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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Pop Tab Curtain with Tutorial on: February 28, 2012 02:15:45 PM
Definitely something I'll try!  I've been collecting can tabs of all kinds for about a year now, and they fill half of this jug-sized jar I keep on my desk.  Might substitute the paperclips for something else, but now I've got a use for them all!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Cheery Pillow (First Knitting Project) on: February 17, 2012 01:12:55 PM
I've only recently started knitting, after teaching myself how with no references, and decided to make use of an otherwise untouched stash of yarn in my room.  Since I've been meaning to make my room a little less boring and splash some color into it, I decided on a rainbow pillowcase.

This took me over three months to make, working on and off for days, and I can honestly say that it was the bane of my existence for a while because some of the warn kept getting tangled up.  But it came out better than I expected, considering I don't understand knitting lingo (or crocheting, for that matter XD).  Its a bit of a mixed project, since I started it off by loosely crocheting until I had a chain big enough to fit around a pillow and knitted from that.  I also finished it and closed it around the pillow by crocheting as well.

Most likely will add a yarn fringe to it, since I love that color purple and I didn't have the patience needed to make another stripe.

Critiques welcome, sorry for the sucky photos though!  Peace out!

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Plushload of Projects!! ((IMAGE HEAVY, Watch your toes!)) on: February 17, 2012 12:56:24 PM
Been a bit busy since the last time I actually posted something on here ^^  Between cleaning, job hunting, and looking to get into college, I've done some sewing to calm my nerves and potentially find something I would very much enjoy making.  But since I don't want to spam the forum with all of them in separate topics, I decided to lump everything together to make things a bit easier!!

Minecraft Creeper

Just getting this off my chest now.  I HATE Minecraft.  I tried giving the game a chance, but it just doesn't click with me.  However, that didn't stop me from accepting my brother's request to make him a Creeper.

This little monster was easy to make pattern-wise, but I cannot stress how much I wish that my sewing machine worked.  I found myself growing very tired of it, but this was a combination Christmas and early birthday present for him.  I did, however, learn how to use that plastic canvas stuff my mother had lying in the craft closet and make the yarn eyes for it.

For the longest time, I was tempted to make it a monocle, a mustache, and top hat, just to make this a bit more bearable.  Now that its done, I am relieved and hiding the pattern, in case I should ever have to make one again...which hopefully won't be for a very long time XD

It stands over a foot tall, and is completely handsewn, with plastic pellets in the base for some weight.  I took some artistic liberties with the shape of the legs and body, making them less blocky than the pixelated version, but I am otherwise actually pleased with the result.  According to my brother, it makes a great pillow as well, since I have this nasty habit of overstuffing things.

Pin Cushion Manticore

Just a little project for fun, and to use up some scrap materials.  I adore manticores, and have been desperately at work to make a really good plushie one that I would be proud of.  But until then, I sated my desire by making this adorable miniature one.

This one is actually machine sewed for the body and tail, with the head and fur done by hand (One of the rare moments my machine worked, getting it fixed soon hopefully). It can fit in the palm of one hand, but is a bit bigger than that.  I got the idea to use it as a pincushion since it would fit how I draw manticores, and I'm rather proud of its derpiness.  It also has the same head pattern of my Necromorph doll.

It has two different colored eyes, since I had lost the other blue and I only had a yellow one left.

Mambo Jade

I made this doll over a year ago, but I am very proud of how she came out.  This was another doll pattern I tested, but never really pursued.

I got inspired by Tia Dialma from Pirates of the Carribean, Halloween, and a depiction of a Voodoo goddess (I don't recall which one) I found on deviantART.  She's a pretty weighty doll, mostly due to her yarn 'dreadlocks', and she has trouble keeping her head straight because of them.

She's one of the few clothed dolls I've ever made.  I have a hard time with doll clothes, but she looked odd sitting around naked, so I took an old green flannel shirt and this lovely scarf I got at Salvation Army and made her outfit.  The scarf was enough to make her a bandana and skirt, and she was originally going to have sleeves on her corset, but they didn't look right.  Her fishnet shawl got lost sometime ago.

The charm around her neck is a jade elephant I found in a box of old jewelry my mother gave me.  I didn't have much use for it at the time, but I enjoyed how it looked as opposed to some of the other pieces I found.  Part of me wishes I gave her ears for some earrings, but she looks perfect the way she is!

That's everything for now, but hopefully being on a roll lately will mean more fanciful projects in the near future!  Peace out!

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / CUT OFF THEIR LIMBS!!! on: December 02, 2011 06:42:44 PM
Well, I missed posting something in honor of Halloween, but hopefully this makes up for it!!

