DIY Crochet Dobby and Painted Scabbers the Rat

I hinted in my last post that I had already done some shopping, and I will get to that in a future post, but LOOK WHAT I MADE!  These are just too cool to wait their turn in the spotlight…

It’s Dobby the House Elf and Ron Weasley’s rat Scabbers!

Scabbers was made first, I found black plastic Halloween decor rats at my local Dollar Tree and I figured that if I couldn’t make that work I’d only wasted $1 and some time.  No big deal.  But neither was wasted.

This is what it looked like fresh from Dollar Tree (on the left) and after a paint job (on the right):

Pretty remarkable transformation if you ask me.  Here’s some more photos:

Then I began my house elf:

I started out writing a pattern as I went, but his construction became way too complex for me to make instructions.  So sorry, can’t share a pattern with you all.  But I CAN share some more pictures!

He hasn’t been terribly helpful around the house though – I made the mistake of crocheting him a sock.

The sock even fits his feet!

Hopefully I can convince him to help with the party prep…  This is getting a bit out of hand.  More on that in a future post.  Until then – go make something!  I have to remind myself a lot, and this is good advice for you too, it’s not a waste if you learned something.

Reviving a Lost Love

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything.  Too long.  And there is a good reason why.  I don’t believe I’ve mentioned it before, but I suffer from chronic depression and fibromyalgia, two crappy conditions that feed off of each other until I am this tornado of pain and foul moods permanently camped out on the couch with cheese curl crud embedded under my fingernails.  I *do* take medications (yes, that is plural) to fight the depression, but they just haven’t been enough lately, and never really were.  So – enter the backup depression fighters – Mr. JustCraftSh*t and an old, lost love – painting!

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