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11  "I Love You Forever" statuette in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by rachel.in.rainbows on: January 08, 2010 06:58:55 PM
So this is a project I made for Christmas 2008 for my mom.  She cries like a baby every time she reads "I Love You Forever" by Robert Munsch, so I thought I'd try my hand at polymer clay.  This is the first thing I've made with it, and I think it turned out pretty good.  I used acrylic paint on it (which was REALLLLY fun-- haha). 

I wanted to paint it sort of messy, so it would be in the style of the book's illustrations, and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. 

It's based on this cover illustration:

Here's the pre-painting sculpture:

And here's what it looked like finished:

And a couple detail shots:

Thanks for looking!

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12  Hand Stitched Appliqued Tree - First Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by rachel.in.rainbows on: January 06, 2010 01:25:58 PM
Hey there!  

This is my first quilt, and I'm pretty proud of it!  It's been a couple years in the making, with *long,* well needed pauses.  (Aka that time that I spent five hours doing the final pinning for the binding only to find that it was slightly off on the back.  There was a nice five or six month gap right there.)  I started stitching as part of a class project in 2007, and finished it a few days ago.  I decided that pigs would probably fly before I would be able to muster up the patience to cut and stitch together a patchwork, so I went for a bit more organic look by appliqueing the beast.  

It's stitched of cotton fabrics, and I used a cotton batting.  It's stitched with cotton coated polyester for strength.  I designed it myself, and used taped together sheets of bristol board to make a template for the tree.  Oh!  And I should also mention that I hand stitched the entire thing-- start to finish.  And what can I say?  I love love love it!!

Without further ado, the pictures!

The front of the quilt.  It actually sits quite square, which this picture doesn't really show.  The fact that it's being suspended in the air is making it sag down.

The back--made of light and dark blue pre-quilted material.  No, I did not do those lines myself. ^_^  Took me a looong time to find the right fabric for this part.  Or at least, the fabric that I wanted.

Close-up on the fabrics used on the front.
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13  Re: 10 Minute Craft Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by rachel.in.rainbows on: December 02, 2009 08:14:52 AM
Who cares that a paper worth 25% of my mark is due tomorrow?  TIME TO POST PICTURES BABY!

Spicytaco sent my the most adorable little creature.  He's like... gremlin ears meet loveable-huggable robot-cuddlebeast.

His frontispiece!


His backispiece!

And my loveispiece: (aka pinky_penguin and cuddlebeast look strange together) :}

Thank you thank you thank you for a great swap!!  I hope you like what I've sent you even half as much! Cheesy
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14  Re: Matryoshka Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by rachel.in.rainbows on: November 04, 2009 05:42:37 AM
Firstly, a tote with gorgeously flowery matryoshkas on

I LOVE this!  I think it's my favourite item out of someone else's swap items! Tongue
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15  Homemade Buttons, Nesting Doll Style! in Completed Projects by rachel.in.rainbows on: November 01, 2009 01:37:29 PM
Made these for a swap.  I used an air dry clay, and painted them with acrylics. Smiley

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
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16  Matryoshka Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by rachel.in.rainbows on: November 01, 2009 01:33:39 PM
Comepleted this for a craft swap I recently did.  It's made of Sculpey and is painted with Acrylics.  I used a dollar store pair of earrings to make the hooks and hoops, and a piece of black cord.  I wanted to make a necklace that was slightly less conventional that just making nesting doll beads or something similar.  Hope you like it!

Attempted full shot:


Detail of tummy:

Face detail:

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17  Paper Mache Nesting Doll Jar in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by rachel.in.rainbows on: November 01, 2009 01:28:03 PM
Crafted this for a swap here on Craftster.  My partner has since received, which means I get to post things!

Pretty simple, really.  Took a small glass jar and paper mached the crap out of it, then built up the lid with tin foil, and paper mached that too.  Once it was dry, I painted it with acrylics.  Smiley  I wasn't crazy about it when I finished, but it's really grown a lot on me.

Full body shot:

Face detail:

Proof of it's ability to function as a jar:

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
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18  Nesting Doll Pillow! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by rachel.in.rainbows on: November 01, 2009 01:17:16 PM
My partner's finally received for the Matryoshka swap, meaning I can actually post this!  It's the item I'm most proud of that I sent her.  It's a big pillow made of felt, in the shape and style of a Russian Nesting Doll.  Additional materials are: ribbon, seed beads and buttons.  Other than that, straight felt and thread! Cheesy  I pretty well free handed the whole thing... I think I might have drawn out the mouth first, but that's about it!

Here's a couple pictures of the whole thing:

And a couple detail shots:

Thanks for looking!

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19  Re: Matryoshka Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by rachel.in.rainbows on: October 31, 2009 09:11:10 AM
So I received from Ramona Q earlier in the week, and I'm finally getting around to posting. Smiley 

First, everything came packaged in an envelope covered in adorablematryoshka tape and stamps.  I had to include a little picture of the tape because it was just so bright and colourful. Smiley

She also included a little card that I love!!  The middle matryoshka is sort of jellyish and is a magnet.  I love how bright and cheerful it is!

And then the REAL items!  SOOOO fabulous!

She made me a wonderful apron!  It fits perfectly and I loooovee the colours!  The bottom half of the matryoshka is a pocket!  I love her expression and the beautiful details.

Ramona Q also included two tea towels with two smaller matryoshkas to go inside the apron pocket.  They're in the same style as the apron, and are abso-friggin-lutely wonderful!  I'm putting a shot of them together and then separately so you can see the details!  The second picture is of the larger of the two, and the smaller one is the last picture.

Thank you Ramona Q!!  I am absolutely in love with everything!  Thank you for being such a great first swap partner!

Thank you thank you thank you!  Now aren't you all jealous?  Wink
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20  Zelda's Link - IMAGE OBESE in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by rachel.in.rainbows on: December 05, 2008 12:55:53 PM
SO HERE'S THE STORY.  Lucky me, I got one of my really close friends for secret snowflake this year. Smiley  I don't know much about it personally, but he absolutely loves the Zelda videogames.  He started playing Phantom Hourglass (for the DS) after we met, so I modelled my Link after that version.  It's my first attempt at any kind of doll, and I'm pretty pleased with the end result. Smiley 

It probably took me about 20 hours.  The entire thing is felt, and it's stuffed with rice, sewn in places and superglued in others. 

Without further ado.  Here's Link... complete. 

A couple detail shots:

BUT WAIT! What warrior would be complete without...

HIS SWORD AND SHIELD!  These are also felt, but wrapped around a piece of cardboard for strength.   

The shield is red/yellow paint on white felt.  I'm pretty well more proud of that shield than the rest of the doll. Tongue

And the back:


And the packaging, all bundled up in a jar which received a minutely failed treatment of armour etch.

Thanks for looking, and happy non-denomination, politically-correct season's greetings to you all! ^.^

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