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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Kitty Nomming Lorenzo on: April 29, 2010 10:25:35 AM

This is Lorenzo, despite his fierce appearance,  he is a gentle soul, and one of his favorite past times is nomming on Kitties. Unfortunately, I do no have any felines in my household, and ferrets are not his cup of tea.  All of this has made Lorenzo a bit depressed.  So a friend of mine has decided to adopt Lorenzo, and soon he will be one his way to sunny California.  Where he will have fun in the sun, and has a nice 18lb kitty waiting.

I don't have any "action" shots as of yet, but as soon as he reaches his destination, I'll post pictures as soon as I can.

A friend of mine has seen my Monster ferret beds in the past, and commissioned me to make a cat bed for her.  She gave me creative freedom with the design as long as it can fit her big kitty.  After a month of working on him off and on, he is finally ready to be sent to her.

I am excited and this really is the largest plushie I have made so far.  I learned alot of what works and doesn't while making this.

I really love the way it turned out, and I may make one for my ferrets. Tongue

He is made of various corduroy and heavy cotton fabric.  The "tongue" is a removable cushion and cover, so it can be cleaned when it gets dirty.  

I also used plastic boning, to help give it support, but in the end I had to add additional support, which is okay because it looks like "ribs" on the interior.

Of course I was way over zealous with this project I did not take any progress shots. >.<  I need to get better at that.

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Futurama Brain Slug Head band plushie on: April 20, 2010 11:58:30 AM
Inspired by losingstreak brainslug, I made this one.  I actually made this last Halloween but never posted it, don't know why.   I used to work in an office, but they didn't let me wear it as it was "unprofessional", even though clients never see me and I was holed away in the back of the office in what I called "the cave", but whatever.  

I love Futurama, as it is one of my favorite series to have playing in the back ground as I craft.  I've even developed a habit of wearing while I craft. LOL  I just love it that much.

It's made of Green Wool Felt, and attached on an extra head band I had laying around.

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Crafting is the best kind of Procrastination on: March 04, 2010 09:55:15 AM
I have loads of projects and other important things that I should be doing right now. One of which is looking for gainful employment ( I have, but it seems I am over qualified for lower paying jobs, and waiting to hear back from the numerous design positions at the moment), as well as finishing a pixel postage stamp quilt ( Which is driving me insane...).

So what do I do? Meet Clarence the newest member of my Amigurumi Army.

4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My Entry of the Penny Experiment on: February 13, 2010 01:08:31 PM

 I joined an artist collaboration called Penny Experiment .  It is an "experiment" where one penny will be turned into $1million in food donated to food banks.  More information can be found here, where the original Penny was sold for $10, then changed to 100 pennies.  The first 100 of the pennies are set aside to be placed in the Post card art which will then later be auctioned off for money to be donated to food banks.

There were no restrictions to the collaboration, so the artist were free to do what they wanted.  As long as there was a place where one of the 100 pennies can be attached and that the piece not be larger than an average post card (about 5x7).

Truthfully I was uninspired to design for about month, even having a few failed attempts of ideas.   Then like most artists that I know, I was hit with inspiration late one night.

One of the things that I am good at is hand illustration for Jewelry Design.  I have always love traditional illustration as a media to work with, and sometimes I feel it is a lost art in today's jewelry industry.

I am a huge fan of the art nouveau, whether it is Alphonse Mucha's prints, or Ren Lalique jewelry and glassware designs, even the architecture of Victor Horta.   So designing a piece that is influenced by the art nouveau style was a given.  As as a jeweler, I also wanted to incorporate a way that the purchaser of the piece can also wear it.  I am happy with how it turned out, and now, I am creating a wall base where the piece can be displayed.

Higher resolution images can be found over at my blog. Smiley
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Crayon Roll-up on: January 02, 2010 08:23:44 AM
My first crayon roll-up,  I made this for Carter who is 4-5, I am such a horrible person that I don't remember, who is my boyfriend's sister's boyfriend's son.  Huh  Yeah, I tried.

 I made the applique some time ago, and it just sat on my drafting table waiting to be put on something.  Well, since money is low, and made some of my gifts this year,  and this one was one of it.   Shopping for kids is hard, especially for ones that you only see a few times a year.  I am always hesitant on buying toys, as I remember most toys I would play with for a short time and then forget.  

