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1  Kinda Coraline Repainted Doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: May 29, 2018 01:00:39 PM
For quite a long time I had been wanting to repaint a doll and plucked up the courage to give it a go. It was RedheadWithThread's detailed How To Guide and her Self Portrait doll that was most encouraging, so I finally tried it out. It was my daughter's suggestion to transform a KuuKuu Harajuku doll into Coraline and I immediately thought that was an excellent idea. Mostly because Coraline's eyes are simple doable shapes and attempting realistic eyes on a doll isn't going to happen.

I haven't invested in a respirator mask yet, so this doll has not been sprayed with sealant. The face was drawn on with watercolor pencils and then painted with acrylic paints. She'll most likely hang out on my craft table and therefore it wasn't important to have a permanent face. Besides, this way I can always wipe it off and start all over!

Before painting features:

Mistakes were bound to happen, and mine was realized after I had spent an hour giving her a new face. Take care of the hair before painting the face! I had to struggle to remove the head and then all of the hair, and as a result, the face smudged a bit. Her clothes were thrown together from two pairs of outgrown knit pants and one shirt, generously donated by one of my kids.

Her hair is made from cheap-o blue acrylic yarn that I brushed, and brushed, and brushed. Took longer to do that than the rest of the dang doll!

But in the end, and after correcting her lazy eye, she came out Kinda Coraline.

"Coraline, what are you doing traipsing around the woods with no shoes?" (I attempted shoes. I really did. They were a total fail. Maybe I can commission Patraw to fashion her some kicks... Cheesy)

A big thank you to RedheadWithThread for sharing her wealth of information. Without it, I never would have gone through with it!
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2  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by pottermouth on: May 27, 2018 04:52:38 PM

And, as for WEBS, even though it is less than an hour away (32 miles by the back roads), I have resisted the temptation. And, I think their HUGE tent sale either just happened, or is happening soon. Once I get my craft room in shape, I might treat myself to an actual visit. I should start saving my pennies now!

If WEBS was an hour away from me, I fear all of my money would go there and I'd have to knit myself a yurt to live in and crochet a fishing net to catch my meals.

clm, you know if you need another cake of Mandala I can hook you up.  Wink

Your Crazy 8s is really cool, sheep! I'd love to learn how to dye yarn; yours always looks great!

In hopes of using a crap ton of stash yarn (so I can buy NEW yarn), I'm working up a crazy colorful shawl. We'll see how this goes.

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3  Shabby She Shed in a Tin in Completed Projects by pottermouth on: May 23, 2018 12:36:06 PM
Aren't blank mint tins great? They are one of my favorite things to craft because of the countless ways to transform them. This tin has a chipboard facade from Alpha Stamps glued to the front to make a wee house. (I just added siding and shutters.)

The table and chair are made from wire and buttons; one button for the table top, one for the back of the chair, and a fabric button for the seat. I spray painted them white and used acrylic paint to add a pattern on the back of the chair as well as the shutters. Those shutters had been in the stash forever so it was nice to finally have the perfect place for them. There is a shelf inside to hold a few things, and two floral-y lamps made from chipboard shapes. The next tin needs to be a haunted house just to balance out all this pink.

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4  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap -- May 2018 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: May 23, 2018 11:23:10 AM
I also received a card from craftylittlemonkey, and it is hilarious! The card had me giggling already, but her titles for it just sent me over the edge.

"The Pressure of Perfection" or "A Recipe For Disaster" or my favorite, "Cookin' Something Up in Mama's Kitchen"  Cheesy

It's too great. Thank you!
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5  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by pottermouth on: May 20, 2018 01:47:42 PM
Oh my! Lookit all of the shawls! AIMR, yours are truly wonderful. I love, love the autumn colors in your Summer Morning, and the addition of the popcorn stitch gives it nice texture. sheep, the yarn you chose for your Virus is working up beautifully! What kind of yarn is that? Sweet Jennie, you just warm my heart!

I finished an Anna's Shawl some time ago, but my entire family has been sick for what seems like eternity. Of course I chose Mandala yarn because I am determined to use it up this year (there are seven or eight cakes of various colors left...ugh!). The shawl will definitely need blocking as the top edge curls quite drastically, even after it was edged with single crochet. I'm afraid of how big it'll be after that since it is already ginormous. This one will be donated because...well...pink.

Crochet Shawl-Along Challenge Entry: Mother of All Unicorns Shawl
Pattern Used: Anna's Shawl
Yarn Used: Lion Brand Mandala in Unicorn x 2 cakes (1180 yds)
Hook: Size J/6mm
Finished Size: 76" wingspan, 33" or so center to peak unblocked

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6  Re: Color In a Box Swap 2018 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: May 08, 2018 05:53:29 PM
Oh wow! This gallery exploded with awesomeness in no time!

