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11  Of Wolves and Twilight in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bellalupina on: December 18, 2008 09:05:09 PM
Just a few things I've been working on lately...



"For the strength of the Pack is the Wolf, and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack."~Rudyard Kipling

That is one of my favorite wolf-related quotes, and it had a hand in the creation of this bracelet. I have had this idea for months, at least since I read Breaking Dawn (so since August?) if not before. I wanted to create a bracelet that represented the smaller pack that Jacob heads, with corresponding charms for each member. I also have wanted for a while to create a bracelet featuring the main components of a general wolf pack (alpha, beta, and omega), so this was born!

On the Twilight side of things each charm represents one of the members of Jacob's pack. From left to right: Seth (gold as his fur is a tan or yellow-ish color), Jacob (bronze for his brown fur), and Leah (silver for her grey coat).

The charms are also arranged to represent the descending order of a wolf pack; with the alpha in gold, the beta in bronze, and the omega in silver. Something I wanted to emphasize with the bracelet was that each of these members are vital to the pack, no matter their place on the totem pole to so speak. The alpha is a strong individual, but alone they are no more than a strong lone wolf. Similarly you would be hard pressed to find a pack without a beta and/or without an omega. Even that lowest level is essential. The turquoise beads are to represent the friendship, love, and loyalty that bind the pack together.

Technical Aspects: This bracelet took forever! There are eight individual strands of those beads with fifteen beads per segment. I strung each strand individually and then brought them together with wire wrapped pieces where the wolves are. I added the little decorative feather charm on the end because I wanted it to have a particularly Native American feel.



This is my version of the now infamous bracelet Bella gets from Jacob (as well as Edward). Mine is slightly tweaked from the original mostly for my own preference. There is a bit of a story behind it...

I do have the "official" Bella's bracelet which I was a birthday gift, but I have always wanted to make my own. Several months ago I was shopping around in Goodwill and I happened upon the crystal heart you see there suspended on a thin gold chain in the jewelry case. Needless to say I bought it ($7 I think) and have saved it since. Similar to Bella's, my heart really is a hand-me-down! I then came across the wolf charm when I ordered those for The Strength of The Wolf bracelet. I had seen a version of the bracelet done in all gold with multiple chains and I loved it. So while I'm not really a gold person, I decided to give it a try anyway.

As mentioned the heart was thrifted and the wolf from ebay, but the chain itself was part of a vintage opera-length necklace I was given by a friend. The bead above the wolf is original to the necklace as is the link connecting the heart.

Enjoy!
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12  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by bellalupina on: December 14, 2008 02:59:55 PM
Here's my newest girl!



She was made as a contest prize for the livejournal group twilight_crafts.  You can check out her thread here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=282699.0
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13  Guadalupe-Twilight Poppet! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by bellalupina on: December 14, 2008 02:56:18 PM
I am a member of the twilight_crafts Livejournal, and I offered to make a poppet for the winner of our most recent challenge.  The girl who won let me have free creative reign other than saying she was Team Jacob (great minds think alike!).  So I whipped out my scissors and machine and went to town!

Introducing Guadalupe Uley!


Here's her story from my deviantART:

Guadalupe is the daughter of Sam and Emily (Sam being the alpha of the main Quilette pack) some time in the future. She takes after her cousin Leah, and hangs out with "Uncle Jacob" so much that it really shows in her behavior and fashion sense.

She is also good friends with Renesme and doesn't mind being around the vampires as much as her father. She and Nessie bonded over having an odd up-bringing and both being hybrids.

Lupe, as she prefers to be called, wears her hair short and in a mohawk. This causes her wolf form to have shorter fur except for a long mane down her head and upper back.



Lupe also has two tattoos, a dream catcher on her arm and wolf and human prints on her abdomen (the abdomen tattoos were based on a tattoo that I actually have!).





  The jewelry she wears was passed down from one of the original pack members.


Lupe was made using the Pretty Poppet pattern and stands a little over a foot tall. She was my first machine-sewn poppet and I love her! Her hair is faux fur that was attached by hand, and her tattoos were done with a scrapbooking marker (non-acidic). Her jewelry is made out of some turquoise chips and small red wooden beads.

Sorry that some of the pictures are blurry, she just wouldn't sit still!  Lupe arrived at her new home this weekend and the winner absolutely loves her, so I succeeded! Smiley
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14  Stuffed Animal Dump-Manitou, Faery Pets, Cuddle Bunnies, and Sailor Moon! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by bellalupina on: December 10, 2008 06:12:24 AM
I've been slacking off posting her for a long time because I've been so busy crafting!  I recently did a craft fair which was what most of my preparation was for, and I thought I'd share some of what I made for that as well as my other projects.

Manitou-Big Grey (his bio from my deviantART):



"Manitou" is an Algonquian word designating spirits, often nature or earth spirits. I first came across the word in Charled de Lint's book "Forests of the Heart." This book encompasses so many of my favorite mythological creatures (some of which I have tattooed on me!), and the manitou in particular caught my attention. In the book they appear as men with stag antlers and arise to protect the land of their people.

I bought this amazing grey faux fur the other day and knew I had to make something special out of it. Initially I wanted to make a wolf (still may at some point), but when I started drawing up the pattern, I came out with this guy instead. He's part bear and part stag, with antlers made of felt as well as little paw pads and a tail on back. This was my first attempt at using safety eyes, and I'm quite happy with how it turned out.

For the moment he is known only as "Big Grey" until a better name reveals itself. He stands about 1 1/2 feet tall and is unbelievably soft. I am quite fond of him already, and oddly enough my friend knew just what he was without any explanation. Smiley His details were sewn by hand and then the main seam was done on my newly fixed (and then re-broken :/) machine. I hope to make him some friends in the near future.

