Table assignments have been announced; come see me at table AA-125! (The 100 row is farthest from the entrance, then head toward the back of the convention hall. I’m pretty sure it’s the same spot as last year.)
I made a Heroes Con 2012 photo set on my Flickr page. In addition to my 18″ plush I plan to have several types of smaller and large plush, necklaces, hairbows, pillows, and possibly some prints. I’m so excited!
Guys, I think we have a little bat problem…
I took a little break from comic character plush this weekend to make some little plush bats. (Although I still got all nerdy and named them after Batman characters. I have an illness.)
I made four each of beige, brown and dark grey.Each one has a different cotton fabric for the wings. I have a big stash and I think these little guys are a good way to use up smaller bits. They’re only about 7″ tall (not including ears) so they don’t take much fabric and they’re wee enough to carry around. I actually carried one around in my purse over the weekend.
It may be obvious, but I’ll mention it. I have a thing for bats. I’ve always thought they were cute and super interesting. (This is largely due to the fact that I go educational presents like Zoobooks when I was small.) Like did you know bats are more closely related to monkeys than rodents?
Also, my boyfriend is Batman so I get to see them a lot while chilling in the batcave. He just complains about guano on the Batmobile.
Felt applique. Each piece was cut and then stitched to the background using a wee blanket stitch.
Repainted Indiana Jones Mighty Mugg (I needed the fedora). This is my first repainted vinyl toy, and he came out alright. I gave him a coat of primer first and painted him with artist acrylics. Then he got a clear coat to protect him. I made the notebook of paper so he can take notes about the connection between boy bands and deforestation and so he doesn’t forget his dates with Huntress.
- Maybe send out some resumes
- Finish my profile on Monster.com. (Is it just me or that thing like applying for a loan? Geez.)
- Take some decent pictures for my etsy
- Actually list some things on my etsy
- Take pictures of crafty things so I have something for a blog entry
- Update my blog (oh god I’m awful at this)
- Maybe eat or something
I started these waaaaaay back in October, dolls of Bats and I. Between lots of more pressing projects they got sort of pushed aside, languishing in their undies. But I finally got around to making them decent.
I’m so happy with the way they turned out (excuse the picture, the lighting was terrible but I was too excited to wait). Here is a picture of us for reference. Bats is about 19″ tall and I’m about 17″. I used lovely soft fleece and stuffed them loosely, so they’re kind of floppy and nice to cuddle. The arms are jointed and the legs are made so they can sit nicely. Bats has a wee little jersey of course, with numbers made from felt and attached with fusible webbing (I was worried glue would go through the mesh). He also has a little sweatshirt made from an actual sweatshirt that was ruined. His socks are made from the finger parts of a pair of mittens, although I need to find some white ones to get the proper color. We each have little felt shoes.
Our little glasses even have lenses of clear plastic. I need to figure out how to attach the glasses, I want them to be able to come off, and right now they’re just pinned onto our heads. Any ideas?
I like the simple embroidered faces, they don’t compete with the other things going on. Doll faces are always so hard to figure out, since they contribute so much to the personality of the doll. Realistic eyes or felt or embroidered? Nose or not? We do both have mouths, his is just a bit hard to see with the beard. Bats has the absolute softest hair too, cut from a big piece of fake fur I found at the thrift store ages ago.
I wanted these to be able to take along when I go to visit my family. All my family and friends are on the other side of the country, which means when I go see them I’m gone for about a week. Which leads to much pining for my favorite superhero, and some limited pining on his part I imagine. I’ve been taking my Ninja Ice Bat, which Bats got me on our first date, but it’s not quite the same. (He thinks I ought to get a little recordable voice box for the doll of me so he can have a doll that talks all the time for the true expeirence, the jerk.)
I was actually good with these and did my best not to fudge the pattern as a I went along. I’ll be posting the pattern with instructions for a limited time, as I’d like to sell it eventually and would love some feedback. Please let me know if you’re interested.
I think I made a post about these way back in October of last year and I neglected to ever post pictures! I intended to sell them at Craft Attack, but they didn’t move very well. (Although I did get rid of one in trade.) Each one measures about 5″ by 7″ (9″ by 7″ when opened). They are lined with a contrasting fabric. Matching the fabrics and finding buttons to go was totally my favorite part.
I am absolutely in love with the birdy fabric on the fourth pouch. The pattern runs along the bias, which I adsolutely adore, and the birdies are so wee and lovely. It got lined with a red and white polka dot.
The first pouch was part of a fat quarter trade, an adorable floral. The fourth pouch is a vintage pillowcase from Goodwill and the fifth is from a set of napkins that were on sale at Walmart. I’m considering making a little curtain for the kitchen window from the fabric on the last pouch.
The black and white one is lined with a teeny dancing skeleton print, I think it’s one of my favorites of the batch.
The fourth one is made from a towel from the dollar store. I think it was there because the little jars on it say “sill” rather than “dill”, but I loved the colors and the absolutely horrified expression on the little fishes.
I made these little guys today. They’ll be going on a Halloween wreath I think.
- Styrofoam balls (I used 3″, but you can use whatever size you like)
- Butter knife
- White and black paint
- Red sequins and pins
Start by cutting a small slice off the bottom of the ball with your butter knife.
Cut another slice parallel to your first, at about a 45 degree angle to the last, making the front and sides rounded and the back squared off. This makes your jaw line.
Set the ball so it’s resting flat on the surface made by the second cut. Make a slice on each side, perpendicular to the first two slices. This makes the sides of your head.
Flip your little skull over and use the handle of the butter knife to make a jaw. Press in with the handle. Come close to were the chin is and along the sides you made with your last slices.
Use your pencil to make the facial features. Press the eraser end of the pencil in to the styrofoam where you want the eyes and move it in small circles to make the eye sockets. Use the pointed end of the pencil to make nostrils and the press in the teeth. Press the eraser straight in on either end of the mouth.
Sand along the edges of your cuts to smooth them down and make them look more natural. I painted my skulls to make them less shiny and see-through. If you’re really impatient you can blast it with a hair dryer to dry it. Use black paint to highlight the eyes, nostrils, and mouth. I also put a red sequin into each eye socket to make it look more eerie, just stick a pin through the center of each sequin and press it in with the pencil eraser. Now you can use it however you like.