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1  Re: Dotees - Round 10 GALLERY Send out 7/19/10 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by strwberrytart on: August 23, 2010 04:54:22 PM
OKAY Dotee fans! The final dotee has been received! I made this dotee for Angelicus. She currently does not have access to a camera cord to be able to post pics, so I volunteered to show everyone her lovely.


Sorry for the poor quality, but it was the best I could do at the time. She was upcycled using one of my daughter's old sun dresses that she has long ago outgrown. The petals are from the same dining room flower used for Smmarrt's dotee. It is hard to tell but I used gold toned embroidery floss for the outline of the mouth and eyes. And because I think the best things in life have a bit of sparkle to them, I added touches of gold glitter on  each sunflower and around the face. I think she will bring warmth to even the most miserable gray/rainy day.

Thank you all so much for the heart-warming sentiments. Even with the bumps/craters that my road in life has gained, life goes on all around and it was nice to use this swap as a vehicle to merge back into the hectic day to day traffic of things.

Many BLESSINGS from my family to all of you!
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2  May the Crochet Force be with YOU!-->YODA! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by strwberrytart on: August 06, 2010 05:48:28 PM
Hi all! I am new to crochet (one pot holder, 2 scarfs, and one hedgehog) and am a member of a site called swap-bot where you sign up to swap items with people all over the world. For one of my swaps, my partner was a huge star wars fan.
 
PLEASE BE KIND! This is the first thing that I have crocheted without a pattern to go by. I don't have safety eyes or any where locally that I can buy them so his eyes are made from beads. You, unfortunately, can see the brown thread that I sewed them on with but had no idea how to hide them.

I don't know if my partner likes him yet as Yoda has had to travel from KY to Germany and apparently it can take up to 30 days to receive there.

****UPDATE****
My partner emailed me and said that the Yoda was LOVED! She states that the little guy has made a trip to the parents house and received approval from them and the tooth pick walking stick has had to be replaced already because of too much play! I would say he is a hit!

Anyway, on to YODA:
Hood down

Hood up

back/side view of clothing


I attempted to crochet upper and lower eyelids to make the more puffy look of the movie Yoda and I stitched a mouth on him but both looked jankie and so I removed them and just went with eyes. I could not find a twig small enough to fit the tight stitches. I wanted to make a life saber and walking stick out of sculpey but ran out of time trying to figure out the face.

Open to any C&C or advise as to how to possibly improve the face. I want to make another Yoda and a Darth Vader for my daughter to give to her father next X-mas so Please tell me how to make it the best gift she can give him!

Thanks for Looking!
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3  Re: Dotees - Round 10 GALLERY Send out 7/19/10 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by strwberrytart on: August 05, 2010 03:59:50 PM
very very clever--I particularly like the reuse of a bottle!  What a wonderful story of how you created this,strwberrytart!  It is fantastic--the little bones on the tail are just so whimsical!
Totally one of the most fun dotees!!  I love the colors and the use of unusual items!

Can't wait to hear the rest of the details!  Love the mask face!

Thank you so much for the wonderful compliments!

I cant however, forget an=bout my last two swap partners! I received a couple of weeks ago but with my father getting killed in a car accident and then playing catch up with everything else, I have not been able to post pics of the lovelies I have received.

Here is the one I received from Smmarrt.(Her name is Savor)


And here is the one from Angelious. She drew inspiration from my daughter's picture and so I have named 'Tina since my daughter's name is Satina.

Look at the wonderful detail on the back.

Thank you so much ladies for all my dotees! I have really enjoyed making and receiving all these little darlings and hope someday to do this again. I appreciate everyone's patience in my sending so late.


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4  Re: Dotees - Round 10 GALLERY Send out 7/19/10 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by strwberrytart on: August 04, 2010 10:58:46 PM
Here is a full length shot of Smmarrts dotee along with one of the back of her to show off her skull printed cape.


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5  Re: Dotees - Round 10 GALLERY Send out 7/19/10 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by strwberrytart on: July 13, 2010 07:06:56 PM
OH OH! My lovely sister let me use her camera as she oohs and aahs over my yummy dotees and jealously tries to steal them.

