Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Here's Heidi, Miss Switzerland.
She's a 5 foot plastic skeleton. Her hair is a piece of yellow material braided on the ends, and duct taped to the head. Her eyes are blue plastic gemstones glued into the sockets. The sockets and mouth areas were colored in with black permanent marker.
The red sweater is stuffed with plastic grocery bags; the vest is 2 yellow bags, clipped and tied into shape. There is a kerchief on the back of the head that doesn't show from this side.
The bottom is just a dance petticoat with a fleece-like skirt over the top,
It still needs the trim on the vest, but she is basically finished.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

S'mores on a stick Easy, but kids just love them...

barbecue skewers
chocolate (or Candy Melts)
graham crackers, crushed

Put three marshmallows on each skewer.
Melt chocolate on shallow plate in microwave.
Roll marshmallow skewers in chocolate, spooning to cover any bare spots.
Roll in graham cracker crumbs.
Let cool until set. Be prepared for a sugar shock.
I'm going to use these (with 4 marshmallows) to make cattails for a duckpond on a birthday cake.

Friday, September 5, 2008

I have started my Halloween display, a Halloween Beauty Pageant.
This lady is the beauty contestant from the North Pole.

To create her, I started with a stuffed snowman. Then made a garland of silk poinsettias, and sewed them to her head as 'hair' (at this point her hair is not complete). Her skating outfit is made from about 2-inch wide shiny green fabric strips, braided to create the bodice, and left to dangle down to form the skirt.

I will tweak her further as I have more of the contestants made. (The fellow in the background is "The Baron", he's holding some of the trims for me while I work.)