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new commission – zombie class mascot

March 18, 2011

Gosh! I like a challenge, but this one is a doozie. I’ve been commissioned by a Prep teacher to make her class a mascot. I’ve made a number of mascots in the past for classes, including a Ringmaster called Petey Barnam and a tree named Mr Barkly Tree (named by the kids in the class) …

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Owl in Spotlight new puppets

August 30, 2010

Greetings my friends! I’ve had my head down and butt up sewing my Cinderella fingers to the bone for the upcoming show for Halloween. But I wanted to share a scene with you! This is our heroine, Dort, stumbling across a scene from the Salem Witch Trials. These guys are some of my current favourites. …

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Have yourself a merry handmade christmas…

January 19, 2010

Finally all my christmas presents have been received, so I can share them with the world! Buying handmade is a wonderful idea, but making handmade for those you love is so warmingly satisfying as well. I made up a number of hampers that included homemade chutney and treats, and a few of the hampers had …

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how awesome is this?

November 22, 2009

found down an alleyin the CBD There’s something so sweet about it! I’ve been making a bunch of props for next year’s Halloween show, and I wanted to share a couple with you… One dark night, the moon got tangled in a tree… A wizard with his bubbling cauldron. I love the use of stuffing …

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Peg Dolls

October 24, 2009

As part of of my teaching degree, we had to go to an excursion venue and then make a presentation about it in a little Expo at uni. We chose Sovereign Hill and headed out there, it was a fantastic day filled with heaps of cool things to do and see. For those of you …

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The kindness of strangers

June 18, 2009

A few months ago I was running one of the the Knitting Club workshops and one of the ladies came over and showed me a book of toys and dolls (see right) I had a look through it and found one of the tiny toys my grandmother had knitted us when we were young (the …

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So you blink and another week goes by

February 25, 2009

I can’t believe it’s Thursday already! Tuesday night I went as a proud new Brown Owl to the first meet of the year at Dante’s. Brown Owls, for those of you not in the know, is a crafty meetup organised by the amazing and lovely Pip from Meet Me At Mikes. It was so lovely …

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Tutorial – Design It Yourself Doll Gift for children

February 22, 2009

When we were little and it was our birthday, our mum would draw up a Breakfast In Bed menu, with everything she could possibly think of, and bring it into our bedroom with a pen. You’d mark off what you wanted for breakfast, and she’d disappear into the kitchen for a bit. Then your chosen …

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Tutorial – Dreads (snakes, antennas) for dolls

February 13, 2009

This one is another really dead simple tute (and really, how good are they?) I used it a couple of years ago for the antenna of the robot GIR from Invader Zim, but it’s also worked really well for snakes for a Medusa doll and it’d be great for dreads too. This works best with …

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Craft Cuddles

February 11, 2009

There are thousands of heartbreaking and heartwarming stories pouring out of the aftermath of the bushfires. The one that really got to me was I was watching the news the other day, and a reporter was telling how they had gone into one of the towns and the first lady they’d come across the day …

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