Friday, May 27, 2011

Big News!

Crafting Tools

It seems like every time that I keep a blog, there are always big gaps in between my posts, and an eventual apology post for my absence. It has been almost a full month since my last post, but I promise that I did not disappear! I have been working on some crafty things, I just haven't gotten around to posting them.

It's about time for me to share. I have some big news! There is a new Crafter's Mall opening in Louisville, and I will be one of the vendors! My dolls and handmade gifts will be available for sale along with twenty-something other crafters. The shop is on Dixie Highway and will be called Unique Creations.

I will share more information about the location and date of the grand opening soon. I will also be featuring some new dolls and other items in the weeks to come. For now, I will share these little cuties.

Piggy Banks

I had the idea for these little piggy banks while trying to think of a going away present for a co-worker who got another job. She liked pigs and the one I made for her was so cute that I decided to make more! I hope you like them!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Plastic Egg Jockeys Tutorial

Egg Jockeys

A few years ago I had the idea to make jockeys from plastic Easter eggs. So many of my friends and family enjoyed them that I decided to have a craft session at work where we made them. My co-workers loved them too! Here are the steps to make your very own Jockey decorations for the Kentucky Derby.

Egg Jockey
1. For each jockey you will need 3 plastic eggs. Pick one color for the hat and silk shirt (orange in the photo), another color for the pants (green), and a third color for the face (yellow).

2. To assemble the jockey, place the top of the green egg on the table. Snap the bottom of the green egg to the top of the orange egg for the body. Snap the yellow egg top and orange egg bottom together for the head. You will not need the yellow egg bottom for this jockey. Put it aside.

3. Use a hot glue gun to attach the body to the leg base and the head to the body. Let this dry before fiddling with it.

4. Use some acrylic craft paint to create designs for the jockeys' silks.

glue gun safety
5. The next step is to glue the googly eyes onto your jockeys. Be very careful not to burn yourself with the glue gun on this step. I used needle-nose pliers to hold the googly eyes while I applied the hot glue. Then I put the eyes in place on the jockey's face, still using the pliers.

felt visor Jockey Egg hat
6. For the visor, cut out a half circle shape from felt. I used black felt, but you can use any color that you want. Take the head apart and sandwich the felt in between the pieces. I had no trouble snapping the egg into place with the felt inside.

felt arms
7. Cut out felt arms and hands. I used black felt for gloves and coordinated the arm color to the painted design on the jockeys' silks. Using hot glue, attach the hands to the arms and let dry.

Jockey face
8. The next step is to finish the jockey faces. I just used a black paint pen to make the mouths. You could add noses, hair, and rosy cheeks if you wanted to. Goggles on the jockey hats would be cute too.

9. When the arms are dry, hot glue them to the sides of the jockeys.

10. Once finished, these jockeys will make an adorable decoration for your Derby party.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

My Derby hat!

A hat for me

My hat is finished, and I think it looks pretty good. I think my mom and I will make a nice pair with our spiffy hats. This hat was $2.50 in the Target beach section too! It just goes to show that with a little effort and some cool accessories, you can make anything look fancy!

Pink and Blue Derby hat