A friend is expecting a baby; mom and dad love 'The Mouse'. They love Disneyland, so, what better way to acknowledge that than with a Mickey for the baby's room. They chose not to find out if they were having a boy or girl so this can work for both. This is my attempt at painting the famous mouse. I do have something else for them too, in case Mickey has to live in a closet and only come out when I visit. I put a gel with glass beads on the sun's ray's to add a bit of sparkle to it. I so like sparkle. He is 9" X 12" so he isn't too big.
A friend taught me how to make the pins. You cut circles out of material, burn the edges with a candle and heat the center to cause it to pucker. Sew together with button or bead (I glued a Swarovski crystal to the red one). Sew a pin thingie to the back and enjoy. The material is the key. Satin and taffeta works well. The blue/green and purplish ones were harder to work with. I think they are too thick and didn't bend as much as I would have liked. Use your scrapes, just not cotton. When my friend first 'tried' to teach me to do this, I kept setting the material on fire, not good. Using a small tea light works well because the flame is not as hot as a bigger candle.
When I wore the red one I took a small strand of pearls and just wrapped it and let it hang down.Adding the bluish/greenish to my denim dress added a soft touch to it.
These can be made in all sizes to be put on head bands, purses or whatever your imagine takes you. Another friend of mine who is an amazing seamstress, added some to a skirt she made.
And I have to add a gratuitous garden picture. Okay more that one. Caught the blue bird taking his morning bath. I love when he visits; its not often enough.
Come have a cup of coffee with me.