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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Morticia Addams with a twist on: November 09, 2011 02:10:24 PM
So this year I chose a very traditional character for my costume. The outfit itself was pretty simple, long black hair and a slinky black dress (that I HAND STITCHED, let me just repeat that, I hand stitched all that damn lycra. Lycra was invented by Satan).

Just a few pictures.

Me and my best friend, I painted his face in like 10 minutes, it's the worst skull face I've ever done...

My other two besties and my Gomez. I wish you could see his cravat and his pocket square, I made those as well.

You can see my real hair in this one, but I was about seventy eleven drinks in and everything was starting to fall apart.

What's the twist you ask? (as though you can't tell)

I'm a dude.

Happy Halloween Cheesy
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Making a lime! on: March 25, 2011 11:04:43 AM
Hey all

I need to make something quite random for work and wanted to get a few ideas on how best to do it.

Without going into too much detail (it makes no sense) I need to make a piggy bank type thing that looks like a big lime. It basically needs to be a big lime, with a slot in the top for paper slips and some way of getting them back out again.

I'm thinking the best way to do this is with a balloon and some good old paper mache but would really appreciate any other suggestions. I have attempted to make a paper skeleton to but it looks like a very sad, lopsided egg.

Thanks guys Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Curtain Tie-backs on: March 29, 2009 06:05:27 PM
Hey all you crafty home decorating people!
I need help with my living room curtains. I was given a lovely set of cream kinda-striped curtains by my grandmother a while back but the hold-backs they came with were gold leafy things that don't match anything in my house and won't actually fit on one of my windows. I want to find some form of solution to make my curtains drape properly.
We've looked around and everything is either too frilly, too ugly or just too damned expensive! I'd like to make something myself but I'm really not sure what to do. I know that I want something simple and elegant, but it can't have dangly bits or anything that a certain destructive cat could eat.
So I turn to you and ask for your help.
So you know what I'm working with, my house is a victorian terrace and the general style of it is a modern victorian look. My living room will eventually be a pale shade of green (this colour, although it's a little darker than that http://www.wilkinsonplus.com/invt/0262411 ) and is furnished with mainly white furniture with a little dark wood and a mix of wrought iron stuff. The tie-back holders and the curtain poles are also wrought iron fluer de lis type things.
If you can understand that (I salute you) I would love some advice.

Thanks for reading,
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Seeing as Poppets are taking over the world... on: March 15, 2008 07:35:34 AM
Maybe we should make an army?

No, just kidding.

I just had an idea while reading the "I don't understand Poppets" thread. Seeing as how there is at least 1 new poppet a day, and the poppet-along just keeps getting bigger and bigger, would it not be an idea to create a sticky thread in T,D&Ps: Completed Projects?

I know it's been suggested to give poppets their own board, but I think that might be too much, as they could be forgotten about in a year (I doubt it, I don't intend to stop making them but trends are fickle) But a sticky would mean that all the poppets could be grouped in one place, and people who aren't that interested in them wouldn't have to dig through 4billion poppet posts to see something else.

I think it would be quite nice to have a special poppet place. It could be called "Post Your Poppets Here" or something. And perhaps all the existing poppet threads could be merged into the sticky.

I dunno, just a though
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / I've bought a BJD!! on: February 22, 2008 12:25:50 PM
I've just bought my first ball jointed doll and I'm nearly peeing with excitement. I can't wait for him to get here, and I just know it's going to take aaaaaages! But I'm still unnecessarily excited.
His name is Cheng, and he is beautiful. And cheap, well cheap compared to the usual cost of these things. Oooo I can't wait. I should really post pics too shouldn't I?
Here you go:

SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!! I just had to share this!
*is excited*
6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / New British Crafter on: January 08, 2008 05:43:21 PM
Hi all, just found this bit of the site and thought I would have a go =]

I'm Sam, I live in beautiful England, in the small town of Cleckheaton. I'm 19 and work full time in a small office, moving paper from one side of my desk to the other. I live with my wonderful partner Richard, we've been together nearly 2 years and will be buying our first house together soon (look forward to loads of threads with questions about decorating and stuff). There's also the three children in here with us. My gerbils, Butch and The Two Twins, Twins are named the same cos they are identical and work as a team in everything.

So a little about me. My love of making things began as soon as I learned to grasp objects with my hands. I started with things like Lego, making whatever my imagination told me to. As I grew, I developed tastes in clothing. I started to botch things together out of whatever I had to make something new. Any toys I had were given new wardrobes all the time.

