Camelama- those monster badges are to die for! I love them!!
And I received a wonderful package from dear Smmarrt and here's the loot: Sorry the pics came out a bit wonky, but the light conditions are rather difficult over here right now...
all together now:
First off, she spoiled me with some nice candy, that has been sampled by both me and the bf leaving curious and rather satisfied expressions on our faces The goodies: Wasabi peas ( here's where the curious facial expression comes in) Both the bf and I were brave enough to try, and the bf has since declared them his possession. Chocolate. As Smmarrt so fittingly put it, that needs no explanation Peeps. I think they made squeaky protesting noises, but have ruthlessly been consumed. Reese's peanut butter cups- immediately declared loot by the bf and have been hidden from me accordingly.
And she crafted way more than the monsters:
She made me two very pretty coffee-sleeve books(on the left in the pic), that I will use to write secret thoughts in.. really secret thoughts .. or draw really tiny secret monsters in;) And - probably the coolest thing ever - she made me swap cards ( upper middle of the picture) , funky colorful cards that are a little like business cards, only they read " A swap package from BirdBones"! I love them and will use them relentlessly These are really great, Smmarrt, especially when they were just an experiment
And now for the monster pouches:
#1 Monster pencil pouch ( funny because, _______________.....you'll see ), that came with a bunch of nice pencils, that have partly been declared loot by the bf already. Smmarrt was really nice and smart in adding a loop to attach keys and things, which is great, because I usually hang stuff on stuff, if you know what I mean
#2 small monster pouch, made from juice pouches sewn together. Let me tell you, Smmarrt, I am SO envious of your sewing machine performing that trick! I have been trying to get mine to do that for a very long time! ( Needless to say, the bf is also trying to steal that one and I MIGHT let him, but only because he is an enabler, making it possible for me to even do swaps... I hope you don't mind me sharing, Smmarrt...)
Thank you very much Smmarrt- your package brought sunshine on a very gloomy day! I hope your package reaches you soon and you enjoy it as much as me! Thank you again for swapping with me!
Thank you lovely! I'm planning on keeping the top part structured, sewing down strips/ribbons ets to give it some sort of corset appearance (hopefully!) and then cut the bottom of the dress off, and add floaty feathery lacey doilie (of course tehee) and ruffled bits to end at around about knee length.
I've sketched out a few ideas so far but I'm not entirely happy with any just yet - have you tried drawing in this style? It's so difficult!! I think with a lot of these and particularly the fuller ones, it's always better to start from the bottom up!
Looking forward to seeing your item and contributing some ideas
I hope it's ok if I put my two cents in, loukr You could try attaching ribbons that mimick the seams of a corset.... I have given up sketching very much first in cases like these..... I mostly start with the shape, parts of the clothes should have, and then cut the different patterned pieces according to the lines I want (thus blatantly ignoring the original dress pattern). Then I put it on the mannequin and just attach whereever it looks good I never thought of starting with a complete garment... silly me, of course that way it's much easier I imagine... my dress started with an old bra I really wanted to recycle The rest of the dress was put together from bits and pieces.
...and thus started collecting neglected stuffies from thrift stores.... and I ended up making ...
TA DAAAA! A Stuffie throne!
It started as an old chair, a leo-pattern blanket and 27 stuffies.... So first I made the cover for the chair..
and a little pillow to sit on...
... and then flattened all the stuffies except for the heads and some of the limbs ( I do remember a creepy Toy-Story-feeling gripping me now and then, but I do believe all the stuffies are much happier now than they would have been , being used as chew-toys for dogs..) and attached them all over and now, it looks like this:
.. cuddly and cute and actually quite charming in real life... and all that for the low, low price of about 20 Dollars....
and I even have an action shot:
What do you think? Comments and critique are very welcome!
This was made for Teachart in the recent "One tiny stuffie with a function swap" and I really wanted to share it. She mentioned liking blue, so I finally got to use the amazing super-soft blue-ish fake fur I found while on vacation last year:
According to topic, this one, the Candy alien, has a function... It's capable of holding all kinds of things, but it does like candy best. The bag can be closed using the colored string and the eyes are all bendable. We were supposed to try new things for the swap, so I attached the eyes with eyecord with wire inside using a "Strickliesel" (I've been told the English name is knitting Jenny). It's some sort of crafting toy for children and was just fun to use. Best of it: because it's so small it makes for a perfect craft to do in class
And the "eye pod"....
This cyclops is holds a music-device... or tissue paper.. or other small things and hangs around people's neck or wrist ... I used the "Strickliesel" with a stronger garden wire, so it can be bent into shape and actually stay that way It turned out a bit bigger than planned, so it would be possible to fit money and a key in it...
