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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Avoiding folding origami flowers for the wedding, my current finished projects on: April 21, 2012 06:48:04 PM
I am currently in the end stage of crafting for my wedding which is in June. I needed a break from folding hundreds of origami flowers and thought Id share some photos of my current projects.

Flower Girl Baskets
For the wedding we have 5 flower girls due to the huge size of my family. So I needed a cheap way to make five baskets that would be beautiful but affordable. I found these baskets at Joanns on sale and with a coupon they cost less than $10 for all 5 baskets. I spray painted them all brown, wove teal ribbon into them and then sewed a fabric basket lining that was glued in.




Boutonnieres
I love to sculpt so I decided to make the boutonnieres out of clay instead of purchasing flowers. I love how they came out and they are a lot simpler to make than youd think. Simply roll out multiple stands of clay in the colors of your wedding that are about the same length. Then twist the bottoms together about half way up to create the trunk of the tree. The just artfully arrange the top strands to look like tree branches. They can be left as is or in my case I just twisted little circular flowers to give them some more color and plop them on the branches. To attach them you can just glue a pin back to them and youre all set to go with a lasting and beautiful boutonniere.




Felt Tissue Holders
These were super time consuming but also not difficult and I cant wait to see how they look arranged on all the wedding chairs at the ceremony. I purchased sheets of felt from Joanns and Folded the sides over and then sewed down the ends to create a large pocket. Then I trimmed the edges with shears to give it the zigzag effect. Then using additional felt, or any material of your choosing such as ribbon, I glued a decorative strip over the sewed seem and added little felt hearts for additional decoration. After about 130 of them you never want to see them again but they were definitely worth all the effort.




Thanks for looking!
12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Exploding Tardis Shadowbox on: December 21, 2011 07:46:47 PM
Now that Graverobbergirl has opened her Christmas presents I can post it here. I give you an exploding Tardis Shadowbox.




We are both huge Doctor Who fans and I was dying to make this scene with clay after seeing the Van Gogh painting of it in the show. The shadow box actually started out as this hideous and unloved beach shadowbox that I found at the Family dollar and when I saw it was clearanced down to $1.19 I had to re-purpose it into something amazing.

Original sadness:


I pried out all the nails holding the back together and then I gave everything a repaint. The I hot glued the tardis scene into the repainted shadowbox and re-nailed it back together. It was allot of fun making the tardis scene but it was really difficult to roll the delicate strands of clay. Lets just say I had to redo each one allot.



Thanks for looking!
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Too Evolved for Driving Hoop on: November 24, 2011 06:50:29 PM
I'm clearly too evolved for driving. Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

   I am a huge fan of the Big Bang theory and when I heard this quote the other day watching reruns I knew what I wanted to make for my childhood best friends Christmas present.

  The quote was perfect because all of our best and most embarrassing stories involve a road trip, like the time we got the car stuck in a snow bank on a beautiful sunny day under perfect driving conditions. Needless to say neither of us enjoys driving and we understand how poor Sheldon feels.



  The lettering is painted on using acrylic paint because my embroidery isn't very neat. Then I made little felt flowers details which I sewed on to make it more fun. Thanks for looking!
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Bandersnatch Necklace on: August 01, 2011 03:23:26 AM
I was in the Alice in Wonderland One Tiny Thing swap and my swap partner loved the Bandersnatch so I decided to try my hand at a polymer clay version after seeing this adorable bandersnatch on deviant art which is much nicer than mine but its my first time sculpting.
Original inspiration:
http://buzhandmade.deviantart.com/art/FIMO-Bandersnatch-158186630?q=boost%3Apopular%20in%3Aartisan%20wonderland&qo=549

I actually ended up making two because the first package got stolen off of my partners porch after it was delivered, curse you mail thieves! But the second one came out even cuter so take that! Overall I am definitely loving fimo clay and I might have to get some more to keep experimenting.

First Bandersnatch:



Second Bandersnatch:



Thanks for looking!
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Robin Plushie on: July 15, 2011 06:13:12 PM
My boyfriends little niece loves Robin and since finding a nice sidekick doll was proving to be difficult I decided to make her one. I used a pattern by BabyLondonStar, the link for anyone else interested in this free pattern at DeviantArt:
http://babylondonstar.deviantart.com/art/sit-pattern-tutorial-91598784?q=gallery%3Ababylondonstar%2F5061515&qo=9



The pattern is just for a human base so before I sewed it together I laid out the different pieces of clothing and basted them onto the base to form his costume and then sewed him together costume and all.







Thanks for looking!
16  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Alice in Wonderland Shadowbox Locket on: July 09, 2011 06:22:31 AM
Alice in Wonderland Shadowbox Locket





This piece is a birthday present for my best friend, and fellow craftster,
Graverobbergirl. I got the inspiration for this piece while looking online
and saw a beautiful Alice in Wonderland locket but at over $700 I decided
that I would have to make one instead.
The hardest part of this project was just finding all the pieces, the
shadowbox locket being the most difficult because most of the ones I found
just werent big enough or too much money. But after about a weeks worth
of surfing the internet and etsy shops I finally found a reasonably priced
and amazing shadowbox pendant to make it in.
Because the back is also visible I took a circular piece of cardstock and
using a very thin layer of glue applied a piece of fabric to each side to
then add all of the pieces on top off. I considered letting everything
roll around free but then when you wear it not everything would be visible
so I decided to glue it all down with hot glue.





