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1  Re: Confusing! in Stenciling: Discussion and Questions by nataluna on: November 15, 2010 08:01:04 PM
if i were you, i would eliminate the outline in your stencil, letting the black background become the outline also.  (that means you should even ignore the thin white line in my image below).

apart from that, you could cut out holes of all the green areas as one stencil for green and cut out holes of all the other white areas as another stencil for silver.  unless that's not authentic.  i'm only a moderate fan so i am not up on all the exactitudes of the potterverse.

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2  Re: Doll Clothes (Post your projects here!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by nataluna on: April 21, 2010 05:09:55 AM
good point.  i guess i'm not picky cos i like unrealistic redheads as well as realistic ones, maybe cos i used to be one when i used to dye my hair - lol.  tonner's 17inch ron weasley doll is (i think) a realistic redhead i particularly like; at least his face is very realistic.  [seen HERE in someone else's flickr]
which reminds me, on the crafting side, i would like to make a kilt for that character (not ron weasley but whoever he'll be in my imagination) to remember his scottish ancestors.  i wonder does anyone know some good instructions for making a doll kilt, like, how long the cloth is supposed to be, compared to the guy?  i guess i could look it up on a human-size kilt website and do the math...

on the topic of actually completed doll clothes, i'm learning to control my machine better and getting over the fear of sewing so small, and did finally make a doll shirt.  this is for a doll the same size as i mentioned with above (approximately 17 inch).  i find 1:4 scale a fairly reasonable size to sew for, although i admire the people who manage to sew for the barbie size and the tiny 6inch and less dolls.  anyway, i plan to make jeans and more things soon.

in my flickr
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3  DeathNote L fangirl t-shirt with changeable quote in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by nataluna on: April 17, 2010 05:21:33 AM


dh and i are going to a local anime con today.  it's the first time ever that we go to something like that.
and the only manga/anime i am currently obsessed with is DeathNote.  wasn't really feeling like cosplaying, but i had to wear something fun.

so i made this from a nice pink t-shirt that i got in the mystery shirt clearance from MAKE magazine's store.

it was from makerfaire and had a cute robot on it (just like the top left corner of this image, which is actually from a great tutorial about making a scarf from t-shirts)

but it's really not my favorite look for a robot so i made an L fangirl shirt out of it.  i used a print-out from the anime (same image as in this page of the manga) to help me cut out the t-shirt fabric appliqués.  i use the iron-on sticky film (i'm blanking on the name of it right now) and then sew over it after ironing.

later i sewed down the offwhite layer, and added his eyes again in white. i sewed down the black but you can't really see it (plus, amazingly, i think i am starting to be able to control my sewing machine a bit better).



requisite dorky action shot:


i also have another shirt that has a velvet E on it in a similar font to the famous L (an E can be cut to look like an L) and i might appliqué that on the back, or something, later.  it happens to have the same pink background!

the quote is on velcro because i would like to be able to make him say different things.  the character tends to say some memorable stuff, that is fun to parody.
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4  Re: Alice in Craftster-land 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by nataluna on: April 17, 2010 04:27:46 AM
craftylittle monkey has mentioned she can't be online much and so i hope she will forgive me posting the things i made.  her photos would be better, she's a better photographer.  anyway it was nothing like what she deserved in exchange for her wonderful package, but i ran out of brain (and drying time) to finish the at least 2 more ideas that i had wanted to make.

magical mushroom (no, not that kind) pincushion

this was way harder than it should have been, basically due to... i couldn't get my brain around how to do it right.  i just hope it works.

cheshire and wonderland queen(s) shirts for her kids, tim burton inspired


the girl shirt is actually a really fun magenta/fuchsia but i was making photos at night (you can see how the grey doesn't look grey either, well, it was) and the colors aren't right.

cheshire cat Grin stuffie, tim burton inspired:   


i winged him out of one sleeve of a sweatshirt and scraps of a tie-dye t-shirt
(somehow i picked up on the idea that my partner likes recycling, although she didn't make me any recycled stuff so i am not 100% sure i guessed right on that  Embarrassed ). 
i'm still kind of bad at stuffies.  he has on a scarf because the sewing at his neck is dodgy.
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5  Re: Reduce Reuse Recycle Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by nataluna on: April 04, 2010 06:10:11 AM
the soda brooch and the tie coinpurse are GENIUS!

