Pretty puzzle piece picture


I like looking for creative, pretty, interesting, out-of-the-ordinary crafts to do 😀 Here’s one I recently did, and I thought I’d share. It’s a terrific way to turn that puzzle that’s missing a few pieces into a cute or beautiful piece of art!
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Over the Christmas holidays, the daycare I work at was cleaning out its shelves and getting rid of stuff. The puzzle I made this from was missing a few pieces and so wasn’t useful for the kids. We were just going to throw the pieces into a bin to use on other crafts, but I thought of another use for it. 🙂

I found a section without holes to use as the main part of the picture, made that part and glued it onto a piece of cardboard for stability. I cut the bumpy edges off, but, depending on the look you want, you could leave them.
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I thought about leaving it like that, putting on a ribbon hanger and calling it done, (and depending on your picture style, you could just put on a hanger and end here) but I kept thinking of more ways to fancy it up-it is princessy, after all! So I glued more decorative puzzle pieces around the outside edge of the picture. I glued them to the back so they’d peek out but not interfere with the main picture, but again, depending on what you want, you could stick this border on the front side. I used tacky glue for this part as it dries faster and you don’t have to hold each piece as long.
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I used a mix of fancy and plainer pieces for the border.
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And then, because glitter makes everything better 😉 I added a little bit just outside the picture.
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Lastly, I wove a string of some gold beads around the outside puzzle pieces, using some superglue to secure it. That also became my hanger.

And that’s it! It took a while but I’m very happy with the finished product! 😀 There are many different ways to do this craft, and I’m looking forward to trying new styles and looks. 🙂

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2012 in review


Praising God for a wonderful year 2012 and praying for His continued leadership and blessing in 2013!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks to all my readers for your continued support! God bless!!! 😀

Flowered Peasant Dress For Sale!


The Flowered Peasant outfit—$25

This one-of-a-kind, handmade doll dress is currently for sale (and comes with the doll)! Outfit includes a drawstring skirt, white chemise, and blue felt vest. Please let me know via the form below if you are interested in purchasing it. Thank you 😀

Also see the Red Velvet Elven Dress for sale here!

Superheroine


Superheroine doll

We recently watched the Disney Pixar (animated) movie “The Incredibles,” which I really liked.  That movie was the main inspiration for this outfit 🙂  So I created this superheroine and an outfit for her–she has a backstory, family, superpowers, all that… 🙂

To start with, there’s the superhero staple–a spandex supersuit!  I made that out of a dark blue sock that had a great stretch to it.  It’s all one piece.  Then i took the silver corset and halter top off of the Sci-fi girl‘s outfit, because I felt it would look better with this outfit.  (You can read more about how I made the silver corset and top here.)  Red plastic boots (which I didn’t make) complete the outfit.

Sci-fi girl


Sci-fi girl

This is an original design I had a lot of fun with 🙂  It is largely based on characters from Star Wars.

There are several parts to this outfit:

White pants (from the store)

White long-sleeved top (handmade)

Silver corset with skirt parts (the silver stuff for this came from the bodice parts of some store-bought doll dresses; I cut up, like, 4 dresses to get the parts I needed)

Silver halter top (also store-bought, this was originally white but I used silver glitter glue to make it match with the corset)

Belt made from a strip of elastic

Store-bought grey shoes

Lightsabers!  Made from chenille wires and foil

1. Just the corset

2. Hair down (I like it this way!)

3. Hair up for action

1.  2.  3.

UPDATE: I moved the silver corset and top to the Superheroine doll ‘cuz I liked it better  with that outfit 🙂

FYI, here’s how the Sci-fi doll looks now:

A bit more Jedi-ish, don’t you think? 🙂

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