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1  Fabric Froebel Star Ornaments in Winter Holidays by cloudsnapper on: November 18, 2013 04:58:41 PM
I made these last night. I've been wanting to make them since I discovered froebel stars last year after Christmas and fell in love.

Froebel stars normally also have 4 points coming from the flat part and poking upward on both the front and back, but that would have been difficult with just fabric. They're generally made with paper instead of fabric and are a German Christmas decoration. I think I saw a blog with some like this last year, but I don't remember what it was. I just took fabric strips 3 inches wide and about a foot long, folded them in half hot dog style, and folded the raw edges in, hot dog style again. 1/4 a yard in both green swirls and candy cane prints yielded 4 stars.

Does anyone know of any good glitter spray? I used Krylon's glitter blast spray paint, but the glitter comes off whenever you handle them. They don't get bare looking, but I was thinking of giving them as gifts and it kind of looks like they're not made very well with the rate they shed.
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2  Snow Queen Lolita dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by cloudsnapper on: July 15, 2013 01:28:10 PM

I'm very proud of this dress, because it's the first successful big sewing project I've done. Also, I drafted my own pattern. I made it for a lolita high tea in Atlanta this past winter where the theme was  "Forest Fairy Tales."

I drafted the bodice using these instructions: http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/constructing-the-basic-bodice-block I think they're very good instructions. I had trouble with the shoulders, but my husband may have measured my shoulder width wrong. That seems like a pretty tricky measurement to take, since it doesn't really have easy endpoints. But re-drafting wasn't too hard.

I did the skirt part from scratch, but honestly, a lolita skirt is very simple. I had a little trouble with the sleeves since most instructions for long sleeves aren't meant for that kind of gathered top. (This blog post has information about making sleeve shapes. http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/08/drafting-part-vii-adapting-basic-sleeve.html) I made a fabric draft and just pinned it where I thought it should be sewn. It ended up giving it a good sleeve shape, but they ended up a couple inches too short. The straps to gather the sleeves at the wrist took pretty much constant adjustment to stay looking good, so I don't think I'll do them that way again.
The crown, I wasn't terribly happy with it. I ended up finishing it at the hotel the night before, and the points were pretty floppy. It also wouldn't stay on at all. I know how to fix it for the future, though. I wrapped fleece and then fur around an embroidery hoop I had bent into a slight oval and glued icicle Christmas ornaments to it for the spikes.

My ankle collars, or whatever they should be called, were really easy. The curve of the fabric is pretty important, though. Make some mock-ups. I used paper towel so it would have at least a little bit of drape. Maybe I should have lined these properly, but I just used FabriTak glue around the edges to seal it. Since it was a really fluffy fur, that worked fine. (By the way, that's my hands-down favorite fabric glue. It's alcohol based, so it dries really fast. It's pretty flexible, too.) They really dressed up my simple character shoes.

The fabric I used was a pretty good light blue satin with a layer of cheap white sheer curtain fabric on top. I basted each piece of the pattern together before I cut them out. I don't know if you need to do that or not, but it made everything line up really well. I had wanted to do light blue satin with a layer of white chiffon, but chiffon is actually a lot more opaque than I had thought. The curtains ended up being so much cheaper in the end, so it worked out well.

Thanks for viewing! I had a lot of fun making this dress.
(The photos with the black background were taken at the tea party by Megan Maude. I don't know if she owns them or if Frill does.)
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3  Re: looking for heart shaped O-Rings like these in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by cloudsnapper on: July 12, 2013 10:54:31 AM
Sorry, no one has found her source. Some people who copy her stuff and sell it in China have, but they wouldn't tell where to buy it, either. A lot of people have used heart shaped keyrings to emulate the look, but they don't look nearly as nice.
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4  What is this Japanese sweet? in Recipes and Cooking Tips by cloudsnapper on: February 09, 2012 08:39:59 AM

I've had it one time in high school. I don't really remember what it tasted like. Does anyone know what it's called? Is it a type of mochi? I think I didn't think it was very sweet back then, but my tastes have changed now and I want to try to make some.
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5  Simple/Easy Crafts Swap Gallery (mail by 2-24-2012) in The Swap Gallery by cloudsnapper on: February 08, 2012 05:32:48 PM
Swap signup info: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401251

Swap name: Simple/Easy Crafts Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Cloudsnapper
Sign-up date range: 1/3/2012 to 1/24/2012
Date to send item by: 2/24/2012

Please post pictures of your lovely crafts!

Blue: Sent
Green: Package received
Strikethrough: Feedback given
Orange: Sending late with communication
Red: Problem! Please contact the organizer

We have partners! My apologies if I spell your name wrong here. I'll forward the questionnaires as fast as I can after posting this.
professionalpineapple <---> Hellzapopper  Smiley
normashellyjean <---> gerbilgal  Smiley
cloudsnapper (flaked)<---> starfish1211 (dropped the swap, feedback deleted)
bunny1kenobi <---> Mod35tBabe  Smiley
flygirl88 <--->Koreena  Smiley
texscrapper <---> astrangeone  Smiley
Lady Orizas <--->Thimbles71  Smiley
littlebluegirl <---> HolaKitty  Smiley
gotgrey ---->amazing_784 ---> Karwash ---> gotgrey Smiley
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6  Re: OTT Anime/Manga swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cloudsnapper on: January 31, 2012 04:09:46 PM
WhimsicallyObsessed totally spoiled me in this swap. She sent me a jewelry set and an ornament from my favorite anime, Madoka Magica.

The images are from a dramatic scene, but it's a scene that looks like the characters are about to kiss, too xD She drew them herself! They look much better in real life. I couldn't get a picture where the charms weren't obscured by the flash.

Thanks so much!

Also, love the Mami doll.
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7  Re: Ongoing inchie swap (OIS) gallery AND discussion in The Swap Gallery by cloudsnapper on: January 28, 2012 08:48:34 PM
Sorry I took a long time uploading these from Nilmerg. Not because I didn't like them! I couldn't get my camera to take a very good picture of them.

They're so cute! I especially like the bug eyes Cheesy Now I just have to frame them!
Thanks Nilmerg. Sorry the first set got lost in the mail.
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8  Deco Gloves for my cousins in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by cloudsnapper on: January 21, 2012 07:21:12 PM

I have 3 cousins, 8 and 6. I wanted to make them something to mail them. My friend came over and had some awesome decorations, so I made decorated gloves! I hope they like pink!
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9  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by cloudsnapper on: January 17, 2012 05:43:23 PM
I made a dress for my new doll so it won't have to be bald and naked. (Wig is on the way.)

Ah, I just noticed that her eyes are uneven. Gotta fix that.
I guess I didn't destash that much, only 2 charm squares.
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10  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by cloudsnapper on: January 17, 2012 05:41:50 PM
I made a dress for my new doll so it won't have to be bald and naked. (Wig is on the way.)

Ah, I just noticed that her eyes are uneven. Gotta fix that.
I know a lot of people think these dolls are creepy, but the dress is cute. It's made of 2 charm squares. She's super little.
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