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21  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Trixie the Cow puppet (for a swap) on: September 13, 2007 09:51:29 AM
I made this for a "Craft my Collection" swap. My partner collects cows, and I thought that this would be a somewhat creative thing to make for her. She received her package this morning, so it's okay that I post.
Trixie the Cow (Sorry, it's not a very good picture of her) :

Here's my daughter modelling her (excuse the messy home in the background) :

This is the first puppet I've ever made, and I came up with the pattern all by myself.  Grin I made her eyes from polymer clay. She could have been done better, by somebody with more experience (or ANY experience), but I think she has character. Smiley
22  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Classic Pooh Embroidered Felt Artsy thing... (3 pics) on: September 12, 2007 05:52:20 PM
I wasn't entirely sure where I should post this. At first, I thought I should put it with other felt projects (as that's what it's made of), but it was the needlework on it that took me so dang long to do, so I'm putting it here!

This is my Christmas present for my soon-to-be-one-year-old niece, Addi. It will eventually be framed, but probably not until right before I send it out in December. (What can I say? I procrastinate.)

Here's the full pic:

A close up of Pooh:

And a close-up of the flowers, for which I used buttons from a recent swap:

The text says, "'Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.' -Christopher Robin" An appropriate quote for little Addi.

Also, the color is a little bit off. It should be a light muave color in the background.
23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Super Mario World- Now in Felt Board Form!! (4 big pics) on: September 10, 2007 01:52:10 PM
So, I was trying to come up with a Christmas present for my nephew when I happened upon a blank canvas of mine with a hole poked through it. Obviously, I don't want to paint on a damaged canvas, but I don't want it to go to waste, either. And so I came up with a solution to both problems: Felt board!
(I asked my 5 year old nephew what theme he wanted: VeggieTales? SpongeBob? He chose Mario.)
Here's the board with only the background. The pirahna plant is glued down (as opposed to being repositional), because I figure the stem would be too easily ripped otherwise.

With all the goodies on:

Close up of one side:

And the other:

The great part of this is that, not only is it a toy, it makes cool, changeable art! The themes you could do for a felt board are pretty much limitless. Even just with this one, there are sooo many things that I could add!
Hope you enjoyed looking.  Wink
24  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / alkalntrin's gallery :) on: August 28, 2007 07:37:07 PM
*Edit: I just changed the subject of this since I'm just gonna keep adding to it. Sorry if that's confusing to anybody.  Tongue*
Okay, I've been thinking of making some ATC's for a while now (and would really like to amass a large collection of other people's work!), and today I was encouraged to do so. Sooo.... Here are my first three. I know they're not FANTASTIC, but I thought them okay for a first try. Here they are in the order I made them:

"Do you take sugar?"  Wink

"Bittersweet" (Uh... This and the next one look better in person... Not so goopy! Smiley )


K... Hope you like these....

ATC challenge #1: Introduction

#2: Love

#3: Light

#4: Dark

25  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cartman doll- My first experiment with felt! on: August 21, 2007 06:02:45 PM
I'm rather proud of this! Before joining Craftster, I had no idea that felt could be used for anything besides telling Sunday School stories. When I saw all of the cool things people make here with it, I had to try. So here is my first go at it. A Cartman (of South Park fame) doll. He's about a foot tall and wayyyyyyy too skinny. But hey, I can't expect myself to get it perfect on the first try. 

Here he is from the front:


And back:

I didn't have a picture of him from behind to go by, so I just went with what I figured it SHOULD look like, with his shaggy, uneven hair peeking out from under his hat. Also, his back is a bit lopsided, but that's okay.  Smiley

 I made his feet flat and filled them with about half a bag of bean so that he stands up pretty well.

Hope you like!
26  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Oh Deer! Clay project #2 on: August 20, 2007 01:47:29 PM
So here is a deer that I made today. She turned out rather sweet, though packed full of imperfections. But I'm okay with that, especially since this is only my second clay project and I think that I've improved. Smiley

I'm only posting the one picture because I had a very hard time getting the her to look right in the pics. Tongue Oh, and she honestly looks better in person.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Victorian (?) inspired fingerless gloves on: August 19, 2007 12:15:21 PM
I made these fingerless gloves to be a Christmas present for my little sister. I was inspired by my collection of old portraits. I didn't have any sort of pattern, or even anything to look at, but they turned out pretty much how I wanted them to. It's going to suck parting with them, too, because I rather like them for myself. Tongue

First, me modeling them.

And here they are layed out on the table. The color's a little off. They should be black, not grey.

Obviously, they're very simplistic, but that's the idea.
28  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Edit: These are my FIRST--clay animals on: August 18, 2007 04:01:37 PM
This is my first real attempt to make something out of clay. I say "real attempt" because, of course, I used Play-doh and the like when I was little.
I made these to be part of a present for my daughters this coming Christmas. (I'm attempting to make every present this year!) My three year old really likes Calico Critters (those little fuzzy animal families that you can buy homes and accessories for but they cost too much for what they are), so I think she'll like these, too.

First, all three of them together.

Bunny was my first creation.

Then came Mouse.

And my very favorite, Cockatiel! I found him this morning on the floor all busted up. He had fallen off of the fridge, and at first I thought he was a goner. But I glued him up and painted him, and he's looking much better. Smiley

My names for these guys aren't very original (Bunny, Mouse, and Cockatiel.... Didn't need a baby name book to come up with those).... I'll have to do something about that.  Wink

29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Anne Taintor inspired napkins- embroidered on: August 17, 2007 11:09:10 AM
This is a set of napkins that I made for my sister. I used Anne Taintor quotes (or variations of them) because my sis is a big fan of hers. So here we go...

I wasn't quite sure what to draw for a picture on this one. I went with the x on the freezer, and thought I'd go with a retro green kitchen. If you can't read it, it says, "1 frozen entree away from a nervous BREAKDOWN!"

Another day in Paradise! I liked this one, even though I wish I would have done the dishes differently.

"What can't I do with TOFU?!" Inspiring my sister to eat healthier.  Grin

I can just hear my sister yelling at her five year old son as he sticks his nose up at chicken, mashed potatoes, and peas. Those are the flames of her anger burning around the plate.  Tongue
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My sister's first quilt- for soldier in Iraq on: August 10, 2007 07:51:16 PM
My sister just made this quilt for her beloved Josh, a friend who's in Iraq now. It's her very first quilt, and I think it's beautiful. She agreed to have it posted here. Comments and advise are appreciated.

Showing the back or the blanket.

His name embroidered in the corner.
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