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31  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Extreme Makeover: Poppet Edition (picture heavy) on: February 15, 2010 04:41:28 PM
Would you believe that these 2 poppets are actually the same poppet? Well they are!

This was my first poppet that I ever made... When I first made her I was really happy with how she turned out, but a few days after making her I started making a not more poppets and I liked how they were turning out more than I liked how she turned out.

The other day I was looking through a box of "unfinished" crafts and I came across her. She just looked so sad sitting in that box that I had to do something. I just made her hair a gigantic pom-pom and sewed in on one place on her head and it wasn't the worlds nicest/ most successful hair, so I was afraid it was going to fall off, so I cut it off and I individually sewed on each piece of hair (which results in hair that is just like wefting). Her ears were lopsided, one stuck up further than the other, so I folded her ear over a bit and sewed it up and she is as good as new (well better Wink )... Her dress was also big and baggy and wasn't really doing anything for her, so I decided to make her a really cute little dress.

The original:

The new and improved version (with her fixed ears- I swear they are even Wink ), Also, I have dubbed her as Coco:

And her new little get-up:

And here is what remains of her former self:


PS. Here is the link to the poppet along:
32  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Another Pink Poppet... on: February 14, 2010 04:32:09 PM
So my poppet making hiatus is officially over. Last week I made a poppet for my partner in the IYP swap and I thought that maybe that poppet was a fluke and I wouldn't make anymore for a while, however... Well here is another (plus I have to cloth another).... They are kinda addictive... Wink

I usually don't name poppets, but I think that this girl may be a Candy, as in Cotton Candy...

Here is her dress, which I love a ton:

And overall:


PS. Here is the poppet along link:
33  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Swap Shirts! on: February 09, 2010 03:12:33 PM
I made these shirts for my partner in the IYP swap. I haven't stenciled in quite a while (though I used to do it all the time)... I use MAC TAC to stencil with (that sticky stuff- like a gigantic sticker- that you sometimes find in kitchen drawers). I really love working with the MAC TAC, plus I can't seem to find any freezer paper... Well, whatever works Wink...

I found these cool looking vintage looking shirts. As my partner wanted a Linkin Park shirt, I wanted to make it look like a retro band shirt, or a band shirt that you love so much, that you wear it all the time and it becomes all worn and such, so I tried to give the letters a more marbled effect (you can't see it so well in this picture though- but it is there! Wink ):

My partner also had a shirt like this on her wist. I found a koi tatoo design online to use and then I just drew out my flower design on the MAC TAC and threw them here and there:

And here is a close-up of the koi:

And she also had this shirt on her wist (it was from here on Craftster). I cut it out and thought it turned out awesome (no leakage everywhere!). I think it actually may be my best stencil ever:

And here is a close-up of Hello Potter:

34  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / After a long poppet hiatus... on: February 09, 2010 02:57:47 PM
So I haven't made a poppet in forever (prolly over half a year). I think that I made so many in such a short period time, that I kinda got sick of making them... Regardless! I decided to break my hiatus to make ckchan a poppet in the IYP swap. My partner liked pinks and blues and polka dots, and she had a fairy poppet on her wist, so I decided to incorporate all of that (plus I seem to only make fairy poppets- so that was kinda obvious... But oops, I forgot to take a picture of the wings... Rest assured, she is most definitely a fairy Wink )...

I would definitely say that this is my favourite poppet ever. She isn't all leaned over like she looks like in the picture, I had just retightened her joints before I took the picture, so her legs and hips are just a bit stiff right now:

And sitting all pretty (I made her a matching bracelet to her necklace, but I suppose that I took the pictures before I put the bracelet on her):

Usually I just hot glue dresses together using felt and fun stuff, but this time I really wanted to sew a nice dress. It took me a ton of time to do (I think I made 6 plus dresses until I ended up with this one- and my stitch ripper and I became best friends during the process Wink )...

My most favourite thing about her would have to be her hair. Usually I just make a big pom-pom and sew it on the head, but this time I decided to individually sew on every piece. I found this great hand-spunny yarn that I thought would look like dreads. I covered the ends of the hair in glue so the hair wouldn't unravel:

35  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Asian Inspired Messenger Bag on: December 24, 2009 09:08:24 AM
So this was the first bag that inspired my recent bag making obsession. This was the first structured bag that I have made.

I used 2 layers of heavy duty interfacing (my first time using interfacing) on the bags, a panda printed cotton for the upper part of the bag and a lower gray faux suede for the bottom. I also used a magnetic snap on it (the first time using these- they are really easy!).

