Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Iron Craft #16: The Way Back Machine

This week's challenge:

"Let’s take our inspiration from the past for this challenge. Make something using something vintage/retro or make something inspired by something vintage/retro." (Courtesy of Just Crafty Enough)

Oh my! You'd think this challenge was tailor made for me. I make stuff out of vintage ALL THE TIME. I mean... even the last challenge I was busy making pajamas out of vintage sheets. It seems that almost every project I make has some sort of retro or vintage element to it.

So... why didn't I sink my teeth into this project and come up with something incredible?

I have one word for you:


I've been busy making minions.  Remember Dave - the minion I made the week before holidays? Well, Dave needed a friend. Or more to the point - Lane needed a minion because her brother had one. So I have been busy making Stuart the minion. (More on Stuart in a later post).

I also made a birthday present for the little girl down the block which took up a lot of time and patience - and stuffing! Which I ran out of last weekend. (More on the stuffed purple bear in a later post as well).

And I'm also rebuilding our crumbling front step. Playing with cement hasn't put me in a very creative mood. Grrr... (And... more on this in a later post as well).

I thought I was going to have to tap out of this one. The first Iron Craft project that I wasn't going to complete. :( But then I realized that even though I didn't realize I was creating something perfect for the challenge, I totally was!


In order to relax from thinking about, worrying about, and pretty much obsessing over the front step project, I sat down in front of the TV with my sketch book to just doodle a bit. I originally was going to plan out the process for rebuilding the front step, but didn't get into it. Instead I saw that the kids had left their huge bucket of crayons right in front of me. I couldn't resist!

I drew Raggedy Ann and Andy.

I drew Jem and the Holograms.

And I drew Holly Hobbie.

All very retro inspired from things I loved in my childhood. And perfect for this project (even though I didn't realize it until this morning when I was going to write my tap out post).

I think I might frame these and put them up somewhere - most likely in my work studio/laundryroom because I'm not so sure my husband appreciates them as much as I do. Maybe if I added Thundercats, HeMan and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the mix he'll be more receptive?

Anyway, it was a close one! Phew! Just squeaked by this week. Hopefully I'll do better next challenge.

To few all of the vintage and retro creations from the Iron Crafters, please check out the Flickr Group.

1 comment:

Just Crafty Enough said...

I'm glad you did something! To me that is the point of Iron Craft. Of course, here I am with no project because of my move ;)