Okay, well, this image came from somewhere online...lord only knows where - i had a print-out of it in my stash for ages. If you know where it came from, by all means mention it! Anyhow...quite an intricate one to cut out...the paint is just dollar store acrylic and fabric medium, and I took a sponge brust and cut the corners into rounds so it'd make the kind of cloudy look when i dabbed it on. It's pretty cool, i'm moderately pleased with the effect - pardon the less than amazine photography skills
Um, yes. I. Why can't I just make a pouch, huh?? Why, oh why must I applique it with a dead bunny, or name it something like a Moss Frog?? I don't know the answer to these questions. It's something I just need to accept about myself .
Well, anyway, here they are: The Moss Frog, knit from eyelash yarn (I've never knit a pouch before, it was easy), lined with pink mouthy felt, zipped with metal toothy zipper, and given a dashing pair of yellowy green eyes. You can pull on the corners and shape him some kitty-style ears if you like, because he's knitted and therefore stretchy! I can't stop playing with him...
And, one of a bunch of pouches I made, no need for explanation, the dead bunny...
Dead bunny pouch is made of flannely stuff, and the bunny is recycled leather from somebody's wrecked jacket. I made these pouches because I give a lot of gift certificates (year-round, birthdays and such), and this makes it seem a little more thoughtful than paper envelopes. I made a bunch...dead kitties, dead owls. Morbid but cute.
It's a new love, but a passionate one..making critters. I was playing around, and discovered buckwheat hulls. Yup, buckwheat hulls..i love them for filling soft toys. Polyfil sometimes seems a wee bit....ethereal? fluffy. yeah. It can be good, but i'm liking the bean-baggy effect of the buckwheat. Here's a couple of recent creations:
The second one I call "nannette" ...she's practising her wink, because she wants to be a burlesque dancer, but nobody will give her a chance because she doesn't have any legs.
hmm...okay, so actually that's a lie. Do you think i'd really be that cruel?! No, no, no. ACTUALLY what happened is that i made this (kind of funny looking but cute) version of teddy. Now, i did get a pattern from somewhere but right this minute i can't remember where. I have to dig around and find it, then i'll let you know. Deal? Okay, anyway...here he is:
His head is floppy just like the real teddy. I'm NOT a knitter, seriously, i do scarves when feeling ambitious, but this was pretty simple - there isn't even a purl in the whole guy. And he's fairly large...like 16 inches tall, at least, and made from nice soft natural wool I had leftover from another project. I gave him to my mom. So, yeah, he's kind of hokey, but i like him, and now i feel ready to take on other knitting endeavours. Thanks for looking!
**EDIT** ...the pattern is from the knittingand website, called mr bean bear. it looks better on that site...i don't think i stuffed mine enough I don't care!! i like him gaddammit!
This is a real mixed bag. i figured i'd just lump it all together because, well, it seems pretty miscellaneous to me. First off was me playing with shrinky-dinks and sharpie markers, with a little bit of metallic marker thrown in for good measure (these look better in person):
I actually have no idea what i'm going to do with those, they have holes in the top so you could make pendants or whatever out of them. We'll see. Anyways, next is a set of coasters I made with some of my favorite authors on them:
That's Burroughs, Hunter S. thompson, Anais Nin, Bukowski, Henry Miller, and Irvine Welsh, muddled up.
I made this deck of cards photobook, a pin-up switchplate cover, and bookmark for a friend:
Here's some ridiculous magnets, made for the same friend (personal favorites include "drink and DIE" and the sue johanson "sex with sue" one where she's demonstrating how to insert something in her danger zone):
Lastly, and unrelatedly, is a pair of mittens i made because i'm going to Ontario to visit friends and family and it's cold there. No, seriously, it's cold. Made from an old woolly skirt, scraps of white fabric for the argyle design, and an old fleece scarf for the lining:
okay, so, thank you for taking this journey with me of "THINGS TIPH HAS MADE RECENTLY THAT DON'T BELONG IN OTHER CATEGORIES"
Okay, sugarslug, one of these shirts is a present for you, so KEEP OUT unless you can't wait two days until I get there.
I've been going a little overboard with stencilling lately, this is just a few of the ones I've made lately (i'll post more later, when my uploading finger uncramps). Nothing over-the-top unique, but i'm happy with them. First is my version of the chucks stencil (stencilry? i'm pretty sure that's where it came from.) It's done with acrylic paint on a plain tee, and i like how it looks kind of oldish:
Hmm...yes, then we have this nice rendition of some ribs - also from stencilry, i believe - executed in an unusual shade of green on another unusual shade of green (oo, ahh):
It isn't uneven like that in real life, it was still wet (no, really!)
Also, this is one of my new favorite shirts...the paint is quite a lot subtler in person, but it's spraypaint so it's kind of shiny and picks up the flash:
I did this nice little line, zippered pouch for a friend for christmas, using gold acrylic dollar-store paint:
Aaaaaand, finally, my second shirt with the humpicorns on it. Oh man, this image makes me laugh. Totally stolen from threadless.com - may i rot in hell. Oh well, anyway, this one worked better than my original because i used silver spraypaint this time and it went on nice and thin...when i did this stencil with white paint on an orange shirt, it looked good but the painted part is kind of thick and doesn't stretch. This one's for sugarslug:
That's all for now...stencil on, crafting soldiers!! (man, i think i've had too much caffeine today, sorry.)
Yar mateys ! So, first off, sugarslug don't look at these yet because one of them is coming with me to see you as a gift. No peaking! Everybody else, c'mon in. I made these first three bags as christmas presents for my friend: a jon waters drawstring pouch
a bettie page zipper pouch with tattoo print lining:
and this audrey hepburn handbag, with wooden handles, front pocket, and nice herringbone lining:
(she was a zombie audrey for hallowe'en)
Hmm.. what else, lemme see here. Oh yeah, so I had this kilt. Yep, ya gotta love a kilt...except of course when it's too freakin small to wear and then you cut the kilt up in anger and delight and then tenderly sew it back together (to show it that you were never *really* angry) until it looks like this bag:
with the kilt's original buckles as handle attachers, and a nice skull fabric liner (because i'm just so TOUGH you know? ):
and then, finally, the bag which is to belong to sugarslug when i see her shortly, a cute little number made from anime-girl fabric (mmreow) with a little zipper pocket and bamboo handles (thank you jordy bag tute):
sorry that last one's upside downish - it's on my lap. So, er... there they are (dances a little bit and exits.)