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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Lilith the Poppet on: March 05, 2008 09:54:41 PM
Okay, its like 1am on a weeknight and Im still awake- why? Lilith!

This girl was not exactly my first- I have a sewing room littered with poppet parts a torso with two completely mismatched sized legs on a table. Blue arms in a bin. A head with a little bit of hair tacked to it next to my chair. Its almost creepy.

So tonight when I started Lilith, there was no reason to believe things would be different. That was 6 hours ago. About 4 hours ago this poppet suddenly stopped being a bunch of random parts and started becoming Lilith. At that point, I just couldnt goto bed without finished her. Once she was done, she gave me this look saying youre not going to just leave me here naked are you?

So she got a dress.

And then she just looked so cute I had to post her.
So without further ado-

Obligatory nekkid shot!

In all her glory (and a cute sundress)

Oh, and I forgot to mention that shes fairly huge (blame my fear of the tiny twists and turns of a normal-sized poppet). But shes not fat, just big boned!!
Here she is next to a two-liter soda bottle for perspective.

Next on the list is a normal sized poppet, eyelids (no matter how many times I look at the tute- I'm confused), and boobies!

Thanks for looking!!
22  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / The Best Interfacing (or maybe something else)? Please help. on: March 04, 2008 07:40:20 AM
I love big huge bags- I carry normal purse things, plus books and CD's and a dog leash and anything else I need with me throughout the day...

And so I make fairly large tote-style bags to use as purses., and I like them to be rigid enough to stand up on their end.. only they always end up all floppy, no matter what I do!

I've tried some fairly heavy interfacing, and while they start out nice and rigid, with a couple weeks of use- they're as floppy as though I'd not used anything at all!

I recently bought some timtex, and while I haven't used it yet- it doesnt look like it would make THAT much of a difference ultimately...

So what do you guys do? Double-up? Something else entirely?
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Rat Condo! on: January 15, 2008 11:09:56 AM
Here is a picture of a home I constructed for my ratties a few years back. It was made from a bookcase I bought and assembled. Took about a weekend to complete, and they absolutely loved it. Unfortunately I was unable to completely seal the wood and rat pee soaked in, making the whole thing VERY difficult to clean well.

That said, its very crafty, so I thought I would post. Smiley

1. PVC pipe- found at your local hardware store. 
2. Climbing Rope- available at pet stores, check the dog aisle 
3. Ferret Hammock- not just for ferrets! 
4. Bailey Rat- not available anywhere, he's mine! Smiley 
5. Ladder Ramp- constructed from thin Aspen wood planks, with smaller Aspen sticks glued on for traction and grip. 
6. Peices of a broken cinderblock- for natural nail filing andfcool sleeping spots during the summer. 
7. Litter Box 
8. Food & Water 
9. Hanging Wall- complete with rat doorways 
10. Nate Rat- Also not available in stores 
11. Carpet Covered Table- constructed from scrap wood, great for climbing & hiding 
12. Tunnel Ramp- available at your local hardware store 
13. Basket of Washcloths- for digging & hiding & sleeping & burying & .... 
14. Scratching Post- also constructed from scrap wood & carpet
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My First Quilt Ever- (A Frog Quilt for my Gma) on: December 29, 2007 07:58:40 AM
Okay so I wanted to get into quilting, and so I spent almost a year collecting froggy prints online and at stores, because my "Memere" (french-canadian gma) loved frogs, and since she taught me how to sew, I wanted my first quit to be for her.

Daunted by the prospect of actually quiliting on my tiny machine, I opted to do a tie-style quilt this time around. My squares didnt QUITE match up all the time, but in a stroke of creativity, I decided to finish off each tie with a colorful button... covering each and every mistake perfectly.

Its backed in a very soft, warm green flannel. Without any further ado- here it is!!

25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / X-Rated Stuffy/Plushy Ideas? on: October 24, 2007 11:08:19 AM
Hey! I'm hosting a "Passion Party" in a few weeks, and I thought a cute idea would cute little x-rated stuffies as party favors. I want to do things like a stuffed pink penis with the word "Dare To Dream" embroidered on it. LOL.

Anyone have ideas, patterns, pics, etc? Please?!  Grin
26  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Help with embroidery-related question. Please? :) on: October 16, 2007 11:53:13 AM
Hello all- this is a sort of strange request... I dont do embroidery, sewing is more my scene. I make bags, accessories & such, and I'm hoping to start my own store someday. I was offered an opportunity this afternoon- that might help me to raise funds to start my store. And thats where I need some advice!  Grin

I was asked by a needlepoint store if they could commission me to "finish" embroidery projects on pillows & bags for them. They had a couple of samples- looks easy enough for someone who can already sew... but before I agree to anything I want to make sure I know what I'm getting into.

1. Is there anything special I need to know? It seems as though the embroidered fabric is sewn to a stabilizer fabric backing of some sort- and then inserted into a pillow with sort of a frame left in it. Same basic idea with the tote. The embroidered fabrics have a 2-inch (or so) margin to make this possible. Am I missing anything?

2. How much do people actually pay to have this done? The woman quoted me about $100 per project... that seems excessive to me. I suppose if you really want it done and have no idea how to sew... but still- thats alot of money for a pillow.

3. Any good websites I can check out? I tried to google it- but I dont know ANYTHING about embroidery terms, so perhaps I'm not even searching properly.

4. Anything I'm not considering?

Thank you SO much!!! Smiley
27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My Nine Totes on: October 15, 2007 07:11:27 AM
I made some bags over the past few weeks- sorry for all the pics!
Lots of Amy Butler, with some Tracy Porter, and other things from my stash!





Shades of Lace

Sunflower Razz

Violet Fauna



My very first projects posted to Craftster hopefully the first of many!!!  Smiley
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Crazy Quilt For a Beginner- Need Advice! :) on: October 04, 2007 07:57:36 AM
My grandmother taught me everything I know about sewing over the past 26 years. I make clothes, bags, dolls, accessories- and I'd like to give quilting a try.

I think it would be fitting to make my first quilt for her- and she's not the typical gma. She loves bright colors, crazy fabrics, neat ribbons, lacework, oh, and frogs! LOL.

So I'm going to start piecing together a crazy quilt that has all of these elements. I have the basics down- and a couple books. But I also have some questions-

1. What materials can I use together? Cottons I know, soft thin fabrics... but what about a light/soft fleece? The material used for PJ's? There are some wonderful frog designs, and its so soft and wonderful- but will it somehow mess up the quilt as a whole?

2. Can I make a crazy quilt using the tie method- where instead of quilting the back to it, you tie the corners of each square through the front, back & batting?

3. Any suggestions on where I can find hand embroidery patterns, possibly for frogs?

Thank you all!! Smiley
29  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Looking for the perfect pants!! on: October 02, 2007 08:12:09 AM
Okay- so I'm tired of going to the store to spend $60+ on the same pair of black pants over and over again because nothing else seems to fit properly and plus-sized clothing lines are either made for people without curves, or old ladies.

I'd like to make some fun, yet semi-professional, pants out of more interesting fabrics (one of the lower-key Amy Butler prints perhaps)- but I can't seem to find the right pattern.

I'm a fairly proportionate size 20-24 (depending on the day, or style). I'm only 5'4 so more of a petite plus. I like pants that are a bit snugger through the top of the leg, and have a tiny bit of a flare at the bottom of the leg. And I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate elastic waistbands!!!

Any thoughts or suggestions?
30  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Need a gift for a family who has everything, and has given me everything. on: July 29, 2007 08:33:51 PM
Any thoughts/help would be great. I'm handy with a sewing machine, but also pretty good with paper, graphics, other such things.
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