Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Mmmm....Brains


Bub is done! He has his own copy of Salem's Lot, a gun, and, of course, a bucket o' guts.


Yay! Guts!








Me and Bub. Cute, huh?

Monday, September 25, 2006

Number of times today that someone has asked me what I am making: 3.
Number of times that the answer was "Intestines": 3

You would think that people would stop asking me questions like that.



Heh heh heh. I think Bub is going to like these tasty vittles.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Heard from my partner on the Skull swap, and she liked all of her presents. Yay! I can't wait to see what I get, though the sendout date isn't until Sat, so I may have to wait another week to receive.

Finished little felt bunny, except he needs a pom pom tail, and I have no pom poms.

Still working on Bub II. He's huge. And I've decided that instead of a sculpey bucket of guts, I want to make the bucket out of fabric, and fill it with parts. Maybe I can pick up some fake, gooey parts at the store, since it's about Halloween time. I might make him other props, too: a copy of Salem's Lot, a gun, and some headphones with a tape recorder. It'll be much easier since they don't have to be so wee.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

So, I have a lull in my swapping activity...so of course, I agreed to do a personal swap with someone, and am making them a Bub doll. They are making me...something. I don't really know. Something zombie related though, so that should be good. Am also putting something together for a September Birthday person (I will admit that I have been using the unconditional and Birthday swaps as a chance to get some of my unused crafting supplies the heck out of my house - I'm not sending anything that doesn't have it's original packaging or is in bad shape...just stuff that has been sitting around unused for too long). But I may make another embroidered tote bag type thing, 'cause that was fun, and I was very pleased with the result.

This evening, I worked on Bub v 2.0, but had to set all the parts aside to dry, and then worked on making a little felt bunny. It's black and white and cute cute cute. But not done. Should be able to wrap him up tomorrow and post pictures.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Finished up a bunch of stuff this weekend. Wanna see? You know you do.

First, I volunteered to be an "angel" for someone who didn't receive a swap package. This was for the August 2006 Birthday Swap. The person listed pinup girls as one of their interests, and indicated she would like some stationary. So I put together this gift box full of 5 x 6 stationary:





I wanted to make up some printed envelopes to go with the stationary, but the envelopes kept jamming in my printer. Oh well.

And then, I finished the stuff for the Skull/Bones/Skeleton swap that I've been working on:



The finished tote bag (I added satin ribbon to the top, and lined it with a black and white skull print; a bunch of hair things, scrunchies, headbands, etc., and a journal.


Also, some kitty toys.


Closeup of the bag, showing a little bit of the lining fabric.

I am especially happy with the way the tote turned out. I hope both of my partners like their presents.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

So I finished stitching this design onto the tote bag on Monday. I'm not sure whether the bag is done or not. I suspect not.



I was thinking about using a black/white skull print for a lining and maybe adding a black velvet ribbon across the top of the bag, but I don't know. I think there's too much pink.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

I picked up my finished skull tonight. I think it came out pretty spiffy, though the yellows could have used another coat of paint.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Saturday, I paid a visit to Claytopia. Haven't been there in about a year, and everything is different. They layout of the space is different, and they now have puffy paint for use on the pottery.

ladygwyn had mentioned that they had gotten skulls in for the Halloween season, so I went there specifically with the intention of painting one. The puffy paint was very tempting, as the model on display looked very cool, but I thought that it would look too much like the last skull I had painted, so I opted to do something very different.

Claytopia

Claytopia

Claytopia

You can't really tell here, but the background should be a very dark blue, with the suns in bright yellow, the moons in pale yellow, and the stars in white. I can't wait to pick it up on Tuesday, and see how it came out.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

I forgot to mention that I received my swap stuffie last week. Her name is Tinkalina (my partner and another member of the swap group named her prior to her arrival in my home), and she's a bunny. I think she is pretty cute:





She is very happy to be in Bunnyland now, and is getting along nicely with Mr. Bunny and Penny Dreadful, and all the other buns.


