When was the last time you created something with your hands? Like a cake, a painting, or a pair of socks? Do you remember the feeling you had after finishing it, the satisfaction you got even if it wasn't "perfect"?

Handicrafts can be an excellent way to experience flow, decrease stress, and relieve anxiety. However, when you're, for whatever reason, a bit lost in the quest for a balanced life, it can be quite difficult to choose a project that would suit you.

For that, let's take a look at the subreddit 'Something I Made.' As its name suggests, this online community unites people who are proud of the fruits of their labor and want to show them off to others, congratulating each other on a job well done and encouraging people to keep at it.

So, continue scrolling to check out their top recent posts, and fire up our earlier publications on the subreddit here and here if you want more.

#1

Pencil Portrait I Drew Few Weeks Ago. (Pencils On Paper)

Pencil Portrait I Drew Few Weeks Ago. (Pencils On Paper)

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Lesbian Sloth
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2 months ago

Incredible talent!

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#2

I Did A Shirt! This Is The 3rd One I've Made And I'm Super Pleased With How It Turned Out, Despite The Wobbly Top-Stitching On The Pocket

I Did A Shirt! This Is The 3rd One I've Made And I'm Super Pleased With How It Turned Out, Despite The Wobbly Top-Stitching On The Pocket

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Jakoba Wallmeier
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2 months ago

It is awesome. The fabric ist splendid and the light blue looks quite perky with it ;) Nice one.

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As postdoctoral researcher, editor, and former journalist Natascha Chtena pointed out in Inside Higher Ed, people who spend a good amount of time creating with their hands – be it cooking, growing vegetables, building, knitting, or any sort of working with raw materials really – describes the process as “therapy” and as essential to their well-being.

Additionally, research actually confirms that making things with your hands is a large part of finding your flow, and flow is highly correlated with happiness. Unfortunately, our modern world often makes it very hard to find that rhythm where we can, free of distraction, just focus on the task at hand – where we can just turn off our minds (and phones) and be present in the moment.

#3

I Made Some Cloud Pendants!

I Made Some Cloud Pendants!

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JustAwoman
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2 months ago

Amazing

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#4

I Designed A 3D Printed Mirror Array To Propose! The Mirrors Are Angled So That Just Before Sunset, They Reflect The Sunlight To Spell “Marry Me?”

I Designed A 3D Printed Mirror Array To Propose! The Mirrors Are Angled So That Just Before Sunset, They Reflect The Sunlight To Spell “Marry Me?”

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Marie Freezer
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2 months ago

A very unique and romantic way to propose.

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#5

A Mailbox I’m Building. Steel And Copper

A Mailbox I’m Building. Steel And Copper

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Kayjunmoon
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2 months ago

Beautiful. Sort of arte nouveau. Make sure no one can steal it.

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However, don't confuse handicraft with chores. "Making, as wide a spectrum as it can encompass, isn't about routine chores or tasks. It’s about the love of the craft – the pure joy of creating something from zero," Chtena said.

"There’s a difference between rushing home after a day in the lab to throw together a quick dinner before you faint, and savoring the experience of baking the best banana pie you can possibly bring into existence. The same goes for making your own home repairs to save money versus making your own home décor crafts to add personal accents to your place."

#6

I Made My Daughter This Armor From Leather, Wood, Plastic, And Brass And Foam Sheet

I Made My Daughter This Armor From Leather, Wood, Plastic, And Brass And Foam Sheet

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Magpie
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2 months ago

Love it!

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#7

I Made A Portrait By Smashing Glass!

I Made A Portrait By Smashing Glass!

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Abhinc
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2 months ago

https://www.niallshuklart.com/

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#8

Painting I Did Like Looking Through The Rainy Window Of A Car

Painting I Did Like Looking Through The Rainy Window Of A Car

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D Battle II
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2 months ago

I like this a lot!

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#9

Wife Wanted A Greenhouse. Repurposed Wood And Windows

Wife Wanted A Greenhouse. Repurposed Wood And Windows

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birdhouse
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2 months ago

I wish I could do this kind of stuff.

