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1  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by HandsyMalone on: November 26, 2012 10:23:45 PM
So I dove into this at the start of the month and I decided that I would make myself be methodical and not [email protected]$$ my process just to get it done quickly.  I have been in dire need of stress relief so I chose this as my personal therapy.

There it is, put together as a dry run.  What an insane structure by the way, a million pieces including two pieces of trim that just didn't want to stay in one piece so they got wood glued for their troubles.

The trim, the color of hot chocolate.

This is my copper ceiling, I'm quite proud of it.  Thank goodness I respond with relaxation to detail work.

The bedroom ceiling, kind of reminds me of "Starry Night" which is perfect since one of the downstairs room is getting a TARDIS.

The study ceiling.

Then I had this crazy idea; why don't I make one for my favorite aunt for Christmas?  She's having a rough year, a fairy tale themed house would be awesome.  So I go buy a new one (the house with veranda) and get right on it. 

Exterior color scheme

The dining room (Snow White theme) and kitchen (Hansel and Gretel I think)

The first "stained glass" window which will be for the kitchen

The upper floor will be a library (Beauty and the Beast) and the bottom is another wall of the kitchen

The dining room floor and porch floor

I've actually wallpapered or painted all visible walls, I just don't have a bedroom photo.  That will be The Princess and the Pea.  Cheesy
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2  Re: Longing for New Moon: from Forks to Italy and back in The Swap Gallery by HandsyMalone on: September 06, 2009 09:26:08 AM
Thanks guys!  The painting was actually my favorite part, lol!  Once I figured out how to do it, that is!  I'm so glad that you loved your stuff, I was making myself crazy trying to make things.  Next Twi-swap will be easier Wink
Yay, Emerson Cod!!  I thought it fit, though I had to explain it to both my roomie and my daughter...
Ooh, real quick before I show my photos, there's a tree leaning out of the forest!!  LOL!  I couldn't find my good glue,  and if you'd like to, shove that bad boy back in there until he's upright Cheesy
Oh, don't use ModgePodge first, it will run like a sprinter.  Use the spray first, but only in light coats.  I don't know what the deal is with it, but my printer at least runs and bleeds really bad if I use anything but the spray stuff. 
Moving swiftly on to my photos!  I apologize ahead of time, they were taken on my ironing board, which very much needs me to make something to cover it with Cheesy

A bracelet in the colors of Edward's eyes.  I wore it to dinner with friends the other night. Cheesy

Fluttering Heart necklace

A group shot that has the hat in it (yay!) and bracelet earrings set that I like the best but couldn't get a good shot of for some reason.  This way, they look as green as they are.  You can see them, chillin', on the right hand side of the photo  Wink

A wonderul Jacob themed dream catcher (have y'all seen the "Meet Jacob Black" extended trailer thingy?  *drool*  I'll take one of those, that's the kind of 'young trainee' I can feel perfectly fine about)

Werewolf Kibble!

Meadow bracelet

A red scarf-let

Thirst Quenchers!

Running through the woods
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3  Re: Poppet Hair Tutorial using Saran/Nylon Doll Hair **Work in Progress** in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by HandsyMalone on: July 28, 2009 11:43:19 AM
**I had no idea there was a character limit, LOL**

13.  I use the tip of my needle to split the hair into plugs, like so:

14.  You need to get this plug pointy at the end.  You can dip it in your water, or if you're me and in a hurry, you can do this with your mouth.  LOL, I wash the hair after it's all done.  It needs to look like this:

15.  You need to put a knot in this end.  I apologize for not having better photos for this, I only have 2 hands Wink

Once you get it like this, you can use the little hook to pull all the ends through quickly or you can use the tip of the needle for the same purpose.  Either works well, this is at your discretion.

16.  Now you need to make the other end a point with your chosen method and thread it through your needle

17.  To put the plug into the poppet's head, I reccomend starting near an ear.  Ideally, you should have an idea of how it's hairline will go (widow's peak, high forehead etc).  Basically, you put the needle in and pull it through.  This will have the knot on the inside.  An example of this looks like this:

You'll repeat this all over your poppet's head.  Be sure to put the plugs as close together as you can manage to insure that the hair looks like hair.

A word on hairlines:  Remember that poppet's heads are not in the same proportions as human heads, so the hair is going to 'grow' differently than a persons.  A lot about hair depends on where you put the ears, if you want them to 'sprout' from the hair (like I do) or if you put them low where they're more like human ears.  Either way, you'll need to be conscious of the forehead space, too low and it makes your poppet look less intellegent.  That might be what you're after, but just keep that in mind.

