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1  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-Forever! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: May 08, 2014 08:32:13 AM
I looked at every pic he put up on FB, so much detail but not one mention of scale! Drr.
I did copy a few more detail shots of the balcony because it's ingenious. He was so amazing.
This is what he had to say about that:
"balconies!! These were a design trick too. I never found just what I wanted, so sliced up sushi rollers, added doweling, popsicle sticks and wooden push pins for bannister knobs. Voila! Excellent balcony railing."

And the roof which I think looks like popsicle sticks. Can that be?
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2  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-Forever! in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: May 07, 2014 02:05:57 PM
Well, that's an idea. I live in Canada but my mom's in the states and I see her regularly so I have a shipping address for those in either country who wanted to make a little something... it will all be small after all, won't take much to ship it all together in my package.
Let me know, I can send whenever I get things together and packed up.
Here they are together and some pics of the finished house. You can see how much he loves his daugther Smiley.


Do any of you remember the pics I posted when they first got started? From scratch guys. Just wow.
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3  Re: Healthy Eating in 2014 in Recipes and Cooking Tips by craftylittlemonkey on: February 02, 2014 05:34:09 PM
Photobucket has decided it will do what it's supposed to today so here are some pics of dinner.

I make very large batches of sauteed onions that I freeze in portions and toss into most anything. It takes dinner from yum to wow in no time at all, I love it. Lately I've been adding pureed liver to everything too for extra iron since we are all prone to deficiency in that mineral. I freeze that in portions as well.
Here's some frozen onion and liver in the dutch oven with spinach feta sausages

Cooked. The liver has dissolved in the oniony sausage drippings sauce, it's incredibly tasty.

And here it all is with Batgirl and Maremare's oven roasted tomatoes, dry cottage cheese, parsley and green onion on sour dough bread with dry pan fried green beans in soy sauce.
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4  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: January 28, 2014 05:46:15 AM
Squee, baby!

Can I embarrass myself into dealing with this stash? I don't know but it's worth a try...

Sigh, the table. I miss family meals.
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5  The Intersection of Higher Geometry and Feminine Handicraft. in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by craftylittlemonkey on: November 23, 2013 06:16:47 PM
I went to this event today and the workshop afterwards and it was just incredible. There were lots of crocheted cacti, boobs and dinks, lol!

And she does some of this yarny coral reef stuff that's just wicked cool! Genius mathematic hyperbolic crochet.

Wanna see more coral reef? Check out this Ted talk.
"...there is this direct line between feminine handicraft, Euclid, and general relativity."

There's a kickstarter to get a book published about it which I think is just FanTastic! Nothing like soft fluffy touchable math to take the scare out of numbers.

And if you feel like trying it out ~
Here's a youtube video on fast forward. This is the sort of thing I made tonight. Super fun!
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6  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: November 22, 2013 07:47:54 PM
I haven't purchased anything at all in ages but then I got such a great response to my monstery creatures in this new art loving town we moved to that I find myself with SIX new wool sweaters! Ack! I still have bins of stock and here I am buying more materials, drr. I need an intervention.

It's so nice to have this thread to visit and see everybody working away busting their stash, making large and small projects. Dresses and caps and bows and everything of every size, it's just terrific and so inspiring! I love you girls so much Smiley.

A friend of our was lamenting the lack of boy pants available for her small man, she has ONE pair of faves for him in boring brown.

So of course I stole them and ran away home for enough weeks that I got the desperate call to return them right now or else! LOL. I had taken a shirt of his papa's that had a stain on it too so I whipped up a pair out of that (I cheat and use the hem of the shirt as the hem of the legs, works great!). I wanted to make more but I didn't have any big pieces of jersey so... I just made some, pieced together from the scrap bin. Sort of turned out awesome. I ended up wishing they were my size.

He's pretty happy so 2 weeks with no pants all forgiven Smiley
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7  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by craftylittlemonkey on: October 29, 2013 02:34:58 PM
I haven't been doing a lot of crafting but these are all from scrap stash, every single little bit of it. As tiny as it all is, ha ha.


wee preview Wink

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8  An eye for a... bunny? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: October 29, 2013 02:32:28 PM
Ludi sent me a lover's eye and in return she wanted one of the lil' bunnies in a bed I made for my kids and the cousins and neighbours (I made a lot of bunnies, ha). I had a cross border parcel go missing recently and it really stung so I sent this one across the border with my folks to mail it signature required over there. That tacked on a lot of time to the exchange which I felt kind of bad about but honestly, losing handmadery in the post is the WORST!
Anyhoo, here's the fabulous eye http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=427405.0#axzz2ei0QtIjX
My story about it is on the second page. It is so special, Ludi asked me a dozen questions and requested lots of pictures then consulted me about which I liked most, so much work went into that eye! I love it.

And here's the bunny.