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If all of this sounds like fun but you don't know where to start, it might be a good idea to choose something relevant to you. "If you just pick an activity because it sounds cool in theory, you likely won’t be able to stick with it very long," Chtena said.

"Instead, take a look at your life and think about parts you’d like to improve. Are there things you enjoy but can’t afford readymade? Are there products you’re using that aren’t quite meeting your needs? Things you’d like to improve? For instance, I met someone at a party recently who started brewing their own beer because they were after a flavor they couldn’t find in stores. Similarly, I have a friend who uses her handmade jewelry as a personal trademark and sells them for some extra cash. Another friend, to whom living an environmentally friendly life is very important, makes her own natural cleaning products."

#10

I Made A Dress For My First Day Of Work

I Made A Dress For My First Day Of Work

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Minath
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2 months ago

I get teacher vibes from her. Whatever her job is, she has done a beautiful job with her outfit.

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#11

I Handcut Playing Cards Into 3D Art Using An Xacto Knife

I Handcut Playing Cards Into 3D Art Using An Xacto Knife

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JustAwoman
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2 months ago

You are amazing

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#12

I Made This Sweatshirt Out Of A Blanket I Got At My Local Thrift Store And It’s Probably My Favorite Thing I’ve Made So Far

I Made This Sweatshirt Out Of A Blanket I Got At My Local Thrift Store And It’s Probably My Favorite Thing I’ve Made So Far

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KiT
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2 months ago

I'd wear this.

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#13

Latest Finish, Wild Thing Denim Vest! About 6 Months Of Work

Latest Finish, Wild Thing Denim Vest! About 6 Months Of Work

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Curly potato
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2 months ago

Amazing!

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You might also want to keep it simple. At least in the beginning. "Making your own furniture sure sounds fulfilling and all, but it’s also massively time-consuming and difficult to try out without making a huge investment in tools (unless you’re lucky to live near a maker space with woodwork equipment, of course)," Chtena said.

Similarly, winemaking is something you probably can’t pull off if you live in the city but alternative wines, like elderflower or walnut, are easy to make without any fancy equipment and they add a nice touch to social gatherings.

#14

One Of My Works About Humpback Whales

One Of My Works About Humpback Whales

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Lesbian Sloth
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2 months ago

Need need need need

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#15

The Diamond Engagement Ring I Made For My (Hopefully) Soon To Be Fiancée. In 18k Rose Gold

The Diamond Engagement Ring I Made For My (Hopefully) Soon To Be Fiancée. In 18k Rose Gold

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Laura Jackson
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2 months ago

Stunning 💗💗💗

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#16

2.5 Years Sober Tomorrow; I Painted This For An Art Auction Benefiting A Local Sober Living Facility

2.5 Years Sober Tomorrow; I Painted This For An Art Auction Benefiting A Local Sober Living Facility

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Alan Watkiss
Community Member
2 months ago

Great work on the art, and great work on the 2.5 years of being sober. Both fantastic achievements

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#17

A Painting I Did For My Fiancé. It's Him And His Oldest Son

A Painting I Did For My Fiancé. It's Him And His Oldest Son

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Laura Jackson
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2 months ago

Very nice 👍!!

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Generally speaking, baking, brewing, gardening, DIY, body-care, home crafts and accessories are all good (realistic) starting points for most of us.

Remember, when you start small, you will eventually get the hang of it, and can always move on to making bigger and more elaborate things in the future.

#18

“Holding Hands” Silver Ring Made By Me

“Holding Hands” Silver Ring Made By Me

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Nor
Community Member
2 months ago

WOW...I'd pay good money for this

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#19

I Made These Huge Paintings For My First Solo Exhibition

I Made These Huge Paintings For My First Solo Exhibition

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Lesbian Sloth
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful ❤️

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#20

I Previously Posted This Elsewhere But Kept Being Told To Post It Here. So Here Is My Alien Abduction Outfit. I Made The Top, Skirt And Necklaces

I Previously Posted This Elsewhere But Kept Being Told To Post It Here. So Here Is My Alien Abduction Outfit. I Made The Top, Skirt And Necklaces

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Jakoba Wallmeier
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2 months ago

Wow, it is blinding. With this outfit you would be the alien queen in no time.

