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1  Toy Soldiers Unite! Dr Steel swap, anyone? in New Swap Theme Ideas by brokenporcelaindoll on: September 10, 2010 10:03:02 AM

Toy Soldiers Unite!

I know there are a lot of steampunk fans on here, and it seems a real shame no one has done a Dr Steel swap yet!  I can't host myself, but if someone else is willing to I would LOVE to create Dr Steel toys, propaganda, art or uniform accessories for the cause!  Anyone interested?


For those of you who don't know, Dr Phineas Waldorf Steel is a mad scientist, visionary, musician, genius and inventor who will one day become emperor of the world, and who spreads his message through propaganda videos, art and music.  He is very cool, and encourages his army of toy solders to share his work through the internet and other means, creating their own custom uniforms and videos to feature his music.

See these for more awesome:

official website

base of operations for the toy soldier army

His youtube channel

youtuber with awesome video creation skills who has made some great videos for Dr Steel
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2  Re: Questions About Hairstyles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by brokenporcelaindoll on: September 04, 2010 01:23:33 PM
Hey guys

I am... not very experienced with hair dye.  I got really, really bored of my natural colour and wanted to play a bit.

My avatar shows my natural colouring.

The colour I was aiming for is this... http://ny-image0.etsy.com/il_fullxfull.167127144.jpg

The colour I ended up is...

Quite a bit darker and brownerthan I had intended.

I want to lighten it, but not toooo much as I don't want to go orange!

Anyone here able to offer any tips?
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3  Need to rescue a loved toy! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by brokenporcelaindoll on: August 11, 2010 04:35:51 AM
Robert the Rabbit.  First toy I ever made.  I was around 6 years old, with a load of felt and thread and, with the help of a teacher, made my first ever toy.  Robert was the start of my sewing inspiration.  I was so pleased to have made something all by myself.  He's travelled everywhere with me and I've kept him in as good a condition as I could.

Yesterday I was cleaning out the box I've been keeping him in and was utterly horrified to to discover that moth larvae had found him!

Is there anything I can do?  Poor Robbie!  The felt has been eaten all over him, by seams, int he middle, it is thinned around the holes and really brittle.
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4  Re: Fungus Among Us! Mushroom Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by brokenporcelaindoll on: July 31, 2010 07:37:38 AM
Okay, I hope you've all got your wisting fingers ready because I've received from Blupaisan!

First, the whole hoard...

Starting with an absolutely gorgeous tealight/scented oil holder that now has pride of place in my front room

An adorable hand-painted candle holder

A mushroom-print wheat bag that smells just divine

I tried to get a closeup of the cute shroom image added to the custom mousepad, but my camera cannot do it justice

I wish you could see all the detail on this funky, psychadelic magnet!

I was secretly hoping I'd get something I could use for future crafts and I got spoiled with a whole collection of shroomie stamps

Plus a huge amount of stationary printed using the stamps

A really cute decorated matchbook

And a lovely necklace; it's like nothing I've seen before and fits perfectly

Thank you so much Blupaisan, I've been truly spoiled!  I'll be sending out in the next couple of days and I only hope you like your package as much as I've enjoyed this one Cheesy
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5  Dwarf Fortress Swap in New Swap Theme Ideas by brokenporcelaindoll on: June 02, 2010 02:34:15 PM
I realise there may not be very many people on here that play, or know of, DF, but I'm really REALLY hoping there are a few of you!


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Love Dwarf Fortress?  Lost a fort to a herd of undead, flying elephants recently?  A forgotten beast made entirely of vomit?  Had to Pull the Lever yet?  Dug into HFS and lost all but 2 of your 50 dwarves?  Engravers obstinately engraving nothing but images of cheese and purring maggots and desparate for some way of memorialising your latest epic defeat?

I'm unable to host myself just yet but would REALLY LOVE IT if someone on here would host a DF themed swap.  Imagine getting a poppet of your heroic Champion, a cool DF-themed t-shirt or your very own plushie HFS!

Any DFers here?  Any at all?

Please?  Cry
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6  Re: Gathered Roots - An Herbalism Swap R2 (Gallery) in The Swap Gallery by brokenporcelaindoll on: April 27, 2010 02:46:33 PM
Okay guys, get ready to be jealous Cheesy

First of all, the whole horde in one

My partner has already posted better pictures than I was able to get of the gorgeous artwork she did for me, but next up...

