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I recently made a fascinator for my mom’s bear. I used a really tiny piece of felted wool cut in the shape of a circle for the base, a really tiny dogwood flower, and a bit of veiling. I sewed the veiling to the felt and glued on the flower. Then, after all of that was done, I glued on the crystals. I didn’t make it as elaborate as my other fascinators that are made for humans because it was a little difficult to work with such tininess, and also I didn’t have a lot of materials that were small enough.

When I made the bear it was supposed to be a boy because the pattern I used to make him called him Oliver. He came from The Knitted Teddy Bear, by Sandra Polley (great book – and I’ll be reviewing it and other books on my blog soon). The problem with that was my mom asked me to make him a dress. Then she asked me to make that pink angora sweater. And ,then I made this fascinator for him, and the whole time I’m doing all of this we are still calling him…him.

About two months ago I watched “The Bird Cage” starring Robin Williams, Nathan Lane, and Hank Azaria. I thought it was hilarious. The star of the show is Nathan Lane playing a drag queen named Starina. So, I’ve decided to name the bear Starina because he’s a cross dresser. I honestly think that it would have been easier to just stop calling the bear a he, or make it a little sweater so that it can actually be a boy, but my mom thinks that it is much more fun to have a cross dressing teddy bear.

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I also used to make Waldorf cloth dolls (dolls that were supposed to be humans instead of mythical creatures) with kits from Joy’s Waldorf Dolls. I was in the middle of working on them when I stopped because I had the attention span of a gnat and the doll was taking too long. : )

I really need to finish them sometime, sigh. The little one looks like it had an encounter with Sweeny Todd.

Once I started knitting I tried to make/design a knitted doll. I made it out of cheap acrylic yarn because I wasn’t sure that it would look like anything when it was done, and I didn’t want to waste any really nice yarn. I knitted the legs, arms, and the body as tubes that I sewed together at each end, and I knitted a ball for the head. I stuffed it and embroidered a face. I definitely wasn’t proud of it.

I never got around to putting any hair on it because my cat seemed to think that it was a perfect toy. She had a lot of fun trying to tear the stuffing out of it and scratching at the doll’s eyes and mouth. My brother’s cat had kittens, and they seemed to share my cat’s sentiments when it came to the doll. The poor thing has survived two generations of abuse and torture. So, by now it’s very beaten up and raggedy, but because of how ugly is, it really doesn’t look that much worse now than it did when I first made it.

Beats the heck out of Pet Smart, though! I’d love to hear about your doll projects. Has anyone else tanked when trying to make a toy from scratch? : )

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Ooh Ooh, Look…Mermaids!

I used to do a lot of sewing and one of the things I used to make were really little cloth mermaids. At first I used the Magic Cabin Mermaid kit but they didn’t feel special because they were so big (I think that dolls are always more enjoyable to make when they’re really small).

So I scanned their sewing pattern for the dolls and made them a couple sizes smaller on my computer. Then I bought raw silk in a bunch of different colors to make the tails and I bought fabric for the skin from Waldorf Dolls in different skin tones so that I could make mermaids of different races. I made quite a few of these little dolls before I got tired of them and moved on to something else (knitting) but a couple of days ago I was cleaning out my studio and I ran across them, and I found one that I was apperently in the middle of making when I stopped. I think it was supposed to be one of my brothers..with a blue tail.

I was thinking about making a few more sometime soon, altough they will most likely just end up like all the others, stuck at the bottom of a yarn box.

   Sad little things…

  

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I am painting now, too. I have wanted to do some painting and drawing for a while now, but I didn’t really have the right supplies (my mom has paints and stuff but I have to own whatever I use), so I went to Michael’s to get watercolors, a sketch book, and charcoal pencils. I then made my first watercolor painting. I was pretty excited ’cause when I finished and showed it to everyone no one said “Oh that’s great…what is it?”  

  

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There is a Michael’s craft store about an hour from where I live that has almost everything you could need. This place is pretty cool. Yesterday I was I was in there looking at some silk flowers to put on my Fascinators. When I went in the store I was very sure that I would only buy a few flowers, and only the ones I needed. Well, that didn’t exactly work.

I left the store with enough spring flowers to last me till winter. I only needed three or four and now I have a bouquet! They’re all really pretty though : )

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