Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Printable Halloween Masks

15 Print-and-Color Halloween Masks from Woman's Day.

Cement Craft

I stumbled across this great book at the Internet Archive. It's aim is to provide craft skills in school and solve the problem of pottery and tile making without a kiln. Portland Cement is the medium but the skills are the same as potters. The tile making is very interesting and easy to do at home. Also of interest are slip techniques in cement. Published in 1922. Pedro Joseph Lemos, Professor of Decorative Design, San Francisco Institute of Art.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Christmas House Ornaments

Printable Putz house ornament patterns from Better Homes & Gardens. Cottage, Cape Cod and Mid-Century styles. 4" tall. Free membership required but the site is well worth it.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Paper Head Wear

This patent drawing is for a headpiece worn by workers at White Castle in the 50's. the top outline could be any shape but the interesting part is the center part that gets cut on each side and folded back in the middle. The slits hold the hairband and cause the piece to curve.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Tempory Body Art

While following a search for paste resist techniques I landed on The Henna Page which is an educational resource devoted to the history, traditions, techniques, science and art of Henna, and is part of a site group devoted to Henna and related arts.

I adore the idea of temporary body art bet wouldn't want henna because it fades. The Henna Page offers a fabulous selection of free PDF books and that's where I found this little gem.

Since I'm always on the lookout for fun activities for and with kids the techniques offered in Gilding, Glitter and Gems look like a blast. There are a variety of recipes for making your own gilding pastes using spikey hair gel, gel and Elmer's washable glue, hair glue, cosmetic glue and a variety of powders from Lumiere to body glitter. The following photos from The Henna Page will give you a small glimpse at the concept.

These designs are removable and inexpensive to make. I think it would make a fun girl's party activity, alternate face painting at festivals, better than temporary tattoo for a girl's softball or swim team. As you read you'll find that some recipes like the hair gel are for short time uses and the hair glue will last longer.
Pastes can be made up ahead of time and stored in cones made from Mylar wrapping paper. Keep it in the refrigerator. Directions and tips for making the cones are here.

There are also techniques for painting using body paint , regular cosmetics (liquid eyeliner), glitter and gems. Many of the supplies are at the beauty supplies store.
The gilding page is here. Halloween is coming! Sparkle up!

Skin safe glue, glitter and face painting supplies available at Silly Farm.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Online Poloroid Maker

Rollip - Create Poloroids from your photos.
Just load your picture and choose from a variety of focus and decoration options.
A gift from the Poloroid Corporation

10.14.09 This morning I saw an announcement that Poloroid is bringing back their instant film and cameras. Yay! I still have my camera and hope that there will be film for it.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mexican Peasant Dress Instructions

Kathleen Fasanella pays Homage to the humble house dress over on Fashion-Incubator.  I have become a convert to the comfort of dresses. I've been wanting a version of the Mexican peasant dress and blouse.
Cynthia aka redpajamamama has posted some nice instructions for this simple dress style.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Vintage Embroidered Badges

More from my make it yourself books. The badges caught my eye.
Click for larger images.

These Fonts by Rodrigo German at dafont would work for hoodies and badges. There are also some other skateboard and cartoon fonts by him that are suitable for stitching.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Vintage Hoodie Embroidery Patterns

I'm going to be sharing some of the ideas from my 20 volume set of make it yourself first published in 1973 and then published in English by Columbia House.
click to read publisher info.

Hoodie Embroidery. Click to enlarge.

Then there is this inspiration from a Danceteria flyer

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Organza Flowers

Excellent tutorial by capusitalinda. I have this type of organza ribbon. I think some already burned circles should be in the kit I'm making for Sophia. She went nuts for the beads in my craftroom and feels confident that she will like beadwork because she knows crossstitch.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Make Your Own Buttons

Hoo-Boy, I really love these buttons! I was browsing CraftStylish and fell for the project only to find that it's designed by my favorite CraftyPoder, Diane. No wonder I like it. Bag makers take note. It's the details that count and this one has some of my favorite attributes. It's interesting, cost effective, green, materials are easily available and the step by step photos and text are great.

See what I miss when I walk away from the computer for a period of time? Sometimes I just have to do it so I can hear my own internal voice.

Printable Butterfly Paper Craft

My favorite Queen of Paper, Patricia of Agence Eureka, has shared two pages vintage butterflies on her flickr page. She even cleaned the images and offers them without the backgrounds. In her blog comments she says that they are meant to have motion but she may have used a paper that is too heavy.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Newspaper Seed 6 Packs

When I was with the Friends of the Scappoose Library seedlings were our best sellers at our spring booksale. This tip would have helped to save us from a shortage of recycled pots. Brought to you by Little House in the Suburbs. Check out her printable Garden Planners.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Lampshade Ideas

Lately I've been very interested in lighting of all kinds.
Love this faux capiz shell idea by Monica Ewing of Craftynest.

lamp ideas at G-Whang's Digi-Fab
This lampshade is called Rain.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Shoe Patterns

I'm just beginning to explore shoe patterns. I look for shapes that may have potential with a little bit of fiddling of the pattern and I make it in paper first.
The pictures are links to the Google Patents. Download the PDFs.