Only, yeah, that silly girl is not wearing a shirt! Here's my non-topless version:
She was actually a big hit, which was gratifying. Not as big a hit as the animatronic cats that mew and purr, but significantly less creepy, so there's that.
Then I looked for a dinosaur pattern, and did not find one to my liking. So I made one up -- drew a dinosaur onto a manila folder, cut it out of fabric, sewed the tops together from where the leg starts in the front to where the leg starts in the back, then put a folded square against the leg parts and sewed the leg parts onto the other fabric so it had four legs, not just two. Had to re-sew the front and back where the legs met the body after I stuffed it, so there's probably a better technique, but it all worked out. I embroidered the eyes when it was all done, actually, so they're kind of indented. If I'd left myself more time I would have given him spots! But not so much.
Finally, for the baby, I just drew the shape of this bunny directly onto the fabric, embroidered a face, sewed, stuffed, and closed, and ta-da! Little Bunny No-Mouth!
Baby Madeline was very cranky Christmas night. Overtired, or horrified by the no-mouth situation on her toy?
Here's an extreme close-up of my One Skein Scarf. I actually shortened it since I was using bulky yarn, and it's a good thing, because I did use almost all of the skein. (It's Lion Brand Homespun in Grape.)
I bought this yarn in December to make a scarf for my Grandma. I was going to wing it, but I never did get around to it... I plan to see Grandma this weekend, so this worked out perfectly.
GloryB, I totally stole your idea for display racks for the origami ornaments I made for the craft fair at work. And now one of the two I made is atop our TV, looking like the Christmas Tree Of The Future, or possibly a way-too-decorative TV antenna. I used florists' stem wire, a wooden fence post top thing I found in the lumber dept (painted silver), and some gaffe tape to hold the wire on the bottom of the base.
(Since I was making cranes like crazy the night before, I actually had my partner paint the base and curl the ends of the wires. A+ to Jay.) Thanks for the idea -- I gave you props to everyone who complimented me on the display.
YAY! My package from KPeters finally arrived! It was priority mail with delivery confirmation mailed on 1/31, and yet it just arrived TODAY and the PO never had a record of the DC number in their system. These things are not KPeters' fault, nor are her earlier-in-the-month woes.
Here's what I got!
I requested pouches, and Kathleen came through! The one on the left is padded and made of felt. The inside is a sunny yellow; love the bright colors! Also loving the beaded button for a closure -- very pretty! I will use it to keep my iPod cozy and protected in my backpack on the way to work. On the right is a lined fabric pouch with vecro closures. What shall I put in there? Since it's winter, probably chap stick, a tiny bottle of hand wash, and a few tissues. When spring finally arrives, I'll have to think of something more pleasant.
THANK YOU Kathleen! You did a beautiful job.
Here's what I sent:
My partner, Momma Lion 082, requested a wallet, and mentioned liking cats and pink. So, voila: The pink cat duct tape wallet!
The front has an origami cat from the book Extreme Origami by Kunihiko Kasahara. The back has the same cat in reversed colors. (What's extreme about the cat? According to the book, it's the asymmetry. Not exactly mountain biking off a cliff, but for origami...) The origami is taped over with clear packing tape to protect it.
Here's the inside. The ID window on the left is made of clear tape; on the right are credit card pockets.
And because I wanted to try making this, here's a backpack purse. It's crocheted of blue cotton yarn. I made it up as I went along...the flowers on the front were a pattern I found online, though. If you actually end up using it, and it gets dirty eventually, hand wash cold separately, 'K?
Now that my other two swappees have confirmed that they got their bookmarks, here's what I sent to them. I went with an anti-censorship theme.
A bookmark with a Rushdie quote. It says: "Free societies...are societies in motion, and with motion comes tension, dissent, friction. Free people strike sparks, and those sparks are the best evidence of freedom's existence."
One side has a cartoon of a protest by the earnest and committed activist squad Bookmarks Against Closed Books. (They don't like being oppressed.) The other side holds a Bayard Rustin quote. (He was a close advisor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) The quote says, "We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers."
I got my discs from Moncherierin! Yeah, I got two...
for some reason the picture hosting here tends to shrink things so I don't know if you'll be able to read these tracklists, but I'll try because I sure don't want to type all that out. So much music! It's a mixture of current hipster music plus 80s schlock. It's delightful!