I found that the interfacing didn't hold the bags shape as well as I would have liked it, so I cut out some thin cardboard (yay for Christmas present boxes!) and placed it in the bottom and sides of the bag to hold it better. I think that the bag is just the perfect size to hold all of the junk I carry with me on a regular basis Wink...

There are a few flaws here and there, on the front the gray faux suede isn't completely even... But I am still pretty happy with it...

And here you can find some of the other bags that I have made similar to this:

36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / When school is out for the day, the sewing machine comes out to play! *Updated!* on: December 23, 2009 02:05:55 PM
*Sigh of relief...* I just finished up the first semester of my second year of university! No more studying hardcore for exams (well for about a month)! So, what does that mean?!?


So yes, I have spent the last couple of days sewing like crazy. I find once I start a project, I become slightly obsessed with it, make a lot of the same craft and then kinda burn myself out of making that craft for a while, so I am riding this bag wave until then Wink. These may just be my most favourite projects I have ever made...

Here are some of the square bottom bags I made (I used a cotton print for the top part of the bag and a gray faux suede fabric for the bottom of the bags. I lined them with a neutral gray cotton fabric and I closed the bags with a snap closure). This was my first time ever making structured bags, using interfacing (over 6 metres in 5 bags!), using a snap closure tool and whatnot... And now I must go and sew another gazillion bags! (PS. the colours are a lot brighter in real life):  

Pink skull:

Blue butterfly:

Blue Asian:

Here are a few more bags that I have cranked out:

This was the first bag that I made, it was my "tester". It is really little and with the patterns, I think that it would be perfect for little girls  Cheesy.

This bag is bigger than the little girl's bag, but smaller than the original bags. It has little wiener dogs and poodles all over it. It also has the faux suede used:

37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Once upon a time... There was a monster bag. on: November 28, 2009 03:30:21 PM
Once upon a time, almost one year ago, I made a monster bag. This was no ordinary monster bag, as this monster bag was a very special boy. This monster bag was HUGE- the hugest monster bag around... How huge you may ask? SO huge that he could easily gobble up 3 laptops, a couple textbooks AND still be hungry:

This monster was so big, that he almost knocked over his owner:

This big guy was lonely, and needed a friend, therefore resulting in this much smaller, yet still super fun bag:

A third friend was then needed, which resulted in this muddy monster:

And then... A Beaver bag (who then consumed the muddy monster to use to build his dam)!:

With their little grouping of monster pals, you'd think that these would be some pretty happy boys. BUT NOPE! So what did they need?
They needed some little gals to truly make them happy:

(and here is the girls insides because I think it is very cute):


38  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Not Quite a Gazillion Black Apple Dolls... But Close! (lots o'pics) on: November 28, 2009 01:43:21 PM
So I made up all of these little ladies for my church craft show today... But I only sold one  Embarrassed. But I like them alot and so I decided to show them off:

(Don't mind the numbers)

And here are some of my favourites:


39  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Wrapped Wire and Moon Faces (TONNES OF PICTURES!) on: October 18, 2009 04:51:55 PM
So I love jewlery, I wear it all the time, but I haven't really ever made any jewlery before besides campy, gimpy, hempy bracelet/ necklaces. Since jewlery is something new for me, I decided to try something else new for me, polymer clay... I really like how everything is turning out, especially the marble like quality, and I keep turning out quite a bit of jewlery (I think that I have a good 15 more "beads" for wire wrapped bracelets and necklaces...

Wire wrapped purple/silver face bracelet

Wire wrapped white/ silver face bracelet

wire wrapped blue/ silver face bracelet:

Wire wrapped blue/ silver necklace

Wire wrapped purple/silver necklace

Wire wrapped white/silver necklace:

Blue/ silver moon face necklace (face is about 2 inches in width)

Purple/ silver moon face necklace (Face is about 2 inches in width):

White/ silver moon face necklace (face is about 2 inches in width)

Blue/ silver partial faces (faces are about the size of a Canadian toonie):

Purple/ silver partial faces (faces are about the size of a Canadian toonie):

White/ silver and Blue/silver faces (faces are about the size of a Canadian toonie):

C/C always welcome!
PS. Don't mind the numbers... They are for STS  Tongue
40  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Instead of studying... I am crafting (the story of my life)... on: October 06, 2009 07:02:55 PM
So I have become obsessed with making Black Apple inspired dolls. I bought some fabric the other day and went to work (cutting out 20+ dolls). I just love making the little gals because they each have such personality and no two are alike. Here are 2 of the many little girls I have pumped out:

And here is a little Sasquatch I whipped out (he is wearing a scarf because it is so gosh darn cold here lately!):

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