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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Santa and his reindeer on: December 11, 2012 07:50:56 PM
For the first time possibly ever, some leftovers from a previous crafting effort that I couldn't throw away because "I might be able to do something with this someday," I actually did something with! Bonus, and also unprecedented, is that I used only supplies I had on-hand. I didn't buy anything new to make this. The reindeer silhouettes were what remained after cutting out reindeer to put on Christmas cards I made seasons ago.

Thanks for looking!
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Does anyone recognize this stitch? on: November 19, 2012 02:46:51 PM
I'm fairly certain this is knit, although the finishing at the bottom of the cardigan is crochet. It's a mass-produced sweater from JJill. Would love it if someone could identify the stitch this is. Here's a close up photo of what the front looks like (I've stretched it out a little bit so you can see the details):

Here's a close up of the back of the fabric:

Thanks for the help!
23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: The Mitten animals felt stuffies (lots of images) on: October 17, 2011 07:13:30 AM
Thanks for all the great comments you guys! Making these was a lot of hard work, but like always, I was relieved to finally be finished the day I was done, but now am in search of a new project! Idle hands... 
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Mitten animals felt stuffies (lots of images) on: October 12, 2011 07:08:48 PM
The very same sister for whom I made 10+2 stuffed monkeys to go with the "10 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" song she teaches the kids in her kindergarten class each year (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388896.msg4604227#msg4604227), also requested stuffies of the animals from a story called The Mitten. I've never read this book before, but it's by Jan Brett, and it's about a boy who loses a white mitten in the snow, and then lots of forest animals move into the mitten (the little scamps!) She wanted stuffed animals to go along with the story. She plans to make a large mitten for the kids to put the animals into as they read along. Should be pretty cute! I finally finished the animals last weekend and delivered them - my only deadline was to have them done before it got cold outside, because that's when they read this book - during mitten-weather!

Here's the whole gang:

And below are the individual animals:

The Badger:

The Bear:

The Fox:

The Hedgehog:

The Mole:

The Mouse:

The Owl:

The Rabbit

They were a lot more work than I thought - I don't have any experience making stuffed animals, besides the monkeys I made for her before, so I don't know what I was thinking agreeing to this  Smiley- but once I had the design figured out for each animal, it got easier. As always, I learned lessons from each attempt that I got to use in the next creation, and the mole design was the only one I had to scrap and start over with right near the end (the first version looked too much like Digger from Shirt Tails. Shirt Tales? Anyone else remember that cartoon?Smiley.

My sister loved them, and promises to tell me what the kids think of them when they're finally premiered!

Comments/critiques welcome. Thanks for looking!
25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: 10 little monkeys (plus 2) on: August 26, 2011 05:50:29 AM
Thanks for all the great comments everyone. You've really made my week!
26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: More Scrappy Animals on: August 24, 2011 07:36:50 AM
I love these! They're adorable! I especially love the poptart-like body of the lion!
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: 10 little monkeys (plus 2) on: August 23, 2011 06:15:58 AM
Thanks for all the great comments!

Yes, I do have wire in the tails so they can be shaped and bent. The tails were actually the hardest part! I took pipe cleaners and wrapped them in felt, pinned it, then whip-stitched the felt around the pipe cleaner (if that makes sense). Attaching them to the back of the monkeys looked pretty ugly, hence the heart bottoms!
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / 10 little monkeys (plus 2) on: August 22, 2011 07:15:09 PM
My sister teaches kindergarten and asked me to make some stuffies to go with the stories and songs they do with the kids each year. Here's my first delivery - monkeys for the 10 Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed song. I made 12, to allow for a couple of losses or damages throughout the school year.

Here they are, looking innocent, just hanging around on my craft table:

But turn your back, and they're out to door, making mischief:

Swinging in the trees

Hiding in the bushes

Hanging from the railing. And two little cheeky monkeys are "mooning" the camera, with their little heart bottoms!

Hope the kids like them! C&Cs welcome!
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Overlay Crochet motif on: April 16, 2011 07:52:53 PM
Wonderful! I've crocheted for years and never heard of overlay crochet! I can't wait to learn! Thanks for the fantastic inspiration piece!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Some Ruffly Goodness!! on: April 16, 2011 07:46:31 PM
What a wonderful inspiration this is! I've already ordered 2 yards of lavender for my own! Thanks for posting!
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