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11  Thor Odinson in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Mamaneedles on: July 30, 2014 06:55:58 PM
We have a thing for Thor around here. You know, he's so strong and mighty. My son, probably like much of the 4 yr olds, loves him as well, and it so happens that he sports blue eyes and long blond hair just like him!

I was planning making him a real life size Mjolnir for his bday this weekend, but k_michele_craftyfae took care of that. I had to find something else... And if you do not know it already, I DO love to make dolls, so I decided that a posable dollhouse Thor dolly would be the perfect thing for my son.

He has a wire skeleton wrapped in clean carded wool and I ever so patiently wrapped everything in organic skin tone cotton. He is fully undressable.

For Asgard!!!
I tried very hard to keep a good balance and proportion and make his feet big enough so he can stand on it's own, with or without his boots, even with that big cloak of his and Mjolnir in his hand.

(chilling out at the Avenger's Mansion)
He is fully potionable, thus he can bend knees, arms, ankle and tilt his head (a little). I didn't bother trying to make him hands, he's so tiny!
His hair is a mohair crochet cap sewn onto his head. I used a lice comb to free all the mohair hairs. I used the european (waldorf) doll technique for his head.
His clothing is made of wool felt, black jersy knit, a tiny blue curtain leftover, and tiny pieces of leather scraps. And love. Lots and lots of love.

Can't wait to see my son's face when he open his gifts.
(and now I'm off to make a Captain America Tee)

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12  Re: WWP Round 50 - Celestial Litha Swap - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mamaneedles on: July 03, 2014 07:31:46 PM
Behold the mightyness of this package!!!

Me and Karen... Well, it's a great swappee-lovestory. We got to know each other quite well, and here's the things she carefully chosen to make to each of us:

Look at the happy boy! His name (merrick) is written in futhark on the other side. He loves it dearly and went to bed with it.

A very cute set of balls for Vik! It'll fit nicely with the cubes Monnie already did! ahah! I love that Karen chose the avatar symbols of each element. There's another design on the other side, all hand embroidered. You're awesome.

The perfect onesie for all the warm weather we got! It fits right now, which is what was needed!

Do you have your "pin it" button ready? Because even if you're not a mama, you'll want this play altar set for yourself. I LOVE it!

This picture doesn't do justice to the thing, but this wind catcher is lovely and summery and goes perfectly with the one Wulf made me some summer (or winter?) ago, which is maybe an indication that I need more orange in my life. I love it as well!

The cutest kitchen witch! all for me! I'll find her a place next to Ludi's. There was a spoon with her but the baby took off with it! The ribbon wands are a total hit, weather to dance, make some noise or chew on it. The little suns are very cute and will find a place in my house when we get back, along with those witch balls:

And that fae! I did wrap it and tried to wait until Monday (my daughter's birthday) but when she saw Merrick's Mjolnir she asked if she got something just for her...

She yelled of joice.
"Her wings are so so pretty Maman!"
I found that too Smiley She was named Illa and was aligned with her other dearest dolls I made her when it was bedtime. You should know she still plays with that first doll you made her 3 years ago for Yule!

Thank you so much Karen! It was so fun getting to swap with you once more! Each object will be cherished in our home.
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13  Juno -A cuddle doll for my 1yr old! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Mamaneedles on: June 26, 2014 10:39:50 AM
My third son turned 1. And, even if we have severals *cough cough* handmade dolls in our house, Victor didn't have his, you know.

The head is made with the euro technique of making a wool ball and using string to model the face. The nose and chin is sculpted with a needle. I knitted his body in merino baby since I couldn't find the right fabric (it had to be red!) and I had this great yarn a dear friend gave me when I was pregnant. The skin is organic cotton and he's filled with soft soft wool.

Blurry appreciation picture on his spécial day:
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14  Neverland pirate maps in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Mamaneedles on: June 13, 2014 06:25:20 AM
Here's a little map I made for a friend of my son. He's having a pirate theme birthday Smiley

And here's the one my daugther made for herself while I was making the other:

She ditched the island idea altogether and declared our treasure chest was in the bottom of the ocean.

The fabric is flax and we used crayolas, hoping it doesn't get thrown in the wash by accident!
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15  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mamaneedles on: June 01, 2014 07:58:39 AM
I get to break the ice! Cheesy

here's my first assigment for the summer semester:

Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor
Name: Brithday shirt!
Desc: Made for my son's first birthday, this shirt features oak leaves among other trees, and accorn both in the main fabric pattern and in the lining fabric which I printed myself using a handcarved stamp and fabric markers.
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16  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mamaneedles on: May 31, 2014 05:21:54 PM
Challenge: Quidditch!! (150 pts to gryffindor!)
House: Gryffindor
Desc: I wanted to make a little something for my lovely ladies that played along this semester. I couldn't do much but I'll send this little watercolor card to someone that participated in the Quidditch challenge and turned in their flying assigment.