This is a bag I made for AlmostDawn in a swap last year and I had such a hard time letting it go, that I think it deserves its own thread. She said, she liked green, so it was kind of obvious what I would make for her.... and the Metamorph Moogy was born
The green fuzzy stuff used to be a blanket and for the lining I used cotton... and I HAD to attach some fake fur ( can't seem to do without it )
The bag is the rough size of a record , is closed by zipper and the back has an extra outside-pocket....
and the inside has two extra pockets and a keychain to fasten things to ( kind of hard to see, sorry)
And of course, there is a story that goes with it:
The Metamorph Moogy, being named after their discoverer, Doogy Moogy (1680-1751), are a frog-subspecies that undergo constant change in appearance over the course of their lifes. They start out as a sort of butterfly, where their one eyes creates a unique appearance. They transform into flowery dragonworms in their adolescence, where their hypnotic personality is easiest to observe. The grown M.M. has no visible appendages and it is strongly suspected of moving via telekineses.
Though generally friendly, the M.M. Is highly suspicious of its surroundings and can be found hypnotising everything and everyone, thus forcing observers to forget parts of the encounter. Because of this, little is known about habits and diet, although a number of scientists have hinted that the M.M. Is fondest of the company of garden gnomes.
Please give these Metamorph Moogys a good home where they can practise their various hobbys, which include .... gee, I must have forgotten.....
A while ago I made this creature for a swap with the awesome suereal and I kind of think it deserves its own thread.... She likes rabbits, or so it said on her page and I just knew that this one would be for her. Also, I had so much fun making it that I just can't resist sharing it
Of course, it came with instructions:
Adopt an Alsace Rabbit, commonly known as the Easter Bunny !
Lepus sylavaticus hedera, Schreckstein 1527
Discovered by the German Alchemist, Dr. Schreckstein in 1527, this subspecies of the common rabbit is a crossing between plant and animal. It's origins are widely disputed, some documents dating back to the 16th century even attribute their existence to the mysterious experiments of their discoverer.
Although widely spread in their native grounds of Alsace (French: Alsace, German: Elsass; the fifth smallest of the 27 regions of France, a highly disputed area between Germany and France) at the time of their discovery, the Alsace Rabbit is now near to extinction. This might be due to the high popularity of the sugary taste of their clear eggs that reveal the colorful creature inside, especially around Ester-time. Also there is some discussion that the species , consisting of both plant and herbivore animal, has some genetically created dietary difficulties.
In the age of artificial food and flavours, the Alsace Rabbit is now trying to make a comeback. Widespread promotion may also lead to increased awareness in children in order to give their eggs the time they need to mature.
The Board for the Alsace Rabbit's Fornication (B.A.R.F.) is hoping for your support in adopting and preserving this unique species.
Made mostly from socks and felt, the ears and flower stem are are bendable...
..because I couldn't NOT make them... The bf and I have a tradition of giving each other strange tree ornaments during the time leading up to Xmas, but last year money was a little tight. So what to do but craft? And the best part is: some of them are now hanging in the car year round Admittedly, once I got started, it was hard to STOP making them.... I just ran out of fimo...
It's been a while since I shared what I've been making the past months... So here's something: Wreaths! All made during boring classes, or more accurately, to avoid studying... The base is a styrofoam ring, then I knitted a rectangular piece from mixed yarns, using mostly eyelash yarn mixed with normal yarn, about 4"x16", wrapped it around and closed it up on the inside. Then proceed to attach decorations according to taste via sewing and Voila! They made excellent Xmas-presents and they are cuddly as well
and because as soon as I start working with yarn, there will be something pink and purplish ....
It is truly amazing how stuffies come our way on the day best suited to their arrival.After a long dreary day I got to open a huge package from the sweet teachart! ( And believe me, that was NO small package! )
Ready to feel envy? .... TA-DAAAAA!
She spoiled me rotten with a huge amount of evil American candy, as you can see and I immediately ignored that the bf and I just decided that we had gotten a bit chubby during the winter... I tried the fruit gushers first and have been wearing a very satisfied evil grin ever since I managed to un-stick my teeth I'm looking forward to the facial expression resulting from eating my way through all the rest of it, especially the odd but interesting "supersour-spray-candy" and the ginger mints that came in a very pretty little box.... And I got something called lip smacker too! I've never had lippgloss with a taste before, but I do remember Lorelai and Sookie in Gilmore Girls having a very girly moment over lip smackers... .. getting ready to be all girly
And after fending off the bf's equally hungry looks towards the peanut butter chocolate ( I'll share, but it won't do to tell him so too soon ), I opened an awesome psychedelic Willy Wonka-box and out came
A GOTH-FRAGGLE! I soo love fraggles! And his facial expression is just right! He's wee tiny and has already moved in in a little fairy house I made, which henceforth shall be called fragglehill. His tiny arms are movable and I just luuve him...
And there was something bigger wrapped in really pretty towels that teachart knew would appeal to my love of 50's design:
and inside.... a burton-esque-drinking-bottle-worm-creature!
What a great functional stuffie! It's cuddly and funny and odd and it became friends with my monster-school-purse that has the same colors at once! Be assured I will carry it around with me a lot! And the best of it- the handle is made in such a way that it can attach itself to things... it went for my belt right away and seems to be pretty comfortable:
THANK YOU so much teachart - you nailed it! I am having so much fun with what you made (and that's not just because of the mad candy-grin on my face)! YOU ROCK!