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Toddler Toys for Sale

New and exciting soft toys in my Etsy store!

First of all, a fun puppet set which is based on the book Cat on the Mat by Brian Wildsmith. My boy loves this set. I made it to him just before his first birthday and he adored it from the beginning. I combine the puppets with the reading of the book, or sing the book’s words to him putting on the puppets one after another as we go. He is fascinated by this and loves to play with the puppets on his own.

The Cat on the Mat Set

Second, these adorable sets, that include each: one felt doll, her beloved teddy, her wardrobe and an easy to carry around case (her bedroom).
The bedroom contains a mirror, a dresser with a pocket where all the cloths can be stored, and a bed, where the doll can get her rest. The case closes easily with a plastic snap, and has handles for easy carrying.
These sets are perfect to bring along to a long car ride, restaurant, or any other place, and will make wonderful entertainment for any child Smile 

Travel Dress Up Doll Sets

The Travel Dress Up Doll Set - Michelle

I also uploaded my first teddy (whom I told you about here) cause why not, really.

 plaid houndstooth teddy

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It’s Quilting Time!

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For some time now I’ve been harbouring a growing itch to start experimenting with quilting. It’s a form of design and sewing I’ve never tried, and recently got more and more exposed to it, starting with related Pinterest search results, this inspiring blog I stumbled upon, and just random items I started noticing, online and also in real-life.

So, after it was nesting in me for a while, two months ago I got my chance to try and quilt something. I decided I’ll sew a quilted baby blanket for my newest family member soon to be born. Now that he is all born and healthy (Mazal-Tov cute new nephew!), and I’ve given the present, I can finally share the process and the results here.

an Isosceles triangle!

A baby’s blanket was just what I’ve been waiting for, since it is quite small in size and fits a first attempt at quilting. But, because it’s me, of course I had to upgrade at least a tiny bit, and not to settle for the big-square-blocks frame of a normal person. I decided to go with triangles. Lots and lots of small triangles. I scribbled a pattern (basically an Isosceles triangle), while waiting for Idan to come back from the store with a shiny new rotary cutter (my first!). Then I started brutally cutting through a pile of blue and red leftover fabrics I had. It was tiresome, but the rotary cutter was a very good investment that saved me lots of time.

Ironing :(

When all of the cutting was just about done, came the mind-boggling phase of mixing and matching the parts. This took me a while, and also sent me back to the cutting board to better balance the colours some more, after which came the relaxing sewing phase. Eight rows of thirteen triangles each later, I was almost done.

I cut a backing fabric, and an Acrilan middle layer, and started sewing them together to the front, not before ironing the whole patchwork to make it nice and flat. Then came the top stitching, which gave the blanket a real puffy and nice look.

Cutting the back fabric

The whole process went surprisingly smooth. The mix-matching step was harder than I expected, and I wasn’t sure the combination looked remotely fine until it was sewed, and everything suddenly received shape. The one problem I did face was at the top quilting phase, as the sewing machine kept pulling the layers unequally and forced me to nip some parts. From the little I read online I got the impression that this is a common problem in quilting, and I guess purchasing a walking-foot would help, but it is very expensive and I’m not even sure it would do the job. A walking foot for my 215 Bernina would cost almost as much as a whole new (-yet cheaper and smaller, maybe even second hand-) sewing machine.

All in all, this took about a week of evening work (and a small while later, another evening for sewing the binding). It measures about 70 by 100 cm, and contains 106 triangles. And the most important part: it left me wanting to quilt again.

All finished!

You Remind Me of the Babe

 It's only forever, not long at all.

This year Idan thought of a perfect costume idea months ago, so I had sufficient time to make something quite detailed (oh, I would LOVE to have another day or two at the end, but that’s a common side-effect of procrastination).

The idea was to dress as characters from the legendary movie Labyrinth:  Jareth (the goblin king played by David Bowie), Sarah (sixteen year old Jennifer Connelly) and Toby (the baby). We knew this year was our only chance for such a costume, as Tom is at a perfect age (and developmental stage) to be Toby.

