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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Skull Bunnies (new pictures added may 21st!!) on: May 13, 2008 08:05:10 PM
I just wanted to show people how far I have come. Some of you remember I used to post a loton this board. Probably fewer of you remember my Skull Bunnies. But for those of you who do these were the very first ones.

Then they changed alot to these.

then i finally settled on these.

and after making like a hundred. no seriously i have made hundreds of Skull Bunnies.
I have streamlined them to all be uniform. No longer lumpy, no longer sometimes mishapen. I think they look great now! And they just look so so cute when there are a bunch of them.

And along the way i've made a bunch of special ones for requests and special holiday themed bunnies. I'll post those too if people want to see em!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cousin Loomis- Come see a blue werewolf puppet! on: April 19, 2008 07:53:52 PM
Hey guys it has been a while but I wanted to show you all some stupid silly little videos.
I have been making puppets! these videos are all just test shots so don't judge em too harshly.

here is my first one Boscar- named so cause i think he looks like the bizarre love child of Bert and Oscar the Grouch

and i am working on this guy named Greengo for my pal tom. and tom is about the coolest dude in the world! and he is so anxious he can't get Greengo off his mind!

go look at his flickr for more pictures of Greengo!

but here is my newest puppet.
he is Cousin Loomis. Some of you might remember his Uncle Loomis, who was my first really big plush.
i made these silly little videos to send to the judges for this years Crafty Bastards along with my application and the 3 pictures it asked for. i just knew i had to show video to do Cousin Loomis justice. i plan on doing all kinds of interviews with crafty friends at the fair with him and make a little spooky daddy special out of it!
oh and tom drew this after he saw the video. he makes me smile.

btw here is Loomis at Crafty Bastards '07.

the top row is teresa of sewing stars, jennifer of cotton monsters, and heidi of my paper crane
middle row- cool old black man who struck up a conversation with me, the crafty bastard himself, and uncle loomis about to rampage on a homie building someone made.
bottom row- i love this picture cause uncle loomis is biting that ladies butt haha, a little girl who had to be DRAGGED away from Loomis cause she didn't wanna go, me and Loomis getting interview for a small documentary on plush you can find here http://revver.com/watch/501130/flv/affiliate/133023/plush-toys-crafty-bastards/

okay i'm done now i go eat dinner and then come back to see if anybody has responded!

oh and just you all wait i am gonna have awesome new pictures of crafty bastards this year too! they are doin 2 this year and the first one is comin up in june!
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / best way to sell buttons (badges) ? on: September 05, 2007 08:08:24 AM
i am about to do my first craft fair (craftin outlaws in columbus oh sept 15th anyone else going???)
and i was wondering what do you all think is the best way to sell buttons (badges)?
should i sell them in pre packed packs of 4 for $4 or should i sell them for $1 a piece up on a board or something. would they sell better as packs or individually you think?
cause it seems like packs would encourage people to spend more just to get the one or 2 buttons they want but also selling them at a buck a piece would help to spread word of my stuff  ( i have my web address on each button)

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / giant octopus with tutorial on: July 20, 2007 04:48:05 PM
so i haven't posted anything on here in a while, mostly because i have been busy. but also because most of what i have been making is stuff to sell and posting that is a big no no. but here is something i made for my little boy for his first birthday. he is all fleece but the head and tentacles was a lunky lucky find of a furry fleece that had a big dark blue/green to lighter fade. it even had a white strip on the edge that made great white tentacle tips!!

but as a special treat to all you craftsters out there i have been so kind as to do a really rough tutorial
he is actually very simply constructed if you break him down into pieces.

his head is just 4 half a lemon wedge shapes with flat bottoms (think of a beachball. it is made of lemon wedges to create a sphere)

i just sewed the face parts , eyes, mouth, and spots on first.
the tentacles are just long strips that come to a point. one green/blue one for the top and one pink one with circles sen on it. 

