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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Pond in an Altoid Tin on: January 18, 2015 01:49:38 PM
Looks great!  Clever idea!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Nananananana Batman! on: May 26, 2014 05:26:00 AM
Oh he's awesome! I LOVE Bruce Wayne's face. Well Done!
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Shrink Plastic Blue Bird Earrings on: April 18, 2014 07:59:43 AM
Lovely little birds. So many possibilities as gifts for bird loving friends. And thank you for the link.  I was a bit startled at first to see that the pictures were $99 which seems a bit steep  but I realised further down your post that it is actually $0.99.

Whoops -  yeah, I made a mistake there (corrected).
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shrink Plastic Blue Bird Earrings on: April 17, 2014 06:41:08 PM
I've been playing around with some printable Shrinky Dinks lately. I made these blue bird earrings that I love.

Craftster, I must share the place where I got the source image.  If you haven't heard of DoverPictura yet, be prepared to be addicted.  This site is eye candy for image addicts.  They have tonnes and tonnes of image collections that are royalty free, and you can download high-resolution image sheets for $0.99 each. So you pay for use of the image one time, then you can craft, craft away! (I sound like a commercial for this site LOL! I assure you, I'm not affiliated, just a huge fan.  Grin)  Anyhow, if you're into paper crafts, graphic design, shrinky dinks, etc., and you want to be sure you are using images that you have permissions for, hop over here:

I got the blue bird image from here: http://doverpictura.com/collection/0486998541
I ordered image sheet 26 of this collection, which had my bird image and others for just 99-cents y'all!

I played around with some picture editing software and came out with this:

I took this image and a mirror image copy (I wanted the birds to face different directions in my right and left ears), imported them in MS Word to size them and lay them out properly (as well as to 'wash-out' the images as per the package directions).

Print, cut, shrink, then I used Gorilla Crazy glue to sick them onto posts.

They're so tiny and detailed - I love them.

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My version of travel/neck pillows for children... on: March 11, 2014 08:26:53 PM
Aw, I love him! (This is Crafty.Canadian - I just changed my username.)  I look forward to seeing your other versions.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Kid's Bunny Travel Pillow / Neck Pillow on: March 10, 2014 09:07:57 PM
I made a butterfly and a raccoon pillow yesterday. I'll post pics once I buy some stuffing, and stuff them.  I added 2 pouches to the raccoon.  I plan on making a fox, a frog, a dog, a rabbit, and a monkey.  Probably a cat too. 

AMAZING!!! I'm so excited to see your raccoon especially! (It wouldn't be totally wrong to post pics of them in-progress - just sayin!)

Did you use the basic pattern pieces from the link I shared, or did you find another pattern?
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Kid's Bunny Travel Pillow / Neck Pillow on: March 10, 2014 05:41:36 AM
Thanks everybody! This is my face right now ---> Grin
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Kid's Bunny Travel Pillow / Neck Pillow on: March 08, 2014 09:11:44 PM
I totally thought of adding a pocket - and if I make one for myself, there will definitely be a pocket for a pair of ear plugs.  Wink

A snake would be awesome and boy friendly (imaging a snake tongue sticking out!)  I also thought a raccoon would be adorable, with a matching raccoon sleep mask.

I love the idea for a taggy one - my kiddos have outgrown the tag loving stage, but a great gift idea!  (Especially if someone is having a new baby and you know grandma and grandpa live far away.)

Thanks for all the great feedback and compliments everybody (especially stillatthetop - you're too kind!)

This was a great, quick (like I made 2 of them in about 2 hours including photographing the process) and fun project.  I hope some of you try it!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Kid's Bunny Travel Pillow / Neck Pillow on: March 08, 2014 07:18:04 AM

I've got a long, loooong airplane ride with my two and three year old daughters coming up.  I've been brainstorming ways to make their trips (and thereby the trips of the people around them) more comfortable. I found this free pattern (http://hiraganamama.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/travel-pillows-for-children/) for a plain children's travel pillow. Using this basic pattern, I added my own elements to turn it to an adorable sleepy bunny with a super-practical handle. I've included a tutorial of what I did, but I'd recommend you read through Hiragana Mama's tutorial at the link above before starting the steps that follow.

- fabric for the pillow body
(I used some chenille I had in my stash. Polar fleece, flannel or an old sweatshirt would be awesome too.)
- craft felt in various colours
- thread
- ribbon
- stuffing / fiberfill

1. Print out the pillow pattern and my additional pieces. Cut out all the pieces. My pattern pieces require no additional seam allowance. (If you have difficulties printing out the file from Craftster, pop over to my blog http://artisan82.weebly.com/1/post/2014/03/tutorial-kids-travel-pillow-neck-pillow.html and grab it there.)

2. Stitch the ears together with 1/4" seam allowance leaving the bottoms open.  Turn the ears right-side-out.  Stitch the eyes, nose, and mouth pieces onto the face. (Tip: use fabric glue or a gluestick to hold the pieces in place while you sew.)

3. 3. Stitch the face onto the good side of the pillow top (fancy quilting folks would call this an appliqué.)  Be sure to catch the ears in the top seam of the face as shown.  Appliqué the tail onto the pillow top.

4. Transfer the face details onto the face piece with a pencil or dressmaker's chalk.  Embroider them on in a contrasting thread.
             Sidebar:  You could definitely embroider the details on the face by hand.  Lazy person that I am, I used my sewing machine. I set my machine to a medium stitch width and a stitch length just below 1, as pictured.

5.  Cut about 15 cm (6") of ribbon to make a handle.  Pin as indicated.  Sew around the outside edge of the pillow, leaving a space between the ribbon ends to turn and stuff.  (Tip: make sure you don't catch a bunny ear in the seams.)

6. Clip your curves, trim your seams, and turn that bunny right-side-out.  Stuff it and hand-sew the opening closed with a blind stitch. (Tip: If your pillow looks lumpy, try throwing your pillow in the dryer for a bit to pouf up the stuffing.)

... and that completes the pillow.  Here's hoping that this bunny will bring comfort to my daughter during our travels. ;-)
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Horned Sea Owl on: March 06, 2014 06:48:36 AM
Wow! I love your combination of techniques and how you blended them together.  Awesomesauce.
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