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1  Chibi manga in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Lettersalad on: August 06, 2014 04:14:02 AM
I recently bought an ereader, and found out you can swap the default suspend screen for a more personal one. So I just scribbled up some chibi mangas to choose from:

Hope you enjoy,
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2  Let it gooooooo in Needlework: Completed Projects by Lettersalad on: February 27, 2014 09:13:31 AM
Size: ca. 7 cm square. Tacked the canvas to a small piece of cardboard and used a selfmade pattern.
Now I don't know what to do with them...

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3  My little troll in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by Lettersalad on: February 16, 2014 01:22:07 PM
I don't have a bridge, but I do own a troll! If that's nothing...
Meet the troll:

Oh no! The flash scared him, he tries to get away!

He's just 6 cm tall, from feet to the tips of his grass hair. I gave him a glittery finish using embossing powder. After all, he's made from stone - or was it Fimo?

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4  This year's christmas present! in Winter Holidays by Lettersalad on: January 12, 2014 01:02:31 PM
Every year you buy lots of presents, and every year comes the point when the kids are complaining it's "boooring, mum...".
I wanted to change that. So this year I gave our kids:

It's bed and breakfast. You stay in bed and get a breakfast just as you like to. Ended with pizza, fried potatoes, little hotdogs and the like. Well, I did say "eat-what-you-want"...

Minecraft-Day! We'll play it anyway, why not make it official? It includes a castle building and monster killing contest.
And the best: you can fold down that hill!
A visit with accompanying menu at the movies. Playing "Frozen". Whoaaa! Since then, the kids are singing the songs top-of-their-voices!

Going for a swim in a special bath, they have a wave-pool and slides and so on. Took some friend of the girls with us.

Going to skate and having a snack besides. Met there with friends and had tons of fun!

Table top game day. We did that, it's just the kids did not want to participate. Not my fault, is it? Well, maybe we'll repeat it.

Pyjama Party! Each girl was entitled to invite a best friend. We had a Just-Dance-Contest and would have had a Karaoke Contest, but the computer insisted in singing itself... Sad but after all, there was a great movie evening laying in wait and everyone was quite happy.

This promises a visit to a very special friend of the family.

And since we were looking for a dog (we've been talking about that since November), we promised a visit to an animal shelter. Just for looking! We did not take a dog with us - at least not that day. Hey, it's not my fault things moved faster than planned...

His name is Toby...

Happy crafting!
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5  Re: Elf amigurumi in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Lettersalad on: November 13, 2013 11:38:02 AM
Sad. It's the upper eyelids, giving the impression of sagging eye corners. That reads as "sad". Furthermore, you gave him two highlights in the eyes, both of them looking rather oval than round. That, too, translates as "sad" in human eyes (in fact, it translates to wet eyes like in "swimming in tears").
But he's cute nevertheless, but if you want him to get rid of that sad look, you'll have to change these.

Just a quick example: get rid of one highlight per eye, make highlights rounded, get rid of "eyelids" and accentuation:

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6  Re: Pokemon tour is starting soon! WIP in Costumes: Completed Projects by Lettersalad on: September 29, 2013 11:41:14 AM
Hello, we're back from the tour day!
The last week really got busy as there were all kinds of things I still had to fix, and one of the girls was out of town, so no chance of trying the costume on her.
The second one suddenly crazed out and refused to wear the Squirtle costume, saying it is too tight for her and she can't stand it. *sigh* We have this sooo often, all of a sudden the trousers are too tight or just "too small" - when the day before everything was totally perfect. So I had to do a very fast switch, giving Squirtle to oldest daughter and modifying Quilava so that middle one can wear it AND oldest one can claim it afterwards. Phew. And, not having already enough on my plate, on saturday I decided to redo the Raichu-trousers instead of just making them a bit wider... but youngest one really could not get into them. Lucky for me I *just* had enough of that orange fabric left...

And of course I forgot to take pics, I just have these few:

Squirtles tail, stuffed but not sewed in the structure.

Two parts of the trousers destined to be Quilava's legs. I had an old pattern for a fitting trouser and cut front and back in half, lengthwise. Then I retraced them on paper, but this time giving them curves for (later) knee and foot. Then I cut the fabric and sewed them back together, now getting some kind of "bag" where I had added the curves. After sewing in a dart I had a perfect "animal leg" - I guess a picture says it better than I can:

See the legs?

Well, and now to the action shots:

Last not least: we made one of the three "first places" - they chose the best three out of, about, 40 costumes, and Squirtle was one of them. But best thing was, how many people asked if they could take a pic of my three little pokemon!

Happy but tired,
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7  Tutorial: If you're missing a mold for, say, a chocolate frog in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Lettersalad on: September 21, 2013 02:10:04 AM
I hope this is in the right spot, but I could not figure a better one.
So let's say you're planning a Harry Potter themed birthdary on rather short notice. And of course, after going through all the pain of designing your own chocolate frog boxes, printing and glueing them, you want chocolate frogs that do them justice!
But you can't get some, because you're living in a land where the art of baking MODERN STYLE is still considered... well freakish. So no frog mold for you, my girl, at least not in the short span of time until said birthday. So much for ordering in USA or UK or the likes.
But you WANT that frog real bad. You need it, or you'll stick with your nice-but-not-satisfying chocolate covered jelly froggies. No way.
Then it strucks you. Sure, you have no mold, but you do have a master!!! I present to you: Toy Frog the first.

