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91  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Labyrinth's Ludo Puppet (with process) on: May 11, 2007 02:06:06 AM
That is indeed super great. Hooray! Well done! What kind of clay, for the head? Polymer clay, or something fire-able?

Fake fur is indeed a beeeyotch to work with. I learned from somewhere a very clever trick: when you cut it, use a razor blade or X-acto knife and cut from the back/woven side. That way, you just cut the backing and not the tips of the fur, cleverly avoiding Tiny Pieces of Fur Everywhere.
92  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Puppets Puppets Puppets! for an Improvised Puppet Musical! on: May 11, 2007 01:38:08 AM
Thanks for the comments, guys!  Shocked)

I totally visited puppetsnstuff.com, and definitely watched some video tutorials by the guy who runs that site. Very helpful.

The show is open now, and I'm really really pleased and excited by how it's going so far. Four shows down, as of tonight; eleven more to go! Yeahhhh!
93  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Camelot Nursery (img fat) on: May 11, 2007 01:33:39 AM
Super cute! I agree! LOVE the unicorn's little face. And the curly details on the castle and carriage.

I also agree that texture would be good . . . I like how the curtains on the carriage are outlined in darker pink--maybe it would be cool to outline all the large color areas in a slightly darker shade of that color, like someone already said. Possibly with the same color you could add a suggestion of bricks on the castle, etc--if that's the style you're going for. and/or, you could echo the curly motif in the wind, or the unicorn's mane, or grass or cobblestones or something.

Eeeheheeee, you could put a mirror in the carriage window or the castle so that when you look in the mirror, it's YOU in there! ha! ;o)
94  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Puppets Puppets Puppets! for an Improvised Puppet Musical! on: March 05, 2007 12:31:13 PM
Hee hee hee! I made puppets. I am so excited.
My improv theater company in San Francisco is trying something new: a full-length improvised puppet musical. Neato! This came about largely because last year I was sitting around and suddenly thought -- hm. I'm gonna make a puppet. Made two, brought them to rehearsal, where everyone freaked out with joy. Flash to a year later; now I'm directing a whole show with them! So gosh dern it, I better make some more.

This is three or four of them that have been made, thus far--can't post pictures yet because I'm a longtime lurker but I'm slow to post (not for want of a huge backlog of crafts TO post). Marcel, the cheeky fellow in green and yellow, is the second of my two original puppets from last year. He really seems to be a hit with everyone.

Pictures pictures! Can't you just picture these guys singing and dancing?

(Update 2011 -- hahaha, I posted this FIVE YEARS AGO and *just* got PMed for, I guess, having some sort of off-craftster link? . . . that is kind of hilarious! Sorry guys, didn't mean to promote; I just wasn't allowed by Craftster to post any pictures then! ;o)  Here are the pics . . .

Along with lots of other inspiration, I made some of these puppets based on a series of nicely-made video tutorials here: http://hobbies.expertvillage.com/videos/building-a-moving-mouth-puppet.htm

AND, I'm working on some techniques outlined in "The Foam Book," by the guys at Grey Seal Puppets. (foam book, get it! it even has "yellowed pages." ahaha.) And let me know if you might have any other construction questions . . . I've really just started doing this, but I *am* learning fast.

Woo hoo! And have a great day.  Smiley

95  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: new years/twins birthday on: December 19, 2006 12:56:42 PM
Aw man, having a birthday on New Year's Eve sucks. I know this because it's also MY birthday. And my birthday always always always feels like an afterthought. For most people, seems like, their birthday is on a day when nothing else is around, so they *are* the holiday. For holiday-born kiddies, this is not the case.

It's great that you're having a themed-birthday-style party for da twins, on New Year's Eve! It might be nice for the kids if you pick a time where the parties officially *switch*? So it's birthday time only for awhile, with birthday games and presents and cake etc, and then at 9pm or some other specific time you've picked, bring out the champagne, switch the tablecloth, turn on Dick Clark, hand out noisemakers, something to signal a *different* party for New Year's. That way, the kids feel like they get their *own* party on their birthday with people's undivided attention, and your guests get two parties in one.  Smiley 

(and, I'd say, let 'em be pirates on their own birthday if they want--maybe they're invading the 7-11. hee hee!)
96  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: name woes on: September 23, 2006 08:14:48 PM
what about . . . sugarpumpkin? Shocked)

Orrr, BlueKiwi?

(Kiwis *are* already green . . . but the whole Color/Thing-that-isn't-that-color is sometimes interesting/catchy--or at least a common naming trend. Might help give you ideas.)

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