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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sock me up, Scotty! on: October 02, 2011 03:20:19 PM
Being a little too exited by all the wonderful sock creations on Craftster, I tried making ONE as well... This is what happened:

As usual, making just one was simply impossible Grin, because they are like Tribbles - they live off love and light and multiply relentlessly. Also, they are all pretty photogenic Wink Here are some head shots:

Mr. Mowhawk, playing in the flower pot. He enjoys punk music (obviously), but is pretty shy and likes to hide in corners....

Ms. Dumbledee, genetically undecided and rather lost in modern civilization, she loves housework -yes, even cleaning windows!- and has a dear, motherly soul.

The Dead Bunny- an independent creature refusing to give his name. Impatient to see the world outside, he has now moved in with a bachelor, ready to face adventure.

Last, but not least, Bob Blue - the first one to flap his wings arms and bravely face the outside world. He isn't afraid of any kind of weather and has a boyish tendency for mischief....

Do you like them?
Comments and critique highly appreciated Grin
22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Barfarella and friends on: September 18, 2011 02:47:57 AM
This is what I made for the One Tiny Stuffie Swap for lanikins and I grew so attached to the little critters, I just had to give them their own thread Grin:

Lanikins strongly hinted at a fascination for Gnarf (and liking the fuschia-black combination), but sadly , he is refusing to leave his post of keeping the boyfriend's butt safe. So he sent three noted members of his family:

First off, we have Darfula- the youngest member of Gnarf's extended family. Although her family is Transilvanian,  Darfula was born without bat-wings or fangs. Because of that, she decided at the age of two to let her hair grow instead. She enjoys sitting on people's heads, rather than hanging from their throats as her parents do, has a disturbing interest in lovestories and tends to giggle excessively.

(wool dreads with one eye+ feather-eyelash and little bone-decoration; it has a hairclip on the back; rolled up, she meets the 5"-requirements Wink)

Secondly, we have greatauntie Arfie of Arfington, probably the oldest member of Gnarf's big family. She likes dirty limericks and tends to display a strange appetite for brains when she's gotten drunk at family reunions, which might explain the general lack of geniuses in Gnarfs family and why most of her relatives avoid her. For all that, she is really a sweetheart. Rumor is, that someone bit a piece out of her long ago and she's been a little odd and missing a couple of body pieces since. Due to her sloth genes, she likes to "hang" around and be lazy.

(A cyklops-zombie-sloth- because lanikins likes sloths Grin with a not-so-visible bitemark on her right side and velcro straps on her arms and legs, so she can be attached to things; all bundled up for the voyage, she was 5 inches in each direction Wink)

Thirdly, we have Barfette, Gnarf's older sister. She insisted on coming along and has such a big mouth, she would NOT be ignored. Being worried about her generally rather mean appearance, she takes extra care to be sweet and female and is therefor never without her splash of pink, weather that's eyeshadow or a bow in her hair.

( a purse with inside pockets and one extra outside one on the back and admittedly, nowhere near 5 inches Wink)
Because I had kind of a hard time sending them off, I am extra-glad lanikins liked the things I sent her and I hope they make her giggle a little every day Grin

What do you think?
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Extreme Burton-ish bathroom makeover (lots'o'pics) on: June 11, 2011 03:13:06 PM
My bathroom has sorely needed a makeover for a long time. It took me forever to
start, because I seriously dislike painting walls white.... Roll Eyes
When I finally got started 3 months ago, there was one obstacle after the other. Plaster falling from the walls, broken plumbing, the impossibility to find any decent-priced lamps, the necessity to take breaks and do other fun things... well... it certainly took its time, but as of yesterday I am finally done! Yay!
So here it is- my re-done bathroom:

To give you an idea of what it looked like before, here's a progress-shot: Angry

After: Grin

The process ( in case you're interested):

Paint was applied freely and according to free-hand pencil-outlines. The waterpipes were covered with tape.
As to the details:
Firstly mirrors. I bought a bunch of cheap Ikea mirrors, painted them and stuck some fake flowers and such on them. My dad helped with the one above the sink: I simply took 3 small mirrors, build a frame around them ( from picture frames) and combined them with hinges, so now I can move both sides and it all fits, even if there's not a lot of room.
Secondly, the lamp-issue. I really, really like those funky new energy-saving lightbulbs and since there was no way to acquire any purple lampshades inside the budget, I decided to make some myself. As usual, I stuck to papermache, wire, plastic tubing and paint-  plus supercheap lampwiring.  After a couple of days I had the flower shaped things I wanted. Because these special lightbulbs don't get hot, there's no fire-hazard. As for the lamp above the mirror- I am especially proud of that. Even with my nonexistent skills with anything electric, I managed to fit everything so it hides the wiring behind it and combined it in such a way that you can switch the lamps on independently. On the sides warm light to make you look pretty and in the middle cold light (for those days when you're brave enough to see everything). Grin

On to the best part - decoration:
The curtain is made from all kinds of leftover materials and is reversible, the flowerpot on the windowsill got decorated, so it would match the colors of the bathroom. The picture on the wall was inspired by "bitchy embroidery".

Of course, I had to make a matching toiletpaper animal and toiletbrush. I originally
crocheted the toiletseat cover for my first version of the purple bathroom, but it fits in nicely.

The plushie got finished yesterday and added the final touch. I really didn't know what else to do about that awful water heater....

And last, but not least, according to my latest addiction to playing with beads, of course there's a matching window-charm....

Hoping you didn't give up after the second picture, I'd really like your input on this! Any comments or critique would make me very happy.
Thank you for looking.
24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Plumato, the cheshire gargoyle on: June 11, 2011 02:01:56 PM
Meet Plumato- the cheshire gargoyle! He moved in with me yesterday...

