Thursday, March 31, 2011

Germy McGermerson

*sniffle* I cab't breabe frough mah nobe! This gude is in dere! Germing up teh blace. BAD GERM! *sniff snurzz*

Stitching a germ
I had some scraps of light green felt floating around. They were in wiggly shapes and inspired this germ. That and the fact that I can't breathe very well right now.

Get that Nasty Germ!
Get that nasty germ, Tater Tot!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chimney Visitor

I heard scritching and scratching from the fireplace today - Ack! The cats were staring and pacing and mreowing. When I called my landlord, he suggested it could be a bird or a squirrel. His solution was to open the front door wide and open the flue and see what falls out! Ack!

I shut the cats in the basement and opened up the doors. When Mr. Landlord came over he had heavy cloth gloves and a gigantic plastic trash bag. His idea was to hold the bag over the front of the fireplace, open the flue, and if it was a squirrel it would run out into the bag.  I just didn't want a squirrel running into the kitchen and jumping into the sink or tap dancing across my desk.

Scritch scratch
Well...nothing fell out when the flue opened. Shoot! But he could see with the flashlight something flapping around in there. Tomorrow morning he'll climb on the roof and take apart the top of the chimney to see if the we can get the bird out that way. I hope so!

Chimney Visitor
Teensy felt chimney bird. Sleep tight bird. Don't drive the cats batty overnight!

[ UPDATE - As of 3/31 it seems like the bird is gone! I didn't hear anything and the cats are glued to the fireplace doors. Yay! ]

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Purple Calf

Purple Calf

Purple Calf Drink Recipe
12oz really good cold Grape Soda
1 scoop vanilla Ice-cream

- Pour Grape soda in a big glass
- Put the scoop of ice-cream in the soda slowly
- Watch it fizz up! Fizz fuzz!
- Drink mmmmmm

Another baby animal from Saturday's "How To Draw Baby Animals" :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Tanager McBuck - Baby Colt

A colt
I shall call him Tanager McBuck and he shall live in my backyard and I shall comb his mane and teach him to trot and feed him apples and hug him!

Another baby animal from Saturday's "How To Draw Baby Animals" :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Baby Deer

Baby Deer
Baby deer, wandering aboot, looking kinda cute.

Another baby animal from yesterday's "How To Draw Baby Animals".

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I Love Ducklings

I <3 Baby Ducks
This morning I went to Barnyard Day at a local bank. They were celebrating spring by having a petting zoo of farm animals. Well...mostly farm animals. There were baby chicks, a lamb, a calf, chinchillas, a bearded dragon, a frilled lizard, bees, greyhounds and ducklings! I want to start a chinchilla and baby duck farm :) 

Baby Ducks!
I got to hold the little black duckling in this picture. It was so sweet and peeping and fluffy. I did not stick it in my purse and run off with it. I promise. 

How To Draw Baby Animals
In the afternoon, I was browsing at Artifacts and found the How to Draw Baby Animals book from the 80's with a duckling on the cover for a buck and some change. I used to have books like this growing up I'm sure. 
Crayon fuzz on the baby duck. Tiny quack!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Smiley Snail


I embroidered little snail this evening - a terrestrial gastropod mollusk with a friendly sort of face. I drew the pattern and then played around with some stitches while watching Fringe. I did a basket weave kinda thing on it's body which I think I need to try in a bigger scale. Maybe a basket with easter chicks in it for April?

Snail pattern on tracing paper

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Origami Shrimp


*sung to the tune of "Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty"*
Small shrimpy, pink shrimpy, little seafood friend
Sweet shrimpy, happy shrimpy, swim swim swim!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Extremely Bright Green Kitten

I had a job interview this evening right before dinner. I spent the day tweaking my resume and getting my interview clothes ready. Then I came home to a delicious bowl of Colcannon, with potato, green cabbage, ham, scallions, european butter. Mmmmmm, happy tummy. I doodled this kitten after dinner while thinking of cabbage. She is so much brighter than cabbage though! Radioactive Cabbage Kitten, AHOY! I made the little border around her with the Labelbox app.

