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1  Fairy Houses in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by elottino on: December 16, 2011 10:19:37 PM
Hi!  I sometimes post in the discussions and questions board, but I never post my completed dolls.  Mostly that's because I don't take pictures of them because they're gifts and I'm finishing them at the last second Wink  But I'm a member of a doll club and we take classes from many artists.  Leslie Molen is coming in March, which I'm really excited about.

Here are two fairies and houses that I finished recently.  The house is modified from a Julie McCullough pattern, and the doll is an original design.

I hope to post here more with the Christmas gifts I'm making. 
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2  Indy Cloth Dollmakers at WAMM Fest (Greenwood) in Indiana by elottino on: August 08, 2011 04:26:22 PM
The Indy Cloth Dollmakers will have a booth at the Wine, Art, Music, and Microbrew Festival
in Greenwood, Indiana on Saturday, August 20th.


We will be one of about 50 artists, mostly local.  If you are interested in seeing our dolls, please stop by! 

The entire festival is a charitable fundraiser, so there is an admission fee of $10, but all the proceeds go to local charities.
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3  Re: How can I make an afro hairstyle for my cloth dolls? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by elottino on: December 09, 2010 09:04:15 AM
You could use wool roving and needle felt it into a cloth head.  It is pretty secure, but would come out if pulled hard enough.  I was trying to do spikes for a doll, and came up with this afro instead.  I then pulled it all out.

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4  Looking for inspiration in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by elottino on: July 14, 2009 04:47:06 PM

I bought a few Green Girl Studios pewter beads, and I'm not sure what to do with them.  Has anyone used these, or have ideas of what I can do with them?

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5  Re: Love your wedding? Then show off your photos here! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by elottino on: November 20, 2008 04:42:27 PM
I got my pictures from the photographer (my friend- a really craftster)!

It was a masquerade, so my favors were masks.  I made 160 masks, and my family and friends helped decorate them.

Table Decorations- Origami Lotuses, Table numbers and seating cards

Flower girl dresses

And while the guests were asked to come in costume, we knew some people wouldn't.  We supplied fake moustaches and fun glasses for those guests.

There are a lot of pics of our guests in costume here http://www.flickr.com/photos/dusty_fry/sets/72157608461170516/show/

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6  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by elottino on: November 20, 2008 04:13:00 PM
So, I haven't posted in awhile because it was so hectic right before the wedding.  We got married a month ago now, but we got pictures back yesterday, so I have to show you what I ended up making.

Masks (favors)

I molded 160 masks, and my family and friends helped decorate them.

Origami Lotus Centerpieces

A couple of friends, my sister and I made 40 of these, with 22 petals in each flower (880 petals).

Table numbers and seating cards

Flower girl dresses

I really enjoyed doing the work, and it helped our budget!  I ended up cutting my list in half, but the things we didn't do (like menu and program) weren't missed.  At one point I thought about doing the cake myself, but I'm glad I decided against that! 

If you can include your friends and family in the work, it helps.  We had two parties for decorating masks, and it was so much fun.  If you think you can't let go of control over your projects, just make sure that the basics are what you want, and everything will be fine.  I had to laugh when my father-in-law took a pretty mask and made this:

I'm going to post more pics on the Love your Wedding thread.
And we have non-crafty pics on flickr.
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7  Re: Masks for Masquerade Wedding -Pics in Weddings and Bridal Showers by elottino on: August 11, 2008 08:15:25 PM
Thanks everybody! 

So, I have about 50 masks made, and about half are on their sticks.  I'm trying them in a vase, and maybe I'll put some sticks or flowers in, too.  That way they'll look a little prettier and the vases won't be empty when people take the masks.

I tried two new shapes, the kitty and the swooshy kind which I like a lot more than the original ones. 

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8  Masks for Masquerade Wedding -Pics in Weddings and Bridal Showers by elottino on: June 26, 2008 09:42:23 AM

I know that all the quests at my Masquerade Wedding will not be in costume.  So our favors are going to be fake moustaches, animal noses, etc.  And the centerpieces will be bouquets of masks.  Here's a link to the four I've made so far.

First I made a mold of the mask with clay and a plastic mask.  The I use two layers of heavy weight scrap booking paper to paper mache over the mold.  I soak it and just lay the paper over the mold and form it there.

I'm excited to try the venetian cat style next!
(Ok, I think I got the pics working now)
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