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1  Re: WWP Round 50 - Celestial Litha Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kmichele_craftyfae on: June 22, 2014 07:06:14 PM
I received my package from Andreann yesterday morning and my kiddos and I love everything (well 1 of my kiddos is actually able to voice his love obviously lol)

 Everything all together!

These are my son's goodies! He absolutely loved everything! My son is 9 and is starting to really show an interest in our path and she crafted him his first altar items. She knitted the cutest little elemental beings. She made an altar cloth that reverses to a play mat for the elementals. She even painted a little goddess and god for his altar. She also included a set of candles, a censor, a glass offering dish, and his very own mini blank book of shadows. She also made a bag for his daily adventures outside that he totally loves!

See?! Happy kid and his bag that he promptly stuffed all his goodies into.

My son promptly went to his bedroom and set up his altar. He's quite proud of it. Who can blame him? He did an awesome job.

Then there was a Litha wand that I had pinned on Pinterest that she already had and reworked a bit for me to include a small branch from her 300 year old silver maple tree (super gorgeous!) And goodies for the baby! The cutest little onesie with a pentacle embroidered on it. A sun rattle ball. I adore the dolls that Andreann makes and was tickled pink to see one in the box! She made my baby girl a doll from the receiving blanket she's used with all 3 of her kiddos. It's super sweet and such a special present that my sweet girl and family will just cherish forever.

And of course we can't forget something for the mama!

I am completely in love with my hat! She knitted me a hood that is called The Dragon Watcher. I adore my hat and wear it any chance I get even if it's 90 degrees outside  Grin

Thank you so much mama!! We love all our goodies!!
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2  Crochet Baby Poncho in Crochet: Completed Projects by kmichele_craftyfae on: January 13, 2014 09:18:47 AM
I've been slowly teaching myself how to crochet over the last few years. I've made scarves for both my son and myself and I've learned how to make a crochet wig cap for a couple poppets. But other than those, my crochet projects have been limited to single crochet. Because let's be honest, to a newbie, some of the other crochet stitches are quite intimidating.

I have been in love with baby poncho ( http://thewoollenhippy.typepad.com/blog/2011/05/the-baby-poncho-tutorial.html ) that I stumbled on years ago and never really had a little girl to make one for so the pattern sat bookmarked on the computer forever. But when we found out we were having a little girl, learning a new stitch or two seemed less intimidating because I was just so excited to get to finally make one!

I've learned how to make a basic granny square with this project, as well as how to double crochet, and how to reduce stitches. So all in all, I'd say crocheting is an addicting new hobby since I'm now working on a baby blanket.

I am thrilled with how it turned out and how easy it was. I might just have to scale it up a bit and make one for me one of these days!

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3  Re: WoW Swap Rnd 3 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by kmichele_craftyfae on: September 19, 2012 12:49:41 PM
I got my package from Sylwa today and I absolutely love EVERYTHING! I squealed and giggled quite a bit while opening each item. And of course hubby thought I had gone bonkers but that's besides the point.

A WoW swap wouldn't be complete without a baby murloc! She created the pattern herself and it came out fabulous (I hope you remember how you made it as I know my kiddo will probably start begging for his own once he sees mine lol)!! This one just happened to be my favorite color too!

Next out of the box was a crochet druid bag in my troll druid's kitty colors. It's very roomy inside too!

One of my favorite pieces that Sylwa made for me was a woodburning of my Nightelf hunter Dreyl. It absolutely captured my pretty hunter perfectly! Love it!!

And now, prepare your wisting and pinning fingers! The item that was giving my poor partner such a headache to create and which I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE and am so happy she stuck it out and completed it because it just happens to be another one of my absolute favorites. My druid is what I lovingly call a feral boomchicken (the boomchicken nickname being given to her moonkin form back when hubby and I were raiding ICC with a group of friends) because not only is she boomkin, but she is also my bear. And Sylwa totally captured my druid's bear form perfectly!

All 4 legs are moveable and the head moves too. I think she did a fabulous job! Here's a couple more detail pictures.

She also sent a few extras, a druid necklace and a hunter one as well.

