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11  Sherlock Holmes Box in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by ld on: January 21, 2010 09:28:00 AM
So I told myself I wasn't going to get involved in Sherlock Holmes fandom, even after seeing the new movie and enjoying it immensely.

But then I noticed my desk needed a new stationery box.

As much as I love making decoupaged boxes, it's been a long time since I found a theme that inspired me enough to do one. As usual, this is from scratch, with the exception of the glass-topped unfinished-wood box (which I sealed, painted, and varnished).

Anyone who's seen my earlier boxes knows of my fondness for period maps, so not surprisingly there's one in here, too.

This was a tough one to photograph; there are some faint patches/artifacts on the pictures that aren't actually there in real life, because my camera doesn't handle artificial lighting for close-up shots very well.

Inside, there's...

The gentlemen of the house...

...a c. 1887 engraving of a Stradivarius...

...a "piece" of an 1890 map of London...

...a bit from an 1890s printing of "The Boscombe Valley Mystery"...
(if you look close at the edge of the Holmes-Watson panel here you'll see it's slightly warped due to uneven gluing...I've since removed and re-glued it perfectly flat)

...and Gladstone.

The back is covered in black felt to protect my tabletops.

All in all I'm pretty pleased how it turned out. Now we'll see when I get tired of it enough to start properly putting paperclips and erasers in it...

Authentic Victorian scrollwork and border courtesy of The Graphics Fairy
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12  Re: I Have Not Had My Snowflakes Whitened in Winter Holidays by ld on: December 14, 2009 11:53:56 AM
Thanks for the nice comments everyone!

Poor Stig got left out?  Cool

That's because the Stig...is on this year's TG snowflake  Smiley

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13  I Have Not Had My Snowflakes Whitened in Winter Holidays by ld on: December 09, 2009 03:52:19 PM
I did this one last year when I started my Fannish Snowflakes, but I'm only just now getting around to posting it here  Smiley

Top Gear snowflake, anyone?

Folded paper + scissors. My first time cutting interior silhouettes. There are also two gears in the design.

Flake measures 8.5" wide.

Do you see the guys?
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14  Hand grenades, Resident Evil 5 style in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ld on: November 18, 2009 12:28:00 PM

Life-size plush replica hand grenades, Resident Evil/Biohazard 5 style.

There that's done it.

Original plan was to use metal keyrings for the pull rings, but I wanted something I could safely hurl at the TV when stupid things come on.

Which I totally do.
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15  First Aid Spray (Resident Evil 5 version) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ld on: October 27, 2009 02:43:54 PM
Because I totally suck at this game.

Action shot!
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16  Sofa. The final frontier. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by ld on: August 21, 2009 09:34:47 AM
My TV sofa decided its cushion collection needed some groovy late-'60s SF goodness.

Who was I to say no?



Can't get it with my camera, but Spock's insignia and about half the stars?
Glow in the dark. Ohh yeah.

Acrylic felt + polyfill, all hand-cut/hand-stitched.
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17  Plush Fell Beast (picture-heavy) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ld on: June 05, 2009 11:02:59 AM
A Fell Beast from Lord of the Rings.

Here he is, perched on my TTT:EE box.

His wings are wired one joint further along than my Reign of Fire dragons, which gives them more support and makes them easier to pose. I quite like it, and if I do any more winged creatures in the future they'll be done that way, too.

Tail and neck are fully wired, as usual.

Some closeups of his head. Special shout-out to my friend L Cabrillo, who suggested that the Fell Beast needed visible jaws. And she was right! Once I figured out how to do it, I loved the way it turned out.

Uh-oh. Now I want to watch the movie, but I can't get near the box...
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18  Plush Sims plumbob in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ld on: April 22, 2009 01:22:36 PM
(Say that five times fast!)

Anyone else out there addicted to Sims 2?

It was surprisingly hard to get the colors to look right when photographed.
There are four shades of green, plus white.
Thread is a very pale green.

Colors show up most accurately here.

And one more pic, just for scale (it's 10" tall).

Eternal happiness is now guaranteed!
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19  Felt Lembas in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ld on: April 08, 2009 04:40:17 PM
I love seeing all the clever and great-looking felt foods that people come up with. I don't often get the urge (or is that the patience?) to make them myself, but as a LOTR fan I just had to do this one.

A nice leaf-wrapped package...

Lembas! Yesss!
I've been wanting to get some; I heard you can hike a whole day on one of these.

Wait! What's this?

PIPPIN!! I know it was you!

He's a regular bottomless pit!

Hobbits...can't live with 'em, can't feed 'em to the Balrog...
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20  Friendly Robot! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ld on: March 28, 2009 11:13:29 AM
My current plush project isn't cooperating, so I made this guy instead to cheer me up.

It's a Friendly Robot!

Say hi to everyone!

Here he is letting me know he's found the spool of thread I was looking for.

Here are his little hoverglide pads.

And here he is bringing me a toothpick for my glue.

Thank you, Friendly Robot!
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