Crafts

Monster Feature: “Snow Monster”

Deep in the forest, all is quiet and still. Limbs creak overhead as the weight of snow pulls them downward. The only movement is of the flurry as it drifts from the sky in large flakes.

Suddenly, there is a shift at the base of the largest, oldest tree in the woods. The snow falls away as a arm emerges from a tall drift. With a slight grunt, Snow Monster pulls himself out of the moisture and shakes his head.

With a smile, he opens his eyes and looks around for the first time. Welcome to the world, Snow Monster.

This monster was inspired by the rare winter weather we have been experiencing in my area. I made him one day when the snow fell for hours and hours. He is one of a kind.

Snow Monster can be purchased from CandaceOnline Etsy.

New monsters are listed every Friday. A look at a couple of the new ones for today:

Monsters Have Taken Over!

You might have noticed that my Etsy shop was closed for a week or so. That’s because the shop went through some exciting changes!

The CandaceOnline Etsy shop is now Snuggle Monster Headquarters! CandaceOnline is the best place for you to find a snuggle monster friend!

There will be new monsters listed every Friday, with a “Monster of the Week” featured here on the blog.

I have been playing with making new and fun faces for them, so you are going to be seeing lots of different faces on the monsters. Like this:

Or this:

So head on over to CandaceOnline Etsy to check out the new monsters and keep an eye out for updates!

Rambler Update- Clock Makeover

Today was a lovely day- the sun was shining, the breeze was blowing, and the temperature was just right. I took the opportunity to throw open the doors and curtains on my 1972 Holiday Rambler and get some work done.

I spent most of the day out there, working on the ceiling. I also hung up the clock that I have redone. Which lead me to realize that I haven’t shared anything about my Rambler lately.

My RV is made with a clock in the main living area, built into the cabinets over the sofa. The original piece was falling apart and broken when I got it.

So I took it down, ripped off the old numbers (what was left of them), repainted it, made new numbers, jazzed it up, then replaced the hands and the mechanism.

I used acrylic paints on it. I started with a white base and then splattered colors that match my throw pillows and future curtains (I’ll share that with you when they are hung up) across the white.

I used numbers that were cut from scrapbooking paper and added buttons for the dots, using paint to glue them down.

The hands are a dark royal blue and one is a moon, the other a sun.

I don’t know if this is what I will leave up permanently, but I think it is definitely an improvement over what was there when I bought it.

Here’s some before and after pics of the clock, along with a sneak peek of how my new ceiling is going to look.

I forgot to get a close up picture of the original clock before I worked on it, but you can see it in this picture I took of the damage to the ceiling:

Monsters! AHHH!

It’s been a bit of a monster factory around here lately. I got this design from Dolls and Daydreams and I’ve gone monster crazy. I made at least three to give away, then got requests for more.

I’ve got eight of them for sell in a local shop, and I’m working on some for the Etsy store.

These are a lot of fun to make. So far I have been able to come up with countless color combinations and fabric designs to use.

I’m going to be offering them as a custom order, too, so be thinking of monsters you might want made!

Keep an eye out- Monsters will up in my Etsy shop sometime in the next few weeks. I’ll send out an update reminding you when they are available!

Pictures by CandaceOnline.

Restoring Rambler Emblems

The week before last, I spent time restoring the metal emblems on my Rambler to their former red, white and black glory.

Having had no experience in repainting metal anything, I threw myself into it with an “I can do anything” attitude.

There are three emblems on my Rambler- one on the back and one on each side.

When I started painting the first one, I realized it was going to be more difficult than I had imagined. The small details on the pieces were overwhelming. How to get those little letters to stand out?

I had to be very careful about what I was painting and how. I powered through, and after the first one was done, I had a system worked out.

The first one looks worse than the others, but all three emblems look way better than they did before I worked on them.

Overall, I am happy with how it turned out. I’m glad I did this myself and would do them again if I needed to.

 

I forgot to take a picture of the first one before I began working on it. This is after I started painting.

Sugar Skull Toys

After zombie squirrels took over my house, I wanted to make more dog toys. I love sugar skulls and all the fun colors in them, so when I came across this design I had to make it into toys!

I am so very addicted to embroidering these days, it’s just sheer willpower stopping me from embellishing everything around me. From clothes, pillows, books, even canvas, I have an explosion of ideas in my head!

These sugar skulls are available in my Etsy shop in your choice of 5 different colors. They have a squeaker in them for your doggies delight. Grab one while you can!

Pictures by CandaceOnline

Easy Embroidered Cards

I’m all about making things for people for holidays. For Mother’s Day I tried machine embroidering on paper for the first time and made cards. I had a lot of fun with it. Since Father’s Day is coming up, I thought I would share with you guys how to make your own cards.

