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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My Little Pony - Big McIntosh Felt Applique Hoop on: May 31, 2014 10:49:47 AM

Oh, Big McIntosh. You are my absolute favorite and I have a not so little crush on you. (That's not creepy, right?)

This cutie was made with felt, thread, and a thrifted hoop (so cheap). I found a large image online and traced him, paying attention to keeping each part distinguishable (his hair, body, yoke, etc). I cut out each piece and just pieced him together! I was lucky in that I already had all the colors I needed from a previous project. I finished off the back with some yellow felt and some apple fabric. This was my first time finishing the back of a hoop, so I do need quite a bit of practice there.

Enjoy! Do you have a favorite pony from the 'new' series?
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Little Yoshi on: January 13, 2014 05:01:38 PM

I have a very special place in my heart for My Little Pony. I also have an equally special place for pop culture, geekery, and all around weirdness. I've seem amazing custom My Little Pony toys around the internet for a while and always was amazed at how freaking incredible they were! (Have you SEEN Mari Kasurinen's work?) So when I picked up a handful of G3 ponies at a thrift store the other day, I knew that I was going to have to try some out. This little guy was originally a G3 Breezy.

Yoshi seemed like a good first option. No rehairing (I tried once on a Barbie and the thread broke halfway through the project. Broke my heart.) and the painting would be simple enough. So I blocked out a Saturday and made this little guy! I have a couple progress pictures on my instagram http://instagram.com/unicornwhiskers, so check that out if you're interested.

I used super cheap Acrylic paints and some sculptey clay. And love! Lots of love. <3
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Link Plushie - The Legend of Zelda on: April 06, 2013 01:51:47 PM
In the recent Gaming Swap, I was lucky enough to have a partner who wanted a plushie. I love making plushies more than more things, so I was SUPER stoked. One of her favorite gaming franchises is The Legend of Zelda, so Link was the obvious choice! I didn't try to make his specific to a particular game, but tried to keep him classic.

He's made of a wool blend felt, the body is machine sewn and the clothing, etc was hand sewn. I forgot to measure him before I sent him out (stupid stupid), but I think he was roughly 10 or so inches tall.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Smaug - The Hobbit embroidery - on: December 27, 2012 02:53:45 PM
Inspired by bastetblue's Smaug embroidery, I wanted to do something similar for my dad for Christmas. I grew up reading The Hobbit with him and my sister, each of us taking a handful of dwarves and speaking their lines. So thanks for the idea! Smiley

This piece is 10" in diameter and took...I don't even know how many hours. A lot of episodes of Anthony Bourdain and Dirty Jobs. The seed beads are numerous, to say the least. I don't know what I would have done if the thread had broken and they all escaped. Cried, probably.

Thanks for looking!

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hand Painted 'The Legend of Zelda' Triforce Tote on: October 27, 2012 07:53:37 PM
Recently I've really been getting into making painted totes and clutches. It's such a fun and easy way to personalize bags or make your own fabric. This one is one of my first attempts! I've been playing a lot of Zelda games lately and wanted to make a geeky tote! Who knows what will come next...maybe Earthbound or Megaman. Smiley

I used a heavyweight duck cotton fabric and some quilting cotton for the lining. The straps are cotton webbing.
For the paint, I just used some basic metallic craft paint and Martha Stewart's Fabric Medium, which I really like. It makes the paint really sink into the fabric and go on very smoothly. Unfortunately, I live about an hour from any store that sells it, so I have to order it online and pay shipping. Blegh.

Thanks for looking! Smiley

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Ravenclaw Crest Embroidery on: October 13, 2012 06:52:37 PM
Now that my partner in the 'Back to Hogwarts' swap has received, I can share this!

I found the crest image online and drew it in pencil on some heavy cloth. Then came the needlework! This is only my second real attempt at embroidery, so it took a really long time. I really like the way it turned out and would love to make a whole set of house crests. Like an idiot, I forgot to take measurements before I mailed it off.

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Craft/Vendor Aprons - Clashing Patterns in the best way! on: July 30, 2012 03:32:02 PM
These came together rather quickly! Cut out a few rectangles, sew, and you're good to go! All the fabric combinations just fell together, which I think makes for an interesting, colorful look. ( Which has me written all over it. )

This one was made with "Sweet Tooth" by Robert Kaufman, a Japanese glitter fabric with Alice in Wonderland, teal cotton, and some vintage orange lace.

This apron was made with some vintage linens, ice cream fabric, yellow cotton, and vintage trim.

For more details, visit my blog! Smiley
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Small Hip Purse - Hands free shopping bag on: July 21, 2012 01:02:57 PM
At my last workplace, I had a lot of coworkers complain that they couldn't find a small bag with a long strap that they could use for shopping and keep their hands free. And since I was the resident seamstress, they turned to me for the answer (of course). I was happy to do it though, because I had been wanting something similar!

They have a zipper pocket in the front, which takes up the entire front side, and an interior patch pocket. They close with a magnetic snap as well. I was able to figure out the pattern and what I wanted the dimensions to be fairly quickly, so they didn't take too long to make. The strap is long enough to go across the body and it's thin so you don't really notice it there.

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Genie Jafar Art Plush! on: July 18, 2012 02:24:16 PM
The past few days I've been working on making this cute and cuddly Jafar plushie! He's made of wool blend felt, embroidery floss, and polyfill. It took about 6 hours to make him, kind of making up the pattern as I went. Hopefully it won't take quite as long next time, but hand stitching takes time!

He measures about 23" tall and 15 1/2" wide. I'm already planning an Aladdin to go with him! Smiley

10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Velvet and Vintage Lace - Pair of Victorian inspired cuffs on: June 09, 2012 09:41:41 AM
These cuffs appeared in my head yesterday morning, fully fleshed and beautiful. Luckily, I'm a supply hoarder so I had everything I needed to make them happen! I used a high quality, plush purple cotton velvet, delicate gold filigree beads, vintage lace and crocheted lace that I tea dyed (which smelled soooo good), and some interfacing in the middle to give it some more support. They took roughly a couple hours to complete (mostly because this was my first try at making cuffs. I'm sure next time the process will go more swiftly. Let me know what you think! Smiley

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