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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: TOTORO! 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.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: TOTORO! 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.
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / TOTORO! 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.
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 6/15/07 - Having problems with pages loading? on: November 07, 2007 03:01:10 PM
I'm using a Mac running OS 10.4 (Tiger) using Firefox, and when trying to access the Craftopedia tonight, I'm getting a 404 error.

Today in my office (around 11:30 am CST), which features a Dell using MS Explorer, the little arrows that allow you to scroll through the featured projects wouldn't work.  Basically, any new frame ws just mint green with no picture loading unless I'd hit refresh.  What about adding a "see all" link for the featured projects?

As always, Leah, you are the crafty web goddess.


5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Jack & Sally Nightmare Before Christmas Baby Quilt 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.
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Your Thoughts on the THIS ROCKS Button Y'all... on: April 12, 2007 01:02:05 PM
I would TOTALLY be a pity-rocker if I saw someone's first project was up and could tell that no one had rocked it.   Roll Eyes
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Firefly/Serenity Round 5? on: April 12, 2007 05:25:28 AM
Depending on the timing, I may be interested in this again.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My First (sort-of) Quilt on: April 11, 2007 03:47:39 PM
I love it!  You even managed to find some of the same fabric that I did for the Jack side!  I'm sure your friend will absolutely adore it!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington Quilt on: April 11, 2007 03:44:46 PM
I love it!  I love teh NBC stuff tha tHot Topic puts out, but this leaves them in the dust!  Smiley
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: My Cat is DESTROYING the moulding onthe doors. on: April 11, 2007 03:25:28 PM
I would certainly try the tin foil--it successfully kept Pandora from scratching the chair and the unfinished coffee table that we had the fish tank on.  She didn't mind it as a substance in general, but she didn't like sticking her claws into it.  I've had zero luck with citrus oil.

Whatever you do, if you plan to keep him out of your room at bedtime, DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR for his scratching.  The longer he doesn't get a response from you when he does this, the more likely he is to give up.

I second (third? fifth?) the suggestions for more scratching posts, as well.  The cardboard waffley ones are pretty good, even though they look pretty odd.  My cat, however, doesn't scratch it--she just licks the catnip off it, which is actually kind of disturbing to watch.  Carpet-covered scratchers are her favorites.  The one she loves the most is actually just a plain thin board with maybe a 10" width that a former owner wrapped strips of cheap carpet around.  It's at least six feet long, and she'll climb it if it's leaning up against something.  You could do something similar to deal with the door--instead of putting holes in the door/wall, attach the carpet to a board, maybe 12" wide and as long as the area you want to protect, and put the board in front of the door when you go to sleep.  (Of course, this will be easier if your door opens inward..... Roll Eyes )

You could also try hanging a blanket over the top of the door at night, one that would hang over far enough that the scratched area would be covered.  We've had success with pieces of fleece to keep the cat from scratching leather.  At the very least, it may protect the area if he still tries to scratch.

As to cat toys, Pandora shuns them entirely unless we are playng with her--she sees playtime as an entirely social event.  If she catches something we're playing with, she let's go right away so that she can chase it again.  If it stops moving, she looks up at me as if to say "get back to work!"  You might try more interactive toys like Cat Dancers and similar toys.  String is great with supervision, but you want to be sure not to use something that you wouldn't want him to attack if you were using it in a different way.  This is why you shouldn't use yarn if you're a knitter, because he may become confused about which is playtime and which is "oh my god, let go of that right now!" time.  Case in point:  Pandora's first owner was an artist, and she thinks paint brushes and pencils are great toys--she'll even go after those on her own if she thinks no one is looking.  (Pandora's first owner also named her "Punk Ass," and sometimes I can clearly see how she got that name.)  You could also try wearing your kitty out with a laser pointer, though you'll want to be careful to make sure you don't shine it in his eyes.  Pandora will try to run up a wall to get to that little shiny red light, though you might want to stick to passes across the carpet since you're trying to deter wall-marks.   Cool

Hope some of that is useful.


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