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21  Blythe Lacey Mini Dress in Knitting: Completed Projects by Leslieshappyheart on: May 02, 2013 06:55:49 AM
Yesterday, while waiting for my head to stop throbbing from my stupid root canal  Angry, I decided to finally try this knit doll dress I have admired for a while on Ravelry. I wasn't sure if my knitting skills were up to the task, but I was going to be sitting on the sofa all day anyway, so I thought I would give it a try.  It came out GREAT!

The lacey skirt part was actually easy once I got going on it, but the fancy bottom edge was super tricky, and took me many, many tries to get it right--but once it "clicked" for me, it was easy too! I love the bell shape of the skirt.  (As you can see from the two pictures, I tried a couple of different flower details.) The dress is knit on two needles, so it has a seam halfway up the back and closes with a snap at the back neckline.

If I can do this, any advanced beginner knitter can!  You can find the pattern HERE.

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22  "Anything Goes" Perler Bead Challenge WINNER ANNOUNCED!!! in Discussion and Questions by Leslieshappyheart on: April 30, 2013 11:27:32 AM
Announcing a new challenge here in Miscellaneous Topics:

The Anything Goes Perler Bead Challenge

The winner of our challenge is Helena Puck's Wonder Woman Portrait! 

Congratulations Helena Puck!!

Perler beads (also called Hama beads) are usually used by arranging them into a design and heat-fusing them together to form a flat object, like a coaster or keychain. We want to remove all barriers to creativity, and let you craft anything you want for this challenge!  It doesnt have to be flat, or heat-fused (although it can be); and you may incorporate other craft materials into your project.  Just be sure to use perler beads too!

Here are some examples of amazing perler bead crafts made by fellow Craftster-ers:


Here is a Craftster Quickies video tutorial about working with perler beads:

The crafting period is from April 30 to June 11 (that's six full weeks--plenty of time for you to come up with something awesome!) Projects are due to be posted June 12 to June 18. Voting will be held June 19 to June 25, with a winner being announced on June 26!

The Fine Print
  Each participant may enter ONE project, although that project can have multiple components
  Projects must be handmade by you
  Post your craft in the Misc. Challenge Board during the period of June 12-June 18; no sooner or later
  Projects created before or after this timeframe will not be removed from the entry board, but will be excluded from the voting

The winner of the Anything Goes Perler Bead Challenge will receive this HUGE PACKAGE of perler beads!!!!
Thank you meleriffic for donating this prize!

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23  Hats, Scarves, and Blankets for Craft Hope in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by Leslieshappyheart on: April 23, 2013 09:37:56 AM

One of my favorite charities to craft for is Craft Hope.  Every couple of months they announce a new  project and ask for crafty people (like us!) to donate items that will be distributed to people in need of hope.  The current project is called "Rally for Roma", and they are collecting hand-made hats, scarves, and blankets that will be sent to Romania at the end of summer, to help poor families get through the harsh winter there.

The deadline to send your finished items is May 20th, so there is still plenty of time to participate. If you can knit, crochet, or sew, you can help! I have a lot of fleece on hand, so I am going to make simple hats and scarves (the picture shows the first set I made).

The scarf is so easy--just cut a piece of fleece 12 x 60", and snip the ends into a 3" fringe--done! 

The hat is easy too; I used suggested measurements from this Martha Stewart site (which also has directions for several different hats). Cut fleece 21" x 15" and sew the short sides together. On the bottom, turn under a 3" hem and sew it 1/4 from the raw edge. For the top, cut a 3" fringe, then gather the hat (using heavy thread) just below the fringe, and knot the thread securely.  I then wrapped yarn around the gathered area to be sure the thread didn't come loose.

Visit this post at Craft Hope to read more about the project and to get the mailing address for your finished items.  I hope lots of us will help!

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24  Re: One Tiny Monster Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Leslieshappyheart on: April 05, 2013 08:37:13 AM
I received a pair of cute monsters from pilarfarmer today!  Yay!  Here's everything:  a feathery monster and her cat, a drawstring bag, and a nice card:

Here's a better picture of just the monsters.  These are the first stuffies Pilar ever designed and made--she did a great job!  The monster with the long eye-stalks is so original!  And I just love the cat, the design is really cute!

Thanks so much, Pilar!
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25  Bookcase for a Doll's Tiny Books in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Leslieshappyheart on: April 04, 2013 05:05:12 PM
First, I made some tiny books for my partner in a Blythe doll swap; then I got the same person for a partner in another Blythe swap, so I decided to make her a bookcase for the books!

I made it from balsa wood, which is pretty easy to cut using an X-acto knife. I just drew a sketch on paper and then worked out the measurements for each piece.

The theme of the swap was "favorite color", and my partner chose the combination of gray and yellow as her favorite. After cutting the wood and painting all the pieces yellow, I glued patterned scrapbook paper to the back wall. Then I used a hot glue gun to glue the pieces together.

Using regular acrylic craft paint, I then painted the outside gray.  It needed "something", so I added a chipboard letter "B" (for "Blythe") to the top--you can see that in the first and last pictures.  After it was dry I sprayed it with clear acrylic sealer.

