here you can see the inside where i reinforced it with plastic canvas and felt.
we used it for a while, but it seemed so out of place in our otherwise normal and fairly organic bathroom. it was done in greens and browns, with a matchstick window shade and twiggy baskets and a leafy print shower curtain complete with leaf hooks. the poor dalek looked so incongruous there. when it came time to renovate the room i knew what my inspiration piece would be for the new decor.
we did a lot of work in this room before the decorating as there were lots of repairs to do. we put in a new subfloor, new linoleum, new shower surround, new sink, new cabinets,new mirror, new toilet roll holder, new towel holders..... about the only things we kept to the original were the tub, the toilet and the window. you see, due to some old water damage, we had to take down the tile. all of the tile. the room was tiled on all four walls up about 4 feet in a sickly pinkish beige that i never, ever could stomach. these tiles also included built in towel racks and TP roll holder.
because the walls were so damaged from removing the tile we opted for wainscoting instead of paint. and yes there were many references to this monty python sketch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfcNDF_GETk when we put it up.
here you can see the cool tub detail. our house was built in 1947 and the tub is original. i liked these lines a lot and tried to echo them in the fixtures we found. also, note the blood red chenille rugs. when thinking about remodeling my husband and i were playing bio shock 2, a game with a vintage sci fi look. i used a color scheme that felt this way to me, it also goes with the older house as well as the whoniverse.
i picked this light fixture because it reminded me of a vintage rocket ship.
and for the last bit of boring non-whoniverse related stuff, the sink. just a little pedestal we found with some similar lines. of course i needed the classic retro porcelain taps.
and now onto the fun stuff!
this is the cutting of her grandfather that Jabe Ceth Ceth Jafe from the forest of cheem gifts to the doctor and rose in the dr. who episode the end of the world. i made this from a twig i cut and re glued together, some faux leaves, and a peat pot that i sealed with mod podge to protect it from moisture.
i couldn't find a whoniverse themed shower curtain.... and while searching i fell in love with this little beauty from thinkgeek.com.
i realized then that in order to be consistent i needed to pull from the scariest parts of the whoniverse, especially including pieces from dr. who's darker, deadlier, more grown up cousin, torchwood.
which brings me to this. the bottle from the torchwood episode from out of the rain. i still really need to track down an old film canister to place behind this to complete the effect. i couldn't find the proper shaped container and am not quite happy with the finished product so i may actually redo this at some point. this was a glass vinegar bottle i painted. the raised detail is polymer clay painted the same as the bottle. in real life this actually looks much more metallic. i used a metallic paint after all. also at some point i need to get my hands on an old metal film canister to place behind it.
a gas mask from the doctor who episodes the empty child and the doctor dances. no i didn't make this. it's something we've had in our costume bin for years. my husband picked it up at a military surplus store when he was still in high school. in digging it out of storage for use here i realized, not for the first time, that we probably aren't your average couple. it's not many times when you can hear yourself calling, in a cheerful voice, "hon, have you seen the gas mask?"
and here's how i've 'trapped' her with mirrors....
in that last photo you can see the TARDIS quilt covering the window. here it is during the day. the windows only have one layer of fabric and no batting so the sun comes through just like the lights in the 'real' TARDIS.
some detail shots here. i used cording to outline the recesses in the wood and bias tape for the separation line between the doors. also, to add more dimensionality, i omitted the batting in the recessed rectangles, although it's hard to see here.
quilting details added to mimic wood grain.
the lettering is just some iron ons i found at the craft store.
and this is all i have so far. i have a couple more project ideas in the wings, like jack's wrist strap and possibly something really creepy: my husband half-jokingly suggested a face of bo toilet seat cover. there's something so wrong and so right about that idea i just might have to do it. if and when that happens you bet i'll post about it!
as always, thank you so much for looking! hope you have a great day,
greetings fellow craftsters! this year my husband and i decided to dress as characters from the Adult Swim cartoon Venture Brothers. for those not familiar look here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Venture_Bros. we realized just how much my husband looks like dr. rusty venture so that was a no brainer (in the interest of brevity, i will post about him separately in the regular costume area) i decided to be dr. henry killinger, a kind of supervillian cross between mary poppins and henry kissinger. when i first set my eyes on Dr. Killinger's shoes, i *knew* i had to make them.... i mean, who doesn't want skull slippers?
