Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Challenge #35 Done Reading

Books have always been an inportant part of my life--from Mother Goose to my Kindle. Along the way are many enjoyable hours of reading. For this challenge, my first thought was bookmarks.

Several years ago, I had made some magnetic bookmarks for members of my bookclub, and I thought perhaps I could reinvent them. Having a bunch of paperbacks around the house, I thought why not use their covers for the bookmarks.


I cut a 2x6 inch strip from the cover, folded it in half, added magnetic strips to the ends, and had a bookmark to fold over a page.
Magnetic Bookmarks

Since I had several paperbacks left, I decided to go back to an old challenge--postcards. I had several postcard backs left from that challenge, so I glued them to a paperback cover and now have some new postcards to send.


Now that I have finished this challenge, I can get back to my latest read--Vermilion Drift by William Kent Krueger, a favorite Minnesota author. Some other good book suggestions, if you're into reading:

The Heretics Daughter by Kathleen Lent
House on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Iron Craft #34- On the Go

Since my mode of transportation is a Volkswagon Rabbit, I wanted to do something that involved this vehicle.


I decided to do a key ring out of Sculptey, since I had some left over from an earlier challenge. First, I did a pencil rubbing of the rabbit logo that was on the back of the car.


Then I used that pattern to cut and sculpt a rabbit out of red clay which I affixed to a black clay circle. Baked it in the oven, added a chain and loop, and my VW Rabbit now has a logo key ring!

Rabbit Keychain Rabbit Keychain

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Iron Craft #33- UFOs

UFO's--I have too many to count, and not enough interest at this time to finish them--too many new things to try!

HOWEVER--I believe I probably have the oldest UFO of all the Iron Crafters!

I inherited a quilt top that my mother had begun in the 1940's. She never finished it and I acquired it in the 1980's. At that time you couldn't find vintage-looking fabrics and the top needed a backing, a border, and a little perking up. After much searching, I settled on several fabrics that I could use. I added lace between the blocks and appliqued centers to each of the blocks and used that fabric for the border. I also found a neutral fabric for the backing, added batting, and began to HAND QUILT!

 It was more of a project than I anticipated--my life being full with family, teaching, and a lot of other craft interests. So the quilt sat in a drawer for many years. After I retired, it moved with me to our present home. Every time I open my craft drawer it callls to me! So, at least once a year, I say "this is the year"--take it out and do a couple of blocks. At this rate, I might finish it in my lifetime, but my daughter, the Mom of "A Mom and 2 Things , or my niece, Kat, being the granddaughters of my mother may end up inheriting a UFO!

Grandma's quilt
Grandma's quilt

PS Now that I have the quilt out again--maybe I"ll do one block--or
maybe two--never know, this might be the year!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Iron Craft Challenge #32- Summer!

The lazy days of summer are upon us and also Challenge 32--the
Summer Contest. I am too lazy to think of a "brilliant idea", so am
taking the easy way out. I loaded a tray with a couple of cool drinks,
added some paper butterflies to the straws, picked a few hibiscus
leaves to cover several votive lights and to use as coasters, and
finished with a little bowl of nibbles.

Summer Drinks

A cool end to a hot afternoon! Challenge complete!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Iron Craft #31 Sculptural

After dabbling in crafts for 50 years, many of the things I have done in the past fit the Iron Craft Weekly Challenges. So as I mentioned before, some weeks I will show some of the old along with the new. I experimented with Filo clay quite a few years ago and the necklace and earrings are a result of that effort.

Filo jewelry

I did nothing further with sculpting until this week's challenge.

When we were "Up North" on vacation, we celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary. As we received many lovely cards, I wanted to find a box to keep them in, instead of an album.

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So this week's challenge provided that opportunity. I found the perfect box at Michael's along with a sheet of neat looking scrapbooking paper. I also bought some Sculpey clay and sculpted some flowers and leaves.
Grandma's project flower

I added the paper, flowers, and a wooden bride and groom I found in my craft stash to the box and now I have the perfect card box!

Storage box