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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Goal Book - 2017 Edition! on: January 07, 2017 06:43:30 PM
Ahhh, new year, new book.



50 fresh new goals, with dividers for the previous years goals still yet to be accomplished!



Background: Every year I make a book that's 50 goals of 50 items each, aiming for a 50% success rate.  Somewhere around 2014 I went slightly mad, upped it to 100 goals of 100 each, and started going back and trying to completely finish off previous years.  Something was obviously wrong with me that year.

Previous posts:

2016: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442431.0
2015: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437807.0
2014: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=431221.0

There's a lot more background in those posts, and I think I even posted a huge list of goals/ideas in one of the comments at one point.  Probably 2014. 

Aaaaanyway, here's a selection of this year's pages, the pretty ones.  Some are just lined notebook pages, because, realistically, I'm not going to doodle on every page or it would never get done.  Because I have to wait until the end of the year to pick my goals (based on what I've gotten done), I don't have a huge amount of time to make pages...

First up, a page where I can tick off when I settle on 50 goals!  Always start easy... I can color this one in, now!  Just need to find a yellow highlighter...


A page for my Nerd Games Projects!  50 of those should be no problem!


Flowers of all types - I will color in the flowers (yes, there are 50, yes, I counted soooo many times!) as I complete them!


I had to cheat and trace the shape of the die - a D20 is so impossible to draw!  I don't know why I can't manage it, maybe that should have been a goal for this year...


Another (possibly) easy one - levels on time-wasting phone app games.  I put down my current levels on Candy Crush Soda Sage and Farm Heroes Saga, but any new game would count, as well.


Days without YouTube - unlike my perennial "days without Facebook" page, this one is less about getting really annoyed and more about not spending all day staring at the computer and not getting anything done.


Folded origami stars - again, color in the stars as I fold them!


This is an actual envelope I was sent, the mailing label is centered on the back, and the washi tape also came on a Craftster swap package.  This is for sending cards, letters, and packages - fun things!


Pumpkin All The Things posts - every October 1st - Thanksgiving I do daily pumpkin-related posts on my Instagram and Facebook... and Twitter.  Food, drinks, crafts... whatever I can find.


Be a Unicorn!  Another Instagram/FB thing, pictures of my unicorn lego minifig (Peony) doing random things.


Gifts Given:


Produce sticker page!  I'm completely addicted to collecting those little fruit and vegg stickers...


...as well as collecting the stamps off my mail...


More seedlings to sprout, maybe I can keep more alive this year.  Of my herbs, only my parsley is still alive, and I don't even have a use for parsley (yeah, I totally went with Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme as my herbs.  Naturally) and I got ONE tomato off my tomato plant!!!


Wining games of Spider Solitaire (I also have a regular solitaire page, it's just not as fun)


Volunteer Hours (I mostly volunteer at Petsmart doing dog adoptions for a local Animal Control):


Blood donation (will color in the vials when I donate, just need to get the old iron up!):


There are (obviously) other goals, ranging from the silly and fun to the more serious (charitable donations, writing goals, art goals, etc) but those pages just didn't lend themselves to as much artwork.

Now to get back to working on all my other stuff, and start knocking out some of those "WIPs" slots...
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Totally the same color... or not... on: November 14, 2016 02:02:29 PM
I hate perler beads.  There, I said it.  I know they're a kid-level craft, and many adults are super-masters, and their stuff looks great, but I cannot work with them.  I'm normally a very patient crafter, but these little things just drive me up the wall.  And I'm horrible at getting them to fuse properly.  But this time...

(Full disclosure: these are borrowed supplies, and the bead were all in a mixed tub, and they may - well, apparently were - from different sets/batches?)

So I start sorting, and I need a dark pink, light pink, white, and black.  Not tough.  I'm using a paint tray to sort because it's what I had on hand.



These all look the same, right?  Okay, a few seemed a little more... transparent?  But not hugely obvious or anything, I figured it was just a little color variation, it would blend... it would be fine...



