Works-in-progress are coming along…and two of the ladybug figures…And Spring?!

20190208_182946 (2)Another paper-mache’ winter sweater is ready to embellish! The last three pear-snowmen are finally painted, dry and off their handling sticks. Next for them will be their hats, which will help to determine where their facial features will be and help to line up for their arms and the buttons down their fronts. The wooden ladybug parts are all carved out and ready for some sanding, the paint and then to be glued together. I haven’t decided yet if it will have legs, but it will have some antennas. And my little paper-mache’ ladybug person has been wrapped with the floral tape and the first bits of paper and glue have been applied to help keep the tape from unwrapping itself.  His/her “eyes” have the first coat of paint on them and I’ve got some “arms” ready, I think to maybe be wrapped with some of the floral tape. The big challenge will be seeing if I can get his/her hand shapes and little shoes wrapped with the floral tape to help make their surfaces smoother. I might have to split the tape to make it narrower for the wrapping around the hand/fingers and shoe shapes.

So, that’s what is going on so far with these projects so far. I’ve been taking pictures of the various stages of progress for these critters and things so I can use them for the how-to-do’s.

And would you believe it got up to 82 degrees in my yard today?! We had a warming front go through, and then tomorrow night it will be back down in the 30 degree range. The weather here is flip-flopping temperature-wise just like it’s Spring. My rosemary has some more flowers on it. Dandelions are blooming out in the lawn and a flock of robins has been hanging out in the yard looking for earthworms. And the resident mole has started tunneling up and down the yard, along the side of the apartment…Go Mole Boy! eat all those grubs and slugs!  I’m starting to think it’s not just my rosemary that is confused about what time of the year it is…it still is February, but you’d never know that looking out at what the plants and the critters in the yard are doing! So, stay warm or cool depending on what your weather is doing! HAPPY LADYBUG CREATING and HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!

A Paper Mache’ Ladybug in the Works! And Spider Junior is ready for his dots!

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I’ve got this ladybug ready to be wrapped in the floral tape! I haven’t worked out completely how I’m going to do his arms, but I’m thinking of using galvanized wire and then making the “hands”, from Celluclay or Paperclay. I’ve got the first coat of white paint on his “eyes”. So, he is coming along nicely. And slowly but surely, I’m rounding off the head shape for the wooden ladybug. I don’t want to rush it cause the wood could crack and break. So, little slivers at a time, till it is the roundness that I’m going for. And Spider Junior’s three coats of shiny black paint are finally dry enough for his dot patterning to commence. I’ve got to get his “eyes” painted, they’re gessoed, they just need a few coats of the white paint and they’ll be ready to be painted to look like eyeballs.

So, some ladybugs are in the works and Spider Junior is coming along nicely! I’ve been hanging out on Pinterest.com., looking at how other people have made their various ladybug creations. Working on ideas for how I want to do my cross stitch ladybug picture and my feltie ladybug.  Pondering different options. So, that’s what’s going on so far in the way of ladybugs and spiders. I hope all of you have a VERY NICE DAY! STAY WARM & DRY! HAPPY LADYBUG MAKING!!!! 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!!!!

 

 

A UFO that I’m getting back to!

20180629_110721 (2)I had started work on this guy at the beginning of June, but then our a/c died a slow death over the rest of the month. As it got warmer and warmer in my apartment I was feeling less and less like wrestling with carving small crab parts and set him aside till the weather got cooler or the a/c was fixed, though in this case it was both. So, as you can see in my reference picture,  this is a crab holding a sign. I saw him on the website of one of our local news channels and liked him. He was stuck up on one of the pilings on a pier in Oriental, NC., which is real famous around here for deep fried stone crab claws. I read up on stone crabs and found out some kind of gruesome things the fishermen do to them.

These guys in the pictures, are stone crabs, those big claws are what the local fishermen are after. So, instead of using the whole crab like most people do, the fishermen here break off one of those big claws and then throw the crab back in the ocean. They say the crab will regrow the claw after several molts, and they say the crab doesn’t feel a thing when the claw is broken off! I think that’s incredibly cruel to the crabs!  I think it is the fishermen who are the ones who don’t feel anything when they snap the crab’s claws off and toss them back in the water only half able to defend themselves.

So, when I do the saying on the sign, my crab will say something like, “EAT BEANS! THESE CLAWS ARE MINE!”, or, “Vegetable Salad, Explore The Concept!”, or something along those lines. As you can see from my picture up at the top of the page, I still have to fussy carve his legs and claw parts then I’ll assemble him and paint him. So, Crabby, is a part wood-carving, part assemblage project. And even though he’ll hang on the wall in my kitchen maybe someone will see my page here about this crab project and maybe think twice about eating these guys, like well, you can eat beans or a tossed salad instead of supporting an industry that is cruel to crabs. And don’t get me started about when the various cooks on TV toss live crabs and lobsters into pots of boiling water and the poor things(the crabs and lobsters) are writhing in agony! Okay,… I’ll get down off my soap box here. So, as I get further along with this crab guy I’ll post pictures of the progress. So, a UFO back in progress while the pear snowmen are drying in between layers of papier-mache’, gesso and paint. So, even though this isn’t a Christmas project, Christmas is coming soon!  And consider your non-human fellow creatures and think about maybe eating some vegetarian dishes, good for your health, even better for the animals! Have a good day and happy crafting!