Friday, April 18, 2014

Hoppy Easter, Fluff Project!

*whispering*   *giggling*

"Hey, guys, do you get the weird feeling someone is watching us?"

"Is it that cat again?"

"EEEE, not that cat!"

*whispers and squeals*

Don't worry, little bunnies.  Eugene won't hurt you.  He's much more interested in the ribbons and feathers and bits of yarn he can find.  Even though he KNOWS he's not supposed to get on the table.

"Where is he now?"


"Keep him away!!!"

*in unison*  "Yeah, we know you gave one of US to him."

Calm down.  That bunny wasn't one of you.  It was the test bunny and it never even got pupils or a tail.  It was just fleece in a bunny shape with white eye patches.  Not even a NOSE and was filled with just some catnip.  We call it 4:20 Bunny.


"That's funny."

Yeah, I thought so too.  So you can just relax, you won't end up in Eugene and Olives' toy box.  You're headed off to the Fluff Project.

"Are we going now?  We need to pack!"

No, not yet.  Just hop into a box and hang out.  I need to make a few more toys before I ship you all out together.  You're only 1/4 of the toys I want to donate this quarter.

"Will you make more bunnies?  We only have two with red scarves.  We need more with red scarves."

I don't think so.  There are already 10 of you.  I think that's enough bunnies.

*in unison*


But I might make some guinea pigs or some dolls.

*in unison*


Or maybe some kitties.




Honestly, I'm not sure what other stuffies I'll make.  For now, I'm just happy to have 10 bunnies all finished.  I'll have to go through my patterns and see what strikes my fancy.  I'd like to try out some patterns I haven't already done.  The skeleton kitty (only without the skeleton bones because that's super time consuming) just might make the cut.  The bunnies will just have to take deep breathes and remain calm.

Here's to being 1/4 of the way to my personal goal of 40 toys by the end of July (the Fluff Project Quarter).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

For a swap: May Unique Holiday Dotee

Just finished this cutie up last night.

May 4th is Star Wars Day, so an Ewok seemed quite appropriate.

I haven't made one of these in a bit.

This time I used some new fabric I scored at a big ole rummage sale I went to over the weekend.

The fabric is (I think) faux suede.  I think it's faux because the back had white cottony fusing on the back, like you see on plastic table clothes.  But it did smell a little bit like leather once I got pawing it.

It was tricky to work with.  Sewing wasn't so bad.  I don't think I had the best needle in the machine since I could hear punching but I wasn't going far (that's how I think of sewing, like mileage!) so I just talked the machine through it.

Turning it was a bit more of a challenge, complicated by my not leaving the turning hole wide enough so I had to get the seam ripper after it.  The ears were a bit of work but not too bad.

The cowl is felt.  The face is embroidered and marker.  Hanger is just some ribbon.

Tail has a cute little mushroom.  I've had this sucker for over a YEAR just waiting for the best time to use it.

True confession, I bought it at Hobby Lobby before I was aware of what a sucky company they are (google it if you want) so I feel a little bit guilty about that.  But only a little since I got it on clearance.  Heaven help me, Hobby Lobby has some good clearance but I'll never spend one more cent there as long as I live (just like Chic-fil-A).

But enough politics, it's time to get to work on some new projects.  Like those darn bunnies.  I did get them all stitched up last night so I plan to finish them tonight.  Let me just leave with this.  Fleece sucks.

OH, and this ewok is going to ITALY.  I'm so excited about that.

Friday, April 11, 2014

For a swap: Zombie Dotee

A zombie that looks a lot like Mr. Bill.

OH NO!!!

I wanted icky but not super gross or horrific.

Heck, everything I make ends up looking cute.

Even a popped out eyeball.

The hair is an upcycled tassle (like you'd see on furniture or a pillow).  Someone sent it to me as an extra so I trimmed some of the fringe off and tied little tufts (about 5 strands each) and stuck them in between the stitches.  I think it really makes the doll.  Fright hair for the WIN.

I finally got a chance to use one of the super cool skull beads I have, too.  I chose yellow purely because it didn't have a mate.  There were two odd balls on the strand, one yellow and one blinged out with crystals.  I almost chose the crystal one but I love it so much I need to save it a bit longer before I use it.  I really love these skull beads.

Ok, that's all I have for now.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Showing off some swaps: Dotee and Angler Fish

Made and angler fish for an art doll swap.  It's a series based on theme words.  This theme word was "light".

He has a real light bulb (night light size) and a fully poseable antenna (or whatever you call the dealie that the light is on).

Hanging by his antenna.  WEEEE!!

Netting for his fins.

My cats were breaking their necks trying to rip up that netting, too.  Olive even got the small piece I had (just a scrap) down and was tearing it just for the joy of destroying.  Thankfully I had enough to make all the fins and still have a bit left.

I also finished a dotee doll.

It's the first in the Rainbow series.  RED.

I think I'm going to do patchwork for all of the colors.  I do enjoy pawing through my "little bits" scrap bucket to make patchwork.

(these pics are so crappy)

Silly face is silly.

Yes, he does have a flower on his lapel (or where a lapel would be).  He's a dapper gentleman.

He's also (very crudely) shaped like a stop sign.  Since I'm mathematically challenged (really, it's so sad how bad I am at mathy stuffs) all the sides aren't equal in size but there are eight sides.

Back patch work.

The tail has balls.  *snerk*

Well what did you expect?  He's a BOY.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Fabric Fast Update: Truly Broke the Fast (and a purchase review)

Brace yourselves.

This post is going to showcase an Official break in my Fabric Fast.  I know, I know, I already broke the fast buying that Frog and Toad fabric but I did manage to twist my rules and come up with a project for that fabric so that purchase is barely squeezing its way through a loophole.

But not this purchase.  I bought this purely because I'd been wanting it and it was on a good sale.

