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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Davey Jones mask (Pirates of the Caribbean, not the Monkee) on: April 03, 2013 05:50:19 AM

My 1st grade son is invited to an Under the Sea-themed birthday party. When he heard that costumes are encouraged, he asked me to crochet him a Davey Jones (cthulhu) mask. Add a $4 hat from Michaels and a feather -- done!

I started freehanding this one night, so I don't have a pattern -- but in order to make the ends of the tentacles curl, you just chain like 15 at the end, then dc pretty snugly back toward the tentacle. It'll curl on its own!

To keep it on, I just tied a spare piece of elastic to the area by the ears -- it's pretty comfortable.

Oh, and he wants you to know that the tentacle on the right is about to remove his hat for him.

Thanks for looking!
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Game of Thrones peg dolls on: February 26, 2012 04:12:27 PM
I made these for a friend as a bachelorette party gift. She and her fiance love Game of Thrones. Everyone else got her gifts from Victoria's Secret, which I know will make the groom happy, but honestly? I think he'll like these even more than a lacy g-string. Just sayin'.

The Stark family:

There's little Rickon, then Bran, then Robb, Ned (look closely at his neck -- the head comes on and off (the magic of magnets!), Catelyn, Sansa, and Arya.

Don't forget poor Jon Snow and Theon Greyjoy:

Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen, and Khal Drogo:

And the Lannisters:

Evil Jaime, evil Cersei, hapless King Robert Baratheon, evil Joffrey (is there any more odious character in the world? I don't think so), and the fascinating Tyrion.

I got one of those decorative boxes that looks like a book (Michael's craft store) and made an insert out of upholstery foam. I painted the insert (one part acrylic textile medium + two parts acrylic paint ... sorta worked ... at least it made the foam look a lot less green):

Finally, a piece of parchment-y looking paper with the title:

Thanks for looking!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hogwarts doll house and peg people on: January 14, 2012 05:16:20 PM
My kids' school is having a silent auction at a fundraiser. I'm donating this:

Man, why did this photo turn out so crookedly? Sorry! Aaaaaanyhoo. I did NOT build the castle -- I found an unfinished wood dollhouse at Michael's. I sanded, primed, sprayed that "stone finish" stuff on it, then spray-painted it and finished with a clear glossy acrylic.  I made the set of Harry Potter characters based on a set I'd made before (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=375937.msg4433928#msg4433928). It's Harry, Ron, Hermione, McGonagall, Dumbledore, Snape, Hagrid, Malfoy, Crabbe, and Goyle.

I was going to simply paint the inside a stone gray, but when I saw a package of library stickers (Jolee's Boutique), I became obsessed with how to decorate the inside.

On the top left is the Gryffindor common room (a few couches, a fireplace, and the Gryffindor seal), and on the bottom is the library (desk, bookcase, a sign demanding "Silence Please").

In the center is the big entryway (with a drawbridge door). On the right is a large staircase with lots of paintings hung up all around.

On the left top is the hospital wing (an eye chart, a hospital cot, Caduceus, a table filled with magical medicines), and on the bottom left is a classroom (a table with two bubbling cauldrons, a cabinet of magical ingredients, a chalkboard).

In the center is the Great Hall, featuring the banners of the four houses, and a long table. This must be the start-of-term feast. Then there's another staircase.

Overall, I'm really pleased with how it turned out. The doll house itself was $20 retail, but, you know, people like us? We always have that 40% off coupon in a pocket. There were a number of cracks in the wood, and the hinges aren't entirely square, and the screws attaching the drawbridge door had busted through the wood (I had to glue and clamp and drill new holes and all that). And that was the nicest one they had in stock. Still, for $12, it's not a bad place to begin on a project like this. Also, the house came with a little drawer that fit perfectly into one of the rooms ... until I put all my thick stickers in there. It still fits in the Great Hall, though, so that will be a handy place to store the peg dolls.

Thanks for looking!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little (peg doll) House on the Prairie on: May 06, 2011 08:37:30 PM
I've always been drawn to the unfinished birdhouses at Michaels, but I'm not really a bird person and never had another use for one. When I saw the log cabin, it suddenly hit me: Little Peg Doll House on the Prairie!

I had a friend use a table saw to cut the birdhouse in half (he took the chimney off so it'd be easier to saw, and I forgot to get it back from him. D'oh!).

Then I stained the house, but I wasn't thinking about all the glue that had been slopped on during the manufacturing of the house, and of course the stain doesn't penetrate the glue, so it ended up looking rather uneven in areas. I added a handle, hinges, a latch, and a fireplace.

With some miscellaneous trim and popsicle sticks, I made a table. I had some wooden bowls and bottles left over from another project.

