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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Woodland Dragon Puppet Scarf (PIC HEAVY!) on: August 25, 2012 09:56:15 AM
Hi everyone! I'm not sure if this is a plaything or should be under clothing, so feel free to move if necessary.

I made this for a personal swap for Foxy Sam. She had a dragon puppet scarf on her pinterest, and knowing that she loves dragons and teaches AND was doing story telling with her kiddos I just knew I had to help out a fellow teacher Smiley

So onto the many pics!





For his eyes, I cut a Styrofoam ball in half and covered it with fabric (A little eyeball making tip I borrowed from BirdBones  Grin)




I sewed some batik and jersey knit together to make some fire  Smiley


The scales took WAY longer than I anticipated- I miscalculated and didn't make enough, I think I ended up using over 80! Sewing and turning all those 2 inch scales- I will admit I cursed a few times... I love the way they look though  Smiley


See? I told you it was a scarf  Smiley

You can check out Sam's pics on the personal swap page here -it was a little overcast when I tried to take pictures so her colors are more true to life.

Thanks for peeking! C&C always welcome!
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wee monsters felted hoopla on: August 25, 2012 09:06:54 AM
Hi everyone! I just wanted to share a needle felted hoop that I made for a personal swap. Foxy Sam said she liked cute monsters, so I took that as my inspiration.



I embellished here and there with some embroidery stitches too.

And here's the back-


I just hot glued the excess fabric to the hoop and cut a piece of felt to cover the back. I machine sewed a few of my illustrations on it too.

Thanks for taking a peek! C&C always welcome Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Leftover Patchwork on: July 13, 2012 10:22:42 AM
Hi everyone! How are things going? Good I hope  Smiley

I really wanted a new patchwork skirt for the summer, but didn't want to devote the time to make one... so I found a really beautiful one on ebay for only $16 instead.  It was a maxi skirt, and being 5'3'' I have no business in a maxi skirt. So I took 3 row off to shorten it to just below my knee. 

With some of what I took off, I trimmed it to size and made a spring weight scarf.








I used vintage variegated tatting thread (a few strands together) to crochet the trim and make the tassels.

Thanks for peeking  Smiley
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Gnome home in a head (pic heavy) on: June 18, 2012 11:39:04 AM
I can't look at a box of McCormick's food coloring without thinking about it actually being a box of gnomes. (They look  like this in case you've never see them Smiley )

I made my vision come true a few weeks ago  Grin I finished up my red food coloring in a batch of homemade play-dough for the kiddo- and decided while he was playing with his new dough to get out some paper clay and play too. I painted and sealed with mod podge after they dried.


I put them to live in my little doll head planter that I made about a year ago or so. She was so missing a gnome in her head, don't you think  Smiley









and on the window above my kitchen sink where it sits atop some pine cones and a birds nest (presents from my kiddo  Smiley)



Thanks for peeking!
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Needlework Cheese on: April 07, 2012 12:18:17 PM
Hi everyone! Here's the other hoop that I made for the IYP 20 swap, this time for UntouchableFace. I was inspired by her love of cheese, because let's face it, cheese is one of the best things in the world!

I started by faux batik dying the fabric (the technique I used for The Duddha, there's a link there to the process tute too). Then I needle felted the cheese onto the fabric, and embroidered lines with a split stitch. My goal was to make the cheese look like it was radiating because of it's awesomeness  Grin.










Thanks for peeking! C & C welcome!  Cheesy
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Woodland Sampler on: April 07, 2012 08:08:07 AM
Hi everyone! I made this for jillybeans for the IYP swap. I know she received so it's safe to post, I love how it turned out and I've been waiting excitedly to share it with you all  Cheesy.



I've always wanted to make a sampler, and I think I'll be making more! I started by tea staining some white cotton. Then I drew up some little woodland creatures based on my partners likes, and got out my stitch dictionary (Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches- love it) and stitched away for hours (like 40 of them Grin)

And here's some closeups:





And for some reason out of all the things jillybeans told me about herself for inspiration I couldn't get "woodland creatures" and her fondness of steak out of my head... so I gave Mr. Squirrel a big juicy t-bone steak to give to her  Grin.


I just love how his fuzzy tail turned out!

Thanks for looking, and as always C&C welcome  Cheesy!
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / inchies, inchies, ATCs! Oh and a bookmark too! on: March 09, 2012 04:12:08 PM
Hi all! I just wanted to share some papery crafts that I've made recently! A couple sets of inchies were lost in the mail, one set was returned to me but the other is still MIA  Angry




These inchies made it! Yay!!

My first attempt at ACTs:



Oh and a bookmark I made for the bookmark swap. I've never read/seen a harry potter so I had to cross my fingers and hope this was the right crest  Grin!




Let me know what you think, thanks for peeking  Grin!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Functional Worm on: March 06, 2012 09:53:29 AM
Hi guys! Just wanted to share a couple of pictures of the functional stuffie I made for BirdBones in the Smallish Stuffie with a Function Swap.

I summonsed my inner Tim Burton and came up with this water bottle cozy creation:







Check out more pics here (with action shot!) http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=403272.50

Oh and you should check out the rest of the gallery while you're there, it rocks Grin!!!
Thanks for peeking!
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / One Smallish Stuffie with a Function Gallery on: February 03, 2012 06:40:10 PM
Let the awesomeness begin! Post your functional stuffies here!


Needle book monster by suereal

And our fantastic swappers...

Sent = Orange
Received = Green
Problem PM ME ASAP!= Red
Sent & Received = Blue
Crossed through = Feedback given

teachart <-----> BirdBones
suereal <-----> Annchen
Jillybeans <-----> goldfishpollywog
mama24boyz <----->bubblegum_phoenix
camelama<-----> goatgoddess
Ruby Copperhead <-----> Foxy Sam
Saint_Angel <-----> rosyposie
lukenlarry <-----> nmcakemom07
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Space Horses! on: January 15, 2012 12:55:24 PM
Hi everyone! I wanted to share a couple of t-shirts I made over.

I had two old black tees that I hadn't worn in years, so I decided to make some nebula shirts out of them. I bleached them, dyed them a wine color, bleached a little more, tied a few knots in them then dyed them blue. After they dried, I painted on some stars. I took a step back to look at the shirts, but something just felt wrong. Something was missing.



Of course, I said to myself after some careful thought. Space was missing it's horses.



Luckily, I had an odd sized scrap of horse fabric that had been awaiting a purpose.





I gave one to my sister for christmas and she loved it. I rock the other one  Smiley.
Would love to hear what you guys think!
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