My Little Elf

Polymer clay…yes, please!

As I’ve wandered through the craft stores over the years, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to work with polymer clay. Recently, thanks to Facebook, I discovered a local artist who conducts workshops in polymer clay and so, of course, I signed up.

The workshop was called, “My Little Elf.” In this one-day session, we actually sculpted the head, hands/arms and feet/legs; we made the wire/padded body; assembled the entire elf and dressed him in a handmade elf costume. I never would have believed I could do this, but it’s amazing what you can learn to do when you have a great teacher.

Here is my little elf that I have named, Eddie. I think he’s adorable. What do you think?

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Gloria

 

Cozy up!

I’ve done a lot of crocheting this past year. It’s so enjoyable to curl up on the sofa with my crochet hook and yarn and make something beautiful and useful. I’ve made a few afghans and I’m in love with them all! I’ve been “hooked” on the woven stitch, which creates a tight and thick afghan. This one is about 7′ long by about 50″ wide, just perfect to cozy up with on a cool evening. Here it is…

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Gloria

Stained Glass Rooster!

 I love my rooster!

Here I am, with my rooster all soldered together. I just finished cleaning the the flux off of it and applying the patina to turn the solder black. I’m very happy, can’t you tell?

And, here is the finished product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Glass mosaic flowers

Can’t you almost feel the breeze as it blows through the tall grasses? The flowers bend and sway as if dancing to the sound of the wind. 

Just wanted to show off a new glass-on-glass mosaic that I made in an all-day workshop, recently. I love the freedom of glass mosaics, you can just create as you go along.

On the other hand, I also love the precision of traditional stained glass, where every piece is precisely cut according to a pattern. Oh, life is just all about choices!

Happy weekend, everyone. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you will drop in again, soon.

Gloria

A crocheted blanket for my sweet hubby

It never even occurred to me that my husband would like a crocheted blanket. So, when he commented on how cozy this one would be when he grabs a quick nap on the sofa, I was thrilled.

I make all my blankets with Bernat Handicrafter 100% cotton, using a 5.5 mm hook. This one is 140 stitches across and I made it about seven feet long so it would cover my hubby’s 6-foot-tall frame. This is my favourite stitch, called the Woven Stitch, but is also known as the Granite Stitch and the Moss Stitch. To finish it off, nicely, I crocheted a border that is several rows deep.

I love working on these blankets–or, afghans–when I’m watching television because it’s so relaxing and doesn’t require any counting or real concentration. By the way, these Bernat colours I used in this one are Country Red, Sage Green, Jute and Overcast. Here are some close-ups.

The Stitch

The border…first two rows: dc, ch1, across. Next three rows, woven stitch. Last row scallops made in your favourite way.

That’s it for now. I hope this inspires you to make a cozy blanket for someone special in your life. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll drop in again, soon.

Gloria (a.k.a. Globug)