I received yesterday from Mellius01 and she crafted so many incredible items for me! Opening each item was exciting, and I was in awe of her masterful skills. Her cross stitching is unbelievable!

Here is all the loot (so much stuff!) There is an epic tote bag, a cross stitched and a purchased bookmark, sweet rainbow heart patch (on my purse already), a kitty Halloween hoop, Halloween ribbon, a cute gnome, cat patch (stolen by twin #2), Made with Love labels (yay!), a bunch of pretty origami swans, and not pictured is a hamburger cat Squishy (stolen by twin #1). My kids love squishies and were very excited to see that! And finally, the most delicious smelling soap! I love, love handmade soap so very much.

I would've been over the moon if this Hogwarts tote was the only thing in the box. It's incredible!

A Pew Pew kitty/Halloween mash-up! Aaaaahhhhh! How awesome is that?

The beautiful soap:

And, if I HAD to choose a favorite piece in the box, it would be this very sweet, very personal, very original Chaircat Mao necklace. She has a teensy candy corn hat on her head!  Cheesy

Mellius, I can't thank you enough. You rock!
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7  Re: Crochet Shawl-Along (Formerly the Virus Shawl-Along) in Crochetalongs by pottermouth on: May 05, 2018 08:01:49 AM
Crochet Shawl-Along Challenge Entry: The Subdued Irish Hippie or Go with the Flow
Pattern Used: Mystic Morning Wrap
Yarn Used: Lion Brand Mandala in Chimera
Hook Used: H/5.00mm
Finished Size: 51" span, 24" center to peak unblocked because I'm thru with this b*tch

I'm calling this one finished after just one ball (590 yds) for several reasons. It was going along swimmingly until I reached a knot in the yarn, the very first knot in any ball of Mandala I've used, but I frogged, cut out the knot, and kept on. Then I reached the orangy color and right in the center of it there was a long length of the previous dark pinkish color followed by the remainder of the orange. Boo. But I took a hippie attitude and was just going with the flow, it's all good...then got to the yellow. The texture of the yarn became coarse, as did the green, then resumed a soft feel with the blue. Huh Soldiering on! Got through the blue without issues but as I was nearing the end, it was apparent the purple would run out before finishing. That's kinda where my groovy attitude got a bit Irish and there were words. Frogged the purple and made slightly tighter stitches...nope! FIVE stitches too short! Frogged again, this time all of the purple and all of the blue, made tighter stitches and finished with literally 1.5" to spare. I had to have a glass of wine to calm myself.  Roll Eyes

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8  Chaircat Mao She Is in Crochet: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: May 04, 2018 07:56:56 AM

Nine hundred years old I am. Nap I must.

May the Fur Fourth be with you!
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9  Free Motion Octopus with Coloring Tute and Tips in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by pottermouth on: May 02, 2018 07:48:07 AM
Here is a quickie tutorial on how to color free motion embroidery pieces using Sharpie markers and alcohol blending solution or regular isopropyl alcohol. It will also work with hand embroidery, so give it a go!

There is a little bit of prep work before getting to the coloring magic but it's easy stuff.

*Prewash your fabric in a washing machine. I hand washed mine which probably didn't remove all of the sizing, resulting in the ink not dispersing as well on the fabric.

*Gather your materials. Sharpies, isopropyl alcohol or Ranger brand alcohol blending solution (used with alcohol inks), your pattern drawn on prepped fabric and framed in an upside down hoop. I first drew the octopus with a disappearing ink pen then colored some bits with the Sharpies, but you can always just draw your image with the marker. Whatevs...it's art!

*Prepare your machine. The settings will vary depending on your particular machine so play around with the tension and stitch length before tackling your piece. I have an old heavy duty metal Singer that loves to sew at 9 million stitches a second and found that a tension of 2 and stitch length of .5 to 1 worked well. Lower your feed dogs! If they cannot be lowered, cover them with a piece of tape so you can move the fabric around freely.

*Insert your hooped image under the needle bar. You may need to remove the needle and embroidery foot, slide the hoop under the bar, then reattach the foot and needle. With the presser foot up, draw up the bobbin thread and pull it until the end is on top of the fabric. Insert your needle into the fabric and sew a few stitches to secure. Then just follow the lines! (I promise to get to the fun part in a second...)

All done stitching. Snip the weird threads!

Okay, let's see what happens to the ink when we add blending solution.


Happy Crafting!
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10  Re: Color In a Box Swap 2018 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by pottermouth on: May 01, 2018 04:30:05 PM
I'm glad that you like the tentacled things! You got a "deep waters" themed box that started after I made the Kraken pincushion. Here he is, released from his yarn bondage:

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