Thursday, April 30, 2009
(Don't mind the composition; the nest is way over my head, so I had my tripod fully extended, hazarded a guess at the optimal shutter speed & aperture up there in the dense foliage, set the camera on a timer, hoisted it up and hoped for the best.)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Happy Easter, everyone!
Today we dyed eggs, and even though we didn't do many, we really enjoyed it. My sister was old enough this year to understand the concept of covering areas with wax from a clear crayon to keep the dye off that area, and dye the rest of the egg a darker color, so she was able to create some more creative ones this year. :)
(The eggs are blown out, so they can be kept from year to year.)
I made my eggs to look like birds eggs because I'd like to use them for a project, of which I'll hopefully do and post soon. :) I did five like this, and I can add more throughout the year because I mainly used acrylics.
They were all done with acrylics, with the exception of the blue one, which was done with Easter egg dye.
Tonight, I hid about 10 plastic eggs for Lizzy. The first one is out in the open by her glasses so she'll see it as soon as she wakes up, and each one has a little slip of paper inside with a hint that leads you to the next egg. For example, one says "A spoon full of _______ helps the medicine go down!" to lead her to the sugar bowl, where an egg awaits with another hint, until the last leads her to her Easter basket.
Hope everyone has a splendid Easter! =)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
-8 to 12 inches (more if your pom-poms are larger than mine were) of Button/Craft thread (regular thread should word fine, but since I have a little sister, I wanted something a little heavier ;]) in color matching your pom-pom (doesn't have to really match, just as long as it's not a contrasting color)
-Two pony-sized beads for the eyes
For the chick:
-Orange felt cut into feet- and beak-shaped pieces, as shown in fig. 1 & fig. 2
For the bunny:
-One pony-sised bead for the nose
-Felt cut into ear- and feet- shaped pieces (fig. 2)
-About 4 inches of white thread for the whiskers
-A bit of fabric paint for the toes (optional)
For the frog:
-Felt cut into feet-shaped pieces (fig. 2)
1. Tie a big knot in one end of your thread after threading the needle. (fig. 3) You want to make sure it's not going to go through the pom-pom.
2. Thread both pom-poms with the needle straight through the center, like a kabob; you should be able to feel a tight mass in the center of your pom-pom with your needle. The pom-pom closer to the needle and farther from the knot is the head.
3. Go back down (around where you came out--you don't want to see this stitch) through the "mass" at the center the head, but turn to the side after going through the mass, so that you're on the side of the head, where your face is going to be.
4. In any order, attatch the eyes and beak (fig. 4) (for the chick) or nose (for the bunny) by beading on the piece and then going back through the center mass to secure it. It's easiest if you go straight through to the back of the head, and then turn and go straight through again to the front, and you can't see the stitches made in the back of the head at all. You also sew on your bunny's ears when you go to the back, (fig. 2) so you're essentially saving time. :)
5. After attaching everything but the feet, go straight down to the bottom of the bottom pom-pom, through the feet, and tie off. (fig. 5)
(For the bunny) Thread your needle with about 4 inches of white thread, and with ends even, pull halfway through the bunny's face, by the nose, and cut close to the needle without pulling all the way through, so that you have 2 ends on each side for whiskers. Trim to preferred size.
You may not have straight facial features--it takes a while to get used to working with the pom-poms. Just keep with it. :)
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
So I guess I have less than 1/1000 of a lifer.
I was wayyy excited about this because that means there was a Flicker in our yard last year, and we've got plenty of ants (their preferred food) so hopefully he or she'll come back. I wish I had known then, so I could've scoured the neighborhood, but it's too late now. :P At least I know they were nearby. :)
Oh, and as a side note, in that top picture, you can see part of a super-cute project I did, which I'll post tomorrow, hopefully with a tutorial. :D