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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / goomba goomba goomba on: February 17, 2007 05:46:52 PM
If you aren't familiar with the Goombas, they're the brown mushroom guys that run around aimlessly in Super Mario. I know them best from nintendo 64, but they're everywhere. They're great.

We seem to be one of the few families left with an N64, so this is obviously something to be proud of. To celebrate, I made a stuffed Goomba for my brother for Christmas.

This likeness is made entirely out of fleece with fleece applique for the facial features. I was SO excited with how he came out not to be vain, but his eyebrows are just perfect and I was very proud of my drawing skills. I honestly wondered if it would look anything like a goomba at all.

My brother and dad didnt realize I made him until at least 2 hours after he was opened.. I made some comment like that part was hard to do and they both looked up, appalled, and said YOU MADE THAT??! That was definitely the best part of my Christmas.
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fingerless Gloves for Typing on: February 04, 2007 07:27:55 PM

In my house, the sewing/computer room is either freezing or very very warm. At the front of the house, the big windows make it a chilly room and the sun does not come in on this side. It becomes very warm when the iron happens to be on. It is very rarely perfect temperature in here.

So on the frigid days, my poor little typing hands would become quite chilly. I tried wearing regular gloves, but then my fingertips were useless. I considered buying fingerless gloves, but being the little seamstress that I am, I figured they wouldn't be hard to make.

And, they weren't.

I traced my hand, added about a centimeter around, and after some fidgeting I had a successful glove. I used the cutest green fleece (with giraffes!), meaning it would be cute, cozy, & warm, plus it wouldn't ravel. I used pinking shears on the bottom edge, and on the knuckle-tips I just left it as is.

So the pattern is available for printing if you'd like to make your own pair; to make sure it comes out the right size, it should be about 10" high. My hands are relatively small, so adjust the pattern as necessary. Simply cut out four pieces of fleece, and stitch together the sides then the edges of the fingers. DO NOT cut a "v" shape between fingers; simply a slit, once the seam allowance is in, is fine for spacing.

Enjoy this quick and cute project! If you have any questions, I would be happy to answer them!
13  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Signatures in Hot New Topics on: December 27, 2006 01:18:22 PM
It would be really great if, in Hot New Topics, signatures were displayed. I would love to go to people's sites without having to click to the actual post first!
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / a whirlwind of purse-y goodness! on: December 27, 2006 01:06:21 PM
It's been awhile since I posted, so I thought I might share a few of my latest purses with you. Smiley I'm sorry for my lack of photography skills.. they look much better in person, I promise!

vintage airplane print corduroy with airplane applique and navy cotton lining; navy velcro closure

red print corduroy with apple applique and gold denim lining; gold button closure

vintage black/white flower print heavy cotton with vintage white lace trim and black lining; black velcro closure


navy bowling print flannel - thick flannel, not fuzzy - with light pink vellux heart applique on back and retro print cotton lining; pink "cracked"-looking button closure

royal blue polka dot baby-wale corduroy with pompom trim and light blue baby cord lining; light blue velcro closure

vintage yellow floral print corduroy with pink heart applique and baby pink denim lining & baby pink corduroy pockets

all of them are lined.. one side of the lining has a big pocket with dividers for cell phone, lipgloss, and ipod/something similarly sized, and the other side has a zipper pocket.

which one is your favorite? i'd love some opinions/criticisms/feedback! Smiley
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cinderella Sparkle Homecoming Dress on: November 25, 2006 04:32:46 PM
So, my homecoming was weeks ago... but it's not too late to post my amazing dress!

I got the most amazing fabric, Cinderella blue satin covered in sparkles. I loved it. The pattern I used was great, it was a Simplicity by Jessica McClintock. It was a halter with the cute wider straps, which were also a lot easier to make than skinny straps. I got lots of compliments.. it was really exciting. I was so proud of it.

(i'm on the left)

16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / squeakity mini mousies :D (lots of pictures!) on: July 29, 2006 03:11:57 PM
I shrunk a pattern to create these adorable little guys... let me introduce them to you!

Group photo! (kind of.. the purple family, I suppose!)







these others don't have names yet.. any suggestions? Smiley

I hope you like them, I think they're just so cute! I'm thinking of making an even smaller version.. these are about 5". I want to make some around 3, and see how that goes.. I'm just afraid that the smaller I go, the more handsewing I'll have to do...

The original pattern was a vintage one I found at a used book store.. I edited it quite a bit to make the originals, which are bigger, then I shrunk it and changed it even more for these little guys. I just love how they turned out! Cheesy
17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Copyright/Trademark Help? Information? on: July 19, 2006 10:24:05 AM
So, I've had my business running for awhile now, and I am happy with how everything is going. However, over the weekend, I was at the grocery store and saw a bag of Charms Fluffy Stuff cotton candy. According to the package, the name Fluffy Stuff (my store name) is trademarked to the Charms/Tootsie Roll company. This is a real bother, because I've already gotten plenty of business cards, labels, website stuff, etc. printed with the name Fluffy Stuff. So first of all... could I be sued for this??

My domain name, luckily, is not Fluffy Stuff.. it's fluffyland.com. So I was thinking, maybe I could change the name of my shop without touching much else. The best idea I've had so far is Fluffyland Creations.. does that sound lame? I want a name that has to do with fluffy somehow, and is cute, and interesting enough to warrant a few clicks.

Any suggestions, help, or anything would be really appreciated! Has anyone else had similar troubles??
18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Candy Stripe Purse on: July 10, 2006 07:37:11 PM
Some cute fabric, a simple purse design, and plenty of pockets. Smiley

From the front, then from an angle, then open with the magnetic snap:

Pocket with dividers for cell phone, pen, and chapstick/lip gloss: (and my special labels! yay! Smiley)

Zipper Pocket:

And opened, lined with polyester suiting-like stuff:

I got the striped fabric and the zipper pocket lining fabric at a fabric outlet in California. I live on the east coast, but we went there on vacation, and as we were driving from Disneyland to Magic Mountain, I spotted it.. the next day my mom and I left my brothers and my dad at Six Flags and went. It was great.. amusement park or fabric store?? hmm... (but i did get a day and a half of six flags so i was good)

Anyway, the bag is lined with black cotton. It closes with a magnetic snap.. I love them, so much easier and nicer than velcro! My labels are actually cut from ribbon I had printed from http://www.namemaker.com. I love it.. cheaper than the fancy labels, and just as cute!

19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Mini Whale Plushies! :D on: April 07, 2006 02:21:50 PM
Well, it all started with these little guys.. they're pretty small, only about 7" long from nose to tail:

I made up my own pattern.. only three pieces, but rather difficult to get together. But still, I had to make more.

And more..

And now I've made them supersized!

Now I've got a whale army.. my whales and I will take over the world!! Cheesy
Oh, and if you're interested, they are for sale in my shop, Fluffy Stuff!

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 10 ENTRIES / Starburst Wrapper-ed Ballet Flats! on: April 05, 2006 02:27:33 PM

I had this idea awhile ago.. it was one of those random things that pops into your head and you think, "oh, that might be cool.." but you aren't planning on doing it anytime soon. BUT then I saw this challenge, and I had to try it! So I went over to Nordstrom Rack and found some metallic-y ballet flats in my size for $11.90.. perfect!
This is what they looked like before:

Then after TONS of starburst wrappers, mod podge, and lots of snipping with tiny scissors, they were magically transformed into these!

I am amazed they came out so well, and they are definitely safe for wearing (yep, the mod podge holds up just fine!) so I'll probably wear them everywhere! Yay!

blog entry: Starburst Wrappers? Ballet Flats? they go together.. how?

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