Julia’s Gallery Updates – Firefly

Another gallery update, here’s my Firefly dolls! All made for the Vancouver Can’t Stop the Serenity charity auctions on various years.

  

Mal, Kaylee, Jayne, and Zoe dolls made for the Can’t Stop the Serenity charity auction a few years back.  Using Pixelated Mushroom’s Doctor Who pattern as a base.

Mini!Mal,
Kaylee, Jayne, and Zoe dolls, for a different year’s Can’t Stop the
Serenity auction. Kaylee had a little tag with her that we got signed by
Jewel Staite before the auction!

I asked my friend who organizes the even to take a picture of Jewel holding the doll she just signed – and then I printed out the picture and took it to Phoenix Comic Con with me a few weeks later where I had Jewel sign the photo. Of her holding a doll that I made that she signed. Layers! It now lives on my fridge.

Minion!Mal,
Kaylee, and Jayne for this year’s Can’t Stop the Serenity auction.
Minion!Kaylee had a little tag signed by Jewel again. 🙂 Maybe one of these days I’ll see her at a con again and get her to sign this picture lol.



Julia’s Gallery Updates – Doctor Who

Continuing to get all my dolls posted on here… Doctor Who!

My first
crochet project – TARDIS! I didn’t really know what I was doing, ie. I
never flipped my work so that the good side was facing out, so the
entire thing is the wrong side. I didn’t even realize at the time that
there WAS a right vs wrong side. And the embroidery is… kinda special.

Another early project – an Ood! For a friend who really liked the Ood. I used a Cthulhu pattern as a base (this one from Cthulhu Crochet to be exact) and then kinda just winged it as I went.

Another early doll, the 11th Doctor using Pixelated Mushroom’s 11th Doctor pattern
 10th and 11th Doctors for FanExpo Vancouver 2014 (they were bought by two young sisters, it was super cute)
Smaller 11th Doctor for FanExpo Vancouver 2015

Smaller 10th Doctor for FanExpo Vancouver 2015
Larger
10th and 11th Doctors for FanExpo Vancouver 2015 (the design for these
is inspired by the Pixelated Mushroom ones, but they’re actually fairly
different when you see them in person – different shaped feet, and
they’re smaller and less cuddly/floppy. I wrote them up from scratch,
but since I’d made a few of her dolls before, the look was definitely
inspired by them)

Jack Harkness doll for FanExpo Vancouver 2015
Little TARDIS – made for a friend’s birthday
Sonic
Screwdriver – for my geeky friend’s baby shower! Because it’s never too
young to teach her daughter to be the next Doctor. Pattern from Louie’s Loops.

Julia’s Gallery updates – Marvel

Hi everyone! Sorry for the long delay between posts – I was in Nova Scotia in September (expect lots of Groot photos from that trip at some point), and October… well honestly I don’t really have an excuse, other than the fact that I was trying to get a bunch of projects done and just haven’t gotten around to the blog. That’s changing today – I’m spending the day getting photos of all my dolls (from the old to the new) posted into our Gallery so they are all archived and easy to find. And while I do that, I figured I might as well make each page into a new post as well (with extra comments/notes and some bonus silly pictures that I didn’t include in the gallery).

First up – Marvel!

Roughly
chronological from older to newer. The older ones are more likely to be
made from someone else’s pattern (I’ve included links/credit for all of
those ones), or to be lopsided. Or both.

Older dolls

My first Captain America doll – based on Pixelated Mushroom’s Doctor Who dolls pattern
He’s super floppy and his hair isn’t sewn down so it goes flying all over the place, but I think it’s part of his charm. 😉
Loki – made using this pattern
The Avengers preparing to take down Loki…

…but Loki is victorious! 
Hawkeye – the first in a series of small Avengers dolls I made a few years back. They’re all a bit funny shaped; I was winging it and I made their torsos too round… so this is basically a series of Avengers dolls who have let themselves go to seed a bit.