I received my Buffy the Vampire Slayer swap package yesterday, and it was awesome!

I got 2 CDs, one is the audio track for "Once More With Feeling" and the other is a mix of songs that have appeared in the show. Note that one CD has a still of what is one of my favorite moments in the whole series, and the other has a shirtless Spike. Oh yeah. That's what I'm talking about.



I also received a long sleeved t-shirt with three iron-on transfers on it. On the front is the Buffy logo with the moon (from "Once More with Feeling"), on the sleeve is the Mutant Enemy logo, and on the back is Spike.





And last, but certainly not least, I got my very own Spike pillow. The fabric is a pretty black/grey/blue mottled cotton, and there is a beaded fringe, and a really hot picture of Spike.



I mean, REALLY HOT:



I may never leave my bed again. Ummm...or something like that.

Anyway, I really loved all my stuff; my partner did a great job (though she said she was worried there was too much Spike - as though there could be such a thing as too much). And I am pleased to note that she received the stuff I made, and seemed to like it as well (she even said I was creative - go me!)

Friday, September 08, 2006

I feel the need to post this, because it will mean something to some of you.

We had our first picture post in the Buffy swap gallery, and one of the things the person sent was a Drusilla-inspired corset she had made. A friggin' corset? I feel like such a slacker now. And that was just ONE of the things she sent. Yikes. I was feeling pretty good about my swap package until now. =/

Also, UPS tried to deliver my package today, but of course, I wasn't home to receive it. So now, my options are to get my butt out to W. Springfield tonight between 7:30 and 8:30 to pick it up....or wait until Monday. Do you have any idea how far away Monday is? Geez.

Who wants to have dinner with me in the Chicopee/Holyoke/W. Springfield area?

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Tip of the day:

Did you know that it is really easy to make your own iron-on transfers for embroidery?

We discovered this at work a couple of weeks ago, kind of by accident, and I just tested it again today, and am very pleased with the results.

1. Print out line art of the design you want from your computer. ETA: I have been fiddling with this a bit, and I don't know if it will work with all printers. I used the printer/copier here at work, which transferred perfectly. Will need to test this using inkjet printer at home, to see if it makes a difference.
2. Iron fabric on hottest setting (no steam) for the fabric you are using (the fabric takes the transfer better when it is hot.
3. Place your paper face down onto the fabric and iron for 10-20 seconds. Peel up slowly to check that design has transferred completely. If something is unclear, you can continue to iron it.

Voila! Your item is ready to be embroidered.

Maybe you, my fellow crafters, already knew this, but I figured I would share the love.

I am excited about this, because I wanted to do this tote bag, but the thought of having to hand trace the design onto the bag with carbon paper was kind of daunting.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

So, I didn't get even close to finishing my to do list of crafting for this weekend, but I did at least finish the Buffy things which need to be mailed out today.

Vampyre book box

First we have a book box reminscent of the giant Vampyr tome Giles tries to give Buffy in Welcome to the Hellmouth. I am not entirely pleased with the way this turned out...mostly because after I had finished it, I actually watched the episode (I had been working from a picture) and I don't think it looks enough like it. Haven't decided yet if I will actually send this.

Stenciled Spike shirt

Then we have the Spike t-shirt. My first stenciling job, and I think it came out pretty well. Mmmm...Spike.

Giles, Xander, Willow, Buffy and Spike

Finger puppets! Giles, Xander, Willow, Buffy and Spike. Aren't they cute? I friggin' love them (especially the Spike, which is holding a pack of cards and a kitten).

Vamp Willow bag

Finally, a Vamp Willow tote bag. I had intended to stitch a Willow quote on the top. I had planned on using "Bored now", but am now faced with the fact that it doesn't fit the picture. =( It still needs something, I'm just not sure what. I have time to run out at lunch and pick up supplies to finish this puppy, so if anyone has suggestions, I'd love to hear them.