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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ariel's Goth Stage Paper Doll on: June 15, 2017 07:49:26 PM
I've just discovered my new favorite quickie craft- articulated mermaid dolls! Alpha Stamps carries a chipboard mermaid doll that can be decorated as simply or ornately as you want, and having the base shape with pre-made holes makes it incredibly easy. All you really need to do is cut out a head and cover the rest with whatever papers you like! I painted parts of my dolls and used papers and collage sheets for clothes and tails, then added bits of fabric and crepe paper.

Naturally, the thought of Ariel the mermaid princess came to mind, but I envisioned her during her unknown goth stage.

Because these dolls can be constructed in a short amount of time, I made Ariel's sister.

It would be fun to have about eight more!

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Warehouse 13/Dr. Potter's Medicine Show Mashup on: June 12, 2017 06:42:28 PM
Here is a little embroidery for bunny1kenobi in the Random Fandoms Swap. It was an interesting idea to combine two or more of your partner's fandoms into one item; there have been some amazing things posted in the gallery! bunny1kenobi had both Warehouse 13 (man, I miss that show!) and Eric Scott Fischl's book, Dr. Potter's Medicine Show, listed as favorites, so it made sense to stick a bottle of Chock-a-saw Sagwa Tonic in a purple gloved hand, thus successfully combining the two fandoms in a semi cohesive way. I think. The embroidery hoop is an old vintage metal one that has been hanging around and it worked well for the theme.

It was nearly impossible to stitch the lettering on the bottle...I had to close one eye and squint.

13   / CROCHET / Ideas for Summer Fun! on: June 12, 2017 02:20:19 PM
I've rounded up a few projects to entertain the kids all summer long.

craftylittlemonkey has crocheted an entire garden for her kids, not to mention a burger and pizza!

How about a checkers set to keep them busy? h_pets360 made a great set for her sister, and added a tutorial on page two so you can make your own.

Or get outdoors and fling a fruity frisbee! cmarion3's soft flying discs can be stuffed in a pocket and taken anywhere.

If you get tired of frisbee, there's always a good ole game of Toss the Bob-omb!! (That's not really a thing, but it could be if you use the tute BunnieBard shared and you made up some rules like for Hot Potato.) It is actually a really cool bag, so there could be prize inside for the winner.

Feeling ambitious? Why not crochet an entire set of Angry Birds like lym81? That's impressive!

You can use these ideas to keep those kids happy or use the tag summer_crafts for more inspiration. Happy summer to you!
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Odd Doctor Olaf's Room of Hodgepodgery on: May 28, 2017 04:57:54 PM
Alpha Stamps has a teensy 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" tall table kit that I had to have because it is a good place to put lots of teensy things.

And then I made a doctor's bag to go with the table and made bitty bits to go inside. The syringes are made from a ball end head pin, thin wire, and a glass bugle bead. The scalpel is a half scale metal knife that I trimmed and filed.

Plus a little shelf with lots of little things.

Then all of that went in a 3 1/4" x 4 3/4" framed shadowbox.

All for no reason whatsoever!
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ron Weasley's Blanket on: May 28, 2017 04:02:26 PM
For countless months, I had been knitting the 80 squares needed to assemble Ron Weasley's knitted blanket to give to my daughter as a graduation present. It was an epic feat and at times I felt it would never be finished. Remembering all I had to do was knit whereas she had to finish college (at least the first four years)...well, that kept me going! I was so through with it that there are only three pics.  Cheesy

Hallie in her blankie:

Chaircat Mao on the blankie:

And a sight I never, ever, no never want to see again.

16  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Chaircat Mao's Viking Helm on: May 21, 2017 05:27:27 PM
Chaircat Mao refused to wear the Mom jeans I made her for May's holiday hat, so she got a Viking helmet instead. Jeans aren't exactly hats, so I see her argument.

"Odin owns you all!"

I'm nearly afraid to go to sleep tonight.

She needs a beard.
17  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Bitty Book of Booze w/Mixing Instructions on: April 26, 2017 06:43:37 AM
Alpha Stamps has this super retro kit called Dapper Gents that is chock full of awesome paper, chipboard shapes of a pipe, fedora, t.v. set, etc., saucy gents, and some suggestive quotes. I was all about that and used it along with a 1950's "Professional Mixing Guide", a pocket manual of cocktail mixing instructions, to make a little book. Actually, it looks like a book but has a drawer that slides out, which is where I included a few ATCs.

I combined the papers and images from the kit with cocktail recipes from the vintage mixing guide for the ATCs. The fronts have handsome gentlemen and randy ladies, as well as the name of a cocktail:

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And on the backs are the recipes and instructions for making the drinks:

Here's the recipe for a perfect "Stubby Collins". Remember to serve with a stir rod!  Cheesy


18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Chaircat Mao's Easter Hat on: April 16, 2017 08:14:12 AM
She was "eggcited" to have a new holiday hat.

"There's a chicken on my head, isn't there?"

Happy Easter!
19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / The Mini Quilter's Nook on: April 13, 2017 06:49:47 PM
After several months of on-again, off-again work, I eventually stopped making junk for this project and declared it complete. Inside an 8" x 6" x 5" deep room box is a minuscule crafter's workroom. There is a vintage sewing machine, a thread cabinet, a (very cluttered) cutting table, and bookcase.

The lid of the room box can be lifted off to gain access to the interior and working with long-nosed tweezers paid off a thousand times over since none of the items are glued or affixed to anything. Even the seed beads in the bronze leaf tray can be removed. This was all good until I remembered it needed to be moved from the craft table to the sun room where I could take adequate pictures.  Tongue Luckily, there was little disruption as I carefully, cautiously, tight-rope walked it to the other room.

Tiny knitting in a basket:

I was excited to have an opening thread cabinet so I could have more space to jam crafty things.

There are a gazillion more pics and a fun "I Spy" riddle for finding hidden items that Kid 3 wrote on my blog if you're interested.

20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES / Needle Felted Circus Lion on: April 11, 2017 06:57:12 PM
Way back in 2014, I was fortunate enough to be partnered with my Craftster Crush, rackycoo, in the IYP 25 swap. She is a big fan of the circus so I decided to needle felt a circus lion pincushion for her collection. Pincushions were my thing back then. This may have been the third (and nearly the last) thing I ever needle felted because it took forever with a single needle. Later on I realized there is a tool with multiple needles that make it go a bit faster. Oh well!

I totally stole rackycoo's pics.

Bum shot:

Thanks for the pics, racky!
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