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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Zombie Girls and Frankenstein Brides 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:
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Squirrel Tea Party! 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!

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / upcycled tree skirt into gingerbread bunting 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
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / teal peacocky tribal fusion belly dance costume plus feather fascinator 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!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Help! Advice for sewing small stuffies please! on: November 15, 2012 09:07:02 PM
I'm thinking this board is probably the best place to ask this.

One year for Christmas, I had made about a dozen camel ornaments out of fabric, machine sewn, turned and stuffed. I've been wanting to try llamas next.
I just spent the day tracing and sewing over a dozen llamas in a cotton fabric. I tried to turn them, and I'm having some problems. First of all, the ears aren't turning out, I must have made them too small? I'm also having a problem with the seams splitting as I try to turn them or stuff them, specifically under their chins or on their long necks. I'm frustrated, because I did them the same way as the camels and these are NOT going well, so I threw in the towel for the night. I'm bummed because I was on a roll and I wanted to complete these for a craft show next week.

I can't tell if the problem is the fabric? Maybe it's cheap stuff and therefore fraying, or I trimmed the seams too close to the stitching, used too long of a stitch...any suggestions on why the seams are pulling open once I turn it or try to stuff it?
Any advice on getting two pointy tall ears on such a small scale to turn out? Or do I need to revise my pattern or should I just go larger in scale?
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pocoyo Costume 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!

7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Day of the Dead in-a-Pumpkin on: October 31, 2012 06:28:25 PM
I made this a while back but never took pictures of it. Since I took a picture today I figured why not share it?
I had made some day of the dead clothespin dolls as wedding party favors, and had some of them set aside for myself. I decided to make a little pumpkin home to showcase them in.

I took a carvable pumpkin and cut a lid into the top, just like a regular jackolantern, so that I could work inside it. I cut a circular hole in the bottom and put a color changing light in the bottom, so that the switch and battery cover are on the bottom of the outside of the pumpkin. Then I cut a window in the front, with the intention of making it fancier...but I realized that it was more of a pain to cut the pumpkin with an exacto knife than I had anticipated, so I settled for a plain rectangular window.
I used hot glue to cover the insides of the pumpkin walls with fake autumn flowers and leaves, and to set the clothespin people to the floor of the pumpkin.

Here is a pic of the pumpkin unlit and using a flash...

And here's a close up of the inside with the light....

Thanks for looking...happy Halloween! Grin
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first tea towel embroidery! on: October 31, 2012 05:54:06 PM

I made this for my mother in law, it's Aunt Martha's Java Break pattern. It was my first time doing a tea towel and having to worry about the back of the work. I'm happy with how it turned out.

Detail of the front:

And here is the back of the work:

Thanks for looking! Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Candyland Barware set (pic heavy) on: May 08, 2012 06:39:35 PM
Just wanted to share this here with everyone...some friends of mine planned a local swap upcycling board games. I found a vintage Candyland game at a thrift shop and decided to make a little bartending gift for my partner.

The storage box is made from the interior of the box, the part that had the rules printed on it and compartments for the game pieces.

I found some cool peachy polka dot scrap paper to modge podge on the inside and hot glued some ribbon and buttons on the outside.

I cut the game board into 4 coasters, and used clear contact paper and colored duct tape on both sides, so it's waterproofed....I highly recommend a sharp mat knife, cutting mat and a large metal Tsquare for cutting game boards!

back of coasters, with game cards:

The gingerbread men are wine glass charms... of course when my 4 year old son saw me drill holes in their hands, he howled and cried. Luckily there were 3 other mismatched pieces from another Candyland game inside, which I gave to him intact and un-drilled.
I printed out some candy themed drinks and glued them onto the back of the game cards. Then I hole punched and threaded them onto an earwire loop with some buttons.  

Thanks for looking!

10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Little Shrek on: November 08, 2011 05:32:13 PM

I'm not really considering this to be an entry that will win, especially once I looked through the gallery....I have to say, GREAT job everyone, I'm blown away!  I just wanted to share my son's costume because I had fun and am pretty proud to have whipped it up in an afternoon.

First of all, he did not want to wear ANY costume.  He was more than willing to let me measure him, but once I came at him with the tunic, he freaked.  I really didn't think he'd wear it, lol, but candy is a powerful thing.

It's pretty cold here, so I layered him up under his costume, there's a brown hoodie underneath, which kind of hides his costuming a little.  I made a cream t-tunic with a belt, vest, and the hat.  I copied a fleece puppy ear hat that he already owns.  It's a little big....when I wear it, the shrek ears stand up, but on him, they flop around, haha.  Enjoy, and good luck to everyone!
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