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1  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 10: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Leslieshappyheart on: September 16, 2013 10:15:48 AM
I just received my wonderful third package from Deece in MN. She crafted for my current obsession: Blythe dolls!

She made a really cool rug, a cute little kitty stuffie, and a fabulous quilt! I love them all! Here they are with my doll Bonnie:


I knew right away that the rug was perfect for the newest room in the dollhouse; the kitty works great on the sofa there too (and I was already using a cute pincushion Denise sent earlier as a sofa pillow!) I plan to use the quilt as a photo prop for now, and then later, when I get a doll bed it will have a place of honor there.


Thanks so much, Denise! I love everything, and your workmanship is perfect!
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2  Underpants! in CHALLENGE 90 ENTRIES by Leslieshappyheart on: September 05, 2013 03:38:46 PM
Yes, for this challenge I made tiny underpants! They are made to fit a Blythe doll. I made the pattern from a pair of underpants that came with a doll. The fabric is cotton sheeting, which is very smooth and has a high thread count. Before adding the elastic and sewing the seams I embroidered the little rainbow and cloud. The second photo shows how they fit on the doll. I'm very pleased with these, and plan to make many more!



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3  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 10: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Leslieshappyheart on: August 19, 2013 12:45:19 PM
Today I received an awesome package (#2) from Deece in MN.

She made me this amazing bag, based on one she saw on my pinterest. I love the big size, the adjustable shoulder strap, and the bird and branch silhouette! The outside is a lovely wool.



The inside is lined with this pretty print, and there are pockets all around:


She also sent ALL of these things: and really cool storage cube with tons of pockets, even two zipperered pockets on the outside; a cute kitty stuffie; and a very useful thread catcher (this will go near my sewing machine). She sent lots of supplies to fill up my stash; I'm drooling over the stack of bamboo felt squares (it's SO SOFT!); five different beautiful fabrics; baker's twine in colors I haven't had before; an assortment of pretty buttons with a heart theme; a spool of multicolor thread; and a sturdy swivel hook with D-ring.


Thanks so much for everything, Denise! Your sewing skills are amazing and this whole package is amazing too!!
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4  Re: Felt Badges--I'm on a Roll! in Completed Projects by Leslieshappyheart on: August 05, 2013 06:53:05 PM
Thanks, everyone!

Leslie, these are lovely! Your work is so meticulous and perfect. I would rob a Scout for a sash to sew these badges on, if I had some.

Just kidding about the robbery, but I do love your badges!

I thought about a scout-type sash too! Or using them on the front of a tote bag...but I don't want to subject them to a lot of wear, so I'm using some of them on doll dresses and hats, like this:

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5  Felt Badges--I'm on a Roll! in Completed Projects by Leslieshappyheart on: August 02, 2013 05:08:13 PM
I recently undertook a personal challenge to craft one thing every day for the entire month of July. Since I like working with wool felt, and I can make a great felt badge in an hour or two, that's what I made whenever I was stuck for an idea.  Here they are...I really love them all, but the cat and the cupcake are probably my two favorites.

Halloween cat


Tiny houses


Embroidered leaf


Mushroom house


Kawaii mushroom


Pretty strawberry


Kawaii cupcake




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6  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 10: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Leslieshappyheart on: July 11, 2013 11:19:47 AM
I received my first package today from Deece in MN--and I'm so excited about everything in it!!!

When I opened the box, this is what I pulled out: a bag full of presents! I love this fabric, and the design of the bag is really cool. (Will you share it, Denise??)


She was extremely generous, and sent a couple of extras in addition to the required items. From left to right:
--storage containers (we both love these!)
--an amazing sewing organizer (there's an inside view in the next photo)
--a quilting magazine--we are both quilters, and Denise works in a quilt shop (and no, Denise, I didn't have this magazine yet!)
--a pretty flower bookmark, on an elastic loop to slip over the book
--a package of scrapbook paper that is wonderfully full of textures
--a beautiful set of nesting origami bowls
--a cute set of coasters
--a notebook and pens
--a set of local fabrics that are hand-dyed


I love everything so much!  But I especially treasure the handmade items, so here's a closer look at them. The sewing organizer has several pockets and places to store needles. I love the fabrics! I also love love love the fabrics used on the coasters! And the origami bowls are amazing; I use little containers like this all the time, so I will put these right to work. I am an avid reader, so I will be using the beautiful felt flower bookmark right away.


I'm really excited that there are two more packages to make and receive, since we have so much in common; I can't wait to get started on the next package, using what I've learned about Deece in MN from this package. Thank you Denise!

OH MY GOODNESS!  I just went back to clean up after throwing wrapping paper all over the place as I unwrapped my goodies, and I found one more! Denise, I love this pretty pin cushion! It is beautiful and beautifully made.
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7  Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge! Grand PrizeVOTE til Aug30 in Discussion and Questions by Leslieshappyheart on: June 24, 2013 02:13:52 PM


Craftster is hosting a huge challenge in all categories for our 10th anniversary!  Read all the exciting details HERE.


