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1  Hat and Booties for Baby in Knitting: Completed Projects by sabrinalouisemiller on: March 25, 2015 08:57:27 AM
Well I've been away from craftster for a while but am slowly getting back into things.

I just finished a hat and booties for my sister's soon-to-be-here baby. I loved the feel and colour of the yarn but thought that something was missing ... then I had the idea to add the ribbon flower and green ribbon as ties for the shoes. I just love them now!

The ribbon is satin 3/8" and I just wrapped and sewed until I had a good rose shape.

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2  Whimsical Fashion ATCs in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by sabrinalouisemiller on: February 18, 2014 10:27:40 AM
I've just had the time and energy to get back into some ATCs - these are all ink and watercolour. They are (really, really) loosely based on historical fashions.

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3  A He-Man Halloween! in Halloween Costumes by sabrinalouisemiller on: November 01, 2013 12:27:21 PM
So I introduced my two year old to one of my favourite shows from my childhood - He-Man and the Master of the Universe.

Well, she took to it instantly, and the show has so many positive messages that this didn't bother me a bit. However, I did get a bit disturbed when she started getting obsessed with Trapjaw, who is one of Skeletor's bumbling henchmen. I mean, couldn't she have chosen one of the so-called good characters, like Orko or Teela? My husband and I decided that it's nothing to worry about because Trapjaw is funny, and she thinks that he and He-Man are friends, so fine. But she continued to talk of him all of the time ...

This Halloween she was old enough to understand that she got to choose who she wanted to be. (This is the same kid that we dressed up as the Baby Tardishttps://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=394513.0;topicseen#axzz2jQ6nginz two years ago - we've had some fun with her!). She chose Trapjaw, and said that her sister was to be He-Man. Ok, so that's what we'll do!

I drafted all of these patterns myself. The costumes cost under $15 each - I bought the base fabrics and used trims that I had at home from other projects.

Introducing the Masters of the Universe!

Here's He-Man and Trapjaw together:

By the Power of Greyskull - I have the Power!

and here's some in progress photos:
The helmet, jaw and hook were interfaced with a super heavyduty feltThe jaw is held onto the helmet with snaps, so it is removable. This was nice for when she wanted to eat some food at the party we went to, but didn't want to take off the helmet. The hook has a handle to hold in her hand so that if she wanted to use her hand she could just take off the hook.

The blue bodysuit is a shirt and pants, easier to change and put on, and then the bits are all velcroed or snapped on so that if she wanted to take off some and leave other bits on she could. It was also great for letting her dress up in her costume, but then take off the red bionic arm so that she could wear a jacket outside for Trick or Treating.

For He-Man, it was all pretty straightforward. Instead of a shirt and pants I made a onsie and pants, and they fit another layer underneath for warmth. The bracelets, belt, chestpiece and boots were velcroed on, and the furry underpants were elasticised. I have to say that I absolutely loved the grommets on the belt - they really were a nice detail.

and some extra's just for fun!

He-Man disarming Trapjaw

If anyone wanted more info, or pics of the seperate pieces to see how they are put together I'd be happy to share. This site is all about sharing ideas, after all!
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4  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap March 2012 - GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by sabrinalouisemiller on: April 24, 2012 04:52:09 PM
I got this GORGEOUS mask in the mail today - Hooray! Here it is:

I scanned it larger than the card is to show off the feathers. The white is the scanner bed. Cheesy Sorry the background is a little blurry - it's because the rhinestones are 3-D!
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5  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - February 2012's GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by sabrinalouisemiller on: March 13, 2012 08:49:06 AM
I got a fantastic coffee themed card from brakishpotatoe!

I absolutely adore the coffee cup stain on the corner! Thanks so much brakish!
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6  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - February 2012's GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by sabrinalouisemiller on: February 25, 2012 09:04:43 PM
OH MY GOODNESS - Kwality's monsters as always, the moving key and embroidery cards by Mountains and Clouds, the kitsune fox, the "blown ink" tree series - there are so many great cards this time around!

But I have to say, that so far the cards I received are my favourites! People did such a great job on these!

This week I got four cards in as many days. That was exciting!

First up - Mountains and Clouds with my mask theme. She did not disappoint! She did a great version of the Balinese mask Topeng Keras - I may have to find the time to chose her Balinese theme in turn to reciprocate, Wink
(by the by, Mountains, if you don't know of the book "Balinese Masks: Spirits of an Ancient Drama" by Judy Slattum and Paul Schraub then get it from your library! I took mine out so often that I finally bought my own copy. It is so inspiring! I have to go to Bali sometime ...)
Okay, here is the card:

and then I got WitchHippie's version of coffee - she not only soaked it in coffee overnight (!) but it is the molecule of coffee itself!
The really funny think is that she didn't even have to label it - before I went crazy and decided to have a career in the arts I was in chemistry! How wonderfully serendipitous is that!

and then I got the most wonderful portraits from WideEyedLife!
Just LOOK at this green one! Stunning! I can't get over her features, they are just so lovely. My baby really likes this card too. Wink

and this red one - I totally thought that she takes after Audrey Hepburn, and that's just what Jessica wrote about the card! Great minds think alike ...

