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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Tissue Paper Wreaths on: November 13, 2010 11:03:24 AM
Love it! I too have a gray Chicago window. What store was it? Smiley
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: felt weighted companion cube on: December 30, 2007 07:16:58 PM
This was a triumph. I'm making a note here: Huge success.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Mini Master Chief !! on: December 30, 2007 07:14:42 PM
He is awesome. But we know you are just crying that he is ugly so people will tell you he is awesome. But he is. Cheesy
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Silly Girl Doll, Stuffed Dinosaur and Little Bunny No-Mouth on: December 30, 2007 06:52:08 PM
Christmas was fast approaching and I still needed gifts for my cousin's three kids. So I turned to the Internet for quick toy patterns.

The tutorials list in this section of Craftster brought me the Silly Girl doll, which seemed perfect for Lauren, who is four. Here's the tutorial.

http://missyballance.typepad.com/crafty_carnival/2007/02/free_doll_patte.html

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. Smiley

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? Smiley
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 20 ENTRIES / Re: feed the birds, tuppence a bag on: August 12, 2007 09:48:58 PM
This is my favorite of this challenge. Love the hungry bird!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: -IMG HEAVY- A bag a day for a month on: July 22, 2007 09:44:35 PM
Those are awesome, and you've gotten great craft fair advice! Only one more thing I would add -- make a few little kid bags too. Little girl purses, maybe a little boy tote or two, or a backpack a kid would like. Kids dragged along to craft fairs are SO BORED and will pull their moms over to your table if you are the only one who has anything that would interest them.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Heroes: The Board Game on: July 15, 2007 03:50:26 PM
Awesome! How do you play? What do the cards tell you to do, etc?
8  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: Adapted Stripes [and Stripes] forever scarf on: March 11, 2006 09:42:05 AM
Ooooh, I gasped at the pretty. All those yarns are lovely!
9  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Re: One-Skein scarf on: March 11, 2006 09:20:33 AM
That's really beautiful! Love the yarn!
10  CROCHET / Crochetalongs / Re: Unseamly Sweater from Happy Hooker on: March 05, 2006 11:23:27 PM
I'm using Caron Simply Soft too! Berry Blue. That stuff is indeed simply soft. They could still come out with nicer colors, but the brights are an improvement over the original colors. I wonder if it's something about the chemical formula needed to make it so soft that makes the colors so unfortunate.

This may well be very foolish, but I thought it might be fun to try it... I went with the turn it upside down and decrease for a couple rows option. Hey, if it doesn't work out, I'll know not to do that with the fancy version.
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