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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Three Lil' Cupcakes on: July 12, 2013 12:09:01 PM
I made Lil' Cupcake dolls for the Sweat Shoppe Swap.  

First is Princess Bubblegum with LSP.  LSP is felt.  PB is wearing a lab coat and has a lollipop in her pocket. Why?  For SCIENCE.  Please forgive the photoshopping.  I lurve Photoshop.  



Closer pic of PB, surrounded by her Candy People:



A pretty purple princess standing in a field.



A princess in a castle!



The pattern for the Lil' Cupcake is available on my blog if you want to make one too! http://ghilie.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/img-width375/

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Punk skirt from husbands t-shirts on: March 09, 2013 07:55:10 PM
Hello!  So, I am on the Fashion Detox (http://thefashiondetox.wordpress.com/)until May and I am not allowed to purchase new fashion items.  However, that doesn't mean I can't make them! So, inspired by Randimae's post (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=296439.0#axzz2MywUlQim)  on making a skirt from used t-shirts, I set out to make my own.

My husband has a bunch of t-shirts that he's washed once, and they fit funny, so they hang in his closet.  In the interest of space and recycling, I decided to claim them as my own!

While I liked Randimae's haphazard skirt, I was pretty sure I wasn't going to be able to pull that off.  Plus, I like them to be a certain length.  I made a pattern piece by dividing my lower waist measurement by 8, and then going from there.  I cut 8 of the piece, 4 from each shirt.  I only had two, and a tank top for the waistband.  I kind of wish I had three shirts, but, that's life.  I serged the panels up and then whacked a waistband off an old striped tank top.  I haven't finished the bottom yet, and I may not - depends on what happens in the wash.

I also made leg warmers/boot things from an old sweater, because my calves do not fit into legwarmers purchased from a store, but they do, apparently fit into a sweater sleeve.  Can someone explain why the things for my arms are larger than the things for my legs?  :/

Anyway, onto the pics






This last pic is the pattern that I used and the leftover scraps.

C & C welcome!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / My first ATC's - Would you be disappointed to receive them? on: August 31, 2012 06:13:27 PM
So I signed up for an ATC swap, and then I decided I should learn how to make them before sending them out.  I don't want to disappoint anyone.  Paper crafting isn't really my thing... I usually make dolls.

Anyway, these ATC's have a theme; they are a set of 3.  (I don't know how big sets should be.)  The theme is the poem "Goblin Market" by Christina Rossetti. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goblin_Market  I drew the goblins and colored them with primsacolor markers.  The background is from a lovely watercolor painting of ghost orchids by Kate Osborne.  http://www.kateosborneart.com/

Are these ATC's missing something?  I used a gluestick, and then sat on each one - don't laugh, I read that makes it stick better - but should I finish them in some way?  If you were in a swap with me, would you totally hate them?



4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lil' Cupcake: 12 inch pancake style chibi fashion doll on: May 28, 2012 07:54:17 PM


This is Lil' Cupcake, a chibi fashion doll.  She is three pieces - head, arm and body.  I called her Cupcake because she is a pancake style doll but better, like a cupcake.   Smiley



She has such cute lil ears!



She has thumbs, and her knees,elbows and hips are stitched across so she is floppy.  You don't have to do that though - you could make her so she is stiff legged.  There is an optional stiff bent arm included in the pattern.  Her shoulders are jointed with an internal button joint, like a  poppet.  I think this makes her form more appealing, and easier to design clothing for.

Speaking of clothing - she might be the same size as YoSD sized ball joint dolls, the chunky kind, not the slim.  Unfortunately, I do not have a chunky YoSD... will have to download a pattern or two to see the size difference.



This is her w/o clothes.

The pattern is on my blog.
http://ghilie.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/cupcake-pattern.pdf

ETA: Instructions added: http://ghilie.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/lil-cupcake-instructions.pdf

I am also working on a boy body and heads with different types of ears!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / help me find a McCardell Monastic dress pattern! on: June 25, 2011 05:16:35 PM
As part of my fashion history class, I am writing my term paper on the designer Claire McCardell. (It's due Tuesday.  20 pages.  I started today.  Kill me now.) I have become obsessed within the last couple of days to make my own monastic dress, a bias cut,wide A-line dress.   I want to make it without sleeves.  Anyway, I don't really have time to f**k around with making my own pattern and I was wondering if anyone knew if any of the current pattern companies had anything similar.  Thanks!  

see link: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_3_0bMidBZR4/SnD9jdPeUGI/AAAAAAAAAjU/b78eoiAhiu8/s1600-h/chemise+dress+pattern+3.jpg
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Five-Dollar-Dinner Cookalong? on: December 29, 2010 05:24:05 PM


I hope this is allowed on this board - there are no cooking craftalongs that I can find.

