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1  Re: Katrina in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by beethechange on: February 22, 2013 07:59:23 AM
And here she is with my second one.. a commissioned piece for our dear family friends...

these were taken in progress, I sent her off before I took pictures of the finished doll... I painted one of the flowers around her eye magenta & her boots to match.
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2  Katrina in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by beethechange on: February 22, 2013 05:57:20 AM
Here's my first day of the dead doll, she's made of canvas, lightly wired, painted w/acrylics... poppies are made from an old wool blazer. she's posable & has held up against the hands of a 5 year old & 9 year old! She's hanging out w/monster high dolls..

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3  Bubo, Chibi & owlets in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by beethechange on: August 30, 2012 07:52:48 PM

He's painted canvas w/button jointed wings and floss wrapped wire feet.

And here are a few owlets I made, inspired by Etsy seller cartbeforethehorse , a new, overweight cashmere Chibi snuck in there
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4  Chibi~Totoro in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by beethechange on: September 30, 2010 06:33:23 AM
Made this little one out of the softest cashmere sweater, feet are wool over wire. I need to get some outside shots, what Totoro would stay inside?

Totoro, Totoro
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5  where land meets sea, reversible playmat & denizens of the deep in CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES by beethechange on: December 05, 2008 08:20:08 PM
Last year I made my daughter a playmat with some posable felted characters & a plantable veggie garden, seen here
The playmat idea was inspired by a thread on another forum & this particular playmat
&  then this blog
That playmat had many, many hours of play (I logged a few, as well). I knew I wanted to make her a water themed mat & this challenge bumped up my project... I started with the mermaid, which is needle felted wool over wire with doll fabric over her body
next, the octopus which was based on the one from Wild & Wonderful Fleece Animals by Linda Carr
The seahorse was my favorite & will surely be improved upon. It's a felted sweater which was machine sewn into the basic form, then needle felted... it is somewhat posable but the sweater was too bulky. All of the details are going to be worked on, I love needlefelting.
The seaweed is various scraps. Most of this was salvaged from scraps of all of my first projects,there's a lot of reminiscing in here. I know I want to add more before I give it to her on the solstice, and once I see her playing with it, I'm sure I'll have even more ideas. It's also versatile, she also has a collection of whales & other sea animals sized just right for it, as well as a commercially made pirate ship/pirates(shown). My daughter also has a collection of shells that she'll have fun running up the coasts & & rocks, too... I love this. I'm working on something for the land side, too.

I'm such a poser  Tongue

What do you think she hears?

It's very easy to pick up your whole scene quickly, even tying it off to contain the little stuff.

I have more to say but am running out of time. Admittedly, I'm a techno dope so posting this has taken far too long. I'm using new camera/software so I am really looped out. Next deadline is approaching, last minute trip TO the gulfcoast which is not the breeze it was before chil'ren.  Bleary eyed & signing off! 
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6  Re: Vegetable Garden Floor Pillow in CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES by beethechange on: December 05, 2008 07:42:33 AM
This is so great! Last year I made a small veggie garden
as part of a playmat for my daughter. You can see I love this idea!
But a pillow, that is SO FREAKING COOL! You'd have my vote if I wasn't close to turning in my own entry.
Love the fruit/veggie selection.
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7  felted friends in Felting: Completed Projects by beethechange on: January 19, 2008 02:10:33 PM
these were all made for my 4 year old's playmat... the rabbit, girl, cat & purple tree are all posable. They've held up to regular play fairly well, I did touch a few things up last week after a few weeks of daily play. I'm fairly new to felting (as in I started late last spring & have very little time to work on it w/2 small children) but I LOVE how much control you have over it, it's very deliberate & detailed. It also fills a great need, I want my children to have more natural toys available to them. AND these toys are so personalized.

Here are some felt & felted veggies for the little garden that can be planted ( I'm working on a broccoli plant, too)
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8  Re: playmat & raised bed garden in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by beethechange on: January 18, 2008 11:37:44 AM
Thanks so much, everyone!!

hollyrh~ a moon mat, that's great!! I plan to do a sea mat, next.

:wave nettyhold!

Here are a few better pics from today's play.... does anyone know where I can get some mini garden tools?

drawn together as a bag w/"right" side facing out
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9  * more pics *playmat & raised bed garden in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by beethechange on: January 17, 2008 07:47:20 AM
hi, new here & typing this while nursing a 4 month old.
so happy to have found this place!

i made this mat for my 4 year old for yule/christmas.  

it's also a reversible drawstring bag.

my husband made the frame. the garden is corduroy & cotton batting, the veggies are mostly wool w/some embroidery floss

these veggies can be planted over & over, *I* play with it! Grin now i just need some implements.

i gave her a set of mini wooden cooking/dinnerware & a small chest to store them my daughter added rocks and other small treasures. the gourds are homes under construction. the other dolls were gifts from yule '06.

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