If I made stamps
If I was responsible for designing the next stamp, it would look a lot like this.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tiny Wings Bird

Tiny Wings!!!

I have been playing a lot of Tiny Wings on my phone lately. It manages to be soothing, challenging, and adorable all at the same time. The soothing comes from the watercolor landscapes and ambient music. The challenging comes from the little goals you have to achieve as you launch your bird up hills and into the clouds. The adorable comes from the fact is that your chubby bird has eensy wings and you have to use gravity to fling yourself into the air instead of wing flapping. And the bird makes goofy cheeping and cawing noises.

I drew the bird in Sketches on the iPad tonight and added in a bit of the game landscape.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Evolution of a Perler Bead Dino

Evolution of Perler bead dinosaur
$1 Green Dino kit = 2 Dinosaurs. As you can see from the package what the dino should look like, what the first attempt turned out as, and then the final Dino. I think the first Dino was worth $0.25.

Dino 1 and Dino 2

I haven't used Perler Beads in 20 years or more I'm sure. They are fiddly things! And smell odd. When I made the Dino on the left here (let's call him Gluurple) - when I made Gluurple, I got the beads stuck to the ironing paper and then knocked pieces on the floor and then couldn't remember how to put him back together right. He looks ..... interesting.

Dino Rawwwwwrrr

But I had enough beads left to try again and so I made Greetchie. He has a cute white belly and a more pleasing head shape. And a jaunty curl to his tail. Greetchie, you're a winner and worth $0.75!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A herd of Frankengummi Bears

A herd of frankengummy bears

Dashing and daring, 
Squishy and caring, 
Faithful and mumbling, 
Heads and bodies to share. 
All through the forest, 
They sing out in chorus, 
Lurching along, 
As their song fills the air. 

FrankenGummi Bears!! 
Bouncing here and there and everywhere. 
High adventure that's beyond compare. 
They are the FrankenGummi Bears. 


Guest Post on Donna's Decembers

3. Arranging Felt scraps

I have a guest post up on Donna's Decembers today for National Craft and Crocheting Month! It shows how I made the Fuzzy Icecream Cozy from earlier this month. I'm so excited to be featured on her blog!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Framed Pegasus


I found these neat canvases at Michael's that have flocked frame motifs on them. The pegasus pattern is from the same set as the Unicorn Noggin from earlier this month.  And it fits just perfectly in the middle of this frame motif! Stitching on the canvas was easy; just like stitching with an embroidery hoop. And I had pink thread that was almost a perfect color match for the wings.

I really like how this turned out. I might go back in with some pale pink thread to stitch into the wings to make them look feathery.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Dinosaur Bug Disco Partayyy

Check out what I drew on Doodle Buddy

I am not going to be home by midnight to post today's critter, so I made this withthe Doodle Buddy app on my phone while hopped up KitKats! Sugar high means Dino Bug Dance Partayyyy!
This is one of the favorite drawing apps of the lil dude I nanny for. Get down cartoony T Rex!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wee Grey Seal

Grey Seal Waves

Half the European population of Grey Seals (Rón glas) are found around Ireland's coast. They like the rocky wave-pounded coasts. I love their great big eyes and chubbular bodies. I based this tiny stuffy on this picture I found tonight. 

Grey Seal and crayon for scale

I sketched him right on the felt and used the grey Sharpie to shade his flippers a bit and give him speckles. He's waving at you! Here is a crayon for scale. 

Seals in Ireland

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Starfishes love you...

When you're feeling all alone,
The world's a drone,
And nobody's shown any love to you.

When your heart is cold as stone,
Just change your tone,
Get rid of that groan and the world will too.

'Cause swordfishes
Love you!
Love you!
In The Ocean Blue!

