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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Waldorf Dolls (for babies) on: May 23, 2006 06:05:26 PM
My mom gave me a pattern for these dolls a long time ago. Since my 1 year old son has started stealing his sisters baby dolls (and she freaks out about it !!) I thought that I would make him a baby of his own. They are so much fun I ended up making another one for my daughter right away.

This is Raven's Starlight Baby

This is Soren's version.

Sorry for the darkness of the photos, you can't tell but Raven's is a bright fuchsia color and Soren's is lime green. I also made the heads with old socks that's why one head is white and one is brown and white mini stripes. I love them they are so cute. I can't wait to make more. I was actually thinking of making this with a matching taggie to give as baby gifts from now on !!

Cristina    Kiss
22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Capt. Croc O'Dile the Puppet and 1st Mate Mr. Bomshrimp Kabob on: March 13, 2006 03:34:21 PM
My daughter Raven and my Husband Mica wrote a story for my son Soren's birthday. (coming up in April) In it she invented a character named Captain Croc O'Dile. Other characters as well but for now this is the one puppet that we have made. We are putting on a puppet show at the birthday party. This just came out so cute I had to share. She is so very proud of him. Since she's only 4 she just helped, but I'm giving her all the credit !!!

Raven and Capt. Croc O'Dile

A side view:

Hope you enjoy Cristina  Grin

Heres the second puppet 1st Mate Mr. Bomshrimp Kabob

He's so funny !! Cristina
23  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Ladybugs and Fairies on: March 13, 2006 03:09:34 PM
It took me over a year to finish this quilt for my daughter Raven. She loves it so much, it is always out of her room and on the floor with her huddled under it !!
I saw a similar ladybug quilt in a Pottery Barn Kids catalog about 4 years ago. I just made my own 12x12 square ladybug pattern then placed 12x12 crazy quilt squares next to it. A lot of the fabrics I used had fairies on them as well. I also placed some cut out fairies on the borders. I'm not sure if you can see them that well in the picture.

These are two close up photos of the Ladybugs and Crazy quilt squares

I hope you like it !! Cristina  Grin

24  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fairy doll on: March 13, 2006 09:21:45 AM
This was the first doll I ever made. Years ago I saw a picture in a magazine and I thought that I could replicate that. So this was my attempt. My daughter loves her. She has no face but I kind of like that mystery about her.

A closer view:

I have so many other dolls and crafts that I want to post but I make them and give them all away before I take a photo. Maybe with the incentive of posting here I will remember !!!

Cristina  Grin

OK, so a tutorial.....here we go let me know if it doesn't make any sense !

The body is actually a heart turned upside down.
I just cut out a heart on paper by doing it the old-school way of folding it in half and cutting on the fold. Then I used that to cut out 2 of the fabric. I used some left over batik fabrics i had and her other body parts are made out of muslin. Her head is an oval shape that I turned sideways. you can just draw this on the fabric and cut 2 out. The arms and legs are just something from my head. I basically looked at old rag dolls and saw that they had mitten shaped hands, then I added 2 1/2 to 3 inches more for the arms. With the legs I did the same thing. But I drew the feet I wanted then added about 4 inches for the leg part. I stitched all of that together and left an opening on the side of each one to turn and stuff. I used poly-fil. But you can use anything you want. I didn't stuff it to tight. I knew I was adding stuff to the outside of the body and I wanted a little give. I then went through my trims stash and found a lot of fringe. If you look closely you can see that her hair and skirt are made of fringe. I used grosgrain ribbon to trim out the top of the skirt. All of that I just whip-stitched on where I wanted it. Her arms legs and head I added by doing the same thing. I found where I wanted it and took a few stitches to hold it is place. I took some pink fringe and placed it on the head and fooled around with it till it looked good then I stitched that in place too. I took some of the hair and tied it up to the sides with ribbon. I added a wand I made from wire and beads, and an ankle bracelet from seed beads. I did gather a little silk ribbon I had and put it around her neck and arms so that you cant see that it's just tacked on there a little bit. The wings I made from some feathers. I just gathered them in a bunch (1 bunch for each side) and I wrapped it with some wire, then tacked it on with a whip-stitch. All in all I think it took the longest to stitch the body parts and stuff them. It's my least favorite part of the whole project.

Anyway I hope I explained it OK. I usually just show people and it is a lot easier than trying to explain in writing how to do it all. If you don't understand anything just let me know !!!

See ya !! Cristina  Smiley Cheesy Grin

25  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Pregnant Belly Sculpture on: March 13, 2006 09:14:42 AM
I was just playing around with some Sculpty a few weeks back. This came out of that. I took some of my daughters barrettes and imprinted them into the side and one of my celtic earrings into the back then pressed in a bead. I did not take a picture of the underside but there is a bead in the bottom to represent the vagina. I hung it up using an antique necklace that i bought from a local store. I used some beads and sterling silver wire to help it hang. You can't see the hanging detail but here's the body it's self.

And here is the back detail !!


Cristina  Grin
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Goddess Quilt Square on: March 13, 2006 08:57:43 AM
This is one square I made. I have some others and exentually I will sew them all together to make a quilt top. I did some beading on it that I love. Right now it is hanging in my kitchen and my husband says it gives him good luck when he tries to cook !!!!

This is a close up of some of the beading.

Hope you enjoy and it inspires you.

Cristina  Grin
27  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Punk House Elf on: March 13, 2006 07:56:32 AM
I made this house elf a while back. The basic pattern is something that I bought a while ago. But I have changed it so much that it doesn't resemble that at all anymore. I added all the punk stuff as a joke. But, my hubby loved it, the hair and goatee make it look alot like him. Love ya Baby !!

Cristina Cheesy

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