Like I said, this isn't done, but I'll finish it once I get to the next step!  Let me know if you've got questions or comments.  Cheesy
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4  Poppet Hair Tutorial using Saran/Nylon Doll Hair **Work in Progress** in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by HandsyMalone on: July 28, 2009 11:28:39 AM
A while back, I was looking for a way to make hair for my poppet that didn't use yarn.  In case you weren't aware, I needed a way to do short straight hair, and I wasn't able to figure out how to do so with yarn.  No one seemed to know how to go about doing this with 'traditional' doll hair, so I figured that I would be the guinea pig/researcher and figure out a way to do it.

That having been said, I did finally manage to figure out *A* way to do this.  I'm not saying it's the best method, just that it's the way that I'm doing it right now.  Knowing me, I'll figure out a faster 'easier' way at some point.  However, for now, this is how I'm doing it.  It is working well.

Words of Caution:
**I've not finished this head, so this is a tutorial-in-progress.  I have enough done that I'm confident that you bright people can figure out the rest of the process.  When I make it to the next step, I'll post more instructions about parts, styling, cutting etc.

**This is NOT A FAST METHOD.  I'm not kidding.  I don't reccomend this for your first poppet, or for a comission poppet that you've got a deadline for, at least until you get proficient at it.

**Read the whole thing before you get started.  I've made a LOT of mistakes in the process of figuring this out and I'd be sick to think that any of you made the same mistakes I did.

**This sort of hair is bought in hanks, the lengths vary depending on what you're doing (sounds vague, I know, but check out the sites that I've provided links to, I promise it will make more sense)

Ok, now that my warnings are out of the way, on to the instructions!

1.  Get your poppet pieces sewn, stuffed and ready to go.  Do NOT attach the head to the body, but get the nose and eyes done and the head stuffed.

2.  Measure your baby's head around where you think you want their hairline to be.  This is VERY important, do NOT skip this.  Cheesy

3.  According to one of the sites that I looked at while figuring this out, you need about an inch of hair hank to do an inch of doll head.  This is a rule for Barbies and the like, but I feel that it works for poppets as well.  You'll need to have an idea of how long you want the hair to be.  It works like this:
      Poppet A's head is 7" around.  I want hair for her that will be WHEN STYLED about 4" long.  To be safe, I'll say I need 5" of hair, that way I can cut and style as I see fit.  That means I'll need about 35" inches of hair to do her head.  Does that make sense?

4.  Once you've figured out your estimate of how much hair you'll need, find a good supplier.  I recommend either Dolly Hair or Restore Doll.  You'll notice that there are options for hair, for the most part it is up to you which style you choose, if you're going to bake it for any reason, you'll need to get Nylon or it will shrivel like a mad thing.  There are a LOT of color option, and most places will blend two or more together for you. 

5.  Now you wait for them to deliver your hair Wink

6.  Once you've got your hair in your hot little hands, you'll need to gather supplies.  Gather the following:

In this photo, you'll see a glass, a zip-top bag full of water and hair, a cup of coffee (no, not optional Wink), a needle (a use a doll needle) and a tiny crochet hook.  You do not have to have the hook, but it can make life easier.

7.  This is where I'm of two minds about this process.  I cut all my hair before I even started.  I'm not sure that is the best way to do it, but it's not going to mess you up if you go that route.  However, if you over ordered hair, then I'd really reccomend cutting it as you need it so you don't waste any on the off chance that you've got too much.

8.  Take your cut to legnth hair and put it in a bag of water.  Trust me, you'll thank me and you later.  You can also use a bowl of water if that's easier for you.

9.  Reach in your water and grab yourself a chunk.

You'll see in this photo that there is a LOT of free hair making this chunk not sleek, that's ok, we'll fix that.

10.  Grab the hair lightly at the most 'clean' end and strip off the extra hair like such.

Put that extra in your glass for use later.