Starfish Belly

It was hard to photograph hot pink and orange felt tonight. I made the starfish belly in the bright bright pink with orange stitching and the top is orange with lemon yellow stitching. I think watching Survivor while crafting tonight has influenced me, but in a good way. Even though Survivor is still such a guilty pleasure show. Boston Rob, you are so sneaky and tricky, go you! 

Another very cute felt pattern from!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sova, the Origami Owl

Sova (pronounced sah-VAH) is Russian for Owl. I forgot to ask Hammer what owls say in Russian too - I don't think they say Hooot hoot.

BW Sova
Same Origami Owl, just playing around with lighting and some photo software. I like how you can see the folds a bit better in black and white. 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Memory Pug Monday

Memory Pug Monday
Apparently it is Memory Pug Monday! The directions for today are "Everyone draw how you remember seeing a pug". I found out about this from Scribbles and Scratches - an art blog by Samantha Kyle, a cartoonist I've been following for a few years.

My memory pug pencil drawing is Stuey, the 3-legged Wonderpug! He lives with my friends Michelle and Chris and snorts gleefully with much adorable snorting. And he smiles and snorts some more. And maybe snores a bit. But mostly snorting and eating tasty treats and having soft ears.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Fuzzy Cozy

Fuzzy Ice Cozy

This is a sneak peak of sorts. I made this felt aquarium ice cream pint cozy for a guest blogging post for later this month. I will post the link for the tutorial when it goes online. It will help keep your hands from getting frosty eating icecream.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Turtle Squared

Square turtle
I don't feel so great today and didn't have a ton of inspiration for my critter. I asked for assistance in deciding what to draw on Facebook and seconds later my friend Jamie suggested a turtle. Turtles are great subject matter - this turtle is for you Jamie!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Seahorse Magnet

Seahorse magnet
Seahorses eat a lot. They can eat 3,000 or more brine shrimp a day per National Geographic. Where do they fit it all! They are so tiny. I hope this little wooden magnet one doesn't eat the contents of my fridge.

Seahorse magnet close up

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Atalissa the Mermaiden

Meet, Atalissa, a mermaiden from the book Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and LoveSaturday's centaur needed a mythological friend to play with. I made the doll completely in felt so I winged it sewing her together after cutting out the pattern pieces. I didn't stuff the tail so it can bend and flex like a mermaid tail would.

Hanging with her fish friends :)

Atalissa close up Side view, flattish mermaid

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Lil Fish on a Coral Reef

Coral Fish Statue

I made another craft supply run to Michael's today. I spent a whopping $7 - Woo! I found this cute plaster statuette. I colored it in with Sharpies like the squirrel magnet I made in February. There were more crags and crannies on this one so it was an amusing challenge.

Coral Fish Statue

A wee statuette video...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Flippy Origami Horse

Origami horses
Recycling by way of Origami - horses made from Netflix Envelope Flaps! These were surprisingly easy to make. I want to make a herd of them.

And if you swiftly tap up on the underside of their tails, they flip a somersault!

Flippy Horse Folding Instructions found here.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Unicorn Noggin

Unicorn Noggin
After the Centaur the other day, I decided another mythical creature should make an appearance. I found an Unicorn Pattern by Andrea Zuill at her blog. She has some seriously cute and funny patterns available.

I have some DMC Color Variations floss that changes from white to blue as you are stitching which I used for the Unicorn's noggin and hair. I didn't cut the design out of the felt since I'm not sure what to do with it yet. I think I want to figure out how to make a felt change purse or wallet with it.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Olly Astro


I went to a huge craft show with Terri this morning and saw chickens everywhere. Are they the hot new animal? You could get tiny Sculpey chickens, multicolored ones on stakes for the garden, chicken t-shirts, chicken towels. I just had to make a chicken tonight.

My pattern inspiration was Olly Astro from, the best rescue duck and chicken blog that ever was. I made a gusset on the bottom of the chicken so it can sit up pretty. I think it turned out kinda cute in a simple way :)