Saturday, October 30, 2010

I "felt" "wood" with the craft club this weekend, and I am NOT ashamed.

It's alright, you can admit it, you giggled.  You giggled like a thirteen year old boy the first time he heard about the Tufted Titmouse, and then felt a bit ashamed when he learned what that really meant.  It's a very cute little grayish-blue bird with a pointy head like the cardinal for those of you that don't know. You're still giggling aren't you?  It's ok, no one is watching.
This months project was awesomeness all wrapped up in a crock pot potluck.  We made these super sweet trivets for keeping your hot pots hot and your cold counter tops cold. We had to cut our felt strips before we got to the club meeting or lord knows we would have been there foreves as these guys could use up to seven sheets of felt each.  Heck, some people made THREE of these bad boys! Think of all that cutting, then measuring, then cutting, then the phone rings, then cutting, then the dog has to go out, then measuring, then the dog has to come back in but then runs really quick to get the ball to put it on you before you can even get to cutting again.  Thus the full week of cutting before the crafting even started, but I guess that is part of the process so we end up enjoying it anyway.  I never knew cutting felt would sooth the soul.
As always the trial run by Anita taught the group many things: glue gun glue is superior to fabric glue for this craft, wrapping the felt on a flat surface gives you a cleaner look, and mixing crafting and candy corn eat-offs with oneself produces a darn nifty item.
So we wrapped and wrapped and wrapped, we are talking hours here kids, and we came up with some great stuff.  We had birch wood, rough hewn pine, some awesome pumpkins, and a wicked cool jack-o-lantern that I would be proud to plop a pot of chili on!  Once the insane flurry of circles was done we moved on the placement of bark or stems and leaves.  I had no idea the bark placement would require such thought, such creativity.  But as you can see it was well worth the candy corn calories our brains consumed.
You can also see a most awesome flower.  This is a fine example of what happens when a crafter whips out the improvisation stick and waves it about wildly.  It's simple white color with the hit of pink makes me want to make a yummy Easter colored cake just for that trivet.  Ok, so we have the wood, or pumpkin as the case maybe, now to add stability we add two coats of the ever wonderful, ever fabulous, MOD PODGE!  Letting each coat dry in between of course.  Now it was not realized at the onset of this craft but MOD PODGE can cause an otherwise sane adult women  to become a babbling fool wracked with the need to paint it on everything.  Laura all but stole other crafters trivets to cover them in the heavenly stuff.  After the PODGE dried a cover of felt was glued  onto the back for a nice clean look.
All in all a great craft for the season, for chili's, soups, stews, and all manner of tasty baked goods hot out of the oven will be making appearances all over the neighborhood.  Now so far we have no insertion of dog rule on the craft room other than the occasional whiff of burning tires that would seep out from underneath the table, wafted around the room by a gleeful tail wagging.  In the end though, she put the stamp of the paw, as all dogs do love wood.
She approves of the wood though not of the fact that we talk of her gas on the Internet.  I have a feeling that lots of lucky folks will be getting wonderful homemade gifts this year for Christmas. I hope I do!

Love to all you crafters out there!
The origami ninja, Kelly

Lots and Lots of felt as this craft is addictive
Hot glue
Scissors or rotary cutter
Painting apparatus for said podge


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