I wasn't so sure this exchange was energetically balanced so I ended up making extra blankies and even then I wasn't satisfied.

I used the rest of the scraps I had on hand for this wee owl. Seemed seasonal and it's angora and cashmere so it's touchably soft Smiley.

Shake a tail feather!

I also owed a bunny to one of the neighbour kids that missed out, he actually wanted a bear instead so here he is. Cashmere too Smiley.

All from scrap!
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9  Sweater Monster How-To, now go raid those closets! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by craftylittlemonkey on: August 13, 2013 02:21:11 PM
Wanna see how I do it?

You'll need a sweater made of natural fiber, wool, angora, merino, alpaca, mohair. If you'd like to trim your monster with facial features, heart etc it's good to have some more fabric, I use other sweaters but if you've only got one for your project you can use felt. It's nice to use good quality felt because it's easier to work with and it holds up well, the craft stuff tends to get pills if it's exposed to friction (aka played with or loved up Wink ). If you need a small amount of good quality felt many suppliers offer sample packs or you can call out to fellow crafters (because this place is full of teh love you know).
Now, felt up your sweater! I put it into a hot water wash with some laundry soap and then into the dryer on hot. Sometimes I wash them more than once to get them really shrunk up good and tight. Take care to remove lint from the washer and dryer, there can be a lot.
Here's my pile of felted sweaters. Cut them apart, detach the arms, cut off all the inside seams, the neck band, buttons etc. You can save pockets to use on the back of monsters or as a mouth on the front piece if it will suit.

You will need to cut out a front and a back so two of the same shape. You can cut out whatever shape you like here but I often let the shape of the pieces inform the design. See?

Now the ears. You can use a piece of felt cut into any shape you like and it can be sewn in just like that or you can fold over one or both edges.

Ear with one folded edge.

Ear varieties.

If you'd like to use a different sort of fabric here woven (non-stretchy, like for quilting) fabric works too. You will cut out 4 of the same shape, I use the same fabric for the 2 fronts and a contrasting fabric for the back. Pin the ears together, fronts to backs. The right side or outside (that you want showing) of the fabric will be on the inside here. Sew around the ear shape as shown.

Take a sharp pair of scissors and trim the point of the ear being careful not to clip the stitches. This helps make the point pointy when you turn the ear right side out Smiley.

Turn the ear right side out and press it with a hot iron if needed to make it nice and flat.

The following shows how to insert the ears and where to sew. If you want to add arms you can do so here as well. They can be sewn from felted sweater fabric or felt or woven fabric like you did with the ears. You can stuff the shapes or not. If you do add stuffing make sure it's not in the way when you sew all the pieces together or your machine may have trouble with such a thick layer.
Remember that the body pieces will be right side in, that means that the fabric that you want to show on the outside will be on the inside for this step.
Sew around the body leaving an opening to turn right side out. You don't want a really big seam allowance here so if your stitching is pretty far from the edge of the fabric you can trim it a little, so that it's about 1/4 inch or a bit more. I recommend using pins to hold everything in place before you sew it together.

Want to add different coloured legs? Same process as the arms. You can add legs and arms and ears or any combination of the three, it's up to you and your imagination.

Now cut out some shapes to use as features, eyes, noses, mouths, teeth, hearts or whatever you'd like.
circles and hearts

Here are three finished monsters. You can see the addition of features and hearts. I sew these on by hand before stuffing the monster bodies so that I can tie off threads inside the body where they won't show but you can do it any way you wish. You can also embroider the features but sometimes stitches get lost in the fuzz of the wool.

You can use polyfil to stuff your monster or if you want to use up all the little scraps left over from the sweater you can clip them all up into tiny little bits and use that. It takes a while but it's really nice and makes a terrific fluffy monster as well as leaving no waste!

Now I'd love to see how you do it!
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10  Quetzalcoatl... The Massive Stash-busting Snake o' a Thousand Pieces! Avec tute! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by craftylittlemonkey on: August 12, 2013 07:41:25 PM
Craftster means SHARING! How many times have I been amazed at an awesome project on here and then seen a free tutorial showing how to make one myself? I must have 30 gigs of files stored just from Craftster alone, never even mind my bookmarks here and links to other stuff. The generosity of this community is astonishing. It makes me want to share how I do things and I figure that's how this place keeps itself so wonderful. The giving begets giving begets giving Smiley. Good life lesson that...

I've been making tons of stuff out of ugly, holey old sweaters rescued from various junk piles because, hey, that's made outta WOOL! Or angora or merino, or alpaca, or even silk and cashmere, wow. I felt them up in the wash (learned how to do that here) with natural homemade laundry soap (learned how to make that here) and make up patterns as I go, cutting without measuring of course (learned that here, lol!), and don't waste even the teeny weeny tiny little left over bits because I'm sure somebody will suggest something fabulous to do with those, right?
I've got a lot of scrap. Precious, precious scrap. So when my friend mentions a passing interest in having me help her make a snake my mind goes berserk! I need something for my new apartment and I can make it in the form of a snake and bust a whole lotta stash while I'm at it. Practical things can be amazing to look at because Cute Doesn't Need a Reason Wink. And if it gets really complicated and requires a tutorial to show my friend how to do it herself well heck, I get to share that with all of you while I'm at it and maybe somebody here will take this idea and make something amazing that I get to see. That's how it works on this fabulous site and that's why we love it so Smiley.

