Friday, February 22, 2013

Simple Child's Stool

I made the girls each a stool for their bathroom.  Sometimes people are intimidated by painting furniture, so I tried to break it down to simple easy steps that really anyone could do.

Start with a stool....

Base coat it with acrylic paint, just a couple coats will usually do.

Using chalk, trace around a bowl to make a head.

Paint the head and add a neck.

Then use two smaller circles to draw on two eyes and two cheeks.

Add a mouth, eye balls and nose.

After discussing with the girls, they both decided they wanted me to paint their hair down.  This is probably the hardest part of this entire design.  Start by drawing in where the hair will be with chalk.

My girls hair is dirty blonde, so I started by painting all the hair light brown.

This one is MK, her hair is wavy, so I sorta 'squiggled' the paint as I was painting the hair on.  While the light brown is still wet, I had some squiggles of dark brown.

Last, while the paint was still wet, I added some squiggles of yellow.

Here's B's hair.  I used the same method, only did straight lines of paint.

Finally, I added a bow, pearl necklace and their name.

Once they were dry, I clear coated them with a few coats.

Since these were going in their bathroom, I did a few extra coats of clear.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Felt Elephants

I got inspired to make some little felt elephants.  At first, I thought I'd use these for Valentine's, but I decided to save them for another occasion.

I made the pattern pretty simple for these and here's how I did it.

1. - Circle.
2- Flat line near the bottom.

3- Half circle above line.
4- Short line on the left and sketched in the leg/trunk.  Can you see it....

5- Punch a little heart pattern for it as well.

After the pattern was made, I cut the felt and added button eyes.

For the tails, I used some yarn I already had....3 strains, braided.

First I stitched the heart and eye on.

Then I did a blanket stitch around the edge being sure to sew on the top loop for hanging and the little tail.

Next stuff him from the bottom.  I used a pencil to get the stuffing into the legs and trunk.

Then stitch him all the way up and done!  (Yes, I pretty much always sew while watching HGTV or the Food Network.)

Then I sewed a whole bunch more....

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