Interior of the locket:
-One miniature Alice in Wonderland book that I made, the pages actually
opens up and has a few passages from the book. The theory is you wont
ever open the locket but if she did she could open the book up. Its a
little added bonus.
-On top of the book I attached the miniature pocket watch I found.
-One tiny silver key to unlock the doors to Wonderland
-One miniature glass vial (to create the liquid inside I filled it with
some glue which hardens to give it the affect of their being liquid inside
without having to worry about any real liquid leaking out). It may make
your grow or shrink but you will have to test it to find out.
-Miniature playing cards that I printed out and laminated.





For the chain of the locket I added the worlds cutest little flamingo
charms that I found and a little Initial A to stand for Alice that is hung
on the front of the locket.






Happy Birthday Graverobbergirl!
17  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Mapmaker Wrist Cuffs on: June 26, 2011 10:11:55 AM
I decided to make a few pairs of Steampunk Wrist cuffs made out of a beautiful chocolate suedecloth that has a camel/tea stain colored ruffle. This set is for a Steampunk tea party I am attending. The cuff closes with a suede loop over a beautiful map button. The fabric is extremely soft and comfortable and is going to be a great addition to my Steampunk costume.









Thanks for looking!

18  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Steampunk Map Maker Costume on: June 25, 2011 04:15:41 AM
I am currently in the processing of getting ready for a Steampunk tea party in July and this is the skirt that I have made for my costume because of course one cannot attend a Steampunk tea party without a costume.



I made the skirt by altering an old costume skirt pattern from Simplicity pattern 4914 though its probably discontinued by now. It's an extremely simple skirt pattern that anyone can make and its really billowy which is why I picked it for my costume idea. I then added three rows of ruffle to the camel/tea stain colored fabric of the skirt base to give it the nice ruffled look. On top of that I sewed another skirt from the pattern out of the map fabric and sewed it on top of the other skirt to create a second layer that could be bustled.






The ties are made out of scraps of chocolate colored suedclothe and some cool brass findings that I got at walmart.



Since I am going to the tea party as a Steampunk Mapmaker I needed a map case. I made it using a plastic Lipton Iced Tea container that I then wrapped and sewed a faux leather case around. I spray painted the lid with some gold paint to give it a brass like appearance. Then I added a few strips of suede cord that I had scraps of and of course every map maker needs a compass.


 




The costume also needed a parasol and since I had a nice wooden umbrella handle with a ripped canvas I decided to redo it and use some chocolate and black suedecloth I had gotten from a lawn sale to make a parasol to match my costume. Then the edge was trimmed in the tea stain colored fabric from my skirt.





Thanks for looking!

***
So we just had an amazing weekend celebrating Graverobbergirl and Nikola Tesla's birthdays as well as enjoying a game of Steampunk croquet so here is the full costume for me and my poor boyfriend who got dragged along.

I cheated and purchased the under-bust corset and used a regular black shirt and the newsboy hat was made by graverobbergirl. For my boyfriends costume I made the vest, faux leather harness and the spats.


19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Coraline Jones - Lots of Pictures on: May 03, 2011 03:37:08 PM
I made this for my swap partner, in the One Tiny Stuffie Round 5, who is a huge fan of the movie Coraline much like myself. The little doll is made out of fleece that was hand sewn and then the hair is a beautiful blue yarn that I borrowed from my grandmother because grandma's are so wonderful they always seem to have the exact color you need Smiley The seeing eye stone was made out of polymer clay and then painted.



Original Sketch:




Squidkitty was made with the very last of the scraps of blue fleece from my cousins Katara Halloween costume this past year.



The box was originally a little ugly 3 dollar box from the Family dollar that I repainted to be the new beautiful home of the little Coraline and her friend squidkitty. The back of the box has a decal sticker which reads "Coraline, Manufactured by The Other Mother Incorporated"





The book and character Coraline are copywright to Neil Gaiman and I highly recommend the book and the movie. They are both fantastic! Thanks for looking Smiley
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / NightFury!!! on: May 02, 2011 03:55:25 PM
Toothless Plushie
This is a present for my little cousin Jaimeson who is, much like myself, a huge toothless fan.



The pattern was made by Katy-A on Deviant Art so thanks go to her for making it available free Smiley
Pattern: http://katy-a.deviantart.com/art/How-to-Plush-your-Dragon-161986356?q=gallery%3Akaty-a%2F11369118&qo=2

The pattern calls for about a of a yard of fleece fabric. I ended up using a little more due to mistakes.





I made one real change/addition to the pattern which was one of those moments of genius that hit me in the shower. I used a piece of microsuede scraps and made his artificial fin. I made the strap with a little piece of suede in my scrap bin.





He was so cute it was hard to put him in the shipping box because I really want one of my own. Guess I will have to actually make myself one someday when I have the time/energy.

Thanks for looking and a special thanks to Katy-A for sharing her pattern.
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