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601  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re:Good Juju Dolls (for a wedding) on: March 12, 2004 03:24:50 PM
I have a small (and growing) collection of juju/voodoo dolls/poppets from various artists and different areas. I have a couple from New Orleans, including one to "make your woman wild!" I bought that for myself, for some odd reason. I also have a juju that someone made from a Barbie doll, customizing her body into this big fabric eggplant-shaped thing that's just faboo.

602  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re:Magazines / Clippings / Etc on: March 10, 2004 10:31:42 PM
Well, Melidomi and Indie Anna, when I followed the link to recycledplanetstore.com, I totally flipped my top (pun intended) for the pull-tab bags. Just before I read the recent responses to this message, I was zoomed in on the best pic of the lot, reverse-engineering it long distance. I am a bit of a Diet Coke fiend, and just since seeing the website earlier today, I've already pulled off about a half-dozen pull-tabs and am intent on making a little bag/box. I've got most of it figured out, and the only part I can't quite see in the pics will be something I can just do however it looks/feels right when I start making it.

So! I'm saving up those tabs. I'll take notes if/when I make one of them and share with the class. (I am going to have to get myself one of them digimimal camerahickeys.)

603  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re:Good Juju Dolls (for a wedding) on: March 10, 2004 10:08:11 PM
Holy cow, pixielily! How much fun is that?!

I have given things to Teller in person and he is -- much to the surprise of many -- very talkative off-stage. (He's also charming, tremendously intelligent, and gracious as all get-out.) I have sent him a couple of hand-made things for his birthday, including the doll and, a few years ago, a me-designed cross-stitch of a Japanese hissing beetle in a bamboo frame. P&T are both VERY appreciative of their fans and if you ever see them in person, make sure you catch them in the lobby after the show. (At least, that's how it always used to be... I haven't seen them since they became regulars in Vegas.)

Anyhoo, here is the only time I thought to have a camera with me. Teller is holding in front of him a small silver rose/dagger pin that I gave him that night. How cute is he?! (And I look like my head is about to explode.)


604  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re:Magazine Rack on: March 10, 2004 07:48:01 PM
Something that rolls under the sofa might be a good idea, since I tend to bring stuff down to the living room to work, even though I have a workroom upstairs.

Oh, and there ARE coasters on the table! Using my magazines is still better than the time I caught him resting something on top of my BRAND NEW (disappointingly-soft-plastic) iBook. (Don't take that as a knock on the computer -- I dig it. But it scratches WAAAAY too easily for something that's supposed to travel.)

605  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re:Good Juju Dolls (for a wedding) on: March 10, 2004 07:12:03 PM
Thank you!

They are stuffed lightly with regular old polyfill, and then there are additional things dispersed inside like half a pistacchio shell, tiny pebbles, dried lavender (from my yard) which also made the dolls smell fab (could double as the little packets you put in your sock drawer... I want to say "sashay" but I know that's not it). Pretty much whatever reminded me of them.

I made one in a custom-outfitted cigar-box coffin (lined in hot pink satin!) for Teller of Penn-and-Teller fame for his birthday as well. It was also made to look like him and had little totems in the casket with him. I never took any pictures of it. I have a bad habit of doing that -- I figure if I am making something specifically for someone, it always belonged to them even before I started making it, so I don't have "the rights" to take pics of it. (I'm trying to remember to at least take pictures for my own records.)

606  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re:Snowman Stackables on: March 10, 2004 07:04:46 PM
They might be the paper-mache type boxes you can find at craft stores. In fact, I've seen similar project sheets at Joann stores.

Here is one of their projects.

And this place has a snowman version and a Santa version.

Get started now, folks! Get the jump on XMas '04! (Or '09, if you need a big headstart.)

607  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Good Juju Dolls (for a wedding) on: March 10, 2004 06:49:29 PM
Like a lot of people who have devoured the messages on this board, I'm excited to actually post some original content myself. Yay me! (Now I just have to see if I can do it correctly.)

These are reduced scans of the fronts and backs of two good juju dolls I made for a friend's wedding. They are still rather small at actual size -- I think the reduction is about 50%. What was fun about doing these dolls, though, was that they were completely personalized to the couple getting married: She is made of an ocean-themed fabric (born and raised in San Diego) and he is a sort of batik (to honor his inner hippie).

The color is a little more accurate in the bottom scan, while the top scan shows some of the detail. I took a few weeks to do them so that I collected little bits of pieces of things that made me think of the couple so I could add to the dolls coming up to the wedding. The little silver/crystal hearts they are wearing are attached to them with spring clasps so that they can be removed (and exchanged).

They were also made with a pillow-slip sort of method so that they are actually open in the back. You can see the opening on his doll from the back. That means that I could continue to cram things into the dolls, and they can do likewise as they see fit. (It also made sewing the faces and adding the hair easier to do after the dolls were sewn and right-side-out.)

My husband and I were both in the wedding which took place in California (we live in Michigan) -- we both stood up for the groom, actually. I was the Best Chick. After the ceremony, I slipped the box with the two dolls in it into their suite at the B&B we were all staying in so they could find them as a surprise. A lot of people might have found the whole thing a little creepy, but... well, those people wouldn't have me standing up in their wedding.


Unfortunately, you can't see it clearly in the photos, but he has little plastic ants in his hair! If you knew Mark, you'd totally understand why. (He's a nature boy.)
608  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re:porn-by-numbers...just so very proud! on: March 10, 2004 06:14:06 PM
I predict the final bid is going to be over $20. It's already $12.50 and there are FIVE DAYS left! Way to find a niche market!


No babies for me either, thanks. One of my coworkers had put a bunch of weird generic baby-next-to-similarly-posed animal clip-outs on the board in the back where we have put pictures of our pets... and someone actually TOOK THEM DOWN after a few days because it was just too creepy.
609  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: PORN on: March 10, 2004 10:46:17 AM
You snuck in just before me! I was reading to the end of the thread to recommend the porn lampshade. Very nifty. Very fleshy when lit-up as well. Casts a warm glow (haha).

It would also be entirely appropriate to decoupage a small box of the sort that sits next to one's bed for, er, latex accessories.

Oh, you know what else would be cool? Expanding on someone's porn-a-day calendar idea, I just read a book called "Skin Flutes & Velvet Gloves: A Collection of Facts and Fancies, Legends and Oddities About the Body's Private Parts" by Terri Hamilton. (You can find it at amazon.com if you search.) You could do a genital-fact-a-day calendar with the factoids printed on pull-off stickers (Xyron makes a repositionable adhesive) stuck over relevant naughty bits. That sounds fun. If I had a big pile of porn, I'd get started on that myself. (Yes, it's a bit reading-intensive, I admit... but I've already read the book anyway. Might as well make use of that "knowledge.")

Gee, are you willing to make some shipping/pick-up/trade deals for the tons-o-porn? I'm in Detroit...

610  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Magazine Rack on: March 10, 2004 09:02:13 AM
Hey, all. Do you have any good ideas for a smallish magazine rack? I tend to bring stacks of magazines down to my living room to look through for reference for things, and they wind up sitting in a pile on my coffee table. And then someone uses them as a coaster and I have to hop around and cuss. Which is not my best side.

I'd like something cool, though, and all the ones I tend to see are country-ish, which will not fly.

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