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Christmas Dress!

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With my husband’s assistance, my daughter’s Christmas dress was completed just in time. Her great grandfather has a dinner every year around this time where the Christmas gifts are exchanged. This year, it’s being held, well….tomorrow. Lol.

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I had been working on her dress for a few days, but, unfortunately, I hit a bit of a bump in the road…namely that every needle that we own wound up missing. Of course.

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But, here it is, done and she looks completely adorable. Not that that is a shocker. I mean, look at that face. She could make a gunny sack look cute. 😉 We even got her hair fixed up the way it will be tomorrow.

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The front, inside of the dress is lined with a fluffy white fabric to keep her warm.

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The back is almost floor length.

Is it a bit much for a simple dinner? Probably. But, what can I say? I looooooove dressing up my little girl. 🙂

So I tried my hand at sewing…

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My sister loves Narwhals. Now, granted, I could have stayed within my comfort zone and just make her a Narwhal necklace out of clay or something, but I decided to try my hand at making her a mustachioed, monocle wearing, Narwhal PLUSHIE.

The first time I had ever seen these horned whales depicted, I was watching one of my mother’s favorite movies, The Last Unicorn. I thought they were fascinating, and have since learned that infamous horn is actually an extremely large tooth, much like an elephant tusk.

Anyhow, enough of marine life lessons.

For this plushie, I followed a tutorial and used a pattern I found online, and dressed him up like a little Sir, because, well, my sister just loves mustaches and monocles as well. I had some blue, plush fabric left over from a failed attempt to make a baby blanket for one of my husband’s friends who had just welcomed his first child into the world (I ended up making bow tie onesies and some burp cloths instead. They didn’t mind the blanket being missing, they still seemed very happy).

You can find the tutorial and pattern here on this site called Craftster. I would also recommend visiting her Etsy shop, if you are thinking about adopting a little Narwhal buddy for yourself. She has a lot of other cute and colorful creations, and honestly, I’m thinking about putting an order in for one of those little Corgis, “for my daughter”, of course. 😉

I did a search on Google for mustachioed Narwhals to give me an idea of what I wanted to do, and believe it or not, there are already a lot of cute gentleman Narwhals out there. However, this one here was most like what I had in mind.

It took 4 hours of sewing (did I mention that I don’t know how to sew?) and two days to actually finish with the monocle and all. In the end though, I think my little sister will like it. If not…I might lock myself in my room and cry for a week. No big deal. ;P
Anyhow, say hello to her new whimsical horned whale of the deep blue, yet to be named, of course.
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The Snow Globe (Polymer Clay) Sugar Cookie

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Finally, I have finished this time consuming little charm. It took longer than I had hoped because I ended up having to use this acrylic ‘water’ for fake flower arrangements that…unfortunately, takes 2 days to set. Well, now that it is all done, I love it. ❤ It’s even scented.

If you want to find the tutorial I followed to make my cookie, you can visit this blog: http://myrandas-sweet-treats.blogspot.com/2013/10/christmas-cookie-gifts-3d-snowglobe.html

The instructions are for an actual cookie, but the basics are pretty much the same (it’s easier to make a fake cookie if you ask me).

Like I mentioned at the beginning, for the clear ‘glass’ part I used an acrylic ‘water’ for flake floral arrangements. I recommend resin however.

The inside I used micro-beads in silver, white glitter dust, and some blue glitter. I decorated it with the fake icing, which you can find the tutorial for that here on my blog.

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The biggest issue I had, minus that dang acrylic water, was that the glitter…sticks…to the…acrylic water. Huh, I guess all my issues really stemmed from it.

Well, that’s it for today. What do you think?

Polymer Clay Gingerbread House Template and Tips

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So, after thinking about it, it’s not exactly easy to make a tutorial over a gingerbread house to begin with. I mean, you can walk someone through on how to make the things like the gingerbread, or the candies, but when it comes to decorating, that’s all about how they like it.Soooooo, with that in mind, I made a template, and will be posting just some tips on how I pulled mine together. Take from that, and you can make yours anyway you wish.

