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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Something Witchy This Way Comes on: October 14, 2014 06:46:30 PM
I made this witch rag doll for cabaute in the, "Vintage Halloween" swap.  I really love the way she turned out!  She's pretty big too.  1st I reduced the pattern, traced it, then put it in my tracer machine, and super duper enlarged the pattern.  I just don't sew small very well.  I feel like she has a 50's child vibe.  I hope you all enjoy her as much as I enjoyed making her.  I know cabaute loves her.   Grin
12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / A much loved cat=Another Pet Portrait on: October 05, 2014 02:46:03 PM
whatthepuck's beloved cat, Muggie passed away suddenly and unexpectedly, at the beginning of the, "Mini 13 Days of Halloween Swap".  She and I are partners.  I felt very bad for her.  So, I asked her for a photo and some info.  As a surprise, I drew a pet portrait of Muggie for her.  Once again, done in oil pastel crayons.  Now, I'm in desperate need of brown, black, and white oil pastel crayons!   Grin  I really seem to burn through those colors!   Cheesy  
13  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Stuffed Animal Swap on: October 02, 2014 11:36:01 AM
Maybe amigurumi makers could be paired w/sewn stuffed animal makers? 
14  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Weekend Halloween Swap? on: October 02, 2014 08:24:31 AM
Anyone want to organize a weekend Halloween swap?  kittykill said she probably won't have time to do so this year.  I just can't get enough Halloween!!!   Grin
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Rose, My very 1st poppet on: August 27, 2014 05:34:22 PM
I made this poppet for mamarose in the Poppet vs. Amigurumi swap.  It was my 1st time ever making a poppet.  I'm pretty proud of her.  I didn't think I'd like making poppets, but, I had a lot of fun making her.  My partner's themes were cats and roses.  2 ideas popped into my head as soon as I saw her themes.  I pictured this poppet, which I named Rose in honor of her new mother.  She is, in fact a rose.  I cut petals from red felt and hand sewed them to her head for her "hair".  Then I cut leaves from green felt and hand sewed them to her body for her "clothes".  Thought I was pretty clever.  I didn't have to make her a wig or clothes.  I suck at making clothes.  Sad  The strings that I sewed and knotted around her ankles are supposed to represent roots.  I tried really hard to make her look more like a flower, rather than a poppet/person.  Her facial features are simple.  I hope you all enjoy her, as much as I enjoyed making her.  I think I'll make more poppets in the future.   Grin
16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / I've been at it again, 2 more pet portraits 2 very loved pooches on: August 26, 2014 08:46:04 AM
I made these 2 pet portraits for alwaysinmyroom for the IYP Swap Round 26.  The black lab is Bear, and the husky mix is her late pooch love, Rowdy, who is now an angel in heaven.  Once again I used oil pastels.  I hope you all enjoy them. 

17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / An Enchanted, Yet Charming Fellow on: June 29, 2014 06:59:20 AM
I made this elf doll for PJR107 in the Enchanted Forest Woodland Creatures Swap.  I knew she liked stuff like this.  His arms and legs are jointed w/embroidery thread.  I needle felted yarn into his head for his hair.  I stitched his eyes.  I blanket stitched his hat and shirt together.  His hat and shirt are upholstery fabric.  I thought it looked kind of woodsy.  Like tree bark.  The funny thing about his shirt, I did it upside down, and didn't know it until I had finished it, and was putting the pattern back into the magazine it came from for safe keeping.  Oh well, it still worked out just fine.  His body is made from green leaf fabric, and his head gray leaf fabric.  I really like how he turned out.  I wish I had taken a better pic of him.  You can't see his face.  Enjoy.
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Where Do Fairies Live? In Fairy Houses of Course! on: June 29, 2014 06:52:34 AM
I made these for PJR107 in the Enchanted Forest Woodland Creatures Swap.  On  her questionnaire, she said she liked fairy houses.  They are wooden bird houses that I painted and decorated.  I pulled apart those picks you get at Christmas time and glued the berries and pine branches onto the roofs.  I also glued branches from my backyard onto the roofs of 2 of them.  Then I cut out some images from various cards and calendars and decopauged them onto the sides of the houses.  Stuff like little rabbits, flowers, bushes, butterflies, etc.  I also used acorns that I found on my walks w/my dogs, gravel, faux moss, rocks, and small porcelain animals that I painted.  I sculpted 2 tiny fairies, and glued them to the outside of the house, near the entrance.  One fairy is a charm that I picked up at Goodwill.  I hope you enjoy them, as much I enjoyed making them. 

19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Such a sweet little deer... on: June 28, 2014 07:23:27 PM
I made this stuffed/plush fawn for PJR107's son in the Enchanted Forest Woodland Creatures Swap.  I know how much he loves stuffed animals, and how much he loves the stuffed animals I make.  When I swap w/his mom, he expects that there will be a stuffed animal, that I made, in the box.   Grin  This was the first time I tried out the pattern.  I'm super please w/how it turned out.  He/she is made from an old lady's coat that I got at a garage sale for free.  His/her eyes, nose, and spots are needle felted.  I've made a couple of more since.  They just need to be stuffed.  I absolutely LOVE how he/she turned out!  I had been in a long time search for a pattern like this, before I happened upon it.  Enjoy!

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Unicorn Shadow Box on: June 28, 2014 02:19:50 PM
I made this unicorn shadow box for PJR107 in the Enchanted Forest Woodland Creatures swap.  I got the wooden box w/the rope handle for free.  It was the end of the garage sale, and the lady let me have it for free.  I got the images behind the unicorn from a magazine.  They are different photos of trees.  They are decoupaged onto the inside of the box.  I found the stick on the top in my backyard.  The unicorn was a porcelain Clydesdale figurine that I had.  His ear had broken off.  I stripped off his harnessing, and then layered him w/paper mache.  That's how I created his horn, and missing ear.  His mane, tail, and fetlocks are cotton balls that I pulled apart, and glued on.  That is dried moss around his feet.  I had a hard time letting this one go.  I hope you all enjoy it.  I had a lot of fun making it.  And, I enjoy recycling, instead of throwing away.
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