Saturday, December 28, 2013

Meet Sparkles!!

Sparkles is a stick horse that was inspired by a FB page, I belong to so many groups on FB and there is a lot of creativity in there.  A while back I noticed a lot of ladies making these beautiful stick horses and they just seemed to hard to make.  I was tempted to buy the pattern but I love to save money as much as I can so came up with my own version of it.  Trust me I am not a pattern designer or believe that I would ever be but my pattern is good enough for me and it is still a work in the process.  My husband liked the horse so much that suggested I make them and try selling them at the craft fairs I attend. If my husband says they are good enough to sell then I must do it because he is a pretty hard guy to please lol, he is one of my biggest supporters but he is very picky.  My daughter's reaction to getting the horse for Christmas was priceless so I know it is child approved!!
The horse is in a testing period right now, I am trying to see how long it takes before it breaks apart, not that it is not good quality but I want to make sure it will last for a while. Plus she has 3 older brothers and they all love that horse too.  I have seen them throw it, smack each other with it and gladly the horse is still smiling and his eyes are on.  The reigns came off but they were not sewn onto the horse so I will have to come up with a different method to attache them and make them stay. 
 His hair is made out of yarn and it looks fantastic thanks to my very smart 9 year old. He was really helpful while working on this project as I only had 2 hours from start to finish while the little one took a nap.
 I love the expression on his face, he looks so happy.  I wanted the horse to have eyelashes because that is one of the things I love about horses, their beautiful and expressive big eyes. It gives the horse character.
 Here is a better look at his hair.
 The hair int he front is a little longer that the one in the back, so stylish. What do you think?

I Am a Busy Petite Bee...

Wow this last few months sure flew by so quick and it seemed that way to me mostly because of how busy I got.
Every week I had a project I was working on, testing a pattern, being sick or taking care of sick people.  Also we have most of our family birthdays in the last three months of the year and that definitely makes our lives a little crazier than usually.
Now that the year is coming to a close I find myself thinking about what I want to do with this blog and how to go about it. I love creating things and posting pictures of them when I am done but I also know that a lot of people get sick of seeing them all over my FB.  I decided that I probably wont post on there as much and will concentrate of writing on here and posting about my projects as I finish them and also as I work on them.  I will post the links and if people are interested enough they will come see my  blog.
I have a few pictures to share and I will talk about what is coming soon.
A friend of mine asked me if I could do a Superman cape for her husband and an owl messenger bag for her daughter.  I have done capes in the past but for little kids and the messenger bag was just done after a seeing a pictures she shared with me that she took at our local Renaissance Festival so I didn't have much to work with but I am proud to say that I love the way it turned out.
I am planning on doing a tutorial on how to make this cute bag and hopefully it wont take me 3 months to finish. In the mean time here are a few  pics of it.
 I didn't use a pattern for this bag so this is all straight out of my head.  The flap is where the face is and the feathers are made out of tons of little scraps of fabric. My daughter helped me coordinate the colors once I made finish making them all and I think she did a really good job, plus it was for her friend so she wanted it to be perfect.

 See how all the feathers and sewn together, rows of it.  I am sure this bag will get perfected with time.

And then here is the grown up cape I made for the same family.
I used about a yard and a half of fabric and used felt for the logo which was attached my using the double sided Pellon Wonder Under.  That stuff is amazing, I have been using it for years for all kinds of projects and I just don't know how you can get anything done without it.