Army wife quilter

March 31, 2017

Prince of peace

The last 6 months has been really crazy in my house.  We have had a lot of changes.  My oldest child joined the Army.  My husband is retiring from the Army and we have moved to another state.

But through out all of that Christ has been my center.  This years Easter presentation from Mormon.org his the Prince of Peace.  Please go check it out you will enjoy it.

December 12, 2016

Ornament Exchange 2016


For the last 6 years I have participated  in an ornament exchange.  These two are the first that I have received for this year.  they are so cute.  
The Nativity comes from Nicole, Boise ID


This Santa Globe came from Brandie, Mesa AZ.
Every year they are so creative and I enjoy going to the mail box and finding a new ornament.

September 28, 2016

My Hermione Potions and Spell Book

I spent the last few days making a Halloween spell book.
You can find so many example and tutorials online at Pinterest so I did not make a tutorial.  It turned out so awesome.
"Hermione Potions Spells"


Follow the spiders on the back of the book.

I am thinking I need to make another because it is so easy and so very cool.

September 18, 2016

bows using blind bag toys

If you girls are any thing like mine they love the blind bag toys.  They watch videos about them and ask for one every time we go to the store.
Today I thought they would make great bows.
The new troll movie coming out already has blind bags so I got a few to make bows.  This is how they turned out.  I like the first one better. 

This bow was my first and I improved it on the next.

We have lots of Shopkins and so my daughter asked for this carrot to be in a bow.  I think it turned out cool too.
I will probably be making more like this.  My girls are loving them.

September 14, 2016

Deco Mesh Pumpkin for fall or halloween


This cut pumpkin can hang on your wall from September to November.  If you want to make it look more like a Jack o lantern then add a temporary face and legs or hat.  Then remove for Thanksgiving.
http://www.keepingitsimplecrafts.com/2016/09/apple-crafts-and-recipes-mmm-347-block.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20blogspot/fGMKF%20(Keeping%20it%20Simple)

September 5, 2016

My Second Paper Mache Pumpkin

This spooky guy is my second paper mache pumpkin.  I made one about 4 years ago when we lived in Washington.  You will see a picture of the first on at the end of this post.
I took pictures of some of the process.  I skipped the 15 layers of paper mache and started when the pumpkin was getting ready to be detailed.

After the fifteen layers of paper mache is dry it looks like this.  I used for the layers just strips of newspaper and watered down glue.

I then cut out the bottom whole and the face.



Then comes the paper mache paste.  It goes around all the cut out face and helps you give the stem and pumpkins the authentic pumpkins look with the vines wrapping down the pumpkin and around the stem. 
After this first layer I realized it needed more and so I made the vines thicker and eyes thicker so that they popped.

The last layer of paper mache is paper towels.  I gives the paste a smooth look.  It also makes it easier to add dimension with paint because the towel is all wrinkly around the pumpkin so even though I said it smooths it out it is anything but smooth.


I Then paint the inside and out side the basic color I want it to have. 

 I then use the dry brush technique with all the different colors to give the pumpkin dimension.
Black, Red, Oranges, and Browns on the pumpkin.  Browns Greens' and Orange on the stem give the pumpkin its pop.

Here they are together. Old and new. Last I sprayed a Rust-oleum clear coat spray to seal it and you are done.

These two guys are going to be a great addition to my Halloween display.
linked too  http://bec4-beyondthepicketfence.blogspot.com/2016/09/talk-of-town-link-party.html#more
http://www.keepingitsimplecrafts.com/2016/09/apple-crafts-and-recipes-mmm-347-block.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:%20blogspot/fGMKF%20(Keeping%20it%20Simple)