So... internet addiction is a thing, and in the case of Craftster I think it's an awesome thing. In the case of Facebook... not so much. I've... had some issues with Facebook, and in an effort to break the cycle of annoyance and hurt, I've decided to try to cut back. And, of course, I need both some visual motivation and something else to do when the urge strikes.
Hence, the sign:
And the cup next to it holds suggestions for other things to do:
Someone posted a link somewhere, or mentioned, the website Operation Beautiful, and of course I couldn't just leave well enough alone and put up regular post-it notes! I decided on cute little monsters to give that added cheer (hopefully!).
Currently, I've left 5 of the 11 I made (I thought I'd made 10, but apparently there was an extra) and one girl at work saw the ones I made and loved them, so I made one for her that I left of her car after she confessed to having a not-so-good week.
I think I'll make more, they're rather addictive! But first I need to manage to leave the rest...
Is it art? Scrapbook? Journalling? Madness? I don't know, so it's going here.
Backstory: I don't do resolutions, but for the last several years I've done "A Year of 50/50" - that is, 50 goals of 50 items each, aiming for a 50% success rate. Some of the goals are way easy, and things I'd probably do anyway, but some are actual goals I want to attain (I can now balance on either leg for 50 seconds with my eyes closed! Well, I did it once, at least!). The past two years I just made a list in a notebook, but this year I decided to 1) step it up to 100 goals of 100 items each and 2) make a scrapbook-sort-of goal book. Neither, I think, was a smart decision. But! Here it is...
A bunch of the pages inside. All of the pages (each goal had between 1 and 4 pages each) are decorated/lined/journaled by hand... it would have been too easy to just cut up notebook paper, I mostly used cardstock and scrapbook paper...
100 Seconds Balancing on one leg... with eyes closed:
100 Tablespoons of blood donated:
100 Levels of Bubble Blast II completed:
100 Articles of Clothes Donated:
100 Dozen Cranes folded:
100 Movies Watched:
100 Pieces of Fabric Used:
100 Miles Walked / 100 Miles Biked
100 Stamps Collected:
100 Winning Games of Spider Solitaire (2 Suit):
100 Seedlings Sprouted:
100 Levels of 4Pics 1Word:
100 Word Searches (in the puzzle are the words ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty, ninety, and hundred):
There are, obviously, a LOT more pages, but these were my favorites. Hopefully I won't go too mad with these goals, and I think next year I need to tone it down... maybe take a year off... O.o
I finished up a drawing I'd been working on for awhile (took time off my swirly doodles to try to focus on Lifebook, that hasn't been going well) and realized I'd never posted any of them here, so... sorry for the glut of pictures, but here they are...
This one is probably my favorite, and inspired by a stamp I saw at a craft store...
This is the first one I did, I still have the original, uncolored version, but I rather like the vivid colors...
Here's another one that I first drew, then....
This was a fish (yea, I know, his fins should be longer and his tail shorter, I started work on another one... somewhere... I should find that one!) that had no black lines, just color. Still not sure if I like that option.
Quick and easy jellyfish
Sorry for the kinda crummy photo on this one, my fist time adding colored markers.
And the latest, with several different colors of markers and different scale swirls (the main large ones, then the "shading" swirls in the branches). I"m still not sure about the one swirl under the purple bit on the chest... part of me wants to color it in entirely, the other part says to leave it... I just don't know!
I've rather fallen off doing many of these, kind of because I've not been inspired with what else to do. Sure, more birds and butterflies, but... (I tried a few other things that when horribly, laughably wrong - I'm not much of an artist, so simple shapes are important!).
Yes, I have a million things I should be doing, but when a friend posted a picture of the giant floating rubber duck art installation thing with the caption, I had to turn it into a cross-stitch hoop.
I scoured the internet and cobbled together a picture of a duck and a ship, and slapped some words on that puppy. Er... ducky. Five days later, I had a cute little hoop! And it's mine! I get to keep it!
I think I want to paint the hoop blue, to match the water. But overall I'm pretty darn happy with it!
Okay, I use the term "steampunk" a little loosely, since the song we danced to was "Just Glue Some Gears on it, and Call it Steampunk", so... anyway, this is the completed costume:
(Sorry for the silly look on my face, I think this was taken after we danced in the show and I was a little bit fried)
The thing about this costume was the amount of trial and error it took, plus I made a bunch of stuff for the other people in my troupe.
I started off trying to figure out what I was going to do for the skirt, which led to s succession of failures:
There is nothings wrong with these skirts as skirts, but... there was a mix-up in communication, and some color issues, and... while I love the second one it looks a lot more gypsy than steampunk. But I learned several ways NOT to make what I wanted, so...
This skirt set I liked! But then I found fabric I LOVED for my vest, and... the browns did not go. Another girl added a lace skirt between the brown and cream and it looked awesome, she wore it.
And another girl loved the style of skirt #1 (it did look good on her) so I remade it in colors that we agreed on:
Then I altered some pants for another member's costume (took off the waistband, removed the zipper and pockets, took in the legs, re-did the waistband lower, shortened the legs and added the ruffles):
And made a coordinating bustle (sorry, the only picture I could find was one taken during the dance, this was finished at midnight the night before we performed!):
And, I also made several hats for other people:
As for my costume, I made the hat, the lace top, the bra, the necklace, the vest, the skirt, and the bustle.
