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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Blythe's New Apron on: July 14, 2012 09:19:26 AM
         I just got a Blythe Clone and have been trying to sew clothes for her from patterns but to no avail (I attempted the Puccini A-line Dress 6 times without success!). I finally decided to take a break from pre-designed patterns and make my own!
        I have a ton of Mexican Oilcloth and Vinyl Scraps about the house. So, with that in mind, I set out to make a mini-apron using these materials and some tiny copper grommets I found at Michael's. I have made and sold life sized versions, but this was the second Blythe sized apron I made (the first was sent to the marvelous StacySews for all of her help).
        So, without further ado:

        I used snaps for around the neck on the second try and added superglue to the mini grommets for extra hold. I can give a basic tute for anyone interested. but it is pretty easy to figure out.

       Let me know what you think! Thanks for looking!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / What Can I Do With My Blythe??? on: July 09, 2012 08:05:56 AM
I recently got a Blythe. She is apparently a clone - so 1st thing to do is buy a wig on eBay.
       Now I want to paint her. How does one paint a Blythe doll without the paint peeling or without it getting all over the place?
       Next, her wardrobe sucks. I have found about 3 free Blythe tutorials for the standard 12'' size - and I am working on them, but I'd like to try out some others and get advice on sewing for Blythe. Any help in that department would be most appreciated!
       I want to make all sorts of outfits and things for her and hopefully get good enough to join some Blythe swaps!
       So, if there is anyone else out there who was lucky enough to get their hands on a Blythe, and found themselves a bit lost, advice would be great!   

                     Thanks all you Blythe Gals and Guys!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Where can I find Blythe in the US??? on: May 26, 2012 06:40:47 PM
Help! I have been dying to get a 12'' Blythe doll that I can customize (hair & clothes)! Where can I buy a simple full-sized Blythe in the US? E-bay didn't work out, neither did Amazon. Is there a US online shop where I can buy just a nude Blythe to dress etc. I have seen so many amazing jobs done with them. Please Help! Thanks so much for advice!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cigar Box to Treasure Box for Jewelry & Trinkets on: February 11, 2012 11:38:59 AM
Alright, so this project is neither jewelry, nor a trinket, but it is for jewelry and trinkets. It is certainly not a great example of my best work, and looking back I wish I had made some changes, but I thought I'd post it anyhow to that you fellow craftsters may use the idea and take it to a higher level.

So here it is:

I first spray painted the top black. Then I used blue masking tape and covered the top with a light mesh material. Over that I covered the top with some scrap lace - making sure that both the mesh and the lace were held taught. I covered the sides with more blue masking tape, and then lightly sprayed the top with gold spraypaint. After letting dry - Voila! I added a balsa wood oval and a chipboard fleur de lis. I am sure you guys could think of something prettier.

And the inside:

The inside is covered in some scrap burnt-orange velvet. I used the wood dividers from the cigar box to make the sections to separate sections for different types of jewelry, trinkets, and charms. The rest you can see.

Cigar boxes are often sold at good tobacconists, not so much at headshops. I would LOVE to see what you come up with if you are so inclined as to make one!!!  Ideas would also be GREATLY appreciated for my next one!

p.s. sorry about the poor picture quality.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / re-vamped thrift store letter "E" on: January 23, 2012 01:05:16 PM
I was given a simple, black, plastic plastic letter "E" from my cousin a while ago, and stashed it away. I recently found it again and decided it needed a make over. I spray-painted it in a tiffany blue. Then I cut out little sparrows from some left over, thick card stock and spray-painted them metallic gold. After it all dried, I used a gluegun to attach the birdies, and voila! A perfect gift for my cousin's daughter "Eden". Now I collect letters everywhere. I'd love input and ideas on future letter projects from you all! Thx!

