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251  Re: PROJECT RUNWAY: Season 9 - Season Premiere -Official Craftster Discussion Thread in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by suereal on: July 29, 2011 04:44:01 PM
Happy Birthday Mr. Gun!  He is just the best.  I'm working on figuring out how to watch PR this round  (and I love to be spoiled, so I have no trouble with spoilers).  I'm in Canada, and can't watch it on the normal feeds.  But I did join Project Project Runway.  We are using dolls for our models.  Every Friday we will get our challenge that is based on the challenge from the day before.  They have to change the challenge some times to work with the dolls.  So my Zoey will end up with a new wordrobe. and I'll feel like I'm in the loop a bit atleast, if I can't figure out how to watch it. Grin

Here's the link to the flicker group, if anyone is interested..

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252  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 6 Gallery O' Goodness in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: July 28, 2011 06:35:53 PM
I'm so glad you like it all Spoopy!  And now worries about the extras.  Most was from my stash. craftylittlemonkey sent me the bracelet in a crafty care package to be used as I wished.  It didn't fit me, so I hope it fits you.  Feel free to pass it on if it's not your style.  The only thing I bought was the peacock pendent and the pretzel M&M's.  And I bought those to even out the postage.  Since I got to mail from the States, it was more then 1/2 what I knew you would spend sending to me.  SO I consider us even for sure.

I actually meant to put a note in about the stuffie hiding in the tin...but I'm glad I could help you reminisce about your child hood Grin

Here's a photo for size.  That is the nice thing about felting things, they just get smealler and smaller Grin
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253  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 6 Gallery O' Goodness in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: July 26, 2011 08:17:59 PM
I just got back from my wee vacation, and I managed to get unpacked before I had to tear into my package from Spoopy that came while I was away.  SO with out further ado.....IVAN THE GIANT ISOPOD!!

Isn't he fab??  I squeed when I read the note that she sent as I LOVE all the strange things that live in the sea.  Here is what Spoopy has to say about Ivan...

"These weird alien/lobster creatures live in the ocean depths and are seen at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.  They like to eat dead things more then hunt.  Ivan likes to eat peoples left overs (he leapt at my left over fries from my dinner as soon as I opened the gorgeous bag that he arrived in.) and to hide under things especially were food might drop like the fridge or dinner table (I think I will find him under my poodle when he eats...he's a bit messy).  He's also rather shy.....And he likes the crusts off toast"

He has all the details the real ones have.  I really like how you used the felt for his plating.  Thanks so much Spoopy I love him...infact I'm now very nervous about the stuffy I sent you...I hope it gets to you soon.
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254  Fabric, Polyclay, and Electricity...My Pet Vampire Squid in CHALLENGE 64 ENTRIES by suereal on: July 09, 2011 11:56:46 PM
I just learned how to sew soft electronics a few weeks ago.  My first project is  here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=384065.msg4548312#msg4548312
I also recently designed a little kawahii type critter named DeepDeep.  His story is here:  http://suereal.weebly.com/deepdeep--co.html

So when I saw the mixed media challenge (and I had missed the electric challenge), it seemed like a good excuse to play around with both.

So I figured out what size I wanted him and drew a picture.  I'm working on a silicon mat, so I can see my sketch.   I had made some fabric a few months ago by laying out threads on denim and covering it with netting and scribble sewing all over it.  So I used that as the band all this would get attached to.

I did run into a bit of a snag at one point.  I couldn't find a sew on battery holder for the size battery I wanted to use in our area.  So, I do what I do when I can't find info...goggle it.  I was sent to the amazing instructibles site where I found this:  http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-Small-Battery-Holders/step8/3V-Battery-Holder-glue-positive/.  I wanted it to slip in side ways, so I had to rethink it a bit, but I just built the glue up slowly, and it was pretty easy.  The instructible said to oil the battery, but I used some plastic wrap.  I had to scrape the wrap off the metal strips though.

And here is the part where I feel all happy and smug cause it worked!!

I've sewed the battery pack on, and I'm trying to figure the placement of everything.

And testing those connections....YEAH!  You can see the snap at the back.  That is the switch in this case.  When it's snapped, it's on.

Here's DeepDeep all sewed down and varnished.  I sewed polar fleece on the back to cover the conductive threads.

Now originally, I was thinking it would be a wrist cuff.  But poly clay doesn't bend, and I didn't get enough of a bend in to start.  SO now it is a lamp cozy Grin

I love how his eyes glow.  Just like the real vampire squids Grin
Thanks for looking!

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255  Re: Blythe and Pullip Favorite Color Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: July 08, 2011 09:57:41 AM
UPDATE:  Now all three wrongly placed posts are in the right place Grin

heheh.  I could tell from all the way over here you deserve it Grin.

So hosting is working again so here come the rest of the photos..

Some special effect Fimo, and some glazes.  I found an awesome sale, so I  increased my fimo colors too.

This is a "kit" for a bathroom mirror...just add mirror.  The duckies are to be stuck along the bottom once she decided on how it will hang.

