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141  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Her name is Dolly on: December 31, 2009 12:20:21 PM
Aw, I just love her sweet little face!
142  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Altered Journal-a-long on: December 31, 2009 12:18:49 PM
I'm about to head into my disaster of a crafting space to clean up after all the Christmas madness...then i'm going to start a new spread in my journal...anyone have a new theme?

In spirit of the day, how about a theme around your plans/resolutions for the new year?
143  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sock Money Trio (image heavy) on: December 26, 2009 10:22:43 AM
I decided to attempt making sock monkeys for my cousins for christmas. It took an embarrassing amount of time for me to finish them (since I just taught myself to sew and had to do them by hand  Wink). I definately think I improved with each one though!
I tried something different with each of their faces to decide what I liked the best.


All three together!


This one has felt eyes and a mouth.


I decided to try out safety eyes for this guy...we had a bit of a mishap with them so had to do some creative eyelids. I painted a smile on him after this picture, but didn't get a chance to photograph him before he was wrapped, lol.


By far my favorite. I think its obvious he was the last one...didn't have as many wonky issues as the other two have. I think I like how the painted face came out the best too. Smiley



They're far from perfect, but my cousins loved them at least!
144  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first plushie (and sewing project :)) on: November 29, 2009 08:23:46 AM
I have to give a little bit of background to explain why I'm so incredibly excited about this...so sorry  Tongue.
Ever since I was a little girl, I've always wanted to make my own dolls and stuffed animals. I used to draw out my patterns and everything, but I didn't know how to sew...so I never made one. I finally decided last week that I'd stop making excuses like I've been doing for years and just figure it out on my own. Sooo...I went to the craft store, spent about $1 on some felt squares and $3 on a travel size sewing kit. I decided to follow the silly girl pattern located here: http://missyballance.typepad.com/crafty_carnival/2007/02/free_doll_patte.html because it looked pretty simple. I came across these great sewing videos online http://www.5min.com/Tag/how%20to%20sew%20by%20hand?CategoryID=167 and went at it!
I got a little more confident in myself as I went, so I changed some of the things from the original instructions that I didn't like (mainly her hair and her dress).

Anyway, she may not be much, but I'm so excited I actually did it! Now that I've shown myself its possible for me to make these things, I can hardly wait to decide what my next project will be!



145  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Altered Journal-a-long on: November 24, 2009 08:17:21 PM
I have to agree, morglanc...I love the way the tutu and the stocking legs turned out!
I hate that I don't have a page to post this week...I decided to give inchies a try and became a bit overambitious, lol.  Roll Eyes

That's one of the reasons why I decided not to study art at university (or college for the non-English amongst us Smiley ). When I was in sixth form (or high school) my art teacher told my class that art was a visual expression of a personal experience, and then I spent two years being taught how to do it right. Another teacher made me feel like I couldn't do anything right and that there was absolutely no point in me being there. After I left sixth form I didn't do anything arty for a year when I started my visual journal. So thank you to you all for getting me back into art and something that I really enjoy Smiley

Wow, its amazing how close to home your statement hit, Leafy. I had a similar experience in art college. I went there for three and a half years and found myself slowly beginning to hate art...the constant nasty criticism became so wearing after awhile. It all finally led up to a critique of our final project in my illustration class (which happened to be my major)...The teacher of the class was my absolute favorite teacher and I really looked up to him. I had worked hard on the project and when it was my turn for the class to critique it, my teacher not only attacked the work, but also put down absolutely everything I'd ever done for him over the past three years. After several hours of sobbing in my car, I decided art school was no longer for me.
It was two years before I even picked up a pencil to try drawing again, and even then I just doodled now and again...I was actually afraid I'd lost my ability to draw, lol. It was only last year that I actually took the project out of the trunk of my car and allowed myself to look at it again. And here I am, almost five years later finally discovering what has been missing from my life for so long now.
I think that's what's so appealing to me about these altered journals...its finally a project I can do for me alone and I really don't have to worry about what others think about it. Once I finally pick my book to alter, I hope to use it as a healing tool for my creativity...its amazing how sensitive that part of us is!

Yipes, sorry for the ramble there. Sometimes I can't help myself, haha.  Grin
146  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Moonkin plushie (IMG HEAVY) on: November 16, 2009 08:15:30 PM
Oh, that'll be so much fun...Had to stop for awhile now that I have a 5 month old...priorities and all  Roll Eyes I'll definately go back one of these days though.
147  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Altered Journal-a-long on: November 15, 2009 03:47:22 PM
Hi there!
I'm a bit nervous posting here since I've spent the past two weeks reading through this entire thread and now I'm feeling like the shy newbie, lol.
I happened across craftster by chance and this particular thread by an even stranger chance. I was so stunned to discover that my weird habit of wanting to collect random "bits" is actually part of a hobby!

This whole thread has been such a huge inspiration to me and has actually made me get up and start really doing art things again, so that's a giant thank you from me to all of you.

Everyone's work here is stunning and I'm really excited about locating a book to alter.
Because I'm an impatient person and probably won't be able to get to a thrift shop until next weekend, I started a mini project in one of the many empty journals laying around my house. I have a current obsession with monsters (I don't know why...I'm weird  Roll Eyes ) and decided to create a "home" for my little creatures to exist in. I thought the rainbow theme was a great and easy starting point, so here are my first two pages (hope you guys don't mind me posting them. And please forgive my poor quality images. I'm running on pretty low technology here and was depressed to discover my phone took better pictures of them than my camera):

Red- It didn't really turn out the way I originally envisioned (with you know, the red theme and all), but I like it just the same and was pretty proud of my first page.


Orange- I still have a little more work to do on this one (mainly just making the little guys pop from the page a bit better)


It's just a bit of silliness and doesn't quite compare to the awesomeness in this thread, but I really wanted to share with you guys what you inspired me to do. Smiley
148  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: inchies, progress & completed pics on: November 15, 2009 03:23:14 PM
I've only just recently learned of inchies (through this website) and am fascinated by them!
I have to say, Phizzychick, your stuff is such an inspiration to me...and coming from someone who lost her inspiration five years ago, it means a whole lot to me.
I love all of these and can hardly wait to try out this phenomenon that is the inchie myself!
149  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sluggy card & crocheted bug on: November 15, 2009 03:16:22 PM
Those are too cute! For some reason that little crocheted slug makes me grin, haha.
150  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Custom toys and Plush on: November 15, 2009 03:14:36 PM
Those are all so awesome! The celestial ones are so pretty, and I especially love the little octopus plush...precious!
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