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1  Re: Steampunk Ornament Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Ashgrim on: November 30, 2012 06:44:22 AM
I've received from both of my partners already, and I love my new ornaments!

First is the one from libertine49: a sparkly hot air balloon!

I love hot air balloons and bunting. Smiley The colors match perfectly with my tree, too!

Next is a cool Christmas light bulb filled with neat do-dads from hgddm:

There are some great curly wires and some steamy little bits and bobs. It's wonderful!

Thank you so much, libertine49 and hgddm! You guys rock!
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2  Max from Where the Wild Things Are in Halloween Costumes by Ashgrim on: November 08, 2012 12:05:42 PM
This Halloween I decided to make my son the cutest boy costume EVAH-- Max from Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. This is my first ever hand-made Halloween costume, and I was so pleased with how it came out. I used the pattern sold by Jess at Running with Scissors. I didn't get a lot of staged photos because, well, my boy is almost 2 and never stays still for more than 10 seconds, especially when he knows you want him to. Still, I hope you can see all the components well enough from these:

The white parts of the costume are made out of fleece. The tail is black faux rabbit fur, and the whiskers are made out of pipe cleaners. You can see that the whiskers got progressively curlier the more it was worn.  Smiley I only wish I'd gotten a better photo of the tail! Thanks for looking!

The pattern I used can be found here: http://projectsbyjess.blogspot.com/2007/01/woodland-animal-costume-sewing-pattern.html
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3  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by Ashgrim on: November 06, 2012 07:38:47 AM
Thanks for the tips, Ravens Snow! I may just try that Russian punch needle thing. It looks really cool.

Knickertwist, your newest creation looks wonderful so far! I love the little gothic windows on the front. The floors look really great. I think I'm gonna have to do at least one wall or floor in that egg carton stone technique on my next house.

What an adorable tiny house, ysmeine! It looks like a cozy Christmas hideaway for a lucky little mouse. I really like your furniture. Did you use an old sweater to cover the chair?

Sadly my house did not get completed by Halloween. Sad But it's very close to being finished! I got some cool star posters hung in the little bedroom. Take some advice from me, though, and do not use school glue on paper printed on an inkjet printer. The colors bled a little but I think it still works since it's a kinda creepy house anyway. What do you guys think? Should I re-do them?

 I also made a tiny Ouija board for the bedroom so my inhabitant can commune with the spirits before going to bed. I guess I need to figure out a way to make that little wooden thing that you use with it, too.

I made a tiny crystal ball using bead caps for the little table downstairs but I didn't get a picture of it yet.

I found a lot of cool little things at Hancock Fabric. They've started selling other craft supplies besides just fabric and sewing stuff. I got the cutest little birdcage with a bird on the perch on clearance (woot!) and it has caused me to rethink the layout of the study. I think I'll put it on the little table in the alcove and move the brain down into the kitchen/lab. I want to put the bookshelf against the wall with the little round window. I'm thinking I could cover the window with a piece of paper colored to look like stained glass.

I tried to make a little frame for some tiny canvases I found, but it did not work very well. So I decided to get a framed picture from the miniatures section at Hobby Lobby (which were on sale this week. Yay!) and replace the picture inside with the one I want.

Speaking of Hobby Lobby, they have some really cute mini stuff in their Christmas crafts section, which was on sale for 50% off. I got a garland of miniature holly leaves that I plan on snaking along the outside. I also got some mini Christmas trees and a fairly long little white picket fence. Now I kinda want to do a little Christmas village.

I've also started a new miniature project for my son. He loves moving all the stuff around in my house, so I decided he needs something of his own. At Michael's they have the greatest wooden castle that opens, and I've wanted it for my son ever since I saw it. I finally got it with a 40% off coupon to make for his Christmas present. Another Craftster member did an amazing job making it into Hogwarts here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402029.0 Mine won't be that fancy since it's for a 2 yr old. To make it look stone, I'm thinking I'll spray paint it black and then make a stencil for bricks to be painted in gray. I would do the egg carton thing, but I'm not sure how well it would stand up to a toddler. Any advice?
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4  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by Ashgrim on: October 16, 2012 02:46:22 PM
I know what you mean about the perfectionism thing, selkie. At this point I'm trying to get it done enough for Halloween and worry about all the details I have floating around later.

