I was getting lost around Etsy today and found what I’d want at my baby shower, you know, if I ever found a guy, settled down into a traditional lifestyle, and had kids. It’s a lot of ifs, but I LOVE this item.

This is the first actually cute diaper cake I’ve ever seen. I love the colors, not all pansy at all. Plus, it comes with a Cat in the Hat plush. That seems like a good one to get for a kid. Think of the trouble they could get into and then blame it on the stuffed guy!

I just wanted to share. Usually, these baby things are just so fruity looking, like pastel cloud vomit. This one looks awesome and I’d totally have to have it if I were having a baby shower. It’s epic. If I were to ever try my hand at making diaper cakes and such, you can bet it’d look more like this than anythign you’ve ever seen. You can get it here on etsy if you are planning for a little one in your life.

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Doll Found in Glove

January 3, 2010

I took my dogs out for a nice walk through the neighborhood and when we got back into the complex, I saw something sticking out of the melting ice mess near a frequented parking space. The last snow we had was more than a week ago. For something to be buried in the ice, it had to have been missing for quite a while. I kicked at it with my shoe a couple times to loosen it and eventually pulled a grey glove covered in gravely slush and still frozen into a brick-like shape from the sludge. I carried the dripping mass home to throw out, but on the way I swear the glove was trying to tell me that it was still good and was begging for a second life.

I deposited the dripping mass into the bathroom sink and started scrubbing with some antibacterial dish soap to see just what kind of condition this glove was in. The suds were black the glove was so dirty. The warm water quickly defrosted it though and I tossed the clean smelling damp thing into the dryer with a pair of blue jeans. It came out stunning. Clearly, this wasn’t a glove ment for the garbage.

Random lost glove

I knew immediately that it would be a doll. I’m not sure if it was the brand name “The North Face” or if it was the finger pads that determined the glove’s fate as a doll. I took it into my crafting lair and set to work. First I removed the palm grip and the wrist elastic with a seam ripper being careful not to damage the grey fleece fabric. I cut the index and middle finger up into the glove about two inches and then straight across to make what would become the legs and body of the glove. Next I cut off the ring finger and pinky finger cutting down the ring finger to make it the same length as the pinky. I pinned the best pieces of palm fabric togther centering the logo as best I could and free-handed a circle with  my scissors to make the doll’s head. The whole thing was stitched together and now I have a sweet little n-face doll.

 

North Face glove doll

Upcycled Cat

December 30, 2009

My parents let me know that they had a box of old clothes they were getting rid of and would I like any of them. I’m not really into the same styles that they are, but I really loved some of the items for their fabric. I ended up dragging a heap of old clothes to my crafting lair.

One of the pairs of my stepdad’s old socks really spoke to me. It was begging to be upcycled into a little kitten. The pattern just screamed orange tabby cat to me. I pulled out a pattern from the The Woman’s Day Book of Soft Toys and Dolls. I made a few little changes to the body of the cat to get it to work on these socks and I made the tail much larger. Rather than embroider a rather dated looking face as the book instructed, I used a couple of lime green buttons I had left from an American Girl craft day when I worked at Michaels. All the extras had been sent home with the teachers. I loved job perks there, killer discounts and free leftover supplies that would have otherwise hit the dumpster. Seriously, my boss, who couldn’t stand to see craft supplies wasted, would call us all over and split up the leftovers evenly. Anyhow, the buttons only had two little holes and with black thread look like artistic cat eyes. I couldn’t find a good nose button for this size face in my hundreds of black buttons though I did find a spare animal nose lying around. For the body stitching I was careful to cut the ear liners and the underbelly out of the solid sole of the sock and the rest from the patterned upper to help give the cat good markings.

Sock tabby cat

She’s a well-traveled little cat having been everywhere inside a shoe. She’ll be looking for her forever home soon being placed through my store on Etsy.