ARTFULLY AVOIDING THE LANDFILL (& driving my husband crazy) ONE PIECE OF JUNK AT A TIME

3/6/12

Critters

Been a while, huh?  I have a gazillion excuses, of course, but I won't bore you with them.  I'll just admit that I've been a bad blogger and confess that I haven't even checked in on my favorite blog friends either.  That's something I'm not very proud of and I'll try to do a better job.

I have another confession to make.  I tried to copy a crow.  Yep.  I found this awesome prim crow on etsy and tried to make my own.  Let me just say that my crow paled in comparison.


I'm still rather proud of my imitation, even though he does look a bit more like a mutant parrot than a crow.  As a matter of fact, he turned out so good that I wanted to make more primitive creatures because I love them so and I also love the way a little acrylic paint and a coat of Mod Podge magically transforms muslin into faux leather.

So, I did the right thing and ordered four patterns from Raven's Haven, including Edgar the Raven (the one I tried to DIY) designed by Stacey Mead, The Goode Wife of Washington County.  If you love prim, checking out her etsy shop is definitely a must.  Not only are her designs the "crow's toes", her patterns are wonderfully easy to understand and follow.

I haven't tackled the Edgar pattern yet, but I did use her pattern to make this adorable little dog.


The original pattern features cute little wings, but I decided to skip the wings and give him a bandanna scarf instead.  After all, if he's going to live here, he's got to be a farm dog, right?  He needs to be hanging to get the full effect of his chasing pose, but I haven't quite figured out where yet.  For now he just helps me cook and goodness knows I can use all the help I can muster in that department :)

The little fella looks a bit frisky though, don't you think?  I decided he needed someone to keep him in line and found the purrfect subject to fill the bill.  A cranky old cat, again, courtesy of Stacy Mead.


This old gal has zero tolerance for tom-foolery.  

Goodness, this is so much fun I can hardly wait to make some more!

7 comments:

  1. How cute! You didn't tell me about the cat! I'm taking my "kit" to Vegas and working on the felt stuff when Lynn is in his meetings... btw, I love them all!

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  2. So good to see you back! Love the doggie critter. That's my fave.

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  3. well, maybe THAT is why I haven't been here... YOU haven't been here! hahahaha
    The crow is cute in his own little way, but I love the doggie! :)
    take care my friend!
    gail

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  4. Crows Toes! is right~~~

    I love all your little Prim projects. That little dog is adorable.
    Not too shabby on the DIY crow either. Didn't know that info about the canvas /faux leather either.

    I was so glad to see you leave me some comment love...and certainly glad to see you pop in here and update us...

    don't ever apologize for being away from the blogsphere-- it just means your spending time on IMPORTANT THINGS. Family ,Farm Life, and Prim crafts...{smile}
    ~you bloggy friend, Pat

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  5. love these prims....just so cute, each and every one :)

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  6. These are so cute! And it really is amazing how the muslin looks like leather!

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