Since my partner is a big Harry Potter fan, I made some more books for her.  I made each of these by reducing an image of the cover of the book on my computer and printing it out.  I glued it to heavy scrapbook paper to make the outside of the book. For the inside, I cut a stack of old dictionary pages to the size I wanted, then dipped the back edges in glue, and pressed them into the cover. This method worked well and was much easier than sewing tiny groups of pages, like I did for the first batch of tiny books!

Here you can see the bookcase with a Blythe doll for size comparison.  The bookcase is about 6" tall.

I'm very pleased with how this came out, and I plan to try making other pieces of doll furniture--as soon as I can get my hands on some more balsa wood!
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26  Doll Dresses for Charity in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by Leslieshappyheart on: April 04, 2013 11:00:44 AM
I've figured out a way to craft for my new favorite obsession, Blythe dolls, AND raise money for charity, AND do it from the comfort of my home!  I am knitting and sewing dresses for Blythe that I showcase on my blog, Blythe Happy, and I offer them for a $15 donation (or $10 for the smaller dress) to one of my favorite charities, via PayPal.  I get the word out about them on Facebook and a couple of Blythe doll sites. In the two weeks I've been doing this, I've "sold" six dresses!  The "buyer" simply makes the donation, then forwards me the PayPal receipt, and I send the dress.

I'm offering these white dresses with the doll's name embroidered on the skirt. (Blythe dolls have a tendency to become stained if you leave a colorful garment on them for too long, so white clothes are perfect for long-term use.) This dress is a free pattern from Puchi Collective.

I'm also offering these knit dresses in a variety of colors.  I developed this pattern myself (which I'm super proud of!!) This multi-colored one was the first to go!

I also re-worked the knitting pattern to fit this smaller version of Blythe (called a Middie Blythe).

I am extremely pleased with the initial response to this project, and I plan to come up with some new outfits in the future, so I can continue to appeal to Bythe collectors.
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27  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Rd 3--GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by Leslieshappyheart on: March 27, 2013 01:08:12 PM
Yippee, I received from Smmarrt today!

She illustrated my word, "joy", with a trio of bright red poppies made of paper and red tulle, with black beads in the center, and ribbon stems.  It is so pretty with the red flowers against the dark background!  This brings my prayer flag collection up to 8 flags--I need to string them and hang them somewhere!

Thanks so much Susan, you are a great partner!
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28  Two Tiny Monsters in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Leslieshappyheart on: March 23, 2013 07:26:40 AM
As soon as I signed up for the One Tiny Monster Swap, I started imagining what sort of monster I might make.  Before I got my partner's questionnaire, I was thinking of making something with a matchbox, just because I love working with matchboxes! Inspired by the Monster Book of Monsters in the Harry Potter books, this is what I made:  a matchbox, covered inside and out in book-themed scrapbook paper, then "monster-ized" with the addition of fake fur, polymer clay teeth, and bead eyes. But what's inside?

...another monster, of course! You can see that I cut off one side of the matchbox and glued the drawer to the cover, so it would open like a book.  But I thought it would be cuter to have another monster inside than to have book pages, so that's what I went with!  The purple guy is hand-sewn from wool felt.

I ended up sending a different monster to my partner, but I was able to use this in another swap.  Best of all, I also made one for myself!  I love this pair of monsters!

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29  What's Purple, Blue, and Cute All Over? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Leslieshappyheart on: March 19, 2013 02:14:02 PM
What's purple and blue and cute all over?  This 4" monster that I made for my partner in the One Tiny Monster Swap!

The words she used to describe her perfect monster were "fun, colorful, horns".  Her favorite colors are blue and purple, so I used purple fleece for the body, and wool felt in both blue and purple for the horns, tummy, spots, and area behind the eyes.  My favorite part are the horns--I wouldn't have thought to add them if my partner hadn't requested them, so I got to stretch my creativity with that part.

Since blue and purple are two of my favorite colors too, I had all the materials on hand.  I just sketched out a 4" monster and used the sketch as a template. The whole thing came together in an afternoon, and I was able to mail it out just a couple of days after the partners were announced!

As you can see in the picture below, he is just the right size to be a pet for my Blythe dolls!

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30  Re: A Sewing Box from an Old Book in CHALLENGE 84 ENTRIES by Leslieshappyheart on: March 15, 2013 01:16:40 PM

Any ideas for crafting the insides of the book?

Yes!  I've used book pages to cover matchboxes (and then add decoration on top) like these: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=415418.0#axzz2Ndlx2aK9

Cut down, they make pages in tiny doll-sized books like these: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=420404.0#axzz2Ndlx2aK9

I also cut out heart shapes using my Sizzix and glue them to a card, then stamp over them like this:

I also plan to make some cards by stamping the big winged heart onto a book page, then cutting out the whole thing and gluing it to the card.  Book pages are wonderfully graphic without being too busy or distracting, so there really are tons of ways to incorporate them into projects.
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