Nope.  Nope.  Nope.  Not even close, once ironed.

Once I saw the color difference I just went on ironing to see how flat/melted I could get it, to see if I could get it smooth (the answer is no, I could not, it just started to look over-melted and weird).

I know there are all these methods with tape and fancy things and whatnot, but I'm pretty sure I'm just hanging up my perler bead apron forever.  It's just too time-intensive and far, far, far too easy to mess up after you've put all that time into it.  I don't mind spending time on things, but I prefer it when I have a little more control over it... and/or am better at it... D:
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Skull Cup Brain pincushion on: October 13, 2016 05:49:09 PM


I made this for the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap, and one of the greatest things about it was that it was completely a stash project!  This only happened because someone had given me the skull cup, which looked a bit different when I got it.  I forgot to take a picture of it, but the internet came to my rescue:



And I had this out in my garage, along with using black acrylic paint...



(White spray paint, black acrylic paint, then poly, obviously)



I waffled on how to do the teeth a bit, but I like the way they came out.  Then on to the pincushion part... pink fleece!



Now to sew it, I just need some pink thread...



SERIOUSLY?!  ALL OF THIS THREAD and THIS IS THE ONLY PINK?!  Ah well, it actually works pretty well, at least for the brain part.  No one will see the underbrain bit!





Now, to knit me some braaaaaaaaains... just some i-cord...



And pin that on...



Oh, man, would you look at that, I knitted too many brains... isn't that always the way?



Sew those brains down, and you have yourself a brain cup pincushion!

I showed it to my husband, who teaches anatomy, who was of two minds about it (pardon the pun...).  He said, "Part of my wants to say it should be up higher, up over the top edges of the skull... but the part of me that teaches anatomy is saying that's right and leave it like that."  (I paraphrase, but that was the upshot).  And so, in the interest of proper science, I did.

4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / The Exorcist Doll, with pattern and tons of pics on: August 31, 2016 05:35:56 PM
I started a project of watching the top ranked scariest movies in the vain hope of recapturing the scares of my youth, but I think that ship has sailed and I'm just too... jaded? Used to them?  I dunno.  So I changed it to horror movie crafts!  Which then promptly got shoved aside in favor of swaps, but is back because of the Nerd Games.  Sorry, long unimportant intro.



Also, sorry for the crummy photo, it's been raining for a week straight and this has to be posted tonight for the Nerd Games.  No natural light for me!

For the body, I mostly followed this pattern with a few changes, and incorporated the arms from this pattern, mostly.

Here is the pattern with a detachable head (very important for this doll!)

Legs (make 2 - FO the first one, continue to body for second one)
Rnd 1: 5 sc in MR (5)
Rnd 2: inc around (10)
Rnd 3: [inc, sc] around (15)
Rnd 4-6: sc around (15)
Rnd 7: [3sc, dec] around (12)
Rnd 8-13: sc around (12)

Body
Skipping the first stitch from the hook, sew the next two stitches to the first leg with the tail from the first leg.  Work the remaining stitches as follows:
Rnd 14: Inc (in leg 2), Inc (in leg 1), 8 sc, Inc, Inc (back in leg 2), 8 sc (24)
Rnd 15-24: sc around (24)
Rnd 25: [2 sc, dec] around (18)
Rnd 26: [sc, dec] around (12)
(For a detachable head, sl st 3 tog around, close hole)
(For a detachable head, 6 sc in MR, then inc around (12) )
[for continuous body/head: Rnd 27: sc around (12)]
Rnd 28: inc around (24)
Rnd 29: [inc, sc] around (36)
Rnd 30-37: sc around (36)
Rnd 38: [4 sc, dec] around (30)
Rnd 39: [3 sc, dec] around (24)
Rnd 40: [2 sc, dec] around (18)
Begin stuffing head
Rnd 41: [sc, dec] around (12)
Rnd 42: dec around
finish stuffing, fo, and sew closed.

