Monday, August 29, 2016

Steampunkin...and the Thief of Time!

Steampunk!

What is it about Steampunk style that is so appealing to me?  Sometimes I wish I were younger so I could get geeky and immerse myself in this whole other world.  It's kind of a fanciful Victorian-JulesVerne-Science Fiction-Fantastical Voyage into steam-powered technology, with a lot of rusty gears.  I have always been a nerdy kind of person.  I was into Star Trek from the time I was 12. I went through a Lord of the Rings fan phase...as the collection of Hobbit figurines in my office will attest. As I get older, I don't seem to feel the need to go to ComicCon...but I still feel the desire to dream fantastical dreams.  George likes the idea of Steampunk and has been collecting materials to build a few cool lamps. 

I love it when the creativity gods smile down on me...sending those Eureka! moments that strike at the oddest of times.  Mine happened while I was organizing my Halloween crafting materials and found a pad of scrapbook paper I forgot I had.  It's a Graphic 45 collection called "Steampunk Spells" and it's pretty cool.  I had an inspiration flash...Steampunkin!  What could be more fun?

Steampunkin...Jack-in-the-Box!

Steampunkin Jack!
Old bed springs are the perfect size for a Jack-in-the-Box.
Finished Jack is about 18 inches tall.


Jack's hat was a woman's fascinator.
Zurchers has a Steampunk section in their costume department.
They have a fun selection of accessories...jewelry, hats, goggles, you name it!
Even little bags of gears!


The medallion on the front of the box was a brooch from Zurchers.
I used the lid of the box for a platform for Jack's box to sit on.
I wrapped the edge in leather and added nail heads.
The legs are mini-candlesticks from Hobby Lobby.


Jack's box is wrapped and embellished with Graphic 45's Steampunk Spells papers.
Up next...Jack's companion!

Thief of Time...Altered Crow!

Thief of Time.
I've had this crow on a wooden platform for a few years.
I thought a clock theme would be fun for him.
Everyone knows that crows are thieves...so he became "Thief of Time."
Note...clocks on the wheels.


TOT wears a capelet made from the fingers of an old kid glove.
I found the glove in with some old lace that belonged to Grandma Patta.
I embellished it with clock hands, a clock and some gears.


TOT's hat is also embellished with little clocks and gears.
Tiny clock hands are the "feathers" in his cap.
He carries a stolen timepiece in his beak.

Little Steam-Punkins.
I saw these gold-veined pumpkins at Walmart and just knew they needed the Steampunk treatment.

More clocks and gears!

Temporary display...I start decorating this weekend!!

Hooray for September!
Are y'all as excited as I am for fall?


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Halloween Circus...New Additions!


Carousel of Creepiness!
Carousel of Creepiness!
Made from old lampshade frame.
Slit straws cover the frame ribs.

On the Fourth of July weekend George and I traveled to Nederland, Colorado...home of the Carousel of Happiness.  I was happy to finish that chapter of the history of Fairyland Park.  As I rode on the carousel, one crazy thought led to another...and I knew I had to make a Carousel of Creepiness.  I had been working on a blog post about the other carousel for Vintage Vacations...but I couldn't concentrate.  I had to stop and create!

Carousel Jack!

Come and Ride...Cats in Saddles.

My Favorite Vintage Cat!
I found one in Grandma Patta's attic when my kids were young.
It was my very first vintage Halloween piece, and is my most treasured.

Closer view of Cat.

Skelly's Ticket Booth!
Every circus needs a ticket booth with a dapper skinny salesman.
His customer is an old friend I made some years back.
The ticket booth is inspired by one I pinned on Pinterest...Vic's Creations

Ticket Booth Sign.

Skelly and Friend.


Scare-us Wheel!
I've used this black cupcake wheel for several years.
I finally decorated the sides.

Cat and Moon.

Witch and Moon.


Graveyard Drummers!
I want to find more of the band members.
Grateful Dead?

Old Friends!
The circus tent was the first piece I made a few years ago.
I was thinking of a Night Circus theme.
I use the same "want ads" paper on each of my pieces to tie them together.
I can't get anymore...only 3 sheets left!

Witch's Candy Stand.
Also a few years old.
She wasn't a circus piece...but fits in nicely.

