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291  People of the world, meet the Snailtaur. (pixplotion) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Belladune on: January 30, 2011 12:35:32 PM
The Snailtaur, unknown keeper of the swamplands.

The Snailtaur is generally a friendly creature, though they can be fierce when need be.  Living in the swamplands of the world, they protect the helpless creatures, and fend off human population of these areas with their magical spells.   Snailtaurs camouflage into their environment by sinking back into their shell.  Their hair grows to look like grasses and weeds you would find common in swamplands.  The unexpected burst of color through their body is used to confuse their predators and humans.  Although a protector of the swamplands the Snailtaur does have natural enemies, such as hawks, eagles, some ruthless humans, and carnivorous beasts.   
Snailtaurs would, at first glance, seem to be defenseless, but as earlier mentioned, they posses great magical powers derived from nature.   They carry staves that are adorned with magical talismans they’ve collected during their studies to become powerful magical beings.  Their massive upper body strength also helps them when they do occasionally get into physical combat.
Finding a Snailtaur is said to be the best of luck.  Humans who befriend Snailtaurs will be quite fortunate as they share a common thread with the creature.  Having a Snailtaur in your Home will bring fortune and luck.

poppet inspired body and jointing.  Poppet abs tutorial used (will link that in a bit why didn't i bookmark that? I can't find it again!  If anyone knows where it is, please let me know!)

Shell is a wet felted vessel.

Snail bit is scraps ironed onto fussible interfacing, then crazy stitched for security.

Hair is a hand made piece of felt, cut into pieces to resemble swamp weeds

Staff is a warped wooden knitting needle, painted, sparkled, leather wrapped, and adorned with 'Magical talismans"- glass beads, feathers, wood beads.

The Snailtaur was Created for Rlynn, in the Weird Stuffy Swap.  It was born from her theme "Swamplands".  He was a blast to make and really dug me out of a creative hole!  I was sad to see him go, but know he's very well loved in his new home!

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292  Re: Fiber Friday 28 January 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by Belladune on: January 29, 2011 08:58:39 AM
here it is:

Uber girly; BFL, silk and sparkle; Drop spindle spun; yardage not yet calculated.

I was also looking into this fiber week  I just think the timing is off for me.... Which I'll see if I can work anything out with my now retired parents....  I'd really like to learn a lot more.  Here's to hoping!
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293  Re: January baby/kiddo birthday discussion/gallery in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: January 28, 2011 04:40:51 PM
I received a fabulous package from Dizzerspinninround!

First some number bean bags for Alexander:

(I agreed to let her send them unfilled, as they'd weigh a ton and up shipping considerably)

And as an extra because she's awesome (and was snowed in, but it's mostly because she's awesome)  a bunting for Josie!  my favorite part is the 'o' with the heart in the middle!

Thank you so much, these are so awesome.  Can't wait until I feel better enough to finish up the bean bags!
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294  Re: Craft along for ME- ongoing in Craftalongs by Belladune on: January 25, 2011 04:33:18 PM
I guess these cards count as for me, since I did take the class to better my skills with paper craft (my nemesis)
these two were my fav: (mostly because I don't feel they have as many flaws.... but yes yes, I know you all wont see what I see as mistakes Wink )

their whole post:(with full size pics if you want a better look without having to click each thumbnail)
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295  Some cards I made... in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Belladune on: January 24, 2011 07:49:55 AM
I would generally say I'm no good at paper crafts.  So, in order to boost my paper creativity, I took a card making class.  these were the results:

We were all given the same kits, with an example card.  A few of mine only slightly varied off the originals, and a couple were dead on copies, but I just couldn't bring myself to get overly creative.  I found the finality of placing that stamp, or aiming the punch or awl to be very stressful! you can't just take off a stamp the same way you can rip out stitches!  It's almost to exact an art,  but I guess I'm the only one who see's the imperfection.  Anywho.  I am going to order some stamps and some card stock anyway.  I can only get better with practice right?
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296  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Belladune on: January 19, 2011 08:27:26 AM
Belladune--what a cute idea for using scraps!  I just got a boatload of flannel from Sevsonlygirl that I could use up the littlest scrap for...only I will use my snakes undet my drafty windows!

thanks!  I can't take credit for the idea,  I saw them all over the internet.  The method I originally used turned out terribly... I should take a pic of that thing too...   he was larger scraps...  But I remember making one like the original one when I was 10, and I remember it working better....  hang on, I'll show him off here...

My children refused to leave it alone while I was taking pics, now that I'm not wanting it, they aren't playing with it... go figure......

Oh and what you can't see in the pics is that it's lumpy and bumpy and weird...  Maybe just more patients would fix those problems.
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297  quick little mitts & a toque and scarf *now with pattern for mitts!* in Crochet: Completed Projects by Belladune on: January 19, 2011 06:59:27 AM
I whipped these up for a swap partner, making up the pattern as I went along.  I wrote it all down, so if there is interest, I'll type it up Smiley  they don't take up much any yarn at all

modeled by my 3 yr old:


I also made these a while back, out of the same yarn, and I still have a bit left.  It was just one ball of each:)
sorry it's sideways, I swear I turned it....

 I used an H hook, and bernat yarn, worsted weight.

Little mitties

-Ch4, make into ring
-Sc8 into center of ring made. Slip stitch into first sc
-2sc into first st., sc next 3,  2sc into next st, sc next3, sl into beginning of round
-2sc into first stitch, sc next 4,  2 sc in next st, sc next 4.  Sl into beginning of round
-2sc into to next 2 st (for a total of 4 new stitches) sc next 5, 2sc into next 2 st, sc next 5 sl into beginning of round
 -2sc into first 2 st, sc next 7 2 sc into next 2, sc next 7 st sl into beginning of round.
-sc each st around fr 7 rounds (I did not slip stitch while doing this part)
-Join colorb, sc around 2 rounds
-starting the thumb hole here:
-sc, chain 8, join back to body of mitt skipping 2 st, sc around to beginning of round,
-sc around including the chain
-scdec, sc next 4, sc dec, sc around
-scdec, sc next 2, sc dec, sc around
-sc dec, sc around
-sc dec, sc around
-sc around 1 row
-join color a and sc around 6 rows
join color b and sc 1 row.  Tie off.

Pick up 10 st on the opening with color B
Sc around
Sc dec, sc around (8st)
Change to color a
Sc around
Sc dec, sc around (6st)
Sc around,
Change to color B
Sc dec, sc, scdec, sc, scdec, tie off.

*Please let me know if there are issues with the pattern! I only made one pair, so there might be goofs!  probably not, but you never know!*
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298  scrappy snake and car roll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Belladune on: January 19, 2011 06:46:44 AM
A few things I whipped up for a couple swap partners,  all from my stash! woo!

Scrappy snake: (from all those bits that had no purpose)

Toy car roll:  (from a leg of my "fat pants" Cheesy, an old t-shirt, and a larger piece of fabric I had)

These were super fun and quick!
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299  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R3 - OTT Edition Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Belladune on: January 18, 2011 05:10:28 PM
my turn!!!  I got's a french knot sheeeep!!!!  eeeeep!!!  Love it!!!
look at him, it's like he's saying  "oh, hello."  like you just walked up behind him ready to scare him, but it didn't work Cheesy

Thank you so much imafundork!  It's the perfect first hoop!
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300  Re: Weird Stuffie Swap; Send out Jan 18 CLOSED in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Belladune on: January 13, 2011 09:11:43 AM
I generally don't do teasers, but I just can't resist. 

heheheeee!!!!  Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin Grin

(it's clickable btw, so if you want to see the full sized slice you can Smiley
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