Cheshire gargoyles are strange fluffy creatures, very quiet and shy. Plumato here  tells me that while they have no evaporating skills, the do however have excellent lurking skills and are a unique protection for hearth and home , because their genetically imprinted smile turns bad visitors into smiling, friendly people who will feel the instant urge to go feed ducks. They do have wings, but I gathered that they are not overly talented when it comes to flying. Most of them have two colors and range in appearance from mouse to cat or raccoon. When asked about his strange name and the general origins of cheshire gargoyles, Plumato blushed in a very pleasant green and admitted to "being from the wrong side of the blanket". Apparently, whenever two different fruit fall in love and conceive a child, it will be a cheshire gargoyle. That, of course, happens very rarely. The child is then named after a combination of both parent's families, so it didn't take all that long to figure out his mom and dad must have been a plum and a tomato. He gave me leave to talk about this in public, because he'd really like people to be more tolerant towards beings that are fruityly challenged....

We've become very good friends overnight, so now he's happily lurking in my bathroom: Grin

What do you think?
25  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / purple version of "bitchy embroidery" on: June 11, 2011 01:32:41 PM
This is obviously inspired by "Bitchy embroidery":

I love this quote so much, I had to incorporate it into my life, more specific, my bathroom.
Of course, this is not really embroidery.  Roll Eyes It's made from mini-bats, -skulls and -handcuffs (which are sewn on), canvas, watercolor, laquer, fake fur, old hair pins, glittery things and pompoms. Grin

some detail:

What do you think? Too fat?  Wink
26  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / fairy in the city ;) on: June 11, 2011 01:14:39 PM
I love fairies. I really do. And since I live in a city, I figured party-going-city-fairies might appreciate an overnight abode, so they can rest their wings before fluttering home. And you never know, one might actually move in with me.... So, I made flower-pot-fairie-houses  Roll Eyes

 - This , of course, was inspired by the beautiful creations of microjivvy and others -
The ferns, bark, twigs and moss I gathered in the woods, added some "furniture",flowerpots, decostuff and a couple of tiny mirror fragments and here`s what I got:

and version 2:

What do you think? Will I have a permanent house guest from now on? Grin
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / It's all in your head(s) .... with progress pics on: May 16, 2011 07:46:59 PM
I couldn't find the right place to put this, so I guess it belongs here... (if not , please move it)

This was the motivation: While cleaning up my closet/craftroom on Saturday, I noticed that I have a lot of wigs that don't have a head they can reside on. I really didn't want to buy any more of those Styrofoam ones, so I figured I'd make my own creepy ones. Grin
This is what happened:

I started with a plastic bottle filled with sand. Most of my wigs are a little longer or heavier, so it's good to give their perch a little weight to prevent tipping-over-messes. Then I proceeded to wrap tin foil around it and tape it together with papertape. I kind of liked the mummy-look, but well...

I had a nice big empty bottle of... ehm... stuff lying around, filled it with pebbles, sticks and some felt leaves and used that for a base for the second one.

Then I paper mached the heads with newspaper, some pages of national geographic, stickers, a little gold paint and some of those paper doilies for cakes.

So this is the finished (drag queen) result: Marilyn and Norbert  Grin

with hair

Thank you for looking and I'm really interested in any comment or critique you might have!
28  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / At long last - a crochet jacket! on: May 16, 2011 07:16:26 PM
All the beautiful and work-intense projects here on Craftster inspired me to take out one of my "bags of doom"- a crochet jacket I started over a year ago when I was home sick. Needless to say, I'm not really good at crocheting (is it called that?) and I am easily distracted, often by something shiny Grin But at long last, I finally finished this jacket a couple of days ago!  Grin
It has a ton of mistakes in it, nevertheless I feel like I'm jumping up and down on the finish-line (being the last one to finish) , so I thought, I'd post it Grin

I used 11 different kinds of yarn from different colored merino, all kinds of fuzzy yarn to the really cheap kind for 1 dollar. And of course, I had to put mismatched black buttons on it.

And with the weather being rather temperamental, I actually got to wear it right away Roll Eyes

Thank you for looking and I'm really interested in any comments or critique you might have. Grin
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / playing-with-beads-madness (pic heavy) on: May 16, 2011 06:53:17 PM
After making some of those lovely tree of life pendants and turning them into lightcatchers, I made some more... Roll Eyes
I think, I've contracted a severe case of playing-with-beads-madness. I just can't seem to stop. I hope there's a patch to fix this Grin


and just to make myself feel less mentally unstable, here's a necklace Grin

Well... I seriously hope it'll be someones birthday soon, otherwise I'll end up with a lightcatcher door..... Maybe I can make them into some sort of curtain.. hmm..

What do you think?
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / ...an evening of beady eyes...(pic heavy) on: April 30, 2011 06:34:08 AM
The last two days I spent wracking my brains for a present to make for a dear friend, who is utterly difficult to make things for. Last year I had a bunch of great ideas, so he got a huge package of different homemade things. He was happy, but he commented: "Now I have twice as many things as before." So you can see- it's hard to come up with something, that is nothing. Grin
Utterly avoiding the "make-a-nothing-exercise", this happened: Rummaging through my stash of "things-I'll-definetly-need-someday-for-something-yet-to-be-discovered" I stumbled across some beads and wire yesterday and having seen these beautiful tree-of-life-designs here on Craftster...... Roll Eyes:

So, now I have two problems Embarrassed: I still don't have a gift for my friend AND what am I going to do with all these pendants?
Any ideas?
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