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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sideshow Mermaid on: July 02, 2014 08:50:19 PM
I made this for the mini altered tin swap.  My partner had lots of circus/sideshow pins on her pinterest so I came up with the idea of making the "Fiji Mermaid":

I used the tiny altoid tin to hold the "mermaid" that I made from a little plastic christmas angel--I cut her in half, made a fish tail out of clay then painted her all brown.  I sprinkled coffee grounds on her for texture and some wool for the hair.  Some of the "mermaid" images I found had white eyes painted on--I like the creepiness of that so I gave her white eyes (hard to see in this picture):

An altered Barbie is the the creepy circus man enticing you to come inside the tent for more sideshow freaks!  I painted her eyes and new eyebrows, yellow teeth, wicked facial hair and dirtied up her cheeks.

I made the hat from card stock and clothes from felt and ribbons.  It was the most time-consuming part, making the clothes, but at least I could just glue them on. 

I decided to cut her legs short since it was such a small scene with the mini-tin and I glued her to a wood base that I decorated and distressed with scrapbook paper and brown chalk.  I decided to glue a poster to the back advertising the show.  I thought it might distract from her short little legs!

I thought it was a little extravagant for a "Mini tin" swap but my other ideas were even more grand, so much that I was thinking, "I can't even tell there is a tin in there".  But I'm happy that it turned out mostly how I pictured it in my head, a lot of times things don't and I was pretty worried that it would look cheesy in the end, so I am relieved that my partner likes it!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Teesha Moore Style Pouch on: May 05, 2014 09:16:27 PM
I made this little zipper pouch for my partner in the IYP 25 swap.  It is kind of big, like pencil pouch size.  One side has a drawing of voldemort by my daughter, a golden snitch and the deathly hallows symbol

The other side has bertie boots logo, weasley wizard wheezes logo, a flying key and "the wand chooses you"

I had the hardest time putting the zipper in and I was finishing it at the last minute so that made it even more stressful!  Hopefully it works ok!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hermoine Granger doll with her school trunk on: May 05, 2014 09:09:16 PM
I made a Hermoine doll for my partner in the IYP 25 swap.  Here she is in her school robe and Gryffindor scarf:

Hermoine is made of peach felt with a painted face and bushy yarn hair, she has button-jointed arms and legs so they can move.

Her little shoes:

under her robe, she is wearing a pretty pink dress:

Hermoine is all ready for the Hogwarts express to take her to school  Here is her trunk with Gryffindor shield (made from a little trunk-shaped jewelry box that I painted):

This spacious trunk even has room for a cauldron:

And all the supplies she will need for the upcoming year,
books (of course!), daily prophets and a quilt her grandmother made (sticking out from the trunk):

bag of runes, parchment scrolls with quills, her wand and some candy
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Harry Potter Candyland on: May 05, 2014 08:45:18 PM
I made this Harry Potter Version of Candyland for the IYP 25 swap.  My partner and I both love Harry Potter so I decided to turn Candyland into "Potterland--Deathly Hallows Edition".  My daughter is an amazing artist (I can't draw) so I commissioned her to draw the game out for me and I would color it (she hates coloring things in).

The game follows along the events from the Deathly Hallows book starting with leaving #4 Privet drive on broomstick all the way to Harry's battle with Voldemort.  My daughter like to be funny in her art so she drew in cute/funny details throughout the game (like the look on Ron and Hermoine's face when Harry is wearing the Diadem)  I used watercolors, my first time, and I loved how it turned out.

I made the cards using a square stamp made from an eraser for the plain square cards and an "H" shield stamp made for me in another swap for the card backs.

The playing pieces are laminated drawings with a binder clip to make them stand up
Here is Hermoine:


and Harry:

The game in action:

I decorated the outside of the box to look like a package from the owl post:

It was hard to send this game away!  I told my daughter she should make me one for my birthday!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Doctor Who shadow box on: April 27, 2014 07:38:51 PM
I made this shadow box for the Favorite Doctor swap.

Its a scene from the Vashta Nerada episode.  I carved and painted the book shelves and all the books on the back wall from balsa wood.  I painted the floor to look like the library floor in the episode including the "shadows"!  I even added a light to the ceiling that actually works (its a tea light that is velcro-ed on)  Some detail shots:

(the doctor didn't want to be photographed that day!)

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Howl's Moving Castle in a jar on: April 27, 2014 07:30:27 PM
I made this for the Geek Easter Basket swap.  I chose the theme of the basket to be Howl's Moving Castle.  

I painted the scene of Howl eating a star and placed it inside a jar.  I painted the outside of the jar black (except for a "window" on the front and little star shapes all around) so you can only see in from the front.   There is a little tea light behind the "star" so that the jar glows when you turn it on.

you can see the little stars shining through here:

You must open the jar so you can get to the light to turn it on.  Here is a picture of it open:

Here is a shot of the whole basket:
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 3-D Tardis Hoopla on: April 25, 2014 12:04:50 PM

I made this for the Favorite Doctor Who swap.  I traced the tardis images using two different colors so when I was stitching I would know which one was which!  It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be because they kind of lined up really well.  I wonder if it would really work with 3-D glasses?  I didn't have any to try it out with!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Alice falls down the rabbit hole on: April 25, 2014 11:58:43 AM
I made this as one of the items for the rainbow swap.  My partner likes Alice in wonderland and I had this idea to make a 3-D picture of Alice falling down the rabbit hole with all the objects floating around her.

Alice is made from a McDonald's happy meal Barbie.  I spray painted her and then painted on an Alice-type dress and gave her a new face.  I found little objects in my stash to float around her as she falls--buttons, dollhouse items, etc.

And I had this nice blue metallic paint that I just brushed over the gold frame.  It went together pretty fast, usually I spend much longer on my projects to get such great results!  I really like how it turned out!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Steampunk Repainted Porcelain Doll on: April 22, 2014 08:50:50 PM
For the Art Doll swap I repainted an old porcelain doll and dressed her up in Steampunk clothes.

When I got her she looked like this:

I comed her hair out with conditioner and styled it again.  That worked wonders!

I painted her face and eyes with acrylic paints. This scratched off really easily so I was very careful and then put a coat of Modpodge over everything.

I made the goggles out of some travel size shampoo bottle lids.  I cut them at an angle with a hot knife and painted them. 

I made her shirt and skirts and corset.  Everything is sewn on, which is much easier than making clothing that can come off.  Also, using felt for the aviator cap, goggles and boots made things much easier too because I don't have to hem them!

I was having a hard time making her shoes until I came up with this boot idea (they are glued to her feet!)

Shas lots of little details:  hooks on her corset, a gear necklace and bag made from an actual clock, clips on her outer skirt, rivets on her sleeves and boots.

My favorite material for this project was the gold leaf paint.  It looks just beautiful, I used it as a highlight on the googles and corset hooks.  Love that stuff!
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Hunger Games Shadow Box-Book on: January 27, 2014 08:34:49 PM
I made this shadow box-book for the Hunger Games Catching Fire Swap:

Boy, did it take forever to cut out the middle of that book.  It was really hard to keep the cuts straight.  I was thinking there must be an easier/better way.  The cuts aren't as nice as I would like them to be--pretty messy looking.  I would like them a little neater.  I printed every symbol I could think of that had to do with the Catching fire book and painted them with watercolors.


One thing I learned from making this:  I thought it would be easier to cut the pages out if I glued the outsides of the pages together first.  I don't know if that really helped but when I was done cutting, I was going to slide the little cut-outs between the pages on the inside but I couldn't get anything between the pages because the glue on the outside really worked and it was too tight! Smiley
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