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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Where the Wild Things Are journal cover on: December 10, 2008 07:16:27 PM
I got the idea to paint a journal for a friend's gift, realizing quite late it's been probably 8 years since I've painted anything aside from a house. Yet I don't listen to myself, and copied a picture from Where The Wild Things Are (a children's book by Maurice Sendak) onto a journal.

The picture I worked from:

I used acrylics (mostly because it's the only paint I had on hand, though it peels like a b...bad thing). Also sealed over n' over n' over with extra-thick spray:

This guy was always my favorite.

I can see the errors/in-need-of-fixing issues (the eyes, the EYES!), but not too bad for a spur-of-the-moment thing.

I hope she likes it ;>.>
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Archie comics clock on: December 06, 2008 03:42:51 PM
Made for a Christmas present. I bought a cheap clock with a wide enough border and covered it in Archie characters. Re-reading the comics, I kept wondering why I liked these so much whereas now they drive me crazy. Poor Archie gets so embarrassed when Betty pays for their dates! Pfft.  Cheesy

  Well, my friend loves them, so I'm hoping she likes this.

And Betty, joyfully skipping around on the second hand (she was always my favorite):

Advice: Make sure the clock works before you buy it. Otherwise you will be horribly angry and have to buy a clock mechanism from Michael's. Raarg.  Angry
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Big Uterus Pillow. on: November 29, 2008 07:04:46 AM
I made this for a performance piece I did as a final exam in my Gender & Theater class. I'm not sure what to do with it now (what does one do with a big stuffed uterus?), but it makes a nice pillow.

posable ovaries!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Look out! It's BUNZILLA! on: October 10, 2008 08:29:53 AM
Hallowe'en is coming, which is the only saving grace to me dressing up my rabbit. But to be fair, he's chewed up enough of my stuff that he's had it coming.

Please note the look of utter disapproval.

woops blurry.

And this is where he hid after escaping.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Rabbit tent! on: September 01, 2008 02:30:52 PM
Rabbits hide under everythingRoll Eyes
 So I made my bunny a little tent/house so he can start to use the shelf on the second floor of his cage. It's just a cube with no 'floor' or bottom panel, with an entryway cut out of one side. But voila, a bunny hiding place. I tied it to the top of his cage with shoelaces, which I still need to trim.

cautiously investigating...


Is yellow really my color?

Knowing him he'll look at it for a week and then start to use it  Grin
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / REM's Michael Stipe on: August 24, 2008 04:33:33 PM
Made for a co-worker, he has a tiny crush (...understatement) on the singer and asked for one, from the gray-shirt-with-a-star-on-it era of REM:

Pro: He's bald, which means I don't have to make hair!
Con: He has stubble.

The star and his shoes are felt and his pants are stretchy black fabric. I tried to make the textures different so it doesn't look like he's wearing footy pajamas on the bottom. Although that would be cute. 
sunglasses are shrinky dink plastic.
stubble is pencil shavings rubbed on lightly with a paint brush.

It never fails, the left eye always looks off. Have since fixed it, although it never looked as bad as it does in this photo.  Undecided

Michael and Beth Ditto like to party

oh god that eye  Angry
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sufjan Stevens doll (Come on! Feel the Illinoise!) on: June 26, 2008 06:25:12 AM
I made this a while ago, I just forgot to post him. A going-away gift for a friend, musician Sufjan Stevens from his Illinoise! album.


& Sufjan:

The left eye looks consistently off, but looking at the actual doll it looks fine. I can't figure it out. Maybe his head was at an angle?

Removable pom-poms!
I made them by sewing strips of fabric to a rectangle of felt. Then I just rolled it up and glued it together, added a little loop for his hands, and there you go. Glue works too but it bulks up the fabric quite a bit, resulting in GIGANTIC POM-POMS. Shocked 

Gooooo Decatur!
It's either now or later.



8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Torchwood dolls (Jack & Ianto - with a surprise!) on: June 17, 2008 05:03:30 PM
Captain Jack Harkness and Ianto Jones from Torchwood. I made these little dolls for a friend, but they do something speeeecial. It also explains why they have no noses. Check it out:

My camera's batteries are crapping out, BUT here they are.
Ianto needs a bit more of a hair trim. My bad. The hair is made from pieces of old teddy bears.

Yee haw, ride that pony!

Jack likes to peruse his own fansites.

Ianto is amused.

Okay, so the reason their faces have 'circles' in the front is because when you put them close to each other...

The circles are actually little magnets, which pull together and THEY KISS! ANIMAL MAGNETISM, BABY!  Kiss

The noses prevented them from 'clicking' together so ... off with their noses. Next time, stronger magnets.

...was it good for you?
Also, Ianto is in pinstripes, which shows up a little better here.

ANYWAY, enough of my ridiculousness. Although I do giggle a little every time their heads click together.  I can't help it.  Grin
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Captain Jack Harkness [Torchwood/Doctor Who] plush doll. on: May 18, 2008 10:39:09 AM
I have a push on to get all my doll requests finished before I begin my summer job, so here's the latest: Captain Jack Harkness, from Doctor Who and Torchwood. Played by the lovely John Barrowman (a sane man's Tom Cruise).

Cpt. Jack:

Doll Jack:

The face was probably the most challenging. It still needs some tweaking here and there. It's not so noticeable here but I did sew a little cleft in his chin.

The suspenders, however, I will never stop loving. They're made out of stretchy elastic straps.

And the first time I've made removable clothing, if only his trench.  Grin

Roses for Ianto?   Kiss


girlfriend has highliiiiiights.
His hair was a little too dark so I took a toothpick and streaked some gold paint through, then rubbed it off with cloth (some paint stays but it's less obvious that I raked paint through his hair  Cheesy )

Add Jack to the stockpile of dolls I've yet to get out to people. Sita, two Krishnas and Colin Meloy from the Decemberists.

Jack, really now.
(if you don't watch the show, Jack's from the 51st century where sex and gender are irrelevant, and as a result he will sleep with anything - men, women, humans, aliens...he's a very well-traveled man).

That's better.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Decemberists - Plush (there be lots o' images) on: May 11, 2008 02:13:48 PM
Someone asked me to make them a doll of Colin Meloy, from the band The Decemberists. Specifically, from the video '16 Military Wives' (see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mbhd4LGR-g)

 So! I gave it a shot.

 Here's what he actually looks like:

 And what I came up with:

 I think I've fixed that wonky eye already. The hair cracks me up, though. The emo slice was easy to render in yarn. Cheesy

The glasses are huge! haha. I used a wire frame, covered that in paper mache and then spray-painted them black. It occurs to me now I can get the same effect by wrapping them in hockey tape.

I actually TIED the little tie. Being a girl who doesn't wear them, I so rarely get to display my tie-tying abilities.

He took his own Myspace photo  Lips sealed

Full outfit

tout fini!

I hope she likes it.  Wink
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