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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 116 ENTRIES / Lisa Simpson on: November 07, 2016 07:57:35 AM
My office has a costume contest every year, but I've never seriously participated. I've always put all my Halloween effort into my son's costume (usually at the last minute), so I've never had time to do something for myself.

Not this year! I went as Lisa Simpson!

It was still pretty last minute, however. I picked up some Ponte De Roma Knit Fabric fabric at my local fabric store, but they didn't have the bright orange I needed for Lisa's dress. Without time to shop around, I picked up a bottle of RIT synthetic dye and improvised.

Then came the cutting and sewing. I used this tutorial from the littlest studio.

The pattern and directions were super easy to follow. I think the dress ended up a bit tight to get off and on, but once it was on, it fit pretty perfect.

I purchased some white knee-high socks for my arms and legs and dyed them Simpson yellow, then cut off the foot seam for the arms.

I forgot to take progress pics, but the necklace is a string of wooden beads from my stash that I painted white, and the headband is made from felt with a cardboard core glued to a headband.

I even won second place in the office competition (darn you Black Widow!)!

Thanks for looking! Smiley
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Skull and Butterfly Hoop on: September 06, 2016 06:48:37 AM
I made this for lindyv321 in the most recent IYP swap. I have coveted her embroidery for a while now and she graciously allowed me to experiment with the stumpwork lesson I recently acquired from sheepBlue during the Craftster Canada Meet Up. Lindy likes butterflies and skulls, so I thought I'd combine them for this hoop!

Close up of the stumpwork wings:

I sketched the wings out first using a printed wing inspiration image and a light box to transfer. sheepBlue talked me out of a more intricate version...which is good because filling in the wings took forever. Here's a pic of the transferred pattern and the first step of attaching the wire outline:

I wanted one wing to look like the underside of a wing since it was in profile, so I went with a lighter color scheme to mimic this effect. Here's another progress shot where I started the lighter "underside." Bonus tidbit: the floss covered wire below was from sheepBlue (originally from alwaysinmyroom) and was used to do the butterfly legs.

I thought the wire that I used to outline the wings in my stumpwork would be too thick to push through the fabric, so I cut off the excess after embroidering. I ended up using a very thin background fabric, so this turned out to be problematic when I went to attach the wings to the skull. The wings were too floppy on the hoop at first.

I ended up having to reattach wire to the frame of the wings and using a backing fabric and cardboard to stabilize the wings. A little twirling and gluing a la craftylittlemonkey, and the wings were secure!

I had a lot of fun with this project and obviously have a lot of craftsters to thank for it all coming together.

Thanks for looking!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / "Rebel, Rebel" Stitched Mandala on: August 15, 2016 07:15:05 AM
I made this hoop for LeapFeetFirst for the Stitched Mandala Swap.

I recently took Alisa Burke's Mandala Magic class online. Other than doodling, drawing is not one of my strong points, so I was excited to put the techniques from the class to the test for this swap. Here's is my original sketch:

I did lose some detail when I transferred the design over to thread and fabric, but I ended up deciding I liked the additional space that was preserved. The middle circle of the design uses the Rebel Alliance symbol from Star Wars (gotta love hidden geekery), and I think it comes through a bit more with the stitched design.

Because I hid the Rebel Alliance symbol in the mandala, I was trying to think of a clever name for most of my stitching time. No appropriate Star Wars quotes came to mind, but the song "Rebel, Rebel" by David Bowie kept getting stuck in my head, so that became the name. Here's a shot of the back with the label:

Though I think the back of the stitching actually looks kind of cool as well:

For a bonus, I drew another mandala on the card I sent along with the hoop:

I want to put mandalas everywhere now! Thanks for looking!
4  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Weaving Experiment Wall Hanging on: June 27, 2016 10:08:38 AM
I made this little weaving as my offering for the Canada Meet Up White Elephant Swap. I cycled through MANY ideas before settling on this impromptu project.

The twig was picked up randomly from a recent hiking trip and Mr. Road did the hanging wire for me. My son made the small spiral copper pieces strung to the bottom.

I made it with very basic home-made cardboard loom, nothing fancy.

While I'm still not sure it was up to par with some of the other AMAZING projects that were shared at the meet up, I'm happy with this experiment and know it went to a good home. Smiley
5  COOKING / Dessert / Creeper Cupcake Cake on: May 18, 2016 07:47:52 AM
I made this cupcake "cake" for my son's 7th birthday party, which was video game and Minecraft themed:

Desserts from scratch are not my strong point - why is the box ALWAYS better?!?! But I keep trying...

