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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Sackgirl Coraline on: February 17, 2010 05:18:38 PM
I love Coraline dolls, and yours is even super special geeky! Great execution! It looks lovely.
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fruity Fruity Little Sweet Candy Earrings on: February 15, 2010 10:53:44 AM
You're right about them looking yummy! From afar they look like candy or an exotic fruit.  Grin
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some Kanzashi I Made For Christmas on: February 14, 2010 10:47:52 PM
I still think they are very pretty!  I've made a few kanzashi as well, and they didn't turn out as well as I had wanted, but they weren't aweful.  I made mine into pins.  I have a hard time with the stringing.  How did you do with that part?  They are very lovely though!  Grin

Stringing them is muuuuuuch easier if I stick them in hairpins, coat the backs in rice glue, and then wait for it to dry. I got the rice glue at Zipangu Treasures, but I'm sure just a not-very-sticky glue would probably work well. It stiffens it into place much better, and makes the fabric stick to itself. The kanzashi masters can apparently use the stuff to glue the whole damn thing together, but that's not us.  Tongue Once they're dry, just string it as closely as you can. Once I got some of that, stringing them was a snap!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Some Kanzashi I Made For Christmas on: February 14, 2010 06:20:50 PM
I decided to make my first kanzashi as gifts for the holiday season to motivate me to practice and do a lot. Because starting out doing all the little things you need to do beforehand kind of kills the creative instinct for me.  Undecided So I made theeeese! I honestly don't think a lot of the people I gave them to liked them that much(except for my roommate, who took the picture for me and is awesome), but it was hard to shop for a lot of those girls anyway. I'm still having some trouble with petal-shaping being as precise as I want it(everything wants to turn into a leaf-shape), and I can't entirely understand the instructions I've seen for the various shapes.  Undecided And I'm getting better at not coloring so much of the center so it looks uneven like that. Urrrgh, all I can see is flaws.

Pleeeeease forgive the copious dog hair in the picture. I have to work on the floor for space reasons, and one of my roommate's has a shedding dog the size of a small pony. I couldn't find my camera at the time and I just gave the purple one to my roommate, so this was my last chance to get a shot of them all together. The yellow one was later moved to a clip like the rest because you had to push down directly onto the flower to open and close and it fell off. I put it on the snap because it was for someone with shorter hair, but a clip is still doable.

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Stuffed Pig for an Epicurean Child on: February 14, 2010 11:58:31 AM
Haha, I kind of agree with you, Brandy. I waited till the last minute to draw it on because I worried if it was a little messed up for a kids' toy. But Trip seems to have noooo logical disconnect between cute things being edible.

Also, I forgot to say that I upcycled the stuffing from a comforter I bought at a Linens N' Things that started unraveling and turning to poo almost as soon as I bought it. I refuse to not harvest that sucker for all its worth.  Angry
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stuffed Pig for an Epicurean Child on: February 13, 2010 11:38:03 AM
My family is made up of a bunch of foodies. So much so that this exchange happened with my five-year old cousin:

Me: Trip, what's your favorite animal?
Trip: PIG!
Me: Hmm, that's an unusual one. What's your second favorite?
Trip: CHICKEN!
Me: Are you sure it's not a cat, like the one you have at home? That has to be at least your third favorite...
Trip: NO, COW!
Me: I think you misunderstood the question...

I asked him this because one time I sewed a hole in his stuffed frog Ribbit and he was ridiculously happy about it, so I wanted to make him something. But if he likes pigs, so be it. I thought I'd portray his food-loving in the final product by drawing with a fabric marker the meat diagram on the pig. I came up with this idea later, otherwise I wouldn't have used fleece since this made the writing more difficult.
It was an even bigger hit with his parents, who thought it was pretty funny. Trip has since named him Butter.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 3 retro inspired dresses on: February 08, 2010 01:50:20 PM
These are all totally great, but I like the last one the best.  Grin Excellent job!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: All Grown Up Skirt on: February 08, 2010 01:48:30 PM
Hooray for high-waisted skirts, even if they're not that great on me.  Undecided This came out great!
9  UNITED STATES / Louisiana / Re: Lafayette crafters? on: February 06, 2010 10:31:21 PM
Hey, another Lafayette crafster going to UL!  Grin I mostly sew and make kanzashi hair ornaments. I'd loooove to get into embroidering, but I don't have the money for a machine or the time to hand-embroider. Gotta work and go to class.  Tongue

I know what you guys mean about the conservative climate. Even though I was raised here and came back this year, I spent eight years in the swing state of North Carolina. It's especially awkward when you're the only young person in a crafting store and the rest are little old ladies talking about Obama's birth certificate.  Roll Eyes Aaaaawkward.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Coraline Doll on: February 06, 2010 09:56:53 PM
The doll is so cute! It looks exactly like it does in the movie too.  Grin
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