He's about 4 to 5 cm long, detailed, but not too detailed. He's great. But he is no mold... comes a flashing idea.
Introducing: the metal foil sheet (made of aluminium, but god may know how it's called where you live...). Absolutely meant for cooking, touching foods and the like.

So now you wrap that frog in that foil sheet. Wrap tightly, try to have that sheet as close as possible without as many wrinkles as you can manage. You want the detail of your master, not of your wrinkles! Push firmly, make it plan, wrap tightly! Oh, and most important: leave open at bottom! I did that with putting the frog on the table and wrapping it from top down, pressing the foil down on the table while pushing it into the spaces created by feet and belly.
Looks like this:

...looked more like a wrapped frog without the flash, but, hey, whatever. You need the frog, not the pic.
Okay. Now comes the hardest part. Get your frog out of that foil without ripping it, without mashing it, without cutting that frog!
I just turned it and took it out. It's not bad if you need to tug a little bit, I even had to pry a little around his back - I just tried to push it back into the right form, as it was just popped out a bit.
Now get somewhere you can place your makeshift-mold the right way. This mold's deepest part is the head, when you place it upside-down on a plane, all the chocolate will flow out via the frog's bottom. Me, I used small muffin forms just big enough, another way could be to take a plate and fill it with rice or flour, just something that gives way but also support. Remember, your foil mold is rather fragile, so handle with care!
So, after making about as much of them as you need (maybe some more, things can go wrong, you know!), you just pour chocolate into them. Yes, you have to make one mold per desired frog, because these are one-use-only-molds. Nature gives no presents... you want fast, you don't get lasting.
Okay. Fill with chocolate. Let grow cold. Wait some more - just in case. Pry away foil. And - tadaaa - get this:

So even with some little finger or foot missing, it is soooo much better than that:

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8  Re: Pokemon tour is starting soon! WIP in Costumes: Completed Projects by Lettersalad on: September 17, 2013 12:42:04 PM
Long time no see. It's not that I'm lazy, it's just so much handsewing until you can *show* something. And, of course, when it gets into the flow, I just forget to take pics. I promise, I'll do better next time... which will be after sunday. We still have a birthday party waiting for a little girl who happens to want a Harry Potter themed birthday - which makes me stop sewing and glueing Chocolate Frog Boxes, printing Hogwarts tickets and Invitation Letters... ah, you should go see for yourself.

So for now, only a short look at two heads of three:

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9  "I want a Harry Potter Birthday!" in Party Planning by Lettersalad on: September 17, 2013 12:40:20 PM
She took that quite out of the blue. But, being the obedient parents we are, we took to it at once.
Hubby invented a "Quidditch Training Parcour" which incorporates a slack line, cricket balls and goals, a skandinavian game called Kybb which consists of throwing chunks of wood at chunks of wood and - a "find-Wally" image, but it'll be more of a "find-snitch" image.
We'll do some brewing (nonalcoholic cocktails) with Snape and have a lesson in herbs (the kids will have to sniff out garlic, ginger, red pepper and so on), we'll craft wands and have a good time.
Oh, and of course the kids have to be sorted. So I printed out a bunch of original Hogwarts Houses Sign of Arms, we coloured them, enclosed them in plastic and got nice little batches. Every one bears an original Hogwarts pupil's name on them - and the birthday girl will be Hermine Granger. Wink You can fix them to your clothes and wear them!

I printed some chocolate frog boxes and am still gluing them.

I couldn't find some decent chocolate frogs so I'll cover some jelly frogs with chocolate.

My girl ordered me to paint Potter-themed faces to all "Schokoksse" - that one is hard. Try to fit some detail into this d** small chunks.
Ron and Hagrid
Dumbledore and Hermine
McGonagall and Harry. Well, of course you need imagination to recognize them!
Oh, and the invitations - an official Hogwarts Letter, a Hogwarts ticket and a timetable. All printed out and dyed with black tea to give that ancient look - two of them got out by email, looking like this.

Quite some work, and I just hope the weather is stable so we can do the the Quidditch training outside...

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10  Re: Pokemon tour is starting soon! WIP in Costumes: Completed Projects by Lettersalad on: September 10, 2013 12:05:38 AM
And on it goes...
The skull have dried. At last. I redid the squirtle one and redid AGAIN cause I needed to open the mouth. The kid has to have a way to see where it is going, hasn't it?
Then I did the front shell for Squirtle. Again, lots of hand sewing... and I'm still not content with the fastening of the two shell parts. We'll see...
So for now, have a test-run Squirtle with paper mach skull and shell:

Methinks it looks good!
And while still at it, here is Raichus skull in its former state while trying to get the "skin" on it:

Oh, and in-between I started to sew a lot of flames for Quilava:

Back to work,
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