Don't be scared, this is a long process but not all that complicated. I really hope somebody will try it and post some pics of their creation. It could be a snake or a dragon or a mermaid or a fish or a monster or whatever. Get crazy with it y'all Cheesy.

Here's my snake!

It's made from the tiniest bits left over from projects I made out of these but you can use whatever you want so long as it's fabric that doesn't fray. That means felt, fleece, and some knit fabrics. If you really want to use woven fabric you'll need to use fray check on ALL the edges or fuse it onto a fusable web that will hold it together when you cut out the scales.

My lil' bits. The couch was full of this mess for 2 whole days, we had nowheres to sit down! LOL!
You can see how I pieced together lots of little strips for the body, That doesn't really show on the finished product, just peeks through here and there.

And here's the HOW
Cut two snake shapes, it's ok to piece together bits of fabric to get the right size and shape if needed. Mark off where the mouth will be (see the black marks I made?).

Fold the mouth open at those marks, put the fabric you're going to use for the mouth underneath and cut two pieces in that shape, I used black. Make sure you've added a little bit of extra fabric to the straight edge for a seam allowance.

Cut a tongue shape, sandwich it between the two mouth pieces (the straight edge) and sew them all together. Set that aside for later.

Sew the two pieces of the snake body together along one side from the narrow end of the tail to the mark you made to show where the mouth will be.

Open the pieces up with the right side of the fabric up.

Now gather all your scraps up and cut out some strips. They can be an inch to 2 inches in width. They should overlap by half, that means if the strips are an inch in width they will overlap by half an inch. Cover the whole body of your snake starting at the narrow end up to wherever you want the scales to end on the neck of the snake. Now trim the strips so that the edges width-wise are just smaller than the body of the snake, this means that the strip will be as wide as the snake MINUS the seam allowance. If you look at the pictures this will be more clear.

If you have small scraps that's ok, you can join them together to make strips that are long enough.

Or you can join pieces just because you want an interesting colour combo.

Now you are going to shape the strips into scales, like so...

Keep the strips in the same order they were laid out on the snake.

This is what the strips that were patched together out of little bits look like trimmed.


Sew the first row of scales on, center it like so.

Each row will overlap by half the width and will be staggered as in the photos below, do NOT sew past the seam allowance on the snake's body. Look carefully at this picture and let me know if you have questions about this step.

Once you get them all sewn on it's pretty much inevitable that they will be smaller than before you trimmed them into scales, you'll need a couple more rows to make this up.

That's ok, now you get to use up even More scraps, yay!

It looks great if you use lots of single scales at this point but they'll have to be pinned on individually.

This looks really nice, it's an interesting feature detail close to the snake's head.

At this point cut a strip with scales on both sides to finish.

This makes a neat sort of ruff.

Turn the snake over, if you were careful not to sew past the seam allowance it might look like this.

Sew on some eyes!

Fold the snake body in half and tuck all those sticky outty bits of scales inside out of the way and pin the sides together.

Sew along the side from the mouth notch right to the bottom, notice how the end is not pointy but blunt? That's a good trick for turning a pointy end Wink. Be very careful NOT to catch any of the scales in the stitches. If you do you'll have to pick them out and do that part again.

Turn your snake right side out (feels pretty cool sticking your arm into a tube of inside out snake scales, lol).
All your hard work staggering those rows of scales means that, if you did it right, when you look at the side seam you can't even tell where the stitching is.

Now you'll need to go row by row tacking down the loose edges of the scales. Do this by hand, it's pretty quick. If the scales overlap too much you can carefully trim a bit off of the scales on both sides or even just squish the fabric up to make it fit better. Same if they are a bit too far apart, this sort of knit fabric is stretchy so... stretch it!

Turn the snake back inside out and pin the mouth part in place.

Sew around the mouth leaving a small opening for turning and stuffing purposes.

Turn right side out again, stuff and sew closed.

It's so fantastic! Oh my gosh, can you believe you made this wonderous thing? Let me tell you, my friend is pretty pleased with hers. I love mine too. Can you guess what I made it for? Here's a hint, it wasn't a scarf, too itchy!

I filled mine with a tube of sand and it's a draft stopper. Awesome, right?

I just want to mention that the eyes on my snake are from here (this was a happy/sad project).
and part of the neck ruff was waste trimmed off this recent item.

some serious salvaging in that project, oh man... Cheesy
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