I'll count the points this weekend and withdraw someone this week Cheesy
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17  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mamaneedles on: May 30, 2014 07:15:46 PM
Let's see what I can turn into assigment for this one last time!

Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor
Desc: 8 is the number of the Sabbath in the Wheel of the Year, and I made us a little friendly reminder for our wall, soon to be transform into a coloring page when I get the time Smiley

Class : CoMC
House: RAwwwrrrrrr....
Desc: For this doll's clothing I used two different fabric with colorful pattern and a soft green fabric too Smiley

Class: Potion
House: Gryffindor
Desc: This is the doll I made for Victor's first birthday. I couldn't find the right red fabric, so I decided to take out the special Merino superwash baby yarn and knit him the dolly instead of sewing. I came up with the pattern as I went. I love him and so does the little guy I made him for!

Challenge: DA- Department of Mysteries
House: Gryffindor
Desc: My friend is openning a coffee shop in her village, and she needed a great logo for marketing. I made her a couple of drawings, edited the one she and her partner liked and put some text. The name means "Little Happiness", roughly. I did it for free (or mayhaps a lifetime of free coffee!) saving her tons of money on a graphist.

Challenge: May WIP
House: Graaarrrrwwwwfindor
Desc: This one is still a WIP, or so to say, because she has no clothing made just for her, but the body and hair is done, actually. And you know it took me more than 30min for those part (more like, 20h!!!) Her body is a wire skeleton wrapped with wool. She has bandable finders, wrist and limb. She has a chin, nostrils and hairs. Her hairs are mohair so, so soft! I made her for Mariann 6th birthday next July. I couldn't keep her from playing with her already!

I promise to provide better picture of her once she has proper clothing.


I LOVE the owlet pincushion!! SO, SO CUTE! (yes I'm yelling. In a high-pitched tonne!)

will. update. quidditch. later.......
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18  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mamaneedles on: May 17, 2014 07:31:49 PM
Quickly dropping by with some assigments before the term is over!
Since some of you asked, here's the book I MADE! (yeah! I made a book!!!)
https://fundo.ca/fr/projects/242 --It's still in the crowdfunding state, we're almost there, at 95%!!! so you can buy one if you like. It's in French (which was the point, there's NO French children book about homebirth)
http://www.viewdocsonline.com/document/dz8qyj and here's an exerpt (spelling?) of it, so you can see the beggining so more image. I did the illustration AND the conception. I'm pretty proud of myself, I should say!
So there you go, the reason why I've been absent and neglecting.... Hope the mods do not see that as fishing... else tell me and I'll remove this Smiley

Class: Apparition
House: Griffindors!
Name: Grandmas' watercolors
Desc: You might remember we moved away from our family, and we really, really long to move back there... I went with the kids on Mother's day and those paintings (one for my mom and one for in MIL) represents well our desire to be there as often as we can! (I should say it's a 4h drive) Both says "Best Moms gets promoted to Grandmas/Mamie".

Name: Salute the Sun!!
Desc: My whole day is better off started with a nice Sun Salutation. I made myself this little reminder that now decorate the wall of my kitchen!

Class: HoM
House: Griffindor
Name: Beltane Crown
Desc: Made for our little Beltane dance.

Class: Divination
House: Grifindor
Name: Birthday crown for Victor
Desc: My boy will turn ONE next month. I know, so fast!!! And like I do for little ones that I love, I made him his very own crown, but I had to wait for the inspiration to strike... What to put on it??? While gazzing into the sky I saw squirrels and accorns and had this "ahAH!" moment. At the appartement were I gave birth, there was 4 giant old oaks in the yard so it was always full of accorn. And on the same day -true! not even making up a story there!- I saw a onesie on pinterest with an accorn on it saying "I will be mighty!" Well, this big guys surely will!

Challenge: DA- Patronus
Spew: Yay!!!
House: still a Lion
Name: Cuddle Doll
Desc: The House of Birth (Huh English term, it's Maison des Naissances in French) where I had my first 2 kids holds an annual brunch on mother's day to raise a little bit of funds for its commitee, so I gave away one of my dolls for them to giveaway. The mother that won it was very happy and grateful (and her belly was HUGE! Cheesy ) Thanks for putting up this challenge. It was worth the 4h drive!

phew. That's it for now. I don't beleive I'll be able to count Quidditch this weekend, but maybe this week.

