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1  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: September 07, 2014 04:40:54 PM
Call for help: I've just committed myself to go to the F.A.C.T.S. convention (Fantasy, Anime, Comics, Toys, Space) as a cosplayer. My last few cosplaying events, I donned my steampunk wedding dress again (so much fun to get to wear it again) but next time, I'd appreciate not being stuffed in a corset. I've already got very pretty robes (which I don't currently have great pictures of, sorry!) and I'd like to cosplay as professor Vector. So now I am wondering: what accessories / details can I make and add to make it really clear that I am an Arithmancy Professor? I'm also considering doing either Astronomy or Study of Ancient Runes, depending on what I could conceivably craft to make my cosplay identifiable.

Current best available picture of my gown:
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2  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: September 04, 2014 06:30:19 AM
Cheese! Yummy! You will update us in October after sampling, if it worked out, right? And <3 the carnivorous plant Smiley

After painting about the beloved monster that is the internet, and running into a 90 cent paper table lamp, I decided: this thing needs paint! So I made this:

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I also finally finished off a 3D card. They're ever so hard to photograph! :-/



Up to 36 projects. Right on track, as this is week 36 Smiley
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3  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: September 04, 2014 05:36:44 AM
@BringMeKnitting8: What a lovely wreath! I really love seeing wreaths pop up on craftster all year round. Here in Belgium, you only ever see Christmas wreaths, so we miss out on all these beauties.
@ladychris2010: Congratulations on finishing your phantom! Amigurumi can be trying at times, I have difficulty to securely attach the heads and various other body-parts. You did a good job on this one Smiley
@gaudiknight: Yay for more doll clothes! It seems rather fidgety to me, but you have made so many pretty things already. I'll be looking forward to seeing them. The card to go with the gift is just so adorable, I love the shade of purple too. I've always preferred purple over pink Smiley

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Study of Ancient Runes
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Rainy sunset
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435504
Brief Description:
Who can pas up a 0,90 paper table lamp, hardware included? I couldn't! I immediately saw potential to paint the thing, because hey: if I screwed up, I'd just cut away the paper and I'd have very cheap hardware for another project! I used watercolors (from a paint palette) with plenty of water to transform the rather plain LTER lamp to its current design. The elvish writing spells out the first, middle and last name of the friend this lamp is intended for.

For me, the paintwork says rainy sunset, even though the sky never gets gloriously pink/reddish when it's raining around sunset :-/ After daylight has given out, this lamp will keep away the darkness, that's coming in earlier every day now.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: September Detention
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Anton Pieck 3D card
Project Page Link (if available): n/a
Brief Description:
While out shopping this week, I bought a pair of fine tweezer scissors, because I had noticed that my regular scissors weren't fine enough for the 3D card I had been working on. Without the proper tools, it had been cast aside for over two months! :O It's a bit of an adjustment really, to cut with these scissors, it definitely took getting used to. But the card is now finished! Unfortunately, 3D cards are difficult to capture in muggle photographs, you lose all of the depth!
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4  Painted table lamp in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Naantje on: September 04, 2014 04:59:58 AM
I was shopping in IKEA when I found the paper LTER lamp on sale for 0.90, because apparently the red one is end of range. 90 cents? I couldn't find the hardware that cheap if I tried! I deciced to give painting the lamp a go, and if it didn't turn out nicely, I'd get rid of the paper and try making a fabric shade.


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The elvish lettering spells out the full name (first, middle and last) of the friend this lamp will be going to. I did realise afterwards that I should have made my sketch on a curved piece of paper to then trace, instead of a straight piece of paper, but it was to late to go back! :-/ Still, I think it turned out okay. My husband on the other hand seems very happy that I didn't make this for our own home as he doesn't like it... I knew it wouldn't be his style, so no shocker there, but he doesn't think I should include it in the box of gifts for my friend either. Still not sure what to do!
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5  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: September 02, 2014 08:03:54 AM
Thanks you guys for the compliments Smiley It's so nice to have homemade clothes! I bet bunny1kenobi agrees, pretty maxi! Raspberry jam? Yum!!

Last night, I had to relieve some anger, so I made this:


Yesterday, a whole lot of the internet was all about a series of private celebrity shots that were obtained through hacking and then spread on line. The news that this had happened, and mainly the vast majority of the reactions to this news, was really triggering for me. I was sickened by how many people are blaming the victims (as if they should just accept that because they are celebrities, their privacy is forfeited!) and how many people admitted to viewing the content, and more revoltingly: were begging to have this non-consensually published content shared with them to help them get it off. It just so disgusted me that people would so disrespect other's to obtain their own high, and I was quite repulsed by the rhetoric used to justify their snooping. Luckily, I also encountered people who were similarly enraged and who also disapproved of these vultures, that helped me maintain some of my faith in humanity as a whole, and the other gender in specific.

