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61  Re: bathroom-fun: a toiletpaper animal in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by BirdBones on: April 25, 2011 02:49:58 AM
Thank you so much for your lovely comments! Grin It makes me really happy to have inspired some smiles Roll Eyes

Love it!
I may have to make something like this for my son. 

(Would you mind telling me how you attached it to the wall/tlt paper holder?)

Sure Smiley It's pretty simple. You'll need one of these old-style plastic toiletpaper holders:

(sorry the picture is so bad)
They already have the shape you'll need, meaning they open and have something like a mouth Smiley And they have holes in the back to attach them to the wall with. Lately, they have been a little hard to find, so you could also use a holder with just a piece of plastic on top . Then you take some long pile fake fur, cut out the shapes and just glue it to the toiletpaper holder, add some eyes or teeth according to taste ... and Voila! There's your new toiletpaper animal Grin
I hope that description helps!

And everyone: please show me a picture when you're done- I'd love to see what you come up with!  Grin
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62  How to cover ugly corners in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by BirdBones on: April 18, 2011 03:43:57 PM
.. I hope this post belongs here, if not, please move it...

My boyfriend's mother is currently redoing her garden house. Most of the construction was done solidly, but sloppily, so she was left with very visible ugly metal hinges connecting the beams in her beautiful new kitchen. As I am the one regularly coming up with weird solutions to things, I made paper corners to cover up the ugliness.

Here is how I did it:
I wish I had some talent in working with wood (that would have looked really nice), but alas, I ended up with one of my favourite materials- paper. I measured the width and length of the hinges to be covered, took cardboard and paper, cut out the shapes that I wanted, glued them together and painted them.

The pattern design is the same as on the already-existing lamps in the kitchen. I thought that would match nicely.
So last weekend I finally got to superglue them in place and now this is what it looks like:

They turned out surprisingly sturdy due to the extra cardboard inside and the extra layers of lacquer on the outside =)

What do you think?
I would be really happy about some advice how to make them better (just in case they fall off or I have to do something like that again). =)
Thanks for looking!
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63  Martian Easter Circus (lots'o'pics) in Easter by BirdBones on: April 14, 2011 08:17:38 PM

What do you do if you wake up in the middle of the night and the internet isn't working? Well, make a Martian Easter Circus of course=)

I made them from empty eggshells- I'm sure you're familiar with the procedure- poke a hole in the top and bottom and blow the contents out. Kind of gross, but afterwards you can decorate the eggs and hang them on twigs=)
I used a bunch of pipecleaners, pompoms ( who knew you can actually get that stuff in Germany..), eyes and ribbons. The coloring is done with permanent markers- a lot less of a mess that way=)
And here we go:

So, what do you think? ( I'm always very happy about comments and I do appreciate critique as well) Wink
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64  Gnarf! the amazing butt-biting pillow-friend ( lots o' pics) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BirdBones on: April 10, 2011 01:18:51 PM

.. the amazing butt-biting pillow-friend..

He really doesn't require words, but here I go anyhow:
To fit my bf's needs (and sore back), I first created a customized set of pillows for an Ikea office chair. Then I turned them into Gnarf!, our latest amazing butt-biting pillow-friend =)
He took a little longer than I thought, but I guess he was worth spending two days negotiating with my sewingmachine =)

assembling Gnarf!:

and here he is , all nice and done ( and hungry) =):

... and , of course, he tried to eat bf right away...

.. the pictures sadly don't really do him justice. He is so much fun to play with (that's why his name needed an !)

Thanks for looking and let me know what you think =)
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65  blue owl for dad in Felting: Completed Projects by BirdBones on: April 05, 2011 05:17:57 PM
I'm meeting my dad tomorrow and my parent's cat just died, so I figured I'd make him something silly to cheer him up a little. He has a thing for owls and I hope he'll forgive me for giving him yet another little owl. But this time, at least I made that one =)

 Also, this was way more fun than my first try at needle felting. Why? Well, just compare the size =)

Thank you for looking and I really appreciate comments Wink
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66  mini- plushie airfresheners (and how to) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BirdBones on: April 04, 2011 02:06:35 PM
I saw all these amazing plushies posted in this community and I wanted to make some too. Also, I just bought a huge bag of fresh lavender at the market, so here's what I came up with-
Mini-plushie lavenderscented airfresheners! =)

I started out with my bag of lavender and an old toy I don't use anymore:

And here's the how-to:
 You'll need some eyes. I made some from airdrying clay and painted them. Then cut out simple circles and squares for the plushie bodies, attach some ears and leglike thingies (the leftovers from the toy came in handy here) and then stuff them. Because the lavender is quite loose, you'll need some kind of a funnel- otherwise this stuff gets everywhere. I made a makeshift-funnnel from the top of a plastic bottle:

Leave a little room at the top, so the lavender can "breathe" a little:

Then close them up, put some eyes on them and they're done:

And now you can hang them among your clothes and make them smell sweetly oldfashioned:

If you feel they've lost their scent, just squeeze them gently=)

What do you think?
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67  cute+cuddly bookcovers in Completed Projects by BirdBones on: April 01, 2011 10:32:48 AM
A friend asked me to make her a cover for her maternitybook. As I understand it, these are little books mothers get from doctors to note all prenatal examinations and things. There are lots of people who sell these, but what's better than to make one really personal one? I finally got to use the supercute fabric I got at a market and:  Of course, I couldn't just make ONE....

All made from different kinds of fabric to fit the dimensions of a maternitybook- folded they measure 13x19 cm, about 5x7,5 inches. Each of them is closed by a snap fastener.


and my personal favourite- the bookmonster:


and ready to gobble up your book:

Thank you for looking- and I do enjoy comments! =)
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68  Re: fire-outfit in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by BirdBones on: March 27, 2011 03:22:02 PM
@ Eodril : here are some close-ups . Sorry that theres no person inside the clothes but Im having a bad- hair day =) Also sorry for the bad quality of the pictures..



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69  My first poppet and her pet-baby-dragon (now with dragon pattern) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by BirdBones on: March 27, 2011 02:34:00 PM

...introducing my first poppet Suki and her pet-dragon Baba (just finished yesterday). I never made a poppet before and I am happy how this experiment turned out. Its incredible how much personality these poppets develop and how fast.... I think theres a little diva inside her.
She was a gift to my boyfriend and he also gave her her name.

Thank you Ghilie for posting the pattern and getting me started (http://ghilie.wordpress.com/tutorials/#comment-169 ) and thank you to AlwaysInspired and craftewoman for the tutorials ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=336044.0  and https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=249055.0 )

Ready for some more pics?


full frontal =) :

shoes- close-up:

and her pet-dragon Baba - I experimented with making my own pattern and he looks a little funky, but... :

Hope you enjoy looking!

As requested by IsikkahJai, here is the pattern for the dragon:
( print out as A4 and please send me a picture if you make one)

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70  Re: ceiling decoration in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by BirdBones on: March 25, 2011 11:21:19 AM
Thank you! It makes me really happy, that you like it.
As to the lampshade, here is a close-up picture:

AND the instructions for the lamp, of course:

5 minute fix for an old lampshade
take: 1 chrotched curtain ( left over from some experiments I did with crotcheting), several yards of ribbon, 1 decorational black ribbon with tassels or something like that, 1 old lampshade
put them together
Voil! New lampshade =)
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