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31  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Stuffed Oddish Plushie on: July 10, 2009 04:10:23 PM
I made this stuffed Oddish* plushie for a friend awhile ago, but I never posted it here on Craftster.  So here it is!

*Oddish is a Pokemon, for those unfamiliar with himCheesy


I did a private swap with her; the Oddish was the "main" swap item, but I sent some other items to go with it.  Oddish is chillin' on one of those Ikea chairs.


And here's a picture of the Oddish plushie in comparison to a human.


I love plushies, but I like BIG ones - ones that you can wrap your arms around.  I also wanted to make Oddish life-size and based on pictures I googled, and I think I was close!

Oddish is made of fleece, flannel, polyfiberfill, and felt (for his facial features).  I didn't use a pattern, and everything was cut freehand.  I just cut out five panels and sewed them together wrong-side out, only to realize that four was more than enough...  After removing the extra panel, I flipped the ball-shape right-side out, positioned his features, and then handsewed them on.  Then I flipped it wrong-side out again.  I cut out circles using some kind of circular thing in my house and his feet.  The feet were stuffed and then sewn in between the bottom and body pieces. More fiberfill was added to make him firmer.

His leaves were sewn from flannel, loosely stuffed, and then topstitched down the middle.  I pinned the leaves to the inside of the body, added the top circular piece, and handstitched them in place, making sure to leave some room to flip the entire plushie, leaves and legs, inside out.  And then I crammed more fiberfill into him and sewed the opening shut.  (I probably should've added more fiberfill, but Oddish was pretty fluffy.  I guess that fiberfill settles. :p)

So there you have it!  A big cuddly Oddish. Cheesy

My friend was so happy and loved him, and well, Oddish couldn't have a better owner than her!
32  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Flossy the Pony Embroidery Floss Bobbin. on: July 09, 2009 08:23:14 PM
This is wonderful. Cheesy  I love it!  (And I think yours is much cuter than the Decole one!)
33  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan Pesto "Ricotta" Pizza on: June 30, 2009 06:47:38 PM
Thanks, Teresa_T!

Looks very good.  So that brand of veg cheese will really melt? I've never seen that brand I've never found any that will melt.

FJ, Follow Your Heart brand does melt (my pictures don't show it very melty because I was starving and couldn't wait anymore, but if I left it a bit longer in the oven, it would've melted thoroughly; the first one I made for this batch melted perfectly fine but was gobbled up by family before I could take pics); however, I've only had it melt for me in the oven on a very high temperature when I make pizzas.  I've tried making quesadillas with shredded Follow Your Heart cheese, and the stovetop heat isn't hot enough to melt it.  The tortillas tend to cook very quickly leaving the insides unmelted.

Follow Your Heart melts well in the microwave, though.  I've heard of many people using it in mac and cheese recipes with good results, but I haven't done this before, so I can't attest to it.  If I cook with it some more, I'll let you know how it melts!
34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hobo Lunch Sack (from Sewing Notions Free Tutorial and Pattern) on: June 26, 2009 04:47:51 PM
Thanks for all of the comments, everyone. Smiley

The bag is adorable.
My question has nothing to do with it:
    Is that memo's written on your hand, or is that a tattoo?

Heaven's, no!  I wrote about that in my blog, but no, it's not a tattoo.  (I would wonder how drunk I was to get something like that...)

It's a note reminding me that I have a Honda appointment tomorrow.  It's really helped me remember. Grin
35  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegan Pesto "Ricotta" Pizza on: June 26, 2009 10:44:37 AM
Thanks, guys!  Grin

If you all lived near me, I swear that I would totally bake you a pizza, and we could have a nice veg potluck!
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hobo Lunch Sack (from Sewing Notions Free Tutorial and Pattern) on: June 26, 2009 10:36:12 AM
Thanks for your comments, everyone! Cheesy  I hope you guys will have fun making this as I did!

I did want to say again, the tutorial and pattern are all from Sewing Notions, so please thank her. Smiley I happened to come across her website, and I decided to make one and share the results.

Sewing Notions did a great job with her tutorial and pattern (and was so generous to share it online), and I hope that people will visit her and try it out!
37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hobo Lunch Sack (from Sewing Notions Free Tutorial and Pattern) on: June 26, 2009 09:54:52 AM
I've been making these hobo lunch sacks lately.  Grin  They're a lot of fun to make, and they're useful (IMO).  They're also easy to clean!  (I'm digging the fact that they're reversible as well.)

The pattern and tutorial can be found on Sewing Notions' blog.  The directions are very clear and easy to follow!  This furoshiki-inspired bag is also a quick project, perfect for a beginner, with lots of room for error.




Just a few more thoughts about the project+ramblings here, but I don't want to bore anyone as usual.  Cheesy
38  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Vegan Pesto "Ricotta" Pizza on: June 25, 2009 10:09:38 PM
I made this pizza last week because I was craving it so badly!  I also had half a block of Follow Your Heart cheese, and I wanted to use it up before it went bad.




I handmade the crust using the recipe in Vegan with a Vengeance.  I swear, it's the best pizza crust recipe I've ever used!  I also made the sauce, roughly using the pizza sauce recipe.  I stirred in 1 tablespoon of cornstarch because my sauce was a bit too runny.

I made pesto from basil in the garden (olive oil, salt, basil, toasted pine nuts) and mixed it with firm tofu mooshed with my hands + 1/8 cup of nutritional yeast.  Then I topped it with shredded Follow Your Heart mozarella.

(In my experience, Follow Your Heart cheeses need to be melted at a high temperature. The cheese here isnt perfectly melty because I didnt bake it long enough. I shouldve let it defrost a bit longer when I pulled it out of the freezer, but I was HUNGRY!)

Olive oil was spread onto the crust, and the pizza was baked in the oven, middle rack, at 475F. No pizza stone or anything: circular aluminum pan.

Once it was done, I sliced it and put it into my belly. Cheesy
(More about the pizza can be read here with a bit more detail.)
39  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Burger and Breakfast Scrubbies! on: June 24, 2009 03:48:08 PM
You make the most adorable facial cloths I've seen.  I adore the burger!
40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My attempt at the Bjork Swan Dress~ on: June 24, 2009 03:45:09 PM
This is awesome beyond words.  Cheesy
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