Arms:
Rnd 1: 6 sc in mr
Rnd 2: Inc around (12)
Rnd 3: sc around (12)
Rnd 4: sc around (12)
Rnd 5: TC Bobble st, 3 sc, dec., 4 sc, dec (10)
Rnd 6: 3 sc, dec, 3 sec, dec {8}
(stuff hand)
Rnd 7-12 : sc around {8}
(stuff arm)
Rnd 13: dec around (4)
fo, leave long tail to sew to body

TC Bobble [*2 yo, insert into st, yo and pull through, yo and pull through two loops, yo and pull through 2 loops* (2 loops on hook) - repeat from * to * twice (4 loops on hook), yo and pull through all 4 loops)]

Wig Cap:
Rnd 1: 6 sc in MR
Rnd 2: inc around (12)
Rnd 3: sc, inc around (18)
Rnd 4: 2 sc, inc around (24)
Rnd 5: 3 sc, inc around (30)
Rnd 6: 4 sc, inc around (36)
Rnd 7-10 sc around


Then the hair.  Oh, how this held me up.  Oh, how I hate doing doll hair.



I started with straight up yarn, but in order to make it not incredibly massive I had to leave it pretty sparse, which bothered me.  So I thought I'd separate the yarn.



Bonus, floofy hairstyle!



I will definitely use this on some of my other dolls that I'm never going to make because I hate making dolls.  Yes.  But Reagan doesn't have curly hair.  Drat.  TO THE IRON!



Who ran over Weird Al?



Better?  Maybe if I brushed it?  I used a dog slicker brush...



Yeah, a lot of that came out.  Good to know, if you seriously over-hair, you can always brush it!



It'll do.

On to the neck!  Giant snap!



But it left a noticeable gap, so I did a foundation single crochet and sewed it around the outside edge of the snap on the head.



~~Puppy break, or, why I can no longer craft - New Dog (Emma) is very needy and hates the sound of everything.  I mean everything.  Camera shutters.  Irons steaming.  Ice rattling in a glass.  The 'clink' of setting my crochet hook down on the glass top desk.  And let's not even get into sewing machines.  So crafting has been... a challenge.  But look at that face!



okay, back to the doll, but it's out there that rushed work is aaaaaallll her fault.~~

Avert your eyes, naked doll!



Then the dress  I'm not so proud of this, but I'll share anyway.  Time was tight, and see: dog.

Dress (starting at the bottom)
Foundation single crochet 28
Rnd 1 - dc around
Rnd 2 - dc around
Rnd 3 - dc around
Rnd 4 - 6 dc,  dc 2 tog, 12 dc, dc 2 tog, 6 dc
Rnd 5 - 5 dc,  dc 2 tog, 11 dc, dc 2 tog, 6 dc
TURN, DO NOT JOIN
dc across again.

Sleeves
Foundation single crochet 12
Rnd 1 - dc around
Rnd 2 - dc around

Connect sleeves to the side edges of the dress with 3 st.



Then 2 rows sc around top of sleeves/dress



And the back has a slit/opening to slid it up the doll's body.



And then, the vomit.



I think this is punch needle stuff (given to me by a friend) and I just crocheted some random, amorphous shapes and two drips for her mouth and sewed them on.

The fun part is holding her with her back to a person, then reaching up and slllloooooowly rotating her head around.  Sorry, you'll just have to imagine it, but it's pretty fun.



Oh, and the Nerd Games prompt I mentioned?  Homonyms, and you can bet I'm sharing mine here, too, because I worked hard on it...

