To me, Craftster means creativity and using that creativity to bring joy into your life and the lives of those you care about. I can't think of any better way to use that creativity than to throw an epic party for someone you love! My husband turned 30 this past weekend, so I crafted it up to throw him the Star Wars bash he asked for. I turned our bonus room into the Star Wars Cantina and we had visits from Jabba the Hutt, a sneaky Jawa, a member of Figrin D'an playing our music, light sabers for the guests, and lots of awesome food. Over all it was a hit. I had to get pretty creative to pull this off under budget, though, lol!
First up is my little Jawa. He was probably my favorite project. He's actually a snowman decoration I got for Christmas a few years ago. He was the perfect size already, he just needed some refashioning. I sewed his robes, loaned him some gloves, and made a mask out of felt, flat back marbles from the dollar store painted yellow on the back, and my favorite part, two little LED cabinet lights. Dollar Tree had them. They're made in two pieces so that you can attach one to your cabinet door and one to the frame. They're magnetic, so when the magnets are apart, the light comes one. I left them taped together until the party and then separated the magnets. His eyes glowed the whole night! cut holes in the black felt just a tiny bit smaller than my marbles, then glued the marbles to the felt and onto the lights. I safety pined the felt to the snowman's face and dressed him up. Best part is that now he can swap between snowman or Jawa whenever I want. That's assuming my husband every gives him back...
This is the little guy all finished up.
In progress, finished, and glowing!
Next up is Jabba. This guy was a true recycle project. I found the fabric for him and the jawa's clothes at Goodwill. Jabba's body is trash bags filled with the packing peanuts and paper that some of my husband's gifts shipped in. His head is crumpled paper taped in a ball and then smushed to shape.
I rigged up the Star Wars Cantina song to loop over and over via a speaker in the corner. In front of that I set up my dress maker's dummy after I'd dressed it with grey slacks, black top, my husbands boots, and some more of my gloves. I threw together the instrument out of a wrapping paper tube, pipe cleaners, and some ribbon. The musician's head is simply printed out on paper and cut out, then pinned to the dummy underneath the collar of the shirt. He also had a Rock Band drum set to accompany himself, lol. The song got old after a few hours, but it was worth it.
Jabba made himself comfy in the window seat.
The cake was supposed to resemble a scene from the first Clone Wars cartoon in which General Grievous fights six of the jedi at once. It was three cakes on separate teirs, connected by rice crispy treat bridges. The idea was that it would look like the planet the ship had crashed on and the debri from the ship. I sprayed the two smaller cakes with silver food coloring spray.
Darth Maul red pepper chip dip from the Wookie Cookies cook book. This stuff was a hit.
Jedi and Sith symbol cookies.
I also made light sabers for everyone out of Dollar Tree pool noodles and duct tape. I saw several different pins on pinterest with this idea, so I winged it from the pictures. It's basically just duct tape wrapped around the end of half a pool noodle and accented with electrical tape. I left one red noodle whole and just put the tape in the center so it was like Darth Maul's saber. Ahsoka guarded the weapons for us until the guys were ready to fight. Somewhere long after dark they decided to go outside and beat each other to death with them. Who says you have to act like an adult at 30?
I also created a special restroom sign so my Jedi would be able to find the restroom without trouble. I Google image searched for Star Wars icons and then created something similar in Illustrator.
All in all I think everything turned out really well. The hubby loved it and his friends all had fun. My cat even made a new friend.
So, I haven't posted in FOREVER so I thought I'd share something for once. I made this for my husband for Christmas. Sejuani and her faithful steed Bristle from League of Legends. She's no where near perfect, but it's been ages since I worked in poly-clay and I was running out of time, lol. All things considered, I'm mostly happy with how she turned out.
The last image is blown out because I'm not used to my new camera yet, but I thought it looked cool, considering the character.
So I have a friend that's obsessed with fountain pens, and she likes to take a lot of them with her when she travels, but she's never had a decent way of carrying them. There are similar rolls online, but we sort of made this one up ourselves. It will hold a LOT of pens (and I think she's already filled it! >.< ) and it has a flap that folds over the tops so they can't slid out or scratch each other up (some of the caps are pretty ornamental). It's music themed because she's also obsessed with music (she plays trumpet professionaly). The heart embroidery on the outside is by Urban Threads!
I've had the fabric forever, since my mom found it and bought me a ton of it, lol. It's suits me perfectly, but I just didn't know what to use it for until now. A couple of my friends and I have recently started yoga and are really enjoying it, so we got some personalized yoga mats from Gaim, so naturally, I needed a bag to carry it in! I didn't use a patten, I just measured m yoga matt, added several inches to each measurement, and went from there. I embroidered my name on it and added a strap and a drawstring. It's also lined. I could have made the strap just a tad longer, but overall, I'm thrilled with how it turned out.