So now that I'm not working, I have more time than money for the first time in YEARS.  I will trade money for time any day of the week.  Of course, now all those convenience foods (that aren't very good for you anyway) stay at the supermarket.  I have to actually cook dinner now, and I am trying to keep each dinner under $5.  Sometimes I fail, like my $7 potato/broccoli/cheese soup.  Today I made tuna noodle casserole.

Tuna - .60 x 2 = 1.20
noodles - .50
peas - .40
sauce (old country gravy that needed to be used) - .30
milk - .10
spices (dried onion, pepper, garlic salt) - .30

I actually don't know yet if it's going to qualify.  Calculator time...  $2.80.  Wow, pretty cheap.

So who's with me? 


7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Help! 1 point perspective still life- where does the vanishing point go? on: September 30, 2010 07:15:33 PM
I am taking drawing 1 at the university and it is a singularly frustrating experience. I dont know why I even go to class.  Currently, we are going to the library to do 1 point perspective still life.  The thing is, the instructor doesn't lecture or explain how to do anything.  He says to draw the thing closest to you and from that determine where the vanishing point/horizon line is.  How is this done?  How do you determine the angle if you're drawing the thing closest to you? 

Is there a tutorial anywhere?

help!
8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Roasted Tomato, cucumber and avocado sandwich on: August 11, 2010 05:47:32 PM
Ah, I am posting on a new board.  Hi, all.  First, a picture that looks good enough to eat (it's not a sandwich because I don't have any actual pictures of the sandwich):



Now the story.

So, I have this monster tomato plant in my back yard.  It's growing everywhere.  Here's a picture of it tentacle raping my green pepper plant, the only survivor of three.



As you can see by the grass, I am probably the laziest and most organic gardener that ever lived.  All I do is water and pick veggies.  I tend to think that the grass keeps the plants from drying out.  So naturally, because I am a lazy gardener, I tend to have some of the ugliest tomatoes ever picked.  Now they taste lovely, but I can't serve them.  So every week I have to do something with them, and today, I decided to roast some tomatoes.



There they are all chopped up and ready to go, and they become the lovely deliciousness that you see in the first picture.  I put them in the oven at 400, with some olive oil, garlic salt, Italian seasoning, dried onions and chives and pepper.  Then I went out to eat with Mr. ghilie and forgot to turn off the oven - I had to drive back from the restaurant and turn it off. 

Now I also have a cucumber plant, and I don't eat a lot of cukes.  I've been sharing them with my boss; she loves them.  But recently my plant stopped producing and this is the last of my cucumbers.



It's sooo ugly.  Seriously, what is wrong with this thing?  Really, does anyone know?  I was afraid it would taste bad so I didn't give it away, and it's been sitting on my counter for awhile.  Finally I chopped it up today.  It didn't taste bad, so that's a plus, but I really need to use it up. 

So, my recipe!  I discovered this when all i had in the fridge was roasted tomatoes and cukes from the garden.  A sandwich made from the two is fantastic.  You can add mayo or butter or, if you're vegan, mushed up avocado.  Cheese is great too, I use extra sharp cheddar.  Yum!  The roasting really brings out the sweetness of the tomato, and the cucumber adds this extra crunch that is really great. 

So, that's it, my discovery!   Cheesy

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A poppet and a punkin on: August 07, 2010 07:36:20 AM
A poppet and a punkin.  I made the poppet for the poppet amigurumi swap - there's more photos of her in the swap gallery.




And the punkin.  He puts the punk in punkin.



I want to give him a spike collar and cuffs but I don't know where to go to get the supplies.  Does anyone know where to get spikes?
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / I want a stamp. Does anyone want a stamp? on: August 05, 2010 05:55:26 PM
I want a stamp.  Actually, I want three, that each say ghilie and are three different fonts/sizes.  Problem is - I can't make a stamp.  Well, I probably could, but it would suck.  So let's have a stamp/something else swap.  What should we swap for stamps?
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