One of my friends is a big Invader Zim fan - so for his birthday, I painted him these glasses. Yay! I brought the actual glasses (I'm not that good ... yet ...) and then just used glass paint to trace over screenshots of each of the characters. He really liked them ... but originally thought they were store-brought. Never! Apon my craftiness, none shalt recieve the gift brougheth from the store! Ahem. Yes, well, anyway, he liked them and I hope you do too ^_^
P.S. There's no doom here. Just me singing the doom song. Doom, doom, doom, doom ...
I really liked the pattern because the puff stitch worked up so quickly - and I love the little bow ^_^ I finally found my tapestry needles, so I was able to sew it on pretty well - but I only did the top edge, so it does still have a bit of movement.
And thanks to my phrenology head for the modeling shots! ^_^
I made this Niffler for an IronCraft challenge where the theme was "money". Nifflers are used by Goblins and Witches and Wizards to find gold and treasure and mony - so I thought it was appropriate ^_^
She has button eyes and is made from felt. She has a pipe-cleaner in her snout, so that it is posable.
If you're silly, like ActionFigure!Harry Potter, and don't remove your shiny watch before Care of Magical Creatures, you may be attacked by a GIANT Niffler!
And because I had the "Gold Digger" song stuck in my head the entire time I was making this Niffler, here is a segment of the lyrics I was singing ...
I've been making custom felt zombie plushies for a while now, but I haven't shared them here. Oh noes! So, here's me making up for it ^_^
This is Simon, Zombie Neurologist.
Here you can see his removable heart and bones.
I *did* make Nikki a dress, but I don't seem to have a photo with her wearing it. Odd. You can see in this photo that zombie girls have a small slit under their left breast - the heart is under there and can be removed. They also have bras - because I felt a little weird contemplating making zombie breasts ^_^
Two zombie babies! Meet William and B.B. ^_^ They have removable hearts and bones, and semi-removable eyes (it's on a string) and guts (two ends are sewn in). Their dummies are also removable (attached with a snap closure).
Greyson Harvey - the '80s rocker zombie. He has a removable heart and bones, and tie ~_^
This is Paul, the Punk zombie.
And Ellen, the Emo zombie.
They were a couple order - and the person who ordered them requested every single custom feature ... removable eyes, heart, guts, bones ... they took a while to make ^_^
And the most recent zombie I made is Iris - with a large removable eye, obviously ^_^
I made one other zombie, but I can't find a picture of her ; _ ; Still, I have four more orders, so it's not like you'll never see another zombie! ^_^
They are all made from felt and embroidery thread, and are completely hand sewn. I use poly-fill to stuff them, and the ones with a removable eye also have a plastic bead, to stop their eye thread being pulled into their heads.
I'm not sure if this is in the right place, but I'll move it if it isn't ^_^
Basically, my husband *really* loves Star Wars, and whenever I ask him what he wants for any gift-giving occasion he always says "a Death Star". So, now he's finally got one (although, probably not *quite* to the scale he was hoping for ... ~_^)
I didn't use a pattern, but you don't really need one, as it's just a sphere with a circle "laser" bit attached. Huzzah!
I made this little amigurumi for a friend, Sarah, at work - it's my first "proper" one, so yay! Louis is modelled after Sarah's real-life Labradoodle, and is made from 100% acrylic yarn. I basically used a pattern from Ami Ami Dogs, but of course I changed it a bit, because I am incapable of following patterns without getting distracted and doing my own thing.
His collar is made from crochet embroidery thread (which you can't really see, as it's black, and everything blends in a bit) and the tag is red felt and silver embroidery thread. His eyes are beads and he has pipcleaners in his legs and tail to make him more poseable.
This is Louis (with a test collar) before I fluffed him up. I brought a wire dog brush (a "slicker" brush, apparently) and brushed him until I though he looked right. I went through facebook photos of the real Louis to compare fluffiness ^_^
My friend, Rebecca, is moving so I thought a nice teapot would be a good housewarming present. And if you have a teapot, a tea cozy is the next thing on the list of things crafty people will make for you! ^_^
I cleverly chose a weird-shaped "modern" teapot, which made the cozy a little tricky to make. I used 100% acrylic yarn in grey, green, and blue - I really like this combination! The basic pattern I used was from Crochet with Raymond, which has a great tutorial (not sure how to do a link, sorry, but you'll find it if you google it ^_^).
I'm really pleased with how this turned out, I hope Bec likes it too! What do you think?
I brought this Blythe doll clone to practice customising, but all I had actually done was sand-matt her face. *shame* Then I saw a competition on Peter V. Brett's website called "Handmade Heroes" - the idea being to change a toy into a character from The Painted Man or The Desert Sword.
I chose Renna; demon-killing, flesh-warded, and very awesome
I painted her skin with acrylic paint, referencing Lauren Cannon's official series artwork for the wards. The knife is made with cardboard, jute twine, and more paint. The necklace is made from glass beads, and the clothes are black felt, black ribbon, and jute twine. I also gave her sleep eyes, and new pull strings.
Obligatory eye chip photos ...
I think she turned out really well - what do you think?
My friend, Phillipa, is a med student; which kinda explains why this year her gifts have an organ theme.
Sorry the pictures are a little dark - no sunshine is getting into my yard today
The eye-ball is a pin-cushion, made from verybigjen's tutorial on flickr.
The big hearts are stamped onto cards and the little hearts onto matching envelopes. I hand-carved the stamps, and I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out. I used Stazon ink, which is really great. The cards are a little glossy, but the ink didn't smudge or anything. I made six cards and six envelopes.
Lastly, five coasters with phrenology-type images. I used a set of free Photoshop brushes (I can't remember where I got them though, if anyone knows, I'll be happy to credit), and an old paper texture. I printed off the images, mod-podged them onto the coasters (cheap, paper mache ones from Spotlight), mod-podged a couple more times to make them water-resistant and then hot glued felt squares onto the backs. The felt covers the edges of the paper, which I folded over the coasters, and also prevents them from scratching delicate surfaces.
I found a tutorial for making a giant squid plushie over at PW Style, and thought, "you know, 8-feet just isn't a big enough squid".
So my friend and I made squids that are 3.5 metres from tip of the head to end of the longest tentacles. That's 11' 7", for the Americans
We are planning on doing a proper photo-shoot later, but when I finished my squid today I couldn't wait to post it!
My squid is red, black, and white felt, red and white quilting fabric, and a *whole* mess of poly-fill. It took me about four entire days to make (spread out over two weeks) and it was *hard*! My friend is a professional dress-maker, so her squid is a lot more polished than mine; but, considering I can struggle with sewing buttons back onto clothes, I am just really happy that my squid is finished.
And, now that you've read all that ... meet Penelope!
Yay! Hope you love her as much as I do
EDIT: More photos! We finally did our squid photoshoot! My friend Rebecca brought her squid, Benjamin, around and he and Penelope hung out for a bit
Penelope has learnt to crochet! Hopefully this will keep her out of trouble while I'm at work ...
Penelope also likes to play Nintendo 64. Here she is beating Rebecca at Super Mario Kart.
Benjamin prefers to play World of Warcraft on the PC. He plays a Tauren Druid
Here I am hanging out on the couch with Penelope and Benjamin. I have my arms around them, but the squids are so big that you can't see that!
And here are Penelope and Benjamin sharing a squid cuddle at the end of a long day. Squid love.