So, what did I buy?

One of the leftover club packs from Pink Castle Fabrics.  Pink Castle Fabrics has fabric clubs and the one I'd had my eye on (and almost got a subscription to) was the Kawaii Club.  I love kawaii and Japanese fabrics and all that so it was a club just made for me.  But I knew I was going on a fast so I didn't sign up for it.  And I was kind of worried I might not like the selections so it was best to just wait.

I'm glad I did.  Pink Castle sells off leftover packs from previous months.  And they just had a 20% off your whole order sales and they had leftover February packs and JUST GUESS WHAT WAS IN THE PACK?!

Scaredy Cat.

I love that line of fabric so much and wanted some since I first saw it but it was slightly pricier and I just couldn't justify it.

Until I saw it in the February leftovers (that's the best part about buying the leftovers, you get to see what's in them!).

I could have gone for the fat quarter or fat eighth size. I opted for the smaller one to kind of keep with the spirit of the Fabric Fast.  Yes, I was buying but I was buying the smaller size.  Compromise, folks, compromise.

Ok, time for pics.

These three fabrics are the most "boring" of them.  But I still like all of them.  The brown print (left upper corner) has a ton of cute images.  The one below it is even cuter with TONS of images (including some little cats--I do love cat fabric).  All of the fabrics are great quality.  Some are the really cool to the touch cottons (I call the "crispy") and some are the linen blend types ("rough") and the mountain fabric is something I've never felt before.  It's rough-ish like the linen blends but has an unevenness to the finish.  I'm not sure what it's called but I'm wondering if it's "double gauze".  Either way, it's really nice and I'm sure I'll find uses for it.

Ooh, it's getting cuter and cuter up in here.

I have closeups of two of these (hold on, we're getting there).  But the pink one (bottom left corner) was one I thought was going to be boring.  In the Pink Castle Fabrics preview pic, all you could see was roosters.  I thought "boring" but it wasn't a deal breaker.  But when I got the fabric and unfolded it it was dotted with super cute chickies and hens and it was great.

But not the winner for "cutest".

That prize might have to be shared by these two fabrics.

EEEEE, it's a pineapple driving a car!!!!

And look at the popcorn!!!!

Ok, this fabric is what really made me buy the bundle.  I wanted the Scaredy Cat print (and probably would have bought the pack just for it, truth be told) but that galldurn cute pineapple driving that car was visible in the preview pic and I HAD TO HAVE IT!!  That's so freaking kawaii I could poop.


Just look at that fabric.  The pic doesn't even get close to doing it justice.

True confession, I have no idea what those little white blobs are supposed to be (maybe wontons?) but they kind of remind me of Kinder Eggs OR Moomin (Moomin are so dang cute).  Not that it matters because they are so darn cute I nearly died.

The preview pic hardly showed this print at all so I was spazzing when I saw it.  LOOK AT THEM.  Camping and showering and just living their cute little lives.  *swoons*  Yeah, that print is kawaii to the max.

And, and, and, there was still TWO cat print fabrics.


Scaredy Cat, which is cuter in person and that bottom fabric?  In the previews it just looked like a cute food print.  I wasn't really aware that it would have multiple cute kitties on it (and mice and all that).

How dang cute is that kitty, right?

Both those pieces are going right into my cat fabric collection.  Very welcome additions to what will (someday) become the tackiest cat quilt EVAH!

So, I spent right around $20 (including shipping--it was $20 and some coin) and I couldn't be happier with the purchase.  In fact, I'd be willing to pause my fast to get future leftover bundles if they look good.

Now, I have one more Fabric Fast confession to make.  I have a $5 gift certificate to EQuilter and it expires on 4/18.  I got it for doing a survey and I plan to use it.  The gift certificate will almost cover shipping (I'd end up paying around $1.95 for the lowest shipping range--they base shipping on order total ranges).  That means I could get one of their Booty Packs (scrap packs by theme) for only $2 shipping.  I'm seriously considering getting the animal one (in hopes of landing some fun cat fabrics).  But I'm waiting until the expiration date is a bit closer and keeping my eyes on their sales to see if they put something on my wish list on sale.  Either way, I'm going to try and spend no more than $20.

Ok, my confessions are over.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Hopeful Threads NEW PROJECT

Well, it's not exactly "new" but it is the new project for the next quarter.

This quarter (April to July) is focused on the FLUFF PROJECT.


That makes my life so much simpler (and it is all about me, dontcha know?).

Kristy's challenge/goal is 500 stuffies donated for this quarter.  Given the long time frame, I bet that happens with no problem.

But to keep me from getting lax, I'm setting a PERSONAL GOAL for this quarter.

37 handmade stuffies.

That's one for every year I have been alive.

I'll probably round up to 40 just because I like round numbers, but I'm aiming to make no fewer than 37 stuffies.

And in a bit of "cheating" I'm going to start my count with the March (now April. . .cue the sad trombone sound) Hares.  I just need to sit down and finish up the few I have pinned and ready for the machine.  It's all downhill from there.

If memory serves, that's 10 stuffies right there.  So I've taken a nice chomp out of my goal.

And in all honestly, I'd love to do even more than 40.  Fifty would be AWESOME!

But first, get the March Hares done and out the door.  Then I can check out my patterns and pick a new item to make.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Fall Patch

Finished this up last night so I could send it out today.

Bah, that pic is so washed out.  But I think you can still see that I beaded up two of the corn cobs.  I also did just a bit of embroidery on it, too.

How freaking cute is the back?

I was kicking myself that I didn't use THAT as the front, but I forgot I had that fabric until I went looking for backing fabric.  Not that I don't like the fabric I used on the front but those chipmunks are just the best!

I really liked doing the beading on this one.  I'm going to have to do that more often.