I actually finished stitching this cross stitch ages ago but the search for a frame took longer than it took to finish the piece. This was my first foray into cross stitching without using someone else's pattern. When I decided to stitch this, I had recently scored a $5 dvd of one of my favorite movies of all time ... Clue. I love all things Clue but one of my favorite parts is in one of the alternate endings. Madeline Kahn, as Mrs. White, is accused of murdering the maid and begins to adlib her hatred for Yvette. For those of you haven't seen it, here's a YouTube clip because it's just that good (the reaction shots of the other actors are priceless). I used an online font generator - StitchPoint - for the words and some clip art flames which I ran through KnitPro and then tweaked. Pretty sure it was just plain old 14-ct Aida and 2 strands of floss.
It is now hanging in my new living room under the Aqua Teen xstitch I did for my boyfriend last Christmas. I'm tempted to make the Electric Six "High Voltage" pattern shaebay posted a while back to go on either side of this piece. Hehe.
My 5-year-old son has his first loose tooth. While I'm not entirely sure I'm ready for him to be old enough to loose his baby teeth, I decided to honor this occasion by making him a proper tooth pillow. I looked to the intrawebs for inspiration and they did not disappoint. I found this adorable door-hanger version by Larissa at mmmcrafts. I showed it to my son, whose eyes immediately went to her earlier "tooth officer" version. I attempted to convince him he wanted a tooth pirate (how cute would that be?) but his decision was made. Tooth officer or bust.
I used Larissa's pattern and instructions as well as some clip art for hat and badge patterns. Everything is made from felt except for the ribbon used for hanging. I embellished the hat, belt, and badge with embroidery thread. The eyes (buttons) are sewn on but everything else is glued.
In case you were wondering, the mouth is a pocket and that's where the tooth goes! The mouth is my son's favorite part. Thanks for looking!
I'm moving soon and I've decided that my son's 5 million toys are not all making the trip. As I was going through his Little People figures, I remembered my own ... from the Eighties. You know the ones I'm talking about. Likely choking hazards, Little People were a huge part of my childhood. So I decided to make one. A big one. A big, crocheted little person.
Here she is with a modern Little People figure for size comparison.
A view of the back
And, just for fun, here's her Britney Spears impression:
This is my first amigurumi that I've made without a pattern, so I'm fairly proud. Made with an F-hook and various acrylic yarns, she's nearly 8 inches tall. I filled the very bottom with bean bag pellets and the rest was stuffed with poly-fil. The face detail is felt and satin stitch over yarn. Thanks for looking!
Meet Slippy! I crocheted him for my boyfriend, who loves penguins, from Rheatheylia's pattern found here. It's on my Ravelry, too, if anyone's interested. The feet were a bit tricky, but I muddled through. I love how his wings are slightly poseable and that he looks constantly surprised, as if he just suddenly, unexpectedly, slid down some ice.
In these pictures, my duvet plays the part of an iceberg!
While I realize this isn't revolutionary, I have made my first amigurumi. I grabbed the cupcake pattern from Ana Paula's Blog and went to work. (I'm fairly sure this is the same cupcake pattern from Amigurumi World).
The yarn I used was Lily Sugar'n Cream in Hot Pink and Warm Brown. I only made one modification and that was to use DC instead of HDC in the cupcake edging; the edge wasn't standing out the way I envisioned it. I used embroidery floss for the face on a whim. I used pellets for weight in the bottom and then stuffed the rest with fiberfill. I was lucky to get a picture of it before my son spirited it away!
I learned crochet recently because, no matter how hard I try, I can't knit my way out of a paper bag. But I can crochet! Er, now I can crochet. Once I was sure I could actually do it, I went right out and bought The Happy Hooker. I did not buy yarn, however, and all I had at the time was some Red Heart Super Saver Kids! in a multi color I shall name "Blinding Neon."
First, I made myself a PDQ. I didn't really feel like ear flaps, so I added a few more rows instead and then scalloping on the edge. I'm leaving the option of threading in some bright orange ribbon through those holes later.
When my five-year-old saw this amazing creation, he insisted that it would never fit me and that I would have no choice but to give it to him. So, I made him a Boy Beanie out of the same yarn, no color changes. (Disclaimer: Weird Blue Monster is not my son, but, in fact, a coin bank from the 70s that doubles as a hat model.)
I'll probably remake them again later, in less retina-burning shades. Still, I'm pretty proud of my very first hats!
I finally got to tear into my package from Feast Your Eyes tonight so prepare for a TON of pictures. My pretty-in-pink Domokun stuffie decided he was gonna get in on the fun, too!
First, everything before I took it out of the box -
Oooh, what's that with the pretty ribbon on top? Just a ... CUPCAKE PINCUSHION! Did you actually make this? Because it's amazing.
After that, I opened another cute box and inside was this awesome necklace! I think I'll wear it to a wedding this weekend.
In an envelope with my card from Feast Your Eyes were these super awesome unicorn dangly earrings. They're so fun to swish around!
There were some delicious homemade chocolates in there, too, but SOMEONE got to them before I could get a very good picture. DOMOKUN!
Last, but not least ... at the very bottom of the package was an adorable pink and black apron. I had asked for an apron because I love to bake but I don't do it that much these days. It's so cute, I love it.
I love to decorate plain canvas totes (the kind you can get at any craft store). When I found out my Cheer Up Swap partner loved the Princess Bride, this idea just came to me. Without further ado, Inigo Say Relax!
I made a letter mock-up using a "Frankie Say Relax" shirt pic in Photoshop and then used fabric transfer paper to make the outline on the bag. For the face, I found a still of Inigo online and blew it up really big and upped the contrast until it looked about right. Then I printed it up, and transferred the outlines for that, too. Both sides were painted with black fabric paint with a leeeeeetle bit of sharpie for fine lines and points.
I made the lining using two fat quarters. There's a big pocket with two sections on one side and a cellphone pocket as well as a pen pocket on the other.
Enjoy ... and relax!
And, yes, there's a tiny little white spot in the corner on one side because my 5-yr-old snuck up on me while I was painting and I totally dropped the brush.
I painted this Malma mirror for the recent Cheer Up Swap. My partner received today, so I can finally post! I call it the "Bluebird of Housiness" mirror because I used a House, MD quote. It says "Everything sucks. Might as well find something to smile about."
I printed out the words in the font I wanted, then taped them on top of the mirror frame (which I had already painted purple). I traced the letters really hard to make indentions for a painting guide. I did the same thing with the bird, except my printer had died, so I sketched the bird from some examples I had seen online. I painted with acrylics and then outlined with regular ol' black sharpie. When I was done, I sealed it with Satin Mod Podge (my best friend).
Before outlining: and a close-up on the bird:
This was my first Malma mirror, but it won't be my last!
I sent this morning to our lovely organizer and I'm so happy with how everything turned out. I really enjoyed making everything and I hope she likes it. This is my first swap and I couldn't wait to make a little teaser image, so here it is!