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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  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
5  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]/
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Dinosaur Garden 2.0 on: June 04, 2013 05:50:39 PM
Being as I am a huge dinosaur lover, when I saw Nolansmomster's amazing dinosaur garden, that her and her son made for her mom for Mother's Day, I KNEW that I had to make one. Unfortunately I wasn't able to find as cool of succulents in my area as she was able to, but I still loved how it turned out!

Plus, I love the fact that even my less-than green thumb will more than likely not kill this project. Wink

All in all, the project was only a couple of dollars ($1 for the rocks, $1 for the dinosaurs, $1 for the blue jewels, $1 for the moss $3 for the baking dish, dirt I stole from my dad's recently planted garden- though don't tell him that- and hens/ chickens from my sister's MIL who graciously donated them after hearing the cause Wink =$7 overall).

Again, huge thanks to Nolanmomster for the wonderful idea!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / The Poppet Mini Swap Round Five on: May 02, 2013 02:57:33 PM

Discussion Thread


Sending Late
Contact Me ASAP

bambam91- Kookaloo_Starr- Glamis (Glamis sends to bambam91)
jennythor- Myrdda
averyg- SunflowerSmiles
Illiamdra- angielou
Tenitsu- Sharalee- PurplePaisley (PurplePaisley sends to Tenitsu)
puamelia- lanikins
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / The Poppet Mini Swap Round Five (SU April 7th-13th, Send-Outs May 20th) on: April 07, 2013 08:30:54 AM

Swap name: The Poppet Mini Swap Round 4
Craftster members who are organizing this swap: averyg
Sign-up date range: Sunday April 7th, 2013- Saturday April 13th, 2013 5 PM EST
Date to send item by: May 20th, 2013
Limited to a certain number of people? (Optional): Yes, 24.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Age requirement? 16+

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES
***International participants, please take note of this! You MUST keep a record of your postage receipt, if for any reason your package is not received, we will need a copy of this receipt!***

Details of swap:
In this swap you will just be crafting one completed and clothed (if applicable) poppet for your partner. ***Just to clarify, this swap is considered a poppet mini swap in the sense that we are simply about sending a single poppet, as opposed to sending a poppet with supplies and whatnot, as would be required in a larger swap. However, if you would like to make or receive a mini (or smaller sized) poppet, please indicate it in your questionnaire and we will do our best to partner you accordingly*** Check out the poppet along which will help you with any questions in creating your poppet or give you inspiration https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205341.0. As we would like to keep this swap as fair as possible and not have anyone feel as if they sent more than their partner, please just keep the package to the one completed poppet, unless you discuss swapping more with your partner beforehand!

Things to keep in mind:
1. Flakers will not be tolerated.
2. This swap has a mandatory weekly check in. This means that you must post (at least) once a week in the discussion thread in order to keep both your partner and us, the organizers, in the loop as to how your poppet is progressing and in order to reassure us that you are still alive in the world of poppets. We will be keeping a record of such posts and if you have poor communication, it will be noted in your feedback.
3. If you have not heard from your partner for awhile or notice that your partner has not been active in Craftster for a while, and you are feeling concerned, PM us! Or if for any reason whatsoever you have concerns, feel free to PM us!
4. We will not approve anyone who has multiple feedbacks stating that they have poor communication, have not used a DC#, or is a consistent late sender.
5. Everyone is expected to send on time.  If you are going to be late, you must notify us ASAP. Those who are late and do NOT notify us, will receive negative feedback which will not be removed or corrected until the poppet is sent, we receive a DC# and the package is received.
6.  Posting photos in the gallery is a rule of this swap.  Failure to do so will result in a comment in your feedback. A big part of swapping is posting your goodies in the gallery and acknowledging your partner's work, plus, we want to see all of the new additions to the poppet family! If you do not have access to a camera, please contact your partner and ask if they can take pictures of both packages which they send/receive.
7. If you are an international swapper or sending internationally and are unable to get a DC# you must retain a copy of your shipping receipt. If for any reason your package goes missing and you do not have a copy of the receipt to provide us the organizers, you will have to resend to your partner.

When you send averyg a PM, please label it as Poppet Mini Swap Approval/ Sent/ Received/ etc.

