Monday, October 10, 2011

Invitation in Hand

Whenever I am invited to an occasion, I always have my invitation in hand when I arrive. It's not that I think the hosts will have forgotten they invited me, but it is a chance to acknowledge the thought they have put into the invitation sent.

These little party goers are leaving nothing to chance as they arrive at the festivities appearing on my craft room shelves.

Each character consists of purchased pre-painted wooden beads for the head, (I painted hair on this one) pipe stems for the body. A paper base allows the characters to stand.

This little witch's dress is made with pinked pleated crepe hot glued in place.

Tag along brothers appear ready for fun in their Cute as can Be costumes.

Pinked strips of orange crepe are Mod Podged directly to a small sized Styrofoam ball after inserting pipe stems for head, arms, and legs.

Leaves are cut from several layers of crepe, vine from twisting crepe between fingers.

I have a penchant for Red Devil costumes but only if the are as Cute as Can Be. EAKS! Fashion Police Alert! Two Red Devils at one party! My little red bird seems to be processing this information.

One bent pipe stem is inserted into head bead to create body base and legs. Body: coil stem around a pen, cut with wire cutters, slip over legs to form body. Arms: length of stem is slipped between body coils. Sleeves are formed by coiling stem around candy stick. Cut and slip over arms. Pants: same as sleeves.

Hat: Two inch circle of felt is folded in half, cut widows peak. Hot glue from center of circle to edge, pinch with fingers until sides adhere. Fit to head and trim back of hat.

Hot glue length of ribbon to back of head bead at an angle. This secures ribbon in order to tie a bow. Hot glue hat in place. Hot glue horns.

I absolutely adore crafts made with pipe stems. They speak to me of my Uncle Howard who smoked a pipe, the smell of cherry tobacco filling a room.

You haven't an invitation, you say?

That's okay! We know a party goer when we spot one!


Lynn said...

Those little cuties are adoreable! Thanks for sharing with us!I hope you have a wonderful week!

Musings from Kim K. said...

Your party guests are just too sweet in their costumes. Love them!

Terra said...

Your autumn "people" are very cute.

My Vintage Mending said...

It is just too easy to see you in your characters...dragging along said little brother. Mothering all those in need. Oh thank you for the glimpses. Just a darling little group. Smiles...Renee

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Oh my, they are adorable, Elizabeth!

ShabbyESP said...

Your party goers are so cute!!
You are so talented!!!
Thank you for sharing!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Carolyn said...

The party goers are as cute as ever! I too have a penchant for cute red devil costumes. I still have the pitchfork from the devil costume that my dear mother sent my sister to Catholic school wearing. Needless to say, the nuns sent her home to change.


Scrap for Joy said...

Your party will be a smashing success! Everyone in their custom made costumes all ready to bob for apples or tell semi-spooky stories and eat caramel apples. What could possibly be more fun! I wish I was small enough to come :D

Lynn said...

oh my, I just reread this post!!A trip to Micheals tomorrow for me and a neighbor to craft away the afternoon making these cuties. Thanks so much for the directions and the sweet valentine too!
Have a wonderful week!

Visits With Mary said...

Love your little creations, they are so cute!

Robin Sanchez said...

Cute as can be!! I too have an uncle Howard, but he didnt smoke a pipe.

Cant wait to see whats next.


Tammy said...

I can hardly wait to return from my vacation next week and lock myself up in my craft room! These little party goers are adorable. I especially love the little devil.

Nan said...

E. these little guys are just so darn cute I can't stand it.

annemarie said...

Amazing - what a fun party this will be!

Terri said...

Oh these little people are so wonderful! I adore them! They so remind me of some toys I had as a child in the late 50s early 60s.
You are so amazingly creative!

Celestial Charms said...

Such sweet little decorations. Perfect additions to your dream of a craftroom!

Holly Loves Art said...

OH WHAT FUN!!! Just love this little colorful party! Thank you for having me. :)
Take care,

patchworkandlace said...

What lovely little characters your really clever x

suz said...

I am in awe of your talent! I so look forward to reading your blog each week (I only have the chance to do it once a week) and between your little amazing characters and your stories, I find myself totally happy when I'm done. One day I'm going to sit down and make some of these wonderful little creatures!

Jenni Swenson said...

I am going to hae to try this... your little people are so darling.

Ina said...

I love the little red devil!! ;0

Ric Rac and Polka Dots said...

Miss E,
You won't believe this, but I just got home from an antique shop where I spent at least an hour in one booth where the lady was selling antique pipe cleaner ornaments, elves, snowmen, angels, etc. I kept admiring them saying, "Oh, Miss E. would love this, and oh, if Miss E. could see this." I did take pictures, but am thinking you probably have already made something like them already. Actually yours are much cuter, but it was really fun seeing them and thinking I could try making some for myself. I ended up buying a small ziploc storagebag of them for 8 dollars! I think there were five or six inside. Woohoo!
Funny though, I was thinking of you all that time and then came home and saw your post on pipe cleaner people. What a coincidence!!
And by the way, about your comment on my post - I do believe we were the same girl too. . . and I do believe that is why we are who we are today.
Big hugs,

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I don't know how you can keep on coming up with new designs! But each one of your character...has his own character! Just as sweet as can be! ♥♥♥

Pieceful Bits said...

Our school's mascot is Red Devils. This is also my place of employment. I shall remember this project when things settle down here. He would be adorable perched in the corner of my desk.