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24 March 2016 @ 10:34 am
Enjoying Spring  
So things are going well. I should be getting my Nepenthes truncatas in the mail today. I'm excited about that. Truncatas seem to grow very well for me. I'm still so excited about plants this year. Spring is so nice. I hope that last cold front was the very last. I want to leave my pots outside for good now. Yesterday was a very nice day off. Chris helped me decorate the house for Easter and we got most of it up now. I can finish today with the last few things. My chickens have nearly recovered from their bites. But I'm afraid to let them out so I will keep them on the patio for a while longer til we can make sure the fence is safe.

Then we went to Colt Creek State Park. I got this short video of American Coots.

We got some great photos and just had a very good time.

I finished my Scary Fear Plush the other day too. He turned out so cool.

Here's how I made his wings.

1. So here's the final product. He turned out very nice. I like how his feathers droop and are soft.
2. Ok so I bought a few Fear dolls in case I screwed up horribly in the first attempt. Which one shall go under the knife? The one in the foreground is the victim I chose. The others are terrified.
3. I cut the side of his head, ripped out his eyes (which was very hard to do) and ripped all his teeth out. I did feel a little bad for him but well I had to press on FOR SCIENCE.
4. I began to put in the new white scary eyes. That original mouth design was scrapped when my friend karyl-delta recommended a black background. That was much better.
5. And Fear is reborn better and stronger as Scary Fear. But we're not done yet. He still needs his awesome raven wings.
6. So I drew and cut out some raven wings. I had to simplify the design from real raven wings but still they are accurate and identifiable as such. The little square is for the harness. I made the wings with 3 layers. This makes them look like actual bird feathers and also helped stiffen them and give them strength.
7. Finished the harness.
8. Wings DONE! YAY. This is how they look from the front.
9. And from the back. I wanted these to be removable because Scary Fear doesn't always have wings. Only when he is near someone that has a fear of birds or heights.
10. Scary Fear wearing his wings from the front. You can see how it ties on like a parachute.
11. Scary's wings from the back. Now you can see all the feather layers unlike in the upload I first put here. I purposely left a space between the wings as bird wings are not attached together. I like you can see his sweater.
12. And now I have an awesome new toy of my own creation. I'm very happy with him.

I can't believe how well he turned out. So yes lots of cool things lately.
actipton80actipton80 on March 24th, 2016 04:30 pm (UTC)
Love the cute video of the coots.

His wings are so pretty.
Desthagirion on March 24th, 2016 04:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks. They were so cute to watch. I'm glad they didn't fly away. Usually they do when they see people.

Thanks. I'm so glad you like his wings.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on March 25th, 2016 10:01 am (UTC)
Exciting that your plants will arrive soon!

Love your video of your coots. Here, we have moorhens, which have red beaks and red legs and feet, I think. As a matter of fact, that might be one in the background, there.

I absolutely LOVE what you have done with Fear here. Also, your description. I had to press on FOR SCIENCE: Lol :) That wire...is it florist's wire? I was thinking of something like that for my granddaughter's tooth fairy doll.
Desthagirion on March 25th, 2016 02:27 pm (UTC)
I got them and I'm happy with them. No pitcher but they are very young plants.

Yes that's a moorhen in the background. Also known as common gallinule.

Thank you. I'm very happy and proud of how I made him. Hee hee. I had to hurt him to help him. The purple strings? Not it's some kind of silk thread I bought in the sewing section of Walmart.
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on March 26th, 2016 08:58 am (UTC)
Ah, ha! We have one sort of the same bird!

Yeah, rip out his eyes, hehe :)

Hmm...silk thread. Thanks for letting me know. I won't need to florist's wire now, because I found a very nice butterfly which was probably made with florist's wire or some such and gauze. All I have to do it cut off the legs and feelers and glue on some velcro, then stitch some velcro to the fairy. The all I have to do is embroider the face! (Thinking of making a second dress, too, and she needs some underwear as #1 granddaughter insisted last time.

Edited at 2016-03-26 08:58 am (UTC)