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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Onesies and fabric paint? on: December 20, 2012 07:26:33 PM
Some friends of mine are expecting their first baby in May (hooray!), and while I've seen some SUPER cute onesies on CafePress and Etsy, I can't really justify paying upwards of $20 for a single onesie. Sooooooo, my solution is just to make them. However, I've never really done the fabric paint thing and am wondering how to do it with baby clothes. It is safe to use on baby clothes (i.e., will not irritate baby's skin)? Is one brand of fabric paint better over another? How will hold up in the wash?

Help please, I'm clueless. D:
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Doctor Who crochet things for babies on: December 18, 2012 12:30:24 PM
A couple of friends of mine (who are MASSIVE nerds, both scientists, and lovers of all things Doctor Who) are expecting a baby girl in May. YAY! Cheesy So excited. Anyway, I told them I wanted to make them a baby blanket, and the first thing they said was ". . . can it be a TARDIS blanket?"

The only TARDIS blanket patterns I've seen have all been HUGE afghan projects, and I've neither the time nor the money to commit to that big of a project (plus it'd be huge for the little one). So my plan was to make them a simple, pretty baby blanket, and then make some other Doctor Who-related thing for the baby.

So I'm looking for ideas! I need something that's safe for the little one, clearly. Things I've considered are a plushy TARDIS or a Tenth Doctor doll (both parents are big David Tennant fans). And though this is mainly looking for crochet things, I'm open to other types of crafts, too. Please and thank you. Smiley
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Fezzes are cool. on: November 28, 2012 04:18:40 PM
I'm a recently converted Whovian. I've been meaning to get into it for like two years, and then about a month ago I finally got Netflix and OHMYGOSHALLTHEDOCTORWHOS. I've officially caught up through series 6, and ahhhhhh. It's so good. I love it.

Anywho (pun intended), a friend of mine has a birthday coming up and she's a huge fan of the Eleventh Doctor, so I made her one. (Another friend bought her a TARDIS tree ornament, so that worked out well.) I used the "Big and Cuddly Matt Smith" pattern from Ravelry, with a few minor tweaks because my stitches are super-tight and his arms came out shorter than they should have been. Tongue Doesn't matter. He's still cute as all get-out.

Here he is!

Added detail: inside jacket pocket with a sonic screwdriver (made from a doll's miniature screwdriver with green rhinestones glued to the top).

Bow ties are cool.

You know what else is cool? A fez. Fezzes are cool.

Regeneration time! (Or at least, that's the story I'm going with for the crazy bright lights.)

I've got a college professor who's also a Whovian, but he's more of a Tenth Doctor fan. Maybe I'll make him a tiny!David Tennant before the semester's over. Hmm...
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions / How to part wig-cap hair on: May 17, 2012 06:59:18 PM
I normally do the wig-cap method when making hair for my amis, which is fine when the hair just hangs every which way. For this particular doll, though, I'd like her hair to be parted on the side. Thing is, I'm not really sure how to get a nice, even part without the cap showing underneath it. I'm not opposed to trying another method, but I haven't got the slightest clue on how to fix the problem. Help?
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Mini geology tools? (I'm serious.) on: May 12, 2012 11:10:07 PM
I am making a little teddy bear for my geology professor, and I would love for the bear to have a tiny hand lens (something a geologist will always carry with them in the field). It looks like this:

It's worn on a strap around the neck. Thing is, actual hand lenses are expensive, plus they're kinda big for this little teddy bear I'm making (it's only about 8 inches tall). Any ideas on how to recreate this? I feel like polymer clay would be too big for this, but I'm short on ideas. Anybody got any ideas?
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Shakespearean charm bracelet! on: April 06, 2012 08:58:07 PM
I'm in my second year of college and I took an Introduction to Shakespeare class this semester. I've always been terrified of Shakespeare, but the professor is phenomenal and I love, love, LOVE this class. It just so happens that my professor's birthday is next week, plus she has mentioned several times how our class is the best Shakespeare class she's had during her whole teaching career, so I took it upon myself to make her a charm bracelet reminiscent of our class. Smiley There are 3 charms for each of the plays we've studied in class, plus a couple extra. If you've read any of these plays, hopefully the charms will make some sense to you.

