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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hat and Booties for Baby 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.

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Whimsical Fashion ATCs 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.

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A He-Man Halloween! 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!
4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / ATCs - Handdrawn and Painted - IMG Heavy 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

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A Baby Tardis - Complete with the Doctor! 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!

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Puzzle Ball + Baby = Happiness! on: June 29, 2011 06:52:55 AM
I saw this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=375342.0 a while ago and was fully intrigued with what was called the Amish Puzzle Ball.
Smallhold led me to this post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368435.0 which leads to a tutorial on how to make one etc. and I decided to give it a go. After all, babies need toys, don't they?!

I used a 5" long by 2-5/8" marquis shape to make it, and 1/4" seam allowances, which made the ball 8" at its widest point.

The ball takes 12 "outer" fabrics, so I chose three colours (red, blue, yellow) and found 4 different fabrics for each colour in my stash. I wanted as much texture as possible so spent a good amount of time looking at fabrics and their combinations.

The fabrics I used were as follows:
REDs - satin, flannelette, red chiffon on top of metallic gold tissue (so the gold shines through in the light) and a chinky cable knit section

BLUEs - shot taffeta, a very textured jersey knit, bonded sequin, and two layers of blue net over lycra

YELLOWs - felt, georgette over satin, quilting cotton, jaquard satin

The inner pieces are all made with a very soft zebra stripe velour.

Hit that ball, baby!

I didn't expect my baby to really play with this ball until she was much older, but at two months she seems to have a kind of interaction with it! She likes it when the ball is placed next to her on her blanket, and she waves her fist ferociously until she managed to hit it, then as it rolls away she smiles at it. It's hilarious to watch, especially since she has almost no control of her limbs so it's as much a shock to her as to me when she hits it.

Puzzle Ball + Baby = Happiness!!

Some tips!

* I really stuffed the shapes full - it takes a lot of batting! This makes it so that the ball bounces a bit on a hard surface, but makes sewing together the final ball much harder. If you want to have an easier time of it, I would not stuff the shapes to full capacity.
* Interface any fabrics that have stretch to them, so that when you stuff the shapes they do not get misshapen.
* be aware of nap directions on fabrics with pile
* use a heavy duty or upholstery thread to sew the stuffed shapes together
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Watercolour Paintings - turned into Coasters on: January 18, 2010 08:16:29 PM
I began making Artist Trading Cards a few months ago to practice my watercolours. This worked, and now I paint watercolour all of the time!

While shopping for Christmas presents this year I came across these coasters that you were suppossed to put a photo into. Instead, I put in miniature paintings of birds. It was a real shame that I only found one set of these coasters because everyone was super jealous of the recipient. If anyone knows where I can get more in Canada please let me know!

Here is the set:

And the birds are


English Robin


Here they are in the case that comes with the coasters.

Cheers, and thanks for looking!
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / ATCs - a new addiction! - updated gallery Sept 15th on: January 13, 2010 09:52:02 AM
At the insistence of a friend I started making and trading ATCs a few months ago (edit, now almost a year ago). Boy is it ever fun! (But most people know that already.)

-Update Sept 15 2010-
Okay, here are some new cards that I've been making for the past few months. Unfortunately for gallery browsers, these are all traded. Wink When I get some new cards made I'll try to remember to post them here. These are all ink and watercolour, sometimes with a hint of gouache:

Rainbow Unicorns


a card for a Black and White themed swap, entitled "Dress"

Little Red Riding Hood

Flower Horse

The Zipper

Three cards for a Nudes with Accessories swap theme.

and Purple Hair (which is kind of the same idea, but less breasts)

and three cards for a Science Fiction swap theme - I called them "Don't Leave Home Without It!"

-update Feb 19th-
Here are some other cards that I've been working on. Just a sample, as I've made too many to post all of them here!
They are ink and watercolour. Jewellry girl has some gold acrylic on her jewelry, but you don't see that in the scan. Sometimes the scanner washes these out, but oh well, they look good enough to post.

Junko Bird

The Peacock and the Pea

Sweet Tooth Cake

Jewellry Girl Series 2/3
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Cello - for yell0wbright for the ongoing January swap

Winterwear Series 2/3

Winterwear Series 4/4

In the Flower Garden - this one has a cream background, but the scanner read it as blue-ish. meh

Rose Garden

Thanks for looking! Most of these are traded, but if you want to trade then PM me!
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Here are some of my favorite that I've made. They are all Ink and Watercolour.

Feeling Blue

Yellow - Available


Green Thumb

Zipper Sunrise

Bear Suit


My Dinosaur - Available

Feeling Purple

A Heart for You

If you are up for a trade PM me! I have a lot of extra time right now and can make special requests fairly quickly.
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