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11  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / ANIMULA- Another Little Apple Doll costume! on: November 03, 2008 03:21:54 PM
I really like these dolls, and when I found the Circe costume by Kittyvanghoul (I know now there is more than one, but hers was the only one I was aware of at the time) I was totally inspired to do my own Little Apple Doll Costume!! I chose Animula.

Check out a photo of the doll here: http://www.littleappledolls.nl/LAD%20S2%20Animula.jpg

So here I am, posing in my sister's yard at dusk:

I only wish I had a close up! I sewed the costume itself (in one afternoon- grueling!) and paper-mache'd the mask to make the features less distinct. Also, notice the awesome, perfect red beanie that MaRut sent me in the OYP Halloween swap!! The rest was just picked up here and there- Mart de Walton, craft store, Love Video. Yes, its that kind of video store ::blushes:: But the only place I could find red tights! Actually, they were red thigh-highs and they kept falling down around my ankles! Classy, right?! LOL. It drove me insane.

Anywho- that's my contribution to the costume board this year. I hope you enjoy!!
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Warcraft Widows- The Anti Warcraft Swap! = ) on: October 06, 2008 09:22:15 AM
Lets start by saying- this is of course meant to be silly, absolutely no animosity or anything towards those who do play! In fact, I would even say you wouldn't have to be a "non-player" to sign up, it should be fun and open to everyone.

So- I searched Warcraft in all the swap boards and couldn't find one for those of us who dont play. And I think it would be fun for us Widowers (or players who have a beloved Widower in their home) to get together for a swap and a little anti-warcraft crafty humor (emphasis on the humor part). After all, Warcraft Widows are people too!  Grin

Would anyone else be interested in this? I'm offering it up to anyone willing to organize. I'm still a fairly new swapper and I'm not ready to organize, but I might be willing to co-organize if someone could fill me in on what that entails. Let the discussion begin!
13  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered photo, in progress! on: August 06, 2008 03:14:00 PM
I know its not finished, but I got so excited about it, I really wanted to share with y'all!!  Grin One of my favorite roles in life is being an Aunt, and I thought, why not base a craft on my sister's kids?

Its my first larger scale needlework project, with the crayon tinting (which was so easy!), and is copied directly from a photo I took of my neice.

Here's a closer view, maybe it will show some of the stitching better?

So- I'm obviously not the most talented at embroidery, but I'm really enjoying this! I already have my other neice's picture traced and tinted, so she's next... I'm thinking of sewing them onto pillows or maybe just framing them like a photo?

Comments and advice (especially the advice) are soooo welcome!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / butterick 4819? on: July 27, 2008 02:28:33 PM
Any experience with this one?


I needed something that i could make a few simple, comfortable pieces for work. any suggestions or advice?
15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Stupid Machine!! Frustrated Nearly To Tears... on: July 25, 2008 09:26:46 PM
So- recently tried out my new sewing machine. It was a gift from my super-thoughtful MIL, and I think she bought it from some Fingerhut type catalog. I can't think of the brand name right now- its actually out in my car, I'd had it set up at my sister's house...

I was super excited but quickly lost my exuberance. There seem to be some issues with the bobbin being too tight, and the fabric not feeding smoothly, or not feeding at all! I think if there's a warranty, it has expired- I received it months ago and just now opened it.  Sad

Please!! I need some suggestions/advice (whats this tube of oil for, for starters), or just some moral support.  Smiley

My mother and sister both have much more experience than me- but arent always available for assistance. I'm pathetically out of my league when it comes to adjusting a brand new machine (just in case you ask- I did actually sit down and read the manual! Go me!). I packed him back in his box, tight in his styrofoam for now. But I'd feel like a spectacular failure if this nice new machine goes to waste!

**Sorry if this is out of place. Feel free to move if need be!**
16  Texas / Texas: Central / Waco Fabric Dilemma!! on: July 25, 2008 09:11:32 PM
Ever since Hancocks closed down, Waco has been woefully short on fabric stores. There's apparently one my sister mentioned that is on Valley Mills Dr now, across the street from the Wendy's and I'm wondering if anyone has checked it out? Any suggestions on fabric suppliers in nearby towns- Killeen or Temple, maybe?

Actually, I'm kind of wondering if there is any one else from Waco even on these boards?  lol.  Roll Eyes   Wink

If there does happen to be any other Wacoans- Hello! Nice to meet you!  Grin
17  Texas / Texas: Central / Costume Shops in Austin? on: July 25, 2008 09:04:49 PM
Hey, everyone!

So, I'm trying to get a head start on my Halloween costume this year and need a few items from a costume shop. Incidentally, we don't have any of those left in Waco, so I'm in a bit of a bind...

There was, once upon a time, this awesome costume shop on Congress Ave, and I swear it was called Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (major points 'cause I'm a Beatles fan  Cheesy ). But it disappeared and now I'm sad.  Cry

Would anyone happen to know if the one mentioned just moved, or if there is another well stocked shop in the Austin area? I'm looking for red adult sized (plus size is even better) tights and a loooong straight black costume wig- the longer the better. I could probably get these online somewhere- but why bother with shipping if there might be one a short drive from home, right?

Thanks for any hints or tips. Craftsters rock!  Grin  Grin  Grin
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pon & Zi Felties on: June 25, 2008 08:35:53 PM
These are kind of dinky to be my first actual posted craft (yikes!)- but I like them, so without further ado:

a little closer up:

Acrylic felt, embroidery floss, cotton batting. Pretty easy to figure out, I guess.  Roll Eyes  Wink

My only regret is that I didn't stuff them a little fuller. They're a tad flimsy and flat. Otherwise, I'm pleased.

You like?

**EDIT** I forgot my 'disclaimer'! these little guys are not my creation!! The credit for Pon and Zi goes solely to Jeff Thomas aka Azuzephre. They are his characters. I am not selling them. This was purely for crafty entertainment purposes.  Grin
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Best Medium for "coloring" felt?? on: June 21, 2008 03:25:49 PM
I want to color some details/shading to basic acrylic craft felt and was wondering what the best medium for that would be... some kind of paint? or chalks, maybe? I'm going for soft fading color... is there anything that will work on acrylic felt?

Thanks bunches!
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Embroidery on stretchy velvet? on: June 03, 2008 05:50:58 PM
I have a pattern I found on the internet that would be perfect stitched onto this dark teal stretchy velvet I bought from the local vintage shop. Any advice on emboidering a fabric like this? I'm thinking I should buy some stabilizer for it.... Huh

Also, what's the best way to transfer my pattern onto the right side? My concern is getting good visible lines to transfer on the fuzziness and dark shade of the fabric. Will the pile (is that even the right word?! lol  Tongue ) effect the transfer?

Eeek!! Sorry there's so many questions. I'm still fairly new to embroidery. Thanks for your patience.  Smiley
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