What you will need:
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1. Clay in some variation of brown.
2. Chalk Pastels in varying colors of brown
3. Soft bristle paint brush
4. Blade
5. Tooth brush, bottle brush, or something else with stiff bristles to texture with
6. Needle tool (not pictured)
7. Clay ‘candies’ you made, or any type of polymer clay cane you think is interesting (not pictured)
8. Polymer clay ‘icing’ (there is a tutorial for this on my blog)
9. Template (click the link to download)

Tip #1:
It’s a good idea to bake your pieces first, this will make them easier to work with.
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This is what maine looked like after texture, dusting, and baking them.

Tip #2:
Make sure your icing is THICK. You don’t want it runny as it won’t hold your pieces together during the baking process well, and when you decorate later, it won’t keep it’s shape. Don’t make it so thick that you can’t spread it though. You gauge on what you think you can work with here.
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Tip #3:
Decorate your pieces as much as you can and bake BEFORE putting them together.
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Tip #4: Put the pieces on your base but leave one wall off. This mean you should have three walls on, then bake. After that, you can add the final wall and re-bake. This will end up saving you a LOT of trouble. Trust me…
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Tips #5: When you add the final wall, bake with that wall facing UP.
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Tip #6: Put your roof on ONE piece at a time. Bake between each piece.
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Tip #7: Notice how mine has crack where the pieces didn’t seem to connect 100%? Don’t fret of them! Use your ‘icing’ to fill in these gaps and add a bit of decoration.
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Tip #8: You can leave it as it is, or you can do what I did and add it to a base. I wanted mine to look like it was sitting in snow, so I grabbed a piece of my super soft white clay (Scupley brand called Pluffy if that helps) and stuck the house right on top of it.
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And there you have it. My tips for making your own polymer clay gingerbread house. If you make one yourself, be sure to link me any pictures, because I would LOOOOOOVE to see how it turns out. My husband drilled an eye pin into mine for me because he thought it would make a super cute ornament.
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***Get the Template HERE!!!***

Tutorial: Polymer Clay Candy Wreath and Chocolate Bar

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Just a couple of quick tutorials for a candy wreath and chocolate bar:
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**Wreath**:

***What you will need***:
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1. Blade of some sort. I am using an X-acto.
2. Tooth pick
3. Two shades of green clay
4. Red clay

*Step One* First, take a small piece of each color of your green clay and roll them into snakes, like so:
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*Step Two* Place the clay side by side and twist until you are satisfied with how it looks:
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*Step Three* Cut off the ends:
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*Step Four* Connect the two ends to make a complete circle:
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*Step 5* Grab your red clay, roll three small balls, and place them on the wreath with your tooth pick:
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You’re done!
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**Chocolate Bar**

***What you will need***:
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1. Something to roll your clay flat. I’m using a rolling pin made for clay. You could use a can or a regular rolling pin, I have found lightly dusting those things with corn starch keeps the clay from sticking.
2. Blade of some sort. Again, I’m suing my X-acto.
3. Brown Clay

*Step One* Condition and roll your clay flat until you get your desired thickness:
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*Step Two* Cut away the sides until you get a nice rectangle:
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*Step Three* Using the blunt end or your blade (the back side that isn’t sharp), press lightly into the clay to make lines. One vertical, two horizontal, or reversed, depending on how you have your clay:
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And you’re done!!!
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Thanks for joining me! Come back later and I will post a template and tips on how you can make one of these:
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Tutorial: Candy Canes

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Today is a simple tutorial over two different types of candy canes:
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The first one is more cutesy while the second one, to me, is a tad bit more realistic, and easier to make.

Here is what you will need:
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Red Clay
White Clay
Blade of some sort

Now, just take a bit of your red and white clay and roll them into snakes:
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Now twist them around one another:
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Keep twisting until you are happy:
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Cut off your excess:
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Now, roll the twisted snakes until they bind together, something like this:
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And that’s how you make the first one.

For the second one, you are just going to mix some of your red and white clay together and rolls it into a snake, like this:
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And then twist and roll until you are happy with how it looks:
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Cut away the bits you don’t like, and you should have something like this:
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I hope you found this tutorial useful, join me soon and I will walk you through making a miniature candy-like wreath. Thanks!!!