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1  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Little Monsters: Pinhead, Repo Man, and more! on: October 26, 2011 02:39:40 PM
This is what happens when I have a free afternoon, some polymer clay, and an urge to indulge my inner mad scientist: I create my own little army of mini-monsters!

First up are two of my favorite movie monsters: Pinhead from Hellraiser and the Repo Man from Repo: The Genetic Opera.

Next, I went with a more classic set: Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, and the Wolfman.

Here's the gang all together, ready to celebrate Halloween!

This is my first attempt at making any sort of doll shape, so they're still a bit rough around the edges. Any suggestions for how to improve this process would be greatly appreciated. I'm a polymer clay noob.  Wink

Thanks for looking!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Lydia, the Tattooed Lady on: January 21, 2011 01:06:12 PM
Lydia oh Lydia, say have you met Lydia,
Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.

She has eyes that folks adore so,

And a torso even more so.

She once swept an Admiral clear off his feet.
The ships on her hips made his heart skip a beat.

Okay, maybe you can't see the ships on her hips. But you get the gist of it!

This is probably the most colorful piece I've every stitched, and I'm really proud of it. She's made from the Circus Palooza pattern from Sew Lovely Embroidery. Most of the design was done with a simple backstitch, though I did improvise some stitching on the more delicate work. The beads I added for a touch of texture and sparkle, reminiscent of retro showgirl costumes.

Thanks for looking!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / The Mystery of the Glowing Calavera on: November 11, 2010 09:18:39 AM

Okay, so maybe it's not much of a mystery. I took some nifty glow-in-the-dark floss, a scrap of fabric from a pair of torn trousers, and an awesome pattern from Sew Lovely.

The results? A spooky-yet-festive embroidery, perfect for scaring your spouse in the middle of the night.

Seriously. Wouldn't it freak you out to wake up to this?


Tee hee. I'm mean.

Thanks for looking!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Futurama has me in stitches on: October 17, 2010 02:39:49 PM

Behold, Lord Nibbler the Nibblonian from Futurama!

He may not look very regal in this pose, but make no mistake, he'll vaporize you with his kitten-class attack ship (unless you can fight him off with a folding chair).

His likes include devouring hams (and live animals) whole, being scratched behind the ears, and messing with the space/time continuum. His dislikes include intergalactic pet pageants, flying brains, and high-velocity mail.

He's stitched up with back stitch, satin stitch, long-and-short stitch, and french knots. He stands (well, sits) around three inches tall, and is mounted in a four inch frame.

(The stuffed ham is from Sweet Meats, which gets extra points for wrapping their fuzzy creations in deli paper.)

Thanks for looking!

5  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / The Adventures of Rocketgirl, Vol. 1 (image heavy) on: August 30, 2010 09:14:26 PM

This was my entry to the Sublime Stitching combo contest that went down this last week. It's a fun sci-fi piece inspired by my recent obsession with "Futurama" and my old love of "Reading Rainbow."

Sublime Stitching patterns used: Librarian from "Sexy Librarians", Rocketgirl from "Spaced Out", stars from "Tara McPherson", planet from "Craft Pad", lightning bolts from "Lucha Libre", and cloud puff from "Chinatown".

For Rocketgirl's outfit, I opted for more of a warm, steampunk color palate than a cool sci-fi one.

I used a lot of variegated flosses throughout, mostly on the natural elements like the stars, planet, and flames.

I have to say, though I adored stitching Rocketgirl, I think the librarian came out the best. I love how her satin stitched hair came out:
Reminds me of Amber Von Tussle from the OG "Hairspray"!

I had a lot of fun selecting the different colors for the books:

I was especially proud of her dainty little shoes:

The whole piece was a lot of fun to do. I hadn't done any stitching for a few months before this, so I have the contest to thank for getting me back into my embroidery groove.

Thanks for looking!

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Skully Knit Dishcloth on: April 11, 2010 11:48:11 AM

I don't remember how I found the pattern for this dishcloth, but I'd been holding on to it for about a year. I stitched it up over a couple weeks, using Lion Brand cotton yarn.

My kitchen is all black and red, and I thought this would make a perfect addition. At first I believed I really would use it as a dishcloth to do the dishes...but I still can't bring myself to do it! So I added a loop and made it into a potholder, and now I can use it without feeling like I'm ruining it.

Thanks for looking!

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Toasty Knitting Tote on: October 02, 2009 08:15:41 PM
I'm still relatively new to sewing, so this was a bit of a feat for me. I needed a new knitting tote, and after having bought an adorable Urban Threads "Feeling Toasty" patch off etsy, I was inspired to make a tote bag in chocolate brown and delicate pink.

This was also an exercise in designing and pattern-free sewing. Funny enough, it wasn't the bag that was tricky...it was the straps! Between the different fabrics, and using interfacing for the first time, it took me three weekends in all to finish this project.

It held up remarkably well on a recent plane trip, where it found itself shoved under seats, rolled into a pillow, and crammed full of non-knitting goodies as I ran from station to station. I am very pleased with this little tote, and learned MANY lessons along the way (like, when to step away before you chuck the whole thing out the window!).

Mr. Toast is definitely a fan. Thanks for looking!
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Pink Softie Cake on: July 26, 2009 03:18:57 PM

I've been plagued by the weekend blahs. Yesterday I was in a particularly nasty funk, which called for some major-league cute crafting to cure.

So, I pulled out my new copy of "Softies" -- which I snagged as a b-day gift to myself a couple weeks ago -- and whipped up this adorable little party cake.

It's all hand stitched, made of equal parts craft felt and pure cuteness. It was also a major bonus that I had all the right supplies on hand! I'm pretty pleased with how it came out, especially for being my first real softie/toy project.

Top view...a little lopsided:

Thanks for looking!

9  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Lucky Cat Apron on: April 25, 2009 09:46:43 PM
A sweet little apron I stitched up for my sis-in-law using SS's "I heart Sushi" and Craft Pad patterns:

Detail of the Lucky Cat. I admit, I love the "pop" the metallics give it!

Details of the nummy food. The noodles are all just tight backstitching with orange French knots for that chili powder you sprinkle in your udon:

The full design, laid out:

Thanks for looking!

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / What a long, strange stitch it's been (Image heavy) on: April 25, 2009 08:31:28 PM
Soooo, this is a piece I've actually had completed since December of last year. I haven't been able to share it before now, which has been killing me since I've been sooooo proud of it!

This was/is my Dad's Xmas gift, for Xmas '08. He's a HUGE Grateful Dead fan, but an even bigger fan of handmade gifts. This -- thanks to the spark of suggestion from my brother -- was indeed the perfect gift for my Dad. A stitched version of "Steal Your Face."

It took me about a month to complete. It's about 6 inches in diameter, and done completely with satin stitching and long-and-short stitching.

The full saga of me and this piece is posted on my blog (link below in my signature), if you're interested. What a long, strange trip it's been!

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