Thor

Thor and Loki hanging out
Iron Man
 
Captain America – he’s definitely the most chubby of the lot lol. Oops!
Tony and Steve hanging out



At some point I made a second Loki doll as a birthday present for a friend – they’re surrounding Thor! And he still can’t tell which is the real one…

 

FanExpo 2014 dolls – these were all for sale at our FanExpo Vancouver booth in 2014

Bucky / The Winter Soldier

Captain America
Bucky and Steve <3

Bucky cuddles, awwwww…

FanExpo 2015 dolls – these were all for sale at our FanExpo Vancouver booth in 2015

Captain
America Minion – I decided partway through the con that I couldn’t bear
to sell him because he’s too cute, so I stuck a sold sign on him and
kept him. 😉

Thor
Loki

Thor and Loki

Captain
America – a definite improvement over the first couple… this little
guy didn’t sell and I think I’ll just keep him for myself now, I’ve
become attached to him. 😉

Bucky / The Winter Soldier

Steve and Bucky
Baby
Groot! I made 2 large Groots that were wired and stuck into real pots,
and 5 small Groots that are just cuddly and have nothing pointy or hard.
The first large Groot was made using a dark brown yarn because that’s
what I had in the house, but I didn’t really like how it turned out so I
made the rest with a light brown which I think looks better. 
I
made 4 of the small Groots to start with, and had sold 3 of them by the
end of the first day… so I spent all of day 2 at the booth
frantically making one more (all 5 were gone by Sunday). Groot was super
popular!  
Groots in a Groot bag, on their way to the convention (the Groot bag was purchased from the awesome people over at Unicorn Empire when I went to Emerald City Comic Con a few weeks prior)

Misc others

Rogue from X-Men (commission)
 Wolverine – birthday present for a friend

Thor Minion – birthday present for another friend

Thor Minion and Captain America Minion!

 

 

 My first Groot, made from this pattern at Smartapple Creations.
It was maybe 2 weeks after the movie came out, and my friend’s birthday
was coming up – and she LOVED Groot. So I googled ‘crochet Groot’ out
of curiousity, thinking no way had someone already made a doll never
mind a pattern… and this popped up. Yay! My video of her opening the
doll and screaming is one of my favourite things. 😉

Ok
this isn’t really a crochet doll but I think he’s cute… I got a
stuffed moose given to me by some supplier at work (this is what happens
when your job is selling tours in Canada!) and for whatever reason I
decided to A. name him Bucky, and B. crochet him a little Winter Soldier
arm and give him a mask. He lives in my desk drawer at work and makes
me happy. Bucky Moose!!

That’s it for now, but stay tuned! I have a few nifty Avengers-related projects coming soon…

Kate and Peter Wedding Dolls

A couple of months ago my friends Kate and Peter were about
to get married and I wanted to make them something special and fun to
celebrate. Earlier in the year I had made Han and Leia dolls for my friend Nic’s
wedding (she’s a huge fan and they had Han and Leia cake toppers too!), but this
time I wanted to try my hand at a more traditional bride and groom set of dolls.
I perused a few patterns online but anything I liked was upwards of $10 to buy
the pattern so I decided to go at it alone.
I don’t have any patterns written up for these, and honestly
I would need to put in a lot of work if I wanted to make them good enough to
write a pattern. But they are cute so I wanted to share them with you all
anyway.

My plan was to make the dolls in a rough likeness of Kate
and Peter – which basically meant choosing the appropriate colour of safety
eyes, giving Kate super long hair, and giving Peter no hair. I did consult with our
friend Sam, who was going to be in the wedding party, and she gave me some
information about what Kate’s dress would look like, but I couldn’t figure out
how to make tiny lace sleeves so I ended up going with generic wedding dress. I
did braid back some of her hair, though, which Sam told me was how Kate planned
to wear her hair. So that’s something!
I started with Kate, and my first attempt, well… it didn’t
turn out so good. I had one increase row too many across the body and then I
was trying a thing to make the waist taper in and the skirt flair out, and it
all seemed like a good idea at the time, ok? Well, you can see for yourself
below:
Kate doll attempt number 1. Not exactly a success.

Yeah. I looked at it and realized that there was no way I
could give that to my friend on one of the most special days of her life! It’s
about the least flattering body I could have made. So I tore it out and tried
again, with one less increase row and ditching the sad attempt at a waist:

Definitely an improvement
 
Much better. And here is the final version, with hair (and arms) added
on and a little bouquet of flowers:
Kate doll!