If you don’t have a machine for embroidery, there are lots of designs available for hand embroidery. I love, love, love Urban Threads. Almost all of their designs are available for machine or hand embroidery. For this tutorial, I am using one of the curious kitty designs.

The best designs to use for this project are ones that don’t have a lot of dense stitching. Check out the category for light stitching on Urban Threads.

This is just how I have been making mine and I am no expert. I think they have been coming out well. There’s lots of other information online, including youtube videos on how to make embroidered cards.

I’ve made cards where I embroidered on fabric and then attached the fabric to the card stock, but for this project I will be embroidering directly onto the paper. I like quick and easy. You can’t get much easier then doing the embroidery directly onto the card.

You can buy blank notecards with envelopes from craft stores for pretty cheap, but since I already have a stack of card stock, I am using it. This is 110 lb paper.

For hand written notes, you can skip right into embroidering. If you want a typed message inside, I suggest you start by printing that message on your card stock.

Use a basic template in any word processor to split the page into four squares. I want my message to print on the right hand side and to be somewhat centered, so I use the template to help me make sure it will look ok.

An example of how your template might look.

Once I’ve typed my message and printed it out, I cut the page in half vertically. It’s good to have a straight edge to help you. I used a paper cutter.

With a light colored pencil, I then measure and mark the center of the cut halves at the bottom, to show where the fold should be.

Now it’s time to embroider! The first step is to hoop the stabilizer.

I use a tear-away stabilizer for this project. A lot of people also use an adhesive to attach the paper to the stabilizer, but like I said, I like quick and easy. I haven’t had any problem with just laying the paper on top.

I’m not too much of a perfectionist about making sure everything is exactly center. I know some people are, which is part of why the adhesive would be used. For me, I eyeball the mark I made for the fold and center the paper over the hoop as best as I can.

Attach the hoop to the machine and do your embroidery magic!

 

Embroidery machine doin’ its thing.

Keep in mind what I mentioned earlier about light stitched designs- the paper will just get ripped to shreds if you’re using a dense design. You’ll also just have wads of embroidery thread stuck to stabilizer. Nobody likes to see their hard work wasted like that.

A great example of what happens when you use a design that is too dense.

I embroider both the front and backs of my cards. So both sides of the fold will get embroidered on. Once my first side is done, I cut away the excess stabilizer. Don’t tear it, because you’ll be sure to rip the stitches or the paper away.

Using my handy-dandy eyeballing skills, I center the other side on the hoop over a new sheet of stabilizer and embroider my other pattern onto the paper.

Now you have your front, back and inside of the card done! Cut away the stabilizer from the second side.

A view of what the backside looks like after the stabilizer has been cut away.

At this point, I fold both cut pieces of paper at the mark I made earlier. For quick assembly, I line the two sheets of paper up and then paste them together.

Make sure there’s no excess glue coming out from between the sheets. To get the cards to lay flat, I like to put them under a heavy book or object overnight as the glue dries. Be careful of what glue you use, as it may dry poorly and show through. I am using Elmer’s no-wrinkle rubber cement. It has a great brush applicator.

There you have it. An easy and fun way to make some hand crafted cards for your loved ones!

I enjoy making them and people seem to like getting these cards. I hope you find some inspiration for your own projects in this!

A few of the finished cards I’ve made.

Zombie Squirrels Attack!

I was working on some embroidery projects and only had green fleece left… Thus, zombie squirrel was born! Available now in my Etsy shop with squeakers inside for dogs.

They are a lot of fun and make me giggle. I am offering them in two colors right now. Go get one for your beloved pet!

Pictures taken by CandaceOnline.

** Please supervise pets at all times and remove toy if damaged.

Little Bird Holds Your Page

These adorable little bookmarks are newly available in my Etsy store!

They are fun and a great gift for that someone who loves to read in your life. I’m offering five different colors right now, but will be happy to make other colors by request.

Click here to purchase. These are machine embroidered, free standing lace bookmarks. They measure 2″ x 2.5″ and the wing lifts up to slide onto the page.

 

Lace Jewelry

I have wanted to try some embroidery projects for awhile. With all the other things I work on and the ideas constantly running through my head, it was difficult for me to fit in the room to learn the new skills I needed.

Finally a few weeks ago I got a lesson on how to use an embroidery machine. And man, I am in trouble. Ya’ll may have to stage an intervention. I am now an embroidering fiend.

There are a lot of exciting new projects under way that I’ll be telling you about over the next few weeks. Today I want to share some new jewelry that I will be selling in my Etsy shop.

These are free standing lace pieces. I machine embroider them on to a water soluble stabilizer, wash the stabilizer away, dry flat and then hand assemble the findings, chain, etc to make the complete piece.

The resulting jewelry is very pretty and elegant. I think they are wonderful and will be offering them pre-made or as a custom order.

Here’s a look at some that are currently available. Visit my Etsy shop or products page to purchase.

 

Pictures by CandaceOnline.

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