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31  My First Poppet-Paksenarrion in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by bellalupina on: September 28, 2008 06:23:41 PM
The poppet pattern found its way into my inbox just in time for my birthday (the 27th), so I went out that afternoon and bought some fabric for my first poppets!  I am going to be making one for a personal swap, but I wanted to try one first to see how it would go.

Presenting Paksenarrion the poppet!

This picture is from my deviantART, just giving an overview.

A better shot of her face.  Yes, I know her eyes are off.  Still think she's pretty anyway. Wink  Her face was hand painted.

Poppet toes!

A full body shot, she stands about 15" (pattern enlarged by 120%).  She was actually jointed with buttons, so the limbs are a little looser than normal.

The hair.  Oh lord the hair!  Each individual "strand" is made up of three pieces of yarn which I braided  The strands were then braided into a larger braid as that is how Paks wears her hair in the book.  This took FOREVER (okay only 4 hours but still) but was completely worth it.  The hair is a little under 2ft long.

Paksenarrion or Paks for short is a character from my favorite book of all time, Elizabeth Moon's The Deed of Paksenarrion.  The book is amazing in itself, but Paks is also the literary version of me in every way (other than hair color!).  She was my birthday present to myself. Wink  She took about twelve hours to complete as my sewing machine is broken and I had to sew her all by hand.  Her clothes are made from a linen napkin (the undershirt), brown cotton, and some brown leather.  She's not quite finished yet as there are a few more necessary accessories, but all in all I'm happy with how she turned out!

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32  Twilight Blanket in Completed Projects by bellalupina on: September 21, 2008 10:02:35 PM
I *think* this is the best place to put this craft, but please correct me if I'm wrong. Wink

I found some great wolf/dog print fleece at the fabric store this weekend and just had to make it into a Twilight-themed blanket!

The picture on the left shows the "front" of the blanket which features a hand-sewn apple on black fleece.  The other side is the aforementioned dog fleece.  It is so warm and wonderful, I love it!
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33  A plush kind of weekend-Twilight, Autumn Acorn, and Ludo from Labyirinth. in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by bellalupina on: September 21, 2008 09:58:00 PM
Made a few plush this weekend and thought I would share:

First we have some more Twilight-inspired plush, but Bella and Edward this time.  The design stems from one of my favorite lines in the book: "And so the lion fell in love with the lamb."

Next is an autumn-themed plush based on a statue of all things.  I found an adorable little statue at a local metaphysical shop that featured these tiny little acorn spirits, and they were just too cute to pass up.  I decided to try my hand at making a plushie of one.

And finally my favorite of the weekend and possibly of all the plush I've made so far...Ludo!  He is from the movie Labyrinth, which is one of my favorites.  He is so lovable and friendly in the movie that I wanted a Ludo friend of my very own.

All of the plush were sewn entirely by hand and are made primarily of fleece.  The lion and lamb took about 2-3 hours, the acorn plush 2 hours and Ludo took about 4 hours.
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34  New Twilight Plush-Wolf Jacob in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by bellalupina on: September 19, 2008 08:16:04 AM
I posted here earlier about some of the Twilight Jacob plushies I made:

I am doing a swap with another artist (who makes some great jewelry!), and in return she wanted a Goofy Grin Jacob plush.  I decided to make him larger than the original, he is about twice the size, measuring 7" tall and 11" long.  I am really happy with how he came out!  This was my first attempt at reproducing a plush based on a previously created pattern.  I even added a little tag that says "I've imprinted on you!" for added cuteness. Wink

As a note, there's not an odd space on the tag, I just whited-out the swappers name for privacy.

Let me know what you think!
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35  Twilight and Totoro Plush! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by bellalupina on: September 12, 2008 08:31:27 AM
I'm heading off to vacation for the weekend, but I wanted to post some of my latest projects here first. 

First we have some plush inspired by Stephenie Myer's Twilight series"

These guys are three different interpretations of Jacob (werewolf character).  They are all made of super soft brown fleece, and have different little personalities.  From left to right:  Wolf Song Jacob, Running Free Jacob (upper right), and Goofy Grin Jacob (lower right).