I knew that if I just went to bed, I would have trouble sleeping and probably have bad dreams too, so I decided I would take out some art supplies and craft to calm my anger and settle my emotions. I don't really have a talent for painting & drawing though, so I vented my anger in the painting of the background, and I settled my emotions in words. I hadn't really intended to also draw on monsters, but I got so wrapped up in the process that I wrote "How Do I Doy " and realised I missed a space. That turned into the tentacled thing, and I then decided to add more monsters, because having just one would be weird. I really wish I didn't have to cover up that error though, I'm just not skilled enough to render my imaginary monsters in a picture.
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6  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: September 02, 2014 05:01:49 AM
@Moonflame: It's funny how cats really claim their spots, right? Lovely blanket Smiley I crocheted a similar one for our windowsill, and the first few months, our kitties purposefully lay down right next to it. No human was going to tell them what to do!  Tongue
@calliemae: I'm sure your brother will love it. I love that quote, it is still as inspirational with your brother's change of words as in its original version.
@madcrafter: tatted wire? I'm already impressed by regular tatting! :O Your piece works very well, you really managed to capture the divine aspect. Well done!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Care of Magical creatures
SPEW: n/a
House: Slytherin
Project Name: The ungraspable nature of the internet / beloved monster
Project Page Link (if available): (not yet)
Brief Description:
Yesterday, a whole lot of the internet was all about a series of private celebrity shots that were obtained through hacking and then spread on line. The news that this had happened, and mainly the vast majority of the reactions to this news, was really triggering for me. I was sickened by how many people are blaming the victims (as if they should just accept that because they are celebrities, their privacy is forfeited!) and how many people admitted to viewing the content, and more revoltingly: were begging to have this non-consensually published content shared with them to help them get it off. It just so disgusted me that people would so disrespect other's to obtain their own high, and I was quite repulsed by the rhetoric used to justify their snooping. Luckily, I also encountered people who were similarly enraged and who also disapproved of these vultures, that helped me maintain some of my faith in humanity as a whole, and the other gender in specific.

I knew that if I just went to bed, I would have trouble sleeping and probably have bad dreams too, so I decided I would take out some art supplies and craft to calm my anger and settle my emotions. I don't really have a talent for painting & drawing though, so I vented my anger in the painting of the background, and I settled my emotions in words. I hadn't really intended to also draw on monsters, but I got so wrapped up in the process that I wrote "How Do I Doy " and realised I missed a space. That turned into the tentacled thing, and I then decided to add more monsters, because having just one would be weird. I really wish I didn't have to cover up that error though, I'm just not skilled enough to render my imaginary monsters in a picture.

It was hard for me to make this piece, because it required me to regain control of the nasty feelings in my head. I knew I had to get them out, but I didn't quite know how. Some parts of the words came clearly, others I just didn't know how to phrase adequately. It might not look like it, but I spent four hours on this piece, often just staring and inventorying what it was that I felt and what I wanted to express. I really love the internet, because it brings so many good things in my life, but sometimes, it's just plain scary! When I finally did go to bed (at four fifteen in the morning... Classes only restart in two weeks for me!) I am happy to say that I was able to drift off smoothly, and I did sleep soundly without distressing dreams. Art. It's cheaper than therapy! Tongue

Edit: Let me just add the text too, I forgot that our images get scaled down a bit, it might be hard to read.

Oh, Internet...
You are a multi-headed BEAST!

Are you
    magnificent or
                 malevolent?
    Delightful or
                 depraved?

How are you at once so sweet,
and yet ... so cruel?
When I am open to your touch,
I can revel in your caress
or flinch away in fright.

    HOW
Do I Do You?
I don't quite know...

Yet at the risk of getting hurt,
I still dive deep
to find
your sunken treasures.

These days, I get how Hagrid found beauty in his monsters!

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7  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by Naantje on: August 31, 2014 10:50:24 AM
Sorry to hear about the accident sheepBlue! Happy that you're okay, but I can imagine it was very stressful. And buying a new car seems scary too, to me. Such a big purchase! You're definitely not the only one already thinking about Christmas, here as well! That's just what happens when you're a craftster (especially for yarnies like me) because generally, crafting a gift takes more time than buying one.