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Pressed Seaweed Wall Art on: March 10, 2010 08:27:32 PM
So for my birthday, I was treated to a lovely little trip to the pacific shore. The ocean is my favorite place in the world, so I decided to make a little memento of my time spent around San Diego. Here is what I came up with:

one small piece of giant kelp

four pieces from different type of seaweed

I have to give points to thelastkodama for sharing her lovely little seaweed cards (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=337662.0).
7  EUROPE / GERMANY / New in Germany and running out of supplies fast! Help! on: November 22, 2009 04:14:01 PM
Hello / Hallo,
   so, I am new here in Germany
   also, Ich bin neu hier in Deutschland

   I keep having trouble finding good sources for arts and craft supplies nearby.
   Ich habe dauernt probleme Kunst und Bastel Matrialien zu finden in der naehe.

   I sadly can't afford to order everything online and have it mailed to me, so...
   Ich kann es mir leider nicht leisten alles per Internet zu bestellen und es mir schicken lassen, also...

   I live in Bavaria near Nuremberg
   Ich lebe in Bayern in der nahe vorn Nurnberg.

   Ideas? Suggestions?
   Ideen? Vorschlage?

     Thanks for the help and sorry for the lousy Grammar / spelling!!!
     Es tut mir sehr leidt das mein Deutsch so schrecklich ist!!!

Thank You!!!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / ''petits oiseaux sur le lustre'' - Wall Art on: September 20, 2009 05:21:04 AM
    So, I just moved into a basement room with blank, white walls. My landlords said "NO NAILS or PAINT!!!" So, I faced an old conundrum: "how to decorate the stark walls when I can't hang anything... and I have no money?". This is an issue I am sure most of us have faced. Inspired by  Lexer's https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=50495.0 and Showmehelen's  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=87155.msg821538#msg821538  and many others here on craftster, I set to work. Here's what I came up with:

and for the front door:

I call them "Mes petits oiseaux et un lustre"       OR          "Death by onethousand cuts" - ha ha

I want to  make some more for the other walls, but I am unsure of what to do next that runs with the same theme. Any Ideas? Comments Greatly appreciated!  Thanks for Looking!

Sorry... I  forgot to mention - the birds and chandelier on both the wall and on the door are made out of brown butcher-paper. I affixed the chandelier to the wall with masking-tape and used a watersoluble dissapearing gluestick to attach them to the glas on the door(so that they could be clearly seen from either side).
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / DAY OF THE DEAD chest of drawers help! on: June 22, 2009 09:51:20 PM
So here she is, the chest of drawers I have had for the entirety of my life. In fact, my Mother once told me it was my changing table too (okay, TMI, sorry).

Any who, I have always liked how sturdy it is, and the 'bones' of it are alright too (though a bit dull). However, its UGLY!

So, here is my question:
   I wanted to paint a Catrina on the front. similar to this one: http://www.hospiceslo.org/events/diadelosmuertos/img/calavera_de_la_catrina.gif
but I am unsure about how best to go about it. I want to use my acrylic paints (to save $$$), but I liked the idea of staining the entire thing espresso first.

Oh, and did I mention that I plan on mosaic-ing the top with stained glass and bits of mirror?

So, is it even possible to paint acrylic over wood stain?
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Paisley Yoga-Mat Bag - w/ pocket! on: February 10, 2009 05:59:35 PM

     So I was recently enrolled in a gym membership and have been taking yoga. Needless to say, I AM IN LOVE!!! Now that many of my thoughts revolve around yoga, proper posture, and correct breathing, I thought I ought to make a bag for my yoga mat. So, without further ado.... may I present...the mat! (modeled by my younger sis)

Goofy Little thing, isn't she.

The pocket:

and a swatch of the fabric:

The fabric was "red-tag" and quite affordable. Its linen-ish with gold embroidered paisleys and clear sequins.

I found the tutorial on a great site called "Pink of Perfection". It had a hilarious how-to video. The only thing I changed was to add a pocket for my keys and gym card.

Questions? Comments?
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