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#21

Some Of My Favourite Hand Embroidered Landscapes

Some Of My Favourite Hand Embroidered Landscapes

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Tim Gehrke
Community Member
2 months ago

Amazing skill!

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"I got started by brewing my plain kombucha, then I added a second fermentation where I started infusing the brew with herbs and fruits, and then I slowly moved on to other fermented drinks and vegetables," Chtena described her own journey.

#22

A Leather Bag I Made

A Leather Bag I Made

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Nenes
Community Member
2 months ago

I waaantt!!!

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#23

I Made Every Part Of This Outfit, Corset And Petticoats Included!

I Made Every Part Of This Outfit, Corset And Petticoats Included!

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Lesbian Sloth
Community Member
2 months ago

Woah

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#24

Finally Completed The Mosaic In My Mom’s Shower! 5000 Individually Cut Tiles And A Year Of Work

Finally Completed The Mosaic In My Mom’s Shower! 5000 Individually Cut Tiles And A Year Of Work

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Laura Jackson
Community Member
2 months ago

I love making mosaic tile tabletops. Always wanted to try something bigger!

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#25

Just Finished My Biggest And Most Difficult Backgammon Board So Far, Made With Real Fern Leaves And Flowers

Just Finished My Biggest And Most Difficult Backgammon Board So Far, Made With Real Fern Leaves And Flowers

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Sasy
Community Member
2 months ago

Gorgeous

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As it so often is, the most important thing is to simply get started. Try whatever it is that attracts you once, take it slow, and don’t be intimidated if it doesn't immediately work out. You'll get there!

#26

One Of My Favorite Rings I’ve Made

One Of My Favorite Rings I’ve Made

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Jakoba Wallmeier
Community Member
2 months ago

This is a magnificent ring. You can be really proud of yourself.

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#27

I Won First Place At The Fair This Weekend For My Cross Stitch!

I Won First Place At The Fair This Weekend For My Cross Stitch!

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coconut <3
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2 months ago

11/10 :)

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#28

I Made This Embroidery As A Gift To My Religious Grandma And She Loved It!

I Made This Embroidery As A Gift To My Religious Grandma And She Loved It!

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Francis
Community Member
2 months ago

i need this as a sticker! :D i wanna plaster my city with this sticker :D

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#29

My Mother Crocheted This Blanket From Over 800 Small Flowers. She Doesn’t Even Has Facebook So I Thought I Would Post It For Her Because It’s Such An Awesome Piece

My Mother Crocheted This Blanket From Over 800 Small Flowers. She Doesn’t Even Has Facebook So I Thought I Would Post It For Her Because It’s Such An Awesome Piece

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Kayjunmoon
Community Member
2 months ago

A new family heirloom.

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#30

I Made Some Shroomy Ceramic Planters

I Made Some Shroomy Ceramic Planters

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D Battle II
Community Member
2 months ago

Awesome!

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#31

I Made These Ceramic Ghost Buddies With Tea Lights!

I Made These Ceramic Ghost Buddies With Tea Lights!

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Lesbian Sloth
Community Member
2 months ago

Omg they are so cute

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#32

I Painted This Pourtrait

I Painted This Pourtrait

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Tim Gehrke
Community Member
2 months ago

Nice statue! Wait....

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#33

Incense Burner I Made For My Girlfriend

Incense Burner I Made For My Girlfriend

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Laura Jackson
Community Member
2 months ago

Wow! I think it's absolutely perfect!

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#34

I Made This Pumpkin Kitty Out Of Polymer Clay. I Wanted It To Look Like He Was Wearing A Costume And I Think It Turned Out So Cute!