The Cuddle Bunnies!



These guys are what I call "cuddle bunnies," and they are a modification of sorts of my Totoro pattern. I wanted to make something with a simple shape that I could customize with different things, so the bunnies were born. The two shown here are the love bunny and the autumn bunny. I also have a rainy day bunny (with umbrella and rain drops).

Faery Pets



These guys were my biggest seller, apparently they were a big hit with the kids!  I personally think they are adorable, and I'm not entirely upset that I came home with a few. Smiley

These guys are a modification of my original Ludo patter, but they are smaller and a little more simplified. I have dubbed them "Faery Pets," and there a little back story for them that hasn't been written yet. Smiley Each little guy except the orange one is made of faux fur and felt. The orange guy is made of felt and some crazy-colored cotton fabric. All the pets have wings and tails on back (as shown by one of the pictures) and were sewn entirely by hand.

And finally a pillow version of Luna from Sailor Moon:



A good friend of mine turned 18 recently and I wanted to give her something special when we get together this weekend. I recently found out she is a big Sailor Moon fan (as am I) so I decided to put this black faux fur to good use! The face detail and the ears (felt) were sewn by hand and then the main stitching was done on my newly fixed (and then re-broken :/) machine. She is stuffed with poly fill, and measures about 15" long.

Thoughts/comments?
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15  Re: Craft A Favorite Animal Swap in The Swap Gallery by bellalupina on: December 03, 2008 09:15:42 AM
Holy amazing loot Batman!

I received today from xXescapethefateXx, and let me tell you, she spoiled me like crazy!  Warning, a bunch of photos ahead.

I actually opened everything up immediately, but for the sake of pictures I put it all back together again lol.

The box with all my goodies just waiting to be (re)discovered!


Item number 1, a little wooden box with an "open me" sticker on it.


Time to pause for a moment and examine just how amazing this box is!  I took shots of all the sides so you can see the awesome detail she put into it.

Latched front; notice the great little critters on the front!


Side one:


Side two:


The back:


I love this box so much, I can't say it enough xXescapethefateXx!  It's almost like Where's Waldo but with my favorite animals!  And the wolf on the front is beautiful, you definitely don't need to worry about your art skills!

I opened the box, and what did I see?


Here's a better shot of the inside cover of the box, complete with the quote from my signature!  How awesome is that?!


A surprise note which I read first:




After a minute I realized it was written by someone in the box!  Ladies and gentlemen (are there any gentlemen here?) meet Ophelia, my octopus buddy!  I'm pretty sure I squealed like a little girl when I saw this, but it's so worth it!


Her colors are beautiful, and just look at her little bow!


After I took her out she sat on my computer to "help" me upload the photos and post this!




Also inside the box was a beautiful deer necklace.  The beads are just the perfect color for a deer too!  xXescapethefateXx did you do all that beading yourself?


Next is a lovely crocheted bag with the coolest button ever!  I'm not sure what I'll be putting in this yet, but I just want to carry it around with me everywhere!


And finally, the piece de resistance:





This pillow is absolutely gorgeous, pictures just don't do it justice!

Thank you so much for an amazing swap xXescapethefateXx.  You really outdid yourself here, I am so in love with everything you made me! Smiley
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16  Re: Craft A Favorite Animal Swap in The Swap Gallery by bellalupina on: November 12, 2008 07:22:33 PM
Just a little teaser here. Smiley

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17  Twilight Galore! Embrodiered bookmarks and a pillow. in Completed Projects by bellalupina on: November 02, 2008 09:28:17 PM
I am doing a personal swap with someone outside of Craftster (I don't think she has a membership here) and these are some of the goodies I'm sending:

First we have a Twilight-themed pillow she requested.  I made a similar blanket (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=270008.msg3045315#msg3045315) and she liked it enough to want a pillow.  The case is made of two different kinds of super soft fleece, and the apple applique is fleece as well.  Due to my lack of a working machine, everything was handsewn.



Next is a set of three embroidered felt bookmarks representing different things in the series.  I have just started to get into these and they are so much fun!

First is the Bella bookmark:



An Alice bookmark (she loves Alice):



And finally a werewolf/Jacob bookmark:



Hope you enjoy them!
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18  Re: Craft A Favorite Animal Swap (SIGNUP:10/21/08 to 10/28/08 ; SENDBY: 11/29/08) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by bellalupina on: October 27, 2008 05:36:05 PM
oh I am so excited to see what I get to craft!!! Hopefully my partner likes an easy animal and not something like a porcupine or hedgehog lol


Hehe, hedgehogs are actually pretty cool once you get past the spines.  My boy is so cute...



I almost put hedgehogs in my top three, but I refrained. Smiley
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19  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by bellalupina on: October 27, 2008 05:33:36 AM
My new girl, Moo the rockabilly Harlequin Great Dane poppet! 



Check out her thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=275587.0
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20  Rockabilly Harlequin Great Dane Poppet in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by bellalupina on: October 27, 2008 05:31:52 AM
Unfortunately I only have one picture of this girl due to the fact that I was in a hurry to get her off to her new home, but the recipient's boyfriend was kind enough to snap a shot for me!



This girl was created for a very good friend of mine who loves Harlequin Great Danes (so no, it's not a cow). She and I model together, so I wanted to give her poppet a sort of pin-up/rockabilly style.

Moo is made using the poppet pattern and stands over a foot high. All of her spots are hand painted and she along with her dress were hand sewn. It's not very visible in this photo, but she has crazy long hair and a little pomp. Smiley She is needle sculpted and fully jointed. She does have a little tail in the back, and her dress is removable (she even has underwear!). Moo probably took about 10-12 hours over the span of a week.
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