Yummy teas!  There are some intriguing crysthanthemum and honey teas which taste really good, a pot of gorgeous smelling rosepetal tea, and a sachet of raspberry leaf, which will come VERY much in handy I can assure you!

Hibiscus flowers in syrup!  I LOVE hibiscus, and these are just too delicious.  Straight off my wists and already the pot is half empty!

Some very cool vinegar hair wash to treat myself with - also great for me, because my hair is totally uncontrollable right now.

I also got some handy labels, a cute minibook of local plants for me to use when foraging and more!

I asked for an extra for my other half as well, and got a very cool...

Librarian stencil!  He really likes it, and has been looking for things to stencil with it Cheesy

I bet you're all wondering what the pretty sewn thing in the first picture is?  I've saved the best for last.


It is so pretty - lovely fabric, loads of pockets and very handy!  It also fits perfectly.

I loved absolutely everything, and enjoyed my first swap so much!
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7  Part-finished Wrap Top in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions by brokenporcelaindoll on: April 07, 2010 03:45:41 PM
So I'm currently working on some wrap tops for work.  This is the first one since my mushroom top and I'm planning on doing more with it, but here is a rough pic of what I have so far.

The outer strap needs moving down a couple of inches, hence why the front is hanging a bit funny.  I'm also going to get my other half to help me pin up the back so I can get a more fitted shape and a narrower neckline at the top (my brastraps sometimes poke out right now).

I want to embellish this a bit, make it more fun to look at.  I was debating lace edging along the neckline and arms, or maybe some dusky pink edging and pockets... but I'm not sure what to go for.  I am likely to wear this with longsleeved tops under in the colder weather and strappy tops/boobtubes in Summer, so don't want to add anything that will make layering an issue.  Any ideas?
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8  Hippy Poppet in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by brokenporcelaindoll on: April 07, 2010 03:21:44 PM
Kind of a sad post for me, this one.  I'd been making this poppet for a friend who'd been dealing with terminal cancer since she was a teenager (on/off treatment, hopes of recoveries, relapses).  I'd almost finished him - was just trying to get the hair right.  I thought a crazy, stoner hippy type would make her giggle.  My friend passed away 10 days ago, so I didn't finish him in time to give him to her.

I'm not really sure what to do with him now, but I thought I may as well post him on here.

He's supposed to be a hippy type, and I was quite pleased with how the "dreadlocks" turned out...
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9  Re: 50 Stitches Personal Challenge in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by brokenporcelaindoll on: January 31, 2010 09:29:12 AM
Day 1

Worked on: a tree and a bush
Stitches used: The tree trunk was worked using split stitch, the leaves using fishbone stitch and the tree outline using threaded backstitch.  The bushy parts of the bush are being worked in cast-on stitch.  The roses blooming on the bush are simple french knots.

*With apologies for the sucky pictures.  These were the clearest I could get.

You can't really see it, but each leaf is worked using a single strand of thread in fishbone stitch.

These two photos at least show the bush a little more clearly!  I worked a bunch of lengths on cast-on stitch and then tacked them down to form bushy shapes, then added the french knots here and there.
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10  Baby-butt Bags! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by brokenporcelaindoll on: January 26, 2010 10:15:44 AM
While I was around the 'rents we decided to make some things to keep us entertained (little smallholding of almonds, olives and bees in the middle fo nowhere,  One small village nearby with 2 shops in!)

Mum does house clearances and market reselling to tie her over between harvests and had a load of baby clothes she couldn't sell.  So we cut them up and made bags!

This one is my favourite.  I don't normally go in for super-girly stuff but I love how it turned out.

I'd be a bit creeped out to see jeans like this on an actual 2 year old, but I think as a bag for an adut they look cute.

Lining is made from an adorable pair of jammies for presumably the same kid.  Shoulder strap is a repurposed canvas belt.

This one is a bit less girly.  I love the green and white fabric.  That came from a repurposed blouse.

I made a few others, but forgot to take pictures!  C+C welcome, as I'm thinking of making more like the girly pair to sell.
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