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11  Jointed butterfly stuffie in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: January 05, 2011 03:04:33 AM
This is a present for a friend of mine, who's going through a rough patch.  I can't actually do anything to help, but I *can* make a useless doodad to show I care. Smiley

I only recently learned how to joint a doll, when I made a poppet for a swap which amazingly actually held together and was still in one piece when my partner got it.  So, I was keen to try out my mad new skills AND my shiny new jointing needles.

This little lady is made from five sections - two big top wings, two smaller bottom wings, and a little lozenge of a body - all sewn, stuffed and sealed individually.  There are two joints, one holding the two top wings onto the body, the other the two lower wings.

I didn't use a pattern, and if I were to do this again I'd change the wing shape.  The top ones particularly could have been rounder, they start tapering to a point too soon, giving the butterfly a flattened sort of look.  It's OK, but I was going for something rounder and cuddlier.

Oh, and I also managed to snap clean through the eye of one of the aforementioned new jointing needles while I was trying to get the joints nice and tight.  Apparently I don't know my own strength.

And here's the back.  The fabric's all random blues out of my stash, with more muted ones on the front and brighter, more fun prints on the back.  I wanted something that looked a bit scrappy, but wouldn't look out of place in an utterly non-crafty house.

(Sorry about the teeny tiny photos, by the way.  You're not missing much - I don't have access to the work camera I usually use, and my own's been dropped a few times and will no longer focus.  So they're fairly rubbish.  But you get the idea.)
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12  Button tree in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: January 03, 2011 08:55:03 PM
Mum's birthday was on New Year's Eve, and as usual I'd left it until the last minute to sort out her gift.  I planned to make something in the lull between Christmas and New Year's, but mother nature had other ideas and threw the biggest flood in 70 years at us.

So, in the breaks between extra shifts at work and general panic, I made her a button tree:

The fabric is all from my stash, and the pattern I worked out myself.  I was inspired by the many felted/sewn/knitted/crocheted Christmas tree stuffies that did the rounds of the internet in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  I wanted something that didn't look Christmassey - Mum's had 67 years of birthday presents wrapped in Christmas paper, it's something of a sore point! - so went with something that had less of the pine tree look, and more like the ball-on-a-stick a kid would draw.  I go into tedious detail about the maths behind the pattern over on my craft blog, if you're remotely interested.  But suffice to say it's not so much spherical as sort of bumpy.  The trunk has a jar full of sand in it, for weight and stability.

The buttons and beads are pinned on, rather than sewn.  Partially because it's designed to be used, so I want it to be easy to get the buttons off and new ones on.  But mostly because I was never going to have time to sew them all on.  I used four of those pinwheel containers of fancy pins, and still ran short. Smiley

Nekkid tree, showing one of the few times I manage to get pieces to line up properly:

Thanks for looking!
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13  Re: pick me up swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: November 30, 2010 08:56:01 PM

My wonderful package from SharaStar has arrived...

Here's the centrepiece: gorgeous amigurumi critters!

My favourite:

And a massive swap of extras...

(I've always wanted to have a go at paper lego, here's the incentive to get started!)

And a lovely piece of fabric:
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14  Re: TV Addict Summer Hiatus Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: August 08, 2010 01:47:33 AM
OK, prepare to be blown comprehensively away by the magnificent package I've received from Stephanie.  It's absolutely brilliant in every conceivable way.

Magnificent Doctor Who clock, with a collage face featuring all the Doctors to date on a background of the TARDIS console:

(I've played with the contrast a bit, to make the collage show up better through the glass)

Aaand... in situ in my kitchen:

Lovely sturdy tote, with perfectly rendered QI logo:

A set of notecards...

Each one is different (which I didn't realise at first... so that was a nice surprise hours later when I finally got around to inspecting each one) and has a quote or tidbit from one of my favourite shows. 

I squee-ed aloud like some sort of midlife-crisi-having Stephen Fry fangirl when I found this one:

In honour of this marvelous blooper:

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15  Re: Inchie My Theme Swap in The Swap Gallery by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: July 26, 2010 05:02:06 PM
The last of my inchies have arrived!

From Fuzzy Unicorn:

And from VJP

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16  Re: Dollar Store Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: July 16, 2010 05:43:16 PM

I've borrowed work's camera for the weekend, so here at last are the pictures of my great package fro Deadbathbucky.  Everything was individually wrapped with lovely little notes, but of course I ripped into it straight away so don't have photos of it all wrapped up. Smiley

A set of envelopes???

