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11  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Steampunk Time Turner Necklace on: April 03, 2011 09:02:38 AM

My SO and I made a friend a Steampunk Time Turner for her birthday.  You know, kinda like the necklace Hermione wore in the POA Harry Potter Movie.  Well, not quite like that, but sorta steampunk style.

The necklace is made mostly with broken clock parts.  The main part of the pendant is a balance wheel still intact.  It animates when moved or with help from a finger.

FYI:  No living clocks were harmed in the making of this necklace.  All parts were from deceased movements and secondhand jewelry.  Wink

Thanks for lookin'.  More info about this necklace and other steampunk items we've made are on the blog here.
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Spellbook - Family Recipe Book on: April 03, 2011 07:59:24 AM

Just finished a new Spellbook by request for a personal swap.  The pages are removable like a scrapbook tied in with ribbon.

The cover is made mostly out of cereal box cardboard covered in painted tissue paper and stained.  I made a previous one that was covered in brown paper.  I drew b/w images that I printed and transferred to the cover using nail polish remover.  Then I painted them with acrylic paints and shaded in places with colored pencil.

The pages are laser prints aged with watercolor paint and hand colored with markers and colored pencils.  There were a total of 32 pages, I think.  Each contained family/holiday recipes and various illustrations, poems, and songs of which many are my own work. 

Since my swap partner mentioned that her b-day just happens to be on Nov. 2nd, or Day of the Dead, I created some custom pages just for the occasion.  I included recipes for making sugar skulls, dead bead and pozole as well as a calavera, or humorous epitaph for myself.

You can see more of the new book on my blog here, along with the rest of the items I sent in the swap here.

This book was requested after I did a personal craft swap with MissingWillow, who expressed an interest in our family "spellbook" that I mentioned offhand.  My sister helped me start compiling the original book for our daughters back in about 2006.  We wanted them to have record of all the recipes they were served and songs they sang as children and a little history about where the recipes and songs came from.  I've also started including some home remedies and unusual information to add interest.  It's called the "Witches' Enchanted Book of S.P.I.D.E.R.S. (Spells, Potions, Incantations, Divination, Enchantments, Rituals, and Superstitions)".  I decided to to make my partner her own book that she could add to and share with her some our our favorite pages.

You can see more pics and info of the book I made for MissingWillow on my blog here.

Thanks for looking!  Hope I inspire someone to make their own "spellbook" for family recipes. 
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / "Pooka" Cushion Critter - DIY Pillow Pet Clone (with pattern link) on: January 09, 2011 06:14:41 PM
I've been meaning to post this on here.  My daughter wanted to buy another Pillow Pet, but I talked her out of it.  Instead we whipped one up in one evening.  And, it doesn't shed near as bad.  Smiley

Meet Stitch, named after the small blue alien in "Lilo and Stitch".

It was very simple to make.  I used polar fleece and actually sewed the head into the body, so I didn't need to do as much hand stitching.  Just had to sew up a small stuffing hole.

I was going to put doll eyes on it, but we both agreed it looked better without.

If you want to attempt your own "Cushion Critter", I've put a pattern with brief instructions on my blog.  Enjoy!
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Batsy - the Vampire Doll with coffin, bat, clothes and accessories on: January 05, 2011 10:16:38 AM

Strangely, she was a Christmas gift to my daughter.  Her father and I agreed on a challenge to make our own gifts this year.  and NOT buy any supplies.  He made an awesome cardboard dollhouse.

Batsy and her pet "Batley" (daughter named them) may look vaguely familiar to those of you with kids.  She's a very distant cousin of "Draculaura" from Monster High.  Wink  She and her clothes are almost entirely made from remnant polar fleece I had around.  Even her hair (removable wig) is polar fleece strips.  I made her a dress, coat, skirt/shirt set, apron and an extra skirt.  The coffin is made out of cereal box cardboard and some remnant gold satin.

My daughter was thrilled with her.  Her favorite part about her was the bite marks I put on her neck.  Yes, my daughter is a wee bit odd, I guess like me.  Smiley  She stores her in her coffin during the days and sleeps with her at night.  I think I need to make Batsy some pajamas, huh?  I've got a few more pics on my blog.

Thanks for looking!
15  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Doll House made entirely of cardboard - part 1 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!!
16  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Tabistry Steampunk Corset, Mini Top Hat AND drink dispensing bustle (pic hvy) 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!
17  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Witch Boots Miniatures!! 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.

18  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Invasion of the Witch BOO'ts!!! - Paper Mache 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!!
19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 52 ENTRIES / King-size Renaissance Garb - Chemise Shirt, Circle skirt and future bloomers 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.
20  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Tabistry (Pop Tab) Headband and Hair Flowers for Tribal Bellydance Outfit 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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