Friday, January 21, 2011

The tree is revealed! (And a quilling project)

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Tah-dah!! This is the tree I’ve been working on forever! I really wanted to take it outside and take a picture (because in Minnesota finding good light indoors is a bit of a challenge) but it was –35 degrees when I woke up this morning. Not. Going. Outside!

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This picture gives you a little better idea of the colors. The leaves are attached with wire so I can change them out come fall, and remove them next winter if I want. Yes, this tree is a “toy” for me.

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I do want to do something with those roots. I’m thinking I need some sort of “ground” and I’ll bury them some how. I’m sure I’ll use felt. I also want to needle felt some more birds in other colors and perhaps an owl.

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I needle felted the little hearts out of natural roving (same color as the sheep I needle felted)  and then after they were felted I boiled them in a red drink mix. The red is perfect!

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The lighter red heart you see in the background was originally pink that I over dyed with the left over drink mix. It was very weak at that point but it still turned a nice red.

Then I decided to start a Valentine’s Day quilling project. This is how I start-I glue down some strips of paper to get my basic shape. Then fill it in with coils. (I use a toothpick to apply the glue) Done. I got this shadow box at a garage sale (two of them) last summer and removed the dorky scene they had inside and painted everything white. The quilling project is backed with a piece of cereal box cardboard that is held onto the frame with tacks. I can remove it at any time and put a different picture inside. I think I’m going to do another one today. It’s an easy craft that doesn’t take up very much room and is usually relaxing!

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My “crafting in the evening” routine might have to change a bit now though, because my husband and I are in a Yahtzee war. Guess what? I WON! (this time)

Happy Crafting!!

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