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91  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / a 1/4 scale apartment livingroom on: February 16, 2008 10:49:21 PM
ok so years ago I wanted a doll house for my dolls.  Yes I am an adult, and I thought they should have an adult house too so I worked a very long time (don't really want to think how long it took me but we'll get to that, lol) 

Shortly after I completed my apartment/livingroom for them we moved 2000 miles across the country, and the movers destroyed my grown up doll house.  The dolls that 'lived here' are around 16 inches tall (roughly 42cm for the rest of the world) 

I didn't even think we had photos of my project anymore but I was looking for photos on my husband's old computer and found these photos buried in there.  I saw others in there too but didn't get them all moved to my thumb drive, hoping I can find the others again. 

I made the 'room' itsself, the shelves, all the contents of the shelves (minus the rabbit) I made the sofa & chaise, and the magazines, the curtains, etc... Anyway it's something i was very proud of even if it died too soon lol.  If I find the other photos I'll post a few of those too Smiley






92  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Girly Nintendo DS lite carry case slightly image fat on: February 12, 2008 12:58:02 PM
So after a few weeks of my daughter carrying her other case I made her, http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=223235.msg2411843#msg2411843 she determined she had complaints, so this weekend I took time to do a complete re-design.  She'll be getting one of these babies for her valentine's day gift from me.  She's seen it, and has no clue she's getting one, and has been walking around pouting that she 'took the first one'  LOL 

So in the new design I completely removed the zipper and changed the overall style of the bag, giving it a shoulder strap so she doesn't have to grip to carry it, and added an exterior pocket for carrying a notebook (or a lipgloss or wallet)  And there are fold down flaps for storing extra games (total of 12, 8 DS type games & 4 advance games)

I love this design even more than the last and am now saving to get myself a DS (I'm dying for a little red one lol!)













93  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer Clay & resin foods edited to add action shots on: February 09, 2008 03:37:38 PM
I'm really not sure if it should go here or not but they all do contain polymer clay pieces so I thought I'd share my foods.

I found these fantastic tiny bowls, and knew they were meant to become little bowls full of food, so I sculpted all the parts and added resin to them for the sauces etc...   Their about 1.5" diameter bowls just for scale reference.

Creamy chicken noodle soup


Beef Stew and Wonton with cabbage


Side view of the wonton and beef stew


Wide side view, includes the ravioli which I didn't include in the top shots (still needs a little work) 


And as promised here are action shots




A side view of the beef stew with background mess to show it's not really being held the right way Wink

And an explination of the why (since many have asked)  I collect Asian Ball jointed dolls, and since they are created to be quite realistic, I thought they needed realistic foods too.  A crash course in BJD - they are 60cm/23.5 inch  resin cast dolls made primarily in Korea and Japan.  The doll featured in the photos below is Lishe from a company called Luts.  You can see alot more photos of the girls by clicking on my website link in my signature Smiley









And with a Quarter for scale purposes


April
94  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Resin Pendants very image obese on: February 04, 2008 04:00:03 PM
I'm taking a break from sewing at the moment, so I thought I'd share one of my other obsessions, that I know sooo many others enjoy too Cheesy.

I absolutely love working with resin and seeing how far I can push the limits of my own creativity.  There have definitely been trials and errors in the process, but the pieces below are some of my favorite from the most recent dive into playing with resin.  I also love sculpting, so I sculpted a few pieces and made some silicone molds so that I could cast things that are uniquely mine. 

I hope you'll enjoy the eye candy as much as I enjoyed making it (I took about 500 photos I'd forgotten how difficult it can be to photograph shiny things lol)  They are all very tiny (the biggest is just a hair over 1 3/8" at it's widest point)



A beautiful little blue cross with gold mica accents cast in clear resin


Love is a dangerous game, what says danger more than a black heart, revolver & snake eyes


Cast in white resin from a heart I sculpted and carved


Cast with pink mica colored resin, from an original sugar skull sculpture


Silvertone crown with pink/black/white accents (cause every girl is a princess at heart right)


Guitar, heart confetti and square pink bead in a heart


Cast from hand sculpted heart and skull, I don't mean for them to turn out looking like the nightmare before christmas Jack, but I love cartoony cute skulls Tongue


This is one of my favorite pieces, cast from a heart I sculpted.


A dainty resin pendant with hand sculpted olives & sparkly hearts inside, because I give you olive my love (I love plays on words)


A small round pendant with a metal plaque inside and hand tinted resin details


A silvertone victorian style cameo with black glitter (hard to see in the photo and the red bit is my walls reflecting on it lol)


small round pendant with hugs kisses and wishes


95  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Pimp my ride swap? on: January 28, 2008 03:39:59 PM
ok so the chances are everyone drives a different vehicle, but there are definitely things that people could use to make their cars a little more 'user friendly'.  And I'll be honest, a little more organized and just overall a little funner than the very limited colors that car interiors are done in.  I'm not necessarily talking seat covers and dashmats, but there are lots of other accessories one could make for the car

IE:  change box for the cup holder, CD organizer, trash bag, Ice scraper cozies, back of the seat organizers, fast food folding lap table for kidos, insurance and registration folder, light weight magnetic bumper stickers, travel pillow covers, light weight fleece blankets, neck pillows for road trips, I think even reusable grocery bags would count as a car accessory, etc... I could go on and on and on lol.   

I would say let's make it a PT Crusier swap since that is what I drive, lol but can't imagine finding enough people to do a make/model specific swap. 

