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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Loom-knitted balls of fun. on: May 28, 2010 09:25:11 AM


The first (pink) is Phelix, who is consistantly happy (unless he's mistaken for a girl). Made with one strand pinks/purples fun fur, one strand pinkish-orangish-hot redish color yarn on the KK flower loom. He was made twice as big and folded inward to be fuzzier (and hide the stuffing better) and is stuffed with polyfill. His non-furry yarn doesn't show up nearly as much as it looks, nor does it look THAT orange.

His friend, Gafnit, is a bit of a lush. Made with 2 strands red boa yarn and one strand auburn worsted weight, she didn't need to be made twice as big, and is filled with yarn and cloth remnants.

Both are entirely out of stash, including the felt, embroidery thread, and buttons.

Phelix was originally going to be a test drive on making stuffies on the loom, but soon looked like a tribble. Once finished, he REALLY needed a face. The face made him look more like a pygmy puff (the way I "saw" them in the books- in the movies their faces were kinda scary!)

I have a feeling, as I have LOTS of fun fur and boa stash left, that I may soon be making an army.
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Near-death rose petals, baby food containers, plastic containers on: May 16, 2010 06:00:30 AM
New baby temporarily in the house, so we have lots of plastic baby food containers. I've used a couple for soap-making to destash, but I'm almost out of soap, and I hate throwing them (or anything V_V) away. I have too many buttons (I use a fishing tackle box for them) for them to be used for buttons, and I'm having the darnedest time thinking of other tiny things that I don't have places for (have places for pins, hair pins, earring backs) Also have amassed a random bunch of other plastic containers (yogurt, soda, food product stuff mostly) that I was using for soap.

Also have 2 dozen roses worth of half-dead rose petals, slowly turning crispy with death. I feel bad, just letting them go to waste. I don't have a garden and the idea of composting was vetoed by others in the house. I DID learn that rose petals in glycerin soap can turn green. Kinda weirded me out.

3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Discussion and Questions / Polymer baby/toddler safety/glitter in polymer on: May 14, 2010 04:44:18 AM
I have a BUNCH of polymer sitting around that I bought for a failed project. I now have a 9 month old temporarily in my home as well, a grand-niece (no, I'm not THAT old, just the baby of the family) whose family came to this state with nothing but a duffle bag- her & her 2 y/o brother have very few toys (a couple stuffed items, a few recently amassed McD's toys, and whatever we've bought them) so I've been crafting up a storm with baby/toddler stuff.

Is polymer safe for kids that tend to mouth things? I can't for the life of me find any answers. Obviously it would have to be items that are too big to be put in the mouth entirely, and I'll make them sturdy one-piece items, but just wanting to make sure they won't poison the darlings.

Also, a couple of my packages were stored near glitter, which apparently spontaneously exploded, and made its way into the plastic packaging. It's random craft glitter, is it still safe to bake?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knifty Knitter baby hat on: April 30, 2010 09:23:36 AM
A friend gave me a giant box of leftover yarn. My 8 y/o and I immediately started to knit a hat for my great niece, whose family is moving here in less than a week (!) so I ended up finishing it for my daughter. The reverse 'ribbing' is done with a e-wrap stitch, the rest is purl stitched, as that seems easier for 8 y/o hands to accomplish. The "rose" on top (which I didn't get a decent photo of) was done with a technique I learned in a tutorial long ago, I may have botched it as I couldn't find the tute again. The light pink yarn seemed to be an acrylic, I have no idea about the rose colored yarn
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cardboard Cabinet Attempt One on: April 30, 2010 09:14:43 AM
I get lots of stuff in the mail via internet. So I have LOTS of boxes. I used two to make a cabinet:


Done solely with stuff found around my house, including cardboard (mail boxes) masking tape, mod podge, pennies, watch parts, and broken jewelry, and a lot of pages out of a book about Ireland that I bought at the thrift store a long time ago. I also added a length of ribbon between the... I can't remember what they're called, the things that hold paper together with two prongs? to hold the doors shut.



Next time, no masking tape to keep the top/bottom flat, instead I believe I'll use wire nails. It is sturdy enough, and is currently hung on the wall via thumbtacks and being used as a medicine cabinet. My 8 year old wants to help make one.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Doctor Horrible Puppet, Freeze Ray of suck, Capt Hammer repaint, many pics on: April 30, 2010 09:03:09 AM
I'm in a shadowcast, and because we didn't have enough people to make a costume change for Dr Horrible, the quick changes were covered by a puppet:



Made of flannel (which, in retrospect, I wouldn't suggest, but everything else was already in my house, and I got the flannel on sale, so he effectively cost $1.00 to make), cardboard and felt for the mouth and features, gold puffy fabric paint and darker antique acrylic for the hair (I didn't have yellow or brown) his shirt was a toddler's shirt cut down to size that I wish I had had time to mend a bit, the med symbol was drawn on by hand with fine point sharpies. The goggles were made of coke bottle tops and felt, and more

And here is a photo of him in action at the show:



I also made many of our other props for the show, including a crappy freeze ray (Daughter's broken water gun + acrylics)



And a mini captain hammer for the scene during "Brand New Day" when he gets stepped on. His paint job was done the night before, and again, a toy stolen from my daughter that I had to replace an arm (taken from McD's Astro Boy) cuz the dog had chewed it.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Loom knit projects on: January 24, 2010 09:08:44 AM
Two hats made with loom, both on green knifty knitter round loom.