Labyrinth

As Purim came closer, and party plans were made, it was decided that one of the events would include hiring a professional photographer. At first I wasn’t even sure I wanted that. Now I can’t believe I never did that before! I put so much energy into my costumes over the years, and I am never satisfied with the pictures I am left with. Anyway, I think this is the beginning of a new Purim tradition.

 So, the Labyrinth is a piece of cake, is it? Well, let's see how you deal with this little slice...

Jareth

The very first part of this costume I had to be certain I had was Jareth’s hair. Everything else I can manage by myself, but I had to find somewhere to buy that wig from. Once a suitable wig was found, everything else started fitting into place as well.

The black vest is a loan from my aunt. I couldn’t alter it much since I had to return it to her safely, so I just folded the lapels inwards to give it a better shape.

dance magic dance

For the shirt, I took a second-hand buttoned shirt and started refashioning it. I elevated the waistline way up, altered the sleeves’ tops and added few layers of puff to the cuffs. I also completely changed the collar (I worked this part directly on the shirt, using a mannequin), adding fabric.

The leggings I sewed from scratch, using this very clear and thorough tutorial on So Sew Easy. When I posted a question there asking how to properly fit the leggings to my man’s anatomy, Deby sent me to Ben’s amazing quest creating a superhero’s suit, where he graciously helped me finish the pattern.

As far as the boots go, I had no idea where to find a size 44 high black boots, so I decided to fake it, and sewed these shoe-covers.

Jareth's necklace

The necklace detail was a fun thing to make. I made it from Fimo and hoped it wouldn’t brake.

For a final touch Idan put on a blue eye lens in his right eye, and shaved off his beard! This hasn’t happened in years!

 I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave.

Toby

For Toby’s outfit, I kinda figured I would get a white romper and just paint red stripes on in, but when by chance I bumped into this knit, I knew I had to order it and sew the thing by myself.

What Babe?

For the pattern, I started with this jumpsuit pattern, but then decided to separate it to two pieces, keeping only the shirt and enlarging it, and making a new trousers pattern from scratch, including feet.

Sarah

My part of this costume was the most minor, and practically unrecognizable without Idan and Tom’s company, but I did try to make the most out of it anyway.

Like Jareth’s shirt, I took a second hand buttoned shirt and refashioned it: got rid of the front pocket, added gatherings to the sleeves’ top and redid the cuffs.

The vest was the part in Sarah’s outfit that required the largest amount of work: I took an old, heavily beaded vest, and started by unraveling all the beads and embellishments off it. I also tried dipping the entire thing in detergent to make it a lighter colour, but this technique didn’t work this time, so I decided to cover the entire thing with another fabric (I could’ve sewed a new vest entirely, but was a bit bummed out to let all the work on the old vest be for nothing). anyway, I cut out the vest pieces and drew the flowy-leafy pattern on them with a regular brown marker. Then I sewed the whole thing together again. I added a brooch to finish the look.

 You have no power over me!

I got Sarah’s ugly shoes in a second hand store for a few shekels. They were a bit too roomy for me, but two layers of socks and good insoles made them nice and snug.

Because Sarah’s outfit isn’t really that iconic in itself, it was extra important for me to get the make-up right. I re-invented my eyebrows completely and also gave much shading to the nose, to look a bit more like her.

 

Bonus Section

This has nothing to do with my costume, but since you came this far look what I found while searching for Labyrinth pictures on the web!

Red Sparklers–The saga continues…

Red Sparklers brooch & cat

Dorothy’s Bling Bling shoes continue to inspire me. After showing you the wall decoration I made and giving you a detailed walk-through,  I was sure this was going to be my final entry about these red sparklers. And yet, I find myself attracted to create more, probably because these shoes combine together three of the most wonderful thing on the planet: magic, sparkle, and shoes.

Anyway, I wanted to share with you two cute things I made a while ago and forgot all about, until watching the new Oz the Great and Powerful movie last week (even though the magic shoes weren’t in this film at all):

Red Sparklers brooch: made  from Fimo, with little  Swarovski stones.

