Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Iron Craft #15- Olympic Challenge

Challenge #15 London 2012

With this challenge, my thoughts went back to the late 70's and early 80's when we had a couple of swimmers who dreamed the Olympic Dream living in our house. I knew I wanted to do a picture frame and feature "my" Olympic swimmers.
 I  found a few old pictures
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and with the help of computer magic I had a picture for my frame.

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The frame I decorated with good old Sculpty rings.
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Here is the final result.
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My swimmers did not make the Olympics, but they did go on to earn college scholarships, and even today, swimming plays a big part in their lives. Jenny is an aquatics director and Steve surfs and stand-up-paddle boards. All four grandchildren are excellent swimmers and so the dream goes on!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Iron Craft Challenge #14- Denim

It's been awhile since I have contributed to a challenge. Hope you are all having a good summer. Decided I needed to get back in the swing of things, so I have two entries for this challenge.

Two weeks ago, I went to St. Pete to the Florida Craftman's Gallery to see their crochet coral reef--it was unbelievable--crocheters from all over the country crocheted thousands of pieces to create a coral reef. Fantastic!!

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They also had a shop with craft items by Florida artists. I spotted an adorable baby bib made out of old denim.  Then in searching the web for denim projects, I came upon a similar bib by treasuresrenewed.blogspot.com Since one of my friends just had a great-grandchild, I decided to make the bib using ideas from both sources.

I made a pattern and cut it from an old pair of jeans. I used some red fabric for a bandana, and a little pocket I cut from the jeans and stitched them onto the bib. Then for backing, I used a red towel. Denim Challenge Denim Challenge Denim Challenge

Sewed the pieces together, trimmed the towel to match the bib, fringed the edges all around, and added a velcro closing. My bib was complete.

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Since I had denim left, I made a set of coasters with an old white towel for backing.

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Good for those "sweaty" summer drinks on these hot summer days!