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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Little Blue Monster on: October 08, 2012 09:51:40 AM
I finally finished this monster!!

I'd expected her to only take a week or two, but she ended up taking months because of other projects and "creative block"  Roll Eyes

I tried adding some more clay accents this time.  I love clay, but I'm terrible at it.  Definitely have a new found respect for everyone who can successfully get it to do what they want.

The shaping on her feet could have turned out better, but I at least have a better understanding of it.

Her arms also swing at the shoulder.

I'd love to know what you think!
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Angry Sun on: August 16, 2012 11:44:34 AM
So the heat wave this summer inspired an angry sun doll.  I imagined him screaming heat down on us for the last couple of months.  I hid inside and knit this.

It's the first time I've designed my own knitted toy.  I played around with short rows for the shaping on his neck and stomach.  Here's his bulging belly.

I'd love to know what you think.  Thanks for looking!
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Bakerella on: July 21, 2011 08:21:05 AM
For the most recent One Tiny Stuffie Swap, my partner mentioned that she'd like a cute domestic monster.  This is what happened.

My partner likes to bake, so she has a little flowered apron.

I wanted to give her fangs, so I made some fang beads out of Sculpey and sewed them in from the inside.  I was really nervous about it and didn't think it would work, but I'm so happy with how they turned out.

I can't wait to try the same technique for other accessories.

She ended up being a bit front heavy, so I gave her a small tail and stuffed it with PVC pellets.  She can stand on her own now.

I was really happy with how she turned out.  I'd love to know what you think!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Simple Circuit on: February 20, 2011 12:11:30 PM

Even though the actual embroidery isn't much, this project is a big deal to me because it's my first time using conductive thread to sew a circuit.

I've wanted to start learning electronics to work into projects for a long time and I finally just chose a simple pattern to put together.

It's done in hasty backstitch.  I mixed a strand of the conductive thread with two strands of silver embroidery floss.  The LED, battery and battery holder are all from Radio Shack.  The robot pattern is from Diana Eng's book Fashion Geek.

5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mini Me on: March 01, 2010 02:27:26 PM
So I made this doll a couple years ago, and I don't know why I never posted her.  But here she is.

I made a miniature version of myself!

I've learned more about making dolls since then, so there are things that I would have done better (like her neck), but I'm still really happy with how she turned out.

Her face.  The nose ring is an old earring.

And she had to be wearing flip flops.  Until very recently, I absolutely hated wearing shoes.   Roll Eyes

The hair was the challenge, but if I remember right, it was the reason I wanted to try to make a me-doll.  I have big (no, seriously big) curly hair, and I wanted to see if I could make a yarn version when I found yarn that looked like curly hair.  It's blended with two colors of embroidery floss.  I used the technique from the Jack Sparrow pattern.  (I can't remember her user name right now, but her stuff is awesome!  Amy's Babies??)
It's still my favorite part of the doll  Smiley

The arms are jointed so they swing.  And another shot of the big hair.   Smiley

Her body, the pants, arms and flip-flopped feet are from the Super Happy Crochet Cute book.

I ended up giving her to my mom as a Christmas present, and she has recently made it onto display in my parents' house.   Cheesy

I'd love to know what you think!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Coffee Table Kennel on: June 02, 2009 10:30:40 AM
I live in a small apartment with a small dog.  I'd seen those space-saving kennel/table combos in magazines but they were always really expensive.  As a big Christmas surprise, my dad actually made me one himself.

Now Craftster isn't really his thing, but the table turned out so awesome that I (finally) had to show it off for him.

The windows are on both side and on the door.  They're actually finished on the inside as well.

The top is really pretty big, which is awesome because I do everything here.  And I just noticed all the dog toys and recently killed dog toy stuffing laying around.  Cleaning might be on the agenda for today  Wink

And the little windowed door.  It's hinged on the inside.

Here's a bad shot of the inside.  Those would be teeth and scratchmarks.  It's pretty rare that she scratches it, but maintenance guys coming in don't make her happy.  I was worried about splinters, but she hasn't had any.  And she actually really likes the kennel.  She gets pretty mad if the door is closed and she can't get in.  She wasn't sure of it at first, but once she realised it was hers she was all about it.

And the action shot.  Here's the Beast enjoying her kennel.  Even with the grumpy please-don't-take-my-picture face, she's so freaking cute.

Thanks for looking and let me know what you think!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Seaweed Mermaid on: May 26, 2009 11:38:25 AM
Okay, I've been working on this doll for months on and off.  I made several attempts at her tain fin, ripped them out, and let her sit finless for many months.  This morning I made myself put something on her, and even though I'm not 100% happy with her tail, I'm glad she's finished.

Forgive the not awesome pictures, please.

Here's a closer shot of her head and hair.  I've had the eyelash yarn for years, and it really looks like seaweed.  It's the whole reason she got made.

I was really happy with the way her seashell top turned out.  And her pearl necklace.

Here's her little flounder skirt thing, and you can kind of see her bellybutton.

And one more full picture.  You can see the hair a little better.

She's done in the style of Elisabeth Doherty, the Gourmet Amigurumi genius.  I started with the patterns in her book, then modified all over the place.
It was my first attempt at using pvc beads.  They're in her tail.  Next time I'll try using less poly stuffing with them.  I guess it's one of those things you have to get a feel for.

Hope you guys like her and I'd love to know what you think!

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Vampire on: June 16, 2008 08:17:41 PM
I realize that I've posted very few of my projects....I want to change that!

I made this doll for my friend for Christmas.  She loves vampires.  The doll is hard-core based on Beth Dougherty's designs--the basic pattern is all hers!  It was the Strawbeary bear from her book, with obvious modifications.

Sorry for the bad pics....  They were done months ago in a bit of a rush.

She actually has underwear on, just like in the pattern.

And a close up of her face:

I love her fangs!  I don't know why, but they always got me.

9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mini Mel on: January 16, 2007 01:07:03 AM
This is a miniature version of a friend that I did for a Christmas present.
There are tatoos on her arms that you can't see in the only pictures I have of the doll.

And here she is with her life-sized version.

She's a modified version of the Jack Sparrow pattern.
I'd love to know what you think!
10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Elephant on: December 08, 2006 01:50:40 PM
I finally decided to just try amigurumi, and they're so easy to make!  This is the elephant from Roxycraft.

When I was doing the finishing, I pulled a strand through the body and added a tail.

It was also my first time crocheting with a wooden hook (Brittany-their knitting needles make me drool) instead of a steel one.  BIG difference.

I'd love to know what you think!
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