And one final picture of everything all together. I apologize that the picture is slightly blurry. My cat Orion was head butting my leg for attention lol. Thanks for being such an awesome partner Sylwa!

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4  Re: World of Warcraft Blood Elf in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by kmichele_craftyfae on: September 13, 2012 05:58:08 AM
Thanks all. I had a lot of fun with this.

Tanza: I found a couple of videos that helped a lot to figure out how to make a crochet cap. People who make Waldorf style dolls make them a lot to attach hair to the doll. Dancing Rain Dolls has a couple of decent video tutorials on how to create a crochet doll cap http://vimeo.com/3380767. I also found a really good video on youtube on how to do the basic stitches http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqca00LdmAc which helped a lot with figuring out how to actually create the stitches needed to make the cap. There's also quite a few pictures on flickr on how to create a wig cap, but I needed to be shown how to make it (hence the videos lol).

This is a picture of the cap I made before I attached it to the head. You just keep crocheting around and around, testing the size of it on the dolls head, adding more if needed.

And once it is the size you want it, you just tie it off and stitch it to the dolls head. And to do that I just whipped stitched around the edges and continued to whip stitch in a spiral all the way to the center of the head to make sure the cap was extra secured.

From there it was just looping yarn through the different parts of the cap with a crochet hook and attaching it to the cap. Dancing Rain has a tutorial for that too http://vimeo.com/4554532.

Hope that helps  Smiley
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5  Re: The Ongoing Poppet and Punkin-Along in Craftalongs by kmichele_craftyfae on: September 12, 2012 12:16:45 PM
It's been forever since I made a poppet. But I made a Blood Elf for my swap partner in the World of Warcraft swap. Her thread and a picture close up of her face is here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=414180.msg4895024#msg4895024

Now to start drafting ideas for 2 more that happen to be in the works  Smiley
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6  World of Warcraft Blood Elf in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by kmichele_craftyfae on: September 12, 2012 12:12:02 PM
It's been a while since I posted anything, so today is a good enough day as any. For the WoW swap, I made my partner a poppet version of her blood elf paladin in her favorite armor set, black dragonscale mail. It was interesting to try and translate a video game image into a real life piece. But I'm really pleased with how it came out. So much so that I want to make one of my main toon (and a friend of mine wants one of her main toon  Cheesy )

The armor is made out of black felt and I hand painted the details with silver craft paint.

I even learned to crochet just so I could make a wig cap. I have to say it's now my favorite way to attach hair. And I have to give props to my hubby who picked out exactly the right color of yarn that I was looking for without me being with him at the store  Smiley

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7  Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by kmichele_craftyfae on: July 13, 2012 07:40:03 AM
I got my stamps from Vecrutzi today. She sent a set of adorable interchangeable people! How clever is that! And of course my son has already spotted them and has a long list of interchangeable friends that I need to make to go with the ones that she sent. I apologize for the cruddy picture. Lighting in my house is less than ideal most days (seems today is one of those days)

Thanks so much! I adore these little people.
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8  Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by kmichele_craftyfae on: July 02, 2012 10:27:33 AM
I received my stamps from WideEyedLife today. She made me the coolest set of blocks! My son and I had some fun playing with them as well!

Thanks so much!
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9  Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by kmichele_craftyfae on: June 25, 2012 12:19:59 PM
I received my stamps from Witchhippie today. I love them!

A leaf, dragonfly, and a moon. The stamp attached to the cork, is the tiniest smiling cat ever! She also sent a clear stamping block which will come in handy for all my clear cling stamps.

Thanks Witchhippie! I can't wait to use them!
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10  Re: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by kmichele_craftyfae on: June 19, 2012 08:21:19 AM
Yup it's the pink Speedball rubber stuff. I love it! I have some of the white version and don't like it very much. I'm seriously thinking of recarving some stamps that I made for myself out of the pink stuff in stead of the white.

I'm so glad you all like your stamps! They were so much fun to make!

It's funny! IdlersDesign and I received our stamps at the same time. Here's the stamps she made me along with some stickers! How fun!!

As predicted, my son has scooped up the paper airplane stamp and claimed it as his own! LOL

Thanks! I love them all and can't wait to use them!

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