11.  Most chunks of hair will try to break into smaller pieces on their own.  Pull off one of those smaller pieces.

These smaller pieces usually pull clean as long as you don't think too much about it Wink

12.  That smaller piece will also split into smaller pieces.  This is where this method shows that it was designed by Handsy.  I don't count the hairs in each group.  I found that if I do this, I want to stick a straw in my eye.  Through a LOT of trial and error I discovered that you need to have a group of hair for each plug that is about the same width as your needle, otherwise it won't stay in place. 
Here's what it looks like when you split it into these plugs:

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5  Re: Harry Potter HBP (Sign-Up: 6-1-09 to 6-8-09 Send by: 7-6-09) in The Swap Gallery by HandsyMalone on: July 08, 2009 02:19:50 PM
Alrighty, I got mine on Monday, but haven't had time to get photos until now.  The pictures don't do it justice, my roomie and I were sitting in my bed with my 10 year old exclaiming over EVERYTHING! 

First off, we've got a photo of EVERYTHING on a sheet, in my yard.  Cheesy

Next, we've got a close up, I'll explain everything Cheesy  Starting in the upper left is a really cool Tri-Wizard water bottle and the rest of the little things are magnets that are going on my fridge when I go in to make dinner.  There's House crests, a Hogwarts crest, a magnet of Lupin (I heart is his face), Potter Puff Pals (so adorable) and then some non Potter ones for Twilight Wink

The new items in this photo are an owl applique that is darling, soap from Molly Weasley (no knitting, the boys stole her needles), a bag of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, an origami Snitch (totally the bestest), my very own wand and a Dark Mark to add to whatever I want.

This is a closeup of the wand and Dark Mark

This one has all the little bracelets she made that I'm totally wearing to the premeir (and my roomie has one in there too!  She's going to wear hers as well!) a necklace with Floo Powder in the jar, a better shot of the soaps and the applique.

This photo is of my accpetance letter (very nice) and my origmi Ron and Harry

This has the pair of shorts that have the Dark Mark on them from Snape.  I was going to get a picture of them on, but decided not to encourage him to be a creepy-creeperton Wink

There is also a shirt that says "Seekers do it on a broom" and 3 fantastic potion bottles, but I can't seem to find the photos I took of them.  Maybe *you've* got them??  I'll try to figure out where the photos went in the meantime.  Fantastic package, I LOVE it!!!
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6  Re: Language Learner swap: Gallery of Lingual Delights in The Swap Gallery by HandsyMalone on: July 08, 2009 01:35:30 PM
I survived taking my kids back, having people come and look at my puppies (I've got 2 that are already spoken for, so YAY!) and cleaning my house.  And now, I've got pictures!  I received quite a bit ago, but I had no idea what some of the items were, as my lovely partner pulled "me" and forgot to enclose her note!  LOL!  I'm really forgetful to, so it's all good.  Anyway, I'll post the photos here, tell you what I can about what she made me, and let her fill in the rest.  Cheesy

The first one is candy and other yummies from Australia.  NONE of them have been eaten yet, I told my daughter and roommate not to mess with it until I had the photos taken.  Cheesy

The next one is a closer photo of the CD that she made for me.  Cheesy  Not sure what's on it yet, but I'm sure she'll tell us all!

This one I've got NO clue what the language is, but I believe that it is on tea towels/napkins with a lovely little basket/bag to hold them and keep them pretty!

This one is a shot of everything that I got, in the middle of my yard.  Cheesy

This one I KNOW what it is!  This is a picture book teaching me about ordering ice cream in Italian!  I've looked it over already and am excited, I'm going to teach my kids how to order ice cream in Italian!

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7  Rosalie from Twilight as Poppet...Now with more photos for your pleasure (6/20) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by HandsyMalone on: June 19, 2009 07:27:05 PM
Or How I Learned to Measure
Or Why I Haven't Been Able to Sleep for 5 days


So, I started planning this poppet while making my last one, which was my first.  Smiley  I've learned a LOT about poppets and myself while doing this.  First of all, felt IS acceptable for poppet making, just cut the tail pattern wider than normal and all is fine and dandy.  Second, I really need to stop estimating everything and just measure.  I swear I made her shirt combination 4 times.  And finally, I do NOT like poppet shoes.  Cheesy  That is why she is barefoot, her shoes are still in progress, I WILL finish them tomorrow, I just can't do any more right now.

Anyway, here she is, in all her poppety, big haired glory, poppet does Rosalie.  Rather, Rosalie does poppet, Rosalie is very snobby and wouldn't deign to be mimicked by a mere poppet/mortal Wink  God how I love to hate this character!  Anyway, I actually really like how she turned out, hand painted her eyes, which I'm really proud of.  Cheesy

On to her beauty shots Wink

She wants you to know that SHE did not pick her photo location, nor does she approve of my mess. *sigh*  Brat that she is.  And she is insistent that I post pictures of her tomorrow with her shoes on, since she finds bare feet unseemly.  Wink  I promise I will get some better shots, fix Her Majesty's shoes and hair (I noticed that her bangs are a bit wonky) and put a few shots up tomorrow that are more to her liking.  Wink

Here are the results from her photo shoot and her visit to the shoe store (aka my sewing table)  Let me know what you think!

