Feb 24, 2014

I'm going to get A Round Tu It!

List of To Do's
 ME .. a name I call upon
 Hey... a name I answer to
 Mom..a name they gave to me   
 I...the Queen of Domesticity

Lillian the Domestic Engineer
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The lists of have to DO's,
 should DO's,
 would like to DO's,
 have yet to DO's
 gotta get around To Do's
and the would rather not get to DO's,
 all require an awful lot of Want to DO!

Feb 16, 2014

Handmade Earrings

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Craft Earrings here
 in the Colors of Polymer Clay

       -The suppleness of Spring

                 -the strength of durability

                   - The Art of wear - ability

                    -The joy of individuality

         Happiness often sneaks in through a door 
        you didn't know you left open. -John Barrymore
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Feb 13, 2014

Polymer Clay! Canes Away

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Polymer Clay
I just can't say enough about this great stuff.

                                    Play, Play Polymer Clay
I would certainly not profess to being a Pro in the production of Polymer Clay Canes but I would say that the making of Polymer Clay Canes can be a production!
Above is some of my collection of Polymer Clay Canes and below are the results of my favorite thing to do with them.

The canes are thinly sliced, applied to a Polymer Ball of clay and finally rolled to a smooth finish.

Polymer Clay Key Chain Canes

Polymer Clay Cane Bowls 
                                      Unlimited Possibilities.

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Polymer Clay Cane Bowls

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Craft these beautiful Polymer Clay Cane Bowls.
 Created by applying thin slices of Polymer Clay Canes directly onto a form before baking, in a regular oven at 275 degrees to a hardened finish.
 I formed my BOWLS onto little glass Nappy Bowls that I just happened to have in my cupboard. 
The "form" that you work on must be oven proof, or at least bake-ableL up to 275degrees. Once baked the bowl is cooled before being removed from the nappy bowl form.

Polymer Clay CANES
The Act of Caning is an Art unto itself. Although I have far from mastered the Art I enjoy the Act of Caning

I have arranged the slices from three different Canes to form an almost completed bowl on the outside of the glass bowl
This dish has a leaf impression  which
adds a wonderful tactile finish to the Bowl as seen in the finished bowl below
If you make the bowl by pressing the Canes onto the outside of the form that you chose, the inside of the bowl will have a high gloss finish. BUT If  you press the cane slices onto the inside of the chosen form
 then the outside of the finished bowl will have a high gloss finish. Plan according to the finished effect you desire.  
The pink and white bowl above on right is completed on the form and ready to bake. The inside of this bowl will have a glossy finish.

This dish remains one of my first and my favorite.  
The bowls should not be put in the dishwasher or submerge in hot water. They can be wiped with a damp cloth.
 I think they make lovely little Ring Dishes..

The white clay in this bowl has a Translucent Effect. 
The illuminating light that shines through the bowl is beautiful.

A Lampshade would be just beautiful.
Noted and as of now, added to my list of things to do.
Oh the things there are to do! 

In between the cane slices on this bowl, I used twisted snakes of red, metallic gold and green Polymer Clay. I was really happy with the results of this bowl.

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Feb 11, 2014

Now EAR this Polymer Clay

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As the familiar dough ball warms in the palm of my hand,
I am moved to play..
Adding a second color of clay,
 moves the polymer to play!
With so much to make in Polymer Clay
I move you to play!
there are a million Polymer pieces waiting to be baked! 

Now EAR this...
Lillian the Domestic Engineer
Polymer Clay Earrings

Play Polymer

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I often find myself working in a hypnotic state, unaware of the passing time that helps to facilitate the creation of  imagination from the polymer in the palm of my hand.

Polymer Clay Beaded Earrings
Almost 25 years after the first feel of Polymer in my hand I continue to knead, discover, uncover and rediscover the endless possibilities of a product whose possibilities never end.
I can't think of another product that I have ever played with that manages to mingle so successfully with so many other mediums
As I warm and wiggle the familiar dough ball in the palm of my hand,
I am moved to play..

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Clay Cane Earrings

                          Fruity Fun!

         DO Drops!
Art and works of Art do not make an Artist; Sense, enthusiasm and Instinct do. -Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Feb 10, 2014

Panel Denim and Tie Skirts

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Blue Jean Skirt. 
Denim Skirt

 Cut off the legs. 
 Leave enough length in the short to allow for the seam allowance.
 Cut each leg panel in half and then into quarter strips.
 Cut off at the top of leg panel to the desired length. The hem that exists on the leg panels will act as the finished hem on the skirt.
Denim Panels for Jean skirt
  I flipped two sections of the denim leg panels and sewed them 
into the skirt wrong sides out.
  I liked the variance of color and the improved effect it created in the overall design.
 The two tones of blue in the panels nicely complimented and then accommodated this spectacular tie.
 I love the iridescence in the tie. As you walk in the skirt the tie shifts from a purple iridescence to a yellow golden iridescent hue.
           The Tie was cut and top stitched onto the denim after the leg panels had been sewed together and before the skirt was stitched to the shorts.

Blue Jean Skirt

                                                        The finished Skirt.
                         After sewing together the denim leg panels and sewing on the three tie sections, I then top-stitched each seam in a yellow denim thread.
                              I was pretty happy with this skirt. 
                                           It is so soft!
 Blue Jean Skirt @Lillian the Domestic Engineer

             This Skirt below was a work 
                                    and then a re-work. 
I had originally sewn only the black rayon skirt onto the shorts. 
I hand stitched a black pig skin suede band around the hips and over the seam before finally deciding that I didn't like it at all.

