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1  Dr. Who Tardis ornament in Winter Holidays by Imabiter on: December 16, 2011 02:04:47 AM
Tonight I made my boyfriend a Tardis ornament for our tree while he was at work. It's just simply a ground black pepper tin and paint. He loved it.

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2  Halloween cakies in Dessert by Imabiter on: December 05, 2011 10:45:49 PM
Here's some delicious red velvet coffin cakes with cream cheese icing. I love Halloween!

 These I made for a Halloween party. They are white cake with chocolate frosting tombstones, and strawberry cake with cream cheese frosting coffins.

I made big flat sheet cakes and used cookiecutters. The cakes themselves were kinda meh, but I tried to make up for it with flair . It also gave me a chance to use the awesome Halloween variety set of sprinkles I got as a gift a while back. Except the black sprinkles are disappointing and are actually green.
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3  Repurposed clothing Keepsake Dolls 3 pics in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Imabiter on: December 05, 2011 10:16:25 PM
 This is one of four dolls I have made so far.
I made this doll for my mother, re purposed from her own recently deceased mothers clothes and costume jewelry. The other dolls I will post are made from re purposed baby clothes. The first two I made were from my own daughters clothes, and the third doll I made as a gift for a friend from her own daughters baby clothes. After making my friends doll I realized that this was a great way to give someone something they can keep forever, without all the actual bulk.
When my grandmother died my mother got her place and everything in it. Grandma LOVED the color purple.(The color, not the movie) I took some of Grandma's clothes, things that we recognized and saw her wear, and I re purposed them into a rag doll for mom. Luckily I finished right before Christmas so, ha two birds with one stone. This doll ended up being more spindly-limbed than its predecessors. Grandma always encouraged spiders to live in her bathroom, the big giant wood spiders. They kill roaches she'd say. Yes, perhaps so, but equally terrifying. Maybe this was in my subconscious when I made it.
I use a sewing machine to make the long construction stitches of the doll body, but everything else is sewn (crudely) by hand. I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind girl when it comes to making things (I do it all), so things such as measurements, planning and proper sewing tools are too much bother. I just start in one place and it evolves and works itself out as I go.
Her shirt is not actually that short. It has ridden up.

Here's a picture of the body, where you can see the lace detail, and buttons, and jewelry.

I have since been asked by a friend to make two dolls for her family made from her recently deceased mothers clothes, and we have discussed putting a vial of her ashes inside the dolls. Another friend asked if I would make a doll from the clothes her son actually died in. And one other, an older lady, has asked if I would make one from her deceased adult sons clothes.
I feel a great honor to be able to make these dolls for people, and I would never dream of accepting compensation. I'm really excited to get started on them soon.

Thanks for looking. I love everyone's endeavors!
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4  Easy dress form in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Imabiter on: November 30, 2011 10:04:24 PM

Hello, I am a new member who just joined today. I am new to forum posting, so please excuse any faux pas.

I like to make many different crafts, arts, clothes...I do it all.
I thought it would be a good idea to start with my homemade dressform for my first post. This was made using simply a teeshirt, duct tape, and literally anything I could find to stuff it with.
The steps were simple-
Put on a preferably oversized, longer old teeshirt.
Have a friend layer on at least 2 rolls of duct tape.
Cut off tape/teeshirt straight up the back.
Re-tape cut.

When I started stuffing the form I was quite surprised at my volume. When I ran out of newspapers, magazines, old phone books I turned to my stash of plastic grocery bags, unmatched socks, my sisters old jeans and finally my daughters cast off stuffed animals. The sheer amount of junk I crammed inside to make a good solid form was both mind-bogglingly amazing and a frightening dose of reality. I'm roomier than a Taun-taun.

But the form turned out battleship solid, and it's pretty heavy. It only costs about $10 to make.
The only downside is that it looks so much like my real torso that I've had to move it to the garage while not in use, for the fear of catching my boyfriend heading towards second base with it.

Thanks for looking. I am really enjoying everyones endeavors.

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