A Nifty Miniature Rocking Horse Made With Ordinary Things

Miniature rocking horse

This little rocking horse took his time being born. I started making him last fall. Stuff happened and stuff happened, as it does, to hinder my mini makes. Now, seven months later, he is finally ready to show you how he was assembled.

In a nutshell, you take one plastic toy horse, add some chipboard rockers and some cotton cord mane and you have an adorable little rocking horse for your dollhouse, room-box or diorama. Check out these easy steps to cuteness.

Buy a pack of inexpensive plastic horses from the Dollar Store.
  1. Use a craft knife to cut the tail off the toy horse. Ouch! Sorry, but it’s got to be done.
Cut the rocker and little floor boards out of thin chipboard. I used my Cricut Air 2, but you can use scissors or an X-acto knife as well.
Glue the rocker assembly together and attach to horse. I used regular white tacky glue.

Paint the horse with acrylic paint. I started with a coat of white. Then I bounced the colors back and forth with brown, grey, rust and white until I had a finish that I liked.
Paint the rocker and, again, bounce the colors back and forth until you get a finish that you like. I used a dry brush technique for the paining and the antiquing.
My final dry brushed coat of paint was white.
Use string or cord of your choice to make a mane and tail. I used cotton yarn, tied a couple pieces together and then separated each strand.
Miniature rocking horse
Use tacky glue to attach the mane in the opposite direction that you want it to go. When The glue is dry, you can flip the mane to the other side of the horse’s neck and glue it down. This will give you a nice even line where the mane meets the horse. When dry, trim it to the length that you like.
Drill a hole into the horse’s hind. Gather a group of fiber together and use glue to attach the tail to the horse. Trim as desired.

Halloween Paper Rosettes

 

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This year I’ve put up not one, but TWO Halloween trees! Naturally, that gave me an excuse to make even more Halloween ornaments. I’ve been wanting to make paper rosettes for a while now, but have never had a reason to do so. You see, I’m a functional crafter. I craft when I need something, either to give away or for my own home. The rest of the time I’m pretty busy with work and home chores. Or I’m pretty lazy preferring  to sit on the couch reading or crocheting.

But this year: Let’s make Paper rosettes!

scoreboard

The very first thing that I did in preparation for my ornaments was to purchase a score-board. I knew about them, but had not needed one before now. The thought of measuring 1/4″ spaces along 12″ strips of paper and then carefully accordion folding each one was too much. Then, to multiply the strips to about 20 ornaments…argh. Nope- not gonna do that.

I tossed on some shoes and ran right to the craft store. I found several different makes and sizes of score-boards. The large one was perfect because I knew that Les would use it for his paper creations- books, envelopes, etc. The board was a steal considering how much time it would save and that I had a 50 percent off coupon for that day.

The next step was to go online to see if there were any hints or tips on making small rosettes.

Wow! There sure were and they are so much easier to make than they were way back when I first learned about them. This step-by-step-blog post is incredibly easy to understand and follow if you need. For full instructions, click the photo to the right or click on the link below.

http://penniwigs.blogspot.com/p/how-to-make-paper-rosettes.html

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You will most likely want some printables for the centers of the rosettes, some ribbon and assorted glitters (optional of course, but oh so cool.)

After learning to make rosettes the easy way, I scoured the internet for free printable art to attach to my creations. This sheet was put together by me and is free for you to print if you like. the sheet pictured is of a small size for the web. But if you click on it, it will take you to a page with a full sized sheet.

more-rosette-supplies

 

 

The weird but adorable cats and pumpkins in the photo on the left are by Jack Teagle. I got them way back in 2011 or 12. This was the link, but I don’t know if he sells the prints anymore. I cannot find them on his blog today. You may have to contact him or resort to the regular clip art above or search the web of course.

Paper-rosettes-for-HalloweeHere they are! TADA! A bunch of cute little Halloween rosettes that can be used, not only for ornaments for your tree, but also for gift wrapping, assemblage and a ton of other crafts.

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And- tada- here’s the tree. I wanted a black tree  that looked kind of like a vintage feather tree. What I found was a green Christmas tree that I spray painted black. Turned out cute if I do say so myself.
S McCall

Free Printable Coloring Pages – Brand new and hot off the press

line art

Interest in the adult coloring book craze has been amazing. You can find book after book in craft stores, book stores and even printable pages online. Of course- don’t you just know- I have to add in a few of my own drawings to the mix.

My drawings are from some of the cards that I made using rubber stamps that I designed for various stamp companies. Some are from paintings that I did and some are from block cuts. The abstracts are drawings that I made especially for this project.

There are three collections assembled here. Click on the image or on the title of the collection that you want to get the full sized PDF file that you can print out for free. No kidding, no come-ons and no unending pesky ads to load up before you can download your coloring pages.

Coloring Collection 1

coloring page

Coloring Collection 2

abstract art color pages

Coloring Collection 3

Have fun! And, if you can, send me pics of your work in the comments section. I would love to see the collaboration between my art and your beautiful coloring of it. S McCall

How to Make Easy Holiday Coasters

laser cut wooden snowflakes

I found these adorable little wooden snowflakes at Target. they were only a dollar for a packet of six. I had them laying out on my coffee table because I used them to style my Cranberry Chutney photos. They were, coincidentally, right next to my plain cork coasters and cup of coffee. (Yep, still trying to break THAT bad habit!)cork coasters and wooden snowflakesBeing the brilliant crafter that I am, I spotted the correlation right away. “Hey, what if I use them for ornaments?! ” Just kidding, the leap to coasters was a short one, but I think that you’ll agree. they are CUTE!handmade coastersAll you need are little wooden laser cut ornaments, plain cork coasters and a hot glue gun. Now if you are going to use them as trivets and set something REALLY hot on them, like say, a hot pot of soup, then use a regular super strong glue like E6000.coastersHappy Holidays!