Saturday, December 31, 2011

2012 Photography Challenge

I'll be trying something new this year! Actually, I'll be trying many new things this year, but I'm referring particularly to a photography challenge called the 313 Project 2012 - where you take a picture every day of the year, minus Sundays. That adds up to 313 days and consequently 313 pictures! You can read more about it here at the blog of our friends who are hosting it: 4 His Glory-The 313 Project 2012.
I won't be able to post my picture every day, but I'll be trying my best to take one every day and share them all in one big post at the end of the week.

May you all have a Blessed New Year!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday: Plush Angry Birds

This Christmas, I decided to make many of my gifts. Not knowing what to do for my brother who has everything, I spent some time thinking about it before I came up with this brilliant idea, based on a tutorial I'd read on a craft blog I follow several months prior: Angry Birds! I made him the red angry bird and the pig, weighted with a beanbag in the bottom so they could be paperweights.

I used the Angry Birds Plushies tutorial from Obsessively Stitching and loved the way it turned out. After making the red angry bird, I had the concept down and made the pig without its tutorial. But if sewing doesn't come so intuitively to you, the tutorials are very well written and easy to follow, with pictures for each step. I haven't made any of the other birds, but I'm sure they'd turn out very well. I really didn't make any diversions from the tutorial except adding the black tail to the bird and not adding a crown or helmet to the pig.

 Here's red angry bird, looking so very angry!

And the pig, looking a little boggly-eyed.

I think this was my funnest gift I've ever made, and even funnier his reaction when he opened it!

If you ever do try this tutorial, and if you'd like to share, I'd love to see how your angry birds come out!