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1151  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Take two on a kitchen stool/chair on: April 28, 2011 03:24:03 AM
Wow! Simply Fabulous!  Grin
Iron-on-vinyl? I've never heard of that before.. Oh, I'm green with envy about all the excellent things you Americans have. Would you mind telling me where you got that?
1152  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Got books? How about a nice Book Bookshelf? on: April 28, 2011 03:11:49 AM
Great idea! Bf and I are feeling utterly inspired to make our own versions Grin Thank you so much for posting the tutorial, it's a very smart and easy way to get these beautiful results. You rock!  Wink
1153  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Fabric Dollhouse/Sewing Box (lots o pics) on: April 28, 2011 02:35:00 AM
Oh, very nice! Very well done and generally, I just love oddly shaped things to keep stuff in Grin I agree that it would make a lovely dollhouse as well- one that is much softer than the usual ones and I adore that you can carry it around with you.
1154  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Medieval orient and russian inspired costume on: April 27, 2011 12:29:47 AM
Shocked OMG! I am in awe of your talent and creativity. I have always wanted to get into costume-making......Think I will have to head into the city this weekend and stock up on craft and sewing stuff. Thanks for the inspiration! xo

*blushing severely* Thank you! I'm glad I inspired you to create some weird outfit Roll Eyes

That is amazing! Love the cape and the pants, now I want some pants like that. Need to look for an tutorial/pattern.

Which ren fair was that? Looks like a lot of people. I went to one 3 weeks ago, and I missed the crowd of an weekend only event LOL

I'd be happy to post the pattern, if you like... It's not completely perfect, because it's homemade, but it might help Grin

The pictures are from the medieval Easter market in a little town called Chorin. It's small, but always fun to go to and usually has a lot of people coming to eat  Tongue and eat and eat... It is organized by a medieval band called Spilwut, you can read up on it here:

1155  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Medieval orient and russian inspired costume (now with pattern) on: April 26, 2011 03:45:03 PM
So it was Easter weekend again and as such time to go to the medieval market in the area and eat until we are sick - and my boyfriend still lacking a decent costume! What to do? I only had a week and pretty much no money to buy any supplies, so here's what I came up with:

A medieval orient-russian wealthy merchant outfit , complete with hat and boots! =)

It really was my own fault that I had so little time to make it- I put off making medieval things for such a long time, because I really don't enjoy trying to make a pattern for something really big on the floor of my tiny apartment..
But a deadline always helps Roll Eyes

I started with a shirt he already had and made a knee-length tunic with 3/4 sleeves out of two and a half scarfs to go over it. Still being ambitious and hearing the wise words of re-enactors in the back of my mind, I included a lot of handstitching, so this garment is reversible ( the inside being a darker version of the pattern).  Grin

Next I made some oriental pants out of a curtain. Making the pattern for them was rather simple, because I got to alter an old oriental pants pattern I used to love a lot when I was much, much younger. Atypically, these pants have pockets ( 'cause boys always need them) and the waistband can be changed according to amount of food consumed.  Tongue

Then came the hardest part- the inevitable cloak. Every medieval outfit simply needs one and I had a really hard time adjusting the pattern to match the amount of fabric I had. In the end I decided on a shoulder fitted half circle cloak. (way less of that hard-to-manage-material to be crammed into a corner when stitching it together) I've found that shoulder fitted cloaks are the most comfortable to wear, because they don't end up choking you, even if they don't have the typical Lord-of-the-rings-look. I made extra covers for the shoulders from fur I rescued from the garbage to make it look a little more interesting.

Of course, there needed to be a belt and a hat ( made from a pair of old pants and left over fur) to go with the whole thing:

And last, but not least, I'm a sucker for all-things-that-match: I made some fake boots  Grin I didn't have either the time or material to make some real boots, so I just made covers for his shoes, held in place by elastic band under the sole. They made me giggle like crazy when they were done. I'd never thought, they would turn out so funny!

It made me quietly repeat "We have stubbornness issues" for myself. Roll Eyes

So when being presented with his new outfit, BF gracefully admitted liking it and agreed to having his picture posted. Thank you! Kiss

What do you think? Any comments or critique welcome!
Thank you for looking! Grin
1156  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: bathroom-fun: a toiletpaper animal on: April 26, 2011 04:00:42 AM
Too funny!  I would make one, but I think it would freak my son out.  He is quite easily freaked out, unfortunately.

I understand ... I was quite easily freaked out as a kid too. I was convinced my toys were alive and had their own worries and lives. I can imagine how one could think it would upset a toiletpaper animal to take toiletpaper from him. Maybe you could make him something REALLY friendly with a big smile Grin
1157  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: bathroom-fun: a toiletpaper animal on: April 25, 2011 02:49:58 AM
Thank you so much for your lovely comments! Grin It makes me really happy to have inspired some smiles Roll Eyes

Love it!
I may have to make something like this for my son. 

(Would you mind telling me how you attached it to the wall/tlt paper holder?)

Sure Smiley It's pretty simple. You'll need one of these old-style plastic toiletpaper holders:

(sorry the picture is so bad)
They already have the shape you'll need, meaning they open and have something like a mouth Smiley And they have holes in the back to attach them to the wall with. Lately, they have been a little hard to find, so you could also use a holder with just a piece of plastic on top . Then you take some long pile fake fur, cut out the shapes and just glue it to the toiletpaper holder, add some eyes or teeth according to taste ... and Voila! There's your new toiletpaper animal Grin
I hope that description helps!

And everyone: please show me a picture when you're done- I'd love to see what you come up with!  Grin
1158  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Went a little sweet crazy on: April 23, 2011 10:55:26 PM
Awww. I'm drooling and I'm really hungry now  Grin These are amazingly realistic! That must have taken ages to get them that convincingly real! And I can just imagine how it would feel walking around with a head adorned with these little morsels of yummy. I want them!  Roll Eyes
Great job and thanks for sharing.
1159  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: My Alice in Wonderland Plush and Functional Art Collection (IMAGE HEAVY!) on: April 22, 2011 05:12:47 AM
Awwwwww. They are simply perfect. I agree with everyone else, of course, you rock! And I have to say, even though I would normally tend to liking the Tweedles best, in this case I have to admit, I think your Alice is the best and cutest Alice I've ever seen. I think she is the most difficult to pull off- the other characters already have defining elements, that make them unusual, but Alice has always been the plainer element in those collections. Until now. Wow.
Being a need-to-come-up-with-a-practical-use-for-toys-person, I freely admit that I am superjealous of the cute cupboard-thingys you put them in. Little cupboards of usefulness are the best thing ever and soooo prettily done!
Everything is done to perfection and I am, as usual, in awe....
1160  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Plants vs. Zombies Plushes on: April 21, 2011 04:55:10 PM
I.... must.. have.. these...  Grin
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