Fuzzy hat... normal brimmed hat. Used one strand dark green acrylic strand, one strand fun fur in greens & blues. LOVE this hat. (My tie collection is on the wall behind it...)




Brim hat, no pattern. First time doing purl stitch, had to figure out a brim by myself. Did make it too short, but my 7 year old likes it. Used one strand chunky yarn.



The top of the hat... wish I had a better picture. It looks like a flower. Again, no pattern, tried to make it flat.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stuffy Stiffies, the phallic plush! (NSFW, kind of image heavy) on: March 17, 2009 02:28:54 AM


So, I found two grocery-sized (ish) bags of random felt remnants and such... some of it was a yard or two of it! Of quite a few colors. I also happened to have some (cheapish) embroidery thread.

Now, when I get a bit tipsy at our local favorite bar (in between badly sung karaoke songs) I tend to draw characters I refer to as Happy (or Sad, or whatever) Penises. Penises that have the anime/Japanese style emoticons for faces (Such as ^.^ an whatnot)

So, without further ado... My stuffy Stiffies... also with my first trial run/fail at a stuffy vagoo.

 
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This is my first lil guy, named Victor. Victor works in tech support, is a Scorpio, and likes dogs. (Victor wears a happy face ^,^)

 
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A slightly off attempt, I for some reason thought that instead of whipstitching (which I think gives them character) I sewed it (all by hand) rightsides facing in. He ended up looking... a lil lopsided, and with his expression (A rather dismayed look X_X) he was henceforth named Igor. Unfortunately this photo (of him stealin the spotlight from a friend's facebook) is the only decent photo I have... Igor is a recluse, who works in a lab, and is an Aries.

 
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This was a gift for a good girl friend of mine, who's husband is on deployment with the Navy. She has named him E2 AS-Seamen Recruit Willy. He has a (rather weird looking) navy hat (standard stiffy issue, of course!) which is removable, and a lovey kissey face (^3^) which I am trying to demonstrate rather poorly in the photo adjoining.

I don't have a photo of my fourth attempt, because he was promptly sold to a family friend. As I had to quit my parttime job, I'm seriously considering selling these rather popular lil boys since they are SO fun to make and soon my purse will be filled... they travel EVERYWHERE with me. And hey, if that weird lady at the bar can sell old half dead roses, why can't I try to sell some stuffy stiffies? Cheesy

My fifth attempt was a littler guy... Dinky...

 
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Dinky shows off how bad my embroidery skills are (His face is supposed to be embarrassed... ;._.) but he's such a cutey anyway! He's a computer geek who isn't afraid to show his sensitive side, and is a Virgo.

My (REALLY failed) attempt at a more feminine stuffy...

 
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Now, one of the reasons I do these is cuz I have horrible insomnia lately... insomnia does not bode well for designing and implementing new ideas. For instance, I first made the labia (yes, only one set... I got so frustrated!) sewed it and stuffed it, sewed the backing/inside, THEN attached the clitoris, which should have gone on first in retrospect... she has no face, as it was just a trial.

If anyone is interested, I can try to scan my various templates, although it's pretty straightforward and easy.
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vagoo Towel W/ Penis cross-stitch... ADULT CONTENT! NOT SAFE FOR WORK! on: October 29, 2008 11:17:17 PM


WARNING! This is a post with ADULT CONTENT! Carry on. -your faithful moderator....

So... I cross-stitched something for the first time in ages.

I may have to add another penis or a vagina on the other side, and I'm not happy with the pubic hair... I should have picked a brownish color. I haven't finished it off yet, in case I decide I want to change that.

The font was done with a free font online, although I did that months ago and can't find it now, the penis is all me, in fact, I sorta stitched the outline without having any idea at all what I was doing.

Without further ado, the Vagoo Towel (followed by reason for need of Vagoo towel, which is probably tmi.

 
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At my boyfriend's house (who lives with two other guys and a pretty useless girl, so it's VERY bachelor-esque) there are five towels. To get to the bathroom from his bedroom, I must walk in the hallway visible by the livingroom.

Suffice to say, I don't like walking there naked. And I don't like putting my clothes on after sex without a bit of wiping up. So I decided to buy my very own towel for my very own vagoo... which then became a project to make sure no one else uses my vagoo towel.

I just hope he doesn't throw it in the laundry to take to his father's house like he does with everything else. >.<
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Anniversary-type-thing ideas on: September 01, 2008 04:19:24 PM
So, it is closing in on the day that my boyfriend and I first "met" online. We met through OKCupid, neither of us was really looking for a relationship, but we messaged eachother pretty much all day for a week, then arranged to meet in person, and almost immediately started dating.

While I think it's silly, I'm still sorta wanting to commemorate the occasion by doing something for him.

I went on the site and copy-pasted all of our messages back and forth so I would be sure to save them recently, and I thought about doing something with them, maybe take some memorable things that were said (like our conversation about the zombie novel I was working on at the time that never took off, or the minor flirting that went on, and put them on scraps of paper and...

I have no idea. There's a LOT of these messages (70+ from each of us, so about 130 or so) and I want to do something entertaining with it.

I have a bit of time, just looking for ideas.

He's REALLY into roleplay gaming and puzzles, and has recently mentioned he wants a wallet size photo of me for his wallet, so I'm thinking about adding some photos for him to have. Unfortunately I only have one of us.
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