skull pillow & tuatara

I would be seeing my bioanthropology friend from New Zealand at a conference so I wanted to make her something – of course I chose a skull pillow!

She also brought me a gift; a tuatara – a native reptile of New Zealand. It is from a company called dodoland and there are many cool options. Super easy to put together so even small children could do it (with adult supervision). I love it!

cross stitch bunny

So in yesterday’s post, I mentioned that the embroidery guild gave us a needle book and a pattern to make a bunny on the cover. Well, ta da!

I added my own little details: french knots in the top and bottom border, eye, and nose; a two-color vertical line at the spine; and rather than long stitches, I made some Turkey work for a puffy tail (I learned how in the Craftsy Stumpwork class videos).

[P.S. I no longer have Aperture for photo editing, (thank you Apple – NOT!)  and to be frank, I have not had a chance to learn more than the very introductory basics inside the replacement, Lightroom. Aperture had a handy auto “quick fix” feature that I haven’t located yet in the new program (fingers crossed it is there somewhere!), hence the somewhat less than stellar images of late. I just cannot get myself to care about photography or real photo editing – I miss my auto button, bah!]

paper elephant

I am torn between saying the best thing about the internet is the wealth of knowledge and saying it is the wealth of generosity. I came across a free pattern of such a cute little elephant I had to try it out! Thanks to the Swedish material girls at materialisterna!

I printed mine onto the blank side of some scrapping paper I had cut to 8.5 x 11″ and printed it at 108% to make it the largest I could. It jammed the first time in my printer, but then I used the manual feed for envelopes and it worked without issue.

I carefully cut everything out, using an exacto knife for some parts, but scissors probably could have handled it all. I also used a little burnishing tool to make a crease where the tabs get folded. That was a great decision on my part and I pat myself on the back for thinking of it!

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I used tiny white beads for the eyes, and simply taped the thread on the inside. I pierced the holes on both left and right sides of the elephant at the same time to assure they would be in the same place, and also used my needle and that method to mark where the ear pieces would be glued.

Then began the arduous task of glueing… My little clothespins helped hold things in place, with some Elmer’s glue and scotch tape. About one Star Trek episode later, I had a perfectly darling elephant.

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Guinea Pig Pattern: Revised

So you may remember this post about making my bro a guinea pig, and then I posted again with a bit of a tweak here. Well, one of my readers, Marja, has added her own revisions to the pattern and I think you will like them! I would like to point out again that the original design is posted at KidsDomain.
Marja's guinea pigs from revised pattern

Click here to view Marja’s revised Guinea Pig Pattern.

Her primary language is Dutch, but you can still check out photos of her cute crafts at In de Molshoop :)

Thank you Marja, this is a great revision!

Crafternoon!

A while back I discovered the idea of a Crafternoon. Unfortunately I dont remember where the idea came from, but when you google it, you can see different takes on the theme. The general idea is to get together and make projects while you hang out. Since a lot of the people I know either have kids or young people in their lives, I thought a Tooth Fairy Pillow was in order.

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I printed out the pattern from Larissa at MmmCrafts and gave everyone a folder with some felt. I also had tons of colored felt, buttons, thread, stuffing, etc for people to get creative with. The skill levels ranged from advanced to very beginner. Even the kids got to participate.

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And of course we had snacks. It was pretty successful overall! Almost everyone left with completed pillows – I still need photos of two more but I was excited to share the idea with you  (I noticed that the craftier a person was, the longer it took them to make one – doesnt that seem like reverse pyschology?!)

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Here is the one I made. I suppose I might give it to my niece when she comes of age (Im considering making a new one or showing her mom how):

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Doesnt she have a bit of a Flamenco Dancer to her? If I were to do the pillow again, I might use white fabric (so the mouth pocket doesnt show through as much – I just had the craft felt on hand) or something colored. If you check out MmmCrafts other works, the colored ones are pretty sweet: mmmcrafts turns two and tooth pillow for Isabelle. Thank you so much for posting the tutorial, Larissa :D