Next is a set of totoro plush I just finished last night, purely for my own enjoyment.  I have always loved the movie, and wanted my very own forest spirits.  These versions are different in that I've created them to reflect the changing of the season into autumn.  Perhaps when the forest changes so do the spirits! (Note: These guys were all crafted from a pattern of my own design and sewn entirely by hand.)

Group shot!

This guy represents early autumn when the forest is just beginning to change.  Acorns begin to fall from the trees followed soon by the leaves.  I felt that his design was a bit plain, so I embroidered a small acorn and some leaves on him.

This totoro was actually the first that I made even though he represents mid-autumn.

And finally the biggest totoro to represent the end of fall.  He has a small pumpkin and green vines embroidered on his lower stomach.

Hope you enjoyed them!

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36  Twilight-Inspired Clothing (sweathsirts, t-shirts) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by bellalupina on: September 09, 2008 02:38:38 PM
Hello all!  I posted some of my Twilight-inspired jewelry in the corresponding section and now I'm here to post some of the clothes I made inspired by the series.  I'm a brand new member so bear with me for a little while as I can't actually post pictures just yet.  The links will take you directly to my deviantART where there will be a picture and full description of the item.

First we have a sweatshirt inspired by the character Jacob from Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series.  I am a big wolf person anyway, but I really liked her depiction of werewolves in the books.  I especially enjoyed how they were big, fuzzy, and really warm (higher base body temperature than humans).  I decided to make my own werewolf sweatshirt that would be just as warm and fuzzy.  

The sweatshirt came from Goodwill and had a broken zipper.  I removed the old zipper and replaced it with a working one and altered the cuffs, hood, and back.  The ears, paws, and tail are made from fuzzy felt.  The ears have a base structure of copper wire making them bendable.  The paws were sort of a happy accident because the sleeves turned out to be too short so I had to do something with them.  I extended them with the fuzzy felt and then added black vinyl paw pads.  The tail initially hung down as a separate piece, but I didn't really like how that looked so I changed it to its present configuration.

Next we have another sweatshirt, this time with a theme of Team Switzerland.  

All designs on the sweatshirt were printed/drawn onto freezer paper, cut out with an exacto knife, ironed on, and then painted.  The front of the sweatshirt depicts the two symbols from Bella's Bracelet (a wolf for Jacob and a heart for Edward).  The back was a design I created while at work one evening (it's a venn diagram, kind of work-related right?) and drew free-hand onto the freezer paper.  It depicts Edward (apple) and Jacob (paw print) and how Bella is in the middle of them (Swiss flag).  

Finally we have two t-shirts created with the same iron-on stencils.  The Cullen crest was drawn free-hand from a web reference and painted in white and silver sparkle paint (vampires sparkle!).  The Team Switzerland shirt is pretty simple at this point, but I may add to it at a later date.

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37  Twilight Jewelry- Locket and Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by bellalupina on: September 08, 2008 08:48:27 AM
Hello all, I'm new here and thought the best way to introduce myself was to post some of my work.  Lately I've been making a lot of Twilight-inspired crafts, two of which are pieces of jewelry.

(Since I can't post pictures yet, please follow the link to my deviantART for a picture of the item.)

First we have a locket I made for a challenge on the twilight_crafts livejournal.  We were supposed to create an item that represented a scene from the books that took our breath away.  I chose the scene in Twilight where Edward takes Bella to his grove to show her why vampires don't go out in the sun.  I covered the outside of the locket in clay and then carved leaves and trees into it.  Later on I painted it to look like the outside of the grove.  When you open it or "enter" the grove you see our favorite sparkly vampire represented by the AB swarovski crystal heart.  On the left side is the inscription "Lion & Lamb" to symbolize my favorite line from that scene: "And so the lion fell in love with the lamb."  The chain which was original to the locket also has small green beads woven through it.

The second item is a charm bracelet titled "The Ties That Bind."  I wanted a bracelet that represented more than just Bella, Edward, and Jacob, so I created this.  Each charm corresponds to a different person in the extended Cullen/Swan family.  I made the charm choices based on the character's personalities,  background, and particular attributes.  So Bella's charm is a truck, symbolic of both her favorite old vehicle and the fact that she has the ability to shield her family and friends much in the way she described the truck as shielding her from harm in Twilight.  

Hope you guys enjoyed those!  I'll be posting more of my work in some of the other categories, so feel free to stop by and comment.
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