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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Regretsy's April Winchell Queen of Snark Doll (Mature) on: April 09, 2010 09:03:12 AM
Ever hear of http://www.Regretsy.com? It's an amazing blog that singles out and ridicules the bizarre and sometimes just bad items from Etsy.com, a global handmade marketplace. It's just about the greatest thing ever made and it is run by the one and only April Winchell, aka Helen Killer.

That woman is my hero. She is so unrelentingly funny and confident that she has firmly earned a place in my heart. She recently posted a call for items for a charity auction and so I set to work. This doll is what I came up with.
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She is literally COVERED in Regretsy references. If you're not a fan, PLEASE go educate yourself in the wonder that is Regretsy. If you are a snarky person who isn't easily offended, you'll fit in nicely.  Hopefully there's a few of you who know what I am talking about and will giggle when you notice the skants, the red mittens, the "embroidered" toilet paper, the earring necklace, and the all around "whimsicle" f*ckery of it all.  Grin Grin

I received an email from April herself saying that she adores the doll and wants to keep her for herself. I promise, I cried when I read that. I'm mailing this awesome bitch out on Tuesday. I can't wait for her to get her!!!!

I'm so proud of her. Let me know what you think!

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Giant Light Up Cupcake Of Whimsy on: March 17, 2010 06:30:21 PM

I built this 13 inch tall cupcake as a container for the Jar of Whimsy swap. And just for funzies, I made it light up  Grin

and if you are curious and would like to see the process of turning this

into this

check out my blog http://madgypsystudio.blogspot.com/2010/03/if-youre-gonna-make-giant-cupcake-you.htmlfor a TON of pictures and tibits about the magical journey that was this cupcake.

Let me know whatcha think!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Masquerade Ball on: February 27, 2010 11:56:53 PM

Venetian Lady from Pilgrimage Masks

A Swapping Masquerade Ball!

I have recently become obsessed with masks so I would love to do a swap of this theme. I've seen a lot of beautiful masquerade stuff done for the last round of the Labyrinth swap and I think this could be a whole lot of fun. There has probably already been a Masquerade swap but still doesn't it sound like a blast? I have never organized before but I would be willing to give it a shot for this. Any takers?
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / An oldie but a goodie- My Aged Fairy on: February 13, 2010 10:01:24 PM
Since this piece is from two years ago but is a major favorite of mine, the pun in the title is intended  Cheesy

digital painting from a sketch. I lost all my original photoshop files for this one so I kinda makes me sad to look at because I can see so much that I would fix if I still had the high res version. But she's still gorgeous. I love crones and she's looks like she'd be such a fun old broad.
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Muppet swap? on: February 12, 2010 09:31:20 AM
I know there has been a bunch of Jim Henson swaps in the past but I have missed out on all of them! Any chance anyone would want to do another round or a Muppet specific swap? I myself am OBSESSED with Animal and Mooki Fraggle from Fraggle Rock. I've never organized before so I wanted to see if anyone who had done a Jim Henson swap in the past would be interested in doing it. Fingers crossed!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Do these Futurama pants make my a$$ look big? Oh wait, I don't care. on: February 11, 2010 09:05:33 AM

I made these fabulous t-shirt yoga pants from this tute https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=299282.0

 God I love them!! Because I am a bigger girl, I used a bit of the sleeve to add to the back of them so they weren't such low rise pants. Then I sewed a waist band with some elastic in and they were perfect.

the original 3x thrift store t shirt

And anyone who thinks that curvey girls have to feel bad about their curves can...
7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Belly Dancer on: January 22, 2010 07:45:52 PM
I made this small belly dancer for a swap recently. She stood at about  6 or 7 inches tall

I wanted to try and create something like those little hula girl statues that have a separate movable piece for the hips so they kind of wiggle and sway.

That hoop around her hips with the beaded fringe is wrapped wire attached with eye pins and jump rings. It didn't move as freely as I would have liked because I made her so small. If she were just a little larger I think it would have been much cuter

Let me know what ya think of her!  Grin
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Necklace Display from Recycled Items (with a mini tute!) on: January 03, 2010 09:54:37 AM
So I wanted a professional way to display my necklaces and I saw these small displays at Michaels for 8 bucks each and thought "I could so make that"

and indeed I did. Grin

Using my manikin torso that I got off ebay like forever ago, I followed the basic tutorial for making your own dress-maker form out of duct tape but I only taped up the manikin's neck, shoulders and upper chest. With help from a friend, you could easily do this on yourself (or your friend) if you haven't got a manikin torso just laying around like I do lol  Cheesy

I then filled in the neck and shoulders a bit with crumpled up paper. lol My roommate and husband always think I am crazy for holding on to every piece of junk mail but I <3 reusing things, as you will notice:

I made the "stand" for the display out of the empty roll from a roll of plastic wrap, an old incense tube container, an empty masking tape roll and a small tin from Christmas cookies. You could use anything you have laying around. Just get creative  Wink I weighted everything down with small glass pebbles, the ones you can see laying at the base of it in the first picture. You could use anything though, small rocks, fish tank gravel, etc.

Sorry folks!  Embarrassed It wasn't until after I had put it all together that it occurred to me to grab the camera to put this up on here but you can kinda see what I have done and I'll do my best to explain. 

The empty plastic wrap roll was taped into the crumbled paper that filled the neck and I just kept layering more old crumpled shop ads, then I threw a few glass pebbles into the bottom of the incense tube and inserted the empty roll and taped that sucker up.

for my base, I stood the incense tube up in the center of the masking tape roll after taping up one side of the roll. I filled it with the glass pebbles and taped it over but I found that it wasn't sturdy enough. After brainstorming, I grabbed an empty Christmas cookie tin that was laying around. I centered the whole thing in the bottom of the tin and filled it with my glass pebbles. I layered a bit of crumpled paper over the top and then taped it up.

After that it was just a matter of draping some black velvet over her, gathering and tying at the bottom and pinning the back of the fabric together a bit. I'm probably going to go back and come up with a more permanent way to do the fabric covering but I was getting lazy lol.

This whole project took MAYBE an hour and a half.  I plan on making a few more at different levels and displaying them all together. If anyone is confused by my ramblings and lack of pictures I would be more than happy to clarify. I'll also be happy to post more pictures as I build more if you folks would like  Grin
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Feathered Burlesque Fascinators (Lots of pics) on: January 02, 2010 02:14:36 PM
Just finished a batch of fabulous fascinators. Let me know what you think!

Modeled by my good friend, the Lovely Miss Lala

I'm sure I'll have another batch to share soon. Let me know what you all think!
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another round of The Mighty Boosh? on: December 14, 2009 02:09:57 PM
The Boosh is the most amazing show I have been introduced to in a long while. I am so sad that I missed previous Mighty Boosh swaps. Would anyone be down to start another round? I would be so in for something in January or February. Thoughts?
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