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11  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Evelyn Evelyn Jr (Amanda Palmer/Jason Webley tribute--first doll I ever made!) on: June 19, 2010 08:39:30 AM
I'm a huge fan of Amanda Palmer, and her latest musical endeavor is a theatrical concept album about a pair of conjoined twins named Evelyn and Evelyn Neville who grew up on a chicken farm and performed their musical act in a traveling circus, only to be "discovered" by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley (who dress up as the twins to perform in concert).  Well, they performed in NYC (where I live) last Saturday.  I was soooo excited and decided to make them a little doll to express my gratitude for the hours of entertainment which they have provided me. Smiley 

I've never made a doll before, but luckily I had just seen the Catrina Doll https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=349020.0, which had a pattern I worked from.  I used yarn for the hair instead of the felt bun (figuring out how to sew that in was a challenge within itself) and embroidered the faces.  Since I put this all together Saturday morning/afternoon, I ran out of time on a few things...I wanted to add legs and make a little guitar, and I had to rush a few details...but all in all I had fun and I hope they got a kick out of it when they opened the box. 

Here is a picture of them in action:

Not too shabby for a whim--comments/crit welcome (though I am pretty aware of its weaknesses, bleh).  Thanks for looking! Smiley
12  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 05/11/10 - We have 200,000 members! on: May 12, 2010 05:44:11 AM
I remember the corkboard background!  Here's to 200,000 more! I <3 Craftster!
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bike Basket Bag on: March 17, 2010 04:07:24 AM
Good stuff!  Way to go with riding a bike--my boyfriend and I don't have a car either and couldn't be happier. 
14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 47 ENTRIES / Re: Totally tubular messenger-style star bag (pictorially plump) on: February 15, 2010 12:51:43 PM
The straps don't stretch as much as you would think.  Inner tube rubber is pretty sturdy--case in point, when  changing a flat on a bike, you're supposed to stretch out the tube a little before sticking it in the tire and inflating.  There's a practical reason for it and I forget what that is, but stretching the tube is a upper-body workout in itself.  I guess that's why people invented those resistance bands for exercising Smiley
15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 47 ENTRIES / Re: Totally tubular messenger-style star bag (pictorially plump) on: February 10, 2010 01:19:47 PM
I used this one: http://etsylabs.blogspot.com/2007/05/long-overdue-fusing-plastic-bag.html
Jmesdiylounge of Craftster also posted this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=187283.0

Pretty easy to follow.  Keep shrinkage in mind when planning the size.  Remember to always keep the iron moving, and make sure it fuses enough so there are no bubbles or puffy spots.  Good luck!
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 47 ENTRIES / Totally tubular messenger-style star bag (pictorially plump) on: February 05, 2010 06:50:00 PM
Hey all!  I ride my bike everywhere, including the grocery store, so I had to figure out how to make this bag work for me.  I wanted to make a messenger-type bag so I could carry it on my back easily, and so I thought, why not make it bike-themed? 

The colorful part is fused plastic bags.  I added cut-out star shapes to make it more decorative before I ironed it all down.  It is lined with old inner tubes, which I got from local bike shops that were going to toss them out.  The front straps weave through the cogs--also generously donated by a bike shop--and attach back onto the top flap with velcro.  I mined a thrifted windbreaker for its zip-on hood, which I reattached on the front of the bag as a pocket for wallet/keys. The chest strap is a thrifted belt. 

I used a lot of glue, and hand-stitched when necessary.  Gorilla Glue was the most high-maintenance but got good results; Crazy Glue stuck the best but came in such tiny tubes; and hot glue did very little. 

My materials:

Into this:

I was worried that some grocery store official would think I was stealing if he saw me slipping food into my shoulder bag.  I gave it some handles so it looks more like the typical shopping bag when I'm still browsing.

Here is another angle with the flap open:

Inside of bag:

Holds plenty of groceries: two pounds of coffee, shortening, apples, chick peas...

Mirror shot!

All in all, I think I spent less than $10.  Thanks for looking!
17  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #46 - Gingerbread House Contest - Due Jan 1 - Jan 5 on: December 11, 2009 04:19:26 PM
Rats...walls and a roof...I was totally going to do Old Yankee Stadium before I read the rules more closely.  I guess the House that Ruth Built doesn't count. Sad
18  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 45 ENTRIES / Mechanic's Onesie to Mermaid-like Skirt on: December 05, 2009 08:41:20 PM
Hello, first-time poster, long-time lurker, lifelong procrastinator.  I came across a denim coverall-type uniform that had a decent amount of material to make a skirt.  It didn't have enough to do what I wanted with it, but nonetheless I'm pretty proud of the results:

Here is the original product:

Side view:

Back view:

From behind, on the ground:

I used the front buttons and buttonhole strip for the waistband.  It worked out so I can tighten or loosen the skirt.  I also wanted to keep all the pockets intact, hence the length it the back.  I don't have a machine, so it's all hand-sewn.  Wasn't too bad, though. Smiley  This was kind of an exercise in resourcefulness--I only used what was on the original coveralls, plus a needle and thread.

Thanks for looking!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Stephen Colbert Finger Puppet on: November 22, 2009 04:13:09 PM
You should email a pic of that to the show. It could find its way to the man himself Smiley
20  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Something Fishy - IMAGE HEAVY on: November 21, 2009 03:34:44 PM
Phenomenal!  (...fin-omenal? Wink )  Lucky kids!
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