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21  Re: Tree Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by bellalupina on: October 25, 2008 11:19:38 AM
Ladies and gentlemen (are there any gentlemen here?), prepare to be jealous!

I had a feeling my package would come today, so I snuck out of work for a few moments to check the post office box before it closed.  Lo and behold I found my box!  I ran back to work for the next hour or so, but I did peek a litt.e ;P

I was so excited for this little guy (and when you see him you'll understand!), so I just had to poke through the packages and find him even though I was still at work.  Ronda and I agreed to swap a tree-themed dragon as well, and this is my handsome boy:

What's that in the paper...a dragon?!

Yes indeed, it's an adorable crochet little guy!

Showing off his wings!  I don't know if this was intentional or not, but his wings are the colors of the Irish flag!  I'm not Irish by far, but I love everything about the culture, so this was such a great little surprise. Smiley

And his butt. LOl!  I'm still not sure what to name him though...I'm between Seamus and Cully (means :woods").  Any suggestions of Irish names?  Anything pertaining to trees?

Next we have two absolutely beautiful scarves in these amazingly vibrant colors.  I told Ronda I was a big fan of the fall, and she definitely used that in picking the colors for these scarves.

Scarf number one...this is complete love!  I can't even describe how much I love these colors, and it's so long and beautiful!

Close-up of the edges.

Scarf number two...Again, I am stunned at how beautiful this is!  Such great colors (I'm going to look like an autumn forest!).

Look at the detail (ignore the blur).

Next, as the note said, sparkly things for me!

The pictures really don't even do these pieces justice unfortunately.  What kind of stones are the leaves made out of?  The beads are different shades of reds and oranges, just perfect for my style! 

A little better picture of the earrings!

There was also this beautiful magnetic bracelet.  I've never had one of these, and I'm so excited to finally have my own!

A closer picture of the bracelet so you can see the detail better.

And now some sparkly things for my tree!  I told Ronda about a maple I have outside my window that I leave offerings on/in, and she made me some things for the tree!

The items came with a lovely bag made of some more great yarn(?).  She sent a spool of orange ribbon, one length with a silver leaf charm, two other leaf charms, and two circlets of stone.  I love these!

Finally we have a beautiful little tree with unakite stone.  Again, pictures don't even do this justice!  And don't worry Ronda, it survived the trip.

Look at how cool this is!  I don't know if you can see, but the small silver shape is a little turtle!

From the side. Smiley

I could not be more happy with all my loot!  Thank you so much Ronda, this was an awesome first swap!

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22  Re: Tree Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by bellalupina on: October 19, 2008 07:55:55 AM
Yes, I am the evil early sender. ;P  Here's a little teaser of what I sent RondaS:

I can't wait to see what she thinks!
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23  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by bellalupina on: October 16, 2008 06:21:32 AM
Here's my new girl everyone!  She was in the planning stage forever, but after it was mentioned here, I knew I needed to get moving. Wink  Introducing my lovely World of Warcraft Draenei poppet!

You can check out her thread here:


My next one is actually already put together (sans eyes), but she needs a lot of extra work before I put her up.  These guys are so addictive!
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24  WoW Draenei Poppet! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by bellalupina on: October 16, 2008 06:18:33 AM
I've had this girl in planning for quite a while, but when someone mentioned it on the Poppet Along, I knew I had to get her made!

Isn't she a sweetie?  I used the original poppet patter and just tweaked a few things.  It's hard to see, but she has little needle sculpted hooves on her feet as well as horns.  This was my first attempt at needle sculpting anything, and I'm really quite pleased with how it came out.  Her tail and horns both have pipe cleaners inside so they are able to be re positioned.  Her jewelry and facial features are both made of felt, and her hair is a thick black yarn.  The hair is actually very detailed in the back (don't ask me how I did it, even I don't know ;P) perhaps reinforcing my suspicions that she is some sort of Draenei princess. Smiley  She positively refuses to wear clothes, but we compromised on a little linen skirt for her bottom half. 

Hope you liked her!
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25  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by bellalupina on: October 03, 2008 09:12:27 PM
Poppet number three!

