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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: September 08, 2014 08:48:53 AM
A prop book purse is such a good idea! Because I always wonder what to do about my bag for pictures. I'm going to look into using Roman numerals in some head gear too. I'm thinking I might make a pi-bracelet or pi-necklace too. Still brainstorming.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* 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:
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Custom-sized sweater for me (DROPS 101-15) on: September 05, 2014 01:30:47 AM
 Shocked Grin Shocked Grin Shocked

This is amazing! Never thought that would happen to me! Yay!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! on: September 04, 2014 07:15:25 AM
The writing are Elvish tengwar (from Tolkien) and they spell out the full name of the friend that will be receiving the lamp.

AIMR: Tweezer scissors are a specific kind of precision scissors. You can find a picture on this page: http://cakeart.com/Steel-Tweezer-Scissors-1205-58/
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! 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
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* 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.
Project Picture:

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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!
Project Picture:

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Painted table lamp 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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Lit, with flash


Lit, no flash

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!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! 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.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* 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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10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* on: September 01, 2014 10:08:13 AM
Copied all the prompts to my TARDIS notebook, and I'm starting to feel inspired! I must say I was a bit confused by the History of Magic prompt though, it seems more like a second Herbology prompt than a history one? :-/
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