Rosalie takes over my yard

Rosalie, Jungle Warrior Wink

Keeping an eye out for mortals so our secret isn't known

Getting some exercise and keeping watch

Silly mortals, they never look up

Where did she go? I can tell she came this way
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8  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 4: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by HandsyMalone on: June 13, 2009 09:20:15 AM
Package One Received!

I got this on Monday, but've been so busy with the chiropractor, puppies and house cleaning that I've not been able to get photos together until now.  Smiley  I took these with my roommate's camera phone, as I can't find my camera cable, so I'll have to tell what everything is as we go.

First off, all of it together, hanging out in my yard.  Smiley

Next, we start the best I could do for closeups Sad  Starting in the upper left and moving clockwise, we have a handmade box of hers from South Africa, a package of the coolest cocktail napkins (that's what we call them in the States) with pink and brown elephants on them that she reccomends for decopauge (I'm drooling already), a cute little owl key holder (I love owls, they remind me of my grandmother who collected them for many years), a dangly thing with birds and a bell (it's destined for my living room window) and two candle tarts from Yankee Candle (they smell very yummy!)

Next is a bag of buttons that I think I missed the explanation for (my daughter was AFTER ME to open faster!), a crocheted flower bag (again, said daughter is likely to snatch it, she's 10) and a very cute knitted scarf (I love the colors!  VERY much!  I'm trying to wear more color and less black...I'm not doing so well)

The only item that's new in this photo is the one that I looked through FIRST.  A cookbook from England!  With regional items!  I'm so excited, I want to make pasties, I miss them so much!!!

This last one has nothing new at first glance, but really, it does, I opened up the box to show the 2 shells inside, from her wedding bouquet!!  Very cool!!

Package 2 Received

Here goes nothing!

First we have all of the stuff in its fantastic glory!

Next we have a close up of the yarn that was sitting nice and pretty in a mesh style bag!

Followed by the contents of the second bag, this one sewn, as well as both of the remaining bags.  There are some Rollos (so much better in the Britain than here by the way), beads, a pincushion and a crocheted monkey!

A close up of the beads.  They are colors I need for other projects, so YAY!!

The monkey and the pincushion reclining at their lesiure on the lovely bag

And last but not least, the smaller of the two bags.  I'm having to fight off my oldest daughter for possession of this one, though I might give in if she agrees to back off my Rollos! Wink
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9  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by HandsyMalone on: June 07, 2009 08:13:58 AM
Ok, I finally finished my first poppet.  *sigh*  I had a few minor issues, figured out how to better do things (or at least how NOT to do things) and I'm ready for the next one!  I'm planning on starting today, after I dedicate some time to my current swap that I'm in.  Cheesy  At least I'm mostly done with it...I think.  LOL!  Anyways, on to the link and a teaser pic
Maleah, HM's first poppet

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10  First Poppet ever! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by HandsyMalone on: June 07, 2009 08:04:05 AM
Ok, so I dove in and made a poppet.  *tries to catch breath*  It took a while, probably because I wasn't sure of the process and all that.  I'm not happy with her clothes, I lost my patience yesterday (trying to quit smoking and my 4 year old, who's visiting, was being whiny and naggy) and just sort of threw something together so she wasn't naked.  LOL!  Anyway, I made the wig according to the flicr tutorial listed on the poppet main page.  It's stranded yarn latchhooked on to a crocheted cap.  I think next time, I'll do one less round and use a magic ring for the top of the crown, so it lays a little more flat.  I made eyelids according to the tut I found here, and it made me crazy!  Then I realized that felt was reccomended and wanted to smack my head into the wall for having wasted 4 hours!  Lol!  Oh, and the eyes are 12mm clear acrylic that I painted myself to get the right look.  So, here we go!  Let me know what you think/ask stuff/give advice/constructive criticism/etc.  I've already got the fabric for at least 2 more, planning on getting started on the next one today.  Cheesy  (Oh and I apologize for the clutter on my sewing table and the size of the photos, I need to figure out how to adjust the size on my phone Smiley)

Here we go with photos.  I named her "Maleah" it's Hawai'ian for "sea of bitterness", lol!

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