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11  Re: Art Dolls 2 - Send out July 7th in The Swap Gallery by Wise One on: July 15, 2013 08:24:15 AM
Thank you PilarFarmer for the very serene art dollie!  She exudes peace and quiet.

A closeup of her tranquil face.

Even her accessories are calming.  And the kitty cat looks like it's well loved.  What a cute kitty cat!

Thank you Pilar! 
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12  Re: Art Dolls 2 - Send out July 7th in The Swap Gallery by Wise One on: July 11, 2013 10:30:08 AM
What an amazing gallery full of unique creative art dolls!  It makes me so very happy. 

I was worried about my art doll making it to Pilar as it went mia for a bit.  But 'A Mermaid's Ride aka Mr. Seahorse' needed to go for a swim in the kelp beds off of California.  It's been hot.  After taking Junior for a swim, Mr. Seahorse now happily resides with Pilar.  I posted a bunch of photos along with my crazy creative process on the 'Toys, Dolls, and Playthings' board. 

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13  A Mermaid's Ride aka Mr. Seahorse - Art Doll Swap (Mucho Photos) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Wise One on: July 11, 2013 10:15:04 AM
So I signed up for the Art Doll Swap organized by our darling Smmarrt.  I can do this, piece of cake!  I check out the various galleries for prior swaps.  No problem.  When I get my partner's questionnaire, everything changes.  PilarFarmer wants a mermaid.  I can do it.  The mermaid face comes out looking like a psychotic skunk.  Gaaah!  I cut the thing in half.  Panic sets in.  I'm waking up in the middle of the night thinking... Gaaah!  They're gonna kick me out of craftster.  Can I send half an art doll?

Plan B.  What does a mermaid ride?  A seahorse.  I can do it.  I can do it.  Like the train that could get up the mountain.  I scour the internet for a cool pattern and find one on liaspace.  Just one of the numerous choices of free seahorse patterns out there.  I print that baby out and using leftover green fabric from the fabric printing swap, I cut my seahorse out and sew right over the pattern leaving a generous space to turn it inside out.  Easy breezy.


I can't get the nose to turn inside out.  Much less the tail.  Gaaah!  Can I just stuff it with all the edges showing?  I'm really gonna get kicked out of craftster.  What the heck.  Just stuff the dern thing.  Make it work.  Why oh why did I ever join craftster?  I stuff the seahorse nose.  No problem.  I go to stuff the tail and notice how looped around it is?  This pattern is impossible.  So I take out the trusty seam ripper and rip out one side of the tail.  Notice how tiny the stitches are and how I've double stitched for stability?  Yep, that all has to be ripped out.

I stuff the tail an inch at a time and sew.  Another inch and sew.  The tail looks a little floppy so I rummage through the supplies and find a couple of pipe cleaners to stick in for sturdiness. 

It's coming along well and I'm finally thinking that I will have a suitable doll to send to PilarFarmer.  Something that I am proud to send out.  Not bad, eh?

I go back and double check Pilar's questionnaire just cause.   Shocked  She doesn't like green.  Gaaah!  At this point, I need to tell you that my husband supports me tremendously when I get to this place.  He actually sits with me and brainstorms.  He says, "Why don't you wrap it?"  I get online yet again and start googling art doll seahorses.  I come upon this artist Joy Kirkwood who has amazing dolls.  I wanna take a class with her at some point.  But that's an aside.  I need to get this doll done by the send-out deadline.  I need to focus and start wrapping.

And many hours later...

I start to relax and enjoy the creating process.  I have a presentable doll that I hope my swap partner will be happy with.  Whew.  Big sigh of relief.  Am I the only one that goes through this?

Now it's time to play.  I add all sorts of embellishments from my stash.  Between each wrap, I embroider or add a string of fuzzy yarn or stone beads.  I wrap the nose with an old broken necklace chain.  I wrap a pipe cleaner with more fabric and embroider it down the back.  I use a old washer and wrap it with fabric for the eyeball.  I find some ribbon for the seahorse wings.  When I'm finally done, my husband insists that I add a seahorse baby and a pouch as it's the male seahorses that raise the young. And I'm glad I did, cause it's one of the best elements, don't you think?  It was really hard to put this art doll in the mail.

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14  Re: And Still More Teesha Moore Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wise One on: July 01, 2013 05:51:52 PM
YEP!  Got my patches today from Johnny aka jkaywiz.  Yep yep yep!  I need one of those emoticons where the head bobbles around on the neck doing a happy dance.  Prepare yourself for more fun-ness.

It's a house and a crazy face.

Let's take a closer look at that house.  I think the backing is a blue jean's pocket!  LOVE IT!  And the layered triangle roof in four different silks could not have been easy.  Yowza. 

And a closer look at Johnny's other patch.  Hey wait!  It's not a face yelling like Homer Simpson.  BAHAHAH!  I have it upside down!  It's a cute liddle dogwood tree with a happy cloud. 