PJ's.  This was from a Barbie pattern I found at a thrift store.  After getting Madison's old body, I'm really worried these will be too huge on her.

Funky pants.  I wish I could wear these...I hope they fit her.

Ducky Pez dispenser.  I'm super glad I put this in as BP tells me it's her first Pez!  The nail polish was my attempt at matching Madison's old hair.  And the M and M tin was to keep the nail polish safe, more then anything.

When I was at my folks, someone gave my Mom a big box of vintage scraps.  This block was in the box.  Madi's colors was mint green, and the green in the quilt is a nice vintage mint green.  Again, I could not get the color right.  I used a light, patterned fabric on the back, so she can use both sides.

And my Mom was getting rid of this fabric.  It's not pieced, just printed on.  Again I picked a backing that could be used as a quilt, so she has 4 options for her bed.

And these 2 tables came from the dollar store.  I was thinking the oval one might make a good coffee table, if the legs get cut down a bit.  And the side table might be good on top of a desk, as a set of shelves?  They both are a bit smallscale to be used as they were meant to.

And a few more extras....A tiny basket, some scrap book "mail", wee books, a rose ring just cause I thought it was cool, some ribbon roses, A lucky penny piggy bank, tiny tools, 2 little figure nicknack's, and itty bitty bells.

I think I'm missing a few things...but It's been so long I can't remember, But these are all the photos I have...UPDATE:  I sent a bunch of jewlery too, but failed to get picks it seems..

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256  Re: Blythe and Pullip Favorite Color Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: July 08, 2011 09:55:24 AM
UPDATE: Originaly posted in the wrong place.  Now mooved to where it should be.

I'm going to post 2 pics of the things Zoey and I came up with for BP and Madison.  Just so KK will have something to tided her over till the weekend  Wink

I found a cool tool at a thrift shop.  It's a spool knitter, but I just have to crank it's handle to make the cord.  So one can make miles of cord easy.  SO I made a bunch of cord from baby wool (it's a nice soft minty green...not the odd color in the photo), then I just zigzaged the cord while I spiraled it.  I used tissue under it to keep the machine from eating it.  I'm hoping it fits beside Madison's bed, so she won't get cold feet first thing in the morning.

As everyone knows by now, BP loves thimbles, so I wanted to do some craft with them.  When I found the little yellow thimble I wanted to do something for her rubber ducky themed bathroom.  So I clued it upside down to a button, then added bits of the smallest fake plants I could steel from my Mom's collection of fake flowers (she said I could).  It was so cute, I had to make a few more.  SO this is one for the bathroom, a fern for the kitchen, and the other for bedroom or living room.

So now BP doesn't have to rush the ever important photo shoot Grin
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257  Re: Blythe and Pullip Favorite Color Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: July 08, 2011 09:52:59 AM
UPDATE:  I had posted this in the wrong place...so its' moved now Grin

OKies, so BP said I should post if I want to.  So get ready for a pile of pictures...I had kind of forgotten how much I sent.  Just keep in mind she sent me Madison's former body (!).  So here we go..

This is a souvenir tray from Reno, and 2 slices of watermelon for Madi's Kitchen.  The plant is the fern from the photos earlyer

A few more things for the kitchen.  They're lipgloss containers, but I am not sure that BP should trust the lip gloss Grin.  The rubber thimble is for BP.  The bowling pins are for the extra room in the basement that BP had mentioned.  Now she can have a bowling alley *giggle*.  And I got the clock in a bag of doll furniture at a garage sale.

BP had mentioned she was thinking about a rubber ducky theme for the bath room.  And every where I went after that I kept finding small rubber duckies.  So now she has an assortment and some holiday ones.  The white and brown one was from a coin machine, so I didn't get to choose it.

I found a nice bit of terry cloth at a thrift store.  It is nice and light weight, but still well made cloth.  I'm pretty sure it's vintage.  As soon as I saw it I knew I had to make a spa set, since BP had posted the one doll at the spa pic.  So this is a set of bath sheets, hand towels, and wash clothes.

And here's her matching bath robe.  I couldn't get the color right on this pic.  The pic of the towels is more what it looks like.

I'm having trouble getting the hosting to work for me...so I'll keep trying, and post the other pics if it works.
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258  Re: Crafty Detective Round 7 SUPER PICTURE HEAVY in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: July 06, 2011 07:16:37 PM
I received my angel package today from...................THE AMAZING THANATE!!!  And everything is fabulous Grin  Lets get to the pics...crafty stuff first Grin

My new sleep mask.  Is it not the coolest ever??  I LOVE the eyes.  They should definitely look out for me while I sleep.

Check out me new Lucky Monster Foot USB!!!!!!  SSSQQQQQUUUEEE! Ssssqqqquueeee, ssqueee *cough*, I mean I just think this is so cool.

A bunch of random monster eyes.  These are just the right size to throw at people to get there attention.  They will make nice pin cussions too

Then thanate combined my love of cryptozooligy and ATC's and made me a set of 7 suereal animals...

