So, for everybody who lives in Southern Ontario- and probably most of Canada- it's FanExpo weekend in Toronto and two of my girls were going this year.
The older of the two has known she was going for months, while the other had about two weeks notice that she'd have the money for it. And when the elder chose this beautiful picture of Jack Frost as her inspiration, the other went with Merida from the same picture. http://www.deviantart.com/art/seasons-388605093
Jack was made completely by my daughter herself, while Merida was mostly my work with a little help from "Jack"
So I wanted to share a new project I've been working on. This is Lady Mary Victoria, a doorstop doll made almost completely of recycled materials.
Her base is fill with sugar for weight. Cat litter or sand is better, but this was all that I had at hand at the moment. Her flesh was once an old bed sheet, her clothing is made from a recycled nightgown and quilting scraps. Even her stuffing came from a throw pillow that the cat hated and tore to shreds.
She still needs a bit of work around the hands, but I just couldn't wait to share her!
So my son tells me at the last minute that he's going to need a costume for a party after all. So what's a mom to do with the little that's in her house? She creates "Doctor Psycho" of course!
Luckily I had a really old pair of scrubs and an eighties white jacket that looked enough like a lab coat to pass. A reflector was made with an old CD hot glued to a fabric headband and the name tag is just a blank business card glued to a pin back.
Then the whole lot was "bloodied" with red paint a mixture of gel food colouring and water. For the photos he also posed with a butter knife "scalpel" but that stayed home with me.
And when I say this was last minute, I mean it! Had to blow dry the blood stains ten minutes before he left!
This is my version of an upper class Victorian lady. The pattern came from Colleen Babcock's mystery pattern. What I usually do with a new pattern, to test just how easy it's going to be, is see if I can make her up without reading the instructions. Well I ended up changing the skirt around to create a bit of a bustle and I completely changed the shirt because I couldn't wrap my head around the bodice pieces that came with the original. Any way here she is...
Complete with top hat and some gold bling...
And an attempt at photographing the bustle. The center back panel is actually a piece of lace that I carried into the cuffs of the sleeves.
Everything is a dark burgundy colour (from an old repurposed curtain )
My daughters tell me that she bears a passing resemblance to River Song from Dr. Who. I can see it, but the DH can't. How about you?
Well, now that my partner in the D&D Swap has finally received, I want to show off what I ended up making for her daughter.
This is Crimson, a good witch out to protect little girls from all the evil queens out there. She stands approximately 17" not including the hat, has articulated knees for sitting and poseable elbows and fingers, for those tricky spell gestures.
Not easy to see here, but she has a white blouse, red waist cincher, long red skirt and (not seen) little red felt slippers. Her hair is some really soft boucle yarn I had laying about.
I hope ilovesnails' little girl loves her as much as I do. She was sooooo hard to give up!
Recently I decided that, since I had some time I needed to fill or go completely mad, I would embroider some pictures for members of my family to add to their Christmas gifts. But how to display them? Then I saw some beautiful mug rugs here on Craftster and thought "What the heck?"
Here are the first five
I found most of these pictures on Urban Threads (love this site!)
I think my absolute favourite is the peacock feather, though the bunny is adorable! Everyone's names are quilted into the piece, kind of like a name tag. As well, my son the D&D geek (his words, not mine) has the numbers on his twenty-sider quilted. Lastly is my mother-in-law's, who just loves the Beatles flick Yellow Submarine.
Recently, my youngest DD decided that she absolutely HAD to dress as Matt Smith, the eleventh Dr. Who, for Halloween, but couldn't get anyone to dress as Amy Pond. So Mom opens her mouth before thinking and says "I'll make you one"...face palm!
Anyway, I decided that soft and squishy was the way to go, fleece and felt, easily washed if she gets dropped along the way. And we call her...PILLOW POND!
Ignore the string hanging down (quickly snips it off), it's been dealt with.
So, my youngest DD has decided that she absolutely MUST dress as Matt Smith, the eleventh Dr. Who. But how to carry her candy? Why. whith her own Tardis!
Made of Tardis blue fleece and felt for the police sign. Yes, I know the instruction placard on the front is blank. I figured "It's a candy bag, dammit! It doesn't need to be perfect!" The inside is lined with some great space fabric.
When I have images of her completely done up I'll post them.