The second time rework was a third time design for this  
   Renewed Blue Jean Skirt. It is finally a keeper.

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I added in the denim panels at the front and back. 
I used the heavy seam strips I had cut from the bottom of the legs and the side seams of the jeans to sew down the between the denim and the rayon panels at front and back of skirt as well as across the hip seam..

    As a rule I try to use the bottom hem of the original garments whenever possible.


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 Fun With Fundraising
Have you Volunteered your TIME lately?
I'm off to Volunteer at a Bingo Hall in support of the local Skating Club today. Although I don't have Children in the Club, I know it takes a Village to raise a Child!
My neighbors asked me if I could step up to help out for the day.
 Seems a lot of the group has gone away and if they don't send 14 people to work the Bingo today
 the Group will lose their Placement and their Profits..
A single Bingo can provide up to of 800.00 for the group.
With more time than money and with a good understanding of the need,
 I will take my place at the Bingo Hall Today.

It is easier to find Men who will Volunteer to die, 
than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.
                                             -Julius Ceasar


Happy Halloween DIY
Make your own Mickey Mouse Costume.
Mickey Mouse Costume
DIY Mickey@Lillian the Domestic Engineer
Shake yer BOOTIES Mickey!
These little booties are a whole lot easier to make than they look.
I worked from the pieces of a Simplicity Pattern for a bear costume that I bought some time ago.
I managed to find the exact amount of fabric, in the perfect color at the bottom of a Halloween Bin at the local Salvation Army for 0.75!
 This entire costume came together in bits and pieces as though it were meant to be. I am thrilled with the results. It was a joy to sew with this red color. It is bright, happy and easy to see...black is as I come to know a whole different story. Mood lighting, aging and stitching just don't work well.

Cut 2 yellow booty pieces and sew with right sides together at back seam and front foot. (as shown below)

Make Mickey boots
                  Then fold the upper ankle edge to the inside about 1/2 inch. Press in place.
                      Lay a 1 inch strip of quilted fabric around the  top of booty
                    just below the folded fabric line, as indicated by the black band above.

Then fold the top inch of yellow fabric (with the finished edge)over the batting. Pin and Hand stitch in place.

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                              Turn the booty right sides out and roll down the top if desired.
                               Stitch a 4-6 inch length of elastic to one side of booty bottom.
                           Stretch across sole of shoe and stitch to other side of bottom. Cut off any excess.

                            Gotta Hand it to you Mickey! 
 Mickey and Minnie have only four fingers on each hand.
Cut the gloves middle finger slightly larger to accommodate both the ring and the index finger.
Using the glove pattern (that you have drawn out larger than your hand) cut four pieces from white material for the 2 outer gloves. Cut out on outside of line and stitch together on the drawn line.
Sew right sides together. Trim seams around fingers and turn glove right side out.

Also cut four hands from a quilted fabric. Cut on the line and stitch together 1/4 inch inside the drawn line.
Sew with right side together. Do not turn inside out when stitched. This glove will  be inserted into the slightly larger white outer glove.

Mickey Mouse Gloves

                                        Outer Glove               Pattern               Inner  Glove


Mickey Gloves DIY
                        Insert the liner gloves into the outer gloves. Stitch together at cuff.
                   Make a cuff by folding the glove over and hand stitching at wrist area.
Mickey Mouse Costume
                                        Finally draw the animation marks on the gloves.
                                         I used a thin black sharpie.
                                        Make sure to put them on the right side of the glove.

 I purchased the black hat at the dollar store. 
To ensure that the ears would stand up I inserted a strip of thin foam into the hat, to stitch the ears to.
The ears are created with a circle of the blue foam sandwiched between 2 black circles of fabric.
The three layers are hand stitched together before attaching to the hat and the felt strip.

Mickey Mouse Bow Tie
                                                               Bow Ties are easy. 
      Cut out 2 rectangles and sew right side together,  leaving a 1 inch slit opening to invert.
            Turn Bow Tie  right sides out. Stuff gently with quilt batting if desired.
              Cut a 1/2 inch wide by 2 inch long piece of fabric to wrap around center of tie. 
            Stitch or glue the wrap in place. Stitch or attach Bow Tie to outfit with safety pin.

                                               Polymer Clay to the rescue!
  I had originally cut the buttons from the blue foam and covered them in the same cotton I used for the gloves. After attaching them to the pants I wasn't thrilled with the results so I removed them and went back to the drawing board.
After much contemplation and careful scrutiny of my craft drawers, I came up with the Polymer clay.
I rolled out the Polymer into the oval shape, used a seam ripper to make the stitching marks around the buttons outer edges, poked the holes in for stitching and finally baked the buttons.
 They are just perfect and really make the pants originally authentic! (in my humble opinion!)
    The pants were fashioned from a Simplicity pattern for Men's Boxers.
  I added the length as needed and cinched the pants in at the calf area for overall effect.
Mickey Mouse Costume
Handmade Polymer Mickey Mouse Costume Buttons

Mickey Mouse Pants +Costume

Make Mickey 's Bow Tie + Costume

Trick Happy and Treat Safe!
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