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81  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Sewing machine cover. on: December 30, 2009 10:29:32 PM
First off I dont know if this belongs here but I did quilt it so if not let me know and I will move it. Ok so while I was sewing costumes this summer my sewing machine of 15 years or better gave up the ghost. So I got a new machine that has not been put away since I got it. But my daughter keeps trying to play with it when it is not in use. So I found a pattern and make myself a sewing machine cover, and since I enjoy quilting I make it a quilting pattern. Saw the idea to take quilted material and use just like reg material for pattern piecing on Sewing with Nancy and tired it here. Does that even make sence. Anyway here are the pictures and the iron cover/bag for my new mini iron that matches.

Thank you for looking.
82  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Clown poppet for my Mother on: December 30, 2009 02:44:02 PM
Oh kay so this summer I made costumes for a circus murder mystery show we put on. My mother played our clown and I made her outfit, and she loved it to for Christmas I made her a poppet with the same outfit on it. She just loved it. The pattern is the exact pattern I used for her.  She is so cute so I wanted to intorduce you to Lotta Guffaw (Queen of the clowns).  Here she is in all her glory and the inspiration pic. Hope you enjoy.

Her freckles

Here with the picture frame I also gave her the first pic is my mom and my niece (who had a matching costume to my mom) the middle pic is my mom and the third one is of my Mom and Dad (who was the ring master)
83  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Spirit week Outfits on: December 04, 2009 06:50:19 AM
So my friend Jade needed two outfits for spirit week for her senior year. She needed a comic book hero and villain. So here is what we came up with in 3 days.
Her heroine is Wonder Women, and she did not want to wear a costume of underwear to school so here is what I made. She is supposed to get me better pics.

Then there is the villain and there are not many female villains or heroes for that matter. but here is her Harley Quinn. She wore leggings underneath that were black and red striped. Also the diamonds are my first ever applique.

Thank you for looking.
84  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Murder on Leave Costumes. on: December 04, 2009 06:41:01 AM
So I had to make costumes for a murder mystery that my family did. But the catch was that it was set during WWII so I had to make 4 of the 5 costumes and I am not the best with clothes for adults. So here they are.

My Brother is a sailor and while it is not completely period accurate I it is more an homage to the uniform. I was unable to find a sailor costume pattern anywhere unless for little boys or sexy girls, since my brother and the part he was playing did not follow those I improvised I used a scrub pattern and mixed the scrub top and the scrub jacket. I winged it on the sailor flap.

My friend Jade played a night club singer and so she had a shiny outfit her costume took several tries and several incarnations. I finally landed on a picture that I had found and altered modern patterns to match it. She also had a modified finger waves that I did.

She looked great.

I played a secret agent. I made my outfit and while in the end I was not entirely happy with the fit of the jacket bottom. I am pleased that I made a jacket complete with button holes. I made the dress underneath but I have the posted fourth picture of the dress by itself
I wore my hair in victory rolls. and I just loved it.

My mom played the Sailors mother (I know big stretch for her) and went with a authentic 1940s pattern from simplicity I believe. There was an odd bunch in the stomach due to the pattern type but we made it work and while I dont have any really good pics here it the one I have.

Lastly my dad wore his own clothes but I had to de-frill the apron and since we only had one sailor hat I had to make a second with no pattern I just used the one hat we had to copy. He loved it.

Thank you for looking and comments or suggestions greatly appreciated.

85  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Newest poppet on: October 21, 2009 08:08:18 AM
My two newest poppets. I just love them the large on is Autumn. Her coloring just screamed for that name. I made the halter dress, the first dress other than easy peasy. I just love it.  The smaller one is a baby poppet. I wanted to try that pattern and since I made my vary first poppet out of the green I try to use that for the first for any style poppet I try. The large on is the first attempt at the two piece boobie pattern. Which no offense I didn't like so but in the process I did figure out how to do the 3 piece boobie better.

86  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Birthday Poppet on: September 05, 2009 02:28:43 PM
Hey there I just wanted to show you all my newest poppet. She was a birthday present so she doesn't have a name yet. She was a surprise but I just love her.

This outfit is leftover material from a quilt top I just finished.
Her crocheted sandals

Her hair style I made a mini bumpit out of felt to get he proper poof. You can also see her painted finger nail and toe nail. She also has all the same piercings as her new mom.

She has a tote bag with yarn 2 projects (since most crocheters have multiple projects going on all the time) and a tiny crochet hook. I have been helping the girl with her read crochet patterns.

