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    Mini Portal Guns Available At ThinkGeek

    You can get your hands on this 12” Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device replica for just $60 over at ThinkGeek. It comes with a display stand, lights up from blue to orange, and even makes those satisfying “pwoosh” sounds!



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    Not being the mos creative person in the world I need help when it comes to crafts. I also never know quite what to do so I want it to be easy. I was thrilled when we were asked if we wanted to review Green Kids Crafts Monthly Craft Subscription Service. The eco-friendly craft kits... [Continue Reading]

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    I already have another Ninja appliance in my kitchen so I was more than thrilled to hear about the new Ninja 3-in-1 Cooking System. I have a traditional slow cooker machine but was immediately impressed at how many uses it has. Features: Heats from the bottom and the sides at the same time Cook meats... [Continue Reading]

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    Every day Brooklin requests that I put her hair in a pony tail and I was thrilled when we were sent some hair ties from Emi-Jay  new 2012  Holiday Collections. There are adorable Halloween hair ties and Christmas ones. Check out  Amanda’s review. Emi-Jay hair ties are made from a soft and stretchy material that has... [Continue Reading]

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    TITLE: "And you will know me by the trail of dead: 2.0" DATE: 2012 MEDIUM: Mixed DIMENSIONS: Approx. W 8" x H 24" x D 8" RETAIL: US$1995 CREATOR: Ritzy Periwinkle Ritzy Periwinkle shares with us information on a show she is in called "Purple" at the Causey Contemporary Gallery in Brooklyn NYC. Oct 19-Nov19. The line up is 12 women artists including Lady Pink, Miss Van, Queen Andrea and



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    The in-store event is today! 9 AM! If you’re going, don’t be late! For old timers who may have missed Day #8 – it’s NO LONGER at 11 AM but 9 AM start time! Let us know in the comments how your day went. Hope it wasn’t too crazy … Supposedly, the BUY 5, GET [...]

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    The other day when I posted about my Delightful Fall Decorations I failed to tell you that two of the pictures showed the very first place-mats I ever made.  I made them some 42+ years ago for my Mother for her fall decorating.

    Back then I liked to decorate her dining room table with a Fall floral centerpiece.  I didn't have any money to buy something and they didn't quite have the kinds of silk floral back then as they do today so I fashioned something I may have gathered from the woods.  Pine-cones, bark, acorns, ferns, pine needles, etc.

    Well, one year after Thanksgiving I decided a set of eight place-mats and a little runner would be nice and thought they would make a nice Christmas present.  So, I made them for her and gave them to her for Christmas.  Of course, she had to wait a year to use them.  So, what's a few months.....

    I thought for sure my sister would notice the place-mats in the pictures. I know my Mother would have noticed.


    They were my first attempt at sewing linens and I made them out of quilted fall fabrics. There were eight of them in a diagonal shape. I tried to get them to all be the same size, but some were a little bigger and some were a little smaller.


    I put them out now with my Fall decorations as they are the perfect color for my dining room and because I know my mother would be pleased.

    Posted by Linda Walsh Originals- "Doll Patterns for Grown-up Girls!"
    Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns - "Instant Download E-Patterns for Grown-up Girls!"
    Linda Walsh Originals Dolls - "Handmade Dolls & Crafts for Grown-up Girls!"



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    A series of previews for artwork destined for the Stompin' Grounds retrospective show titled "We Set The Pace" set to launch at The Substation on October 23rd - showcasing work by Speak Cryptic, Xtrospective and Daren Lauchengco, and as well a video from Skope. Frankly this goes beyond just local artists celebrating a local (hardcore) band of musicians, but something that is Made in Singapore



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  • 10/20/12--01:15: PPKing x Rockin'Jelly Bean?
  • Spotted on the PPKing Facebook was this (1/6th-scaled?) painted headsculpt featuring the green skinned beauty illustrated by Rockin'Jelly Bean as seen on the cover of FARPLANE NIGHT vol.8 (which in turn was a depiction of an actual "live" model who won a contest from sponsors Trans pop style shop & bar "FARPLANE"). Is it a production piece? Like "Invisible Woman" was (from Mamegyorai)? … Or a



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    In anticipation of my sister's visit for working on her websites and learning all we could about roving I decided to add to the tools and supplies I had from a few years ago when I had done a small amount of needle felting on a penny rug picture.

