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1  Baby Mobile: Pirates and Parrots in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by giddygirlie on: April 05, 2011 11:25:37 AM
My friends are having a baby (any day now!) and they are both fans of Disneyland, which led to a debate over the nursery theme: Pirates of the Caribbean or Enchanted Tiki Room? They met a compromise by choosing "pirates and parrots" which gives everyone the best of both worlds.

I made them a themed baby mobile with plush toys attached. The hoop is 8" and the plush dangly bits are about 3" wide for the pirates and 3" tall for the parrots. I used a thick satin, variegated floss for the 'string' and covered the hoop in a Jolly Roger print fabric, attached with fabric glue.

I used "safety eyes" for each character (including the skull on the Captain's hat), just in case the baby takes a bite, but what I didn't account for was the thickness of the "safety" part of the eye behind the fabric. It made the parrots a bit wall-eyed. Oops! Fortunately, they prefer to hang with a side view (as they are intended to be seen).


Pirates & Parrots mobile by giddygirlie, on Flickr


Pirates & Parrots mobile by giddygirlie, on Flickr


Pirates & Parrots mobile by giddygirlie, on Flickr


Pirates & Parrots mobile by giddygirlie, on Flickr
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2  bridal hankie in Needlework: Completed Projects by giddygirlie on: April 05, 2011 10:54:49 AM
My cousin is getting married in a couple of weeks and I wanted to send her a little pre-wedding gift. I decided on a handkerchief and I kept saying "hankie" which made me think of "blankie" which was her name for her childhood security blanket. It was yellow gingham and had a ruffled trim on it.

Her wedding invitations also had yellow, so I decided to make her a "hankie that looks like blankie" and embroider it with the same motif that she used on her invitations.

I bought some yellow gingham and embroidered directly onto it, then backed it with yellow linen. The trim is a ruffled ribbon. I ended up finishing the corners after I photographed it (I was going to leave them loose, but at the last minute had a change of heart), so the final product is slightly different than shown here. It's 100% hand embroidered and hand sewn (no sewing machine).


bridal hankie by giddygirlie, on Flickr


bridal hankie by giddygirlie, on Flickr


bridal hankie by giddygirlie, on Flickr
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3  Embroidered Easter Eggs in Needlework: Completed Projects by giddygirlie on: April 05, 2011 10:44:45 AM
It's that time of year again, but I decided to ditch the vinegar and dyes and embroider my eggs! I started with jumbo sized plastic eggs and I carefully poked the holes that I would later embroider through. Because the plastic is actually pretty weak and liable to crack, poking the holes was a slow process. Next time, I'm going to try a very fine point drill bit (I was using a needle-sized hole poker).

After the holes were in place, I embroidered the design on to the egg using a beading needle.

Inside each egg is a cross stitch kit, including patterns, cloth, and coordinated floss and on the outside of each egg is tied a hoop to display the finished work. I think these will be fun gifts for my embroidery friends, who can spend the day stitching something new while the kids hunt for eggs and eat too much candy. Smiley


Hand Embroidered Egg by giddygirlie, on Flickr


hand embroidered egg by giddygirlie, on Flickr


Hand Embroidered Egg by giddygirlie, on Flickr


Hand Embroidered Egg by giddygirlie, on Flickr


Hand Embroidered Egg by giddygirlie, on Flickr


Hand Embroidered Egg by giddygirlie, on Flickr
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4  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R4, Diptych Round - Gallery (SendOut 3/21/11) in The Swap Gallery by giddygirlie on: March 30, 2011 03:58:16 PM
Everyone is so creative! I can't wait to see them all!

Thanks to everyone for their nice comments about my girl on the tree swing. I took some pictures also, but they have a lot of flash, so they're not the best either. I mostly used satin stitch, except the hair is a split stitch and the ruffles of the petticoat are a simple seed stitch.




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5  Trailer Park Boys cross stitch quote in Needlework: Completed Projects by giddygirlie on: February 14, 2011 06:51:42 PM
A comment on Emmajb's embroidery based of another "Rickyism" reminded me to post this here.

