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1  Re: Amigurumi Addiction 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by goktrose on: July 17, 2013 08:54:19 PM
I have also received my package and boy oh boy do I LOVE IT!

HEDGIE, who from this point on I have named "Prickly Pear". She is much softer than my actual hedgie, and her little bow is so adorable!

My own bacteriophage! Look at his adorable legs. My newly-minted fiance is majoring in immunology, and he was OVER THE MOON when he saw this little guy.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this package, everything matches my favorite colors (red, black, and white) and the yarn is so soft, I just want to squish and cuddle the amis all day!
Thank you so much goldfishpollywog!
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2  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by goktrose on: June 30, 2013 10:12:48 PM
Two cosplay costumes for my boyfriend and I at Anime Central in Chicago.
Link to post here!

I also made my mom some bracelets for her birthday, four stretch bracelets so she can easily put them on and one chain bracelet with an easy hook closure and a charm that says "hope". The two in the middle row have large beads made from recycled glass, which I really loved.

I also just bought a ring mandrel, so I've been practicing rings out of wire. I made about 8 rings like this one below for my nieces and other ladies in my family to work on perfecting the design.

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3  Borderlands Cosplays in Costumes: Completed Projects by goktrose on: June 30, 2013 09:14:49 PM
For the first time ever out of five years going to Anime Central in Chicago my boyfriend requested a cosplay costume. So after some consideration we decided to go as Lilith and Mordecai from Borderlands.
These were both made during finals week for my college, since the convention was that weekend, so there wasn't much time to whip these out, but everything seemed to have worked out! I have never sewn a costume or any item of clothing before but this was a learning experience.

Firstly, I went as Lilith.

My yellow top started out as a XXL white hoodie that I altered and dyed. The game is characterized by dark outlines so I used a sharpie to add the dark detailing.
The pink undershirt was an altered cropped cami I found at Kohl's.
The green/gray vest came from a jacket I found at Ragstock and chopped apart, and the fur collar on it came from a dog toy I cut apart.
I had normal jeans on and then the chaps were made by cutting apart some worn out brown dress pants, since I made an oops and did not buy enough brown vinyl and this way they were already fitted for my legs.
I then painted up a knee pad I bought with some acrylic paint. The gloves were cut up gardening gloves.
The nerf gun and loot chest and boots were already things I had, so that was relatively easy!
My biggest luck was that my mom let me borrow her dress form which was already set to my measurements, so I could pin the costume without risking life and limb.

Secondly, my boyfriend went as Mordecai. This was a huge undertaking since he was cramming for finals, he really didn't appreciate me constantly making him try things on.

His top was altered from a pattern I found for a ladies vest since the man is a twig. I have never done anything with zippers, and had to freehand the side closure, but it held just fine.
The t-shirt underneath was found at Kohl's and I just made the sleeves tighter.
The red cummerbund was a piece of remnant I found at the fabric store and just sewed into a tube and pinned.
The cargo pants, as much as he won't admit it, were found at Goodwill in the ladies' section, and were the most perfect match for the character.
I painted another kneepad for him with acrylics.
His goatee was altered from a costume beard that we trimmed and re-glued throughout the day suing cosmetic glue.
The mask was the biggest pain to make, and almost made me give up since I had to wing it due to a lack of similar patterns. Eventually I got it to at least resemble what I wanted by utilizing a beanie to get the correct shape and pinning from there.
The goggles, Nerf gun, and gloves were all in our house already.

And a picture with the both of us just for fun. These were definitely a labor of love, but we were both satisfied and now we have a year to perfect some details!

What do you think?
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by goktrose on: May 26, 2013 09:09:16 PM
Beautiful projects everyone! I love getting to see the huge variety in skill and styles that we all have.
My spring semester has ended so now I have some more time to get crafty. So I got my craft room organized and jumped into some projects.
First I made myself and two coworkers each a tea wallet. Link to post HERE.

I also made a tea mat, which can hold a spoon and tea bag. I want to make a set so I can have place settings for company during a tea party.

I also needed a new way to hold my bus pass and other cards in the summer when I don't have a winter jacket or pockets, so I made this card holder. Post HERE

Finally, I need to wear covers on my shoes at work so I don't slip, but they are these ugly black covers that look like clown shoes. After 2.5 years I decided they needed to be spiffed up, and silver sharpie came to my rescue.



I also finished two costumes for an anime convention, which was an absolutely huge undertaking, so those pictures will be up later so I can take pictures that will do them justice.
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5  Mini Card Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by goktrose on: May 26, 2013 12:37:26 AM
I bus every where in my town, and without my winter jacket now I needed something t bring around with my to hold my bus pass and other necessary cards when I don't feel like carrying a purse. So I naturally ended up sewing one with a wrist strap as well as a clip so it can clip to a bag or belt loop. This one whipped up really quick!

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6  Tea Time in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by goktrose on: May 26, 2013 12:33:11 AM
My semester has finally ended and summer has begun, so I have dived into craft projects.