If you want to participate, send this information to the averyg only labeled as The Poppet Mini Swap Round Five: Approval:

Name of swap: Poppet Mini Swap Round Five
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country (please break this up line by line like you would write on an envelope)
Would you be willing to ship
1) Out of your country (ie. If you are American would you be willing to ship to Canada?)
2) Out of your continent (ie. Internationally)
3) Other
Confirm that are at least 16 years old (yes/no)
-What crafts are you most interested in and what crafts do you feel most comfortable in/ are the most skillful in?
-What type of poppet would you most like to receive from your partner (ie. a specific themed poppet, boobie poppet, mini poppet and so forth)?
-What type of poppet would you most like to make/ feel most comfortable making for your partner (ie. a specific themed poppet, boobie poppet, mini poppet and so forth)?
-Tell us a bit about yourself...  Are there interests or things about yourself which you believe would aid your partner in creating your poppet?
-Do you have any allergies?
-Do you live in a household with any possible allergens?
-Favorite colors:
-Least favorite colors:
-Do you have a wist? If so, please provide it.


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

The Poppet Mini Swap Round One Thread
The Poppet Mini Swap Round One Gallery
The Poppet Mini Swap Round Two Thread
The Poppet Mini Swap Round Two Gallery
The Poppet Mini Swap Round Three Thread
The Poppet Mini Swap Round Three Gallery
The Poppet Mini Swap Round Four Thread
The Poppet Mini Swap Round Four Gallery

Participants US Canada International
1. averyg
2. jennythor
3. Illiamdra
4. Tenitsu
5. Kookaloo_Starr
6. angielou1
7. bambam91
8. Myrdda
9. Sharalee
10. lanikins
11. PurplePaisley
12. SunflowerSmiles
13. Glamis
14. puamelia


Sending Late
Contact Me ASAP

bambam91- Kookaloo_Starr- Glamis (Glamis sends to bambam91)
jennythor- Myrdda
averyg- SunflowerSmiles
Illiamdra- angielou
Tenitsu- Sharalee- PurplePaisley (PurplePaisley sends to Tenitsu)
puamelia- lanikins

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Poppet Mini Swap Round 5 on: March 19, 2013 05:21:37 PM

It's almost that time again folks, time for the 5th annual Poppet Mini Swap!

I was just wondering when would work best for everyone? Personally having the sign-ups early-April and beginning a week or two later would work best for me with school, however I realize that that may not work best for everyone else. So sound off below!

Now, to help with any confusion which may arise... This swap is not about strictly swapping smaller sized poppets (unless that it, that is something you and your partner agree on), this swap is all about simply swapping one clothed poppet. Unlike the larger poppet swaps, this swap does not require you to swap any supplies or whatnot.

The Poppet Mini Swap Round One thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=307049.0
The Poppet Mini Swap Round One gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=310633.0
The Poppet Mini Swap Round Two thread: https://www.craftster.org/%20forum/index.php?topic=345%20805.0
The Poppet Mini Swap Round Two gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=347781.0
The Poppet Mini Swap Round Three Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=380070.msg4495220#msg4495220
The Poppet Mini Swap Round Three Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=381282.msg4512152#msg4512152
The Poppet Mini Swap Round Four Thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=409064.msg4827774#msg4827774
The Poppet Mini Swap Round Four Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411074.msg4854543#msg4854543
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Tenth Doctor Poppet (Pic Heavy) on: July 13, 2012 04:02:59 PM
I recently made this poppet of the Tenth Doctor/ David Tennant (from Doctor Who) for the amazingly wonderful lanikins for this year's round of The Poppet Mini Swap.

This lil' guy was without a doubt my biggest poppeting challenge for a number of reasons- a) It's for LANIKINS, no pressure or anything Wink b) Doctor Who, what? Yep, I am one of those few who has never watched Doctor Who before and only knows anything about it from other crafts I have seen on here? Tardis quilt anyone? Wink c) Clothing. David? Yeah, he has a LOT of layers.

Anyways, I am really glad with how he turned out- and without further adieu! (PS. I apologize for his sloppiness in some pics, I didn't adjust his clothing before taking the pics because I was just too excited to- he isn't near as wonky as he looks in some of these):

Close-up ish thing:

The TRENCH COAT (I had to capitalize it because I believe it to be quite epic- in all honesty it is the single most thing that I am most proud to have made before. I didn't add any closures to it because I wanted it to stay open so that you could see the lining- this baby required A LOT of handstitching) (and I ended up using baby socks which looked like converse for his shoes):

The lining itself:

The suit (unfortunately I was unable to find a suit fabric with blue pinstripes, so this was the next best thing):

And his dress shirt:

C/C welcome!
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