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41  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES / Tiny little woodland creature on: April 08, 2017 11:41:44 AM
Made for PerfectlyBohemian in the dotee 14 swap https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451470.msg5428305#msg5428305

A little forest dude based loosely on a few of her lovely pins.

He's got a cap of teeny mushrooms.

And more growing around his belly.

And a nod to classic dotees, a little dangly.

The face was absolutely inspired by this little guy.
I used a bit of thrift store score fur coat for his beard.

I wrote a little tutorial for his mushroom crown, it's here:

42  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / April Fool's round up, '09-'17 on: April 04, 2017 03:30:32 PM
It seems like every year there's a wrap up post detailing all the fun stuff that's gone on for April Fool's day and I hear this year is no exception. For those who may have missed previous years here's a round up for you to peruse, it is ever so much fun looking back on all those kooky good times!

2009 wrap up
2010 wrap up
2010 tagged projects
2011 wrap up
2011 tags
2012 wrap up
2013 wrap up
2014 tagged projects
2015 was zombies.
Featured projects: https://www.craftster.org/blog/april-1-2015-featured-projects/
Tags: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=tags;sa=showtopics;tag=april_fools_2015
And this little bit of hilarity: https://www.craftster.org/blog/craftster-quickies-how-to-make-pape-raar-grrr-ugggh/
2016 https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=445801
43  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fabric moth on: March 29, 2017 04:12:40 PM
I made a stitched moth a while ago and wanted to try it again.
Stalking for a recent swap I saw some fabric moths pinned so hey, perfect timing!

I used fabric from my stash, wire, embroidery thread, felt, glass beads for eyes, and a bit of fiberfil.
Here are the fabric pieces laid out:

The legs were difficult to wrap with thread, maybe there's a way to do it before attaching to the body. I'll try again one of these days.

I would never touch a real bug like this, even looking at the picture makes me a little squeamish, ugh!

It's pretty big, a hand span at least.
44  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Curio Cabinet items on: March 29, 2017 03:35:52 PM
Made for rockingbearranch, she was super fun to craft for  Grin.

We find snail shells in the garden all the time, I gave this one a new body. It's a wire armature and poly clay, the wire hands and antenna are coated with bronze nail polish.

Sculpting teeny weeny hands is not easy. I used this excellent tutorial but still ended up with something that looks like 5 fingers instead of 4 and a thumb. http://sculptor101.deviantart.com/art/Making-a-figurine-hand-tutorial-part-I-419122158
Oh well, maybe the eye I encrusted with rhinestones distracts from the weirdness of a mutant hand.
Beach sand is glued round the base.

The miniature bell jar is sealed with melted beeswax and red thread, that was messy and painful, ouch!

Paper clay stems for the acorn top mushrooms.

There's a wee gnome peeking out of the moss on the back of the assemblage, isn't he the cutest?

My kids wanted to steal every single one of these, I consider that a win! And inspiration to make more for them. Should be fun Wink.
45  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Trashed & Wasted, rethinking kitchen scraps on: March 23, 2017 10:47:03 AM
Bet you've never eaten cinnamon chicharron with whipped lard and buckwheat honey.

This is my good friend Brock. He is amazing. He's a long-time successful restaurateur, brewer, and entrepreneur. In his many years working in the food and drink industry he's seen vast amount of meaningless, unnecessary waste that finally inspired him to do something about it in his home town. He's putting on events to highlight the usability of what we consider garbage in order to get people thinking about how to reduce waste and feed more people good tasting and good for you food. Check this out, it's an amazing movement and a really accessible way to think about our own kitchens and cooking habits.


And here's some of what was on the menu at the garbage food fest including such things as pickled tongue and lamb brain on crostini which I am not sure I'd be daring enough to try myself but I love that every bit of food got used and nothing wasted so have a gander:


46  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Miniature, miniscule, ridiculous! on: March 16, 2017 09:32:44 AM
I love HO or N scale miniature figures but they are really expensive so when I saw an online deal on unpainted figs I had to go for it.

Not having a firm grasp of scale I ordered the 3 sizes I found with the best prices.
Uhhhh, I can barely even SEE those teensy ones, how would I ever paint them?!

47  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Flying key block, PDF pattern added! on: March 14, 2017 02:29:35 PM
The lovely Mistress Jennie offered to send me a pussy hat in exchange for a surprise. After stalking a bit I settled on a pouch with a flying key design a la Harry Potter.

I couldn't find a pattern I liked for free or even for sale so I thought I'd try my hand at drafting one myself. I am very new to paper piecing but I do have a fashion design background which includes pattern drafting. Even so, it's tricky with a bunch of fiddly little bits that were really hard for me to get just right.

Paper piecing is CRAZY!

I've been waiting to share this until MJ got the little pouch I made her but it looks like it's been lost in the mail so I'll be resending it soon. I'm bummed 'cause I think the zipper turned out great. Ah well, good practice for next time, right? Yay, the first pouch finally made it after an adventure through the postal system. It is a flying key after all, ha ha. In the meantime I sent this replacement so now she's got a matching set.

I sent the pattern off to a few people here to beta test and it came back with the A-ok so I will be happy to share it with you guys once I've figured out how to attach a PDF file. I sent a query off and hopefully will hear back about that soon Smiley. am very happy to share it with you here. Click on the PDF to copy it into your files and give it a go! It seems to be upside down but it will print just fine. Please let me know if you stitch it up and how it went, feed back is appreciated!
48  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Labyrinth worm sock monkey on: March 13, 2017 06:18:38 PM
"Come inside an' 'ave a nice cuppa tea."

Made as a surprise for FreakieGeekie because she's knee deep in the early mommy years and I thought a little bit of weird random mail might make her day Smiley.

It was really hard to find good fun fur, the fabric shop staff told me all the companies were bought up by manufacturers in China and now the quality is such that they won't order it anymore! I had to dismantle a fluffy key chain ornament I found at Michael's, can you believe that? As if this project needed to get any stranger than it already is, lol.
49  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dancing kilted cyclops sock monkey, don't even ask. on: March 03, 2017 09:36:36 PM
My good, good friend moved far, far away with her man. I am happy for them but sad, so sad too. Before they went she made the strangest request of me.
I started stitching the cyclops eye right away in her fave purples with a touch of lime green.

I couldn't decide what a dancing sock monkey would look like but I knew it had to be as unique as she is. I gave him a package first then the idea for a kilt to cover the monkey junk seemed a natural progression.

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It's weird, so much so I am not even going to try to get a proper picture before I package it up to mail off to her.

So weird.
She is going to LOVE it.
50  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tiny house and a poofy velvety heart on: March 01, 2017 02:15:01 PM
Made for the 4X6" swap, little houses have been a theme for me lately. This brick fabric has been in my stash for a very long time and even though it's not in proportion to the house it still works, it's like outrageously big eyes or something like that.

I was considering leaving the light green vines as is but I just want to show you here the difference it made to add leaves.

I like the look of the vines themselves but the thicker, layered stitches really appealed to me to make this look like an almost overgrown building.

I also made this piece for the swap, it's not a lot of stitches that you can see but there is so much hidden stitchery to get that 3-d heart to be the right shape I almost wish it showed.

It's very poofy, more than I managed to capture in a photo. I stuffed it so much and then had to figure out a way to get it to lay flat on the canvas (lots of glue, ha!)

I sewed the fabric up like a pillowcase then put a small canvas board inside and stitched the opening closed. For a hanger I used skirt hooks.

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