i alternated light and dark blue circles on the tentacles. then double stitched black X's in the middle of them. that's 5 suckers per tentacle for a total of 40 suckers. that was a whole lot of little circles to cut by hand!
then i sewed each one together with high loft quilt batting behind em and flipped em to look like this

then i sewed each lemon wedge together with a square for the base with 2 tentacles sewn into the bottom seam of each piece. i know it would have helped explain better if i had gotten a picture of this step but hopefully you can figure out what i mean by looking at the finished octopus.
oh and if you have any time before you sew it all together put the head on like a mask and go out on the balcony and take some pictures and hope the neighbors don't see!!lol

but here he is! my little dude loves him and snuggles up to sleep with him at night.

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / cactus family for mother's day (new pic of their loving home added may 26) on: May 17, 2007 01:50:26 PM
made this for my girlfriend for mother's day. things were real hectic leading up to the big day so i whipped these out while she was visting her mom a few hours away.

sorry bout the crappy pics it was overcast on sunday and i took these when i finished. now they live in my momma's office :-D
she says they like it there.

they're made of a very short dense dark green faux fur( looks almost like carpet). the lines were sewn on with quilt batting behind it and then fleece faces sewn on. the spines are white quilters thread added after they were stitched up. originally they were gonna be sewn into the pot but then after i made them i decided to cut up the bottoms and give them little stubby legs.

this is my girlfriend's office. she says they are always there to make her smile now.

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fatty Batty loves candy too much! on: April 30, 2007 07:09:52 AM

 Fatty Batty needs your love! All the other bats are so mean to him cause he can't fly anymore. He loves candy just too too much! Now he is too heavy to fly and he needs you to carry him.

Staying up so late riding high on a sugar rush has given him big black circles around his eyes He is so sleepy he might just fall asleep on the way to the candy store. You did know that's where you are carrying him, right?

Who can resist that gnarly smile? Even if all the sugar has rotted all but 3 of his teeth out.

Batty is made entirely of soft huggy fleece. His body is purple and his wing webbing is lavander. He is completely machine sewn for durability and stuffed with high quaility poly-fil. His wings reach 19 in across and he is just over 6 in tall. And 3 in thick! How plump!
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / rat finkian drawing on: April 29, 2007 10:14:19 AM

an homage to big daddy roth.
prismacolor markers and white paint on cardboard
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / saucy senorita pouch on: April 29, 2007 10:07:56 AM

At 3.5" wide and 4.5" tall this pouch features a saucy senorita and a prickly cactus. The pouch itself is made of black faux leather, and is lined with a recycled sunflower cotton print.

It closes with velcro, which has been machine sewn on for durability.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sassy little acorn lady pouch on: April 27, 2007 08:24:59 AM
the pouch itself is made of dark brown corduroy and the acorn is made of fleece and hand embroidered


i LOVE this fabric. i actually made the acorn lady to match the little acorns on this. the secret to awesome recycled fabric is little girl pants at goodwill in the 75 cent bin. the thing that sucks is the farbic is always so neat and uniquie but it is in such a small akward piece. but if you just take a lil bit of time it is worth it.   you can get so much extra if you rip stitches and take out hems and where the elastics are put. don't be lazy you end up with a bunch extra lol
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Charming Pumpkin Pouch For Charity on: April 26, 2007 04:45:19 PM

this is my favorite pouch i have made so far. i just love that lil pumpkin man.
but i made it for the wonderland retreat etsy shop.

Alison Gordon crafter of WonderlandQ (http://www.wonderlandq.com), co-organizer of Bazaar Bizarre (bazaarbizarre.org) and Sampler Contributor Relations superhero (http://www.homeofthesampler.com) very recently faced a medical emergency. Like many other independent artists and crafters, Alison is without health insurance.

An Etsy shop was created by her friends to help ease the financial burden of her ordeal. If you would like to help a fellow crafter, please consider purchasing an item below or donating an item of your own. To donate an item, please contact renee garner at wonderlandretreat@gmail.com for more information. To make a monetary donation of any size, please send paypal to info@auroraseven.com
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