I decided on a crayon roll-up, since Carter should be starting pre-school, and the last time I saw him he like to color.  Most kids like to color right?

I don't know,  if you can tell by this post, I do not have children, nor have much experience with them.

As an art nerd,&nbsp; I had to organize the colors in ROYGBIV order.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Oatmeal Canister Knitting Needle/ Crochet Hook Organizer on: December 18, 2009 09:04:05 AM
I never got around to making a roll up case for my Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks.  Bored out of my mind yesterday ( recently lost my job ), and tired of my knitting/ crocheting stuff falling out of my yarn basket.  I used oohmybees Knitting Bucket Organizer as inspiration.   Since I never got around to buying a bucket  to make the Knitting Bucket Organizer ,  what I did have was Oatmeal canisters ( my boyfriends eats about two bowls a day so we go through alot of Oatmeal).  So I came up with this.

It fits a bit snug, but I am able to slip my crochet hooks in, but I think if I remake it,  I'll add a bit more .

Let me know if any one wants a pattern, I actually wrote down measurements this time instead of going with the flow.
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi, Einstein the World's Happiest Pup! on: November 13, 2009 11:24:54 AM
Meet Einstein, who I have dubbed the World's Happiest Pup.

Please take note that his name is pronouced like Gene Wilders character in Mel Brooks awesome movie "Young Frankenstein".

If this isn't the face of a very happy pup, then I don't know what is.

His happiness is so great that he is already making new friends,  even Domo-kun is excited.

He is made with cotton and scrap wool yarn that I have.  Eyes are felted on the surface,  since he is intended for a Toy Society drop ( as all my amigurumis are this coming holiday season).

Hopefully his happiness will fill a child's heart this Christmas.

Same with my  other amigurumi, no pattern,  just kind pick  up the yarn and had a go at it.
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Parade on: September 07, 2009 06:26:55 PM
So I have been busy with life.  ( ha aren't we all)  I finally got around to uploading my amigurumi dolls that I have completed this summer.

First off is Winslow.

He is a business professional, you can tell this because of his tie.

I really like how he can stand on his own.

Next is Giuseppe, the tap dancing cat

I have been meaning to make him a top hat and cane, but I just never got around to that.

Now for Frankie Oink

A fellow craftster Wayuki, posted this pattern a while back and I had to try it.  Before I knew it, Frankie was born.

This is Gertie

I figured with a all the boys I needed a girl for the bunch.

And finally Wuu

The angry panda that I finished tonight. 

All of these were done with out a pattern ( except for Frankie).  I don't know how to write patterns,  I just kind of go with the flow of the things.

9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first Amigurumi, meet Geraldo Chu Chu on: December 07, 2008 02:53:14 PM
I always loved crocheting, but never attempted to make an amigurumi, and now that I am a soon to be Aunt I've been thing of things to craft for my soon to be born nephew.  Let me introduce to you Geraldo Chu Chu.  A sheepishly smiling monkey.

Staring out the window at the falling snow. 

Geraldo and Hestia in a deep conversation about the art.

I basically used this pattern, only modifying the ears and adding a tail to create a monkey.  Yarn is a cotton, soft yet durable, since we all know kids are tough on their toys, and he is stuffed with natural cotton fiber I found at the fabric store I go to ( I never really liked the feel of poly-fil).
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Charles the ferret eating Slug (IMAGE HEAVY) on: August 26, 2008 05:59:07 PM

Meet Charles, he comes from the world of dust bunnies and missing left socks.  He recently has taken up residency in my living room. I didn't think much of him moving in, as he never bothered me.

Until I started noticing something different in my living room.  Things where going missing, and not just any things. My ferrets!  That is when I realized what was keeping this sheepishly grinning monster alive...


Which I didn't much mind, because he atleast is keeping  the ferret math down in the apartment, I just don't appreciate it much when he coughs up a hair ball or two around the place. 

More pictures of Charles can be seen over on my crafting Flicker set

Charles is really a sleep sack that my ferret are now using underneath my drafting table in my living room.  Before they were using a plastic bag, so I made this this sleep sack.  Of course I am queen of not making things simple, I decided to continue my theme or ferret eating monster beds. 

I would like to also add that my last ferret eating monster bed got featured on CRAFTzine Blog!
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