for those interested i can certainly copy the tutorial i wrote on my blog these puppies, but i thought i'd try to keep this particular post to a reasonable length. good ol' dr. k has *a lot* of props!
an evil mary poppins wouldn't be complete without an umbrella. this is what i found.... pretty ok except it needed to be painted
used fabric paint to outline the contour lines to heighten the cartoonish look (you will see this theme throughout the costume)
i painted and varnished (thank you hard coat mod podge!) the handle and shaft
outlining the edge gave it a really cool effect when rolled up
leggings and gloves contoured/highlighted in red again
i found this fantastic vintage bag on etsy that i knew i could transform into my murder bag
i blacked out the stitching, added the killinger logo and the silver lines around the opening (a nod to the metal clasps on a real vintage doctor bag)
add the handcuffs (partially painted to match the bag and other 'silver' accessories)
i started with this stethoscope and painted the black tubing
here it is in action and painted
next up, the coat... i decided to modify this pattern a little
i used silvery grey bias tape to highlight the contours since the coat is black, but drawn in grey (this shows up well on the back, but i didn't think we needed another photo here... there are so many as it is!)
the buttons are the cover your own kind that i didn't cover- i just glued together and painted to match the silver accessories the mask i made out of crayola model magic. very lightweight! i covered an old cast of my face with foil and sculpted it on
as you can see there were several cracks and such.... several layers of paint and glue and varnish later...
i also added some sheer yellow fabric on the eyes for that extra creepy effect.
...and here he is all put together
...and an exceptionally eerie pic of the mysterious Dr. K walking away....
thanks so much for looking! ....there are lots more pics and stuff about the process on my blog if you are interested (3 different killinger posts) happy halloween! -fayeven
greetings all! i know this may seem out of season, but today i'd like to share a piece i created for my mother in law for christmas this past year. meet the frost fae!
i'd been sort of dreaming about a wintry, frosty faerie for a while and thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to create her. i started first with her hair. it's a blend of 4 yarns, with a sprinkling of iridescent embroidery floss and ribbon
next up i made the coat... you see, i wanted a faerie in a parka, but then i thought with all of the hair and the bulk of the coat the addition of wings would be too much so i compromised.
the main part of the coat is a sweatshirt fleece with the fuzzy inside turned out and trimmed in faux fur. the wings are felt (made 100% from recycled plastic bottles!) and they are stitched with metallic/iridescent embroidery floss that is very difficult to photograph... it's much more sparkly in real life!
some stitching on the front
her big fluffy boots of recycled felt and faux fur
a detail of her hat and the bead i used to top it
a closeup of her button and pearl necklace:
and a whole body shot, showing off her necklace and belt and shorts
and a more modest shot.... i was originally going to have the coat fastened closed, but it turns out that she couldn't sit that way so she's an immodest little elemental
thank you so much for looking! as always comments, criticisms and questions are welcome
....and here's my cute version (yes, he's sitting on pandora's box from the "ultimate edition" of god of war III ... i told you we were fans
i used the basic head, body and arms from the book and designed everything else myself. he's crocheted out of a light grey yarn (vanna's choice) his implements are all made of felt except for the "chain" on his belt and around his wrists which is embroidery floss. his eyes are black plastic doll eyes
note the stitched on abs here
and a final pic of him with his not-so-cute alter ego (sorry this one's so blurry- the kratos figurine looks like he's about to kick my butt for making the cute version )
thanks so much for looking! as always comments, criticisms, and questions are always welcome
greetings craftsters! an aside to the mods, i never know where to put these altered dolls that aren't playthings, so this one's going here :/
i confess it. i'm a geek. and a proud one at that. i'm also a longtime doctor who fan. i grew up watching the 4th doctor (tom baker) and was never very satisfied with the ones that came after, until the series was revamped in 2005. i've successfully indoctrinated my husband into the whoniverse (we are also huge torchwood fans) and decided to decorate our bathroom with the scariest themes of the whoniverse. the bathroom is a work in progress, but i'll get to posting more about it later, i promise. it occurred to me that one of the most obvious monsters for me to make in particular was a weeping angel barbie. for those not in the know, weeping angels are creatures that appear to be statues of angels with their hands over their eyes (hence the name), but whenever someone (or something) is not looking at them they can move-fast. even blinking can allow them to get you. so here's the "why," now i'll show you the "how."
i cut a wing shape out of craft foam and added details with hot glue.
