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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Monster High Reroots- Part 2 on: February 26, 2014 01:39:36 PM
So cool! How hard is it to redo their hair? I love Monster High dolls, too.

Once you get the hang of it, it's not that hard at all! The best method is to cut all of the dolls hair off and soak the head/ neck in hot water for about a minute or so and then slowly try to pull it off (you might have to submerge it multiple times), without breaking the neck prongs. Once that's complete, take some tweezers or pliers and try to remove the hair inside the head. Again, submerge the head in hot water, it helps to loosen the glue inside. When I first started out (7 dolls ago), it took me about an hour or so to complete this process, I can now do it in maybe twenty minutes (actually, I'm becoming increasingly better at yanking off the head in one pull).

After that, it's easy to reroot it- simply cut the hair to the desired length (I wrap my hair around the long end of a DVD case to measure it) and thread it through the pores using a doll needle (being sure not to pole any holes in the face/ neck). Depending on how much glue there may still be left in the head, you might have to use pliers to pull the needle through (plus, after working on dolls for two weeks straight, your hands will kill you, so using the pliers is nice in that regard). Once the string is hanging from the neck, knot it and then pull it back towards the head. Viola, hair!

I find the process of rerooting being similar to how I sew hair onto a poppet, so I really like it, since that's my favourite part of poppeting.  

I find that it takes about one small to medium sized ball of yarn to do an entire poppet (though this will vary according to how thick the yarn is- the thicker it is, the more you need- ask me how I know this Wink ).

And I do, too (obviously)! I think that my collection is up to about 40 now (not including any of these custom gals).
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monster High Reroots- Part 2 on: February 26, 2014 11:51:28 AM
I've recently become obsessed with rerooting Monster High dolls (as you can also see from this post). I purchase the dolls from Ebay, rip their heads off (using this method), and go to town, giving them funky hair styles (particularly using yarn that resembles dreadlocks). The girls typically take about half a season of TV to do (so roughly 8-10 hours each).

Here is my latest batch of girls (and, without a doubt, my most favourite to date)!

Frankie Stein:


Cleo de Nile:


Ghoulia Yelps:


I also just ordered another 22 dolls off of Ebay, so I'm sure that this won't be the last that you'll be seeing from me! Wink
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monster High Reroots on: February 08, 2014 02:15:53 PM
I've been a HUGE fan of Monster High dolls for a fair while now and an even bigger fan of those who can completely customize them.

When I stumbled across all of the gems that Ebay has to offer a few weeks ago, I finally got the nerve to try my hand at customizing the dolls myself- reroots so far, but hopefully their make-up in the next week or so! With their reroots I use yarn, primarily acrylic-based yarn, that has a dreadlock look to it! Also, I use the knot method, which makes the hair a bit more secure when styling it (you can find a good tutorial for removing the doll's head/ hair HERE).

These are the dolls as I purchased them from Ebay- as you can see they were clearly in need of a little TLC:


Here's Cleo de Nile after her reroot:


And Clawdeen:


And Draculaura:


I'm also working on a Frankie and another Draculaura- and a half dozen others when they arrive next week! Wink

You can find more detailed pictures of them over on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/37478878@N07/
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Poppet Mini Swap Round Five on: June 12, 2013 03:44:41 PM
Well ladies... The swap is officially over! Thanks so much for participating (and for putting up with me Wink )!

If you have yet to post pictures of your poppet, please do so! We'd love to see it!
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The Poppet Mini Swap Round Five (SU April 7th-13th, Send-Outs May 20th) on: June 12, 2013 03:42:41 PM
GUYS!!!

I can't believe it- but the swap is now finished! Thanks y'all so much for participating! Also, if you have still yet to post your poppet, please do so- we're all eager to see it!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Dinosaur Garden 2.0 on: June 10, 2013 07:34:34 PM
so pretty and whimsical. But - where are the chickens?

Oh! That's what we call the type of succulent that I used- hens and chickens (I'm none too sure what they call them elsewhere!) Cheesy

Like these guys:
https://www.google.ca/search?q=hens+and+chickens&rlz=1C1SAVG_enCA523CA523&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&authuser=0&ei=eYy2UY7hK-aeywH0toHIBA&biw=1366&bih=643&sei=f4y2UcTbCYrWygH-8IGoCw
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The Poppet Mini Swap Round Five (SU April 7th-13th, Send-Outs May 20th) on: June 05, 2013 05:38:37 PM
Hi ladies,

This is just a reminder to please, please, PLEASE PM me to let me know when you've received!

Also, I've updated the feedback, please let me know if everything looks a-okay!

Sent
Received
Sending Late
Contact Me ASAP

bambam91- Kookaloo_Starr- Glamis (Glamis sends to bambam91)
jennythor- Myrdda
averyg- SunflowerSmiles
Illiamdra- angielou
Tenitsu- Sharalee- PurplePaisley (PurplePaisley sends to Tenitsu)
puamelia- lanikins
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Poppet Mini Swap Round Five on: June 05, 2013 05:38:17 PM
Hi ladies,

This is just a reminder to please, please, PLEASE PM me to let me know when you've received!

Also, I've updated the feedback, please let me know if everything looks a-okay!

Sent
Received
Sending Late
Contact Me ASAP

bambam91- Kookaloo_Starr- Glamis (Glamis sends to bambam91)
jennythor- Myrdda
averyg- SunflowerSmiles
Illiamdra- angielou
Tenitsu- Sharalee- PurplePaisley (PurplePaisley sends to Tenitsu)
puamelia- lanikins
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Dinosaur Garden 2.0 on: June 04, 2013 05:50:39 PM
Being as I am a huge dinosaur lover, when I saw Nolansmomster's amazing dinosaur garden, that her and her son made for her mom for Mother's Day, I KNEW that I had to make one. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find as cool of succulents in my area as she was able to, but I still loved how it turned out!

Plus, I love the fact that even my less-than green thumb will more than likely not kill this project. Wink







All in all, the project was only a couple of dollars ($1 for the rocks, $1 for the dinosaurs, $1 for the blue jewels, $1 for the moss $3 for the baking dish, dirt I stole from my dad's recently planted garden- though don't tell him that- and hens/ chickens from my sister's MIL who graciously donated them after hearing the cause Wink =$7 overall).

Again, huge thanks to Nolanmomster for the wonderful idea!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Poppet Mini Swap Round Five on: June 03, 2013 07:44:29 AM
ACHERON!!!! He is adorable- And his jacket is absolutely perfect! (I highly recommend his book specifically to y'all!)

I just got my poppet from Sunflower, I'm off to take pictures!

I am so shocked to have gotten my package from Meredith today (See... This is why I love USPS tenfold over Canada Post). I had asked Meredith for somethign fantasy-ish and, boy, did she deliver!

Might I present... My mermaid?!?!?!?! (Who still needs a name Tongue ).



Her tail fabric is SO perfect for her! And the hair! Oh gosh!





Thanks so much Meredith! <3
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