So much hair
Next up was Peter. Unfortunately, something rather strange and
disturbingly violent happened to him before I could finish…
It’s the Red Wedding!
Oh god, what have you done, Kate?? Such a tragic end to
their wedding day. 🙁
Ok, so the story behind this is that I was working on the
doll at our local nerd hangout La Fontana Caffe with a bunch of my fellow nerds
around me, but I had forgotten to bring stuffing. I had the body mostly
finished, but couldn’t stuff it so it was still sitting open with a couple of
rows left to go. In the meantime I wanted to work on his little suit jacket,
but without a stuffed body it was going to be difficult to check whether it
fit. I had some red yarn with me that I wasn’t using, so I decided to
temporarily stuff him with red yarn so I could make the suit jacket in the
correct size. At which point we all realized that it looked like his innards
were spilling out of him, because… we’re all kinda sick freaks, ok? 🙂 So my friends, being
my friends, immediately started to create the scene – Kate doll standing over
her new husband, blade (well, small scissors) in hand, with poor Peter bleeding
red yarn everywhere… alas.
We also gave them a backdrop at one point:
Such a  lovely sunset for a wedding…
 Anyway, here is the completed, non-horror movie Peter! He
ended up a little… lopsided… but still cute I think.
Peter doll!
 Here they are together:

I gave the dolls to Kate and Peter during the wedding and they
loved them! Here’s the happy couple with their dopplegangers, I’ll leave it to
you to decide if I captured their likenesses or not. 
Kate and Peter with mini!Kate and mini!Peter

Making them kiss – aww….
 
Congratulations again to Kate and Peter! I had fun making
these and I was so excited to be there on your big day to share these with
you.

(the top photograph is credited to the professional photographer Ida Magdalena Adamowicz. The rest are mine)

Baby Groot Around Vancouver #1: Downtown Vancouver & Lonsdale Quay

Welcome to my first in a planned ongoing series of posts: Baby Groot Around Vancouver! (and occasionally other places). I first designed my baby Groot pattern for FanExpo Vancouver in April 2015. I had made a baby Groot the previous September for a friend’s birthday, but it was based on someone else’s pattern and this time I wanted to do my own.

FanExpo was my first convention post-Guardians of the Galaxy, and I knew right away that I had to make some baby Groots – hard to go wrong with them! I made two large ones to start with and used wires so they would be posable, and then stuck them into actual pots. They’re cute, but one of my friends commented that it would be nice to have a cuddly baby Groot, one that you could give to a child or take to bed with you (platonically, geez). I resisted at first because I wanted Groot to be able to stand up on his own, and a stuffed pot wouldn’t stand up as well without something to weight it down. And the whole point was to keep it totally soft and squishy, not to mention I haven’t personally found that those little plastic pellet weights do much of anything….
I thought to myself, though, ‘hey, he would be small and probably pretty quick to make, and if the point is to make him small and cuddly then it doesn’t really matter if he stands up, right?’ So I gave it a go and ended up with this little guy.
The original soft Baby Groot!
I made 4 in total before FanExpo started, and by the time the first day was over I only had 1 left. Spent all of Saturday frantically making another one, and sold out by the time the day was over. Success! Except now I was baby Groot-less, and that made me sad. 🙁 So I made another one, and he’s mine. 🙂
(A pattern is coming, someday. I swear. If you’re interested in one, please let me know – the more people pester me, the more likely I am to get it done faster.)
Now, I’ve been trying to think of ways to take more interesting pictures than the one above, which is Groot in my living room. Woo hoo? So I decided to take pictures outside, first in the garden of my parent’s house on Bowen Island. Then I started taking more pictures – Groot on the ferry (see our header!), Groot at the lookout point near my parent’s house… and I realized that a fun idea would be do to a Baby Groot Travelogue! Mostly of Vancouver and the surrounding areas for now, though that will expand eventually (New Zealand in March… Baby Groot at Mt. Doom, wait for it!). Because hey, my job is selling Canada as a destination and Vancouver is my city, so I may as well!
Which brings us to post number 1. These were taken on a day trip with my friend Amanda about a week ago. We didn’t end up getting as much done as I’d hoped because we weren’t feeling great and decided to cut the day short, but it’s a start. I also struggled a lot with photo quality – Groot kept coming out way too dark against the background because it was such a sunny day. I’ve tried to do some colour correction on the computer, but it’s… not working so well. But I will press on and hopefully get better pictures next time!
Our first stop was the Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre. Amanda is relatively new to Vancouver and had never been up it, and on a sunny day like last Saturday the views are pretty great. http://www.vancouverlookout.com/
Groot overlooking Vancouver from the top of Harbour Centre! In the background you can see Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains

My photos with Groot weren’t turning up well up there so I took a picture without him just to show the view:

 Canada Place with a cruise ship in port, and the mountains in the background!