First up: Amelina

This little beauty says harmony and sports awesome beads on both the tail and the hanger that are purple on the inside and clear on the out. Sadly it is hard to see the beads well against my lavender kitchen wall but isn't she absolute great? I adore the hint of asian facial features and the swirls of the green fabric are enchanting.

Second: La Diosa de Almas (Diosa for short)

From her delicious curves to her fluffy white hair, I love every inch of her. As soon as I saw her, my first thought was that she is the keeper of souls (in my imagination I feel that she protects all souls until they are ready to transcend and attach to a baby. She has a very wise, grandmotherly look about her and although her eyes are shut, I would not count on much getting past her!)

Sorry it took so long to post pics. These little ladies deserve a great deal of recognition for their beauty and the artists deserve even more. The craftsmanship is wonderful. I cannot say enough about my dotees. There are a lot of really great dotees on here so far but I have to say that the ones I have received are by a million miles my favorite!
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6  The Battle of the Sexes becomes FASHIONABLY ORGANIZED!!((PIC HEAVY)) in CHALLENGE 51 ENTRIES by strwberrytart on: June 02, 2010 12:15:10 PM
So this challenge could not have come at a better time! My sister's 25th birthday was on May 26th and I had NNOOO idea what to get her. She likes anything to do with fashion, glitz, glam, pink, animal print, make-up, etc. The problem was that being an unemployed single mother, doing all I can to scrape by, my budget was absolutely ZERO!

About a week before my sister's birthday, we went window shopping for her b-day so that I could give mom some ideas as to what to get as well. In our local TJ Maxes, SIS found these neat animal print/pink organizers that she fell in love with. They were designed to fit into like your vanity drawer and then there was a wall organizer that had two clear pockets to store jewelry or something and a space above that was one of those picture holder things that have the criss-cross ribbons to hold the photo in place.

Anyway for a three piece set it was going to cost (before taxes) $55.00. Sorry but being the Crafter that I am, I knew that I could make them. So I went home and searched the house for objects that could be used. Because mys sis and I both have a love for all things animal print and because I adore fabric, I have tons of material to choose from. I dug out an old board game from the top of my closet and set to work.

Here are the results. Not many pics in the process:
The Game

The Components

I used the lid, the board, the game pieces, and the white insert. I have enough material to make-over the bottom of the box but ran out of spray adhesive so will need to do that later.
The Fabric

The pink fabric I used was really cool in that it faded from red to pink to white and then finally to black. I only needed the pink portion for this but the bits I used does show some of the fade.
The Drawer Organizers

The big one is almost done, just needs the dividers and still need to adhere the pink fabric to the center of the smaller organizer.
Measuring and cutting the DIVIDERS

I love to craft but get such a headache anytime I have to measure and cut. I prefer to eyeball it but for this situation, measuring was a necessity!
Adhering the fabric to the Game board

Because the animal print fabric was o thin, you could easily make-out the print on the box and on the board. To prevent this, I first used a piece of black cotton fabric as a backing and then the animal print. This way my sis never has to know it was a game board (unless she sees this post!)
Personalizing

As I said before, my sister likes all things glitzy and glam, so I applied one-by-one tiny rhinestones in the shape of a J for her first initial. I also hand painted the original red and blue game pieces pink and then used gorilla glue to stick them on to the hanging organizer to be used as pegs to hang jewelry on. The tips of each one and at the intersection of the ribbon pic holder on top, are more rhinestones. The hanger does not have pockets like the one in the store but it is a lot more decorative as well as useful now. I also included a beveled mirror (originally a tray to hold a candle).

Now the finished product with action shots!
The wall hanging organizer

Sis already has some jewelry on it and a pic of my daughter. She absolutely loved it all and said that the hanging organizer was 100% better than the one in the store.
The finished DRAWER ORGANIZERS!

The dividers are a bit wonky but overall I am very happy with the way it all turned out. Sis loved them. And I still have the bottom of the box to make one more large organizer if she needs it.

