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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Happy or Sad? on: November 18, 2008 08:53:03 PM
This is the latest project that I have made for my beloved 16-month-old daughter, who really loves everything soft and pretty. It's going to be one of her X-mas presents this year, and I can hardly wait until she opens it next month. It is a "topsy turvy" doll that I made from a pattern by Leslie Molen. For those of you who don't know what a topsy turvy doll is---it is like having 2 dolls in 1. The 2 torsos are separated by a skirt that you lift over the dolls head, turning it over so that it becomes a totally different looking doll. Instead of doing the traditional white doll vs. black doll like her pattern, I did a happy vs. sad doll like the one that I had and loved when I was a little girl. I also reduced the size of the pattern pieces with a photocopier, so that the finished doll is about 14" tall. Here is the happy side:

And the sad side:

If you look closely, you can see little finger details stitched into the hands. What separated this pattern from all of the others when I was searching for one, is that this doll has little ears! I thought that was another really cute detail  Grin  The doll's skirts are separated by a white slip in between that has the eyelet trim at the bottom. I think that all of the layers really do give it a nice weight and thickness to it. Here is the back of the happy doll:

And the back of the sad doll:

The little aprons tie on and off. The hair was a little tricky. The pattern calls for a miniscule amount of home-dec fringe trim to sew between the head pieces, so that if you looked at the doll from the face-on, it would look like it has hair. The problem is, that was the only instructions the pattern gave for the hair, which would leave the whole back of the head bald! So I bought extra trim and painstakingly attached it in a spiral to the back of the doll's head, which became really difficult when I got to the center and resulted in many needle-sticks to my fingers. Then there were tiny amounts of places where you could see "scalp" showing through, so I filled them in with matching permanent Sharpie marker. Voila! So what do you think?
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hippie Batik Mehndi-Embroidered Singlet Shopping Bags! on: March 14, 2008 09:12:03 PM
Wow! The elephant embroidery ROCKS!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Child Costume: Strawberry Shortcake on: November 01, 2007 07:27:22 PM
You did such a nice job! And it looks very warm, too  Smiley
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Monarch Butterfly (and the Twig She Landed On) on: November 01, 2007 07:19:19 AM
Such an original idea! Very neat.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: "The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things..." on: October 31, 2007 10:52:41 PM
We had a little Halloween party, and my baby was too tired for the festivities. So while she was sleeping, her 5-month-old "boyfriend" tried on her costume  Grin

Tummy time for the walrus!

It was like having a live walrus flopping around on my kitchen floor!  Cheesy
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Native American Indian Baby on: October 31, 2007 12:15:59 PM
Aww! How cute  Cheesy
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: "The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things..." on: October 30, 2007 08:13:47 PM
Thanks for all of the nice comments, everyone! I think that I have begun a lifetime of homemade Halloween costumes for my daughter. She will be exactly 3 months old on Halloween  Cheesy
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / "The time has come," the Walrus said, "to talk of many things..." on: October 30, 2007 04:48:41 PM

After much cutting...

...and sewing...

...and fittings (as a seal-- hehehehe!)...

I present to you:  my 3-month-old daughter's Halloween costume  Smiley

I was inspired by Tom Arma but didn't feel like making a costume from a time-consuming pattern. So I traced a footsie-pajama for the sleeves and length, I traced a hood from a different shirt, and I just cut down the front and added velcro. It only took me 2 nights to make while she was sleeping, and it probably only cost about $10 total in materials. Out of all of the sewing projects that I've ever made--this was probably the most fun, not to mention--the most rewarding  Smiley  We thought it might be a problem since her thumb is covered, but she loves to suck on her fins  Grin
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Two Collaged Boxes with pics of every side on: August 17, 2007 08:49:27 AM
Here are two collaged boxes that I made for my sister and friend for Sister's Day (August 5th). They were gift boxes that I used to contain "handmade treasures from the heart" (posted in Bags forum). The first was originally a baby shoe box. My sister and I have a connection to the movie "In Her Shoes" about the whole crazy-mother thing:

The inside  Grin

This was originally a palm pilot box. We bought our palm pilots together for nursing school:

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: "Handmade Treasures from the Heart" on: August 17, 2007 08:26:49 AM
Thanks for all of the comments! The bags didn't take too long to make... for each bag: cutting out probably took 15 minutes, the sewing probably took 1-2 hours. I think the most time-consuming part was choosing the perfect beads for embellishments. I think the eyes are perfect! I threw all of the materials into a little tupperware and took it with me around the house to work on. Which was nice, because I was 9 months pregnant and just felt like sitting around. Now I have an adorable screaming little girl, so I doubt I'll be crafting any time soon...  Shocked
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