I gave up on trying to take pictures of Groot in front of the background (he ended up completely dark each time), and switched to taking some pictures of him in front of the giant maps inside the lookout. I don’t know, it amused us!

You are here!

Me posing with baby Groot

A more detailed photo of downtown Vancouver – Groot’s checking out the lay of the land!
Next it was off to Gastown and the Steam Clock. Gastown is the oldest part of downtown Vancouver and is the original townsite from the 1870s. The steam clock is actually much newer, which I just learned from research… I always assumed it was fairly old, but it was built in the 1970s. It’s one of only 6 steam clocks in the world, apparently! Every 15 minutes it goes off in a burst of steam and whistles, and can usually be found surrounded by tourists.
Groot wanted a photo op with Vancouver’s steam clock!

Next up we were off to FlyOver Canada, a relatively new Vancouver attraction located down at Canada Place on the waterfront. I hadn’t been yet and since we include tickets for it in our tour packages sometimes I thought it was time to check it out. I’ve got a picture of Groot hanging out at the entrance below, but photos aren’t allowed inside so that’s it. Basically, FlyOver is a virtual flight simulation where you get to ‘fly over’ Canada from the coast of Newfoundland to the coast of British Columbia. It takes about 30 minutes in total including the pre-show portion/introduction, with the ‘flight’ itself coming in around 8 minutes. I’m wary of these kinds of things because I get motion sickness easily (even, or especially, if it’s simulated motion), but I was fine and I have to say it was pretty nifty! So check it out if you’re in Vancouver, but try to avoid mid-day when the cruise ships are in… we had to wait about an hour.

http://www.flyovercanada.com/

Groot wants to fly over Canada! This is the closest he will get…

We took a few photos from Canada Place as well, overlooking North Vancouver and the mountains.

Groot and the North Shore mountains

Cruise ship! Looks like a Holland America one, no doubt heading up to Alaska.

We had planned to do a bunch more, but we were both tired and not feeling 100% so we decided to head to North Van and just chill at my place. Which means that Groot got to ride the Seabus! The Seabus links downtown Vancouver to North Vancouver in about 12-15 minutes. It’s largely a commuter ferry (I take it twice a day to and from work), but is also a great trip for tourists. For only a few dollars and a quick scenic boat trip, you’ll reach Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. From there, you can head up to popular tourist destinations like Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain, or explore other slightly less touristy sights such as Lynn Canyon (for a free suspension bridge and none of the tacky tourist stuff at Capilano!), Deep Cove, and Lighthouse Park.

Groot’s going on a boat!

Looking back from the walkway that leads to the Seabus – there’s Harbour Centre/Vancouver Lookout, where we were earlier!

15 minutes later we arrived at Lonsdale Quay, a marketplace on the waterfront overlooking downtown Vancouver. If you want to get a picture of the Vancouver skyline, you have to come to North Van! I’ve been going to Lonsdale Quay my entire life (check out Dex’s Burgers in the food court – one of my favourite quick burger places in the city, it’s affordable, fast, and fresh, and I’ve been eating there since I was a kid). As a child it was an exciting treat to visit, and now I pass through it pretty much every day on my way home. Lots of fresh produce, meats, seafood, and bakeries, plus random shops scattered throughout. It’s lovely to sit outside on a nice sunny day, there’s always buskers and lots of activity. And a farmer’s market on Saturdays in summer!

Groot’s at Lonsdale Quay!
Vancouver skyline in the background. This picture didn’t turn out well, unfortunately… too much sun.
And that’s it! Next up, Groot visits Bowen Island… stay tuned. 🙂