*The first card is for the Amoeboid Zingat-Ularians...also featuring Zaphod Beeblebrox.
*The second is the Leonine Gastropod, and it says,"A cousin of the famous sphinx, the Leonine Gastropod has the head of a man, the main of a lion, and the body of a snail.  It can be found on rocky hillsides in Greece, but few ever look for it."
*Third is the Lint Bat and it says, "A violent cousin of the dust bunny, the Lint Bat feeds on electricity sucked out of cords that it punctures with it's needle sharp teeth.  Please don not try to pick one up.
*Fourth is the the elusive Twin-Tailed Merynx.  The card says, "According to the guidebooks of the Xargothy plains, the twin-tailed merynx is a shy beast that can only be lured to a campfire by the smell of burnt pop-corn.  Myths and urban legends of the merynx abound, both among tourists and locals, but no documented proof of their existence has ever been recorded.

*Fifth is the Trioptic Octopode.  This card reads, "When the seas boil & the Midgard Serpent fights the Leviathan, the Trioptic Octopode will be ready with a handful of popcorn shrimp to munch on.
*Sixth is the Alligator Hydra.  The card explains, "The Aligator Hydra lives deep in the mangrove swamps of central Florida.  Experts believe that this is what it looks like, but it has probably eaten everyone who knows for sure.
*and , finally, the seventh card, the Punk Spyder.  "The Punk Spyder is not a real arachnid, but it beats up insects in dark alleyways and picks up black widows in bars with stories about how it lost it's eighth leg."

And now the extras!  thanate said she got to add more things to the box because she could send more since she had to send UPS since Canada post was on strike at the time.  She said she added things from the go to thrift box.  I wish I lived near her, cause if this was stuff to go away, I can't imagine how amazing her house is Grin.  So anyway, here come even more photos..

rhinestone skulls, a pattern book for dolls (Zoey loved this), the cool post card she sent me a note on, and the little things in the baggy are parts for a pink space ship.  Each bag has a few parts for a bigger ship, and she sent me all the parts.  I have the perfect place for a pink space ship.  I have no idea how you knew I needed THAT *grin*.

a cthulu calendar!!  Out of date, but that is no issue.  Not only are there totally charming chibi cthulus on every page, there are interesting things about each day.  I will definitely read it through before I cut it up.  The yellow is a little note pad.  She clearly did a ton of research on me because it says "I love it when I am right.  Which is ALWAYS."  I don't know how thanate found out I am always right....sometimes it seems like I'm the only one that understands that!  The things above the note pad are cute little punch out animals that one can put together.  The tiger was fun to make, and it is sticking together pretty good so far.  I  made that one first cause it's the year of the tiger.

A few things in bubbles.  I love coin bubble machines..partly due to the cute little bubbles.  These are cool cause they are totally round.  I love the little sea pets in them.  The one with the handle is a purse and pet piranha for my doll Zoey.  It's perfect for her.

a cute butterfly kite.  It's really sparkly on the other side.  I'm going to try and fly it off the balcony next time we have some wind.

All this cool tiny stuff was in a tic tak box.  The lucky stars are sooo tiny!  I could never fold that small.  I love the skull bead.  I don't have one like that.  Beside the skull are 2 tiny white beads with one brown spot each.  They are perfect tiny EYES!!.  I also love the velum skulls and bones.  Definitely will be used.

Hang in there, only a few more pics to go...

Then she sent me this wicked hard cover book called Play With Your Food.  I have been meaning to get it from the library to have a look (I've seen this guys work all over the place) and now I don't have to Grin.  The other 3 pics are just some of my favos from the book.

And lastly, she sent me something I have wanted for a long time.  The Avenging Unicorn play set from Archie McPhee's.  I had the Good vs. Evil Unicorn play set, so now each of my corns has a person to skewer Cheesy

So Thank You so much thanate, for turning this swap compleatly around for me with your ohh so fun package!!!
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259  Re: Japanese Cuteness Sanrio/San-X/ Kawaii Swap (SIGN UPS CLOSED; S/O: 8/8/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by suereal on: July 02, 2011 02:16:36 PM
HAHAHAHA OK so look what I just found.  Not so much kawahii, but OOOHH! so Japanes!

My brain can make no sense of this....
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260  Re: May Birthday Swap Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by suereal on: July 01, 2011 12:09:48 PM
Canada post was nicer to me then poor VanGo87.  I received my exactly perfect knit fingerless gloves from DesignVigilante yesterday.  They are the perfect color and fit perfectly.  They will be nice and worm too.  They are a wool mix, but not scratchy at all.  She also says then can be machine washed, but I will be taking her advice to wash them by hand anyway.  I also got a pouch of instant coco, and since we are still running around 55 degrees around here, it may not have to wait till winter to get consumed.

Thank you so much DesignVigilante.  They fit perfectly, which is not an easy feat since I have gorilla arms.  I would never have been able to buy a pair of pre-made ones that fit me.
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