Monday, March 30, 2009

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

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The story goes, "if you give a mouse a cookie,....he will want some milk to go with it...." I think this must be the story of my life ;) I've been having so much fun with projects lately, I keep adding more. I still don't have a pincushion (maybe I'll get that done later today). But I have some awesome pins to put in it when I get one!

I was brainstorming little crafts to make with some teacher friends from school. We try to get together every once in awhile and have lunch, now that I'm no longer teaching. They're always asking if we can MAKE something...they're both really crafty, so I think they will enjoy making some of these little pins. Here are some tips if you would like to make some too:

I used quilting straight pins 1 3/4" long
I worked with FIMO soft polymer clay, found at Jo-Ann Fabric stores. It was on sale for 99cents/package/color.

Using a ziplock freezer bag to work on, I rolled and worked the clay in my hands to warm it up and make it softer. I found that toothpicks and the pins themselves made great shaping tools. Once I got the basic shape of my pin topper, I molded it around the pin head. You can also mix colors by taking a bit of the two or three you want to mix and tearing/molding into a ball until the color is uniform. When I was happy with my pin "goodies", I placed them on a baking sheet and baked them in the oven for 30min. at 230 degrees Farenheit. (directions for baking are also on the FIMO package!)

I think a clear coat of poly or something similar to make them shine would be nice. The possibilities are endless! I obviously had sweets on the brain when I made these.

And lastly, I need to brag about my hubby. He came home from work on my birthday with a bag from Clemenine's Dry Goods. Inside, I found three 1/2 yard cuts of beautiful Amy Butler Fabric that he had picked out himself, as well as a Pineapple Rule acrylic quilting ruler :) What a good birthday ;)


Jackie said...

Those are absolutely adorable! I know what you mean about projects. I feel like I have projects for projects sometimes. BTW, I read the book "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" to my little ones tonight. :-)

Lynsey Grant said...

WOW! What a sweetie your hubby is! That's probably the most thoughtful gift I've ever heard of!!

JennyDillBrown said...

Man . . . he is good!