Hamie and I were talking the other day and he very quietly mentioned that he had a new lady in his life (he was worried that I might be jealous). Her name is Heidi and they are thinking about getting married (it was love at first site... what can I say...). I helped Abe and Wendy get together so I offered him my heartfelt advice and sent him off into wedded bliss. I am kidding of course - but making up corny stories is what makes me laugh the most!!
So I have a few sharesies today (I hope you can all hear how to pronounce that word in your heads like I can)! Share-s-eeee-s. Make sense?
To begin, call Lolly and ask her to sew the leaf spikes on for you (you can reach her at (555) lol-chop. When she does not answer leave her a funny voice mail. When she does not return your call forgive her and bust out a needle and thread and start sewing. Sound like a good start?
No really.. this is NOT like the topiary. I had all of his leaves attached within an hour. No foolin. This actually goes MUCH faster than you think. You will simply be whip stitching each leaf on with about 3 stitches.. that's it. Simple as pie. I did it after I had him all stuffed and sewn closed. A fat Hamie is a happy Hamie (words to live by).
I basically laid a leaf in the spot I thought I wanted it to be and then came up under each edge and poked the needle immediately through. I then went through that same spot over and over about 3 times... and then moved on to the next leaf. Laying it where I thought I wanted it and then just moving from the leaf I just came from to this new one (holey mackerel that was confusin). See the pics. I hope this helps you to see what I am talking about. I am not being too clear here... I worry you know.
Note to readers: Ignore the horrible cuticles in that pic. I need a manicure. Which actually leads me to a short but funny story...
A few years ago I was telling RonChops about how badly I needed a manicure... being the thrifty guy he is...(totally a man after my own cheap heart) he asked me if I thought he could do them for me. I figured that was not a bad idea so we went out and bought all the stuff you needed... you know... the usual... special clippers, cuticle pusher thingy, cuticle oil, skin remover ointments, etc... well... (and this is where it gets funny)... he was good up until the part where you had to actually cut the cuticles. I think he turned about 4 shades of pale and declared that he would not be able to manage it. The poor guy really really tried too. I think he had the clippers in his hands and went in about 4 times to cut them and just could not even do it. He might have almost passed out but I cannot be sure. A line of sweat formed on his brow and HE decided that I needed to pay someone to do it for me. Ah well. Some things are better left to the experts right? Thus ends the little Chops love story... back to the sewing!
So now.. you see where you come up under the last leaf you sewed on... and then start on the next one? That's ALL there is to this. You just move along in a line adding leaves as you go. It's easy. Trust Lolly.
Show me the pink flower covered babe (this is Hamie talking not me)!
So you want to talk easy... ladies... Heidi could not be any simpler if she tried. You start with your basic naked Hedgie. This is a family site so we'll not be sharing THOSE pics. I decided to make a light pink Hedgie and completely cover her fabulous little Hedgie body in Prima flowers. I have several bottles of these things and I have only used about 10 from each bottle (if even that). So I used a bottle similar to the ones pictured HERE. Scrappers, stampers and card makers will all be familar with these flowers. You sewing and other crafting gals may not... these things are fabulous. You can use them in so many different types of crafts. I recommend taking your 40% off coupon to your local craft store to pick up a bottle of your favorite colors. You will be amazed at how many uses you find for them! I did not even use an entire bottle for this project. I still have loads left over!!!
All I did... was take these flowers and place a larger flower on the bottom and a smaller flower on top and then I stuck a stick pin with a round white top through the middle of each flower set. Since the Hedgie is like a giant pin cushion.. it worked out pretty darn well!
If I had any holes or gaps... I simply placed one of the smaller flowers (with a pin through the center) in that spot!
I am telling you.. I had her completely covered in less than 30 minutes... and she's totally cute too (at least Hamie thinks so)!
As for for the eyes... MomChops took back her massive button stash cause she had some serious crafting to do of her own, so I have been left buttonless...(it's a horrible state to be in)... so I only had a few lame buttons to pick from. I think their eyes could be MUCH cuter but I have to wait for Mom to bring her buttons back over to my place!
I decided to cover Heidi's round little Hedgie bottom in flowers... and opted out of covering Hamie's. I like the way his spiked leaves wrap around his cute little back side (this is me talking not Heidi).
So that's really all I have for today! I know the original Hamie might seem a little daunting - but I am really hoping that Heidi seems more doable. You do not need a special machine or anything.. just some material for the Hedgie body, head pins and any ole flowers... and you will have one adorable little lamby.
I hope you are all having a terrific week!
Make sure you go check out The Butterfly Project pics that have been posted to my Flickr group (HERE)! There are some really nice ones out there!
Pink P.S. This Friday I'll have another Crafting With Lolly project!!! You will need the following:
hard boiled eggs, easter egg dye, freezer paper, blue painters tape and some of your favorite punches! It's gonna be FUN and EASY!
xoxoxoP.S.S.T. You can get the Hamie and Heidi pattern HERE!