i discovered that even jointed armed barbies' arms are not in a proper position to cover their eyes so i had to cut and reattach the arms at the elbow. more hot glue.... a high temp gun makes all the difference here. her arms aren't going anywhere.
i also took the time to glue all of her joints so they are solid and attach her to a base- yes, with wooden skewers.
a simple gauze dress was added. the gauze allows for the proper folding and drape (once paint and glue are added) to be indicative of the romanesque statues the weeping angels disguise themselves as. also in the picture below you can see peeking out from behind one of her wings my rendition of the bottle of tears from the torchwood episode "from out of the rain"
then came the problem of her hair. despite barbie's fashion sense, styling her hair any more than ponytail or down is next to impossible. in order to create the carved waves seen in statuary i needed to rely on my trusty glue gun again.
i next used craft glue to settle her dress more, and prepare the piece for priming.
and somehow i didn't get a pic of the piece primed, but just imagine the entire piece white instead of trying to fake the stone texture myself i decided to use a textured spraypaint. i am quite pleased with the results!
and here she is in her proper place. i am quite pleased with how well she fits with the small shelf i had lying around. ....and do not worry for me who fans, i am placing a mirror directly opposite her so she will be trapped
as always questions, comments and criticisms are all welcome
i wanted to share with you a project i finished recently that was so much fun to make! i was commissioned to make a moose costume for a local event. the only guidelines were "the goofier the better" and it was requested that he have chest hair
well, i tell you, i was super excited, but i had *no idea* where to start for the head portion. i have lots of experience under my belt both in costuming and plush creatures, but i'd never made a mascot type head before..... so i went to the internet! i found the most *amazing* site by an incredibly talented young woman that totally saved my day. she has a bazillion detailed tutorials and her pieces are just spectacular. check her out at www.matrices.net despite fabulous tutorials this was still a learning process for me so there was still some trial and error. sure, there's stuff i would do differently next time, but all in all i'm pretty proud of the results.
apologies for the "messy studio" pics.... this is how i work
here he is in his first phase.... so far he's made up of 1/2" foam and hot glue (i used *so much* hot glue on this project.... you would not believe!) the red strip on his cheek is plastic canvas, used to stabilize the piece yet still be flexible.
next were the antlers. i cut the shape out of more plastic canvas and covered one side with 1/2" foam. then on the canvas side i glued wooden skewers, cut to size, and added more canvas to stabilize the middle, then i covered this side with 1/4" foam.
here he is with more canvas to carry the weight of the antlers as well as to make them easier to attach.
antlers attached, and more foam added to give his face more dimension and personality. i love these pics on my mannequin, Stone, they are just so absurd!
i'm nearly finished foaming here.... he just needed a sneer...
yep. there he is.
now onto "furring." instead of faux fur i used a stretch panne velvet as i was never satisfied with the furs available. the teeth and gums you see here are made from more foam. the colored craft foam kind this time.
and here is where i started covering the antlers. they are covered in flannel.
and now he has ears and nostrils, both covered in felt.
and at this point i decided he needed a bottom jaw as i decided he needed a tongue... (part of what i mean when i said i'd do some things differently next time)
mouth lined with more felt and he has eyes now.... these are made from plastic bowls... yes you read that right! this is the part i would really change next time. i didn't use the proper bowls as i was in a time crunch and after running a few places i got the best i could find at the time. i wish i'd found something bigger so i could have a smoother curve instead of the ridge he has, but you live and you learn.
here's his tail. it's designed to be threaded through a belt in the back (that's what my hand is going through)
and this is my third and final attempt at a moose hand.... sometimes i just don't understand why some parts are so hard. this was supposed to be the easy bit, but i was over complicating it. they ended up being just simple gloves out of the stretchy panne and felt. for some reason i didn't get a final finished picture, but the only difference was that i hand sewed the felt onto the panne at the overlap, making them more like one piece, subtle, but effective i think.
and two shots of my "helpers".... one looking sooooo comfy i didn't have the heart to move her, the other exuding his macho nature by using a pincushion as a pillow! weirdos! (and don't worry, the glue gun was cold
i realize now that i didn't get a pic of the dickie i made to put under the lumberjack shirt.... it was really simple, made mostly of the panne, accentuated with a black faux fur i found for chest hair.
here he is in all his glory:
thanks for reading, as always, comments, critiques and questions are welcome! have a wonderful day! -fayeven
greetings craftsters! i am so excited to finally be able to post about this next piece. it was commissioned as a gift some months ago and has been gifted so i can post her!
