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41  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Look out or I'll attack you with my Kung-Fu Penguin! on: March 11, 2010 10:28:52 PM
I'm working on some bunnies for a craft fair and I thought, "H'mmm, Self, these colors remind me of a penguin."  And then Self said "You know what Self?  They sure do.  I bet I can make one."  And I did!  Smiley





I made the pattern myself, I just altered a pattern I made that I was using for my bunnies.  He's made of fleece and is filled with polyfill and corn (both of which were donated to me by loved ones, so this project has been very inexpensive for me) and has a little noise-maker inside that makes a loud "CRASH" when slammed on your hand or ground or whatnot.  (Those were also donated to me from a loved one.)

He was just a tester to see if my pattern worked, and it did, so I think I'm going to make more of these after I'm done with my bunnies.  This guy though, is taking a trip and moving to Georgia to live with my cousin.  She has a slight fetish for penguins that practice Kung-Fu and ninja moves.  (She's a wonderful writer and I love her creativity.)

And I noticed that his eyes are slightly pose-able so he can become "angry penguin".



And then the awesome Kung-Fu/Ninja pose.



Thanks for looking!  Comments and critiques welcomed!
42  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bruce, the 2ft tall Poppet (kind of image plump) on: February 27, 2010 07:28:52 AM
Introducing, Bruce!  My 2ft tall poppet. He's a gift for my aunt-in-law who lost her husband last year.  This is supposed to represent him.  I wanted to make her something that she can cuddle and hug when she's feeling down. 



I apologize for the bad lighting and pics, my flash is broken on my camera.



So Bruce was a very naturally spiritual person, and he made the most beautiful dream catchers.  I made this one for Poppet Bruce, which I have to say, isn't as easy as I thought!  You really have to keep the tension just right or it looks all wonky.



He made his daughters these necklaces and wore one very similar to it, so I used Shrinky Dinks to make him one.  In the upper left hand corner is a photo of the ones he made for his daughters.



He's a pic of him before he was finished.  It kind of shows off his tshirt more.  It was an old tye-dye shirt from a family member that I bleach-screened a peace sign onto and reconstructed to fit.  The jeans are from another family member that I reconstructed to fit.



Here's a nice photo of Bruce.  I tried needle-sculpting his face to match those cute round cheeks and button nose, but it looked weird, so I left the face the standard poppet face.

Grin

Here's another of Bruce in his usual attire, denim.  The shirt the poppet is wearing is one of my old shirts from a bank I worked at.  I'm a plus size gal, so reconstructing that to fit a poppet was CRAZY!  Smiley



And finally, just a shot of his hat.  I would have liked to have made the beaded band for the poppet hat, but I'm not that patient!  Instead, the faux leather band I used was from another family member's wedding centerpieces.



Sorry for such a long post, but I was so excited to finally post this!  My aunt-in-law hasn't received him yet (she's in another state), but I hope to give him to her soon.  I hope she likes it!  Any questions, just ask!  Smiley
43  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monk n Pie Poppet on: August 13, 2009 12:00:02 PM
Ok, so monks aren't usually associated with pie, but in this case they are.  A long time ago, a friend and I saw a license plate that read "MKNPIE" and I was all like "What the heck is munkinpie?"...  We then realized it was "Making Pie".  Yeah, we're dorks.  Hence came the Monk n Pie inside joke.
Sooooo, she's preggers with a boy and I thought I'd make her a Monk n Pie poppet for my second go at a poppet.  Another 20 incher.  Oh, and the pie is removable.  I thought of and idea AFTER I sewed up the arm to put a magnet in the hand and then I could put one in the pie... Oh well.  Maybe next time.
ON WITH THE PICS!

Full body shot.  I love his cloak, it was so easy to make!



Close up of head.  Sorry for the crappy lighting, it was late and I was down in the cave.  It's hard to see his nose...



Side view of the "Costanza Do".  I didn't do ears because I thought the hair gave him character enough.   



Oh, and if you've always wondered what monks wear under their robes... heart boxers.  Yep.  They all do, I checked.  Cheesy



Thanks for looking!  Have a great day!
44  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / "But I don't wanna be a Pirate!" Poppet - Image Gordo on: July 17, 2009 12:32:34 PM
So I finally jumped on the poppet band wagon and I have to say, I am LOVING LOVING LOVING it!
My first poppet is for my 2 1/2 year old son.  He's totally into pirates so I thought I'd make it a pirate.