No!  It's one of those boxes-in-disguise that are usually made out of old books!

And it's full of lovely things!

And a rather weird action shot of the bracelet.  Ignore my pudgy arm.

I asked for a teapot cosy, but since teapots come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, DBD went one better and made *cup* cosies:

And please excuse the crummy photos of this last item, but it's a rather lovely tote bag made from dollar shop cushion covers.  There's a smaller pouch in the front as well as the big main section:

Feather charm on the zip - not sure if this is from DBD's stash, or was on the original item:

And cute little bird details:

Thank you so much!
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17  Re: Inchie My Theme Swap in The Swap Gallery by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: July 16, 2010 05:36:59 PM

I bring pictures of more spectacular inchies, by Imbettingonalice:

And ShannonMB:

I love these hand-drawn ones.  My own inchies so far have all been collagey type things, because I can't draw for toffee, so these are very different from anything I've made myself.
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18  Re: Inchie My Theme Swap in The Swap Gallery by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: July 03, 2010 12:34:48 AM
I have received from four of my partners - CostumeCat and Smarrt midweek, and Najorama and Torilimcadie yesteryday.

Prepare to be amazed... or possibly just frustrated by out of whack images, since I can't seem to find a happy medium between too big to fit on the host site, and too small to do the items justice.  Le sigh.

My themes are birds, Celtic designs, rainbows/colour wheels, positivity, and Top Gear.

Naj went for the birds:

As did Tori:

CostumeCat produced some amazing variety:

As did Smarrt:

(I'm resisting the urge to be a sad fangirl and put the James inchie in my purse!)

I have plans for some of these, involving a wire tree covered in perching bird inchies...

Thank you so much, guys - they're all brilliant!
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19  Re: My fave Cartoon Character Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: November 25, 2009 01:23:53 AM
At last, eleventy million years late, I've finally managed to get camera, cable, and time, so here is the wonderful, wonderful package TwistmySister put together for me:

First, a lovely Betty Boop notebook and a box featuring Jessica Rabbit - I specifically asked for female cartoon characters...

Inside the box, epically wonderful earrings, badge and fridge magnets featuring my fav cartoon in the world, Dangermouse.

The three magnets are Penfold, Dangermouse, and the Spacehopper, and they're very, very good likenesses!

Back to girl toons, a too-sweet-for-words Minnie Mouse tote, sadly modelled by my grotty old kitchen chair:

(We each sent the other totes with bows on them!  Hahahahahahahahahahaaaaa!!!!!)

And, a set of two Rocky and Bullwinkle pillowslips, which are about fifty times cooler than any real R&B merchandise I've ever seen:

The colour's a bit off in the last one - they're actually lime green.

Thank you again, it's all brilliant!

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20  Four star guine pig condo in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by Nobodyhasthisoneyet on: November 05, 2009 09:29:37 PM
I share my house with two of the two most spoilt guinea pigs in the world...

Their favourite activities include eating and growing, and within weeks they'd outgrown their original run, which according to official how-to-raise-guinea-pig data is the right size for two adults.  So, they had a series of cobbled-together extensions and temporary runs, before I put my thinking cap on, gathered hammer and nails, and made their current accomodation.

It's hard to get a decent picture showing how it's put together, so please bear with me.

The room they're in is quite narrow, so I built a 30cm high freestanding mesh wall as long as the room is wide.  At the bottom, the mesh is sandwiched between two slim boards which are nailed together, with a much larger board then nailed to the back (the inside-the-cage side) for stability and strength.  If I want to make the run smaller or larger, I just move the mesh wall forwards or back.

Inside the run is lined with sturdy, good quality lino, which is cut to come up the walls a few inches as well as cover the floor.  The boys are litter-tray trained, but it's better to be sure than have a stained floor!

Here's what it looks like:

Inside, showing the lino coming up the walls:

The lino 'floor' is covered with old towels folded in half, and that covered with a layer of polarfleece.  The boys' are toilet trained well enough that the towels are still clean at the end of the week when I change their bedding, so they just need a light wash to freshen them up.

The big green 'piglo' has a litter tray inside it, and there's also one in their 'kitchen' where the veges are. The run's just been cleaned out and new bedding put in before I took these photos, which is why everything's so clean.  It doesn't stay that way!

And here's what makes it all worth it:

Hello there!
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