Experiencing beauty in your creative life

Monday, August 12, 2013

Ca - Caw, Ca - Caw!

It was not unusual to hear that sound around our house or anywhere we were out with my oldest son.  He used this call to find us when we had separated or just to get our attention.  And  no, he wasn't a small child - this was something that started in his early teens and continues today.  While creating this project, I was sure that if he still lived at home, there would have been a great deal 
of "Ca-caw"ing going on around here.

This little crow was inspired by this chicken pin cushion,  it's not lost on me that they really have very little in common, but that's the way my creative process works.  Crazy?  I know!

The base is a basic flower pin cushion.   I figured that this would make a lovely little fall gift for a friend, so I used the pattern  to create a card as well.  
I loved having a matching card and I thing I will definitely be trying this again.
The paper version is a little bit larger than the pin cushion.  I guess the seams and stuffing fluff him out a little and make her wider and shorter.
If you are feeling crafty please check out the link above, it's a wonderful and simple pattern.  Although it is for a family of chickens, it can be easily adapted to be any kind of bird you want.

I would love to hear what kind of bird you decide to try!

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Two of my favorite things!

Hi everyone!  Today's project was inspired by a post on Sawdustgirl .  I love dishes and I love pin cushions, so it was a must try project for me.  Below is a photo of the original.  It is a great tutorial, she actually starts with glass pieces and paints them to get this gorgeous green color.
Sticking with the "use what you have" theme, I raided one of secret storage spots and found some super pretty red and white pieces that were a perfect fit.  Using dishes as they are made the process very simple.

1.  Wipe down dishes to make sure they are dust free.  Collect some Mighty Magnets.  These were purchased at Office Depot .  You will also need some adhesive, I chose Goop. If you are using the open end of the base bottom up, glue the magnets to the top piece.  If you are going to use the closed end up, you will glue the magnets to the bottom of the base piece. (shown below)

2.  Once the glue has dried glue the two pieces together.

Voila!  When the glue is dried, flip the dish over and it is ready to collect your pins.

This view shows some pretty hefty "hanger" paper clips.  They are not going anywhere and neither will your pins.

This project is linked up with the Pintrest Challenge at Happy-Go-Lucky.  Be sure to check out all the great Pintrest Projects that have come to life.