I made this little guy for the Alice in Craftster-land swap, and I loved him so much I decided to give him his own thread! This is the first Ami I've done that I've actually liked. lol. He turned out way better than I envisioned! I had painted his eyes and sewed his grin on by hand. It's just felt. I made him in the Tim Burton colors becaues that's my favorite Chesh! (American McGee's runs a close second though!)
So, I'm snowed out of work, so I figured I'd post my new doll outfit! I made an Alice dress for my Dollzone BJD, Ivy. It's a Gracefaerie pattern that I altered just a bit. I made up the apron entirely on my own, and it's actually a very shimmery material, but that's hard to tell in some of the photos. Socks and shoes are Dollheart. I'm already plotting out the props I could make for a real photoshoot! These were just quick shots taken this morning. C&C welcome!!
So, for some sad reason, this tote took me three nights to make. Sad, I know. I'm still fairly new to the embroidery part, though, so tha accounts for most of it. It took me three hours to embroider this, and I STILL forgot to stabalize it, so it bunchy as all get out. The flash actually hid most of the bunchy-ness, but trust me, it's bunchy. Anyway, I snagged this deisng from Urban Threads back when they offered it for free for Banned Book Week because I just KNEW my friend Marisa would love it. She's a total book-a-holic, and who couldn't use another tote, right? So the idea was born, the embroidery pattern was had, and it still took me months more to get my rear in gear and get started. And then I forgot the stabalizer. Oh, well. I used contact paper in the hoop and the stuck the fabric on that (I'm cheap, and there's NOWHERE in my town to get sticky stabalizer. Or any stabalizer. So contact paper it is.) It works rather well as long as it's not something you're going to wear. I did have issues with my needle getting a bit gummed up and the thread breaking, but I couldn't tell if it was the gooey needle, or the cheap thread I got on sale that was the cause of the breakage. Anyway, it's not much, but I'm proud of it, lol, so here it is.
So, I was going to post this on the sewing general board, but there didn't really seem to be a place to post finished stuff, so I figured here was the next best place. This is a Grace Faery pattern. I wanted to make a new summery dress (posting late, I know. I'm really bad about making stuff and never posting, only lurking, so posting more of my crafts in one of my resolutions!) for my Dollzone ball-joint-doll, Ivy. The boots are from Mimiwoo and the belt and scarf are from Dollheart. So here it is.
After seeing all the other entries, I wasn't sure I should even put mine up, but I figured it was worth it just to share. I wasn't sure which of my pics to enter, but I finally decided on this guy. I took the image on my porch just after it rained. I wanted to try and make it look like one of those "through-the-viewfinder" images, which are taken with a digital camera pointed through an old camera. I don't have the old camera, but I do have photoshop, lol. I upped the saturation and contrasts and added some filters and tried to age the image just a bit. It's much brighter than a TTV image, probably, but I really liked how it came out.
Here it is, please click for a link to a fullview:
Oh, and after you click it for a full view, you may have to click the image to get it to enlarge. You do with explorer. The little magnifying glass icon will pop up if you hover over it. The other two i couldn't choose between were dandylions, lol.
I know there's tons of poppets floating about, but I wanted to show off a bit, too. I made this little one for the FOC Secret Swap and she's been recieved by the loving arms of Kyrie04 so I thought she could have her own thread now.
This is my first poppet, but the only real problem I ran into was that my sewing machine doesn't want to sew the bottom line of stitches as tightly as the top. I can't get the tension right no matter what I do. Let's just say that it does not work to try and tightly stuff a doll when your seams are a bit on the loose side. Ah, well. I muddled through.
I originally planned to make a nature loving poppet with long red hair who loved hikes and the ocean, lol. I had her hair all together and on and was trying in vain to find my stash of shells to put in her hair. Never found the shells. And the more I though about her and Kyrie's profile, the more I wanted the color theme to match the ocean idea, so I cut off the red hair and gave her blue. Still couldn't find the shells. Then I remembered Kyrie liked purples and pinks, so I redid the hair yet again to have blues and purples both. I gave up on the shells. This poppet wanted something different. I could tell. So whilst shopping for some purse closures I ran across the wings and remembered Kyrie liked faeries. Thus poppet's true identity was revealed. I wove some flowers in her hair and beaded a stray strand and gave her her wings and a flowy, shiney outfit. And I finally found some tiny snail shells at the trusty Dollar Tree so I gave her a necklace to commemorate her long journy to faery-dom. And here she is:
Now I just have to make more poppets to go with those spare sets of hair I have laying around! I'm dieing to make myself one and my mom wants one now, too! They're so much fun to make, I'm sure many friends will soon be giving homes to them! Thank you Ghilie for this wonderful pattern!!