Total investment: $0.00
A happy 25th Birthday: Priceless!


Comments are most appreciated!
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7  What is PINK, FURRY, and CUTE all over?(img overload)*updated* in CHALLENGE 28 ENTRIES by strwberrytart on: June 01, 2008 09:27:37 AM
This is my first challenge and I am so excited!

I found this chair at an indoor flea market about two months back. The fabric was a 60's yellow, orange, and split pea soup green that was absolutely hideous. Despite the fact that it basically looked like someone puked all over it, I loved the curves in the chair and the springs were in excellent shape. And best of all the little white price tag pinned to it said that it would be mine for the low, low price of $5.00. ......SOLD!

I took it home and put it in my bedroom out of site till I could find just the right fabric that would both make a statement and would celebrate my colorful personality.


After rummaging through my many boxes of material, I came across this fantastic pink furriness that had been given to me about 3 years ago. It had a really strange shape cut out of one end but I was pretty sure there would be enough. ( just barely!)

Now the fun begins! I removed all the upholstery tacks and took off all the old gross fabric. (The garbage can devoured it quickly!) The original padding was still usable but I add more batting to make it extra comfy. I also spray painted the wooden legs with silver.

With my trusty staple gun, scissors and the fabric in hand, I went to work. After much stretching and pulling, stapling and maybe a little cussing, This is what I came up with!
(BEFORE:)
 

 

(BARE BONES)


(EXTRA BATTING)


(AFTER:)




(pic of back as per your request!)


(here it is with a blue fur rug)


(what is left of the material used)



Please comment and let me know what you think! If you like it, please hit "this rocks"

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8  Cheap Dollar store find to expensive looking wall decor in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by strwberrytart on: May 01, 2008 10:07:50 PM
My mom bought me this not so cute wall mounted candle holder thing form the dollar store. Although I wasn't all that impressed with it, I could tell that it had some real potential.



 My living room is "electric lime green" with white accessories and touches of pink here and there for a more dramatic effect. ( I am not afraid of color!) So I spray painted it white and then hot glued pink rhinestones on each swirl to give it a little sparkle. Bought some 4/$1.00 pink candles, mounted it and now it looks like something you would pay $40.00 or $50.00 dollars for from one of those home decor magazines. The pics don't do the rhinestones justice but you get the idea and I love it!





Please tell me what you think!
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9  From Fireplace Screen to Faux-Window in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by strwberrytart on: May 01, 2008 09:54:53 PM
I was walking around WallyWorld late one night when I came across this three panel fireplace screen on clearance for $21.00(originally $39.00). I loved the scroll work and thought that if I removed the center screen out of each panel and replaced it with fabric that it would make an awesome headboard for my bed.



So I took it home and cut the welded hinges off with my handee-dandee cutting wheel, separating the three pieces. I then spray painted it white. I let it dry over night and went to bed. My mother came over the next morning and saw my work and suggested that instead of turning it into a headboard that I should leave the screen in and hang it on my very blue but very bare dining room wall to create a faux window effect.

I figured I would try it to see how it looked. I wasn't crazy about it but then I remembered that I had a set of 3 cheap dollar store shelves and decided to hang those under the screen to give it the look of window sills. It looked better but something was still missing.

Since my kitchen and dining room are "Aruba blue" and my living room is "electric lime green", with white and pink accessories throughout, I decided it needed a little pink "bling" So I hot glued Pink rhinestones to each of the swirls and Viola! It made the perfect window!
( I still have to mount the screens to the wall so that the center one is raised to show the perfect curvature)

Sorry this is so long winded but please let me know what you think!




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10  My new focal point for my Lime green Livingroom in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by strwberrytart on: February 29, 2008 11:57:05 PM
Hi All! So I just finished painting my living room lime green. (I know it sounds awful but it turned out so cute!) I have a great window focal point with a beautiful view, however I also had a huge blank wall that just screams out for attention. After endless searching for the right piece of art and not really seeing anything that suited my needs, I decided to try my hand at painting.
So on to the artwork that now graces my wall!



Comments welcomed!
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