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1  Re: TOTORO! in Halloween Costumes by BatGrrl on: November 13, 2014 04:37:38 PM
Thanks! Sadly, these pictures do not convey the ridiculously gruff "TO....TO....ROOOOOOH!" growl that she does. Luckily, she really liked the costume, well enough that she didn't even want to take it off to go in the bounce house at the zoo boo.
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2  Re: TOTORO! in Halloween Costumes by BatGrrl on: November 10, 2014 03:31:51 PM
I'm not sure why the one photo is loading sideways. It's saved the other direction on my phone. I'll try again.
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3  TOTORO! in Halloween Costumes by BatGrrl on: November 10, 2014 03:24:34 PM
My two-year-old daughter loves My Neighbor Totoro, so I made this costume to go with her stuffed cat bus. I started with a grey women's extra large Cubs hoodie from Goodwill ($6), added a matching pair of fleece pants from another thrift store ($1), and bought a yard and a half of discounted ivory fleece ($4.50). I don't know if the pictures will do it justice because the kid never sits still.

I tapered the sides of the sweatshirt to make the body round, removed the pocket, and cropped the arms. One arm became the fat Totoro tail when stuffed. The other arm and pocket were made into the ears and the belly marks. I cut a double layer of ivory fleece for the belly to make sure the logo wouldn't show through. I cut holes for hands and added felt claws, lightly stuffed. I put some wire in to hold up the ears. Felt eyes, nose, teeth, and whiskers. The costume was very warm, which was great for Wisconsin's frigid Halloween weather this year.

I used some of the ivory fleece to make a white Totoro/ghost bunny treat bag, lined it with some non-stretchy fabric, and added a handle. Felt feet and eyes. (The smudge on the face is where my daughter tried to generously share her chocolate with the white Totoro.)

I have no concept of actual hours in the project because work was frequently interrupted by my spawn.
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4  Re: Jack & Sally Nightmare Before Christmas Baby Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by BatGrrl on: November 05, 2007 02:07:52 PM
OK, I found them in a fit of cleaning this fall, but I'm teaching 17 credits (it's like a 60-hour work week, in theory.....I think it's more in actuality) with 10 hours of driving on top this semester, so I'm totally wiped out, and if I weren't home for a sick day today probably wouldn't have gotten these scanned.  That said, here are the rough pattern scans.  They aren't pretty, but they're a place to start for anyone who really wants to attempt this quilt.  Someday when I have a life I'll trace them over and post better ones.  I'll paste over the text that I wrote below them in my gallery.

The rough sketch of the Sally pattern. Grid squares should be one inch in size and scanned image should be the same size as a standard piece of letter-sized paper. Blew up 5 times to make the quilt.

Some of the squares need further reduction into smaller pieces--the two zig-zaggy pieces that mimic Sally's torn sleeves and arms need to be cut into multiple pieces and sewn together in strips for your own sanity. Also, the pattern is supposed to repeat on a diagonal, but it's not perfect, so you might be better off to reproduce the whole thing rather than just tracing half the pieces. It will probably make things easier in the long run.

The basics of the Jack pattern. You're better off cutting the bat wings into multiple strips (three) and the cutting the breast down the middle.

Grid squares should be one inch in size and scanned image should be the same size as a standard piece of letter-sized paper. Blew up 5 times to make the quilt.

Odd little numbers have to do with matching pieces and patterns. Disregard as you see fit.

**One additional note:  the lines on this sketch aren't 100% accurate.  In the finished quilt, the white stripes are one inch wide finished, and the black stripes are four inches wide finished.  (One square grid on the pattern is five inches on the quilt.)  The edges are supposed to line up with the corners.  There's supposed to be eight of those little triangles at the bottom, one in each square.  You'll probably have to regrid the bottom portions, but the bat and breast of the jacket are fine.

