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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Easter Bunnies (including link to free pattern) on: March 18, 2012 02:40:26 PM
It's not too early to think about Easter, is it?
I hope not, because I just felt like crocheting few Easter bunnies! These little fellows are only about 8 cm (3.1 in) tall and are made out of cotton yarn.





In case you would like to make your own Easter bunnies you can find the free pattern here from my blog. In case you have any trouble at all with the pattern don't hesitate to send me a message either here or on my blog.

Anyway, I hope you like them! ^___^
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Wool caricatures on: February 28, 2012 04:00:39 AM
Putous is a Finnish sketch comedy TV show that broadcasted first time on January 2010 and since then it has been a big hit here in Finland. The biggest part of the show is the character contest where the actors and actresses play a sketch character that they have created and people vote which of the characters is the funniest and most interesting.

Since I really enjoyed the show this year I wanted to make "wool caricatures" of the two finalists, Leena Hefner and Usko Luttinen. Here's what I made:






Here is the original Leena Hefner (actress Armi Toivanen), picture by MTV3:
http://img.mtv3.fi/mn_kuvat/mtv3/ohjelmat/putous/2012/1304242.jpg

Leena Hefner won the contest this year. Here is my version of the other finalist, pastor Usko Luttinen:




And here's the original Usko Luttinen (actor Aku Hirviniemi), picture by MTV3:
http://img.mtv3.fi/mn_kuvat/mtv3/ohjelmat/putous/2012/1304164.jpg

I sent these yesterday for the actors and I hope they will like the dolls as much as I enjoyed their show.

C&C are welcome, just be gentle - these are my first wool caricatures ever.  Smiley Before I have only made "dolls" if you know what I mean.
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Annie in Red Dress on: November 20, 2011 11:38:03 AM
I made another Annie doll on request. This time Annie is wearing the cutest red dress.
She is crocheted in amigurumi style and her body is completely posable.









I hope you like her!  Grin You can find the "original" Annie doll here in my blog.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Needle felted Sarah on: November 12, 2011 02:47:32 PM
Here's Sarah. She loves books and reading - she reads all day, all night. She is quite quiet but when you get to know you'll learn that she has the most charming personality.











Sarah is about 24 cm (9,4") tall and she is made to be in a seated position. She is the second needle felted doll that I have finished completely.
I hope you like her!  Grin

(Moderator: Again I had some trouble deciding if this post belongs here or to Fiber Arts because it's kind of both...  Embarrassed So if it's in the wrong place, please, move it to the correct one.)
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Needle felted Lil' Summer on: October 19, 2011 10:36:24 AM
My grandma turned 85 years old today. That's a really respectful age, isn't? I was a bit sad that I was not able to visit her because I live quite far away from her. Sooooo I wanted to make her something special that she would (hopefully) really like.

I got in my mind that if I can't visit her I should send "someone" to congratulate her for me. I spent some evenings and many hours poking the wool with the felting needle. Slowly I could see some result and there was Lil' Summer!



Lil' Summer is about 30 cm (12 inches) tall and she is made completely out of wool by needle felting - except for the earrings and the hairbows. I used no wire armatures but the arms and the legs are completely bendable. She can almost stand on her own (if you position her well she can stand but she feels more comfortable taking support from something).





It took me really long time to get the details correct and even though she is not perfect I totally fell in love with her. Cheesy Even the teeth are made of wool.



And look at the tiny toes!



Grandma got the doll today (right on time) and she loved her! Grin I am so happy that I could brighten up her day even though I couldn't even visit her. And now I am glad that I can share these pictures with you!

Thanks for looking, I hope you like her! Smiley
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 66 ENTRIES / Water drop pendant (picture heavy) on: September 08, 2011 10:28:50 AM
I have always been fascinated by water. It's just so beautiful, the way it looks when the light touches it. That's why my challenge entry is also inspired by water - to be more exact I was inspired by a drop of water.









The pendant has been made by using polymer clay and a glass bead. The flower is growing around the water drop and there are some very tiny pearls around it also (also made of polymer clay that I covered with pearl colored powder).

