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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pineapple and AT-AT string arts on: August 31, 2014 07:05:07 AM


I made these two string art pieces using chopping boards from IKEA, upholstery tacks, and cotton string. They were really easy to make, and super fun! ^___^ My favourite is the pineapple, but my husband likes the AT-AT best ^___^

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Welcome to Night Vale hair bow/ bow tie on: August 31, 2014 07:00:33 AM


I made this by crocheting two tubes, one large and one small. I placed the small tube on top of the larger one, and then pinched and sewed them together. I wrapped some yarn around the middle to make it look a bit neater and then sewed on the little Night Vale moon/eye/thing that I made from felt. I sewed a hair clip on the back so I can wear it as a hair bow, or, if I clip it in between the buttons on my shirt, as a bow tie ^___^

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / BMO clock on: August 31, 2014 06:55:20 AM


I had this ugly old metal clock sitting in my craft room for ages, trying to decide the perfect project to use it for. Well, I'm not sure if this is perfect, but it does mean one less thing taking up space in that room! ~____^ I took apart the actual clock part, and gave it about three coats of white spray paint to cover up the delightful brown and beige design it originally had. Then, I got out my acrylics and went to work! Overall I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, with one exception. I gave BMO's screen a couple of coats of glow-in-the-dark paint but I have never seen it glow ; ____ ; Looks like I need to get hold of some stronger stuff! I hung the clock above my desk, so BMO spends all day telling me to play video games! Yay! ^___^
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted BMO brooch on: August 31, 2014 06:32:03 AM


This little BMO brooch was really easy to make; it is just two larger rectangles and one smaller rectangle, and some embroidery. I used my BMO action figure (although, it doesn't move ...) to judge the placement of the buttons - they look pretty cute together!



For the two larger rectangles, I did ten chains with a 4mm hook, then did single stitch into nine of the stitches (the tenth chain becomes your turning stitch). I did single stitch for a total of 13 rows (with a turning stitch at the end of each row). The screen was done the same way, but I only did seven chain stitches to begin and a total of six rows. After I weaved in all the ends, sewed on the screen, and did the embroidery, I stitched a badge back onto the second large rectangle and then sewed the two pieces together.

It's not totally necessary to have both of the two larger rectangles, but I think it looks a lot neater this way, plus it gives the brooch more structure ^___^
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / "I have loved the stars too fondly" wall art on: July 29, 2014 08:07:43 AM


I am most definitely not a painter, but I was making a housewarming present for a friend and wanted to try something a little different to what I normally do. I used a wooden board for the canvas, and slapped down some nice thick layers of dark blues, dark purples, and a bit of black. Then I used silver paint to write out the quote. As you can see, I messed up a bit in the middle and there is some smudging >___< My consolation is that it is not quite so visible in real life! The stars are also done in silver, but they have glow in the dark paint added over the top. They do not glow very brightly, but when viewed at night they do look quite lovely ^___^ I need a *lot* more practise to get my brush control looking neater, but nonetheless I am happy with how it looks ^___^
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / My Lumpy Space Princess Costume (pic heavy) on: July 29, 2014 07:52:47 AM



I made this LSP costume for a con I recently attended. It was so much fun! This is by far one of the most comfortable costumes I have made, and lots of people recognised who I was, which was fantastic! ^___^



I brought my wig and tights, and my belt was something I already owned, but everything else was handmade ... or at least upcycled! ^___^ The dress is the main bit of the costume - I am very lucky to have a fashion designer as a friend and she helped me to create both the pattern and the dress. It's a simple pattern, but it fits perfectly and is oh so comfy ^___^ The bodice is fully lined and the skirt has three panels to ensure much fluffiness. I also wore a petticoat underneath it to really up the fullness. I personally think it could have been even fuffier ... but I only brough three meters of fabric and I figured I'd probably want to sit down at some point during the day ~___^



I also made my hair clip (felt, glitter mod podge, and a clip backing) ...



and my necklace (shrinky dink, nail polish, sharpies, chain, and jewellery findings) ...



and my bag (glittery vinyl, leather scraps, gold paint, a zip, chain and jump rings, hot glue, and embroidery thread)!



My shoes were ugly and beige when I brought them from an opshop; I have to wear shoe inserts to fix my dreadful feet so I picked out some old lady shoes that I knew would fit my orthotics and also be comfortable. Then I covered them in glitter and mod podge until they were hardly recognisable! I made some giant bows from satin ribbon and added clip on earring backs so that I could fasten them over the straps of the shoes.



And that's that! The only other thing you need for a LSP costume is a good side eye. I think I've got it downpat ~___^
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Nyan cat pillow plushie on: July 29, 2014 07:03:01 AM


One of my friends recently had her first child, and as they were decorating the nursery in a rainbow theme, I thought a nyan cat would be a perfect gift! But I was really worried about the baby pulling off a tail or a leg and eating it or something (you can tell I know next to nothing about children) so instead of an amigurumi I made this pillow plushie kinda thing. It was easy to make, although time consuming as I did everything in single crochet to prevent stuffing leakage. I broke down the nyan cat into simple shapes and then just sewed them all together.



The little blushy cheeks are probably my favourite part ^___^



The back is covered in this lovely soft minky dot fleece. Hopefully this can be something that the baby can enjoy now as well as in years to come! ^___^
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Baneling, Overload, and Companion Cube plushies on: July 29, 2014 06:41:50 AM
I have been making nerdy plushies for my husband for a while, but for some reason haven't uploaded them here yet!



This is Squishy, he is a baneling from Starcraft. I made him using a pattern from BoRoShan which was very well done and simple to follow ^___^





This is Gasbag, he's an overlord (also from Starcraft). This pattern was a lot harder for me, and I'm not totally happy with how it turned out. But at least I got him finished! The pattern I used was by Arixystix.





Lastly, I made this companion cube which was time consuming but not very difficult. I tried to get all the lines matched up, but some of them were just not right no matter what I did! I didn't follow a sewing pattern for this, which may be why ~___^

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How do I get the glass out of this pocket watch cabochon? on: July 10, 2014 07:15:36 AM

I brought this cool pocket watch cabochon to make a necklace, but I can't work out how to get the glass out! I'd like to replace it after putting things inside the watch, so I'd prefer not to break it, but just can't figure it out  Huh



I've included a (badly lit but hopefully still helpful) photo, and would really appreciate some advice! ^___^
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Vintage pyrex inspired hoop on: May 29, 2014 05:40:13 AM



I'm kinda totally obsessed with vintage pyrex so I decided to make a hoop celebrating one of my favourite designs ^___^ The felt and fabric were both from my stash, and the hoop is one I found at the op shop for a dollar so this ended up being a very inexpensive project! Which means more money to spend on more pyrex ... ~___^
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