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21  Doll House made entirely of cardboard - part 1 in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by mieljolie on: January 05, 2011 09:49:25 AM
Not sure this is the right location for this project.  But I had to share what my sweetie made our daughter for Christmas this year.

He hasn't painted it, yet.  He wanted to let my daughter choose the colors and patterns.  He's going to also add some supports to the second floor.

My favorite part of the house is the delicate spiral staircase.

This was created for a challenge he and I set out to accomplish.  We decided that if Santa was buying our daughter store bought toys this year instead of relying on his elves, we were going to make our gifts for to her.  AND...we weren't going to buy any supplies for them.  :O  (I know, you're thinking, "How cheap are you people!", right?)  Well, she loved our gifts.  They were her favorites, even compared with what Santa bought.  Smiley  There are more pics of the mansion on my blog here.  I've posted about mine over in the "Toys, Dolls and Playthings" category here.

Hope your holidays have been the best ever!!
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22  Tabistry Steampunk Corset, Mini Top Hat AND drink dispensing bustle (pic hvy) in Halloween Costumes by mieljolie on: November 04, 2010 12:58:25 PM

I made a steampunk outfit for Halloween.  The underbust corset and mini top hat are made out of can tabs.  

The part that took me the longest was my drink dispensing bustle, which is what I actually wore on Halloween.  Yes, that's right.  For Halloween, I hid two large tanks (2 liters each!) under my bustle and ran hoses to the front to dispense wine and water using a bicycle air pump.  The cutoffs to switch tanks were mounted just under/between my front corset lacings.  It worked pretty good!

You can barely see the cutoffs in front of my corset that were used to switch tanks.

*****  UPDATE  *****

I just shared more about the working of the drink dispensing bustle on my blog here.

Here's a better pic of the cutoffs:

Here are the inner workings of the drink dispenser:

The dress over my bustle was created using two identical thriftstore dresses.  I altered one to tie around my waist, keeping the sleeves attached.  I sewed the ends of the sleeves up to use as giant pockets to hold assorted items I didn't want to carry including 3-20oz. soda bottles for my friends.  Smiley

I didn't get very good pics of the corset and hat at the faire, so I retook some of just the corset and hat today to show the details.

Close up of the handpainted tabs:

Thanks for looking!  Hope you Halloween was as Can-TAB-ulous as ours was!
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23  Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Witch Boots Miniatures!! in Halloween Decor and Parties by mieljolie on: September 30, 2010 07:38:15 PM

Remember the paper mache witch boots I posted not so long ago?  Well, I had a request to try some miniatures.  Not only tiny, but a pair, as well!  See those minuscule things in the bottom right of the pic above?

My mom had attempted to make some of these for her Halloween witch-themed curio cabinet she's been working on.  And, coincidentally at the same time, someone requested that I try some for a doll swap they were doing.  So, working together, mom and I came up with what you see here. 

These tiny terrors stand about 1 3/4" tall and 1 1/4" long from toe to heel.  They're going to be a gift to the person who purchased my "A Little Batty" boot on Etsy.  I hope she and her swap partner like them.

You can read and see more about them on my blog.

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24  Invasion of the Witch BOO'ts!!! - Paper Mache in Halloween Decor and Parties by mieljolie on: September 22, 2010 05:23:25 PM
***** UPDATE 04/03/2011 *****

New boot finished for a personal swap with Cackle here on Craftster:

Total different look to this one.  I'll have another more vintage-style one to show very soon that I made for a different swap.



At least everywhere in my house, that is.  Smiley  I've been meaning to post details about a few of the items I made for the last swap I participated in with one of my favorite themes, HALLOWEEN.  I made my partner a paper mache witch boot, a spell (recipe) book, and some other assorted things that you can view in the swap gallery.    I will eventually post about the spell book.  But for now, here is a pic of the boot I made her:

Back in "08, I created a paper mache witch boot for a "OYP Halloween Swap".  The boot was such a success, I've had a couple people requesting them for other swaps or for sale.  I've since made a mini boot and the larger boot for my last swap partner, MissingWillow, which makes three.  Well, I was so inspired after decorating this last boot, I thought it would be fun to experiment on some more.  I ended up with 3 more boots in different sizes!  Below are some pics after I painted the base coats.

