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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Zombie-fying an existing stuffed animal? on: September 21, 2008 09:37:25 AM
For my boyfriend's birthday, I'd like to give him a zombie monkey or tiger, but being a broke college student, I'm lacking in both time and money so I figured I'd just modify an existing tiger or monkey stuffed animal to make it a zombie.

I have a couple ideas for how to do this, but I figured I'd ask you guys too. Has anyone attempted this in the past, or have ideas for how to properly zombie-fy a stuffed animal?
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Doctor Who and TMBG! on: April 24, 2008 10:05:15 PM
For months, I lacked inspiration and motivation to make stuff, but I finally got around to doing things, thanks to They Might Be Giants and Doctor Who.

(sorry for the big pics!)

So, first off... for those unfamiliar with TMBG, they do a weekly podcast showing videos for their kids songs, hosted by puppet versions of themselves. I love them, especially John Linnell, so I made myself a Puppet John Linnell plush!



Then, this past weekend, I decided I absolutely needed a 10th Doctor of my very own to snuggle.



I already have several friends begging for Doctors of their very own!

Aww, they make me so happy.



3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Introducing... WRISTCOOLERS on: July 17, 2006 05:36:59 PM
Today, the kids that I babysit and I made armwarmers out of old t-shirts. Today was also 96 degrees, hotter than it's been all summer.

So, I was inspired...

Introducing... WRIST COOLERS!


On me...

Sewn on directly above the vein is a pouch packed full of uncooked rice. Freeze the whole wristwarmer, and put it on to cool yourself down!


Flat...

(Yes, this is a recon. I used scraps from an old tie dyed tee.)
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Craft projects for 7 year old girls on: July 11, 2006 06:48:02 PM
This isn't exactly a gift idea need, but I didn't know where else this would go but here...

Anyway, I'm doing a lot of babysitting this summer for a seven year old girl, but two days a week, I have two girls to entertain. Not being one to plop kids in front of the TV, and not wanting to watch the horrible plays they put on for me, I've decided to do a craft project each day I have both girls.

So far I've brought them milky pens/black paper, white fabric/fabric markers that I turned into purses and headbands, and next week they're going to sew pillows and make armwarmers.

But I'm running out of ideas. What more can I do with them? I'm trying to avoid anything that requires lots of expensive/hard to find supplies (I'd prefer to use things I have around the house, but can be paid back by the parents for supplies if need be), huge messes (after all, it isn't my house), or things that are particularly hard for them to understand the process of.  I'm fine with something they design, that I take home and complete (ie- sew up).

Help!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Duct tape portrait! on: July 04, 2006 07:50:20 PM
I wasn't entirely sure where to post this (more art less craft didn't seem right for a duct tape picture), so I'm trying here.  Tongue


I was inspired, a few weeks ago, by someone who made a quilted portrait of her face, and I wanted to do the same. However, I'm no quilter. Today it occurred to me to try the project using materials I COULD work with.

I used photoshop to turn the image I wanted to use into a stamp, which came out to look like THIS.


That, I used as reference to create this purple and black portrait of Craftster's own kitty1256!



What do you guys think? o__o;;
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Not everyone has crafty knowledge, but this is ridiculous! on: July 03, 2006 08:09:50 PM
I gave a friend of mine a link to some sewn armwarmers I just finished, and he says...

idream4u****: oh cool, you knit it?
Almost a Scone: Sewn.
Almost a Scone: I don't knit.
Almost a Scone: I wish I could...
idream4u****: isn't that the same thing?
Almost a Scone: ...

He gives me a very basic, completely and utterly dumbed down definition of sewing, and I told him to google knitting to see the difference.

idream4u****: u still take that thick thing and move it up & down with a stick

*sigh* Do you guys have this problem? How do you deal with explaining to the less crafty people what it is you do in your free time?
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Policy on posting crafted items not yet received? on: July 03, 2006 05:50:47 PM
I just made something that I'm really proud of, and want to see what other people think about it... but it's for a swap, and it'll be a long time until I send/my partner receives.

Can I still post it on Craftster in its appropriate category (not in the swap gallery, but the reconstructed clothing gallery, for instance), and maybe post a warning in the header to my partner, or should I just wait the month until she gets it?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cupcake and crossbones hat! on: June 02, 2006 06:53:55 PM
This is my first hat ever, so... well, the cupcake is a little crooked. Tongue  

Anyway, I was inspired by the Cupcake swap and had to make my own cupcake goodies. Today I made this!



Close up on the cupcake...



All in all, I'm pretty proud of it, though it was a huge pain.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Craftster as Therapy swap on: May 15, 2006 06:42:54 PM
Inspired by this thread --- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=95107.0

A lot of us use crafting to relieve our daily stresses and depression, so why not have a swap based on it?

My ideas for possible things to exchange so far...
-Things we make ourselves to relieve our own stress (the item itself doesn't have to be stress-related; if knitting relieves anxiety, make your partner a scarf!)
-A stress or stress relief-related item we make ourselves (stuffed hot water bottle cozy, etc)
-A storebought item that cheers us up, that we think might help our partner

Anyone up for this? Any other ideas?


Interested craftsters, to simplify things...
almostascone
jaybirdiscrafty
IzzyBella
shylitlegoddess
rbeforee
Sandylin
libby2595
TheRehn
indieanajess
ladybugger
RubyTuesday
casslyra
freisss
cinderly
ElvenOne
Yooper Hill
radiationbaby
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rubber and Chainmaille purse! (lots of pics) on: April 26, 2006 05:49:25 PM
Over the past few days, I had a random burst of creativity and decided to make a purse entirely out of chain maille.

It's not very heavy, as the black rings are neoprene rubber and the silver rings are aluminum.

Please excuse the crappy cell phone pictures, my mom stole the digital.

The whole purse...


The bag part...


Strap detail...


Bag detail...
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