    If you don't know what needle felting is it is basically using a single or multiple needle tool to mesh the fibers of roving into itself to form an object or shape, mesh the roving into another piece of felted roving to create an object, or mesh the roving into a piece of wool felt to create an object or picture.

    You can freely shape the roving yourself using needle felting tools or use needle felt molds or cookie cutters to shape the roving into the desired object.

    In looking at needle felting it seemed like there were a lot of different tools and supplies needed to do needle felting. I wondered if I needed them all and soon found out I did as they all have a different use.

    I already had a medium size Clover felting mat but wanted a larger one so I bought a Clover Felting Needle Mat Large which is shown in the picture below:


    What the mat does is it allows you to place a mold or felting surface on top of it and then felt the roving by using one of the different types of felting needles and just inserting the needle in and out until the roving is felted in a manner that is pleasing to you. It provides the hardness and resistance you need to mesh the roving either by itself or to felt the roving into a small felting surface without breaking your needles.

    The felting mat is good for small molds and small felting surfaces. It is not good for larger felting surfaces. If you want to felt larger areas of roving or want to do some free style felting of pictures, etc. then you need to purchase a larger 8" by 9" felting foam mat like a Colonial Needle Needle Felting Foam, which is shown in the picture below:


    What I discovered about this felting mat is that while it is big and allows you to cover a wider felting surface it isn't any where near as hard as the Clover Felting Needle Mat Large so you tend to leave a depression in the surface if you're punching hard, have been punching for a few days,  or you've used the same area over and over. If you're using this for molds and the surface has any kind of depression in it already it will affect the felting of your roving.

    One of the most important things for felting is not only the quality of the roving, but the felting needles. When it comes to felting needles there are all sorts of different types - each with their own use. Here's what I discovered:

    The first thing you need to understand about the felting needles is they are very, very, very sharp and can easily prick your finger drawing blood. As a result I would not recommend this as a craft for young children. If you prick your fingers the needles really HURT!

    The Colonial Needle Felting Needle Tool II (which is shown in the picture below) is a great tool for felting large surfaces, for use with the Colonial Needle Needle Felting Foam (shown above) and for felting thick felted objects to other felting surfaces or to a any felting creations that you are backing with Nu-foam.

    I found that despite the fact that you can reduce the needles down to one or two this tool wasn't as good for use with felting roving into small molds. It was just too cumbersome for me. Also, it wasn't as good for use with roving that you are trying to felt in your hands as the needles are really way too long and sharp and you can easily prick yourself. If you're going to use this tool be sure to buy plenty of replacement needles as the needles tend to break easily.


    The felting needle that provides the most control and which you're less likely to prick yourself with is the purple or blue grip single felting needle. It's very easy to control but does require more work when felting a larger area. When felting a thick felted object to another felting surface or to a felting surface backed with Nu-foam it works the best of all the needles to achieve the result you want. Plus, this is the only type of felting needle that never broke on me.

    I bought the Dimensions Needlecrafts Feltworks, Felting Needles & Foam Block which came with two purple grip single felting needles, and is shown in the pictures below:




    You can also use the Blue Grip Felting Needles - 2/Pkg which works just as well and are shown in the picture below:


    I also like to use the Clover Pen Style Needle Felting Tool which can hold from one to three needles and is very easy to use and provides good control. However, the needles tend to bend or break easily with this tool especially if you're using molds for your roving. So, if you're going to use this tool be sure to buy plenty of needles.


    I also like the Clover Felting Needle Punch Tool (which is shown in the picture below) for punching free style felting pictures and for felting large surfaces. It has a protective retractable cover for the needles so it is not good for use with small molds.


    If someone asked me what the weakest needle felting tool was I'd say hands down the needles.They just break way too easily. And, the replacement sets only come with 4 - 6 new needles which is no where near enough.

    If you are going to create free style needle felted pictures that you are mounting to a cushioned surface then you need to buy Fairfield Poly-Fil Nu-Foam Pre-Cut: 15x17x2"(which is shown in the picture below) and which I used for providing backing to some of my free style needle felted pictures. The beauty of the Nu-foam is that you can felt your roving into it so that it holds and you can remove it very easily if the thickness isn't right.