After making the pendant I wanted to make matching earrings but I wasn't really sure how they should be. That's why I made two different kind of earrings - one pair of hanging earrings and one pair of button earrings (I'm not sure if they're called that in English...)





I'm still thinking of making earrings that have the pearl-like polymer clay beads on them but I didn't have time to make them for this contest to show them here.

Anyway, I hope you like the pendant and the earrings! C&C are welcome, thanks for looking!  Kiss
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / George the Giraffe on: August 28, 2011 12:35:25 AM
My partner LillaTusen received the package I sent her in One Tiny Stuffie Swap so I decided to share the pictures of the stuffie I made with all of you.
As I read my partner's wishes I noticed that she had written giraffe on her list of stuffie wishes. That made me first do some drawings, look through all the fabrics I had in store, do some redesigning... And finally George the giraffe was born!  



George was really excited when he heard that he was going to move abroad. He has read so much about the world from the books but he had never seen the world outside. That's why he decided to wear his best suit to make a good impression to his new owner. He even packed his suitcase with him!





George has now travelled to his new home and I'm sure he is all excited and telling LillaTusen all about his travel. He also insisted on taking a small gift for her.



This was my first stuffie made by sewing that is under five inches in any given direction. And boy, it was really hard to keep it that small!
Thanks for looking, I hope you like him!  Wink

EDIT: Just a hint: check all the amazing stuffies posted on the OTS7 Gallery! You won't regret it! Grin
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Annie - girl in a blue dress (picture heavy) on: August 13, 2011 09:06:04 AM
Hi everyone! I haven't posted any amigurumis in a long time so here's the one that I have been working on for some time. Meet Annie!



At first she can be a bit shy but when I asked her if I could take some pictures she agreed anyway.
While I took pictures Annie told a little about herself. She told me that she's about 19 cm tall and she loves the color blue. She also likes to read lots of books and dance.



Her arms and legs bend really well - she explained that it's because she used to do yoga.



I was even allowed to take a close up picture of her even though she said she had forgotten to brush her bangs.



Not long after Annie already saw some friends of her so I could still take a one quick shot before she left for a walk with them.




Annie is really similar to Pippi Longstocking I made earlier. She is crocheted in amigurumi style and I put wire inside her body so her arms and legs are bendable. The design is made by me completely.

Thanks for looking!  Kiss
Critic and comments are both welcome so fire away!  Wink
9  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Playing with polymer clay - bird, dragon and Glumps on: July 07, 2011 11:57:14 PM
I have wanted to try polymer clay crafting for such a long time but I just haven't got the chance. This week I finally had some time of my own so I decided to make my first polymer clay figures ever! And here they are:



First I googled some tutorials but when I finally took the clay to my hands I forgot the tutorials completely and just went with it. Cheesy The pink bird is the first one I made. I love birds.



After making the bird I wanted to try something else and I continued with a dragon. This one took a bit longer time to make (I love details) but I really like the way it turned out to be. This one is my favourite, actually.





And because I had some extra time I decided to just make whatever comes to my mind and these small creatures were born. I wasn't really sure what to call them but Purpley Goodness helped me naming them (Thank you!). So meet the Glumps! I am sure that I will make more of them later.





This was my first adventure in the world of polymer clay and I am sure it won't be the last. I had so much fun! Cheesy The only annoying thing was that no matter how clean I though my hands were I was always somehow able to make the clay messy. I used Fimo Soft and it was really pleasant to work with.

Comments, critique and hints are all welcome. Smiley
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / The cat ate my mouse! *pic heavy* (Tutorial link included) on: June 12, 2011 01:07:14 PM
Today I came home from a walk and I noticed that my computer mouse had been eaten by a cat! So from now on I don't have a computer mouse but instead I have an orange computer cat. He looks really happy with the "tail" still coming out from his mouth.










I hated the way my computer's mouse looked like and that's why this challenge really inspired me to make a cozy for my mouse. This was a fun project even though it really wasn't easy. But at least now the mouse is much better looking than it was before. Smiley
What do you think?

EDIT: Want to make your own cat? Guide can be found here from my blog.
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