What is a Huldra? Huldre are Scandinavian fair-folk, usually described as beautiful women until their cow's tails are revealed.... this little lady is obviously embracing much more of her cow's nature and isn't afraid of being found out. she's amongst friends here. more information about huldre can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huldra
so, what's with the two sticks? this was a commissioned gift for a very special and very talented woman i am honored to know. she is a volva (staff-carrier) and uses her stav (staff) to create music... more info here: http://karitauring.com/about.html
i got to use my new rotary tool to craft the stav and tine from sticks given by the maple tree in my backyard. i'm absolutely in love with the tools now and have no idea how i existed without it before!
and here she is, ready to dance and play!
thank you so much for looking! and questions, comments, criticisms are most welcome!
and for a few more photos you can go to my blog...
"Fairies wear boots and now you gotta believe me Yeah I saw it, I saw it I tell you no lie" -Black Sabbath
well, i don't know about others, but this faerie sure does!
look who i found in my backyard today! she was just sitting there at the foot of a tree. she looked so sad sitting there, i stopped to say hi and invited her into the house for some milk and honey, i told her she could meet a new friend.... she agreed, albeit reluctantly....
you see, i've been terrible with my housecleaning lately.... so much so that i discovered another resident of the house.....
a cobweb elf!
the two of them seemed to get along swimmingly, here they are waiting for me to come out of the kitchen:
after our snack they decided to run rampant around the house, causing trouble like only the fair folk can! the animals went crazy! sadly, the dog scared them so much with her barking that they swiftly ran out!
i still see both of them on occasion, and remember to leave out milk, honey and yarn scraps.... for some reason faeries seem to love yarn scraps..... at least those that hang around my crafty household
the cobweb elf's dress is made of chiffon that i've burned with a lighter to get a cobwebby appearance. it is also hand beaded with glass seed beads to simulate a "dew on a spiderweb" feel.
her wristlets are made of faux leather (as are her eyes) and stitched with embroidery floss.
in these two photos of her wristlet you can also see her spider web knee tattoo
she has spiders in her hair, but she doesn't mind... they just keep it tied up nicely! i made these little guys out of polymer clay.
here are two shots of the faerie's wings. as you can see they are slightly two different colors on the fronts and backs (much like some butterflies and moths) they are filled with polyfil and needle sculpted. wings you can still hug
part of her knitted "sweater" (i wanted it to look like she just found a piece of knitted fabric and fashioned a top out of it)
and her skirt of leaves!
and a close up of one of the boots. the boots are made of flannel and lined with felt. they have leather laces. you can also slightly see her needle sculpted knee in this pic.
a close up of the stitching on her wristlet. these wristlets are made of the same felt used to line her boots
thanks for looking! as always comments, criticisms and questions are extremely welcome!
i'm so excited- this is the FIRST time i've entered anything for a craftster challenge!!!
as soon as i saw the challenge i knew exactly what i wanted to make! my current purse is falling apart and i knew i had to force myself to make a new one (i've only made a couple bags and never enjoyed the process, but really enjoy the final product) i toyed with crocheting the entire bag and then felting it, but then i thought about plastic canvas- i'd never used it before and i was curious... it seemed extraordinarily useful as well. both the front and back of the bag are stitched on plastic canvas and the rest of the outside is crocheted... i used the same yarn for the whole thing (the black and cream are red heart and the pink is lion wool) i'm proud to say that the only thing i purchased for this project was the plastic canvas and i used my stash for the rest of the items... the canvas cost a whopping 39 cents per sheet, so i spent about $1.00 on the whole thing and please excuse the crappy cell phone photos.....
unfortunately, this is my only in progress shot. i chose the maroon canvas because i couldn't imagine stitching black onto black for so much space :
here is the front of the bag:
here's the back of the bag:
here's another shot- you can see the handle better:
here's the button on the handle.... i actually wish i had used plain white 4 hole buttons, but these skull ones were what i had, i'll replace them later but the button does function, allowing easier access to the inside of the bag :
here's a pic of the bag open- please ignore the grass clippings- my husband just mowed....
here's a close up of the stitching, and how i put it together:
detail of the crocheted side:
and a pic of the inside, with my favorite feature- a chapstick pocket!! the lining is just some black denim i had laying around: