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11  Re: Doppelgangers in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cassiege on: August 16, 2008 06:44:49 AM
Sorry to bring this up again, but I was asked to show some pictures of the dolls during our trip. I don't have all the pictures because some were taken by my friends. However, here are a few:

Lounging by Loch Ness.

Staying the night at the University of Durham (Durham Castle).

Hanging out in London. Everyone was sitting in the square watching the Olympics on a giant screen. It was very interesting.

Stonehenge. I love that you can barely see the head of the doll on the left.

One less. I think this is Windsor Castle in London? I honestly can't remember, we had been to so many! (the green thing around the waist of the doll on the right (mine) is a piece of grass from Loch Ness.
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12  Doppelgangers in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cassiege on: July 25, 2008 08:06:15 PM
My three best friends and I are heading off to Scotland and England in only three days! So I've been busy making presents for everyone. I came up with this idea when I Stumbled across this post: http://soozs.blogspot.com/2006/06/how-to-make-steiner-doll.html (linking just to credit the poster for the idea).

I decided that it would be fun to make each girl a little doll that represents them (I call them doppelgangers). My sister came up with the idea of putting the doppelgangers into photos that we would normally be in. So I think I'm going to ask my friends to allow my silliness and have our doppelgangers pose in the same photos that we take of ourselves (such as, we take a photo in front of Stonehenge and then place the dolls in front of Stonehenge, etc.) Yes, I AM that dorky.

Anyway, so that's what I'm planning. Smiley But for now, I thought I'd just share the dolls!

Here are the four of us. Each doll is about 5 inches tall. The flags that we're holding can be taken out and replaced with the other country's flag. (I was going to just do the Union Jack, but decided against it since we're not going to Ireland.) Nearly everything is removable on the dolls. The eyes are French Knots (with embroidery thread), as are the buttons on the black shirt and the circle on the green scarf (my very first attempts at the French Knot... my sister's the one that embroiders.)

Close Ups:

This is Andrea. I think her outfit was the hardest because the glasses took some time and the hat was rather difficult since the pieces were so small (the seams kept pulling apart). She has a hat that looks exactly like it (the black smudge is actually a patch that looks like this: *C2*).


Lacey (my twin sister). That's actually a strawberry on the shirt. And, sorry, I hadn't clipped off the extra strings and stuff yet.

Me, Cassie. (I actually bought that brown fabric to make myself a dress, but never got around to it so I figured my doppelganger could at least wear it).

Well, I hope that my idea of pictures around some of the places we see will work out. And I hope that this wasn't a waste of your time! They were fun to do, but sometimes difficult because they were my first attempts at plush items. Thanks for looking!
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13  Floral Sheet Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by cassiege on: December 28, 2007 11:07:00 PM
I had found some old sheets that I think may be vintage and since my mother loves vintage things, I made her a bag. Yep.  Smiley

(Action shot! Wink) I lined it with red because there is a tiny red bud with the flowers. There's a pocket and a place for pens/knitting needles.

And a close-up of the floral design. (My carpet doesn't really look like thatit looks incredibly grossthe photo was just originally bad quality!)
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14  Sleeved Blanket and Eye-Patch Sleep Mask in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by cassiege on: December 28, 2007 10:54:37 PM
I personally hate when it's cold and I have to expose my arms when reading a book, so I believed my mom hated it, too. Therefore, I made her a blanket with sleeves on it for her birthday!

I lined the blanket with the white fabric, but I didn't line the sleeves. (Modeled by my sister!)

Here's a close-up of the sleeves.

And just because it's relevant, I made my sister this eye-patch sleep mask. (Modeled by my sister... again!)

The lining is kind of smooshed up on the left, though... There's a blue bow on the right side to make that half cutesy.  Smiley
(I hope that I put this in the right section! Cheesy)
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15  Drawstring Hip Pouch/Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by cassiege on: June 18, 2007 07:00:06 PM
My friend's birthday is Thursday (21st) and I couldn't figure out what I should get her. She loves going to Renaissance Festivals and I seem to remember her complaining once that she didn't have a purse to match her outfit, so I decided to make her this hip pouch thing (no clue as to what to call it!). I just hope she likes it!

This is what it looks like closed and not attached to the belt I made with it. (I don't have a picture of the back, but I sewed belt loops onto the back so that she can transfer it to another belt if she likes.)

I made the top part of the inside like a drawstring bag (the entire inside is not like a drawstring bag, only this top part). There is a snap attached to it, but it wasn't meant to have a functional purpose (even though it actually serves one), I just put it on to make the flap look better when it's closed. 

The drawstring is tightened by two suede cords and this top part is covered by the flap when it's closed.

This is what it looks like when it is worn. She's about a foot taller than I am, so I think it'll look better on her. I have it on the belt I made for her in this picture (it's out of the same material that I made the bag) and the drawstring is also tightened, too. I thought about putting together a sort of belt-buckle or something to keep the belt on, but I kind of liked how it looked just tied in a knot, so I left it alone.

Projects don't usually go right for me, so I'm really excited! I just hope it really does look all right and I'm not just blinded by happiness.  Cheesy
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16  Magnetic/Travel Hangman in Completed Projects by cassiege on: May 20, 2007 01:09:39 PM
Here is a magnetic, travel version of the game hangman. I made it out of one of those AOL tins that you get in the mail and some magnets that I had laying around.

The cover of the tin is used to hold the letters and the bottom half is used for the game.

This is what it looks like when all the pieces are put away.

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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17  Mini Moleskinesque Notebook in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by cassiege on: March 16, 2007 01:53:42 PM
After lurking around Craftster for nearly two years (I believe), this is my very first post! Smiley I wasn't sure if I should post it here or in reconstructed, so I'm sorry if I put it in the wrong place.

I was helping my mom paint her kitchen and we were out buying paint when I saw a display for these "paint" chips (I don't know what they're called, it's just the free squares of color you can take to see if you'd like it in your house), but these ones were textured. I had been wanting to make my own "moleskin" notebook so that I could jot down notes about the photographs I took for my photography class, but instead decided to use these because it's small enough to fit easily into my back pocket.

The texture isn't really "leathery", but the brand is called "Suede Impressions". It has a nice feeling to it.

It's kind of messed up, but it was my first try! I grabbed two more chips (a prettier, darker brown color) to make a second one, which I'm hoping will turn out better! I figured I'd use the uglier ones for my first crappy attempt.

An elastic glued to the inside of the back to keep the notebook closed (I created a crease near the top so that I could open it wide enough to write in). The color is darker than it looks right here. I saw some tutorials on how to sew paper together for notebooks, but I didn't want to follow one the other night, so I improvised and it's not very pretty. Now I keep thinking that it would have looked better to just have glued the top of the front and back cover to the paper. I'll have to try that with the next one.

What's a "moleskin" notebook without a folder in the back?

It's not very thick.

That's the texture of the chips.

I hope it's not too awful! (Sorry I wrote so much! I can never show something without writing a lot about it!)
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