I even decided to try making some shoes, too!  This was really fun!  Does this mean I'm developing a fetish??  Hope not.  Though, I'm not really sure what I'm going to do with all of these.  Smiley

I finally finished painting scenes on the large green boots:

I must say it's getting easier to make these since I started.  I can see a huge difference in the shapes with cleaner lines and less wobbliness.  I just hope I've improved upon the base coat with my painting.  Smiley  Each boot/shoe seems to develop a personality of its own as it gets closer to completions.  I'm almost done with the other two boots, but I'm still stuck on what to put on the three shoes.  The surface area is so much smaller, that I can't put much of a scene on them.  So, I'm still pondering them.  Just maybe I'll have them done before Halloween blows by.  I'll post updates as they are finished.

I've got one other tall boot that is totally different.  I tried to make it more Victorian looking.  I want to paint it more steampunk than Halloween.  We shall see if that happens.

At the request of others, I've just about made up my mind to write up a tutorial to make these.  I will need to get some progress pics, so I guess after the holidays are over, it's back the the drawing board to make at least one more before retiring my creepy cobbler skills.  Smiley

***** UPDATE 09/24/2010 *****

Just finished the little orange boot.  

***** UPDATE 09/28/2010 *****

Last high top witch boot (Tim Burton inspired) finished!

***** UPDATE 10/12/2010 *****

In an effort to keep all these boots together, I thought I'd link the tiny ones mom helped me with here, too.  I'd forgotten all about them.

Now, it's on to the shoes!

***** UPDATE 02/04/2011 *****

I must apologize for leaving anyone hanging on the shoe updates.  As I suspected, I didn't get them finished in time for Halloween.  Oh Well.  There's always this year.  Probably should have focused on one at a time.  Smiley  If you're curious how far I got:

For more info and pics on my progress, check out my craft blog.  Thanks for looking!  Have a Terror-ific Halloween!!
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25  Re: IYP16 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by mieljolie on: July 16, 2010 10:56:34 AM
Just received an awesome Tribal Bellydance/Halloween themed package from first time swapper, MissingWillow!  

Let the swap envy begin...  Smiley

First off is my very own tassel belt!  Yay!  It's beautiful.  The orange tassels match my costume (which is still a WIP) perfectly!   Notice the custom bead she painted for me.  Candy corn on one side and spooky eyes on the other.  I really like the eyes!   Shocked

Below is an action shot of the belt and some crazy candy corn pantaloons she made me to wear under my tribal skirts.  What a hoot!  Going to be perfect with my Halloween outfit when it's finished!  The orange underskirt I'm wearing in the pic will be patchworked with some black and turquoise to make a really full monster overskirt.  I really had to get an action shot these to do them justice, but my photo assistant (Mom) is out of town.  Had to take these myself with the timer.

A really cool voodoo-style necklace inspired by my wist.  Can't put in to words how great it is!   I love it!  Fabulous!  Awesome job!

A colorful set of potion bottles filled with ingredients:

Front row:  Amortentia = Passion Flower, Runespoor Eggs = Tonka Beans, Moonstone = moonstone
Back Row:  Frog Parts = surprise inside!, Flobberworm Mucus Crystals = Salt, Dragon's Blood = really is "dragon's blood" (I looked it up.  It's tree resin used in varnish, medicine, etc...)

Below is what I found in the "Frog Parts" jar.  The cutest little glass frog.

Golden Snitch Pins - in a nicely decorated box from "Quality Quidditch Supplies".  How cute are these!  Each of my family members will get to wear one of the four to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, FL this coming October.

Handmade soap - in the shape of yummy looking pies and a sheep.  Sorry, but nobody in our house will get to use these.  Too cute.  Smiley

Honey - collected from her very own bees. How cool is that!  I had to taste it right away.  She didn't say, but I think it has peach or apricot flavor.

That's not all!  Here's a shot of everything together with two three additional items:

Ghawazee Coat Pattern - which is very cool.  I've been talking with my mom about making one of these for her.  This pattern will be very useful to us.  Wish us luck with our sewing skills.  Wink

Cookbooks!  - These are wonderful!  Every year my sis and I throw Halloween parties as a family get together.  We're going to have lots of fun trying out these new recipes with our daughter whos are finally getting old enough to help out.  The books are illustrated and very cute!