My boss, coworker, and I all love tea so I made three tea bag wallets, one for each of us. The first one was sized incorrectly and could only fit four tea bags in its slots and 3 sweeteners in hidden pockets; but the other two can fit six bags and 5 sweeteners. This was also my first time making button holes by hand, since my ancient machine doesn't have an easy setting for it.



Up close:

Then I also made this tea mat that holds a spoon and tea bag. I want to make another one so I have a set for when company comes over.

And the back view, I was proud of this part since it was the first time I ever tried to line fabric up specifically for a design.

I haven't sewn in a while, so this felt quite nice, and cutting out the fabric was a great activity while watching tv!
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by goktrose on: May 01, 2013 07:01:24 PM
I have been crafting on and off this month, just haven't gotten around to posting. But since April is over, I guess I should get my pictures up for the challenge, or else I'll just get even more behind!

First, I made this plastics bag holder out of fabric, an empty lysol wipes container, and modge podge. I'd seen this tutorial, and I decided it was a necessity in my tiny apartment to save space!

Then, I made this bracelet for my etsy.

I painted this mug over spring break. It is my morning tea mug, and I've always loved this picture with that saying so I needed to make it.

I have also had this fabric out to make into a toilet paper holder, so I finally got around to that. Finals makes me so active in everything other than my school work.

I also made this bow, since the sunshine that has finally come makes me want to attempt at doing my hair in the morning. Plus I loved the fabric!

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Finally, I run a club on campus that is all about women's reproductive health, and next semester I am stepping down to pursue research in the area of Human Sexuality for my senior thesis. So I crocheted this uterus amigurumi as a thank you to a lady in my club to keep on her desk next year and she continues on.

That is it for my month! I am loving everyone's projects on here, they are absolutely fantastic!
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8  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by goktrose on: March 19, 2013 10:46:26 AM
Hey guys! Spring is in the air, I finally heard birds chirping this morning, so even though it is about 5 degrees at least I can know that spring officially starts in 3 days!

I have been lurking and everyone's projects are amazing! I can't post about them all, but be assured that my boyfriend is constantly hearing things like "That's cool, I wonder how they made that, Can we go shopping to get all the things I need to try that out", etc.

I have had twenty pages worth of papers to write and endless exams, but ALAS! spring break is next week for me, and I plan on jumping into crafting assuming my pile of books to read does not win out. However, I did get a few things done since I last posted!

I run a student org. on my campus and last night we held a "Women's Empowerment Day" to help recognize influential women since it is National Women's Month, and they gave me a decoration budget and set me wild in Michael's. Here is what came out of that adventure. (Ignore the dark picture, the room had "mood lighting" and my camera didn't want to be nice)

First, I made a banner of 50 triangles, and everyone got to write on one with what empowerment meant to them, we had some really great answers!

Second, I didn't want to blow up balloons, so instead I made 24 tissue paper poofs. These things were about 1 1/2 ft. in diameter, and so much fun, we all took one home at the end of the night.

Finally, I gave in to the event chair's request for balloons and made these little display to put by the doors outside the room to catch the attention of passing students.

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9  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by goktrose on: March 02, 2013 09:56:37 PM
Whew! I have been around lurking, and crafting, but posting seems to have escaped me. Midterms have started for me, and I seem to feel perpetually sick.  Undecided
However, I did just turn 21, and now I can craft with a glass of wine, which feels quite classy.  Wink Even though I missed the February Birthday Swap, which I always love to do with my other February babies. Alas, maybe next year.

I finished three projects this month, which makes me feel like such a slacker.

Firstly, another hat. This one is part of a 21 random acts of kindness project that I did as my way of giving back for my birthday. It is going to go to one of the nice homeless people that frequently visit my place of work.

Secondly, my grandma sent me a cross stitch kit and a TON of aida fabric after she heard that I was going to embark on embroidery and cross stitch. It was such a great surprise to get mail that wasn't bills, and a good reminder about the importance of sending handwritten letters.
So I of course sat down and made this cross stitch right away. Here it is!

And finally, as another random act of kindness I made up 500 valentine's cards to give off on campus. Everyone deserves a valentine on Valentine's Day and it makes me sad that there are people who hate a day that is all about love! I may have scared some people by randomly approaching them on the street, but it was so much fun!

Everyone here had such a good month once again! And I'd like to give a special welcome to our latest participants! Keep up the amazing work everyone. All the talent on this board never ceases to amaze me.
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10  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by goktrose on: February 01, 2013 10:21:36 PM
Woo! Way to go everyone! Feels like January just flew by between crafting and keeping up with the new posts by all you very talented people!
Tonight, I made jewelry for the first time in quite a while! It was for my etsy page, which hasn't been touched in about two years and boy did it feel good to be productive.
I got two pairs of earring done! First is a hoop earring wire-wrapped with glass beads.

The second is a beachy pair with dyed mussel shells and itty bitty spiral sea shells.
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