ETA:  oh i have a teaser for lizzyjoan:
this is the mistake that happened during making the one item that i actually like how it turned out (obviously it didn't stay this way!)
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6  Re: Reduce Reuse Recycle Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by nataluna on: March 20, 2010 05:11:33 PM



i had asked lizzyjoan if she could include some containers that would be good for organizing things into, cos i am trying to get more organized.  and she totally delivered!
i am fascinated with the surfaces of these absolutely sturdy (important for a klutz like me) nesting boxes that are coordinated but not too matching (it bothers me when things are too matchy-matchy, but these are just right!)


i like the strange texts and mysterious photos on the sides, too!

closeup on the coasters:

i always looked at some items made like these in catalogs, and never could convince myself to buy them.
yet i also never would get around to making some!

closeup on the pincushion (cool textures!):

i am SO set for pincushions now.  previously i was keeping my pins in all the wrong containers and now that will not happen.  i have recently received pincushions in 3 swaps and now i can have several in different places, and i will have no excuse for ever losing pins or sticking them in the couch or stuff like that.

i forgot to take a closeup of the great and colorful coin purse made from juice containers (but you can see it in the first pic).  i always wanted something out of those, and again something i would not have managed to make on my own!  i'd not trust my skills to put that through my sewing machine, for one thing.

thank you, lizzyjoan!!  i love it all and i hope i can get yours out to you in a reasonable time!
oh by the way, i do like both kinds that were discussed in the discussion thread, but for some reason i was kinda hoping to get some of the "loud and proud" obviously recycled things and i was so pleased to see those!
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7  Re: Alice in Craftster-land 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by nataluna on: March 20, 2010 04:54:54 PM
as i said in a PM earlier,
OMGosh i have been Completely Friggin' Spoiled.
 Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin
on the other hand, this is encouraging me along a bit, as i work on my package for her!

also craftylittlemonkey has kindly said i could use her photos but we are not supposed to insert other people's photos, so i am linking to them as needed.

"art" things (as if it weren't ALL art?!):


closeup of the shadowbox:

better pic from craftylittlemonkey's stream HERE

inside the heart box (SO amazing!):



i had seen her dotees on her flickr and suggested we exchange art dolls.  i would say i'd never seen anything like this doll before,

but ... actually it reminds me a bit of something i recently saw mentioned in a magazine, that i found fascinating!  which is even better.  i love random connections.
i missed getting a pic of the rattle things inside her dress bottle.  they are all alice related!  clock, key, mushroom, sort of things!


tiny things: cross-stitch pictures!  these will look great in my doll display, whenever i get it properly set up.


tiny things: magnets and a white rabbit - SO cute!


some of the sewed things:

the tissue thing is great cos i am always getting allergies at school and not wanting to seem uncivilized before my students  Wink

more sewed things, for sewing:


i neglected to get a photo of the tiny heart embroidered inside one of the needle pages!  so detallista.
actually i have put all these inside the yellow case to have it for a sewing kit!

MORE sewed things!
eatme drinkme

that are actually:

a cup of tea and a cookie!
i think they would double as pincushions if needed.  though i would hate to stick them.  i wonder how you got the cup so sturdy.  is it plastic or cardboard circles?


an absolutely huge supply of notecards with different styles of alice and other characters
(i've put some of my most favorites in front)

the obligatory craftster "helper"-pet and accidental body part shot:


and finally some fun extras!

(actually the box is decorated, too.  it didn't come with the neat Art-Nouveau queen on it!)

wow i got exhausted just describing all that.  i can't imagine how much work went into MAKING it all!  i'm amazed and i would hug you if you weren't in, like, Canada or something.
 Grin Grin Grin Grin THANK YOU!!  Grin Grin Grin Grin
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8  Re: Death Note Swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by nataluna on: February 07, 2010 02:36:11 PM
Haha, this looks a REALLY weird idea for a swap if you don't know what Death Note is Tongue
I was like, "Is that even legal?!"

and if you do know it, the first thought is:
i'll show you my Shinigami if you show me your Shinigami.


ETA: that is to say, if this happens i am SO in.

would chocolate help?
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9  Chemical/Sensory Sensitivity Craft-Along? in Craftalongs by nataluna on: January 21, 2010 12:54:30 PM


[wish i knew the attribution for this image.  i found it here, but i don't think it was theirs, either.]

i'm wondering if there are many craftster members who maybe craft differently due to allergies or sensitivities, and if we could get together and share ideas and tips about this, like how to work around ingredients/materials/tools that bother you, etc.

i think this would apply to people with:
Allergies/Asthma
Skin Allergies
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Sensory differences
(more sensitive to Light, Sound, Touch, Smell, etc. than average)
... and surely some other conditions or circumstances that i have not thought of.
ETA:  i should add, of course, people crafting FOR OTHERS with these sensitivities, not just if they are your own sensitivities.

for example, and this might be silly, but it's what gave me the whole idea in the first place... i wonder how to get cotton (cotton-wrapped?) thread for my sewing machine, so that if i do a machine-appliqué on a shirt, i will not be allergic to the inside of the shirt.
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10  Re-Tree? ... how to make a christmas tree out of other things? in What the heck can I do with THIS? by nataluna on: November 20, 2009 04:47:49 PM
this is really a backwards question for this board, so if there is a better place to put it, please feel free to move it.



instead of wanting to know what to make out of (x-material), i would like to know some ideas of what i can make a christmas tree out of, that isn't ... you know ... already a pine tree.

i have tried dead branches before, and i have seen cardboard ones online, but neither is quite what i am looking for.

thank you in advance for your ideas!
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