Have you waited in the cold? {new skills, new doll, and some other progress}

Well, the holiday season seems to be much busier for me than usual this year.  Working full time hours between my two jobs, doesn’t leave a lot of extra room for creating, or for blogging.  Even my Photo Vault posts over on the VHS swap blog have started to become more sporadic. But, despite being super busy, I still found time to hand-make a few gifts for my family, and since we had our family get-together last weekend, I can finally post what I have been working on!

My sister Stacey, who makes beautiful wire wrapped jewellery, and I decided to exchange gifts and I made her this small cloth doll.  She is the first of this style that I have made.  I wanted to make both her legs and arms pose-able, but completely forgot when I completed the legs (derp).  So her arms are pose-able and move-able with sequin details.  Her hair is made out of embroidery thread, and although it was a little more difficult to work with, I love how it turned out!  Her hair is in pigtails with bangs.  (oh and if you’re curious about what I received from my sister in return, you will have to wait for my next post!)

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I learned a completely new skill for my mom’s gift, something that I had been itching to try for years now: needle felting.  I bought a small Christmas kit at a great price, and it included two needle felting needles, which made it worth it.  I made this snowman ornament, but didn’t follow the directions for the face at all.. I wanted my snowman to look happy and jolly, and the kit included small black beads for the eyes and suggested a tiny smile.  I can definitely see myself using this new skill with the dolls I am currently working on.  Very excited! (the hat piece, and scarf were included in the kit, I still don’t know how to knit or crochet!)


The last gift I made was this small drawing of my parent’s house.  It measures only 5.5″ x 3.5″.  I tried to make it as accurate as possible, although I have since realized way too many errors.. which makes me want to re-do it and switch it out.  (Which I might do).  But I still think that it is an adorable drawing.  I gave this to my dad.


Oh, and those dolls that I teased about so long ago in my last post… I’m still working on them I promise!  I had to take a mini-break from them in order to these projects done on time, but I’m returning to those dolls as of today!  Hurrah!  I think that once Christmas is over once again, life will settle down a lot and I will get back to my regular routine.  Stay warm!



New Cloth dolls {WIP}

I have about a million projects on the go at any one time.  That may be a slight overstatement, but it doesn’t feel that way.  I have been working on a larger, jointed cloth doll, and yesterday I started work on a new idea I have for mini felt dolls.  Here are some WIP shots.. I hope to have some completed shots up real soon!

Haku and Chihiro {spirited away plushie set}

{2011 Project}

Wow! I can’t believe I never posted about this baby!  I thought I already had, but I must be crazy because it doesn’t seem to be anywhere.  Any who, this was a large commission, and included two plushies: Haku (dragon from Spirited Away) and Chihiro (protagonist from Spirited Away).  Haku is easily the largest plush I have ever made.  He is approximately 3.5 feet long, and is made from an up-cycled white blanket, vintage button eyes, eco-felt for details, up-cycled cotton sheets, and stuffed with eco-fill.  Chihiro is a simple doll, I made her from a modified version of my Sailor Zoisite pattern.  She is made entirely of eco-felt, with vintage button eyes and eco-fill stuffing.

Thoughts and criticisms always welcome!


Gardenging/ Eco Swap

So today I officially finished another swap (as in, both my partner and I have received our packages).  So that means I can finally post what I made and sent!

The “large” item that I made was this set of napkins/ tea towels what ever you really want to call them.  I hand-dyed and stamped them.  I only made two mistakes, which makes me happy.. and as far as I notice, I didn’t make any spelling errors.  I really enjoyed making them, it makes me want to stamp everything in the house.

Polymer clay plant markers with chalkboard paint.

Everything all packed up into a mini burlap sac and hand-made tag.

Another swap done!  Thanks for checking out what I made this time around.


the Soldier of the Sky and the Soldier of the Deep-Sea earrings

I recently finished another swap, called an OTT (one tiny thing) swap.  It meant that the craft I sent was not allowed to be more than 5″ in any direction.  This one was an anime themed swap.  My partner loves Haruka and Michiru (Sailor Uranus and Neptune) from Sailor Moon.  She also mentioned that she would like earrings, and so I decided to try a new craft: jewellery making!  It was fun, and I do like the results, but I don’t think it is something I would want to do too often.

Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune themed hand-made earrings

I made the planet symbol charms, and the wand icon charms out of polymer clay and mixed media.  I assembled all the chain and bead pieces. I also decided to make her a small jewellery box to hold the earrings:

Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus hand drawn altered jewellery box.

I picked up the small box (about 3″ long and 1 1/2″ tall) at a second-hand store.  The wood was in nice condition, and the inside was lined in nice blue velvet.  I used two stickers that I had from my childhood (note: that the stickers are definitely not official Sailor Moon merchandise, another sticker from the same pack says “Sailor Moorery” and other silly misspellings).

Currently, I’m working on a garden/ recycling swap.  Send outs are mid this month so I better get working…. Thanks for checking out my latest work!


It is Okay to Fail Sometimes {keep trying}

{includes 2011 projects}

Originally, I had a post started for yesterday about my kitchen.  It included new “before” pictures, a colour palette, and a rough outline of plans.  But, due to some unexpected events, I completely forgot to actually *post* it online.  So, instead of simply posting that today, I have decided to write a new post (and save said kitchen post for tomorrow, which is really for the best as I now have plans to go to a hardware store and pick up paint!).

So, even though I am a little upset that I forgot to post yesterday, I know that it is important to keep going anyways.  Its okay to fail sometimes, in fact, I think it is even inevitable to fail sometimes.  

I have made a few plushies that have turned out to be failures, or in need of some serious pattern re-work, such as this incredibly awkward, plum Jackolope, or my original Dante-pillar (which is a cat mixed with a caterpillar respectably).

Not a complete failure.. but needs a lot of work.

This is a basic kid’s science experiment that I managed to complete destroy:

Yeah, that’s Rock Candy solution.  I tried to make it for my partner’s birthday.  Instead of sweet candy forming, however, I got weird fluffy mold growths!

But the real point is, you can’t let failure, or disappointment stop you from moving forward.

I started this clay doll months ago.  I designed her, sculpted her head and torso out of foam, and sculpted her head out of clay… and yet, I never managed to make time to keep working on her.  But today, I am going to start working on her again.  Also, I found this cool feature on Pinterest the other day, it lets you see all of the pins from a specific source.  It’s really awesome to see what has been pinned from my blog on there, click here to see.