Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Six Toothbrush Amish Knot Rug Tips

For those who may have missed some of my Rug Tip posts, here they are - all in one place:

Follow links under each photo to read more about each tip!

Amish Knot Toothbrush Rug Tip # 1

Amish Knot Toothbrush Rug Tip # 2

Amish Knot Toothbrush Rug Tip # 3

Amish Knot Toothbrush Rug Tip # 4


Amish Knot Toothbrush Rug # 5

Amish Knot Toothbrush Rug Tip # 6
Happy Rugging!


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Knotted Rag Rug Baskets!

A few weeks ago, I started a rug using some new fabric mixed with recycled fabric. While making it, I realized that the new fabric worked up stiffer than recycled fabric. It was not as soft. That gave me an idea to try making a nice sized basket instead of a rug.



Since then, I have been on a basket craze!


I developed some general basket instructions including some projects to practice.
Then, I got creative and used the basic basket shape to create some fun mini baskets with lids.

Here's a quick video to show you just some of the endless possibilities. I hope it inspires you.
Toothbrush knotting isn't just for rugs!



If you'd like to purchase instructions, visit my Etsy Shop. My basic basket instructions include how to make the bread basket, small round basket and a round casserole dish, Also included is 3 different basket handle ideas! Click Here:

Basket Instructions

and Happy Rugging!


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Kokeshi Dolls Sake Tea Party - Fairy Garden Style

This week, I created Kokeshi Sake Tea Party Cups, for the fairies.

Kokeshi Dolls Saki Tea Party - Fairy Garden Style
The Process:


How to:


Find used, vintage Japenese Kokeshi Birthday Candle holders. Fill in the candle holes with polymer clay. Repaint hair and caps to blend, revive color with a coat of polyurethane. (Discard any broken or damaged holders).


Create tiny Sake Cups and Sake Vases using polymer clay. Then, paint them using tweezers and acrylic paint. Note: I used air dry clay because I wanted a rougher finish than baked clay.



Find cute Sake tea cups and some cherry blossoms. Fill the cups with foam.



Add moss and a tiny card stock tray. Arrange the items just the way you want them.

Hint: using a heat gun, you can carefully heat plastic stems to make them bend and hold the curve where you want them. Work quick and a little at a time, or you'll melt the whole thing. Trust me.

Add a little sign and invite the fairies to a Sake Party!

Kokeshi Dolls Fairy Garden Sake Tea Party!

I hope this post has given you some ideas for creating Japanese Style fairy gardens. If you love them, but don't want to make your own, these 4 will be listed in my ETSY SHOP!
See them here: Kokeshi Tea Party

Enjoy the fairies!!