I enlarged the pattern a tad so he stands about 20 inches.  Yes, he has no eyes.  My son requested purple eyes, and I ordered them, but I had already sewn the head on before they came and I don't really want to take the head off just to put on eyes.  I kind of like him with out them though.  His eyepatch already gives him personality.



A side few to so how thick his hair is.  I wefted the hair, I made too many though and it's super thick! 



The puffy shirt.  I wanted to make it like the one in that Seinfeld episode, but my DH had to lovingly inform me that it looks eerily like a certain lady part.  (Kind of like Georgia O'Keefe's floral paintings!)  Grin



A kick butt skull pin from my dad's things.  He recently passed away and it's going to be a long hard road, but I thought it would be nice for something from Grandpa to be incorporated into it somehow.  Ok, enough with the sad stuff, let's continue.



The belt.  I'm not super happy with it, I used a fabric that frays (obviously, as you can very well see) just over a ribbon, so I may change that later but at least it looks good for now.  I want to also give him a gold coin pouch to hang from his belt, but I'm waiting for the new belt first.



A profile view of his face and super pointy nose and cool hat.  (A side note, the hat and all the clothes and eyepatch are all my own patterns... trial and error!)



He thinks he's "King of the World"!  I want to make him some pleather boots too, but I just haven't felt like doing it yet.  I've had this guy done for a few weeks now, and if I wait any longer to post the pics, I wasn't ever going to do it.  I couldn't find any red striped fabric in my stash so I made the pants with a red marker on white, but after it dried, it looks a little pinkish.  Oh well.



And a last glance towards the sea, in search of the next booty!



Thanks so much for looking and taking the time to read my novel!  Smiley
45  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Crazy Quilted Tote Bag of DOOOOM!!! on: January 27, 2009 03:02:26 PM
Hello fellow craft buddies!  I recently had a trip to Indiana, and needed a tote type bag for all my in route essentials.  I love crazy quilting (especially with batik fabrics) so I came up with this.  It's mega huge, but I was lazy and running out of time so I didn't add any pockets... what a mess inside!  I did however, add a piece of cardboard in between the lining and the outer fabric for some durability.

I now present to you,
The Tote Bag of Doom!

Close up of the batik fabrics.


Front view.  (back is the same, just with out the flap)  I made both types of handles, depending on my mood or the heaviness of the bag.


I also made matching wallet and checkbook cover.  (The checkbook cover didn't turn out as pretty as I would have like, but I rarely write checks, I just wanted it to match.)


And the backs of the two accessories.


I hope you enjoyed the pics, it's actually a very pretty bag, I love variegated thread on black!
46  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / RE-PURPOSED Magnetic "Paper" Dolls *PICS ADDED* on: December 17, 2008 04:30:26 PM
Sooo, first time poster (project wise), long time lurker here.  And I know, I'm going to disappoint y'all since I don't have pics posted yet, but I will post them this evening.  I am just so excited to share this new project I made with all you guys that I couldn't wait until I posted the pics!




I, like many of you I'm sure, have TONS of refrigerator magnets that are outdated or just taking of precious artwork space.  I also have a Sizzix die-cuttter for scrapbooking and one night, BOOM! went a light bulb!  I used the old magnets with the die-cutter and made "paper" dolls!  Now, I know that it's been done before with the printable magnets and such, but I just really liked how I god rid of all the old magnets on my fridge and didn't have to go and buy anything.  I just cut out the shapes of the magnets and of the paper to cover them, and then mod-podged them on!

One thing I did learn afterwards, is that I needed to peel off the old sticker on the magnet for it to have the best adhering power, so I wish I would have done that BEFORE I cut out all the shapes!  Oh well, lesson learned.

Then my hubby had a piece of scrap steel that we are cutting and framing so that the sweet girl that receives this kick-butt re-purposed gift can hang it on her wall.

Thanks for reading my novel, and I promise, pics in progress up TONIGHT!

(If this total idea has been done before, I apologize, I couldn't find anything.  Send me a link so I can check it out if you do know of another!)

G'day!
Angel

In progress shot.  The cut-out magnets on the left, and the ones already mod-podged and papered on the right.


A close up of the ones just cut out.


A close up of the completed ones.



And I apologize for the shoddy pics, the morning sun was in my eyes nd reflecting weird of my screen.  I guess I should have checked them later in the day before I posted them.  Oh well!

Comments and criticisms welcomed!
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