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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / DreamCatchers, for people and dolls - several pics! on: October 21, 2008 10:51:28 PM
I'd been making dreamcatchers for a while. I really enjoy making them, but well once all my friends had them I stopped Wink I went to a doll convention in the US in 2006 and made a few little ones for friends. Some people like to put together sets for their dolls and well if there's a bedroom there should be a dreamcatcher right? LOL IMO anyway.

A friend recently has complained to me of poor sleep due to nightmares so I thought I'd make her and her dolls one each. ... And then while I had everything out... so I'm on my 5th now and there's 2 more rings so I'll probably finish up all my supplies!!

I tend to prefer traditional looking dreamcatchers, but the brass is a better scale for the little ones ... and I can't seem to get natural feathers in the local stores ... so I made them all modern and gleamy.
12  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Football Guernsey (Aussie Rules) for bear on: September 24, 2008 08:25:02 PM
I was surprised last week to have a knock at the door. My first walk in sale!!


I was presented with this:

I believe it's made to fit a bear the AFL (Australian Football League) sell.

The young man who owns it wants a Hawthorn Football Club uniform, this one is Essendon.

I'm not sure what the story is, maybe he swapped teams?

In any case I gave it a go and produced this:

In my mind it's not perfect (the worst being the v is off centre, but also the stripes don't meet up at the shoulder, and I don't like that yellow satin shows the brown through) but I think in general it went quite well.

She's not come back to pick it up, and the Grand Final is on this weekend so I'd think he'd want it before then. We've called but no answer. I'm hoping she's ok, she's always seemed so punctual. I might need to drop round and deliver it.

Anyway that was a little bit of fun Smiley
13  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / From the dark woods, doll dress. Several pics on: September 07, 2008 11:54:37 PM
I've not posted anything in a while because, basically I've spent the winter trying to shake off depression and self doubt. I had always been emotionally affected by weather patterns but well we'd had a few mild winters ... so I kinda forgot how much it kicks my butt.

This was the first clothing piece all winter that excited me. And even then it took me 2 weeks to get through it... such a simple piece shouldn't take that long.

Now that it's done I'm really unsure about it. A friend tells me it's good ... and while I like it I just can't quite find the excitement I had at the beginning. LOL maybe the idea just sucks?

I want to gets some pics in the nearby nature reserve ... but well motivation Wink

What do you think? does it look ok?
14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Doll Earrings: I was Naughty ... a few pretty big pics ;) on: July 22, 2008 07:08:04 PM
I should be sewing, I know I should, I have all the things here .... Wink but well I had to make some earrings the other night for a friend, and yesterday arvo while stalling on sewing I made a pair for another friend then ... I wonder if they could look ok 1/3 scale ... so I made 3 sets   Shocked  LOL

What do you think?? Is the scale ok? I might reduce the hooks a little.

Poor Rhyannon her faceup is a little too battered for closeups Wink

Ok, ok I know back to sewing.
15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / dresses ... probably a little mad on the pics ;) on: June 27, 2008 12:16:42 AM
I shipped out an order today. I've had this design for a while and a lovely lady wanted to see it in a few different fabrics. She wanted 3 dresses but I had 4 fabrics she liked so I made it up in all of them for her to chose .. in the end she decided she needed all of them! LOL

Anyway I thought I'd post them here because I've not posted anything in a while and I like the pics!

And a shot from the back.

I had fun placing the fabrics so the patterns would be right where I wanted them. I was a little worried about the butterfly print as the print was so large, but it seems to work Smiley

I've been on a downer the last week so it's been fun to 'play' with the dolls a little ... even if they were just working! Wink

16  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / the greatest gift ... on: June 05, 2008 05:36:16 PM
My sisters birthday was this week and she's nine months pregnant and expecting her fifth this week!

So I wove her a card from shredded paper and photos of her 'existing' children.

I made it a little too large so had to custom make it's envelope too.

If I was making it again I'd be a little more careful but the weaving took around 4 hours so I sort of rushed the actual card construction.

I tend to prefer funny cards so I went with 'This Birthday God is giving you the best present ever' - 'Kinda makes our gift look cruddy huh?'

Wink otherwise it would be too sappy Wink

Anyway bad jokes aside I was rather happy with the weaving Smiley

P.S It's a girl, Isabelle Brooke.
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Nyssima on: May 14, 2008 10:34:19 PM
I've had this doll a while, but she came with no face on and I hadn't got round to painting it on Wink

This is the second face I have painted from a blank head.

Sorry for the awkward pic! I was messing around so she's standing funny Smiley that's not the eyes and hair she'll stay with. The eyes are a little big imo but I can't find my putty (that holds the eyes in place) and those are the only ones that will stay in without it!

I don't like her brows but I'll need to buy new brushes before I can fix item.

With her new face on I promptly put her to work modeling.

LOL! I made the dress, pattern and all for her to wear.
18  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / 'Heart's aflutter' doll dress on: April 29, 2008 09:39:33 PM

While I was making this dress I knew it had to have 'a something' on the right side, but I couldn't think what!

As I thought i sewed up the dress and it's matching skirt and still wasn't sure.

I had thought a large painted design at the waist from hip to torso, but the idea wasn't coming together.

Then I thought something small, a heart with wings, I got out my paints and started on the design.

Ahh! No it was all wrong, I hastily washed it out, but I liked the design, so I tried it in embroidery.

Sometimes it's funny when something 'tells' you what it wants to be when you can't work it out/picture it in your head.
19  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / cherry blossom spring on: April 11, 2008 01:07:55 AM
billowing clouds
sunlit days
blossom sweet breezes

Its spring, and what is a young lady of means to wear when she has a long day of social engagements that run into the early evening? Hosting a picnic at 12, going to an afternoon tea at 3 then an early dinner in the Gardens?

When I made Quoth the Raven the first apron I made ... well I felt the tree wasn't the right scale, so I made another, and painted it in a more gray tone ... but what to do with the first apron? The poor tree looked so sad, so I covered it in blossom. The first blossoms I tried were embroidered, time intensive and I wasn't happy with the look, so I picked them off and tried beads. They livened up the tree in no time!

Although it's Autumn here this little bit of spring livened my days a little Smiley so I set out to make an outfit to go with it. This is what I came up with:

The Apron:
hand painted image of a tree, heavily beading with sparkling blossoms in three shades of pink.

The Dress:
a chic blue cotton gown fitted at the bodice billowing down to a balloon hemline, piped in pink satin down the front seams and delicately hand embroidered on the bodice, it is fully lined.

The Petticoat:
teared in three shades of pink this cotton skirt is designed to peak out below the dress to add a straight pleated edge, it is machine embroidered with a tulip floral design.

Do you think it works?
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Private Screening Mark 2 on: March 25, 2008 10:34:00 PM
I made a friend a Screen a year ago, recently he joined a home cinema forum and some members criticised his screen that it wasn't 2.37:1 ... well a couple of months ago I couldn't have told you what that was ... now I know all too much about it.

So I have to build a new screen that was 2.37:1 (ie every 1 meter it is tall it has to be 2.37 metres wide) This actual screen is 6 metres long and 2.5 high, the curtains mask off the excess.

Here it is off:

And with the projector on:

Ana Milla:

It is essentially 3 wooden frames, (2X2.5 metres) bolted together, with curtain lining fabric stretched over it. Then a curtain rod was added to the top, curtains hung and a little curtain added as a skirt at the bottom.

Mini tute a few messages down Smiley
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