When I flipped my pattern over, I found this sketch on the back.  It corrects the basic pattern of the zig zag and how it should line up:


If the details don't show through well enough for you to see things, I've got higher quality scans that I can send you through e-mail.  What you'll need to do is PM me and send me an e-mail address that will handle 3-6 MB scans.  I've got a greyscale Sally scan that shows the patterns that I sketched in much better.

Remember that the original baby quilt isn't that large, 40X55 inches, so you'll need to continue to blow up accordingly for grown-up-sized quilts.
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5  Re: Dollar Store Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BatGrrl on: April 07, 2007 06:20:33 AM
I'm running late to travel this morning, but I wanted to post a pic of my super package from sparklypants before we hit the road:

When we get back, I will edit this post with better pictures and much gushing.  Everything was wrapped in awesome purple fabric: awesome purple bat hook, super-soft wrist cuff, hippo-head pouch (with suction-cup spiderweb inside), stuffie with attitude, and beautiful rainbow lizard mirror.  That's my cat trying to sneak up for another round of sniffing--she sniffed everything diligently, except for the stuffie, which she ignored pointedly.  I think she felt threatened.   Wink

Thanks, sparklypants, for an awesome package!

--awesome package post, part 2--

OK, so I've got all the close-up pictures ready to roll now.  I love my package from sparklypants!

First, a close-up of the bat hook:

I love the color and texture of the paint, and of course I love the rubber bat!  I had a hard time photographing this, because the paint apparently had a very attractive smell for Pandora Underfoot (the unusually creepy-looking cat trying to creep up in the picture above).  I needed a hook for my bathrobe, so this is perfect!

Next, the lizard mirror:

I love the rainbow effect of these little rubber reptiles, and this mirror is going to my office so that I have a place to touch up my lipstick after lunch when I'm teaching.  It is, however, coming back home for the summer, because it is too awesome to hang on a wall unseen during the summer months.

The hippo pouch:

I have a soft spot for hippos that may trace back to a childhood love of the game Hungry Hungry Hippos, and making this guy's head into a pouch was brilliant!  He has a little velcro closure on the back so that you can stuff him fulll of whatever you need to carry.  I'm having a hard time deciding what I want to keep in my hippo's head, because I'm waffling between wanting to use him all the time where people can see him and wanting to keep him safe at home so he stays looking nice.   Grin  There's also the cool suction-cup spiderweb that was in his head when he arrived--I put it back on the purple fabric to help it show up better than it did on my crappy carpet.

The wrist cuff:

This cuff is very super-soft, and it features a clever velcro closure for easier donning and undonning.  I wear wrist cuffs frequently to help with my tendonitis, so this is a great swap item for me!

And last but not least, the attitude-laden stuffie:

I love the expression on this stuffie's face!  This stuffie is not going to take any crap from anyone and is not easily impressed.  (It probably votes two paws down for every movie it sees!)  It's absolutely adorable, and, as I stated above, the cat won't go near it, which is pretty comical since she's such a world-class sniffer.

I loved this package, right down to the shiny purple wrapping, and I'm enjoying the contents thorougly.  Thanks, sparklypants, for an awesome swap!
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6  Re: Dollar Store Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BatGrrl on: April 03, 2007 10:39:57 AM
Those are beautiful earrings!

Thanks for all the compliments on the sock llama--it was my first sock animal ever, and I completely winged it by glancing over the monkey and elephant tutorials posted in the toy section.

I uploaded a pic of the bunnies before I left for school this morning, so I'll pop that in here.  Excuse the overabundance of green--I needed a backdrop that wouldn't reflect, and I was taking these at the same time that I was taking the mock vacation shots of them in front of stone monument postcards for the paper-crafting bunny's scrapbook, so the book I used to raise them up past the white edge of the postcard and the paper grass that I put under them are serving as backdrops.  

