large sugar skull repeat fabric

http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3577007 i made a larger print of the sugar skull repeat that i designed for a fabric contest a month ago (in retrospect, i should have entered this larger print version, but oh well.) you can see more of the hand drawn goodness in this larger print. i am busy working away at holiday goodies right now, but on my to-do list is a test project making this fabric into a long sleeve jersey shirt. i'm not very good with stretch fabrics so we shall see how that goes. i hope it turns out though, i really love these sugary guys.


2015 calendar tea towel

the spoonflower annual tea towel calendar contest just finished this week. this was my entry for this year. i went with an all hand lettered design. the top three images above are the finished linen-cotton blend tea towel and the last image is the original pen on paper sketch. the pink was actually a neon coral color, but didn't transfer well with scanning or photos (good to know.) and i went with a linear calendar for this design - which i thought was fun. anyways, i like it and you can buy the fabric here: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3585380


Sugar Softie

last year i made a halloween skeleton softie and i think he turned out adorable. so this year i turned her into a sugar skull softie. you can buy the fabric here: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/3565824
the fabric comes with a reversible dress to make and some flowers to attach to her head and the eyes are little soft pillow attachments as well. here you can buy the original halloween skeleton softie fabric: http://www.spoonflower.com/designs/2380735
they look great together too - my daughter says they are to be married now :)


calaveras fabric design contest

i'm in another fabric design challenge this week and the theme is calaveras. or probably better known as sugar skulls. the top two rows are of my original hand drawings. i then turned them into a pattern with some fun doodles and webs as space fillers. i was envisioning this fabric as a cute dress or a fun peplum top as my inspiration. Go vote for me here:
mine is called sugary skulls by kfay.


jig making

for john's birthday, i got him some stuff to get started on making his own jigs (he asked for it - i wouldn't have know what to get or that you even could make your own.) he already was tying his own flies and this took it to another level. i was so impressed and they look great. so he had a mold - that thing with handles that folds in half; lead; melting pot; and hooks. we watched some youtube videos first to make sure we knew what we were doing - i was just there for support; john did it all. so you heat up the mold, melt the lead, lay your hooks into the mold, pour the lead into the mold, and cut off the excess lead. very cool. later he paints them and does the feather tying and such. and a little lead made a lot of jigs. i might be forgetting a step or two, since i was just the observer, but that's the gist and i love the pictures of the molten lead being poured.


bear hoodie

this picture is way over-exposed, but i took it real quick with my phone and did an awful job of it. but the hoodie is super cute (and the kid :).) so i crocheted alex this hoodie cowl with ears. how great will this be during the extreme cold winter we're going to get again this year. i am planning on making one for myself as well, but in greys and without the ears (alex said it would be a little weird if mine had ears - basically she called me too old for ears, haha.) this hoodie would be the perfect pattern as well for an ewok costume - just make the hood part a burnt brown/orangish color with the ears brown - it'd be perfect. it's a little big on alex - i made her an adult size since she's always had a larger head than average - but there's still plenty of room now to add earmuffs or layer another hat when it gets really cold out. she wore it yesterday to school and i guess it was a big hit among all the adults :)


love tattoo headband

there's a magazine that with every issue you get a little craft packet project - Mollie Makes magazine. these are great little projects to pack in our "at the cabin" art bin. i especially liked this project: a retro tattoo heart brooch. and i do love a good brooch, but i hate putting a pin thru my clothes, so i thought i'd make this one into a headband instead. so everything you need to make this is in the little packet - except the pattern to cut out the pieces! that is in the actual magazine, which i didn't have, so i freehand cut out the heart and the flowers and banner and letters. i also glued some little jewels onto the flowers. i added a little padding inside the heart as well (which didn't come in the packet, but the image looks like it's stuffed a little.) and finally i sewed the heart onto a skinny elastic headband via a circle felt piece. i love it! i will definitely be sporting this on valentines day.
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