I'm giving this to a friend's daughter, and I want it to be travel-able, so I made a bag to keep everything from rolling out the front door.

Thanks for looking!
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Battlestar Galactica peg dolls on: April 03, 2011 06:08:38 AM
I'm obsessed with peg dolls. Can't really explain it.

Commander Adama, Colonel Tigh, and President Roslin:

The BSG patch on the shoulder looks like a power switch, but it's the best I could do with a toothpick for a paintbrush.   Undecided

Dualla, Apollo, Starbuck, Chief Tyrol:

Cylon, Caprica Six, and Gaius Baltar:

I made these for a friend, then packaged them in a book I repurposed as "The Book of Pythia."

Thank you for looking!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Peg dolls: Arrested Development on: March 19, 2011 03:18:02 PM
These are for a friend who adores the show "Arrested Development." I think I need to make a banana stand carrying case ...

Thanks for looking!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Peg dolls: Firefly and Ghostbusters on: March 19, 2011 02:55:30 PM

So ... yeah. Still obsessed with peg dolls. This was a gift for a very good friend who loves Joss Whedon's "Firefly" series. I ripped off the entire thing from a much better set I saw on Etsy. (That's not me being modest -- just honest. Her work is much neater than mine. But I probably drink more while crafting than she does.) So I made this set of 9 figures, then I went to Michael's and got one of those decorative boxes that looks like a book. Has a magnetic closure. The title of this fake book was "Live Laugh Love." Lame. I printed a new title (it's funny if you know Firefly) on some old-looking paper, sprayed it with matte finish, and used some spray adhesive to stick it over the title. It turned out pretty well!

My boys have recently become big fans of Ghostbusters. Again, I shamelessly stole this idea from Etsy. But I added the ghost. That was my own idea.

Thanks for looking!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Harry Potter peg dolls on: March 19, 2011 02:45:51 PM
I'm kind of obsessed with peg people right now. I blame these people (http://www.filthwizardry.com/2010/10/diy-star-wars-toys.html). I saw their Star Wars peg people and had to make some (which look exactly like theirs, so I won't post them). Then I came across amazing Harry Potter peg dolls on Etsy and shamelessly stole the idea (well, Hagrid was my own addition):

Oooooooh, it's those darn Slytherins!

Then I sort of went into a crafting frenzy. Here's one of those one-dollar wooden cabinet things from the unfinished wood section at Michaels (cut horizontally in half, painted brown, and turned upside down). It can hold anything you need for Potions or Herbology class.

Wait, those are no ordinary plants! Those are mandrakes! (sculpey and toothpicks)

Professor Quirrell is sporting a turban made of Sculpey. There's also professor Sprout (who really needs her gardening hat, I think), and Profs McGonagall, Dumbledore, Flitwick, and Snape. I think there are two Flitwicks in the movie versions -- a really old one, and this guy who also conducts the choir. I like this guy better -- he's a natty dresser.

When Quirrell takes off his turban, look out! (Stole this idea from the Lego Quirrell.) I'm really pleased with how McGonagall's hair turned out -- I just dragged a toothpick through the paint, and it really looks like a bun.

I seriously am obsessed. My boys and my friends really seem to like them, and I'm a sucker for positive reinforcement.  Smiley  Also, I think they're so compelling to me because I'm in dental school, and there's a much more immediate gratification than crocheting, which is what I usually do.

Thanks for looking!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Rancor monster (Star Wars) on: November 14, 2010 01:51:18 PM
My four year old really likes stuffed animals. And he really likes Star Wars. And, for some reason, he really likes the Rancor monster (the one Jabba keeps in his basement). It's hard to believe, but Simplicity and McCall's don't offer a pattern for this guy! So after a lot of trial and error, I'm done with my son's birthday present:

Side view:

Lunch! Yum!

This is what the monster looks like in the movie:

Thanks for looking!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Star Trek: The Next Generation t-shirt on: May 25, 2009 10:24:46 AM
My boys are 5 1/2 and 3 1/2. They love Star Wars. I think they're ready for me to introduce them to Star Wars' nerdy, cerebral cousin named Star Trek. I think they'll dig it, too. And I'll dig it even more if they start wearing these around:

I cut a black t-shirt and a red t-shirt, then patched this shirt together. (Note: If you do this, MAKE SURE the t-shirts are as close in size as possible. I bought these (same size, same brand) shirts on the same visit to one store -- they were probably even manufactured within minutes of each other. And yet there was significant variation after a pre-project wash and dry. Could make a woman cah-razy. Sheesh.)

I tried to embroider on the communicator pin, but it turns out I don't embroider as well as I thought I did. So that's made out of yellow fabric, silver fabric, some interfacing, and Heat N Bond:

Thanks for looking!
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