Poppet Swap Goodies!

And the other reason for swapping.... RECEIVING!

My partner was the bestesest! She sent me The Mad Hatter!! He is so awesome! You just gotta see him:

Here is his link on Craftster...

And the swap link.

Converse All Stars for Babies

I had two friends and two baby showers in a row. I decided to crochet some booties, but regular booties just wouldn't do. My first baby shower was for a boy, and I thought regular booties were just too girly. I eventually ended up putting them on the top tier of a 3-tier diaper cake, which I forgot to take a picture of. I did the first pair in blue.

The second shower for a baby girl was the following weekend. I had the perfect pink yarn to make a second pair. I also made a matching hat because someone else was making a diaper cake.


PS. Thanks to Teresa for the awesome pattern/tute which you can find at her blog on crochet-mania.blogspot.com. I tell you, I'm not that good at following patterns but hers are darn good! She also has a video tute on YouTube, along with tutes for tons of other things. It's just as good as if Teresa were sitting next to you, so check it out!


Poppet #3 - Poppet In Blue

For SunflowerSmiles, my most awesome swap partner, for the Mini Poppet Swap #2.
I give you Poppet In Blue:

She is crafted from some beautiful wrinkled-looking fuzzy knit fabric that I found in my scrap fabric pile that I got for free on Craigslist. I love Craigslist. Better yet, I love FREE!!!

Her eyes are revamped: I got them from Floradec in the discount section. I sanded them (because I didn't like the original greenish-yellow color) and hand-painted them with a beautiful new color. There are actually four different colors in dots, lines and general color.

Her hair is acrylic worsted weight in blue combined with eyelash yarn. I gave her a braid, some beads and some feathers. Originally I imagined her with either a full head of feathers or a headdress, but I couldn't make it work the way I wanted it to :( so, waa.

Her outfit slowly evolved. I started with the thrift store tie for the top and the skirt was going to be made of the light blue sheer curtain material. I hand-formed some "eyes" for the back of the corset to run red ribbon thru to lace it shut in back. For the skirt, the sheer was way to sheer, so I layered it with black tulle. Many layers. For fun I added some peacock feather fringe on the top layer and stitched the top edge many times.

When I first started she was so beautiful nekkid and hairless with the giant glistening eyes, like one of those beautiful but strange hairless cats, or Sinead O'Connor. Here she is being kidnapped while I work on her outfit.

More pics:

And here is her very own post on Craftster:



Garden Update 2

Still a few mature leaves left on some of them, so here was the next day's bok choy dish - chicken filipino style soup, with bok choy, patis and ginger. Yum!

Now we have to wait a few weeks so the plants can mature. Also, I put in more seeds and replanted the seedlings to keep the cycle going. I need more planting containers!



Garden Update

The bok choi survived while we were away...

so I cooked it up with some garlic, ground beef and oyster sauce... served over rice!


Mini Poppet Swap

This year I was finally able to join the Mini Poppet Swap on Craftster. For those of you unfamiliar with Craftster, I've been hanging out there since 2007, finding a channel for fostering my creative self. Poppets can be found here and you can join the fun by sending a pm to ghilie and giving her your email address so she can send you the pattern. The wonderful thing about Craftster.com is that you can find others who share whatever creative thing that is your passion, and there is advice and patterns abound!

Anyway, the last day to sign up for the Mini Poppet Swap was May 12th and we had until June 14th to send your completed Poppet to it's new home. I figured that was lotsa time, even with our little 10 day vacation I could still be home with a week to finish up any loose ends. I sent in my application and got a partner assigned the next day - my awesome swap partner SunflowerSmiles and I have had tons of great talks about poppeting and life. averyg and amigurl55 (co-organizers) have been doing a marvelous job of keeping us on track, checking in at least once a week and fostering fun discussions.

Unfortunately SunflowerSmiles got very sick early on but rallied like a pro after much medication and needed rest, which btw is hard to do with a family running around, and actually finished a day before me. Her package should be arriving Monday.

And why did I take so long? Well, after much stalking and visioning and stalking some more I was ready to go. (We look at things like Craftster profile pages and wists, or in my case the Etsy favorites page and profile since I don't have a wist. You can also stalk a person's blog, which I hope she won't look here since I'm posting this before she receives. Um, well, I may wait on posting pics before she receives :) )

Then it was time to shop. I shopped online. I shopped here. I shopped there. I couldn't find exactly the right thing so I got a couple different "maybe could work" things. I actually found eyes! But hated the color, so had to sand and repaint them. I love them!!! I actually finished the entire body, complete with custom painted eyes, eyelids and eyelashes. Just needed to choose hair, clothes and accessories.

After many dreams and many sketches, I just couldn't get the feathers to work into the mix the way I wanted. I did however receive some online shopping goodies and threw together a matched set of jewelry for new mommy and poppet. I'll elaborate later. Well, by the time we were packed and leaving I had a pocket full of eyes to sand, a crocheted cap to start a wig and some yarn colors in a bag, and a sketchbook with dreams. Seriously in the 10 days we were gone, all I did was sand an eye or two. And dream more.

By the time we got home whatever bug we had caught went from one child to the next to me and my dear husby. He got the least of it thank goodness, because someone had to deal with the sick grouch I had become. The being sick came first and it wiped us clean. I spent the first day hurling, the second day waiting for the doctor and the third day comatose in bed. Grrrrr! sucks to have craft itch when there's nothing you can do about it.

With the time counter running down I was finally able to do hair one day, and the outfit top and skirt took two days. That was four days of 10 minutes here and there, and four days of waking up at 4am and crafting for a couple hours. That seriously took more time that it took to cut, sew, stuff and joint the actual doll (MAYBE 5 hours). The eyes took almost an hour, not including drying time - I used 4 different colors of nail polish and a toothpick. I still wish I could get a finer line. Maybe a fine brush or a stencil?

Anyway, she is done, done, done, so I sent her off into the world in a box full of other supply and yummy goodies for SunflowerSmiles to enjoy. I hope she likes my new poppet, and I am so excited for who will arrive on Monday!! For those of you that are curious, here is a teaser:

I will be good and wait till SunflowerSmiles receives before posting pics of my progress.

Till then, aloha!

New Templates!

Oh so much fun, now I feel like I'm in a tropical bamboo rain forest, just like here in Hawai`i!