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41  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / The Simpsons ...a picture fat sculpted Nativity by isewcute on: September 07, 2010 02:34:05 PM
I'm finally getting around to giving these guys their own post here. These were made in the FOC Wist Swap for my partner Pixieval. The swap was all about crafting something from or inspired by your partner's wists & Pixieval had written in her craftster profile that she would love to have someone craft her a Simpson's Nativity. Inspiration struck & I just had to make it for her!
I could just imagine it even before picking up the materials.
These were sculpted from super sculpey & have tightly crumpled aluminum foil in their middles to make them a little lighter & take less time to bake.
The figures measure around 6-7" tall I think it was...for the adults ...and the kiddos were about 3.5" tall or so.

I made Maggie the baby Jesus because she is the baby of the family & I felt it would've just been kind of wrong (but funny) if Bart were the baby. I'd love to expand on this set & add Krusty, Moe, & a few others as misc. wise men & shepherds.  Cheesy
Here's Bart in progress...before baking:

Behind the scenes...my 5 year old helping with Marge's hair...I forgot about this photo!

The family before painting the colors:

A different view after painting & glittering:

Homer detail:

The family without the distracting background...you can see Santaslittlehelper better against the white background...I just love how he came out!

Top view to show Maggie better:

My husband said, "how come you never make anything like this for me?" ...and he rarely expresses any interest in my crafting...so I took it as a major compliment.  Wink
42  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Anyone up for another tea towel tour? on: September 06, 2010 07:50:56 AM
I've never organized a swap before, but I would definitely be interested in taking part in another tea towel tour. Anyone game?

43  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Dolly Donations...comforting orphans in Haiti on: August 31, 2010 02:57:13 PM
I read about this & knew I had to craft for it.
This is for a doll drive called 'dolly donations' where the dolls are all handmade by crafty peeps like us & sent to be donated to an orphanage in Haiti.
There are more dolls needed...especially boy dolls... around 100+ by the end of October.

I thought this would be a great place to post this & draw some attention to it & maybe some fellow craftsters would be willing to give it a go for themself!

I made 7 dolls so far & am thinking about making more...they're kind of addictive once you've made one!

The pattern which is free to use for this cause & personal use not for profit was designed by Sarah Hanson... a mom & artist.  Wink

If I may post an outside link to direct craftsters to more info, here is a link all about the dolly donations drive: http://dollydonations.blogspot.com/2010/05/active-dolly-drive-free-kids-dolls-for.html
If this is violating craftster's rules, go ahead & remove it, but I'd really like interested folks to be able to get the contact info & whatnot straight from the source.  Wink
44  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Unicorn Sparkle Surprise for Babygirl's Room on: August 25, 2010 03:08:39 PM
I've been making some surprises for my daughter's upcoming birthday. She's seen a lot of glittery things come & go in this house, so I made her the biggest glittery thing I could.

I put a ring on the back side of it so it can hang on her wall like a plaque.   Smiley
She's going to be 4 & is crazy for anything pony-like.

After her special day, I'll update this with her reaction to it!  Wink

45  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / America's Got Talent... on: August 04, 2010 06:14:19 AM
It's my guilty pleasure & favorite summertime show. My husband doesn't even watch it with me. So left to my own devices & being overcome with inspiration, I drew Prince Poppycock last night while watching the show...scanned it in, did some digital manipulation... I just had to make it pink & give it a frou frou frame! I think I need to hang it up in my craft room to inspire me everyday!  Wink

46  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / memoirs of a geisha... on: June 15, 2010 09:06:01 AM
I did this piece for an embroidery swap. The theme for my partner was 'in an oriental garden' & I was immediately inspired by the movie "memoirs of a geisha". ...the book is fab too if you have time to read it.  Wink
I drew the geisha based on one of the characters in the movie during the scene where the Chairman, who was with 2 geisha girls, was buying the ice treat for Chiyo.
The other elements were just pulled from my imagination. I love the blossoming trees & wanted to do a lot of flowers too.
The thread was given to me by my partner & I really love the monochromatic look of the piece. It took a little over on skein of DMC to do it. I love playing with the line weight by using different #'s of strands in stitching. I can't even remember how long this took...but it took awhile. I'm a pretty slow stitcher.
C & C welcome.  Smiley
closeup view stitching...

work in progress...

finished project...
47  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Gift for Dad... Children Watercolor Portrait on: June 03, 2010 01:42:38 PM
My dad has everything he needs...which makes it impossible nearly to buy him anything for his birthday. I came up with a decent idea....to paint all the grandkids for him. I know he doesn't have this painting already!  Wink

This is the work in progress:

The finished piece:

Size is 11x17 cold pressed watercolor paper.... painted with a children's watercolor set that I'd bought for the kids. It's been a long time since I painted anything, so I just used what I had in our stash. It's not the greatest technically speaking, but I'm just grateful the little painted characters actually kind of resemble the actual kidlets!

I'll come back & let y'all know what he thinks of it when he gets it!  Smiley
48  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / My Babygirl's Rockabilly-esque Elvis Sun Dress-(Updated with Model Shots!) on: May 29, 2010 09:15:47 PM

It's been ages since I've posted something new on craftster...so very happy to share my babygirl's newest dress made from my highly coveted blue Elvis fabric!

The pattern is an easy McCall's sundress #M5613 ...sent to me by the dear Elvissatx! She sent me some patterns that her niece has outgrown & I found the time to put this one to use while my inlaws kept my kiddos busy.  Smiley

The one thing I did differently from the pattern was to switch the buttonholes to the top panel rather than having them on the straps...so I can just adjust the position of the button on the straps as my girl grows to get more wear out of the dress.
I'm happy  to say that I conquered the button hole setting on my machine for the first time...with a little encouragement, because I was ready to set the whole thing aside & stitch them during daylight hours by hand. Can you tell I used to hate doing buttonholes so much?  Embarrassed
The pain of learning the buttonhole setting was so worth it when I put it on babygirl this morning. She twirled and squealed about the big big pockets! This pattern is a winner for a 3 year old!

I plan on making some black and white polka dot bloomer shorts to go under it.
Comments/questions are appreciated & I'll do my best to answer them.

49  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Kitten Cuteness!!! on: February 25, 2010 06:27:36 AM
I'm not sure if this is posted in the correct area... it's a shirt that I painted for my mommy!
We both have an insatiable love for the color kittens book with the original illustrations by Alice & Martin Provensen.
I think it was both her favorite & mine from our childhood.
So one day I got it into my head to paint the color kittens on a shirt for her & she loves it!  Grin Just thought I'd share!

It's just regular fabric paint...no special technique...but if you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them!

50  COOKING / Dessert / King Cake for Fat Tuesday! ...it's fun being snowed in & baking! on: February 16, 2010 05:37:18 PM
I decided to give this a go today... having a craving & the necessary ingredients on hand. It's similar to a sweedish tea ring...but has nuts & raisins inside. Sooooo good!

No secret recipe... I googled 'king cake' ...and chose the one that I could make based on the things in my cupboard!
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