects in the works! I hope you all have a very nice day!  Be sure and try to see the Super Blood Wolf Moon Total Lunar eclipse. Starting Sunday the 20th…

  • Sunday night  The moon enters the lighter part of the Earth’s shadow, the penumbral, at 9:36 pm.
  • 10:33 pm Partial Eclipse begins
  • 11:41 pm Total Eclipse begins
  • 12:12 am Monday morning, the 21st, Maximum Eclipse is reached.
  • 12:43 am Total Eclipse ends
  • 1:50 am Partial Eclipse ends
  • 2:15 am The Moon moves clear of the Earth’s shadow.
  • Totality will last 63 minutes
  • This  Total Lunar Eclipse will be viewable in North & South America.
  • May 16, 2022 will be the next date this event will happen again.
  • This type of eclipse is safe to watch because you are seeing the Earth’s shadow moving across the surface of the Moon.

So, hopefully, the weather will cooperate and there will be good viewing conditions. I’m going to bundle up and go out and watch the Moon turn red! So, GOOD MOON WATCHING TO YOU!!!! And, HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!

A very nice rock I found

I found this very nice painted rock as I was out and about on Halloween. I don’t do Facebook and I recently killed my Twitter account, cause it was getting too mean on there. So, I can’t get up with my local kindness rock group anymore, (that’s why I say I’m a rogue rock painter now, I’m my own rock painting group of…well me). So, you never know, maybe one of the ‘Onslow Rocks’ people might see this and repost it to Facebook or Twitter so the person who did this rock will see that it was found. I’ll also post it on my Mastodon site, SWOnslowRocks. I will rehide it when I’m out and about again.  Happy Kindness Rock painting, hiding and hunting! Happy Crafting!