Monday, May 16, 2011

Uncle Sam

At the request of one of my customers at the booth I made an Uncle Sam. I swear this one was the death of me. I used to like making dolls, but now I'm not so sure. Oh making the body and clothes was no big deal. But come time for the hat I was totally stumped. Luckily a new friend on Facebook Dawn helped me out. I'm still not happy with it, but hey I tried. I also think he needs to be holding something. I thought a flag, but that is way to much Americana stars and stripes for me. I also tried a new method I've never done before. I know you all are going to roll your eyes at me, but I needle felted the beard, eyebrows, and hair. I know it's been around for a long time, but I thought it was too complicated. Today I bought a needle to try it. It turned out pretty good if I do say so myself AND it was very easy. I'm not sure my pictures are close enough for you to see though.

So here is my first ever Uncle Sam made without a pattern... I like my prims a lot darker and I kinda wish he was, but it's too late now to re-stain him. So once I figure out what he's missing into the booth he goes so the customer can see him.

Speaking of the booth... I've had an amazing week. I had a lady call the flea market last week about my make do chair. Of course the woman who runs it called me right away with the phone number of the lady. We finally were able to make connection the next day. I tell you what those of us who like prim are like kindred spirits. I talked with my new friend for close to an hour. It was like we knew each other for years. Did I mention she was from Pennsylvania? Long story short she is coming down this weekend to pick up my make do chair, hopefully. Then I get a call from the flea market yesterday telling me my booth was a mess because they sold my dough box and didn't know what to do with my stuff I had displayed on it. OK first of all I am a type A personality. I went into panic mode and actually had an anxiety attack because I was at work and couldn't get to the booth to fix it. So I let my fingers do the talking. I texted Steve who said he'd try to make it out there. WHAT??? NO!!! that's not the right answer. So next I texted my bestie Rose, who said she wasn't busy and she'd go out and fix it and let me know what we needed to add. SHEW I took a breath. Then I text my other bestie Michele that she might want to get some more things out there too. She told me she had planned on going out yesterday also. SWEET!!!!! I'm a little more calm now. Well, little did I know Steve, Rose, and Michele would all be there together. I just KNOW they were laughing at how I sounded like a lunatic. LOL. They swear they weren't BUT.... anyway Steve found out that the lady who bought the dough box was also from PA. I have a sneaking suspicion the lady was the daughter of the lady I spoke to on the phone. During our conversation she mentioned her daughter was in a town nearby camping. So I think it was a covert operation. She was scoping out the booth for her Mom. LOL. I think I'll ask her when I see her this weekend.

Other than Uncle Sam I haven't done much crafting. I even cleaned up my craft area/ dining room. Steve said it looked weird being cleaned up. That must mean it's been a mess way too long. LOL. On Tuesday we will be going to the booth and taking another piece of furniture. I will be taking my chippy paint cabinet in my living room. It's time to clear out and simplify. So it too will be up for sale.

This is an old picture, but you can see it better.

I know I just said I wanted to simplify, but I had a hair brain idea that I want a buttery in my kitchen. So I am in the middle of trying to communicate what I want to Steve. So he is trying his best to draw what I see in my head. LOL. I know I want it to have counter space. I want to use wood boards for the counter top. The issue is it will need to wrap around a corner. I said he could make a corner cabinet then add two side cabinets. I still don't think he's quite on board yet. LOL. I would like the top to be just open shelving for my plates, bowls, and such. The bottom I will have storage for my unruly Tupperware that I have a ton of. I'm tired of putting stuff in the cabinet and slowly pulling out my hand and slamming the door so nothing falls out. Admit it you've done this stunt before. LOL. I think I'll just make curtains to cover the bottom part. UGHHH if I could only get Steve on board. LOL.

I will try to be back Tuesday/tomorrow for a post because I go to the ortho again for my foot. I will also try to take pics of the booth for ya to see what my besties have been up to.
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lilraggedyangie said...

Wow , you in panic mode lol NEVER !! Im the same way , glad things are going great for you , love the lil uncle sam he's darling , you did good ! If you ever need dolls and don't wanna mess with them , you know how to reach me :0) lol Cant wait to see buttery pics , Steve will take good care to see it carried out I am sure . As for the tupperware cabinet , YEA I admit it I do it on a daily basis open the door slide the container in and jerk your hand out quickly as the door slams ! lol Take care of yourself . Enjoy your week .
hugs lil raggedy angie

Angela said...

You did a great job on your Uncle Sam. Where did you find your felting needle? I have looked for one around my parts forever. I have never tried it either so don't feel bad.Would love to try it also. Congrat. on a good week at your booth. Can't wait to see pictures. Good luck at the doctor tomorrow. Have a great evening.

A Primitive Homestead said...

Great Uncle Sam. Good to hear your booth is working out. I do not think I could give up that cabinet. Yes I shove tupperware in & slam the door too. I admit it. Ha Ha! Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Your Uncle Sam looks great..It sounds like you are doing good in your booth..Congratulations..

Tina's Primitive Attic said...

I think your Uncle Sam turned out great. I am with Lara, love your cabinet, not sure I could part with it.. hehe.. Have a great day! Tina