Man Jessica, keep drawing because your cards just keep getting better! I love the use of monochramatic schemes.

Keep 'em coming everyone! I'm going to have to find some more time to claim!
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7  ATCs - Handdrawn and Painted - IMG Heavy in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by sabrinalouisemiller on: February 16, 2012 08:41:26 PM
I haven't posted any of my ATCs for a long time so I thought I'd share some of my favourites here. These are all watercolours with black lines in India Ink with a crow quill pen (it's my fav because it's so flexible giving those great varieties in line thickness!) on 140lbs paper. Some of the cards were done for the ongoing ATC swap on this site, and some are from another site for themed swaps.

Women in Animals Suits


Blue Daisies
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Kawaii Happy Fun Girl!

Female Satyr
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White Cat

Calico Cat

Moving Castle Theme - The Cat

Elegant Animals - Squirrel

Elegant Animals - Mouse

Elegant Animals - Otter

Woman with Cockatiels
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Manly Man Brushing His Teeth

That's a lot of photos! I hope you enjoy the cards. Cheesy

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8  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - February 2012's GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by sabrinalouisemiller on: February 16, 2012 08:45:41 AM
I got my first ATC from this swap today!
Teamama did my Literature theme and put all of her favs from her bookshelf onto a mini bookshelf for me.
Thanks Teamama - it's perfect! We have the same taste in literature:I have all of those books too! (But mine aren't first editions lol)

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9  A Baby Tardis - Complete with the Doctor! in Halloween Costumes by sabrinalouisemiller on: November 07, 2011 08:17:12 AM
This Halloween was our six month old baby's first Halloween, so we knew that we had to start her off right. It took months of brainstorming and polling people, but finally I thought up the perfect costume for her which we were able to keep a secret ...

The Tardis from Doctor Who -

Complete with her very own Doctor, the 10th Doctor David Tennant!

The photo is dark, but I assure you, the suit was navy blue, the shoes were maroon, and the tie was burgundy.

I made the Tardis and the sonic screwdriver, all from scratch. The Tardis is not the most current one because we realised pretty quickly that my husband could better pull off David Tennant than Matt Smith, so we matched her to her appropriate Doctor.

Also, the Tardis is to scale! I figured out how wide it needed to be to be comfortable on the baby, then did lots and lots of math to scale everything else down properly. There were some structuraly things that I had to omit to keep it from being too heavy on her.

My husband cobbled together the Doctor's costume partly from his own wardrobe, and partly bought things - like he had to buy the proper shoes. The Physic Paper was a small leather wallet with white card inside. I was most impressed that he shaved off his whole beard for the costume - now that's commitment!

Here is the Tardis foam interior, and some of the vinyl cut-out pieces:

and here is the Tardis without the baby inside - this gives a better detail shot. You can see the arm opening on the side.

I have to say that it took a lot of trial and error to see what she would be comfortable with but in the end it was worth it as she wore the Tardis for over an hour with no complaining. 

The Sonic Screwdriver was really fun but also a pain to make. In the end, it took:
* a dowelling rod and some other bits of wood
* a brass plumbing fixture
* a fake pearl bead
* a bit of flat acetate
* a black drywalling screw (it should have been a drill bit but I thought it a waste to buy a brand new drill bit then make it unusable for one night, so instead I reused a drywalling screw)
* a flat marble (we couldn't find a blue one, so I coloured the back of a white one blue with a permanent marker before attaching it)
* acrylic paint
* silver paint
* brown marker
* electrician's tape
* and a glue gun

and some reference photos:

and me? I don't really look like any of the companions, so I was Amelia Earhart. The story goes that the reason that I went missing is because the Doctor showed up one day and whisked me away with him. The leather flying helmet is vintage from 1915, but I made the goggles from a broken plastic container, some leather scraps from a jacket that I'm altering right now, and a little buckle.

Needless to say, they were a huge hit at the Halloween party! It was also very obvious which others guests watched Doctor Who - when fans caught sight of the Doctor and a baby Tardis they just freaked out.

Thanks for looking, and don't forget to vote for your favourite costume in the contest!

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10  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - JUNE, 2011 in The Swap Gallery by sabrinalouisemiller on: August 10, 2011 11:24:30 AM
I forgot two things: Mountains and Clouds was the one who gave me the skeleton pop-up card, so thank you so much M and C!

Here is another card I got from blupaisan for the carousel theme! GORGEOUS. She was right when she said most kids don't ride the elephant, but I love them. Somehow, blu, you are reading my mind from afar and giving me cards really relevant to me. Cheesy

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