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!!!!

 

 

An update on Squirrel Boy & the pear snowmen, trying a new technique in papier-mache, & a bat that didn’t get into the Halloween display

20181114_051634 (2)Poor Squirrel Boy! I’m trying the floral tape wrap on him to give him a smoother surface. I made his tail a bit longer, his back legs a little longer for better balance, made his arms a little longer, and extended his muzzle a little bit to give him a more egg shaped head like actual squirrels have. When he has a full layer of the tissue paper glued on him, I’ll open his eye sockets back up. Up in the top of the picture is what will be Spider Girl. I’m starting her now cause my paint I want to use on her might not be usable when it gets close to next Halloween, a use it or loose it thing. She will look similar to Spider Boy but have a more extensive dot pattern and maybe a bow on her head. So, the floral tape wrapping thing is the new, to me, papier-mache technique and it really does help to create a smoother surface, it worked real well on the pear snow men shapes I made. When you are using the tape you pull on it as you wrap it around your shape and it sort of sticks in place and self seals itself. 20181114_051510 (2)The pear snowmen shapes are now ready for the gesso, again. The bleeders and the two I made have two layers of varnish, two layers of tissue paper and two layers of acrylic matte medium on them. The other pears that didn’t do strangeness have two more layers of the matte medium, just to make sure they can handle the wetness from the gesso and the paint. Wish me luck! Hopefully, there won’t be any more weird things happening with the prep for these guys.20181114_052143 (2)This is Bat Boy and I’m not tormenting him with those pins!  I made him so he could hang suspended in the air between like my two cupboards like he’s flying. The pins have thread attached to them for the hanging part. He was hiding on my desk and I didn’t find him till after Halloween. I saw him in Woman’s Day magazine several years ago and worked up a pattern for him. That was the easy part. The sewing part was the tricky part.20181114_051945 (2)He is made out of black fleece for his body and black felt for his wings and outer ear shapes. His inner ear shapes are pink felt and his little feet are brown felt. His muzzle is a pink pompom with a black felt dot for his nose. His eyes are two neon green beads with the pupils marked on with a black Sharpie. He is stuffed with polyester Poly-fil. All his parts except for the black dot for his nose and the pink inner ears are sewn in place during his assembly, even his pink muzzle. His black nose, which is glued on with fabric glue, hides the knot that holds the muzzle on. The pink part of his ears is glued onto the black outer part with fabric glue. All his parts had to be carefully folded inward while sewing him together and then very carefully pulled through the tiny opening when I turned him right side out before I stuffed him and sewed him shut. His body is a three inch circle and his wings when fully open extend out to sixteen inches. The black part of his ears is two inches tall and an inch wide and the pink part is an inch tall and 5/8ths of an inch wide. Each of his feet is an inch wide from outer toe to outer toe. I used a 1/4 of an inch seam allowance for his body section and for attaching his wings , ears and feet. I wouldn’t recommend him for a beginning sewer but he isn’t super hard to make. Just kind of fiddley cause trying not to accidentally over-sew his wings or ears or feet while sewing his body up and then trying to not pull him to pieces turning him right-side out. I sewed his eyes and muzzle in place before I sewed him completely shut so the knots are on the inside for those. I think Bat Boy would be considered a softie cause he’s not all felt and he is soft and kind of furry from the fleece in his body section.

So, there you go! A Squirrel Boy update, the beginning of Spider Girl, a pear snowmen update, a little info about the floral tape wrap method and Bat Boy! I hope you all have a SUPER GREAT DAY! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!

Halloween is Finally Here!

20181029_151844 (2)The Zomkins, Spider Boy, Lil’ Mo, B.B. Jo and all the little spiders and I want to wish all of you a very Happy Halloween! We hope your day is super great!20181029_152820 (2)Candy Rustlers!  Lil’ Mo, “Old school candy, the good stuff! Now if we can just shoo away these spiders…”20181029_182541 (2)Lil’ Mo, “Jo, why’d you loose the hat?” B.B. Jo, “It was tight on my ears. I don’t remember inviting ‘toothy boy’ to the candy party!” Lil’ Mo, “Shush! He brought more candy! What a great haul!”   Happy Halloween Everybody!