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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Bundle of Babes on: June 02, 2019 06:18:48 PM
Last summer there was a MASS explosion of pregnancies among my girlfriends (9 over the course of 4 months)- and those who didn't have a baby last summer are NOW pregnant. Because I have so many baby showers/ 1st birthday parties coming up, I've been hard at work making stuffies for each little one.

I have always loved Jellycat Cordy Roy stuffies (https://bit.ly/2HSTAA5), but at $35 a pop x 9+ babies, they aren't something that I can manage. So I took inspiration from the Jellycat critters when making these little guys. I modified this pattern (https://bit.ly/314Gmrx)- bumped it up 150%, and drafted my own patterns for various tails and ears.

For those babies who are turning one, I used the same fabric for their tummies/ ears that I did in making their presents last year (tag blankets, bibs, and burp cloths), to tie it all together. I really love how they've all turned out, but I'm personally really partial to the cat and the green gang. I also have fabric to make around 20 more (I can get 4-5 per metre), so I'm really excited to continue giving them their own personalities- and eventually making an army.

Hope you enjoy!

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Plastic Canvas Castle on: October 10, 2018 07:15:36 PM
For Christmas this year, Ive decided to go all handmade for my family members- especially for my niece (whose birthday is two weeks beforehand). When doing the Google to try to think of some ideas of what to make, I stumbled across a plastic canvas castle (http://www.craftdrawer.com/2015/12/how-to-make-plastic-canvas-jewelry-box.html?m=1), which became my inspiration.

I was lucky enough to find the plastic canvas at a local craft store (hello, 90s!) and set to work drafting my own pattern. Approximately 80 hours later (or three seasons of TVD and half of a season of The Originals), here we are! I didnt have any experience with plastic canvas, aside from a few rather failed attempts as a child.

Im quite happy with how it turned out, but wish I had made more supports in the roof portion beforehand (rather than figuring it out at the very end). And now I kind of want to keep it for myself- but seeing as shes so cute, Ill make my own at another time (Hogwarts, anyone?). I also painted her a few peg dolls and found the perfectly petite little wood furniture to also finish. I finished the inside with felt, to help hide some of the stitches.


3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Busy/ Quiet Book- Harry Potter, Star Wars, Disney, etc. on: September 03, 2018 04:38:24 PM
My nieces first birthday is fast approaching and I wanted to make her a present which will (hopefully) last her many years to come- and one which she can interact with quite a bit. Each page of the book is correlated with a letter of her name, MILLIE- and features some of my favourite things, so we can learn about them together. Everything is hand sewn, since many of the pieces were too small for my finicky sewing machine- being a perfectionist, the binding does bug me a bit- but, alas...

It took a minimum of 3 hours on each page- closer to 5-6 for some (I think Ive managed to get through 2 seasons of The Vampire Diaries over the course of the last two weeks).


Mail (I was inspired by this particular page by a page I saw floating around on Pinterest). The envelope opens and Im planning on putting a letter to Hogwarts in it and some photos of our family.

Indominus  Rex (Jurassic World)


Lion King (when I first stared this page, I wasnt convinced- but it actually is now my most favourite)

Ice (Olaf)- this page has an I-Spy bag quality to it, with the sparkles being able to be shaken around


Ive now, admittedly, become quite obsessed with stitching these pages and am considering adding pages to it with each passing holiday.

4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Poppet Mini Swap Round Six (SU April 25-May 2,2014/SO May 31,2014) on: May 13, 2014 04:50:40 PM
I would be up for another Poppet swap when this one is finished - just throwing that out there Smiley

Awwwww, thanks. I'll probably just leave it to next spring, mainly because it's become a tradition that I think most people are use to. Plus, I think that that way it decreases the likelihood of being "poppeted" out (if possible)- leading to one swap with LOTS of participants, rather than lots of swaps with few participants.
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Poppet Mini Swap Round Six (SU April 25-May 2,2014/SO May 31,2014) on: May 12, 2014 08:43:37 PM
Cheesy "averyg" Cheesy I actually checked your status and noticed your weren't active so I didn't want to bother you. If I would have noticed you were still active I would notified you in a flash Grin. I joined your last poppet swap and had a great time. I hope you don't mind I used your swap photo.Since you started the original swap I still wanted you to have the credit in case you wanted to start up again. LOL  First time organizer Roll Eyes