    As far as molds are concerned there are lots of them out there. Some specifically for needle felting which work great. However, you can also use stainless steel cookie cutters as molds for your roving, like the ones shown below, and they work just as well.


    If you are needle felting with a mold or cookie cutter you want to felt along the outside of the mold and work towards the center of the mold. The depth of the object is achieved based on the amount of roving you use. If the object is not as deep as you want just add more roving and felt it into the felted object you've already created.  If you want less depth or less length just keep needle felting the roving until you achieve the desired results.

    As far as the roving is concerned there are lots of people selling roving so it is plentiful. However, there's really good roving and there's crap roving that is packaged as 100% wool roving and is nothing more than dyed raw mohair. Definitely not roving. So, be careful when choosing your roving. You want roving that is free of debris, finely woven, and packaged in bulk (like the alpaca roving from Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber) that is shown in the picture below:


    Basically, felting is achieved by pushing the needle in and out of the roving at a straight angle whether it’s straight up and down or straight side to side. You keep doing this until your roving is the shape, size, or desired object you are striving for. The more you puncture the roving with the needle felting tool the more meshed the roving becomes. When to stop felting depends on your design and desired outcome.

    Needle felting is a lot of fun. Just be sure to get the right tools for your needle felting needs as they all have a different use.

    Just remember this is an art form so there is no right or wrong way. The idea is to have fun and let your imagination run wild. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder or in this case, the eye of the needle felter.

    Posted by Linda Walsh Originals- "Doll Patterns for Grown-up Girls!"
    Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns - "Instant Download E-Patterns for Grown-up Girls!"
    Linda Walsh Originals Dolls - "Handmade Dolls & Crafts for Grown-up Girls!"



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    One of the free style needle felted pictures that I wanted to create recently was a needle felted snowman picture using the wonderful white roving that my sister had given me from her alpaca Sunflower.  She and her husband are the owners of Rock Garden Alpacas and Rock Garden Alpacas Fiber.


    I thought it would be nice to create a Christmas and Winter scene type picture with a snowman, stars, a tree with presents underneath and then create a pattern so you could create one of your own. The pattern includes tips for needle felting, step-by-step instructions for completing the picture, a colored snowman picture instruction steps sheet so you can see what piece belongs to what step, a colored snowman picture layout sheet that is the actual size of your needle felted snowman picture, and pattern pieces.

    Designer - Linda Walsh Originals

    For more information and to purchase my new needle felted snowman picture e-pattern please CLICK HERE.

    I hope you like my needle felted snowman picture and hope you decide to create one of your own.

    Posted by Linda Walsh Originals- "Doll Patterns for Grown-up Girls!"
    Linda Walsh Originals E-Patterns - "Instant Download E-Patterns for Grown-up Girls!"
    Linda Walsh Originals Dolls - "Handmade Dolls & Crafts for Grown-up Girls!"





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    FIRST, let us have a look at the header card art posted above for HEATHROW The Hedgehog by Frank Kozik, and yes, you SHOULD be excited as such, but it might not be the MAQET-made Hedgehogs you know of before circa 2011 … for Mr. Kozik has been experimenting with making his own resin figurines, and shown below are just some pulls of tinted colors (first test pulls, actually), but nevertheless rad



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    set database: LEGO 8248 forklift

     image courtesy of peeron
     image courtesy of brickset
    image courtesy of eastsidephoto
    set number: 8248
    set name: forklift
    theme: technic
    year: 1998
    pieces: 227
    price: us$33
    technic minifig: 1
    medium technic set.
    re-released similar as 8463 forklift by LEGO in 2001.
    main model is a forklift.
    can be built into a building alternative.
    building alternative included a backhoe.
    come with raisable forks.
    overall design is good.
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    Justin Phillips aka JFury looks to be a busy customizer, what with all that on his plate (shown above) to be done for his booth appearance (#726) at DesignerCon in November! Meanwhile, here's a look at a couple of finished customs (full images of which can be seen HERE) - starting with "El Bandito" and followed by "Voodoo Angel", and to wrap things up, a WIP of "Witch Doctor's Revenge"!



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    Three new boxed images of upcoming LEGO sets have surfaced. Included in the reveals is Spider-Man: Spider-Cycle Chase, Arctic Batman vs. Mr. Freeze: Aquaman on Ice, and Stealth Shell in Pursuit. Click the thumbnails above for a closer look at the boxed images.

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