THANK YOU sooooo sooooo much, MissingWillow!  
You did an amazing job on my package.  I hope you will enjoy yours just as much.  I bet it's going to be tough waiting so long to receive yours.  But, I already warned you that I'm going to take 'til pretty much the deadline to spoil you.   Grin
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26  Re: Doctor Who Swap Round 3 (Sign ups June 28 - July 11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by mieljolie on: July 07, 2010 02:01:49 PM
I soooo wish I had time to participate in this swap.  My daughter and I are hooked on the show.  Really miss Tennant, though.  

BTW, just thought you might like to know we spotted no.11 near our house earlier today!  We caught him on camera below:

Hehe.  Click the pic for more images.
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27  King-size Renaissance Garb - Chemise Shirt, Circle skirt and future bloomers in CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES by mieljolie on: July 06, 2010 04:09:04 PM

This bed sheet challenge was a stellar idea!  I'm entering the shirt/skirt set my mom and I made. But, really it's the underskirt I made during this challenge.  I used a pinkish colored King-size sheet set that was sun damaged.

The top is loosely based on Simplicity's 9966 Costume Pattern.  I changed the shape of the sleeves and added fullness and length to the whole thing.  The sleeves have drawstrings at the neck, upper arms and wrists.

The underskirt was made from the fitted sheet.  Pretty much just cut a hole in the center of the sheet and trimmed off the elastic.  The king-sized sheet was so large, the length is perfect for a full length skirt.  Smiley   So, it's a full circle skirt made all in one piece, except the drawstring casing waistband.    

I still plan to make bloomers out of the extra long pillow cases.

We still have a small amount of the flat sheet left over.  I'm thinking a pouch or coif-type thing for her head.  I'm set on using up every scrap.  Smiley

There are more details and pics on my blog.
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28  Tabistry (Pop Tab) Headband and Hair Flowers for Tribal Bellydance Outfit in Costumes: Completed Projects by mieljolie on: May 19, 2010 09:53:56 AM

My tribal bellydance outfit has been an ongoing project that I just keep adding new things to.  Now, I've finished up a matching headband to go with my black and tan tabistry (made out of pop tabs) Turkish-style vest and belt set along with reworking my hair flowers a little.  I wore the whole outfit to Scarborough Renaissance Festival this past weekend to get some action shots.  There are more pics and info on the headband and the rest of my outfit on my tabistry blog.

I've also posted a tutorial for the hair flowers, which are made using buttons and hair pins.  Very cheap and easy to make.  I didn't use any glue, yet they stayed in all day with no problems.

Here's a pic of my mom and me together in our garb:

Thanks for looking.  We enjoy any comments.
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29  Horseshoe Nail Necklace and Earrings Reconstructed in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by mieljolie on: March 30, 2010 05:44:25 PM

I have acquired many jewelry parts over the years at local thrift stores, garage sales and flea markets.  I always intend to make things out of the parts, but most never see the light of day outside my craft room for many years.  But, recently I found a retro horseshoe nail pendant (probably from the 70's) at the flea market for less than $1 and remembered I had some parts from a broken necklace or bracelet that I hadn't used for anything in over 10+ years.  Well, now they have a use!  I reconstructed the whole group with some wood beads into a new and improved necklace and matching earrings.  I had to reshape and wrap a few nails together to match the pendant.

There is more info and pics on my blog.  Thanks for looking!  Comments are welcome and appreciated.
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30  Tribal Bellydance Skirt Reconstruction #2 WIP in Costumes: Completed Projects by mieljolie on: March 30, 2010 02:22:43 PM

After my first attempt at reconstructing ordinary skirts into dance skirts for tribal, I started making one for my mom.  It's a bright one!  Sorta rodeo-clownish. 

I started with a flannel patchwork skirt and spliced in some tablecloth to increase the circumference.  Yes, you read that correctly.  It is indeed an tablecloth I happened upon in my fabric stash.  Smiley

It's still not 100% finished.  I need to add a ruffle to the bottom edge.  I had also planned to make a hip scarf out of the leftover triangular remnant piece.  For more pics and construction info, see my blog at:


Thanks for looking!  Comments are welcome and appreciated!
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