I don't know why. I just did.
Louie has been an idea in my head for a long time. And I do like creating art pieces from time to time. I like using mixed media but you can always find felt, fabric or maybe yarn on something I make that is geared toward the artistic. But this is more in the category of a craft fail for me. Louie just would not do what I wanted him to do.
But I decided to share it with you to give you can idea of some things that may go in my someday Etsy shop. I have more sneak peeks to give you but I am discovering I am an AWFUL PERFECTIONIST. I am working on easing up a bit. Really, I am.
Seriously, like a branch!
But...I did not account for stability. And it broke. Dang. So I glued it back together (it actually gave it a more realistic look...I celebrate the positives here) and decided to keep it for me as a pretty Spring mobile. The glue is holding it together but for how long is the question. Call me a risk taker. But I will cry if it breaks again.
Louie is made of linen and I blanket stitched him closed and his eye is a pretty, little, green bead. The nest is actually made from cloth covered floral wire that I twisted into a nest.
I adore the leaves so much! I fell in love with the fabric and the happy combination they make together. Be warned: You may see it again in the future. :) I sewed them together intentionally leaving the edges frayed for a shabbier look. I did the same when sewing the bird. I stuffed Louie and the leaves for some dimension but they turned out larger then I hoped.
I would have had a tutorial if I had any idea what I was doing. But I learned a lot from my mistakes, researched more about paper mache and I am excited to go back to the drawing board on this one.
The branch is strung with fishing line tied to a silver ring for hanging. I actually tied it while I created the branch so the paper mache would make the fishing line part of the piece. It worked really well and seems invisible.
I wish this had turned out like I had envisioned but that is the fun of creating. Sometimes you don't know what you will end up with but it is still worth it.
Wow. I just reread this post and it is incredibly boring. Sorry to post a snoozer. Hmmmm...how can I redeem it? Oh, here is something fun!!!! The editor of the magazine I craft for went on a radio program, WTBN-570 AM radio last week and actually mentioned me with some incredibly nice words about me and this blog! I was so overwhelmed and flattered. And as I type these words I realize I never thanked her. Must go do that right NOW.
P.S. Today is last day to enter the giveaway from Mama Jill Designs!