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1  Re: Monster High R2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by wwrich on: April 10, 2013 09:33:31 PM
So, I forgot to check the front door today.  DH did at bedtime, and guess what was there!!

Of course, as soon as I sat down with the package, someone had to park her fuzzy self right in the middle of things! [Why do all cats seem to do that??]

First, I found two plushies!  Spectra and Clawdeen.  They are really cute and well done!

Then, there were 4 separate outfits and 3 pair of shoes!!  (There were even little undies to go under those always too short skirts that these dolls are famous for)

Action shots (I hope I got the combos right).

Two little felt pets!

She also included some pictures for my daughter to color and some stickers.  [Side note: great minds think alike -- I bought a package of those same stickers for you too -- but I forgot to put them in your box Cry]

And examples of how to color them:

Thanks so much for my awesome stuff!  I hope your package gets to you soon!
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2  Re: The Easter Kitten! in Easter by wwrich on: March 28, 2013 07:28:15 AM
Those are from two years ago now!  Wow.  Time has flown.  She is now an old "distinguished" cat now, but we still love her!

Yes, the size was a complete guess.  I knew about how big her head was, and I still had the pattern from my daughter's Halloween costume on the table.  I copied the basic shapes from the commercial pattern, obviously, making it a lot smaller!  I figured it would be easier to take the seams in and make it smaller, so I guessed big, and it turned out just about the perfect size.

It took three of us to get those pictures.  One to hold the kitten, one to put the hat on, and one to man the camera.  She is a very tolerant cat though!

Here is a more recent picture of her:
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3  Re: FOC Second Chance Wishlist Rd 3 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by wwrich on: November 24, 2012 08:06:26 PM
We got home from Thanksgiving at the in-laws (5 hours away from here) to find that I received from Beki710!

She sent me some great stuff, all the way across the Atlantic Ocean!

First, the "overall" shot.

I got a nice note explaining what she chose to create and something about why. 

I think this one is my favorite.  A kitty picture using SheepBlue's technique of gluing whimsys to a canvas.  It lost a couple of parts on its journey, but a little quality time with my hot glue gun and I think its all better.  (I may not have put everything back in the original places, but I think I did pretty good).  I love the little teapot down in the left bottom corner, the little drink with the straw above the huge button on the left.  There are so many cool little things there, I keep seeing new things each time I look again.


I got a Welsh dragon hoopla!  Done in very small stitches.  She said it is the very traditional image from the Welsh flag.

Some cool "DNA Earrings".  (Add the usual issue with getting a good pic of something small and shiny -- they are blue not purple)

A couple of patterns.  I told her that I liked cats and dragons, so she sent me one of each! 

And some neat candy.  I haven't tried any of it yet (but we will).  I find the "teeth and toothbrushes" candy especially funny!  My daughter wants to open some of the chocolates (but I wouldn't let her until we got home from dinner).

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4  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by wwrich on: May 12, 2012 11:33:52 AM
I am close to finished with my little house.

Here is the outside as it existed last weekend (I did a bit more during the week, but don't have those pictures yet)

The inside is pretty much done.  Here are the four rooms starting at the top left.

  This is the "fish tank" room.  Probably the "kids room".

  This is the big room upstairs.  Master bedroom

  This is the bigger room downstairs (living room).  The bay window is on the left

The smaller room downstairs, with the staircase.  I guess this would be the kitchen.

The bay window roof is attached:

Who's there??

Next steps are the dark green trim along the roof edges.  Then the shingles, and the trim pieces on the top edges.
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5  Re: 04/01/12 - Craftster Goes Katster! in Latest News by wwrich on: April 01, 2012 07:17:54 AM
Belle seems to approve.  

(Thanks for the laughs today)  I had several windows open when the change over occured.  Gotta love all the little details you guys put in to this.  
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6  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by wwrich on: February 26, 2012 04:34:11 PM
It's been a while since I did an update on our wee house.  Between crazy work, funerals, conventions, web sites, and a surprise birthday party two states away, I haven't worked on the house in more than 3 weeks!

I did get the walls glued together, so it is looking like a house instead of a bunch of mostly flat boards.

Front View:

The Front Door (without the door) and the base of the porch:

The side where the bay window goes:

The living room:

The kitchen:

The bedroom:

The fish room:

I think the staircase ready to be installed:

Some other mostly finished parts, including dormers, the bay window, the rest of the porch (the dark green arch that will go over the front door):

And the sticks that I bought to cover some of the rough edges.  In the background, you can see the rest of the roof:

I am pretty happy with the way the floors came out.  I used one of those glazes that I found at Michael's.  It dries really shiny, and is fairly forgiving about smoothing out after you glop it on there.  I had to sand some drips off of the staircase, and then redo one side.  You can hardly tell.

Some of those sticks will be baseboards to cover the gap where walls meet floor.  Some will cover the rough edges along the back.  Some will be doorframes.  Some will cover the rough edges where the stairs go.  I may need to cover the seams upstairs along the roof lines, but I need to see how things look after the rest of those parts get glued in.
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7  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by wwrich on: January 22, 2012 01:40:10 PM
Another progress report from me...

I stayed home sick one day this week, and got a lot done on it that day.

Here is the front door (just sitting there).

Here is an inside shot including the shiny first floor, the inside of the front door, and one of the potential residents that has been exploring the new house.

The bay window.  Inside and out.

This weekend has been mostly wallpapering.


More critters "inspecting" their new home...

Finally, we are gluing the window frames on!!

Those red-tipped metal things were clamps that I bought at a dollar store a while ago.  They are very useful for this type of project.

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8  Re: Wee House Craftalong-Ongoing 2011-2012 in Craftalongs by wwrich on: January 16, 2012 05:52:07 PM
I have been following this thread for way too long.

I finally located a wee house that I found to be acceptable about 3 weeks ago.  I bought it (with a 40% off coupon).  We found it at Hobby Lobby.  The regular price was $30.  With the coupon it was $18.  Here is the box.  It was in the dollhouse section.

I took it out, read all the directions, then completely ignored the part about not punching out all of the pieces.  I punched out all of the pieces and put them in individual plastic bags.  Then I put together the basic frame, so I could see what the final size and layout would be.  Here it is held together with masking tape.

We are still working on "step 1", which is to prepare the windows.  Oh, there is a little thing there about how you have to paint and prepare all of the pieces while they are still flat.   We spent way too many hours sanding little window parts.

My daughter really likes to paint things.  Here is Elsbeth painting window frames.

This is what a completed window should look like on the outside.  We will have to pick out paper and stuff for the insides before we glue the inside windows down.

In the background of that last picture, you can see that the inside window frames will be a dark brown.  On the far left are some of the "wallpapers" we are considering (the orange with white dots, multicolored dots and the purple swirls).
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9  Tiny Teddy Bear in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by wwrich on: October 18, 2011 12:12:35 PM
This is something I made a couple of years ago, but haven't ever shown to anyone outside of my family and a couple of coworkers.

He is completely hand sewn.  Yes, he is completely jointed, so he can move his arm, legs and head.  That is a standard spool of thread, and the squares underneath are 1 inch.

He can sit.

He can make speeches.

He likes to draw too!


I wasn't sure whether to call this the "obligatory cat picture", or just "the explanation of that last picture"

He is made from upholstery fabric.  Each piece is cut out, sewn and turned right side out.  His eyes are seed beads.  His bow is silk ribbon.
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10  Re: Fierce Little dragon - free pattern link! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by wwrich on: October 16, 2011 11:39:03 AM
I have finished two of them now, and the third one is getting close.

Here's a picture.

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