Also, I had previously added this sweater to my list (finished over two months ago) but I hadn't posted it yet. Six months of on and off knitting. If only I could learn to take regular breaks before I get knitting inflammation in my wrist and elbow, it wouldn't take as much time! Alas, I just knit maniacally for a while, until my body forces me to stop and recover, and then I repeat the cycle... Ouch!
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8  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: August 30, 2014 09:16:02 AM
End of the semester, so it's high time that I submit my NEWT, since I finished it over two months ago now! Original pictures were no good, and with out holidays, I never remembered to take better pictures and submit. Until now, that is!

NEWT Subject: Arithmancy
House: Slytherin
Project Name: Fitted, knitted sweater
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435361
Brief Description:
For the layman, knitting probably doesn't relate to arithmetic, but boy, is that wrong! If your gauge doesn't match the pattern gauge and your measurements are all over the place (S shoulders, XXL-3XL bust, L waist, XL hips) then you'll have to make some serious calculations for the adjustments, if you want your garment to fit nicely. If you don't do the math, you'll end up with clothes for someone other than the intended wearer! I produced 5 pages of A5 paper with calculations and alterations and sketches to make sure that this time around, a sweater knitted for myself would not end up in the hands of a differently shaped friend. And whaddayaknow, it worked: I've got a nice, fitted sweater to keep me warm when summer's over. It's a bit baggier in the waist-area of my back than I would have preferred, but it's still a good fit. Smiley
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9  Custom-sized sweater for me (DROPS 101-15) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Naantje on: August 30, 2014 08:54:51 AM
I finished knitting this sweater about two months ago, but the pictures I took back then weren't all that amazing (I was wearing a white top underneath, it was showing!) and after our holidays, I forgot to post it! I made my husband take new pictures today, so I can finally share this sweater. After about six months of on and off knitting (had to put it on hold because of wrist/elbow pain several times) I finally finished this sweater. It's the third garment I've ever knitted: my first sweater turned out too large, so I gifted it to a friend, and I knit a baby cardigan for my god daughter. (Nice thing with knitting for babies: usually they'll grown into the clothes, even if your gauge is off).

Since I really wanted to make sure that this time around, my sweater would fit me and not somebody else, I took great care with the swatching, measuring and conversions. And I had to do plenty of conversions! My measurements corresponded to XL hips, L waist, XXL-3XL bosom, S shoulders.  Lips sealed I also altered the pattern for knitting in the round, and I used this technique to knit set-in sleeves from the top down. I really don't like stitching things together!

I still feel like the sweater is a tad loose in the back, but it fits nicely Smiley I might knit it again, in cotton rather than acrylic. I was absolutely surprised by how warm the sweater is, despite it being a thin knit with fine yarn. It just feels so much warmer than machine knit, incredible!

Anyway, autumn is clearly fast approaching, so I'll be getting good use from it soon!
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10  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Naantje on: August 17, 2014 02:47:01 AM
@ErinAquaheart: You certainly didn't lie when you said massive post ahead. Wow! How to you get those wide brims to stay up like that? If I try that, they end up all droopy.  Undecided How did you get those macaroons so purple? Did you add purple foods to the mix, or did you use food coloring? (Also, I think you're supposed to add a recipe when posting food...) I love the Beaubattons Cloche, that is a kind of hat I would wear Smiley The candle-holder mod is really cute, this way it'll actually get used. I'd like to see the snow wait another couple months though Tongue Also: weren't you just adorable as a kid? That's quite a task you achieved with the album, well done! Cheesy

@MistressJennie: Those doodle boxes would be right up my alley too! And that mobile is very pretty Smiley Well worth the repetitive work! I love the periodic table quilt by the way, great for a budding scientist. And an unrelated question: do you know if Pinkleo is okay? I know you two are great friends, and I guess you'd let us know if something was wrong, but I just noticed she hasn't been on craftster since April. Just wondering if life is too fun and busy for her right now, or if something bad is going on. Because if she's in a bad spot, I'd like to help cheer her up somehow.

@margaron: Wow, you must be a nail polish goddess. I can't even get mine to look as tidy when just using full coats of polish, and you can do this? Very cool indeed!

@WhistleFish: Good thing for Gryffindor that you remembered it was an OWL, with the amount of work you put in, it does deserve more than the regular 15 points. I guess I shouldn't approve, being a Slytherin, but there are so few Gryffindors left that your house really depends on you. I wonder where they've all gone...

@MagPirate: Doctor Who! I bet you're counting down along with me. Another six days and the doctor returns! I'm so anxious to see if Peter is every bit as great of a Doctor as I expect him to be.

@Everybody: Thanks for all the positive feedback Cheesy I went back to make an adjustment on the harp necklace, because I was having second thoughts about the placement of the pendant, and I think it looks nicer now. What do you think?
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