Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Cu-Poche Gryffindor Roombox

I got a Cu-Poche Anne some months ago and decided that she needed to have a room of her own. I've been VERY inspired by MyFroggyStuff's videos on YouTube, and ended up making this room and everything in it nearly entirely from scratch. :)

Melina is a First Year who got sorted into Gryffindor, but her family were all expecting her to be a Slytherin like the rest of them. Fortunately, her mum's a very understanding woman, and though she'd already knitted her a Slytherin scarf and cushion cover, she also made Melina a Gryffindor scarf and afghan. For her own part, Melina had a bit of a hard time reconciling expectations with reality. As a result, she started the House Unity Club at Hogwarts, and though it hasn't got a lot of members yet, their ranks are growing! When Melina's mum (a very crafty witch!) learned about her daughter's club, she braided a silver and maroon rug for her room, representative of -- OK, I don't really have to explain it, LOL!

Melina is a fan of the Holyhead Harpies, and a member of the S.P.E.W. club. Later on, I'll give more detailed pics and info!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Happy Planner Joy!!

After stalking Happy Planners online for some weeks (months?) I FINALLY bought one.  I used a coupon at Hobby Lobby and managed to snag the ONLY Peony-themed one in the store.  I love it!  I LOVE IT!  I.  LOVE.  IT.

Since I'm more of a bullet journaler, I REALLY appreciate being able to move things around if I later decide I want them in different places.  I'm not a super-great organiser.  Sometimes just knowing that I have to get it all planned out and get it written in the space allowed without forgetting anything is enough to cripple me from the start.  With this planner, I haven't felt any of that.  It's so freeing! :D

I made a fun Alice-in-Wonderland-themed charm for it:

I also created a sticky-note holder that's made from a Little Twin Stars sticker I got when I was about 8 years old.  It's laminated onto cardstock, edged in washi tape, and punched to fit. I laminated and punched some other cute papers for note-making as well.

And finally, I made an adorable Sumikko Gurashi page-marker, also laminated, that's great for making daily notes in wet-erase marker.  I love it so much that I made another one for my Etsy shop:

Ah!  I just adore these little characters! :D

Thursday, June 16, 2016

BJD Sewing and Sushi Mania!

I've been doing a lot of sewing lately.  Hand sewing used to drive me batty, but now (especially since mastering the backstitch), I find it really calming.  Kiki got a sweater made from 2 different socks.  Dollar Tree often has great socks to use for sewing. I made the arms nice and long to be super cosy.  LOVE how it came out! :D  I'm also working on a milk carton plushie for her.  It needs stripes and a face still, but I'm really happy with the design.

And then I went on a sushi binge.  Cushions for all sizes!  I think I like the orange better than the pink, but I'm really happy with all of them.

 And, finally, a fun planner charm or bag charm.  He's a friendly guy. ^_^  I made it with a clip on top for easy attachment.  Super happy with this guy, too. :)

Friday, June 03, 2016

Cushions, Cushions, Cushions!!

I felt the need to make some cushions of various textures.  These work great for MSD, YoSD and Playscale.   Complementary colours tie them all together.  They're SUPER squishy, too! :)

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Filofax Fun

I could easily become a planner addict.  I love looking at all the amazing layouts people do, and the fun goodies they use.  And they always look so crisp and organised.  Sadly, I'm not that organised, but I do keep a bullet journal.  And I love to scrapbook, though I seem to craft in phases - sewing phase, knitting phase, scrapping phase, clay phase, etc.  I found some really fun summer papers and made some scalloped summer papers for scrapping or filofax fun.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Mori Hats, Hair Clips, and Alpaca Bag :)

I've been caught up in my final edit.  Writing my cover letter next, then off to a publisher it goes!

In the meantime, I made some goodies for my store. :)

Another view of the Alpaca Bag, complete with dangly bag charm. ^_^

And I made a fun doughnut cushion, too!. ^_^

Monday, May 16, 2016

BJD Bag and Paper Pleasures

I love, Love, LOVE all the Alpacasso stuff that's out there!  The other day, I felt (hahahaha) inspired to make this kawaii little bag for my shop.  It's hand sewn from blue, white, pink and black felt, with a teensy embroidered nose and mouth, and has a tiny hook and loop closure.  The strap is white plastic chain, and there's a lobster clasp for easy on-and-off. :)  I couldn't stop myself from adding a super cute bag charm of tiny cubes and stars.  More pics in my Etsy lising.

 I'm definitely going to have to make some to keep.

In other news, I got this super cool book at B&N.

 It's in Dutch and English (though there's not much writing) and is crammed with yummy papers, envelopes (to cut and fold), cards, stickers, buntings, and even a pop-up dollhouse and paper dolls.  I decided to send out some Snail Mail using my new trove of paper goodies, and my first piece went out to Mollusc's Godmother today.  I can't wait 'til she gets it. :D

Almost ready to send out my book to the publisher.  For reals.

And as a final note, I learned today that one of my favourite (out of 2) professors at UW-Madison passed away in March.  Requiescat in pace, Professor Baughman.  So long, and thanks for all the fish.