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71  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first dragon and I made the pattern myself! on: July 26, 2010 07:51:57 PM
I'm working on my very first poppet right now. I got the pattern from ghillie and have all the pieces sewn and cut out. I'm just waiting on more stuffing before I finish her. I would have had enough except that when I was looking at pictures of other poppets to get some construction ideas a dragon stuffie pretty much demanded to be born. I'm not much of an artist but I ended up drawing a set of dragon wings freehand in one try. So NOT me. After that I took the hint and started creating. We actually had some red and gold dragonscale looking fabric is the masso-stash from a cloak I made myself for Amtgard. I ended up making the wings, which are wired to keep their shape, and the front feet before whatever dragon muse was with me decided to get distracted and go elsewhere. Drew helped me draft the rest of the pattern pieces Saturday night and I finished it yesterday. The dragon hasn't told us its name yet or if it is male or female but it's happy to have been born. I'll post pictures of the poppet once she's done too.

Without further ado:

72  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Decorative Vinework Plate on: July 19, 2010 10:25:29 PM
I got this plain old cheap paper mache plate off of Freecycle with a bunch of other random stuff. Rather than let it go to waste I decided it could be beautiful with a little decorating. I'm not much of a painter. To be completely honest, the vinework on the plate is about all I can do in that area. I started out with a couple coats of black and some leftover green from painting with my daughter. I was originally going to do the whole plate in the vines but I decided I liked the look of it this way after stopping for a break.

73  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Cornucopia Wall Hanging on: July 19, 2010 10:19:11 PM
This was my very first attempt at any sort of applique or embroidery. I made it as a wall hanging to go behind my altar for Lughnasadh and Mabon. I was also out of Wonder Under so it is all done free form. You can't really tell from the crappy pictures but all of the vegetables and everything else are different textures and fabrics. The base of the hanging is suedecloth and I  just sort of went from there. Any comments or suggestions for future projects are welcome!

74  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hubby's New Grill Apron on: July 19, 2010 10:11:13 PM
I received some fabric from a friend who was cleaning out her stash (as if I really needed it but how could I pass up free fabric?!) and found a cut of chili peppers on black. My hubby immediately snatched it up and informed me that I was going to make him a grilling apron out of it. Amused, I decided to comply. He wanted it to be set up sort of like a waiter's belt with deep pockets. I gave him more than he had asked for (I love pockets). The very bottom row has four pockets and the second row has three pockets. The ones on the second row are large enough to swallow his grilling utensils whole. I only had a few small scraps left so I added the two small pockets at the top. They're just big enough for salt and pepper shakers. Personally, they remind me of eyes Smiley AFter using it once he asked me to add a loop to each side for tongs. Here they both are:

Close up of the tong holster:

75  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fairy House on: July 19, 2010 09:02:33 PM
Before we moved in to our house, our landlord cut down a huge oak tree. The stump was still there, covered in bark that was drying up and peeling off. I thought it was a shame to let all that bark go to waste, especially with as large as that tree must have been. Instead I decided to honor the tree and make the local fairies happy at the same time. This house is made completely out of bark and branches (with a few offerings here and there)




76  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Green Man Mask on: July 19, 2010 08:57:05 PM
For Litha last year I was given the challenge of making something in honor of the Green Man. I decided to make a mask. I bought one of those plastic full face masks at Joann's and gathered up a bunch of oak leaves. Then I spent about 2 hours gluing them all to the mask. Crazy? Maybe, but it came out great and still holds a place of honor above my altar.

Picture of hairy-chested hubby modeling:

77  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fuzzy Caterpillar for my Daughter on: July 19, 2010 08:37:15 PM
So I had this really cute orange and yellow tie dye fabric lying around forever. It was made even better by the fact that it was fuzzy eyelash fabric. I could never decide what to do with it. Then one day I decided it would make a great caterpillar. I broke out some cardboard for a base and plates for circle templates and went to work. I actually had to attach the fabric with duct tape because my glue gun was out of glue. And here is the result. It now hangs on her wall above her bed.

Close up of the head:

78  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Ever Wonder What 1000 Origami Cranes Looks Like? on: July 19, 2010 08:14:04 PM
Last year a challenge was presented on another site I'm part of to make 1000 origami cranes by the end of the year. I had just about half of them done by the end of a month and a half (what can I say? I got bored at work...). So have you ever wondered what 1000 origami cranes looks like? Well wonder no more!

Believe it or not, this was actually kind of relaxing after the first couple of cranes. I could just zone out to the folding and let my stress go.
79  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My Monster First Crochet Project on: July 19, 2010 07:53:11 PM
So during my very first bit of time lurking here at Craftster I came across the coolest purse ever! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=190912.0

I knew as soon as I saw it that I had to have one of my own. My only problem was that I didn't know how to crochet.... So I begged my mom to teach me enough to get the job done, took about 7 different trips to Joann's (want to hear the sad thing? I was working there at the time and not one of those trips was during work!) and about a week total later had a finished project! Mine is a lot bigger than the original that inspired me, but I also like to have a lot of room for books and whatnot. I've had so many compliments and have even had a request for a monster diaper bag from a friend for her expectant daughter.

Without further ado, here is Mayhem!

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