Meet Edward "Puck" Foxworth:

Check out his thread here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=271900.0
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26  Edward "Puck" Foxworth the Poppet (Pic heavy) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by bellalupina on: October 03, 2008 09:08:32 PM
My newest little poppet, and definitely my most complicated and detailed so far.

His original sketch:

Info from my deviantART:

This fellow started his life as a little sketch I did several months ago. I loved the character design, but never got around to finishing him. Yesterday I started a new little poppet, and the inspiration hit me suddenly, I would finish Edward as a poppet! So ten hours later, here he is.

It is sometimes the case that I have to create backgrounds for the items I create, while other times the characters/items come with their own story that is none of my doing. Edward falls into the latter category.

Before I go any further I should mention he has nothing to do with the Edward from Twilight as I named him long before I read the books.

Edward is a member of the faery folk, land of origin undisclosed at this time. He is at least four hundred years old, though he often appears to look like a young boy. Like with other Fae, he is able to change his appearance at will. This particular form is how he appears most often, with his hair color changing as the seasons do. He is also seemingly part fox, bearing a pair of ears and a tail.

Edward, called Puck (name for a land spirit) by many, is equally as mischievous as he is serious. He tends to resist the normal faery pranks, though occasionally does like to steal a little milk from the neighbor's cows or braid the hair of sleeping children together. However most of his time is spent working in the circus where he is a jack of all trades.

I have a feeling he will reveal more soon. Wink

And now for the technical specs:

Edward stands about 12" high without his hat, and is completely hand sewn. All of his clothing was created from my own patterns and also sewn by hand. His ears and tail have pipe cleaners inside allowing them to be bend and molded. His face and socks are hand painted.
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27  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by bellalupina on: September 30, 2008 08:08:12 PM
My second poppet is here!  You can find here thread in the toys and dolls section https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=271377.0 but I wanted to put her here as well.

She is a mini poppet measuring about 10", and is the poppet version of Willow from BtVS (early seasons). 

Let me know what you think!
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28  Mini Poppet-Willow from BtVS in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by bellalupina on: September 30, 2008 08:05:13 PM
My second poppet, and a mini this time!  She is actually a birthday present for a friend, but she (the friend) doesn't go here so I can post it without spoiling the surprise.

From my deviantART, this includes several different pictures.  She stands about 10" tall (scaled the pattern down to 78% of original), and I think this size may be my favorite for poppets!  She has a hand painted face and pigtail hair.

Here's a bigger picture of her in all her glory.  My friend and I are both big Buffy fans, and are especially fond of early Willow.  She's just so cute in the first seasons!  We also love her adorable fashion, so I had to include that in this poppet.  Her shirt is made out of an old purple cotton shirt of mine, and her overalls are made from some old jeans.  I added some flowery print fabric for true Willow style, and cute little red buttons to close the overalls. 

You can't see it in any of the pictures, but she has the same fabric as the heart under the arms on the overalls (to make it more fitted).  I'm not sure if I'll be making her shoes or just letting her go barefoot.  I kind of want to make her some crazy little socks, but I don't know.  Hopefully my friend likes her, because I had a ton of fun making her!

I should mention that she and all her clothes are entirely hand sewn, and overall took about 8-10 hours.  Like Paks she is button jointed.  On to the next poppet! Smiley
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29  WoW Draenei BJD in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by bellalupina on: September 28, 2008 08:33:05 PM
Okay, so this is my second post of the night involving doll hair, and as such I vow the following:  No more doll hair for at least another 48 hours if not more!  ;P

I started this project several months ago but didn't have the appropriate hair until now.  She was made from Sculpey clay and painted the correct colors.  The outfit is of my own design though the doll is based on my Draenei shaman character.  She is jointed with clear elastic string.

I am so in love with her, so came out so beautiful.  There's just something about the Draenei design that I think is stunning, and I think I captured a little of that with her.  Or at least I hope I did. Smiley
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30  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by bellalupina on: September 28, 2008 06:26:36 PM
My first poppet, Paks!

You can find her thread here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=271030.0
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