Vote for the category winner now through Aug 21st!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426623.0

Vote for the GRAND PRIZE WINNER! Now 'til Aug 30th!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=424917.0#axzz2XGI8O7Uv
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8  Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge! Misc. Winner Announced! in Discussion and Questions by Leslieshappyheart on: June 24, 2013 11:57:14 AM
Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge


Craftster is turning 10!! That's right, August marks 10 years of running with scissors all over the internet! In honor of this momentous time, we're hosting a cross-category challenge! Every category will have the same challenge with the same entry times. The 10 category winners with the most votes will be put head-to-head-to-head-to... you get it.... for a GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE!!!

The theme for this challenge is "What Craftster means to me." Now, don't be scared of this theme! Craftster is made by YOU, Craftster can mean different things to different people so whatever it means to you, that's great!! Still unsure it's as easy as I say? Here's some examples that are just the tip of the iceberg!

  • "To me, Craftster means trying new things! Here's a project featuring a technique I've never tried before!"
  • "To me, Craftster means tutorials! Here's a project I made from a tutorial I found on the boards."
  • "To me, Craftster means swapping! Here's a project I'm sending in a swap."
  • "To me, Craftster means a community where I can show off my geekiness! Here's a project that relates to this thing I'm interested in!"

See? Not so bad, eh? Seriously, as long as you can describe why you feel your project reflects something Craftster represents to you, then you're good!

Rules and Suggestions:
  • You may enter in as many categories as you like, but you may only enter a project once. So if you wanted to enter in three categories, you would need to have made three projects!
  • Your project must have been made between June 24th and the time of posting. Your entry should not have been posted on Craftster previously (ie not something you made and posted years ago!)
  • If using a pattern or tutorial, please let us know.
  • You can begin crafting at any time but remember to post your thread in this board from August 7th through August 13th at 11:59:59 PDT. Voting for each category will be open August 14th to August 21st.
  • Although there will be 20 category winners, only the 10 winners with the most votes will go on to a grand prize round! Voting for this will be August 23rd to August 30th, with the grand prize winner being formally announced September 3rd!

Prizes:
The winner in each category will receive a Craftster pin, and a Craftster USB card.



Plus!!!
The winner in the Miscellaneous category will also receive Extreme Cakeovers: Make Showstopping Desserts from Store-Bought Ingredients by Rick Reichart and Sasha Reichart


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Wanted: Must love candy, cookies, frosting, and fun. No experience required!
Make over any purchased sheet cake or frozen pound cake into a stunning creation that looks like it came from a fancy bakeryno special skills or equipment necessary! Even if youve never tried to decorate a cake before, with a good supply of candies and other store-bought treats and the detailed instructions in Extreme Cakeovers, youll be able to accomplish forty unique designs. You can:
 
   Fashion robot hands from chocolate-covered doughnuts
   Make Fruit Roll-ups blossom into a bouquet of red roses
   Roll Rice Krispies Treats and Swedish Fish into realistic sushi
   String a pretty strand of gumball pearls
   Create a train smokestack from an ice cream cone and marshmallow
 
Including tips and designs to please everyone from five to one hundred, Extreme Cakeovers is a whimsical guide to crafting cakes that will be the centerpiece of any occasion, from kids birthdays to Halloween, Fathers Day to Valentines Day, engagement parties to retirement gatherings.
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9  Birdy Pouches in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Leslieshappyheart on: June 22, 2013 08:54:44 AM
For two recent swaps, I made (among other things) a zippered pouch for each partner.  They both like birds, and they both appreciate whimsy, so the birds are wearing party hats!

The basic construction is the same as this pouch, but I eliminated the gusset and just sewed them flat. I've made a lot of zippered pouches, but these are the first ones I've made like this, with an appliqued section and a fabric section on both sides. I think it makes them a lot more interesting and there are a million different things you could applique on them to personalize them--they would be great gifts, because anyone could use a pouch for something!







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10  Themed Doll Stands for Blythe in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Leslieshappyheart on: June 15, 2013 03:51:02 AM
I've been working on a series of stands for Blythe dolls. These dolls don't stand on their own, and they are sold with a plain plastic stand.  I wanted to make something really cute and fun, with a theme or a scene that would be a good display item. 

Here's the first one I made; the theme was "spring".


 All the supplies came from local craft stores (Joann's and Michaels). The base is a wooden plaque with a hole drilled in it for the 1/4" dowel that holds the doll in place. I made the bush by embroidering flowers on a fabric yoyo, then stuffing it.


You just position the doll with the dowel inside the back of her clothes and she stands there just fine! I made this dress and headband to go with the stand and expand on the theme.


The next one is a "candy land" theme. I found the little wheelbarrow at Michaels, and I made the candy out of polymer clay.



The tree is a cone made of felt.


Again, I made this dress and headband to go with the stand and go with the theme.


I made this last one for Mountains and Clouds in the recent IYP swap. She is a musician, so I knew that would be a great theme to go with for her.


Everything is hot glued in place, and there is a square of felt on the bottom of the stand so it won't scratch the shelf or table where it is displayed.


This time I bought the dress instead of making it, because it came with the plastic violin and bow that I needed for the stand! I also purchased the music stand from a dollhouse supply place.


I'm currently working on a new one; it's very similar to the first one, but in place of the deer there will be a patch of poly clay watermelons. I have a lot of ideas for these and I want to make them all, because it's so much fun!
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