They all have crafty usernames, some slightly punny, and I don't know if I can recall them off the top of my head.  I think the pink punk one, with her duct-tape wallet and pierced eyebrow, was PunxieBunny, the green stitching bunny with the knitting was bunneedle (knitting on toothpicks?  I don't recommend it  Cool ), the blue papercrafting bunny with the scrapbook is OrigamiRabbit, and the orange jewelry/beading bunny is beadyeyebunny, or something like that.  I have the original scrap of paper that I sketched their characters out on at home, so I could look it up later.

They're really easy to make, and if you're using the baby washcloths they wind up small enough to stick in plastic eggs, so non-crafting versions might make good Easter basket stuffers--they come in pastel, too.  If you want a little puffy part on the butt to stick your pom on, fold diagonally, then roll the washcloth up into a thin strip--there will be a thin little "tail" that hangs over the edge in the center, which should go the outside when you fold it.  If you want a flatter bunny butt, lay the washcloth out and, with each hand at opposite corners, fold those corners in toward the center until they meet in the middle and then fold those two rolls together into one strip (like folding a one-bread-slice sandwich).  For either version, fold your strip/roll in half, then bend the pointy ends backwards and secure with a rubberband.  Add whatever embelishments you want--eyeballs, noses, tails, ribbons, etc.

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7  Re: Pick A Theme ATC Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BatGrrl on: April 02, 2007 09:31:29 AM
I'm still still waiting on the one from BatGrrl Sad I hope it's not lost forever!

I just tried to respond to this and either Craftster or Internet Explorere ate the response.  That doesn't bode well, does it?  Well, considering the topic of my card, it would be appropriate if it were lost.  I'll post the pic here as a link, and you can either choose to look at it or not as you see fit.  The sad thing if it's lost is that I'll lose the picture with the appropriately-named plant in it.  I haven't had much luck on the sending end with this swap--two cards remain unaccounted for of the four I mailed together at the same time and location.  It's pretty discouraging.

The goldfish card:

That's goldfish vine in the background.

And while I'm at it, here's the houseplant I sent to knitormiss that also remains at large:

The concept is based on Victorian traditions of ascribing meaning to (flowering) plants to communicate through bouquets.

And since it's the only card I haven't posted my own pictures of yet and don't want him to feel left out, here's another picture of the gnome that little green dragonfly received from me:

The plastic shovel was a really a most fortuitous find.

And now I'm done for the present.

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8  Re: Dollar Store Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BatGrrl on: April 02, 2007 07:54:05 AM

My package reached the zipcode early this morning--now it just needs delivering!

Since I already teased sparklypants with this, here's the "Before" images:

"Velveteen" scarf (there's only one scarf, though there are two pictures to establish both its scarfiness and its odd pattern)
Plastic "wild life" animals (basically, African safari animals, with the exception of the bear)
Receiving blanket
Knee-high socks
Fleece scarf with buttons
Mulberry scrapbook (the cover says 8 pages, but it really had 10)
Baby washcloths
Lion Boucl in "Hard Candy"

Whatever did I make with them?

(You can catch a non-revealing teaser at https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/42484dollartreefinishedcollage.jpg if you're feeling curious.)  Wink
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9  Re: Pick A Theme ATC Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BatGrrl on: March 26, 2007 12:45:04 PM
Oooo-if I'm quick, I can get my gorgeous card from Goldsheepbowl up next to yours!  ({sigh}....I'm on the next page....the side by side effect is ruined Roll Eyes )

There are so many layers to the card, including text in the background, and she even used the curly hill from The Nightmare Before Christmas, my favorite movie of all time.  The colors are a beautiful contrast, and the bat has such character.
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10  Re: Pick A Theme ATC Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by BatGrrl on: March 25, 2007 09:40:34 AM
I received my third bat from knitormiss, "The Warhol Bat":

It's so brightly colored, it makes me want to sing David Bowie songs and eat soup!   Wink


Edited to add that in viewing my post, I realized that a piece of one of his arms may have come off in mailing.  I found it in the bottom of the envelope and will repair him accordingly.
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