For these cupcakes I used this cupcake recipe and for the frosting, I used this buttercream frosting recipe. Kiddo said the frosting was "too buttery," which I thought was pretty funny coming from a kid who will eat straight butter!

The face was cut from edible paper and just stuck to the frosting. I think the kids had more fun trying the paper than the cupcakes!

Thanks for looking. Smiley
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Branch Brooches on: May 06, 2016 12:07:51 PM
I made these brooches for my mom and grandma as mother's day gifts. They are made with wood pieces that I've picked up on the beach or on the hiking trail, and other odds and ends I have collected over the years. Some elements came from my husband's grandfather, who was a jeweler.

This one was for my mom. It's made with a little piece of driftwood from the Jersey shore, some copper wire wrapping, gear charms from the local craft store, and some pearls from the grandpa stash. My mom loves the ocean and I think this will be a perfect fit for her.

The other one is for my grandma. It's made from a piece of wood picked up while hiking with my family. I wood-burned a flower design around a central knot and affixed a little garnet bead to the center. Garnet is my grandma's and my shared birthstone, so I think it will be special for her.

Here's a photo of the backs:

And an action shot:

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Macrame Wall Hanging on: May 03, 2016 01:07:16 PM
I've been really digging all the macrame wall hangings taking over pinterest and instagram these days, so I decided to try my hand at making my own. I used to rock hemp necklaces and bracelets in college - how different can it be?

My first attempt humbled me a bit. I had some cotton cord I'd picked up at the thrift store a while ago, and the weight was just not right and the knots were more complicated than they seemed. So, I backed up a bit, picked up some macrame cord at  the store and tried again. This time with better results!

It's just a simple square not spaced out enough to give a subtle flower pattern. I'm really happy with how it came out and am glad to add a hand-made decoration to my home. Cheesy
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Personalized Peg Doll Ornament on: December 22, 2015 07:42:31 AM
Each year, I make an ornament for the grandparents that feature my kiddo in some way. This year, we did a personalized peg doll!

Here are the painted dolls before I attached the string:

They feature kiddo's love for Minecraft, his favorite colors (pink and green), his long-standing mohawk, and his lovely brown eyes. Smiley

Due to the holiday time crunch (seriously, how does this happen every year?), I attached a loop with hot glue to the back of each ornament:

On the tree!

And a couple pics with the real-life inspiration, in order to achieve full appreciation of the personalization. Smiley

Dressed like his likeness!

And his "it looks just like me!" face:

Thanks for looking! Crafty holidays! Cheesy
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Star Wars: The Force Awakens GALLERY! on: November 23, 2015 05:04:53 PM
Original Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441270.0


puzzled-penguin <-> Treemoon
silentblair <-> jenleahlynn
Abbeeroad <-> dfabbric

Sent AND Received
Sending late with communication
Contact organizer immediately
Strikethrough = feedback given

The Force is strong with this one! Cheesy
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Minecraft Zombie! on: November 02, 2015 09:52:08 AM
This year kiddo wanted to be a zombie from Minecraft. But unlike last year's Minecraft skeleton, this year, it had to be full on (i.e. just the head was not going to cut it). At first, this seemed like an engineering nightmare to my non-designer brain, but this awesome post by a fellow Minecraft parent made me believe we could pull it off.

Here's kiddo on Halloween, full-on Minecraft zombified:

We started with A LOT of cardboard. Pretty much every piece was created to size in order to scale correctly for the costume as a whole and to fit my kid. Here's a peek at the process...

Head and torso:

Successful test fit 1:

The torso box was a bit narrow and I ended up cutting the sides to allow kiddo more movement and to make the on/off process a bit easier (kiddo still had to turn his head sideways to get the torso on).

Then I did the legs, complete with knee hinges as in our inspiration post (seriously, if you didn't click the link, go back and check it out)...and test fit #2:

This pic might be before we added the knee hinges - I thought maybe my legs were wide enough not to need them, but re-thought that pretty quick!

Then it was time to commence painting! Everything was primed first, then marked with a 1x1 inch grid:

The arms (per our inspiration post!) were fully enclosed, with "handles" at the end for kiddo to hold.


Last year, kiddo didn't actually wear the skeleton head trick or treating because he couldn't see very well...so this year, I cut a big square out for his face. I think it's cuter this way, haha.

Lots of pics....

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
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