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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Sometimes I Think I Have a Blog Just to Go On Haitis!

It's hard to believe I let so much time go by since I last blogged and promised to stick to it. Well forget it, never gonna happen! What I have been doing is CRAFTING!  Yup and here are some of the things I have been working on. Halloween inspired me all on it's own.

I searched the net to find out how to make a tabletop witch and came up very short of ideas. So pure creativity took over. I work with access to very few supplies, so as always, I ended up using what I have around the house. I used a detergent bottle for the body, covered it with scrap booking paper. For the head, I had a two inch paper mache ornament ball from Michaels. The face was hand formed from Fimo. I had just watched the latest release of OZ and was inspired by the Wicked Witch of the West and let my fingers work the polymer until I was happy. I added plastic eyes. Using purple/grey variegated yarn, I glued strands on the head, long enough to drape down her shoulders.

For the cape I cut a circle out of black felt. To get the sizing correct, make the radius of the circle, the same length as the detergent bottle. Cut a small hole in middle, big enough to slip over the detergent bottle's opening. Before placing the cap, take a 15 inch piece of strong wire and using the middle of the wire, wrap it around the neck of the bottle. I added duct tape to assure it would stay in place. The wires to the left and right become the witches arms. Drape the cape over the wires and bottle.  I cut the felt circle up the front of the bottle to expose the witch's paper dress.

Glue the head on the top of the bottle and let dry.  I also glued a 5x5x 1/4 inch pine board to the bottom of the bottle to give the witch more stability.

For her broom, I used an old paint brush for the handle. For the bristles, I rolled a piece of black construction paper and cut slats into the role. I then wrapped and taped the "bristles" to the paintbrush. To make it more realistic, I also wrapped a small gauge piece of wire around the top of the bristles.

If you look closely, there are small stickers of ghosts, an owl on her shoulder and a voodoo doll in her hand. The frog, well he's a friend I found and bought at a local boutique. The witches' hands were made from green foam leaves with a sticky back that I had laying around the craft room. I also spied a shred of purple tissue paper which made a nice scarf for the witches' neck, to keep her warm on these cold October nights.

Granted, I keep a supply of craft items around, and occasionally I go to Michaels, JoAnn's and other crafts stores. But at the time that I buy items, sometimes I don't even have a plan for what I am buying. Usually it is a whim, that says, yah, I want to try that, or that's cool, maybe I'll find something to use that on. If you have any questions about making this witch, feel free to contact me. (carpediem5790@yahoo.com) Oh and carpe diem! Seize what you have and seize the day to create.