Friday, October 2, 2015

Handmade Freshwater Mussel Costume!

Hand  designed, created and painted freshwater mussel costume by Artist, L. Costello Hinchey through a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife for the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable at - Fine Arts.
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  Hand painted shells were inspired by the Lampsilis fasciola, common name the Wavy-rayed Lampmussel complete with lure headdress. 
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Monday, December 3, 2012

Commission Done!

This little girl is named Socks and she is going to be a special gift this Christmas. ...And done in plenty of time to be matted, framed and wrapped to put under the tree.  

Here is the original photograph of Socks. 

Now I'm off to start on the next which is a scuba diving couple! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rejuvenate those old tote bags!!!

This is one of the more charming ideas I've come across lately! And I'm excited to blog about it. How many of you have a drawer full of those old tote bags? I must have a dozen or more of just the recycle bags, alone!!!  Okay, tell me how cute this is! 

Now, I can think of a bazillion people to gift these to! First of all my mother would love one of these for Mother's Day. And I know my grandmother would have loved this, too!  I have friends who shop with these instead of paper or plastic. And I'm making one, or two ;), for myself. I can see myself carrying my groceries out of the store in these.  This is one of those times when being called a bag lady wouldn't be so bad!

If you don't have a stack of these freebies laying around, you can always buy your tote bags and go from there.
I love the rosettes. I think you could add so many cute embellishments! ...Buttons, old costume jewelry, pom poms, spray fabric paint, feathers (they are hot right now)...

Create and add these darling felt Dahlias.

Another flower example.

This could even be a great no-sew project if you used the iron on tape to adhere the ruffles and fabric glue to fasten the buttons or rosettes. Pinterest has loads of ideas for creating rosettes and other embellishments. And other DIY projects. For the sewing tutorial on this project visit Susie's page.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Doodle on a Coffee Cup- Party Ideas

This is such a clever idea!!

 I saw this and immediately thought of doing this at both my teen's birthday parties. ...boy or girl! The party favors could include fine tip permanent markers in various colors along with various solid colored paper coffee cups! You could even make a list of the different things and ways they could illustrate their cups.  You might even suggest they swap illustrations or pass around so the party guests can autograph each cup.

Sew Produce Bags From Tea Towels

 Sew Produce Bags From Tea Towels  from The Kitchn tutorial.
This is a great little project for a winter day like today. And I have tons of these charming tea towels I've collected from yard sales. I think it can even be done on a larger scale 

Re-Growing Green Onions: Grow Your Scallions Back on Your Windowsill | The Kitchn

Re-Growing Green Onions: Grow Your Scallions Back on Your Windowsill

I love this idea of re-growing green onions after you've snipped off the tops. They're simply grown in a jar and you re-snip as needed. The only wonder I have is how many times can you do this until you start to lose some of the flavor. I'm sure they can't keep re-growing on water alone. Nevertheless, I think it's still a great idea for winter months.