Red Sparklers brooch

The wicked witch of the east  bookmark: the credit for this awesome idea is to Kira Nichols from oops i craft my pants. I just added the witch’s body and the yellow brick road instead of her cardboard piece. Made from Fimo, paper and a transparent wallpaper for an improvised lamination.

my wicked witch of the east bookmark

the wicked witch of the east bookmark - frontthe wicked witch of the east bookmark - back

“The Wire” prints

What the fuck did I do?

I recently finished watching the incredible HBO TV show “The Wire” (finally!), and so, combined with my new T-shirt design obsession, I created this cool tribute to a few of The Wire’s  characters: Lester Freamon, James ‘Jimmy’ McNulty, Sergei ‘Serge’ Malatov and Felicia ‘Snoop’ Pearson.

Snoop Tee

Natural Po-lice

Boris Tee

These designs are now for sale on my RedBubble page.

Typography on the Street

On my way home from work the other day, I passed by this pile of letters on the side-walk, waiting to be signposted above a store.

hebrew letters

As mundane as the reason the letters were there, when I first saw them I wasn’t sure what I was looking at. It was weird and unexpected to see letters out of context, not in a book or on a sign, but simply  lying about. It still feels surprisingly magical and quite inspiring.

There Is No Place Like Oz (decorative walkthrough)

 

Last week I wrote about my shiny Dorothy shoes, and how I got the idea to make them. today I want to show you how I’ve created them, step by step.

 

The materials I’ve used:

Paper
Scissors
Masking-tape
Leftover Styrofoam to shape heels (cardboard can also work here)
Expendable knife to cut the Styrofoam with
Marker
Contact adhesive
White glue
Red acrylic paint
Some nice  fabric to match the shoes
Red sequins
White  Swarovski stones (white sequins can do the job)

The work stages:

1. I took a pair of lasts (אימומים) and wrapped them in paper. Using masking-tape, I kept wrapping until I got a smooth shape. I made  sure to wrap  at least 2-3 layers, to give the shoe some basic resilience.

(I have used my pair of lasts, but you can build yours on top of any pair of regular shoes you own).

2. I carefully extracted the paper wrap off the lasts. If you’re having trouble with it, you can cut a straight line in the back to help take it off, and later glue it back together.

3. Using a hot knife, I shaped  the heels out of leftover Styrofoam (in this case it was the Styrofoam that padded my new iron’s box). The heels don’t need to be perfect – they are about to be wrapped just like the rest of the shoe.

4. When I was satisfied with the shape of the heels, I wrapped them in masking-tape to smooth them up.

5.  I attached them to the soles. Since contact adhesive melts Styrofoam, I’ve used it only on wrapped parts of the heels, otherwise I should’ve used other types of glue.

6. I drew a small bow on paper, and copied it to have two.

7. I’ve used a pen to mark on my chosen fabric the sole shape of my lasts. I’ve cut the fabric according to the sole lines I’ve marked.

8. I’ve covered both of the shoes in red acrylics, inside and outside. I Waited until they were dry and painted again, so as not to miss any white spots.

9. I’ve glued the soles fabric inside the shoes, so they’ll be as pretty on the inside as well as the outside (remember – these are paper shoes which no one could ever wear – they will always be on display and their inside will be shown).

10. This step requires a bit more patience, but is crucial: applying the sequins on the shoes.
I didn’t cover the entire shoe with glue at one time, because by the time I’ve started to put the sequins it would already dry up. I worked on one area at a time, covering it systematically with sequins and then moving forward until both shoes were completely covered. I didn’t glue sequins on the inside of the shoe or under it.

11. For the finishing touch, I cut the bows I drew earlier, and painted over them in red acrylics (on both sides). I’ve glued the white Swarovski stones around the contour of the bows, then filled the inside with the red  sequins. When they were dry, I placed each bow on the front of the shoe and glued it on.

When all was done, I placed the shoes in my living room, where its relatively safe from lions and tigers and bears.

Oh, my!