Hah!  I make myself laugh.  Also in the package are some bits of fabrics.  Insert another bobble head emoticon here.  They're just little scraps but to me, it means a whole bunch of patches with new fabrics. 

My favorite is a quilter test scrap.  At least that's what I'm guessing?  Jkaywiz, I am so very thrilled to have these patches in my next project.  Lots of bobble heads here my dear.

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15  Re: And Still More Teesha Moore Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wise One on: June 28, 2013 08:38:17 AM
What fun these all are!  LOVING it!

Okay.  Last night I walk in the house and Hubby & Mom are doing the happy dance with a pouffy envelope saying "Open it!  Open it!"  I couldn't even put the milk in the fridge. 

First one that get's pulled out.  Check out the stitching on this.  And love the 'x' corners.

Second one that get's pulled out.  Mom says, "the eyes!  And look at all those french knots!" 
Hubby, "WONKY!" 
Me... my smile was soooo big.  I adore this one.

Third BONUS one.  Prepare your pins.

Heh Heh Heh.  Let's get a side view of that one!

And cause it's just so dern cool...

I asked for Wonky and I got Wonky!  CraftsUnderground, you nailed it.  Thank you soooo much for the thought and hours it must have taken you to make that flower.  These patches make me happy. 
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16  Re: And Still More Teesha Moore Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wise One on: June 25, 2013 12:18:47 PM
Gush Gush Oh My Dearest Noodlebug  Cheesy
My patches are here.  My patches are here.  My patches are here.

Prepare yourself for TINY Shocked I mean TINY stitching.  I had to put on my binoculars plus my 3x glasses to see the intricate stitching!  I've put in a couple of coins for comparison.

And the second patch

to get an even better perspective, here's a closer close-up.  See the miniscule batting fibers?  That's the level of TINY Shocked stitching.  Yep.

I love my fruit patches.  Noodle-bug, I'm as happy as a noodle-bug on a plate of spaghetti!
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17  Re: Fabric Printing Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wise One on: June 07, 2013 08:27:52 AM
This fabric gallery is chock full of goodies.  And I've received from my swap partner lewlou28 to add some more glorious decadence.




And some of the goodies that lewlou28 used in the sun printing, she passed along to me.  Don't you love the boidies?  Lewlou28, thank you so much!

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18  Re: Fabric Printing Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wise One on: June 05, 2013 10:48:18 AM
LouLew - I'm so glad you liked it!  And heads-up to all... using fabric 'crayons' on top of another layer does not work well.  All of the black on this piece of fabric would have washed off.  Silly me, I did my test sample AFTER completing this piece.  So I left it unwashed with disclaimer that it can be used as a wall hanging or something to line the trash can. 

And a big shout out to our swap organizers:  SheepBlue and CraftADDchick.  Thank you for all of your patience with walking us newbies through the process.  I think I have the hang of how a swap works now.  You have been wonderful with sharing your knowledge and taking time to encourage us to stretch beyond our comfort zone.  Much appreciated to all of you fantastic craftster peoples.

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19  Re: And Still More Teesha Moore Inspired Patches Swap. SU 6/1--6/9. Send out by 6/25 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wise One on: June 01, 2013 01:26:25 PM
Craftsunderground - Yea!!!  I am soooo excited.  Thank you for organizing this one for us.  I'm awaiting feedback for my first swap so as soon as I see it posted I will send in my questionnaire.  I will have to take some photos of some of the extra TM pillows I have laying around.  Again, thank you thank you thank you.

Edit to add photos.  When I find jars or buckets of buttons for cheap, I jump for joy.  Oh what a geek I am.

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20  Re: Fabric Printing Swap Sign up Closed, Send out 6/3 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Wise One on: May 22, 2013 09:36:29 AM
It's so exciting reading everyone's posts!  I can't wait to see all the treasures.
I've printed out a free stencil on paper.  LOVE that free stuff.  And added yellow oak leaves.  That's the state tree of my swap partner and she likes nature.

To make it more abstract/artsy for lewlou, I'm adding some blueishy numbers from another stencil I already have.

Can I say that at this point I'm starting to feel scared that it may not make it through the wash?  Oh why oh why didn't I do test prints like y'all have suggested??? 

I've re-carved my potatoes and stamped them in a similar red to the bubble wrap.

No more photos as I want it to be a surprise.  It's all done.  I've reread all of the instructions and tidbits and am very afraid that the layers will wash off.  I'm waiting the full 24 hours till I heat-set with my iron so that will be tonight.  Then a few days before washing, right?  Does everyone really wait the few days?  One place said 7 days, another said 4 days. 

If it all comes off in the wash, it will be back to the drawing board.  Now I know why some of you started so early!!!  Do you put it in the washing machine?  Or handwash?  Ahhhh.... Such a newbie here  Grin
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