Over the last few years I have thrown myself into the world of crafting. I no longer buy gifts from chain stores. I make all kinds of things from toys to clothes, for myself and others. I'm a complete halloween geek, so making costumes is high on my list all year round.

Anyway, I'm running out of things to say, and the boyfriend is watching this horrible thing about how animals are killed and turned into food and its making me want to cry so I will go. Thanks for reading my rant =]

Craft on
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My giant poppet! Loadsa pics on: January 07, 2008 02:04:50 PM
So finally, my extra large poppet!
She doesn't have a name yet, mainly cos she hasn't told me, I do know she likes ballet and Tim Burton films. I enlarged the pattern by 150% on this one so she's huge!
Enough of the talk, on to the pictures
Here she is in all her glory. For some reason, the flash on my camera makes her eyes look really pale and evil but they're actually a sky blue colour

Stood next to regular sized poppet, Eric

Close up shot

With her preeetty bow

That's it. I love this one, I can't stop looking at her, she came out so well!

It's kinda hard to tell, but she has a long ribbon around her neck that's kinda see-through black mesh with silver studs on it. Her hair has like silver glitter in it

**EDIT** The Poppet now has a name. She is Lola Satin. Lola is actually a nom du plume. She is a romance writer. Her real name is Aileen (cos one leg is a little longer than the other)
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Two and a half Poppets [pic silly] on: December 20, 2007 08:34:55 AM
Ok, so I've finally uploaded the pictures of my completed poppets. There are quite a few but here we go
First we have the lovely Pandora, made for my friend Amelia, I decided they needed to have the same hair and fashion sense
Here she is headless and held together with pins

Eric meeting his half completed sister

Yay, completed. Sorry about the blurred picture and the fact you can see right up her slightly too short dress

Saying bye to Eric the night before she left for her new home

Onto the next one =] Proper pics of Eric (he's a poser, be warned)
Just hanging out

Little cutie-pie

The "love me" shot

And finally, the half finished Emma. This one is based on my best friend, I thought it would be funny to copy her as much as possible in poppet form
Here she is (The real Emma has HUGE boobs, so her poppet needed them too)

I even gave her the same tattoo!

That's it!! Waaay too many pictures I know but I'm excited by them

Thanks for looking, comments welcome!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My hand sewn sock monkeys [pics galore] on: December 10, 2007 02:55:30 PM
Ok, so I made these aaaages ago but thought I would share.
Many moons ago, while on an all night insomnia trip, I decided to fill my time with something creative. I did a bit of googling and discovered sock monkeys. I had to make one. So grabbing the bits and pieces around me, I made this

Sorry about the crap quality phone pic
It was ok, I like him and he was cute, but I felt I could do better, so I went out and bought some strange fluffy socks. Thus, these creatures were born

These are only 3 that I've created. To date, I've probably made about 20 of the little buggers, but they're either with new owners or I just haven't taken pictures. The pink one in this picure was a bit of harlet. She was custom sculpted for a friend of mine who demanded that she have boobs and hips. I think she's the best one I've ever made, and it was a sad day to let her go.
She was a bit of a cam whore though, so here is her work

That's Ferdinand she's with, he was a stud =]

Hope you like
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Poppet, Eric! on: November 30, 2007 08:04:44 PM
Ok, so after seeing the excellent Poppet-Along I just had to make my own.
He's a little different from the original pattern, which I think shows just how fantastic that pattern is. I'm a complete newbie when it comes to making dolls as complex as this. I've made a few billion sock monkeys before, but nothing like this. It was so easy to work with too. I love my new poppet and after showing him around have to make another one as a present for a friend, and now I know what my best friend is getting for her birthday.
So, on to the good stuff, here he is: Eric

Here he is half done, I messed up on one of his arms and had to do another  Roll Eyes

Here he is taking some notes for me at work (ignore his shirtlessness, I haven't made one for him yet)

And here he is just relaxing on my desk after a long days work (ignore my messy workplace, that place is chaos at the minute) He has a filthy habit too, smoking yellow cigarettes that are in no way made from sticky notes

Sorry about the links, I can't post them directly cos crafster thinks I might be a spambot, how rude! And sorry for the rubbish phone pictures too  Lips sealed

So yeah, thank you so much ghilie for sending me the pattern and I can't wait to get started on the next one, 'specially now I know what I'm doing =]
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