Here's a close-up of the bra:
First time I'd ever covered a bra and I picked STRIPES. Brilliant! But I think it worked out okay. The beading took a lot longer than I thought it would.
And another picture, closer, of the top bits (argh, I don't like the face in this one, but.. the costume looks good!)
The buckles on the front of the vest were made by sewing lace to pieces of coordinating fabric, then punching holes through them to put the buckles through. That's really what is holding the vest closed!
Thanks for looking, it was an experience! I'm working on another costume for our winter dances, it's red and white and I'm dancing to "Candy Cane Jane". I really only do this for the costumes...
This is truly a "miscellaneous" entry, because it pulls together SO MANY things and inspirations I have gotten from Craftster over the years. I've always been interested in doll houses, and the Wee House Craftalong is one of my favorite threads to watch. But despite my love of all things miniature, I've never attempted a dollhouse (I did once, in pre-Craftster days, but it did not go well). I kept telling myself I wasn't going to spend the money on a dollhouse, not knowing if I'd ever get to it... I was going to start with a room. And so many of the things in the craftalong were recycled materials, anyway... I could do that... right?
Well, our local RenFest is having a Fairy House competition, and even though I doubt I will win anything (you get free tickets for entering, wheee!), I felt motivated by all I'd seen and been inspired by to try!
The result? A not-so-wee and very structurally sound fairy room...
The process... started with the not-so-great-shape tree in the backyard that provided me with all the sticks I could possibly use (after I'd sawed off a few largish branches). An old plastic serving tray I picked up from I don't know where served as the base. Hot glue (My nemesis! Seriously, I burned myself fairly badly... it hates me) tacked the branches in place while I tied them off with twine.
Some Y-shaped branches for the roof and an old garden bag for the walls, and it was starting to look like a structure!
At this point, my husband walked in to the kitchen and said something about worrying about it being sturdy, and I picked it up by the roof truss and shook it. Apparently, you can't take the engineer out of the crafter, and I had to keep telling myself (especially with the furniture) that NO ONE WAS REALLY GOING TO LIVE IN THIS OR SIT ON THE CHAIR. IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THAT STURDY. But... it is. Because I couldn't stop myself.
An old fake tree sacrificed as lot of leaves for the roof...
And the only thing I had to buy was moss to cover the outside.
A quick paint job on the inside, some dirt, some rocks, and old aquarium gravel and the structure was DONE (I say that like it didn't take me forever and a day... :/).
And the part I really liked... the furniture. I wish I could have done so much more, but time was tight. Next year!
Starting with the bed base:
Then I sewed a mattress and pillow, and crocheted a blanket:
And sewed on a canopy:
Then I made a chair:
Added a cushion, and made some knitting needles (and, yes, I actually knitted that little bit of yarn on those toothpicks!), then crocheted a basket and wound tiny balls of yarn and stuck in another set of knitting needles:
...and I thought that would be my favorite part, but... the table:
I made the mini books, and the quill is a small piece of feather with a bead inkwell. I was going to write in the book, but... I decided to leave it blank.
Like I said, there was so much more I wanted to do, but I severely underestimated how long even this little was going to take. At least now I'm somewhat over my fear of Wee House Making, and maybe some day I'll make an entire Wee House! And, again, I can't thank the people on Craftster enough for being such motivation!
My declared geekdom is real life math and science, so the tie-in has to be... math-y.
One of the basic principles in math is that 2 is twice as much as 1. Every kid knows that (just ask if they're rather have 1 or 2 of something, and if it's good, they'll always say 2... if it's bad, they'll always say 1).
And you know how they have that formula where they "prove" 1=2 through a series of equations but they use variables and what's really happening in there is you're dividing by zero, so it's null and void?
a = b a^2 = ab a^2 - b^2 = ab - b^2 (a - b)(a + b) = b(a - b) (a - b)(a + b) = b(a - b) (a + b) = b
but... a = b therefore:
a + a = a 2a = a
2 = 1
However, this results in dividing by 0, because a - b = a - a = 0
Well, this goes one step further, but instead of some underhanded trick to prove that 1>2, it incorporates the Ninja Effectiveness Principle. This states that the effectiveness of Ninjas goes up as their numbers go down, quite contrary to usual formula, where the more you have of something, the better. In fact, it has been scientifically proven* that a horde of ninjas are quite easily overcome by a small child with a pointed stick**.
Therefore, 1 Ninja > 2 Pirates, and 1>2
And the pattern I started with that I (mostly) followed. I don't know if I've ever not messed up trying to follow a pattern at some point...
Drawn freehand in PC stitch with inspiration drawn from many cross-stitch pirate and ninja patterns pictured on the web - and the shirt is blue because the white didn't show up... but obviously I did stitch it in blue, and for reference my floss was:
Black: black White: white Red: 321 Flesh: 951 Grey: 415 Gold: 436
Still time to join the Nerd Games, too, fun challenges every month!
* In a study performed based on a very small sample size battles with theoretical ninjas made of chocolate bits and marshmallows. ** Actually, it was the dog eating them*** that did the ninjas in, but it was theorized**** that, had the child with the pointed stick not flung the gooey bits of ninja at the dog (who then ate them***) infighting would have destroyed the ninja horde before any damage was done to the theoretical village/pirate ship/lunar colony*****. *** Yes, chocolate is bad for dogs, but no dogs were harmed in the conjuring of this theory. **** By highly inebriated individuals. ***** Covering all the bases, you never know where a ninja attack might strike