Haunted Midway!
I wanted to see everything together.
I need a backdrop of some kind and a garland of black and white flags.

As usual I am not letting the calendar get in my way!
Happy Creepy Crafting!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Last of the Red, White and Blue...White King Uncle Sam!

Uncle Sam inspires our latest craft group project.

The Uncle Sam Project
My local crafting group met a few weeks ago to work on our Uncle Sam projects.  The challenge was to create an Uncle Sam figure from an old tin and a paper clay head.  We meet in Alpine, Utah at the home of Jann Olson of Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson.  She is the half-way lady...half way between southern Utah County and the Salt Lake City area.  It's always so much fun at Jann's house!  She is an amazing person with so much creative talent...as her home and garden will attest.  You never know what her "Theme" will be from month to month...bees and old plaid thermoses come to mind...lol!


This is my finished Uncle Sam.  
He's created from a can of White King Cleanser.
I used measuring spoons for his arms.

"Heads of State!"
Making the air-dry clay heads took up most of the time.
My fellow crafters chose some really fun tins.
It's harder than you think to find something red, white, and blue!
What a crazy variety of expressions, don't you think?

Paula's Sam, in the middle, is amazing!  

Closer view of Sam's hat.
Made from a toilet tissue roll.

I sat Sam's drum on a pedestal for a bit of height.
It's an empty ribbon spool.

I love using rosettes...they make things so fancy!
It looks a bit out of balance...but that's just the angle.

Wooden Patriotic Banner.

I finished this banner yesterday...better late than never.

Bit closer view.

Wooden Bingo pieces are fun!

This is just a quick post to catch up.  Today I am getting out my fall and Halloween craft boxes.  I am starting to see creepy little crafties in my dreams.  I just thought of a Carousel of Creepiness...so stayed tuned.  I think my visit to Nederland, Colorado to ride on the Carousel of Happiness may have something to do with it...lol!

My Dream Tin.
This would be the basis for the perfect Uncle Sam Project...if only one would come my way!

Happy Summer Crafting!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer Is A Circus...Up-cycled Stuffed Animals!

A Circus Without Animals...Inconceivable!

And a circus without an elephant is just tragic!

I have only attended a Ringling Brothers Circus once in my life.  It was magical!  The elephants were by far my favorite part.  Their dignity and majesty were awe-inspiring.  It makes me sad that they will no longer be a part of the circus.  To me they are the "Big Top."  I have collected more images of elephants than of any other circus symbol. They will always be a part of everything I love about a circus.  I recently redecorated my grandchildren's play room into a Dumbo Circus theme.  It's still a work-in-progress, but I plan to share pictures sometime soon.

Sweet Ellie...Circus Elephant!
I found Ellie at a cute little shop in Salt Lake City called "Retro Betty."
There was a basket of pre-loved vintage stuffed animals that day.
I bought an Easter bunny as well.

I always intended for Ellie to be a Valentine circus animal...so I chose red and aqua for her colors.  I love those colors for Valentine projects.  But she will fit in with all my circus creations. It was fun making her a cute clown collar and a party hat.  I can't help myself when it comes to party hats.  So many of my characters seem to have one.  It's the fastest way to feel festive!  I also made her a fancy box for her matinee performances.

Hat Close-up.


Ellie's Fancy Box!


Ellie's Clown Parade Baton.
Made from odds and ends and bits and bobs.


She's ready for the 1:00 p.m. show!

Circus Bear!


"Wheeler"

I love old stuffed animals on wheels.  I would love a collection of Steiff animals, but they are so expensive...especially the vintage ones.  I saw this funny old wheeled bear at Flea-o-logy in my friend Paula's booth.  I was in love!  I had to chase George down and beg for some extra cash...I had already exceeded my flea market allowance...lol!

He needed a little work.  I used some painted beads to replace the missing hubcaps and hold the wheels on.  I'm not sure I like these...I may change them later.  I made Wheeler a collar from a scrap of vintage fabric I have had forever.  The aqua polka dot matches the beads.  I didn't want to glue on his party hat, so it ties under his chin.  He is so stinkin' cute!


Party Hat!

Thanks for letting me share my new Circus Friends!