I Made This Pumpkin Kitty Out Of Polymer Clay. I Wanted It To Look Like He Was Wearing A Costume And I Think It Turned Out So Cute!

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Lesbian Sloth
Community Member
2 months ago

So cute 🎃🐱

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#35

Beaded Pin Inspired By Vermeer’s Girl With The Pearl Earring

Beaded Pin Inspired By Vermeer’s Girl With The Pearl Earring

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Kayjunmoon
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2 months ago

Pretty. Is a pin like a brooch?

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#36

I Made Cellular Biology Stained Glass To Hang Behind Me For My Work Zoom Calls

I Made Cellular Biology Stained Glass To Hang Behind Me For My Work Zoom Calls

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Limey Cheesehead
Community Member
2 months ago

This is not only beautiful...it's clever as well!

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#37

My Daughter Wearing The Coat That I Made For Her

My Daughter Wearing The Coat That I Made For Her

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KiT
Community Member
2 months ago

She looks like Enola's badass cousin here

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#38

My Playful Red Brooch. Made Entirely Of Polymer Clay

My Playful Red Brooch. Made Entirely Of Polymer Clay

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birdhouse
Community Member
2 months ago

good lord! Fantastic skill!

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#39

Diplodocus Hand Painted Ceramic Tile

Diplodocus Hand Painted Ceramic Tile

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Laura Jackson
Community Member
2 months ago

Very cute!

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#40

I Preserve And Frame Spiderwebs!

I Preserve And Frame Spiderwebs!

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Lesbian Sloth
Community Member
2 months ago

That's really cool!

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#41

I Made This Lingerie Set For A Friend’s Birthday!

I Made This Lingerie Set For A Friend’s Birthday!

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Lesbian Sloth
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautifully done + great colours

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#42

I Made A Big Fruit/Salad Bowl From The Root Of A Black Walnut Tree

I Made A Big Fruit/Salad Bowl From The Root Of A Black Walnut Tree

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Sasy
Community Member
2 months ago

Gorgeous

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#43

Almost Finished Making This Chefs Knife. Just Need To Sand The Handle A Bit More. Love To Hear What You Think Of It

Almost Finished Making This Chefs Knife. Just Need To Sand The Handle A Bit More. Love To Hear What You Think Of It

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Nenes
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2 months ago

Nicceee! I would buy it but I don't actually cook. lol!

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#44

I Make Canvas Bags, Here's My Latest! Naturally Dyed With Madder Root And Cochineal

I Make Canvas Bags, Here's My Latest! Naturally Dyed With Madder Root And Cochineal

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Lesbian Sloth
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2 months ago

I love the colours

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#45

Candy Corn Ghost! A Happy Little Experiment!

Candy Corn Ghost! A Happy Little Experiment!

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Sonja
Community Member
2 months ago

So cute :)

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#46

A Feltart Embroidery Of Spirited Away Train Scene That I Made, Trying To Build A Wall Of Ghibli Feltart For Myself

A Feltart Embroidery Of Spirited Away Train Scene That I Made, Trying To Build A Wall Of Ghibli Feltart For Myself

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Jakoba Wallmeier
Community Member
2 months ago

I love this! The tanslucent fabric for No-face is awesome. A Wall of Gihbli feltart would be a joy to look at.

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#47

A Mug I Made A Little While Ago

A Mug I Made A Little While Ago

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D Battle II
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2 months ago

Love those colors!

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#48

I Made This Little Pastel Green Polymer Clay Stegosaurus!

I Made This Little Pastel Green Polymer Clay Stegosaurus!

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Natalia Linnik
Community Member
2 months ago

Adorable!

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#49

An 8x8 Witch Cottage I Designed/Built For My Backyard! First Major Construction Project

An 8x8 Witch Cottage I Designed/Built For My Backyard! First Major Construction Project

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Lesbian Sloth
Community Member
2 months ago

So cool

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#50

S’more Making Dinosaur! What Should We Name It?

S’more Making Dinosaur! What Should We Name It?

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Wingless Pie
Community Member
2 months ago

Smore'asaurus

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