Hope you like her! I know her new mommy does.
87  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Murder in Center Ring (Tons of pics) on: September 01, 2009 08:37:22 AM
Oh Kay so I act, write and direct murder mysteries on the local scenic railroad. It is a dinner theater thing and this year as if the other three hats are not enough I was handed a new hat to be costume designer and decorator. So here are the characters and their outfits. I did not make the corset for the trapeze artist or anything for the cowboy. But everything else was made. Thank you as well to all of those trailblazer on craftster that have written advice or just chronicles their journeys I spent many an hour reading post on here. But I think it all turned out OK. They outfits were awesome.

We ended having to take the babies along for the ride so a week before the show I added costumes for them to the pile. but they were so cute.

THE RINGMASTER- My dad I was going to just make him a red sequenced vest to wear with a suit jacket he already owned but he wanted a full red jacket with tails.
I ended up using two different patterns for the jacket and one for the vest. He wanted a actual bow tie but then forgot to learn how to tie it so he wore it untied.
I am proud of this jacket dubbed the devils jacket by me who broke 12 needles on the sequence and my sewing machine(while being over 15 years old) stopped working as well.

This is what inspired him to want the jacket. I made a poppet for the circus challenge

THE CLOWN- My mom she wanted something light so she wouldn't die of the heat. We did the show in the middle of July.  She bought several different fabrics for the body suit she thought would work. But at Walmart I found the blue polka dot fabric and went with it I gave her short sleeves to help with the heat. At the last minute her Clown wig didn't work so she used a hair fall that I had made from a tut on here,

Her mini me Her granddaughter and my niece aren't they cute together.

My mom and Dad that night

THE TRAPEZE ARTIST- My friend Jade I made and altered everything she has on but the corset. I didn't get a good pic of the hair piece but it was huge with a large ribbon rose and lots of feathers around it and some peacock feathers on the edge.
She is only 16 here but boy she doesn't look like it. Her dad is gonna kill me if he sees these.

THE LION TAMER- this is me. I made everything the dress and sleeves are from an old bed sheet I had. The Corset is my first ever(but not my last) corset I ever made. I just loved it. I made the hair falls out of several different kinds of yarn and ribbon. I made mini ones for my daughter to wear.

All in all it took me about 6 weeks to make everything. And I am so proud. I have never taken on anything this big before. I had some nieveness thinking it would not be a problem and I gave myself enough time to finish but I still cant believe I did it. Hope that you all like them. Sorry so many pics but I had to have proof you know. Enjoy!!!!
88  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Husband looking for a painting he saw at Oz fest on: August 04, 2009 03:48:51 PM
Ok so my husband went to Oz fest several years ago and saw this painting airbrush art on a canvas that he just loved and lately he has become obsessed. He has spent countless hours searching online and finally gave me the puppy dog eyes to post it on craftster. So here we go. He describes it as a octopus with a horned skull as the body with no jawbone and with tentacles around the mouth. If you know what I am talking about or have seen something similar. Please Help!!!!
89  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Need help with Wedding dress on: July 27, 2009 11:08:18 AM
Help!!! So my sister found and bought her wedding dress and she just loved it until her best friend who has copied like everything she had planned for her wedding also has the same dress. While she still loves the dress she would like to alter it somehow so that it doesnt look like the same dress as her wedding is after her friends. This is where you all come in I need help on suggestions for that. She wants to keep the halter and doesnt want to do too much to it as she love the dress just not having the same one. Here is the dress any suggestions would be Wonderful.

The color of the belt is champagne and the color of the dress is Ivory. Her accent colors for the wedding is orange and Brown. It is on Halloween next year. 
90  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My very own Circus poppets (Lots of pics) on: July 19, 2009 10:59:05 PM
I just wanted to introduce everyone to the 2 new members to my crazy household.  Jaylene and Martin.

They are a brother and sister duo (my first male poppet).  He runs the show and he comes off as grough but His sister holds a special place in his heart. They have relied on each other for years.

 He is the ringmaster and he runs the circus that his grandfather started. He loves his job.

 He is a little self conscious about his hair line. Notice his little pointy nose.

It just keeps retreating. So it is very rare to see him with out a hat. I caught him at a week moment.  He is rather short of stature as well.

His sister however is long and lean. While she helps with the paper work for the circus she is also the headlining trapeze artist and Horse rider.
 She was willing to show me her newest outfit She loves her leather corset, but would not show me any of her tricks.
She is rather shy when she is not in the Center ring.  She loves her job, and her brother.

 They are made from the same skirt the difference in height is from putting the stretch height wise on her and width wise on him. His skin is the back side of the skirt and she is softer with the front side of the skirt. I am very proud of these two. My husband had lots of opinions about them to. He picked the hair colors, and the hairline for Martin, and also the mustache(not my first attempt)  had to be approved as well. I hope that you like them they are happy to be here.
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