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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / barbie the destroyer on: May 08, 2009 09:02:53 PM
i really wasn't sure where to post this.  it's not like she will be played with, but she *started* as a toy, so here she is...
i work at a theatre, and every year around st. patrick's day the props and costume shops host a "barbie-que"  where we eat food and display our mad creations using barbie and her friends/family... there have been some crazy, crazy things...  this was my entry this year.  i actually am working on a series of "un-barbie-like" goddesses....
and yes, i had a bit of a mess with the hot glue in one of the corners...sigh..... Sad
well, here she is:
as always, i welcome any comments criticisms etc.

*EDIT*-i wanted to post a link to a pic of my inspiration for this piece:  mother kali, or kali the destroyer is a hindu goddess of death and destruction (which, of course is necessary for rebirth)  in art she is depicted either as blue or jet black (like my piece)
here is a link to my main reference image:
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / the shawl that almost killed me!!!!! on: January 27, 2008 05:56:24 PM
okay folks, this is the first thing i crocheted that wasn't a hat, and my first open work!!!..... it is a modified version of lion brand's half moon shawl (i did 1 less row of the solid rows, and one more row of the open work for each repeat.. as well as single crocheting around the inside to finish)  i used a J hook and caron simply soft in violet and black.. all in all a little under 3 skeins, i believe....
i got down to the last few rows and had to rip out the whole thing because i realized i'd done it all wrong!!!! 
mind you, it took me much less than a week to get almost done with the thing the first time.  since this was probably only my fourth crocheted finished object, i wasn't really AWARE of what crocheting for many, many, many hours, for days on end could actually DO to a body..... long story short, and tons of panic later, i finally finished it!!  put away my hooks for a couple weeks, got myself some nice wrist braces, learned some fabulous stretches, much better posture, and to TAKE BREAKS, and i'm now a happy hooker  Grin

here it is from the back:

the front (please ignore my lame facial expression Smiley ):

and a detail of the stitching:

thank you so much for looking Smiley
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / my first poncho on: January 27, 2008 01:16:43 PM
...i made this poncho for my niece for christmas... she's 9 going on 16, and a REAL girlie girl.... Roll Eyes .... not wanting to be the weird aunt that makes the ugly stuff, i was hoping to find something funky to make for her... and i think i did okay.  she liked it, and it's her favorite colors.... it was a little big, but she'll grow into it.. it's from the lionbrand site, and was done in lionbrand homespun and fun fur!

now, this is my husband modeling... ignore the bad 'shopped crown... he insisted that if i was going to put him on the internet looking like a pretty little princess, that he should have a crown!!  Cheesy

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / skully mohawk hat for my nephew on: January 27, 2008 12:45:59 PM
here's what i came up with for my 7 year old nephew for christmas this year.... he like pirates and rock stars and was so obsessed with his uncle's (my husband) mohawk, i thought i'd give him one of his own  Wink...  yes, it's too small for me, but you get the idea....

 a detail of the skull and crossbones i appliqued on the side:

...and of course, the dorky action shot:

he wore it all christmas eve and christmas day! 

the 'hawk is wool yarn attached to a thin crocheted strip of acrylic yarn... the rest of the hat, including the applique is polar fleece.. the hat is seamed with the mohawk part sandwiched between... to get the mohawk to stand up i threw the hat in the washer and dryer before i did the applique....  i only did one side, the other is just black...
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / wellspring-*possible adult content??* on: September 22, 2007 02:35:56 PM
hi wonderful craftster people!  i'm not too sure where this belongs.... it is technically a quilt, but i've done other stuff with it as well... (embroidery and some gluing)...so mods, please move it if i posted it in the wrong place!!!!

this is something i worked on off and on for several years, and finally finished a few months ago.... i actually could still work on it, but i think  i've said "enough is enough!"  it has gone through many incarnations, and is mostly machine applique, and it is quilted by machine... then the embroidery was added post quilting as well as the scant bits of felt glued on 'cause i was too lazy and impatient to sew the final bits  Roll Eyes
soon i'll take a wider photo so you can see the binding and the way it is hung... my poor camera has gone missing today!!
what do you guys think??
16  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / MOOSE!!!! IMAGE HEAVY!! on: September 22, 2007 02:14:33 PM
well, here's a moose i finished not too long ago... he's all hand sewn and a pattern of my own creation.  i have a couple friends who are obsessed with "meece" (as one of them likes to call them Smiley  this is the prototype so i could work out the pattern... i am currently working on the first "real" one for the first of my moose-centric friends... he'll be mostly machine sewn (except for the bits that can't be) ...and he's paisley Smiley 

i hope the pics worked this time..... i'm not too sure i did it right  Undecided

...hope you like him!!
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / SOCK MONKEY BALL!!! on: July 11, 2007 01:59:11 PM
so, this is my first ever sock monkey.... i made this a few months ago for a sock monkey/ altered barbie party at my work (did i mention that i LOVE where i work Smiley )  he's aiai from super monkey ball with his very own wiimote... hope you like him Smiley



detail of wiimote:

he actually took most of 2 pairs of socks to make... eyes are felt, as well as wiimote and shirt Smiley
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / pleather platypus on: July 11, 2007 01:53:10 PM
...okay, so only his bill is pleather, but it's still fun to say Smiley
this is all my own pattern and created from random fabric bits i had lying around Smiley  unfortunately the main fabric i used is REALLY hard to photograph, so i appologize in advance Smiley  used: brown satin (lining from an old jacket) for feet, black vinyl for bill, tan corduroy (from an old jacket) for belly, and paisley stretch velvet (another jacket Smiley for the body.... actually as soon as i saw the paisley, i knew it had to be a platypus!!!



19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / rebigulated faerie!! on: July 11, 2007 01:39:03 PM
yes, i got the term from professor frink Smiley .... just 'cause she looks like she's a lot smaller than she is (giant button on her skirt, acorn hat, and her sweater is knitted with GIANT yarn)

here's her front:

detail of her wings:

face detail (a little blurry... sorry!):

details of her armlets:

she's mostly my own pattern, but the basic head shape i yanked from a WONDERFUL old book called "stuffed work."
i hope you like her Smiley
20  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / dragony.... where it all began :) on: July 11, 2007 01:20:59 PM
okay folks, here's my VERY FIRST plushie ever!

i made this for my hubby's birthday years ago.....



face detail:

this was all my own pattern, and yes, it's jointed... very loosely 'cause i had NO IDEA what i was doing!!!  it was only years (and several animals) that i actually bothered to look at a book about stuffed thing making... coulda made my life easier, but it wouldn't have been as fun Smiley
hope you guys enjoy!! (and i hope the links work.... first post with them so we'll see Smiley
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