Friday, January 21, 2011

Still feeling nocturnal.

Find the template for this mobile at MadeByJoel.  He makes his out of paper.  But I see a more permanent model in my woodworking future.  It would go great with my dream bedding...

Here's the original post.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Are you "owl"-ing for more?

If you haven't discovered MadeByJoel, you have to check it out.  As long as I'm loving all things owl, I thought I'd take a second to drool over his embroidery.

Want some more?

See the original post here.

Monday, January 17, 2011

What a hoot.

I fell in love with these owls at Pottery Barn Kids.

Penny & Joy Owl Plush

I want the bookends too.

Owl Bookends

As long as I'm dreaming, the bedding would be nice, too.

Brooke Quilted Bedding

I sense a bedroom makeover coming on.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Don't You Want a Molly Monkey?

Isn't she darling?  I'm considering this for my daughter's birthday.  We'll see if her love of all things monkeys lasts that long.  Find the free tutorial here.  Be sure to look around at Mmmcrafts for many more lovely patterns and ideas.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

An Easy Basic Doll with Lots of Options

Find the tutorial here, and check out the whole Grosgrain Fabulous blog while you're there.  You'll love it.

After doing a little bit of searching, I found the original tutorial on  Here's the link.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Black Apple Doll

Black Apple Doll

Find the tutorial here at Martha Stewart Living.

Here is a tip for the construction: trace the arms and legs on fabric, then sew on the line, THEN cut it out.  It is a lot easier than trying to sew little pieces.  It should also be noted that there is no seam allowance in the pattern.  Try putting rice in the bottom of the body if you want it to sit up.


Saturday, January 8, 2011

Milk Paint

I originally found this recipe in Do It Gorgeously by Sophie Uliano, although there are lots of different recipes in various places online.  I loved the book as a whole and highly recommend it.  You should also check out Sophie's website, it is a great resource.

1 Gallon of Skim Milk at room temperature
2 c. White Vinegar
200 g. powdered color pigment
112 g hydrated lime powder
2 glass or plastic containers with 4 cup capacity
1 Large Colander
1/2 yard cheesecloth
2 1-gallon paint buckets
2 large wooden spoons

Stir vinegar into the milk.  Allow to stand overnight.  Milk solids will begin to separate.  In a separate container, mix your color pigment with an equal amount of water and form a paste.  In a third container, slowly mix together lime powder and 1 1/2 c. of water until is has formed a creamy paste.  Using your cheesecloth, separate the milk curds from the whey.  (The curds are the solid part, they whey is the whitish liquid that remains.)  Put your milk curds and lime paste into a paint bucket and stir well.  If there are lumps after stirring, wait fifteen minutes and stir again until it is smooth.  Finally, add your color pigment!  Stir well.  The paint should now be about the consistency of light cream.  If it is too thick, add a little water.  Strain the paint through the cheesecloth one last time into your second paint bucket and you are ready to go!

Using a finish over your paint job will protect your work.  Find finishes like Zero Gloss or Black Bison Paste Wax, along with pigments at Earth Pigments Company.