(for those unfamiliar, on the show Trailer Park Boys, Ricky is perpetually mis-speaking and making up his own turns of phrase)

Finished piece is in a 4x6 inch frame. Stitched on white aida (16, I think?) with DMC cotton floss.


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6  Re: It's survival of the fitness boys. in Needlework: Completed Projects by giddygirlie on: February 14, 2011 06:43:42 PM
Love it! I love all the Rickyisms. They're perfect fodder for embroidery.

This one is mine:


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7  Rod Serling embroidery in Needlework: Completed Projects by giddygirlie on: February 14, 2011 06:35:22 PM
Based on a drawing by Scott Campbell (used with permission), I stitched up Rod Serling in the Twilight Zone.

In the end, Mr. Campbell requested the finished piece which now resides in his studio (and his mom says she likes it!).  Grin

This is an 8 inch hoop, painted black and the fabric is permanently mounted in the frame. The fabric is printed with a tone-on-tone lined pattern. For most parts of this, I used 2 strands of black floss, but there are a lot of parts where I used a single thread and a beading needle to get the stitch so small.






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8  Ursula the sea witch - repurposed materials (tute included) in Halloween Costumes by giddygirlie on: November 05, 2009 11:36:26 AM
This year I was Ursula the sea witch and the majority of my costume was made from recycled/repurposed items. In total, I spent under $20 for the entire costume, including make-up and wig. I also posted this tutorial in the costume section, because it can easily be adapted into any type of octopus (not just Ursula) easily and would make a QUICK and easy kids' costume.

The final product (taken inside "Ursula's Grotto" at Disney's California Adventure park):







I used children's watercolors to paint my make-up on. Instead of painting my whole face purple, I just painted my eye sockets, which I think give the same effect. To achieve this effect, add just a drop or two to the watercolors and stir until you have a thick paint, then apply. Goes on quick and easy and comes off just the same! A splash of water and you're done! I also added some false eyelashes that have rhinestones along the eyelid, which I found for $3 at Wal-Mart.

For my hair, I wore a blonde "rocker" wig that had spiky hair. The hairspray held up great until the night got foggy and damp, but the cut of the wig really helped keep it spiky.



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Hi everyone - I did a bigger tutorial write-up of this on my craft blog, if you're interested in the step-by-step processes a little bit more. But for now, I just wanted to share what I've come up with!

This costume came together relatively fast and was very low cost and could be easily adapted to work for any type of octopus, not just Ursula.

I started with some thrifted clothes:
* purple shirt with long sleeves (mine is actually 3/4 sleeves, but close enough)
* black velour/velveteen dress - this is a plus-sized, full length dress
* purple velour/velveteen dress - this is a child's sized dress

The black dress is the "body" of the octopus, so the first thing that I did was to determine where the 'bottom' of the body would be and to cut the tentacles.



Then I sewed the tentacles (which created tubes). Once these are sewn, you will notice that the opening of your dress (what was formerly the skirt part) will be much smaller, because you've essentially sewn it in 1/2 with the tentacles. This is why I like the velour/velveteen fabric -- it doesn't fray much, so I was able to cut a slit directly between each of the tentacles to allow the body to stretch out more (picture below will help demonstrate).



I used the purple velour/velveteen dress to cut out "suckers" for the tentacles. I attached these with hot glue, which was fast and easy, plus it gave a nice rounded look to the suckers.




Once that was done, I stuffed the tentacles with fiberfill and then attached the 'body' to a purple shirt (because Ursula has purple skin and I didn't want to deal with body paint). My husband is holding up the costume in this picture and holding the body out, so you can see where I cut between the tentacles to give myself room to get in to the costume.



Because I don't want the tentacles to just hang straight down (and also don't want my own legs to show), I wanted a skirt to go beneath the costume that would simulate water under the octopus. I wasn't able to find anything at the thrift stores that would work, so I ended up using remnant fabrics to create a simple skirt (step by step details are on my blog).




I also decided to make Ursula's jewelry out of Model Magic clay instead of buying and painting real shells (too fragile for my purposes). I used the white clay and made the pieces and then painted with acrylic craft paints.