The priests prayed over the girl, to cast out he demon who preyed upon her, and flung a vial of holy water at the vile (and, in crochet form, holey) creature, while the poor wretch continued to retch - she threw up through out the rite meant to set everything right.
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Believe in Joy Needlebook on: August 28, 2016 06:19:20 PM
So I decided to try something new with needlebooks, at least for me.  A friend I game with never could weave in the ends of her knitting or crocheting because she didn't have a set of yarn needles with her, because she didn't have something to carry them in.  She also often needed to borrow my scissors (which I don't mind, but what if I wasn't there?!).  And an idea was born...  I asked her what she'd want on something, as a saying, and she picked "Believe in Joy".



I cut out and sewed on the lace and fabric flowers, then wrote the words on other pieces of fabric with a gel pen.  Then I sewed those on.  It was a lot of fiddly sewing.  And then...





On the inside I sewed strips of elastic to hold the needles, and a pocket and snap strap to hold scissors.



I sandwiched these over pieces of cardboard, then hand-sewed around the edges, pulling it tight and sewing down the center edges of the cardboard as well (there was a gap left to fold over and sew in the pages).



I also remembered to sew in the snap strap as I went around!   Yay!

The inside, finished:







I would make a lot more of these, but believe it or not, I did the sewing over at a friend's house and I spent the entire 6 hours on this...  I like the design, but it's really time-consuming!  Maybe when things calm down... it was super fun to make.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / I blame Simply Nailogical... on: August 25, 2016 06:19:56 PM
You ever just watch YouTube videos and get a sense that you can do things you really, really can't because others make it look so easy?  I got addicted to Simply Nailogical's nail art videos, and even though I'm lucky to get my nails painted a flat color, I'm hooked.  And, of course, trying things.  The biggest problem is that, as a crafter, the nail polish wears off the tips of my nails in a matter of days.  Too much yarn friction from knitting and crocheting, I think!

Anyway, this is my latest, based on one of her "how to cheat at watermarbling" videos.



I actually needed a smaller heart, but that was the smallest heart punch I had - I'd experimented with washi tape and a scrapbook punch in lieu of nail vinyls, and it worked!  I also wore a lizard on each thumbnail for a few days...

 

My favorite I've done so far had to be the Sharpie doodles, though...



Which I even kinda managed to do on both hands (I'd show you the other hand of the current manicure, but honestly, it's the basic painting that's letting me down, the white was a bit thick and goopy, though it had good coverage, so my edges are pretty messy):



(And yes, that is holo glitter polish over the sharpie)
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fox Cowl on: August 18, 2016 05:14:38 PM


It's a wolf in fox clothing!  My wolf modeling the fox hood/cowl.  Made from the pattern "Failynn Fox Cowl".  It worked up pretty fast, and I looooved the ear design.  Though I found it needed more yarn than they said... so I had to dip into a third skein of chunky orange...  and I followed the instructions exactly...



But that's okay, I had a use for the leftovers...



(see the fox here)
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Fox (not on the run) on: August 18, 2016 05:12:51 PM


This little guy was made with the leftovers from my "Failynn Fox Cowl", and he's a bit bigger than most because of the chunky yarn.  But still cute, of course!



Because of the super chunky yarn, I didn't crochet a separate chest piece like the pattern calls for, instead I kinds winged it and crocheted it as part of the fox body.  I think it worked out okay, though it's not as clean of a line (but it would have been waaaaaaay too thick the other way).
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fox Stole! on: August 18, 2016 05:01:06 PM


Made from the awesome free pattern here with a few tweaks and improvisations around the face (because the yarn was so fuzzy, I started the face piece as a double knit, then separated the red and white - I knew it would be really hard to pick up stitches through the fluff.  Time consuming, but it worked well).

Modeled by my wolf so you can see how it goes around the neck:



I'm not the biggest fan of fun fur, but it really worked well for this, I think!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Skull Shawlette on: August 18, 2016 04:59:57 PM


Made for audio in the goth swap - I wish I had had time to make it bigger, it's a good scarf size, though!  It was a little tricky getting started, but once you got that hang of the pattern (available here) it went pretty well!

Close-up of the skull motif:

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