Erin, that hoopla is lots of fun! I love the color you used
Noodle-bug and Jellybean, those hats are SO cute!
midkiffsjoy... THOSE YARNS!!! Yum!!!
Audiana...my daughter would be jealous of Elsa's dress. In fact I'm overdue in making one... The sauna sign made me laugh!
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19  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mamaneedles on: April 25, 2014 03:48:32 AM
Here's my overdue assignments return:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
House: Gryffindor *Quidditch: bludger to
Project Name: A dress full of fairies
Brief Description: Found this fabric some time ago, perfect for my little girl but couldn't decide on how to make the dress with it. We are studying fairies a lot right now!
Project Picture:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Our playroom
Brief Description: I guess I don't really need to tell you why this room was a mess.... But, in complement to just pick up the toys, I've also moved the furniture around a bit.
Project Picture:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Natural Homebirth Book
Brief Description: A friend of mine wrote a book about homebirth, and asked me to illustrate it. This is one of the 30-ish illustrations I made. We are not quite ready to publish, but very close!! It's actually what's keeping me out of the board...
Project Picture:
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20  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mamaneedles on: April 07, 2014 07:46:22 AM
Sorry for being totally absent! I'll update the Quidditch pitch...soon. At least before the term is over? I plan to have a surprise for my Quiddtich players and Flying students, but what? Smiley

I'm having quite a weird spring, actually. Still not looking like spring outdoor, more like December. I spent the day at the hospital yesterday for the first time in my life (didn't even go to give birth!) I passed a kidney stones. I hurts. so. much. But now it's gone, and I'm kind of trying to rest (yeah, the kids are listening telly!) so to celebrate lets turn in some assignments!!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy / Bludger to Slytherin
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Fire boots for Victor
Project Page Link (if available): http://demilunes.co/2014/04/02/experiences/
Brief Description: I've been wanting to try wet soap felting for a while now and finally got to it.
Project Picture:

Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA / bludger to Ravenclaw
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Spring spinning
Project Page Link:  http://demilunes.co/2014/03/27/je-suis-allee-voir-andre-stern/
Brief Description: Last year, I started working on some cute colored yarn (for what was left of the felted MLP I did) but didn't know what to do with it so I offered the result to a lovely new friend here, the first real friend since we moved! Smiley She was really happy, told me it's not something that happens often, knitting with some yarn you know who spun it!
Project Picture:

Class/Challenge/House Pride:  Charms
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Tooth fairy Chart
Project Page Link (if available): http://demilunes.co/2014/04/04/la-carte-des-dents/
Brief Description:  My daughter lost a baby tooth! Can you believe it? She's growing up so, so fast! For the tooth fairy to keep track of lost tooth I made a chart using pen and watercolor (technique 1), and shown it on my blog. Several mamas requested one for themselves their children, so I took a picture and edited it (technique 2) so it could be printed:

Feel free to use it too!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Transfigurations /  bludger to Hufflepuff
SPEW: n/a
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Quack-quack pants
Project Page Link (if available): http://demilunes.co/2014/03/28/les-pantalongs-coin-coin-et-le-the-dostara/
Brief Description: as a little gift for Spring, I made my children those supper comfy knit pants. I had that fabric stored for about 3 years, wondering what to make of it! Well, I decided to use every last of it, even if it means my daughter have "yoga" pants (her words!)
Project Picture:

Since it's a all in one post:

NEWT Subject: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: e-Book of Shadows (The little guide of the Agnostic Pagan Family) Illustrations
Brief Description: It's a huge project I've been willing to make for a long, long time. I want to write a little book for each seasons and each sabbath, about how we celebrate the year and how we heal ourselves naturally. In French...because there's nothing much in french for those living in our Québecer weather. I want to illustrate it with watercolor, so that's the NEWT part for you!
I choose Astronomy as a subject for this since The Wheel of the Year is based on the Equinoxes, Solstices and medianes (Samhain, Imbolc, Betaine and Lughnasad) and those are the 9 (I'm adding the Wheel too) I want to make absolutely.  I guess I'll start with Beltaine since it's the one comming up.

few. So there you have it!
I'm going to update my pitch now. *fly to the pitch in shame*

Can't wait to have my our finger puppets pottermouth!!! They are awesome!!

I'm so late into the craftalong I can't comment on everyone... but there's so many great projects.

ETA: You can head to the Quidditch Pitch to see the current score!
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