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1  Zombie Girls and Frankenstein Brides in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by lunamadre on: October 24, 2013 06:51:12 PM
I'll have to get some full size pics of these later, but I'm too excited to share them now. Here are my dolls I made from my own pattern. I have zombies with hand painted faces with acrylics on the left, and Frankenstein's brides on the right with embroidered faces. The zombies have felt hair and the brides have corduroy with rick rack. Thanks for looking!

Here are some details of a few painted faces:

Here is a closeup of one of the brides:
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2  Squirrel Tea Party! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by lunamadre on: March 08, 2013 09:51:51 PM
I painted this for my daughter's room, she's six months old. I used acrylics and had a lot of fun using glazes, which was new for me. I loved how I could play around with the colors and really layer things. I'm going to make another painting for my son next, another woodland creature doing something....not sure what yet!

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3  Re: 12 crafty things for ME along 2013! in Craftalongs by lunamadre on: March 08, 2013 09:48:40 PM
Yay, it's finished! Squirrel Tea Party!

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4  Re: 12 crafty things for ME along 2013! in Craftalongs by lunamadre on: February 20, 2013 02:31:38 PM
Ok, cool, I did that too, thanks!

I got pics up of my christmas bunting too!

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5  upcycled tree skirt into gingerbread bunting in Winter Holidays by lunamadre on: February 20, 2013 02:26:01 PM
It feels weird to be doing Christmas crafting now, but this was sort of spring cleaning at the same time. I made a tree skirt 6 or 7 years ago, and it was starting to really show its wear. It's entirely felt, and the edges were beginning to get fuzzy and thin. It also had been vacuumed regularly every season to remove cat hair and pine needles. After being repeatedly brushed with a vacuum, laid on by cats, dripped onto with pine sap... it was starting to look shabby. But I still loved it and just couldn't part with it yet.
So I decided to salvage what I could. In all honestly, as much as I loved how it turned out, even when it was new I wasn't 100% happy with the end result. The pattern called for lots of fusible interfacing, and layering the felt to make thick felt gingerbread cookies. They were so stiff that it was hard to fold the skirt and store it without the appliques either creasing or pulling up. I also regretted using puff paint for details, because sometimes gift wrap stuck to the puff paint and left a papery residue or tore the presents. I also made a huge mistake, setting the edge of a large piece of fusible on the main body of the skirt, and then accidentally setting the iron on it. I had a huge semicircular glossy spot on the skirt, and I was furious. Of course this was after the whole thing was practically finished. Anyway, that spot always got hidden in the back of the tree.
Here is the original tree skirt:

SO. What to do. The past few Christmases, every time I unpacked that skirt I would sigh and put it under the tree, wishing I had time to make a new one and feeling too guilty to buy one. This year I decided that I had spent so much time detailing all the gingerbread appliques, that I figured I would just cut out the ones that were still in good shape and make a bunting. After an evening with pinking shears, grosgrain ribbon and a hot glue gun, I came up with this:

So now this will go back into storage, and hopefully I can make a new tree skirt without any hang ups. Or felt. The next one will be machine washable, and no puff paint. Smiley
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6  Re: 12 crafty things for ME along 2013! in Craftalongs by lunamadre on: February 09, 2013 10:31:35 AM
Here's a link to my new dance costuming!

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7  teal peacocky tribal fusion belly dance costume plus feather fascinator in Costumes: Completed Projects by lunamadre on: February 09, 2013 10:26:31 AM

My dance partner and I found this awesome printed fabric at Joann's, and got inspired to make our new costumes based on it. It's a 50"wide drapey silky material that we turned into some big luxurious pantaloons. We used this pattern for the pants:
And the tops we adapted from the Fat Chance Bellydance original choli pattern. We used the cup and triangle gussets (we're busty gals) and added super long ties, a band at the bottom with D-rings. The top crosses at mid back, threads through the d rings and ties. Then we both chose a vintage brooch, I used one from my grandma, the rhinestone fan. She used one from her mother, it was a cameo style oval piece with flowers on it. We both attached matching kuchi pendants beneath that.

The whole look was based around the pattern of the pants and these feathers I got a few years ago, and never turned into hair fascinators. I made a matching pair for us. The base is a stiff felt oval glued to a barrette. Then I used a combination of hot glue and epoxy to add the feathers, more vintage brooches, turkoman buttons, pearly and rhinestone beads.
Here's my feather:

Here's my partner wearing hers:

And here is me wearing mine:

This is how everything looked pulled together...this is me backstage with my ancient phone...getting a smartphone next week, wooho!

Hanging out after we performed:

And link to the performance! We were in Buffalo, NY at the Forum for Jim Boz's new cd release party. It was a blast.

Thanks for looking!
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8  Re: 12 crafty things for ME along 2013! in Craftalongs by lunamadre on: January 17, 2013 10:40:04 AM
OMG I am so in. I actually made a list privately over the holidays for this exact reason, and said I need to stop making stuff to sell, gift, or swap. I've finally resolved to keeping ONE of my items that I make for sale, but I have the same problem, not much here to show for myself or things to enjoy at home. My husband makes the same comments, lol!
I wanted to do the 50 things but that craftalong is SO huge, and overwhelming, I tried it once and never got very far. This is much more doable and I like that it's a smaller crowd.

Here we go....
Green= work in progress
Blue= complete

1. New coin bra for bellydancing
2. Ghawazee coat or Turkish vest for dance (I've been phobic of that pattern and I need to just do it)
3. Wall art for Molly's room (Painting of squirrel tea party!)
4. Wall art for Evan's room
5. Finish setting up my new craft room and add an artist altar
6. Pot holders or trivets
7. Bag or purse
8. Halloween decoration
9. Christmas decoration (upcycled tree skirt into bunting)
10. One handmade item of clothing
11. One handmade accessory
12. Finish my peacock embroidery from last year and frame it
13. New bellydance costuming (halter top, pantaloons, and peacock fascinator)
14. Paper star garlands for the kids' rooms
15. New curtains for Molly's room
16. Mexican tiled console table

#13. New bellydance costuming


#9. Christmas decoration


#5. Finish setting up my new craft room and add an artist altar
#3. Wall art for Molly's room (Painting of squirrel tea party!)


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9  Re: Help! Advice for sewing small stuffies please! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by lunamadre on: November 23, 2012 07:31:25 PM
It sounds like you're making them two dimensional, right?  outlines sewn together?  If you're having issues with the ears, try making them seperately and attaching them.

Yes, they are basically llama silhouettes sewn wrong sides together, with a hole in the bum for turning. I took a picture of them in progress, here they are before I finished them. They have embroidered harnesses and reins with a few beads, and little tassels in their ears now:

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10  Pocoyo Costume in Halloween Costumes by lunamadre on: November 03, 2012 05:29:12 PM
My son asked to be Pocoyo for Halloween....

I used McCalls pattern 4964. I didn't bother with pockets, and I altered the hat to have earflaps and covered a button with fleece for the top of the hat. I didn't have time to do a zipper, so I just used a large snap at the top and some velcro for the jacket.
I made the oversized zipper pull out of a sheet of yellow foam. I cut out the shapes with scissors and hot glued it together, then stitched it with embroidery floss to the jacket. Then I told my son not to pull it off or play with it. LOL Thankfully it survived a Halloween party and parade at preschool and a night of trick-or-treating.

Thanks for looking!

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