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9  updated! EASY TO MAKE: Ursula -or- Octopus Costume - repurposed materials in Halloween Costumes by giddygirlie on: October 22, 2009 11:30:25 AM
The final product (taken inside "Ursula's Grotto" at Disney's California Adventure park):




I used children's watercolors to paint my make-up on. Instead of painting my whole face purple, I just painted my eye sockets, which I think give the same effect. To achieve this effect, add just a drop or two to the watercolors and stir until you have a thick paint, then apply. Goes on quick and easy and comes off just the same! A splash of water and you're done! I also added some false eyelashes that have rhinestones along the eyelid, which I found for $3 at Wal-Mart.

For my hair, I wore a blonde "rocker" wig that had spiky hair. The hairspray held up great until the night got foggy and damp, but the cut of the wig really helped keep it spiky.



~ * ~ * ~ * ~

Hi everyone - I did a bigger tutorial write-up of this on my craft blog, if you're interested in the step-by-step processes a little bit more. But for now, I just wanted to share what I've come up with!

This costume came together relatively fast and was very low cost and could be easily adapted to work for any type of octopus, not just Ursula.

I started with some thrifted clothes:
* purple shirt with long sleeves (mine is actually 3/4 sleeves, but close enough)
* black velour/velveteen dress - this is a plus-sized, full length dress
* purple velour/velveteen dress - this is a child's sized dress

The black dress is the "body" of the octopus, so the first thing that I did was to determine where the 'bottom' of the body would be and to cut the tentacles.



Then I sewed the tentacles (which created tubes). Once these are sewn, you will notice that the opening of your dress (what was formerly the skirt part) will be much smaller, because you've essentially sewn it in 1/2 with the tentacles. This is why I like the velour/velveteen fabric -- it doesn't fray much, so I was able to cut a slit directly between each of the tentacles to allow the body to stretch out more (picture below will help demonstrate).



I used the purple velour/velveteen dress to cut out "suckers" for the tentacles. I attached these with hot glue, which was fast and easy, plus it gave a nice rounded look to the suckers.




Once that was done, I stuffed the tentacles with fiberfill and then attached the 'body' to a purple shirt (because Ursula has purple skin and I didn't want to deal with body paint). My husband is holding up the costume in this picture and holding the body out, so you can see where I cut between the tentacles to give myself room to get in to the costume.



Because I don't want the tentacles to just hang straight down (and also don't want my own legs to show), I wanted a skirt to go beneath the costume that would simulate water under the octopus. I wasn't able to find anything at the thrift stores that would work, so I ended up using remnant fabrics to create a simple skirt (step by step details are on my blog).




I also decided to make Ursula's jewelry out of Model Magic clay instead of buying and painting real shells (too fragile for my purposes). I used the white clay and made the pieces and then painted with acrylic craft paints.



The final part of the costume hasn't been written (or completed!) yet, so I don't have final photos for a couple of days. The last pieces: wig and make-up!
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10  Re: Dr. Girlfriend (Venture Brothers) dot painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by giddygirlie on: August 14, 2009 03:05:12 PM
Thanks everybody!

Thesingingllamas - I usually just use the one paintbrush for everything, so the "bigger" dots are something like 3/16" of an inch? Maybe? Since it's basically a drop of paint, they vary pretty widely. For the smaller ones, it's just a matter of being more precise with the paint flow, just trying to gently touch the canvas before too much paint comes off. That probably doesn't make any sense to anyone - sorry! Long answer short: there's just one paintbrush. Smiley

audio-astrophysics - it really doesn't take as long as you'd think either. Maybe a couple of hours in total, and since there isn't much paint, it dries pretty quickly, so you don't have a lot of wet areas to work around.

I've also done this same type of painting with a flat-ended brush (I didn't mention before - oops! - that the paintbrush that I use has a tapered end). The flat end gives this 'kiss' effect on the paint, especially if it's thicker paint, that is really cool. I painted a coffee table out of boredom (how I got started doing this in the first place) with a flat-ended brush (you can also use a dowel) that looks neat AND feels really great under your fingers. Smiley

Pictures of the 'kiss' stippling (I saw someone else on Flickr call it "marquee pointilism" which I really love):


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