Le bracelet:

Charms, beginning at the clasp and going clockwise:
- 2012 (for our class, obviously)
The Taming of the Shrew:
- A sun/moon (for when Kate and Petruchio argue about what of day it is)
- Fork (when Petruchio starves Kate as part of his plan to "tame" her)
- Moneybag (since Petruchio married Kate for the sole reason of her dad having tons of money)
- Saw (partially hidden)
- Hawk (one of my professor's favorite quotes - Hamlet is trying to prove he's not crazy and says "I can tell the difference between a hawk and a handsaw!")
- Skull (alas, poor Yorick . . .)
The Tempest:
- Book (Prospero's magic comes from his books!)
- Wine bottle (Stephano and Trinculo spend the entire play being drunk)
- Anchor (for the shipwreck that landed the whole lot on the island)
A Midsummer Night's Dream:
- Love-in-idleness flower (that makes all the potions)
- Lion (for the actors who won't dress up as a lion because "It might scare the ladies")
- Fairy (because half the characters in this play are fairies!)
Titus Andronicus:
- Piece of pie (for Titus' treatment of Tamora's sons, a la Sweeney Todd)
- Sword (so much violence!!)
- Hand (Titus' allegiance to the King . . . ouch)
Much Ado About Nothing:
- Donkey (for Dogberry, who wants the world to know he is a . . . well, you know)
- Masquerade mask (for the dance in the play, and the many lies and deceptions)
- Perfume bottle (Benedick wears perfume while trying to impress Beatrice)
And lastly . . .
- Greek comedy/tragedy masks (after all, Shakespeare wrote comedies and tragedies!)

Charms were a combination of Hobby Lobby, Watchus, and Beads and Charms. I bought the chain, the clasps, and the jump rings separately and put the whole thing together. I can't wait to see my professor's reaction when she opens the box. Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Staying warm at the Ren Fair! on: January 17, 2012 01:10:30 PM
President's Day weekend (Feb. 18th!) is opening weekend for our Ren Fair here in AZ, and the first time I've been able to go in several years. I'm pretty excited. Anyway, while digging through my closet and stalking thrift stores to make a fairy costume, I have run into the issue of how to keep warm. So far my costume consists of a long-sleeved t-shirt, a pillow case (to be converted into a peasant-ish top), leggings, and something that vaguely resembles a skirt, to be made like one of those no-sew tutus. But I don't think that's going to be nearly warm enough, especially my lower half.

Also, I am severely lacking in sewing skills. I don't own a machine, and my hand-sewing is mediocre at best. I don't know if I could actually make a decent cloak. So . . . HELP, please?
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Alternatives to a wedding afghan? on: July 07, 2011 03:09:30 PM
A friend of mine announced about a month ago that she was engaged. Yay! I immediately began making plans to make her a wedding afghan, figuring I'd have 8-12 months to finish the massive project . . . but no. She's getting married the first weekend in September . . . OF THIS YEAR. D:

So I'm looking for something else I could make for her and her fiance' that would still be meaningful like an afghan, but not require nearly as much time. Ideas/suggestions, please. Smiley
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Fence bracelet? on: March 09, 2011 08:03:54 PM
So I'm a super-nerdy Auto Tune The News fan, and I want to make a turtle fence bracelet . . . but I am having issues about how to make the fence part. Ideally, I'd like to have something like this:

But I can't seem to find the pointy picket-fence-shaped beads, so I would also settle for something similar to this:

(I know it's not made out of beads. Shush. You get the idea.)

I am at a loss on how to recreate this though. I can't do peyote to save my life, and I can't find the picket fence beads . . . anybody have any brilliant ideas on creating a fence-like pattern?

(And this is a very silly bracelet, I'm making it with plastic turtle beads. So elegance is not necessary, it just needs to resemble a fence. Tongue)
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Tiny corset for a 12" doll? on: February 24, 2011 10:30:00 PM
So I'm crocheting a little doll, and I want to dress her in period clothes, around the 1800s or so (I think that's about right). Anyway, I wanted to try my hand at sewing things for her, and I wanted to make her a corset. I'm not sure how to go about it, though. I've seen some basic patterns for people-sized corsets, and I thought I might just follow the basics of those on a smaller scale, but since she's so small I don't think I'd be able to put boning in it. And without boning, it might just be a floppy piece of fabric and fall apart.

Help! Any advice would be appreciated.
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