Monday, July 23, 2012

Tour de France!


Oh my goodness! Who would expect a peloton of colorful cyclist whizzing by to inspire the cutest ever spectators. This little French duck and his Wait-and-See companion seem to be enthralled by the excitement of the Tour de France.


Viva la France! This little duck wears his country's colors proudly. His Napoleonic collar is eight layers of crepe gathered by hand along one edge with a running stitch. Layers separated, the collar is glued on upside down.


Could a feline spectator wear a more perfect hat? I love to using vintage greeting cards to make cone shaped hats. Ruffles are made by stitching down the center of layers of crepe on the sewing machine. Width determined, edges pinked, cut between pinks to sewing line.. Hot glue in place, separate layers of crepe.


A vantage point high above the crowd. Wooden dowels are inserted into large Styrofoam balls after Paperclay has been applied.



Simply adorable! Striped sticks are the perfect final touch. Thin strip of crepe is secured with hot glue just under head shape and spiraled down stick. Secure with glue again. July crafting comes to an end on the final day of the Tour de France. What a wonderful day this has been.


20 comments:

Kim K. said...

I can never get enough crepe paper ruffles. Such delightful touches, Elizabeth. I hope more crafting tutorials are on their way in August too!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

They are so cute, Elizabeth! I love the little hat on the cat. I'd love to try and make a little hat myself and actually have some bare cones that might do.

vivian said...

how cute these are E. I'm home this week and was just sitting here contemplating what I might want to create first! I'm going with something halloweenish I think!
happy day!
xoxo

Perfectly Printed said...

Just love your ducks!

Chris

LBP said...

Quack! Cute as can be!

Linda

Debby said...

These are soooo adorable. Love ducks anyway.
So funny what a small world it is. Cindy and Skip are a fun couple. Glad you got to spend tie with them. Was it at their home. They have a beautiful home on the Lake.

Tammy's in Love said...

You Quack me up: Tour de France! Hey! How do you make the paper hat for the duckie? I'm not cutting big enough or something, mine won't fit!

Thanks Teacher!

Margie said...

Adorable little duck!

vintage grey said...

How adorable are these sweeties!! Love the duck!! Happy new week to you!! xo Heather

Teresa said...

How adorable!!! Elizabeth, you make the cutest crafts ever, and are THE MOST productive woman I've ever seen. Hope you have a wonderful week! Teresa

Nan said...

Oh your ducky is so cute and that bill I wonder what you made that out of, clay ?

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Oh gosh, it indeed has been a wonderful day getting to see your latest Elizabeth - so adorable! Their expressions are priceless. Love them!

Do you suppose they will cross the channel for the Olympics later this week? ;)

Happy week to you!

annemarie said...

Cute projects as usual!

craftyles said...

E, my son was in Paris at the end of the Tour de France, so I adore your little cuties. I didn't have a clue how to make a ruffle out of crepe paper-I've gotta try this.Thanks for all the great information on your blog. It is so helpful!

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Thank you for yet another peek at the magic that you create! I've always wondered what the trick was to getting such perfect crepe paper ruffled collars!
Thanks again E! :)
Erica

Carol T said...

My husband returned home from France last night. He is a long distance cyclist and he followed the Tour for two weeks. He went with a friend and they took their bicycles and rode a portion of the route each morning. This was his third time going and he had a fantastic time. He is suffering from a little jet lag and is snoring away on the couch downstairs!

My Vintage Mending said...

I cannot believe you painted those gorgeous eyes. I find them puppy worthy. I will be crepe papering very soon. Right after I put my needle down. Smiles...Renee

Ina said...

EEEEPPP! Viva La France! ;p

voyance gratuite said...

Nice Stuff..! I also wish him good luck to defend his gold medal. I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

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