Oh, I have been active, I just haven't been logged in. Please just maybe next time give some heads up (PM or whatever), it's been my baby since the beginning and I was really excited to start it up again this year.
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Poppet Mini Swap Round Six (SU April 25-May 2,2014/SO May 31,2014) on: May 12, 2014 06:41:14 PM
Oh wow- I'm just seeing this now (after having just posted in the discussion thread about starting it up again)... I would have loved to have been notified... :/
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Monster High Reroots- Part 2 on: February 26, 2014 01:39:36 PM
So cool! How hard is it to redo their hair? I love Monster High dolls, too.

Once you get the hang of it, it's not that hard at all! The best method is to cut all of the dolls hair off and soak the head/ neck in hot water for about a minute or so and then slowly try to pull it off (you might have to submerge it multiple times), without breaking the neck prongs. Once that's complete, take some tweezers or pliers and try to remove the hair inside the head. Again, submerge the head in hot water, it helps to loosen the glue inside. When I first started out (7 dolls ago), it took me about an hour or so to complete this process, I can now do it in maybe twenty minutes (actually, I'm becoming increasingly better at yanking off the head in one pull).

After that, it's easy to reroot it- simply cut the hair to the desired length (I wrap my hair around the long end of a DVD case to measure it) and thread it through the pores using a doll needle (being sure not to pole any holes in the face/ neck). Depending on how much glue there may still be left in the head, you might have to use pliers to pull the needle through (plus, after working on dolls for two weeks straight, your hands will kill you, so using the pliers is nice in that regard). Once the string is hanging from the neck, knot it and then pull it back towards the head. Viola, hair!

I find the process of rerooting being similar to how I sew hair onto a poppet, so I really like it, since that's my favourite part of poppeting.  

I find that it takes about one small to medium sized ball of yarn to do an entire poppet (though this will vary according to how thick the yarn is- the thicker it is, the more you need- ask me how I know this Wink ).

And I do, too (obviously)! I think that my collection is up to about 40 now (not including any of these custom gals).
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monster High Reroots- Part 2 on: February 26, 2014 11:51:28 AM
I've recently become obsessed with rerooting Monster High dolls (as you can also see from this post). I purchase the dolls from Ebay, rip their heads off (using this method), and go to town, giving them funky hair styles (particularly using yarn that resembles dreadlocks). The girls typically take about half a season of TV to do (so roughly 8-10 hours each).

Here is my latest batch of girls (and, without a doubt, my most favourite to date)!

Frankie Stein:

Cleo de Nile:

Ghoulia Yelps:

I also just ordered another 22 dolls off of Ebay, so I'm sure that this won't be the last that you'll be seeing from me! Wink
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Monster High Reroots on: February 08, 2014 02:15:53 PM
I've been a HUGE fan of Monster High dolls for a fair while now and an even bigger fan of those who can completely customize them.

When I stumbled across all of the gems that Ebay has to offer a few weeks ago, I finally got the nerve to try my hand at customizing the dolls myself- reroots so far, but hopefully their make-up in the next week or so! With their reroots I use yarn, primarily acrylic-based yarn, that has a dreadlock look to it! Also, I use the knot method, which makes the hair a bit more secure when styling it (you can find a good tutorial for removing the doll's head/ hair HERE).

These are the dolls as I purchased them from Ebay- as you can see they were clearly in need of a little TLC:

Here's Cleo de Nile after her reroot:

And Clawdeen:

And Draculaura:

I'm also working on a Frankie and another Draculaura- and a half dozen others when they arrive next week! Wink

You can find more detailed pictures of them over on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Poppet Mini Swap Round Five on: June 12, 2013 03:44:41 PM
Well ladies... The swap is officially over! Thanks so much for participating (and for putting up with me Wink )!

If you have yet to post pictures of your poppet, please do so! We'd love to see it!
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