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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Maxine! (AKA my first art doll!) on: February 25, 2013 07:52:39 AM
I made this doll in preparation for the Junker Jane style doll swap, but I couldn't send her away. I get far too attached to things that are my "firsts." Of course then I tried to remake her for my partner, and her twin sister Victoire turned out horrendously!

Maxine is made entirely out of remaindered fabric and supplies I already had lying around. I had a victorian inspiration in mind, but sort of just went with it. I am super proud of her, and love the way she turned out!

Here she is sitting up against a pillow, being such a sassy lady...



...spread out in all her glory. (Yes, her arms and legs are just that long! What a betty-spaghetti she is!)



And a close up of her face, because that's my favourite part!



I hope you like her! C&C always appreciated! Smiley
2  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / "I Love You Forever" statuette on: January 08, 2010 06:58:55 PM
So this is a project I made for Christmas 2008 for my mom.  She cries like a baby every time she reads "I Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch, so I thought I'd try my hand at polymer clay.  This is the first thing I've made with it, and I think it turned out pretty good.  I used acrylic paint on it (which was REALLLLY fun-- haha). 

I wanted to paint it sort of messy, so it would be in the style of the book's illustrations, and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. 

It's based on this cover illustration:


Here's the pre-painting sculpture:


And here's what it looked like finished:



And a couple detail shots:




Thanks for looking!


3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hand Stitched Appliqued Tree - First Quilt on: January 06, 2010 01:25:58 PM
Hey there!  

This is my first quilt, and I'm pretty proud of it!  It's been a couple years in the making, with *long,* well needed pauses.  (Aka that time that I spent five hours doing the final pinning for the binding only to find that it was slightly off on the back.  There was a nice five or six month gap right there.)  I started stitching as part of a class project in 2007, and finished it a few days ago.  I decided that pigs would probably fly before I would be able to muster up the patience to cut and stitch together a patchwork, so I went for a bit more organic look by appliqueing the beast.  

It's stitched of cotton fabrics, and I used a cotton batting.  It's stitched with cotton coated polyester for strength.  I designed it myself, and used taped together sheets of bristol board to make a template for the tree.  Oh!  And I should also mention that I hand stitched the entire thing-- start to finish.  And what can I say?  I love love love it!!

Without further ado, the pictures!

The front of the quilt.  It actually sits quite square, which this picture doesn't really show.  The fact that it's being suspended in the air is making it sag down.


The back--made of light and dark blue pre-quilted material.  No, I did not do those lines myself. ^_^  Took me a looong time to find the right fabric for this part.  Or at least, the fabric that I wanted.


Close-up on the fabrics used on the front.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Homemade Buttons, Nesting Doll Style! on: November 01, 2009 01:37:29 PM
Made these for a swap.  I used an air dry clay, and painted them with acrylics. Smiley





Thanks for looking! Cheesy
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Matryoshka Necklace on: November 01, 2009 01:33:39 PM
Comepleted this for a craft swap I recently did.  It's made of Sculpey and is painted with Acrylics.  I used a dollar store pair of earrings to make the hooks and hoops, and a piece of black cord.  I wanted to make a necklace that was slightly less conventional that just making nesting doll beads or something similar.  Hope you like it!

Attempted full shot:



Hanging:



Detail of tummy:



Face detail:

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Mache Nesting Doll Jar on: November 01, 2009 01:28:03 PM
Crafted this for a swap here on Craftster.  My partner has since received, which means I get to post things!

Pretty simple, really.  Took a small glass jar and paper mached the crap out of it, then built up the lid with tin foil, and paper mached that too.  Once it was dry, I painted it with acrylics.  Smiley  I wasn't crazy about it when I finished, but it's really grown a lot on me.

Full body shot:



Face detail:



Proof of it's ability to function as a jar:



Thanks for looking! Cheesy
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Nesting Doll Pillow! on: November 01, 2009 01:17:16 PM
My partner's finally received for the Matryoshka swap, meaning I can actually post this!  It's the item I'm most proud of that I sent her.  It's a big pillow made of felt, in the shape and style of a Russian Nesting Doll.  Additional materials are: ribbon, seed beads and buttons.  Other than that, straight felt and thread! Cheesy  I pretty well free handed the whole thing... I think I might have drawn out the mouth first, but that's about it!

Here's a couple pictures of the whole thing:




And a couple detail shots:




Thanks for looking!

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Zelda's Link - IMAGE OBESE on: December 05, 2008 12:55:53 PM
SO HERE'S THE STORY.  Lucky me, I got one of my really close friends for secret snowflake this year. Smiley  I don't know much about it personally, but he absolutely loves the Zelda videogames.  He started playing Phantom Hourglass (for the DS) after we met, so I modelled my Link after that version.  It's my first attempt at any kind of doll, and I'm pretty pleased with the end result. Smiley 

It probably took me about 20 hours.  The entire thing is felt, and it's stuffed with rice, sewn in places and superglued in others. 

Without further ado.  Here's Link... complete. 





A couple detail shots:





BUT WAIT! What warrior would be complete without...

HIS SWORD AND SHIELD!  These are also felt, but wrapped around a piece of cardboard for strength.   



The shield is red/yellow paint on white felt.  I'm pretty well more proud of that shield than the rest of the doll. Tongue



And the back:



ALL TOGETHER:







And the packaging, all bundled up in a jar which received a minutely failed treatment of armour etch.



Thanks for looking, and happy non-denomination, politically-correct season's greetings to you all! ^.^

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Little Prince on: August 17, 2007 10:52:23 AM
Ummm... recently reread this book and realized how magnificent it is.  Inspired me to make a prince.  Umm... he's made from Crayola's Model Magic and is painted with acrylics.  All colours used were hand mixed by myself from the primaries, black, and white.  Not really a doll, but I couldn't find anywhere better to put him.  Took about three hours all together. Smiley

Picture number one is the little prince with the book... and the drawing that inspired me.  Check out the quarter for size reference.



Picture number two is the multiview shot.  See the details, full body with my hand, and the prince on his little wire stand, sitting on top of th book.



Hope you like it as much as I do!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Cross Stitched Mp3 Case - I'm proud! :D on: February 08, 2007 01:17:51 PM
Okay... firstly... the pictures DO NOT do it justice.  Secondly... HEEEEHEEEE.  Unlike many of my other projects I desided to post this one.  Why? Because it's a bit unique. I haven't seen anyone do one like it.  The closest thing is the plastic canvas Nintendo DS case which can be seen here.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=127932.0

And no, I did not take inspiration from it.

I have a Creative Zen MicroPhoto, which if anyone has one, should know that it's hard to find a case for. Because I live in Canada, shipping for one off the Creative Labs website is close to $30 and then $40-$50 for the player is simply too much. Instead, I decided to make one. I used DMC floss <3, and stitched on perforated plastic. It came out really well, and I'm pretty pleased. The pics don't really do it justice, but that's okay.

The front has the pink bunny, the side has my name in pink, and the back has a little flower.  The top is cut out to allow access to the on/off switch and headphone jack.

Hope you like!!

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