I've been wanting to get the games Dead Space and Dead Space 2 for a while now, but since I can't buy it yet I've occupied some spare time just watching game walkthroughs.  I definitely know that I'll enjoy this game, and to show my love for it, I decided to have some fun with a doll pattern I recently came up with.

This is a Necromorph known as the Slasher, and is one of the most common enemies in the game.  They aren't overly powerful, but can be a pain in a large group.

They can also play dead.

Cutting/blowing off their heads doesn't kill them outright, making them honestly more terrifying than a zombie.  In the game, cutting them to pieces with your weapons is the only way to bring them down.

This project took me a little over a day and a half to make.  Its completely handsewn and made of 5 different colors of fleece (three from scraps).  Big arms are button jointed, and the tentacles and intestines are crocheted yarn.  I wanted to use safety or embroidered eyes, but decided not to for this one.
This actually started off as an elf, but I got the idea to make a Necromorph while watching a Dead Space 2 video on YouTube.  And the doll itself is fairly large, standing roughly 12+ inches.

Will definitely be making more Necromorphs in the future, this was too fun!  Thinking of making an Infector, or even a Leaper, but might eventually be convinced to make Isaac Clarke.  Depends on the suit XD

Hope y'all enjoy it!!

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Hippocamp and Unicorn on: November 08, 2011 09:32:58 PM
C: Is it wrong that I geeked out for almost a full minute when I saw the hippocamp?  I think it's freaking amazing ^_^  All this needs is a pegasus, and you've got the three coolest horse-creatures in the world!  Wonderfully done!!
6  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Pricecheck, please!! Or How Much is Reasonable... on: November 02, 2011 03:03:24 PM
I actually plan on offering some premade dolls, such as elves, ninjas, pirates, etc., so those would be priced rather fairly once I figure out how much material it would take to make them.  What would be more expensive is say someone wants their own original character, or perhaps a movie/game/comic character made, since the materials would be rather costly for some of them.  $15 at the moment would cover the price of a yard of fleece plus the clothing fabric, and depending on the doll, yarn hair or the kind used on plastic dolls.

The ones I'm making at the moment are being made with on-hand materials (mostly old clothes and some plain fleece), but should be decent enough examples once they are finished.  And the quality of the for sale pieces will be better, given that I have to handsew EVERYTHING including clothing until my sewing machine is fixed :C
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Pricecheck, please!! Or How Much is Reasonable... on: November 01, 2011 09:16:14 AM
Cheesy title hides serious issue.  I've been experimenting with doll patterns the last few months, and I've finally made one that I'm proud of, in both its shape and its relative ease of assembly.  Once I finish her clothing, I will be posting her up one of these days one that hurdle has been tackled.

However, I've been thinking about selling dolls and plushies for a while, if only as something to do at conventions and the like.  My main issue is I'm unfortunately a generous person who doesn't like feeling as if I've ripped someone off.  So, I need help figuring out what a reasonable price is for my work.

My doll stands roughly 12-16 inches tall (alas, no ruler available at this exact moment) and is made of fleece, with wool wet-felted dreadlocks.  The doll is entirely hand sewn and has embroidered eyes.  The pattern is based on one of those old country rag dolls, but with different proportions, and can sit and stand with assistance.  I also am considering offering original stuffed animals

I was thinking perhaps $15 would be a decent base price, since it takes me at least 2-3 days to handsew any sort of plushie, although this is considering the time I take off to do chores and the like.  I want to charge based on materials, and for a customized plushie the price could be upwards of $50 since some materials for the doll's clothing might be expensive. 

These are just my thoughts.  I would appreciate any and all advice from people.
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2011 Costume-Along on: October 28, 2011 06:43:40 AM
I know the feeling Alexus @__@  Costume plans fell through due to financial issues, so I'll be cobbling together an urban troll costume once I get a chance to run to the fabric store.  A tail and some ears won't be hard, my clothing will suit fine for being all urbany and trollish XD
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Alice in Wonderland *pic heavy* on: October 22, 2011 10:14:16 AM
I think I just exploded from cuteness overload O_O

This is an amazing costume.  She looks like a perfect little Alice in it, and the white rabbit pack is a nice touch ^^  Hopefully we can see some photos of the cape with this otherwise amazing ensemble in the near future!! 
Cannot wait to see the Mad Hatter, and whatever you do for the older kids.  This is amazing work!!
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Goddess Kali Poppet on: October 21, 2011 11:41:29 AM
This rocks so hard Cheesy  Nicely done!!
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