 I got busy last night and last weekend so I have lots of pics to share!

The house is completely put together! Apparently I've lost part of the second spire thing, so it's not quite as tall but oh well. But now all the little fiddly bits are assembled. Well, except the door. Still trying to figure that one out.  Embarrassed

As you can see, Ptery the Pteryodactyl got a makeover. I like him much better with a tan.  Wink

Here's an overall view of the back.

The tiny bedroom with the bed inside. I had to stick straight pins in to keep the bedding in place. Now I'm glad I did a foam mattress. Originally I had envisioned things on strings hanging from the walls but I'm not sure the best way to go about doing that.

Here's the living room/staircase area. I added the wooden slats to the walls to cover up the little tabs that fit the walls together. I really like how it looks now because it also breaks up those tall walls. If you look closely on the right side, though, you can see where I accidentally scraped my wallpaper up with my X-acto whilst trying to shave off one of the tabs. I'm still thinking of the best way to cover it up.

Close up of the two chairs and table with Tarot cards on the table. I want to upholster the chairs a little with felt. I also think this room needs an oriental rug. Maybe I'll spring for one.

I added some little tombstones that I picked up last Halloween to the front yard. I was so happy to find some the right size! I also got some coffins and I'm trying to figure out where to put one.

I'd been trying to figure out some sort of shriney thing to put in that awkward little alcove by the stairs. I had some skeletons from The Dollar Tree that were too big on their own but then I thought, "Hey! I can just pop off the skull!" I melted a neat birthday candle on top to make it look ritualistic.

Here it is in situ.

I also added a chair to the study and a little piano to the living room, but I think I've got quite enough pics for one post. Next steps will be adding art to the walls and working on the kitchen laboratory.
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5  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by Ashgrim on: October 05, 2012 07:44:35 AM
This week I'm focusing on the bedroom, and I got a little bit done over the last couple of nights. I decided that my little bed needed a little quilt, celestial themed of course.

I used liquid starch to get it to drape correctly over the bed. I also made a little pillow.

Here's another angle.

Originally I had envisioned the bed being messed up, but I couldn't get the fabric to drape correctly that way. I like it looking neatly made, too, though.
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6  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by Ashgrim on: September 26, 2012 02:06:33 PM
Last week I got my study about 90% finished.

I still want to add some mini anatomy diagrams and a chair and maybe hang some glass beads in the bay window.

I used liquid starch to get the curtains to fold like I wanted and the same for the little table cloth. I was really happy that it turned out so well. Next room will be the bedroom!
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7  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by Ashgrim on: September 21, 2012 07:04:44 AM
I love how your house turned out, Knickertwist. I wish I could work as quickly as you!

Last night I finished up the rest of my tiny books and decided to repaint the white on my bookshelf. I added a few odds and ends, and here's the result:

 I'm glad I went with brown instead of white. It looks more...stately. I may still add some more things, but I really like how it looks so far!
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8  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by Ashgrim on: September 13, 2012 09:10:16 AM
I finished some of my tiny books last night. I'm really pleased with how they came out.

Now only about 20 more to go...
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9  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by Ashgrim on: September 12, 2012 02:12:54 PM
That's awesome, Knickertwists! If anyone can pull it off, you can!

I started making some wee tiny books for the study in my house. I also added some moss to the roof since I lasted posted some pics. Have a look:

There are a couple of half-finished books on the desk. To the right is a little brain in a jar that a friend made for me. Smiley

Here's the desk as it will be placed in the house.

I also got the little bed halfway finished. It's a bit hard to see, but I painted it gold and glued a little purple mattress to it.

I hope to get several books mostly done tonight. Hooray for progress!

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10  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011 in Craftalongs by Ashgrim on: December 27, 2011 07:50:18 PM
I finished the wee house for my step-daughter, Ophelia, and I love how it turned out! She loves it and can't wait to make more things for it. We've already added a bird's nest with eggs, lady bugs, and some little mushrooms. Here are pics of how it looked when she got it.

and one of my favorite details,

I posted it as a separate topic, too, with more pics: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=400557.msg4711425#msg4711425

Thanks to all of you for inspiring me! I can't wait to finish my spooky house and then make a cottage for me. I'm hooked!

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