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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: First patchwork AND first tiered skirt!!!! on: January 29, 2012 04:59:23 PM
I love the colors - perfect for spring! Normally I'm not into the patchwork skirt thing, but I could see myself wearing this on Easter, running around with the nieces and nephews on the lawn Smiley
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Back-YARD-i-gannnsss! on: December 27, 2011 04:45:57 PM
Once you hear that theme song, it's hard to get out of your head. Being happily childless, I hadn't been exposed to it before I heard that my 18-month-old niece LOVES the show. I decided to practice my stuffy-making skills on a sset of Backyardigans for her.

The result:

From left to right: Tyrone, Uniqua, Pablo, Austin, and Tasha (yes, I now know all their names).

My inspiration picture:

I haven't really made stuffies before, so I don't know if there's a proper method for it... I basically free-handed each character onto paper, cut it out, and traced it onto felt using a disappearing-ink pen. I used embroidery thread and a blanket stitch to make the bodies, and a combination of glue and stitches to add their clothing. I made eyes and mouths with self-adhesive felt.

They're all about 6" tall. Pablo's beanie propeller is a strip of felt with rounded corners, knotted in the middle. Uniqua's antennae are pipe cleaners that I wedged inside her head between stitches. They don't look as awesome as some stuffies I've seen online, but I guess a did a good enough job - my niece recognized them immediately and played with them all day. Her mother asked me where I got them (which is like the ultimate compliment to a crafter IMO). When I told her I made them, she freaked out and told me she'll be saving them long after my niece grows out of playing with them. That made me happy. Smiley

3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 69 ENTRIES / Re: EVERYTHING play table, a little imagination needed :) on: December 09, 2011 04:42:23 AM
This looks like so much fun!! You did a great job re-purposing all that stuff. I don't know what other toys you might have to build off of for more scenes, but I was thinking a winter thing might be fun (with penguins, a foam igloo, polar bears, icebergs, etc), or maybe a three-ring circus - building a trapeze could be a fun project for you Smiley.
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Something Hand-made to go with Gift Certificates? on: October 05, 2011 07:28:28 PM
For Christmas, my bf and I give everyone gift cards. Everyone loves them, but it's boring, and it kills a little bit of the crafter in me to give such bland gifts (usually gift cards to Apple, Amazon, clothing stores, or restaurants).This year, I want to pair the gift cards with a hand made item that complements it.

I was thinking that I could pair homemade sweets with restaurant gift cards, but I'm having a hard time coming up with other gift card/gift combos. Maybe give the girls gift cards to a spa with some knitted pedicure socks? I'm a Renaissance Crafter, so I'm open to any ideas. Thanks in advance!

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Book of Love on: February 20, 2011 04:33:09 PM
I loved all the 52 Reason books I was seeing here, but I wanted to do something a tiny bit different... so my boyfriend got 50 Reasons in an accordion-style book. The front and back covers are La Loteria cards that seemed fitting.

The front:

And the back:

(I thought he deserved to see some different boobies for a change.)

It might be fewer reasons, but the accordion means he can see them all at once and be overwhelmed by the love!

I used regular printer paper, folded it up, and pasted it together to make the right number of pages. Then i printed out all the reasons on our computer, cut and pasted them to different scrapbook papers, and pasted them to the pages. It was fun to make, and he really loves it.

I hope you had a good Valentine's Day too! Thanks for looking Smiley
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My Cantaloupe Colored Craft Cave on: October 31, 2010 11:34:18 AM
I LOVE Your craft room, unfortunately I have a craft corner that is jam packed. Where did you get those wall drawers thingys, and your yarn shelf? I could really use some stuff like that.

I think I got almost everything in the room at Ikea, actually. The wall drawers are Forhojas (they're not on the Ikea website but they have them with the kitchen wall organizers in the store) and that's a Lack shelf.
7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Plastic bottle lanterns... on: October 29, 2010 04:58:37 AM
These look great! I can't see any spray paint issues in the picture, so maybe you're just being too hard on yourself Smiley Also, have you tried using blue painter's for the stencil? I've done that once or twice and it works beautifully as long as you pull the tape up fast enough.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My Cantaloupe Colored Craft Cave on: October 28, 2010 08:32:57 PM
I've had craft rooms in the last couple of places I've lived, but this is my favorite one yet. It's spacious, the wall color is energizing, and there's plenty of room for storage. Plus I have room to keep my craft queue out in plain sight, which helps motivate me to work on projects.

Now for the CraftPorn...

My craft table. This was my dining room table when I lived alone. All the drawers make it perfect for storing stuff.

See all the storage?

I love how these drawers match the table. I keep buttons, beads, jewelry findings, and other little things in them.

All my craft tools (scissors, knives & assorted sharps, clamps, brushes) go in these drawers.

Craft tool cubbies. I just need to label them.

My paper station! I've got a drawer for cardstock, inspiration papers, tissues, raffia, and construction paper.

My yarn! Sometimes it falls down and makes me crazy, but I like being able to see everything.

My knitting station - drawers for needles, patterns, WIPs, and my crazy stash of plastic yarn.

The Craft Queue. Very motivating. (The awesome abstract circles thing is something that my 7 year old brother made. He's amazing.)

So that's my room. Ever since I set it up, I've been feeling more creative and more productive. I love having my own Fortress of Craftitude to go to when I have energy to burn!
9  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Blood Worms....Yum! on: October 13, 2010 06:36:44 AM
How awesome!! When I first looked at the picture, I wondered, "Where did this chick find worm molds??" I saw on your blog that you used bendy straws, which is ingenious! My boyfriend has been craving Jello lately - I might have to make some of these and send him to work with them (without telling him of course) Smiley
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fairytale Cuff on: October 12, 2010 07:46:41 PM
So gorgeous. I've been lusting after a ton of items in your Etsy shop for a long time now. You do beautiful work - keep it  up!
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