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2831  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Jar of Mini Whimsies Round 2! (Signups June 10th-June 20th, Sendouts by July 31) on: June 20, 2008 09:27:21 PM
Thanks MamaPhunk!  Off to explore some more...
2832  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: June 20, 2008 07:22:04 PM
Penelope is very pretty.  Such a nice dress.  I love that fabric, it really works for her.
2833  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: It's a Dog, A Plane, No its Hippo Hero! on: June 20, 2008 05:11:14 PM
PaperDragon- If I make another one, I might use that idea and make him a birdie sidekick.  That would really be cute.
2834  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Book-lovers swap? on: June 20, 2008 12:36:43 PM
oh! i would love to take part in this. Smiley

i love reading, like its a crazy obsession. i have a library in my house! and i love it haha.

i cant wait for this to get started. it sounds like fun

We don't have a room to set aside as a library Sad  I'm glad you do though!
However, we have books in every room in the house including the garage and the laundry room  Grin
Mr Goldfish and I are certainly Bibliophiles!
2835  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: June 20, 2008 12:13:35 PM
I did an easy peasy dress in leather, no special needles. It was a light weight leather and sewed ok. I basically "walked" the machine through slowly, turning the little hand wheel on my machine to do it. Get extra needles if you don't have them, and consider using a new needle (should be sharper)

I wish I had thought of that for the booties.  I just discovered that my machine sews aluminum if you walk the first 3 stitches, now I am thinking about a sewn aluminum guitar for my DS rockstar poppet Undecided
2836  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: It's a Dog, A Plane, No its Hippo Hero! on: June 20, 2008 12:10:14 PM
Thanks everyone.  His nostrils were tricky since I don't hand embroider often and I forgot to add them until after he was all sewn up. Tongue They were supposed to be plain circles, but I love spirals to much to do them any other way!

 He is loved, but my son keeps trying to steal him away from his new home Roll Eyes

BTW he is modified from McCalls M4893.  I just redrew the legs, took off the tail, added a mouth dart (and cute, slightly crooked teeth), moved the ears, redrew the head piece...and I think that is it.  I can't remember it all since I have slept a few times since then, but I saved my freezer paper modified pattern in case he needs a sidekick. Wink

If I missed something, feel free to ask.

2837  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Mental Disorder Swap? on: June 20, 2008 12:01:25 PM
Maybe a question about things that help you cope.  Like icepacks, gummies Cheesy, texture....etc.
Also, we need to know anything that will make your day worse!  One of my friends cannot handle rainbow dots, so that might be important.

I think it ought to be international, since the point is not to exclude others for being different. 

Just a tangent idea, do we have a name?  Huh What about the "Different Path Swap"?

Sorry I feel mouthy today, just kept up with 10 4th grade boys for 4 hours. Roll Eyes
2838  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along on: June 19, 2008 09:46:44 PM
That sounds adorable, goldfishpollywog!

I am happy to announce that Alice Cooper poppet is finished! He even has a drop of real blood on him (pricked my finger while sculpting his fingers LOL), but I did wipe it off.

I need to wait until tomorrow to make his outfit, as well as the items I am making for a personal and an organized swap.  My iron died a tragic death, and took out a piece of alova in the process.  I had it at the setting I always use, but it instantly scorched the fabric, melted it, and left a black mark.  It will not go to a lower setting anymore, so it has been laid to rest. I will be borrowing my friend's iron tomorrow until I can pick up a new one.

I want to make Alice some leather pants (and his white straightjacket with blood), so I thrifted a black leather skirt for it.  I have never sewn leather before.  Is it difficult?  Anything I should know before I do something terrible?

Thanks for the compliment...Sorry about your iron...

I've made a couple pair of leather booties, I mark the placement of each stitch and pierced a hole for each set with a leather punch.  It comes out a bit more rustic than what you are looking for I think.  I don't know  much about Alice Cooper's pants.  Gomerriffic's idea sounds a lot easier, but the more options the merrier right?
2839  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / It's a Dog, A Plane, No its Hippo Hero! on: June 19, 2008 09:40:56 PM
Christmas is a time for joy, and obscure references in my case.  Here is a gift I crafted last Christmas for one of my loved ones.  See there is a family story involving her and the song "I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas" so I felt duty bound to give her one!  One of the lines says something like, I can't wait to look under the tree and see my Hippo Hero standing there.  Well, here came an idea!

He is made of fleece, with a fleece removable costume for his secret identity. 
There was a puppy pattern that I happened to have from Simplicity I think, so I did some modifying and ended up with the cutest hippo I know! 

Comments are loved even if my craft isn't.   Thanks for looking!
2840  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Mental Disorder Swap? on: June 19, 2008 09:08:31 PM
Depending on the intensity of the swap, I might be interested.  While I like making larger sets, I am overbooked.

I stumbled upon this today and smiled. Grin  I am formally diagnosed with ADD borderline Hyperactivity, a sequencing disorder, PMS, and borderline clinical depression (but I've found good coping for the depression).  My mother has adult onset agrophobia, insomnia and a few more. OCD runs through my extended family.  Hubby also has ADD and what used to be called CAPD Huh 

I make lists, then promptly lose them and go off on a tangent, hence the life history. 

Crafting is one of my biggest stress therapies, along with gifting and gummies. Smiley  It is so great to know that there are many others like me out there.  People who see good in what people call disorder.  We are not defective, we are functional (if different okay), we have a purpose and a place.  We are blessed in ways others can't understand.  Looking at the places we dont "fit in", we should see the oppurtunity for a genuinely new perspective to everyday life........ Embarrassed Ooops, tangent again, caught it that time I hope! 

Anyway, thanks for bravely standing up and saying I am me, accept it or not, I won't change.

Okay, so it sounds like a political speech....sorry all! Embarrassed
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