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881  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The Tree swap is HERE!!!! (Sign up 1/5/06-1/20/06) Mail by 2/27/06 on: January 13, 2006 02:22:27 PM
I got so excited today that I went ahead and bought some tree supplies ready!! It's not like I even know who I'm making for yet, but I couldn't help myself!

now I don't feel so eager beaver Cheesy I picked up some stuff on tuesday after school XD. Then Curry's ate my food budget :'[
882  CANADA / Ontario / Re: craft fair scouting-- toronto on: January 13, 2006 02:13:43 PM
thanks Cheesy
883  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: first post... 3 pieces on: January 13, 2006 07:36:44 AM
I think you need to consider more carefully how you're using your composition and cropping. On the sushi it's not so aggravating, but on the chair it's distracting, and the feet are floating. I think though that the feet are my favourite. You have an awesome feeling of depth in the painting, and a huge amount of reality in it. It's just (as my composition instructor would say) you've got the floating head syndrome with em. For the chair because of how flat it is it works (and you don't have it with the sushi) but definitely with the feet I'd want to see some reference of the ground plane because the viewpoint is across and not directly down.

Again, I really like the actual feet themselves.. the depth.. oh the depth.. excellent work.
884  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: Knitting for a World of Warcraft Fanatic? on: January 12, 2006 11:21:51 PM
Not sure if this applies to WoW fanatics but Winter-eenmas is coming up (January 25th) it's the gamer nerd holiday where all the gamer nerds ramble about with video game controlllers and dice taped or glued to a stick wishing one another a happy winter-eenmas.. you could do a tape and dowelling version of his character's main weapon.. or the weapon he wants to get.. but that's not really knitting.. o_O

maybe a silhouette of his weapon on a nerdy hoodie? every gamer likes hoodies Cheesy (that's what the sticks are for.. when you get a great hoodie you have to defend it XD)
885  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: First Day of Preschool (she has a bookbag) on: January 12, 2006 11:13:41 PM
a special blanket for naptime Cheesy Like something just her size that's in her favourite colour and quilty or something *shrug* it would be cute Smiley (and better than my first idea of crash helmet.. I was a clumbsy child XD)
886  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: "only a sewing machine" on: January 12, 2006 10:02:39 PM
I have my great aunt's singer I think it's from the 70's. Does good for me. I just figured to my enthuse that that nasty stitch skipping it was doing was because I had the wrong needle in it.. also just figured out how to do a double needle stich on it. It's a beast being that I sew 3 layers of faux fur on it and it only complains sometimes. I think I've had the most trouble sewing broadcloth on it (got my finger good).
887  CANADA / Ontario / craft fair scouting-- toronto on: January 12, 2006 09:15:43 PM
anyone know any craft fairs that are onging or upcoming in toronto? I'm central west nearish etobicoke..
888  CANADA / Ontario / Re: cheap and cheerful yarn! or better yet free! on: January 12, 2006 09:04:12 PM
Thrift stores also will have yarn and such.. if you can find a walmart in toronto (the closest one I've found to downtown is in the dufferin mall) they'll have a big ole bag of yarn in fun colours.. but not sure the price. Also try romy wools (it's on queen street west of spadina and a lot bigger inside than it looks outside) They have a whole area underground of bulk wool.

I've been told that in listowool (guessing at spelling it's said "list-o-wool") there's both a campbells soup factory where you can get soup in bulk for cheap and a yarn place where you can get yarn for cheap too. I can find out more specifics about that if you're interested.
889  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: The Tree swap is HERE!!!! (Sign up 1/5/06-1/20/06) Mail by 2/27/06 on: January 09, 2006 09:04:28 PM
Yay! I'm in Cheesy

*insert rather eager and exuberant lack of sleep and too much cola bouncing here*
890  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: pink haired waldorf doll and kitty doll are good friends! on: January 09, 2006 08:54:03 PM
Ok, so I'm feeling sort of un-cultured... what makes a doll a waldorf doll?  Also... totally different subject, was it difficult sewing the jersey fabric?  I'm always a little scared of any fabric that stretches...  BUT, as I try to be more environmentally friendly (had to buy a new car this summer, and spang for a Prius) the recycled shirt idea sounds spectacular!

The concept behind the waldorf doll is an all-natural material baby doll meant for (young) children (not just girls) to play with and consider as a special friend.
Based from a long history in all cultures of (cloth) doll making (germanic europe specific because that's where the schools originated) using a lot of TLC and recycled materials, or the materials that are on hand. They're more contemporarily a rebellion against the barbie fashion perfect idea of fitting into an unrealistic and anhealthy mould of vapidly shallow beauty. Depending on which waldorf school you go to they're also a status marker o_O

 Often times in the actual waldorf classrooms the dolls won't have a face painted or embroidered on because the child is meant to imagine the face of his/her friend. The kindergarten and early elementary program is very focused on the realm of imagination and fantasy. Later on the attention put on creativity bleeds into mare technical subjects too (I learned math with the adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing gnomes XD).

They're also a bit of the waldorf school culture as making hand made toys and gifts is something started in kindergarten, and continued right through 'til graduation. Each grade has a 45minute class on textiles (called "Handwork") once a week.

The dolls aren't just for children though. I've found a demand for them in my high school classmates, co-workers, and friends' mums (I had to make one for my friend's mum so she'd stop wondering around with the one I made my friend for christmas last year ;] )

Edit: At the Waldorf Craft Fairs the dolls will easily go for anywhere from $60-$120
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