I think it would be best to do like 2 medium items or one large and 2 small items (the small items could be store purchased or crafted, or even personalized store purchased items)  It would need to be limited to no more than 20 people, and the crafting time would be no more than 4 to 6 weeks.

I think swappers would need to provide the following information:
The required information from any swap of course and:
Year, Make & Model of their vehicle.
The interior and exterior color
Their likes & dislikes (not everyone wants to drive around with hello kitty plastered all over their car lol)
Their biggest car pet peeves (a list of 2 to 5) that they would like to resolve creatively
Links to a 3 to 5 crafts they have created, I've noticed many people do not post photos of their work here so it's hard to look at their style
The things that they would like to craft for a swap of this nature.
Any other information that they feel their partner needs to know about them & their vehicle/lifestyle in the car.

Swappers would also be asked to only send their best work, if you wouldn't be proud to keep it you shouldn't send it out. I know its one of those things that shouldn't have to be said, and I hate to say that but I know a few craftsters that are now swap shy because of items not meeting the guidelines for swap item sizes.  I don't want that to sound like it would be discrimination against anyone or even that I am picking on anyone for their crafting levels, but I'd also like those swappers that are now a bit swap shy to not be wary of participating.  There is such a giant mass of talent here on craftster and if everyone just agreed not to cut corners and to present themselves in the best light with their swap package, this wouldn't be an issue at all Smiley

I would do my best to ensure that everyone is matched up by their 'wants/needs' first, then by car model (if possible) and by crafting style.  So swappers would need to be sure to provide enough information so that they could be paired accordingly. 

So is this something that there would be interest in? & while I know that there are potential complaints about the matching by style (which would be the 3rd level of matching), if you can word your criticism of that in a way that isn't inflammatory please share it.  Or any other information you think you could add that would be helpful in organizing a swap like this.

96  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Nintendo DS lite organizer/carry case on: January 27, 2008 10:52:06 AM
So I felt the need to make something in the wee hours of the night and decided I'd make a case for my daughters Nintendo DS lite that she got for Christmas, and well, 2 drafts later I've come up with a design that she is thrilled with and I managed to get a few photos before she snagged it and ran so I thought I would share it here Smiley  I've had an obsession with sewing with this particular fabric lately and she's wanted everything I've made from it so the final version from her was made with these two prints.


The front of the bag, handle could be a little narrower but she likes it just the same


When you open it up you see that there are two straps there to hold the DS in place, but wait there's more!


open the little flap on the inside and you notice space to store 12 DS games and 2 regular gameboy games


And then we have two little pockets in the binding where her extra stylus' fit perfect

Everything a girl could need to tote her DS around in style I think (I'm quite tickled pink with it all can't you tell Wink

Thank you for looking at my project!
97  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little Monster plushies on: January 26, 2008 10:46:42 PM
I made these a few weeks back My son has already stolen them, i love plushies that have the stitched together look so this was a nice fun project for me Smiley  Their quite small the biggest one is 6" across

98  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Any Tips for getting crafting supplies organized? on: June 21, 2007 10:54:02 PM
I'm hoping that I'm posing this question in the right spot.  I'm definitely a craftster to the bone, believe there isn't anything that can't be done DIY style, except for organization, I straight up stink when it comes to putting anything anywhere that it might go. but I'm trying to be better at it lol.

We recently bought a house and I have a fantastic room which is mine to craft to my heart's content in.  The room is about 14'x12' with a 2' x 6.5' closet on one side.  My primary 'craft of choice' is definitely sewing, but I dip into every craft and have the supplies to prove it, lol. My biggest issue at the time being is 'where to put everything'

I have amassed a gigantic collection of fabrics, patterns, beads, props (I work  with dolls), polymer clays, paints, stained glass, etc... and also have quite a bit of finished product (I work from home and sell online so I keep inventory & shipping supplies in my work room too)  So I really need to be more organized than I am currently.

Do any of you have tips/suggestions/photos of your organization/storage solutions that you'd be willing to share?  I'd really like to be able to get in the room and use it efficiently, but at the moment I have the dining table/cutting table set up in one corner and the rest of the room is pretty much still in boxes (almost to the ceiling and about 8' deep and 7' wide).  I'd also love it if it wasn't a scary endavor to show people around the house when they come to visit.  My room is currently referred to as the room that we just don't talk about. 

Any advice or tips would be so greatly appreciated!

April/GothChics

99  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Completely revamping a 1969 rambler> on: May 07, 2007 05:44:52 AM
So this is my big project I have in progress at the moment. We're not near done, but I have been keeping track of the work as we go along, so thought maybe you all would enjoy seeing it as it goes along.  Too lazy (or maybe its worn out lol) to do a full repost of all of it, so I thought maybe it'd be ok for me to share a link.  We're hoping to be done with the house and ready to move in the next 8 to 12 days.  So here is the site as it stands at the moment enjoy and would love to hear thoughts or comments Smiley

http://www.april-doyal.com/house.html
100  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Polymer Foods (hamburger, pizza, petit fours, etc) on: March 15, 2007 10:41:26 PM
I've been working on more faux foods, and I'd love your opnions/critique on them Smiley None of these are larger than 2" in overall size

Burger with fries


The boy burger (meat & cheese only)


The Bacon Cheese Burger


The Cracked Bun Burger


Most of the burgers come apart to show the tomato detail inside (though this shot is a little blurry)


Cheesecake and Black Hills Chocolate Cream cake


Supreme Pizza


Petit Fours


Chocolate & Carmel Petit Fours
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