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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Apple Tree Spirit on: August 27, 2010 04:00:15 PM

Here's my latest tree spirit!  She's a lovely little apple tree.  She was made with recycled felt and stuffing.  Her eyes are plastic beads but the apples are red stones.  She has a wire armature and is definitely not for children. 

I'm already working on a third! 

Thanks for looking!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tree Spirit on: August 23, 2010 02:30:08 PM

I finished this tree spirit last night.  I'm really excited with how he came out!  He's made with felt, recycled stuffing, recycled beads, and wire armature, meaning he's definitely not for children.  I'm already planning to make more!

Thanks for looking!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A couple plushies on: July 13, 2010 08:24:47 AM
These are just some fun and simple projects I worked on this past week.  I've got a few art dolls in the works, but, sometimes, I like to get back to my basics and make some little guys. 

A little bear with big feet.

A black cat.  There's a Celtic knot button on his collar.

Thanks for looking!

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Manannan mac Lir on: June 06, 2010 11:57:53 AM
Manannan mac Lir is a God associated with the ocean and the Otherworld of Celtic legend. This doll was made with cotton, polyester, and wool. His facial features were created with water color pencil and acrylic fabric paint. He holds a staff decorated with silver bells and wire.

He is an original, one of a kind art doll and is not a toy.

On a side note, Manannan was entered into a recent Druidic artisan competition f and won first place in the sacred art category!  I was really excited.  I've never entered any of my dolls in a contest before so it was really validating.

Thanks for looking!

Grey Catsidhe
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sif on: May 02, 2010 02:15:40 PM

Sif is a Norse Goddess.  She's Thor's wife and is known for her beautiful, golden hair. 

Here is my interpretation of her.  She's sitting in the forest with her horn of mead. 

Here is a closeup of her sitting in a tree. 

Sif is a one of a kind art doll and is not a toy due to some slight armatures, beading, and chains.  She was so much fun to make and and I learned a lot as I went along.  Thanks for looking!

Grey Catsidhe
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Leave Sprites, grapes, and wizards! on: April 02, 2010 03:10:07 PM
I have some things to share!
I finished these a while ago but forgot to post about them.

This is my Leaf Sprite.  She's made of cotton, polyester, various beads, and water color pencils.  This was my first experiment using them for a face.

Here's a random pin I made using felt.  Who doesn't love grapes?

And finally, here's a little wizard I made out of felt, wool, polyester stuffing, beads, wire, and a bit of wood.

Thanks for looking!

7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 47 ENTRIES / Burlap Bag on: February 07, 2010 07:15:50 PM

Ok, I know this isn't that spectacular, but I'm still proud of myself.  I was sick and then feeling out of it all week but was able to get this together.  Not to mention, I have very little experience making bags.  I'm excited with how it turned out.

I used to work at a place called Label Shopper.  It's kind of a grey market store - brand name clothing and home decor from stores that closed.  We also sold "last season" merchandise. Anyway, we once got something wrapped in a burlap sack.  I was the eco-freak in the store.  I tried to salvage anything reusable.  I kept the burlap but it ended up staying in the back room where, unfortunately, I forgot it when I left for another job.  

I got married in October and my old coworkers were invited.  One of them wrapped my wedding gift in the burlap from the store, knowing that I would appreciate it.  I was amazed to see it again.  I thought they would have thrown it out for sure.  Reunited with the old sack, I put it away, unsure of what to do with it.

Until I saw this challenge!  Here it was before I really got to work.  My friend already cut the sack apart to wrap a box.

Here's another shot of the finished product.  Sorry for the poor photos.

I also used some bottle caps for accents.  I painted them and turned them into buttons which I sewed on in the corners of the pocket and on the sides where the strap is connected.  It's not lined or reinforced with anything.  I wanted to make a produce bag.  It's slightly smaller than my other reusable shopping bags so it would fit neatly in them and hold some veggies and/or fruit.

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Various Plush Dolls on: December 06, 2009 09:37:20 AM
Hello everyone!  I've been more of a lurker at Craftster but I'm finally posting some of the projects I've been working on.  I love to sew and, while I do make clothing/costumes from time to time, my true love is making dolls and plushies.  My sewing went on hiatus for the past few months due to moving, starting a teaching career, and getting married.  After the wedding, I felt full of inspiration and I've been cranking out creation after creation.  Here are a few things I've finished recently.  

"Mr Sun." Mr. Sun was inspired by a plaque I have hanging in my ritual room. I wanted inspiration, looked up, and voila, the sun! He's made of felt and stuffed with polyfill. Safe for children. I'm hoping to make a moon next.

"Ball of Emotion." An exercise I did to get back into the groove of sewing. He's a crocheted ball with little felt faces stitched all over his surface. He also has felt legs.

"Dobhran" Dobhran is an Otter from Ireland. He just got back from fishing and caught three fish - how auspicious! He's made from brown faux fur painted over with acrylics (I think I may add some more paint in certain places). He stands by himself thanks to a light armature of wire and wood. He wears a fresh water snail shell around his neck and sports a lovely lined vest tied together with upcycled leather twine and a pair of knotwork buttons. He holds three fish made from faux satin. All stuffed with polyfill. Not intended for children. He is, however, intended as a Solstice gift for my sister.

I hope you enjoy them and I hope to post more in the future!  

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