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11  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Howl's Moving Castle in a jar on: April 27, 2014 07:30:27 PM
I made this for the Geek Easter Basket swap.  I chose the theme of the basket to be Howl's Moving Castle.  

I painted the scene of Howl eating a star and placed it inside a jar.  I painted the outside of the jar black (except for a "window" on the front and little star shapes all around) so you can only see in from the front.   There is a little tea light behind the "star" so that the jar glows when you turn it on.

you can see the little stars shining through here:

You must open the jar so you can get to the light to turn it on.  Here is a picture of it open:

Here is a shot of the whole basket:
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / 3-D Tardis Hoopla on: April 25, 2014 12:04:50 PM

I made this for the Favorite Doctor Who swap.  I traced the tardis images using two different colors so when I was stitching I would know which one was which!  It wasn't as hard as I thought it was going to be because they kind of lined up really well.  I wonder if it would really work with 3-D glasses?  I didn't have any to try it out with!
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Alice falls down the rabbit hole on: April 25, 2014 11:58:43 AM
I made this as one of the items for the rainbow swap.  My partner likes Alice in wonderland and I had this idea to make a 3-D picture of Alice falling down the rabbit hole with all the objects floating around her.

Alice is made from a McDonald's happy meal Barbie.  I spray painted her and then painted on an Alice-type dress and gave her a new face.  I found little objects in my stash to float around her as she falls--buttons, dollhouse items, etc.

And I had this nice blue metallic paint that I just brushed over the gold frame.  It went together pretty fast, usually I spend much longer on my projects to get such great results!  I really like how it turned out!
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Steampunk Repainted Porcelain Doll on: April 22, 2014 08:50:50 PM
For the Art Doll swap I repainted an old porcelain doll and dressed her up in Steampunk clothes.

When I got her she looked like this:

I comed her hair out with conditioner and styled it again.  That worked wonders!

I painted her face and eyes with acrylic paints. This scratched off really easily so I was very careful and then put a coat of Modpodge over everything.

I made the goggles out of some travel size shampoo bottle lids.  I cut them at an angle with a hot knife and painted them. 

I made her shirt and skirts and corset.  Everything is sewn on, which is much easier than making clothing that can come off.  Also, using felt for the aviator cap, goggles and boots made things much easier too because I don't have to hem them!

I was having a hard time making her shoes until I came up with this boot idea (they are glued to her feet!)

Shas lots of little details:  hooks on her corset, a gear necklace and bag made from an actual clock, clips on her outer skirt, rivets on her sleeves and boots.

My favorite material for this project was the gold leaf paint.  It looks just beautiful, I used it as a highlight on the googles and corset hooks.  Love that stuff!
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Hunger Games Shadow Box-Book on: January 27, 2014 08:34:49 PM
I made this shadow box-book for the Hunger Games Catching Fire Swap:

Boy, did it take forever to cut out the middle of that book.  It was really hard to keep the cuts straight.  I was thinking there must be an easier/better way.  The cuts aren't as nice as I would like them to be--pretty messy looking.  I would like them a little neater.  I printed every symbol I could think of that had to do with the Catching fire book and painted them with watercolors.


One thing I learned from making this:  I thought it would be easier to cut the pages out if I glued the outsides of the pages together first.  I don't know if that really helped but when I was done cutting, I was going to slide the little cut-outs between the pages on the inside but I couldn't get anything between the pages because the glue on the outside really worked and it was too tight! Smiley
16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Hunger Games Bread Scarf on: January 27, 2014 08:19:21 PM

I made this bread scarf for my partner in the Hunger Games Catching Fire swap.  

I used a pattern the Twinkie Chans Yummy Crochet book.  She has such cute food scarves in there.

I came in this little Mellark Bakery bag:

I found the image online and printed it onto iron-on transfer paper so I could put it on this cute little bag I had.
I wanted it to look like your scarf was just picked up at the bakery. I think the bag would make a great little lunch bag too.
17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Stamped Doctor Who Fabric Pouch on: January 13, 2014 08:30:21 PM

I made the fabric for this bag with stamps i received in a swap.  The angel and the tardis were hand carved by spikefan.  The other design was just a store-bought stamp from my collection.  I sewed the bag using this tutorial: http://www.noodle-head.com/2012/06/open-wide-zippered-pouch-diy-tutorial.html
Close-up shot:
And another fabric I made with a different stamp by spikefan:

Don't know what to make out of this yet.
And awhile back I got some Harry Potter themed hand-carved stamps from Oath Keeper in a swap and I made some fabric with one of them.

18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Catbug Earrings on: December 27, 2013 01:11:12 PM
Catbug Earrings

I made these out of shrinky dinks. I colored them with markers before baking. Took a few tries to get them the right size.  After baking, I used E600 to glue them to earring posts.
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Catbug Hoopla on: December 27, 2013 01:08:42 PM
Catbug Hoopla
I made this for my daughter for Christmas, she loves Catbug.  I've never seen the show so I'm not sure what soft tacos and the ladybug-cat is all about  Undecided

20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Gravity Falls Mabel Hoopla on: December 27, 2013 01:05:00 PM
Gravity Falls Hoopla

I made this for my daughter for Christmas (she squeed when she opened it).  It's hard to see the wording on the busy background fabric but it says "I chewed my gum so it looks like a brain".  I love the quote and it is the very reason why my daughter loves that show because Mabel is always saying weird stuff like that.  I made the gum out of Model Magic clay.
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