Saturday, March 1, 2014

Dressing Dummy, Do-Over

Ok, I stripped the form down, (preview here) cleaned it up, recovered it in a batting to give her a little padding & cover the fiberglass body.  I cut the burlap, re-cut the burlap, added a zipper, stitched, ripped out, added darts, hand stitched and finally threw the whole mess of burlap in the trash. There is no remaining evidence & even Oreo ignored her.
So, I stripped the padding back off & decided to Mod-Podge the form in colors that compliment my craft room. (You can click on any picture for a more close-up view.)
Here she is, all ready to get started.  I cover my work area with a clear plastic painting tarp because I typically make a mess.
 I found several pieces of scrapbook paper that I liked, using the blues, browns and even some of the danged burlap.  I used a rough edge and cut strips and pieces.
 To apply, I use a sponge brush & liberally apply Mod Podge to the surface. 
On the corner of my covered work surface, I use a sheet of waxed paper that can be folded up & thrown away after each coat.  On the wax paper, I apply a coat to the back of the scrapbook paper.
Affix the paper to the damp surface and smooth out any bubbles.  I've learned not to topcoat the Mod Podge until this under layer is completely dry.  I randomly added pieces of scrapbook paper all over the form and put her up for the night.  Tomorrow I will layer over the open spaces to ensure all bare surface is covered. 
After I got the entire body covered and let it dry overnight, I recoated all the seams with Mod-Podge and she's drying...again! 
Then for the fun part.  I had found a measuring tape I thought would make an appropriate belt, so after soaking it in tea & drying, I glued it onto her waist. If you look closely, you'll find I had some fun designing her.
I used a piece of lace to make a sort of collar - I glued it on at the top and then sealed the entire form & added decoration with American Paint Top Coat.
When that dried, I experimented with American Paint Dark Wax - rubbing it into the indentation on the frame & catching the edges of some of the paper.  You can see in the picture above, the collar before & after.

 Added a strand of my Mom's pearls & a necklace that belonged to my Grandmother.  I've had these in a drawer, they are too fragile to actually wear, so now they can be displayed.  After spray painting her "head" and the stand, I put her all back together!
 At the bottom, I made her a little burlap ruffle adorned with some additional pearls.  Her name is "Catryn" - because I forgot to put any mention of Oreo in her design...and Kathryn was just too obvious.  ;)
For the moment, I've put her in my craft room.  My chest & bookcase also finished with American Paint Company paint & top coat.  Color:  Dollar Bill.  Purchased at "The Old Store" in Piedmont, Oklahoma. 

Friday, February 28, 2014

Bridesmaid Dress

Found this dress at JC Penney, $46.  Love the 2 length skirt.  Can change out belt with ribbon that matches bride's dress. 

Afternoon wedding, bride wearing dusty rose gown.  Colors:  ivory & dusty rose.  Flowers:  roses

Friday, February 21, 2014

Dry Chicken Soup Base

Cream of Chicken Soup (Dry Mix)
  • 2 cups dry milk
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup chicken bouillon granules
  • 2 tablespoons dried onion flakes, optional
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground marjoram, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons butter
Combine all ingredients except butter together and store in airtight container. To use, mix 1/2 cup dry soup mix with 1 1/4 cups water and cook until thick; add butter. This is equal to one can cream soup. The mix makes enough to equal 9 to 10 cans. For cream of mushroom or celery soup, add chopped sauteƩ mushrooms or celery along with the butter while cooking.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Dressing Dummy

MrD gave me this dress form for my birthday one year....I have dressed it up in a tutu, hung scarves around her neck, tried to find the perfect use for her.  My bedroom is blue & brown, so she never quite matched.  This week, I've decided to recover her and she will have a place of honor in my new craft room!

The wooden stand was wobbly & I couldn't see how it was affixed.  Plus, I was concerned that the black/white fabric would show through the loose weave burlap I had chosen for her new covering.  Soooo...I ripped the old covering off.   I found 2 loose screws and 2 missing ones that should have held the stand on, I also found the "body" is some sort of pressed fiber glass that shreds skin & causes severe itching.  

First & foremost I am covering her with either a light-weight fleece or flannel. I don't want my skin exposed to the form while I'm making her new duds...and I believe every woman needs a little padding!

This is what she looks like this morning.
 and as soon as I snapped the helper made some adjustments.

More updates as this project progresses....

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Kitty Litter Concealed!

The ONLY thing I hate about indoor cats is the litter box.  There never seems to be a good place to place it - where it isn't in the way, but is isn't forgotten either.  I went on a mission to figure out an alternative for my Oreo.

Yesterday I scoped out a couple of Goodwill stores & came across a small side table that already had an open back.  It was priced $4.99, so I decided what the heck!!  I forgot to take a before pic, but it was originally an oak color with little gold knobs.  The inset piece on top was black, similar to a chalkboard finish.  I liked that the front panel is a door, because drawers would have required the fronts to be removed from the actual drawer & permanently affixed to the cabinet. 

I took the easy way out and spray painted the entire cabinet espresso brown, then I used some scrapbook paper that coordinates with my bedroom colors & covered the inset on the top.  I had a knob in my stash, so I replaced the one on the door.  The interior width is 10.5 inches, so I used a Rubbermaid storage tub that slides right inside & will be filled 1/2 full with scoopable litter.   For a while I'm keeping his old litter box while leaving the door of the new cabinet open until he transitions.  He will be able to access the concealed box from the back side AND an added bonus, I can set it close enough to the wall my darn dogs can't decide to have a disgusting midnight snack!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Parmesan Zucchini Tomato Herb Bread - GF

I purchase fresh veggies & fruit via a nationwide co-op called Bountiful Baskets.  They not only provide healthy produce, but have a blog with useful recipes.  This last week we were blessed with zucchini & tomatoes AND a recipe for Parmesan Zucchini Tomato Herb Bread - so I tried it!

We don't eat wheat at our house, so I substituted Silvana's Gluten Free Flour in equal measurement.
This would be delicious with a soup in fall!  We liked the texture & flavor.   You could add onions, spinach, other herb seasoning.