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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Got inspired on: January 28, 2015 09:00:26 AM
When IndigoCharme posted about her/his decorated walls, I suddenly had found my next embroidery project. The celtic dragon was just what I was looking for
So this is what I made of it, after freehand-tracing to my fabric:

It's not even ironed yet and I still have to decide what to make of it. Ideas, anybody? It's about 20 cm wide.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cephalopods are awesome! on: December 20, 2014 07:50:10 AM
Just more so when you happen to wear them on your head.

Modeled by my beautiful daughter:

And well, yes, the eyes DO GLOW!!!!!

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Chibi manga 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,
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Let it gooooooo 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...

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / My little troll 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?

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / This year's christmas present! 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!
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Tutorial: If you're missing a mold for, say, a chocolate frog 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:

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / "I want a Harry Potter Birthday!" 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...

9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Pokemon tour was great! Completed WIP on: August 25, 2013 12:04:25 AM
Latest Update Pic:

Okay, brace yourselves - this is gonna take loooong and have loooots of pics.
I'll make at least the story short: having three daughters. First one infecting others with pokemon. Three pokemon fans around the house (four if you count daddy who's also playing). Getting news of the pokemontour via a friend of oldest daughter. Sewing big costume last time (Raichu, it's around here somewhere) with only two weeks time. Girls all totally "oooooooh, mee too next year!"
This year comes, no sign of new tourdates. Me not being sad about it, having NOT to sew two new costumes. Come summerholidays. Six weeks in Germany. Four of them occupied in one way or the other. At end of July, a day or two before we start into our holidays, I see a notice: Pokemon tour days publicized. Oh whow, the ones which are possible for us are end of september. Makes about 28 days for me to sew and fit these things on my daughter, cause now they still are in holiday camp!
So I start with the things I can guess about and wait for the girls for fittings.
I need two costumes cause the youngest will reuse Raichu from last year - but I'll need to alter that some cause the youngest ain't the smallest! (And besides, I know I can do better now...)
The middle one will be Squirtle (google him) and the oldest wants to be Quilava. Right now I'm working at Squirtles shell.
So bring on the pics:[

This is the styrofoam(?) I'll need to form the shell.
I start with drawing an octangle into the middle of a rectangle, 60 cms by 60 cms. The outer shell units are trapezoids, so I draw a line which goes straight through the center point of my rectangle and the corner of the rectangle. Because I want the shell to be rounded later on, I draw little triangles over these straight lines. They differ, some are 4 cm at the base, some are just 2 cms. The smaller ones are all to the sides, the bigger ones top and bottom, so the shell will get a more oval appearance.

I get a lot of pyramidal cutoffs which I save for Quilavas flames.

And I wish I had a professional foamcutter, something like heated wire and the likes, I'm literally covered in foam particles after cutting...

I sew the trapezoid planes to each other. The thread will not hold long, but cut through the foam if I don't take the tension off. But I plan to take care of this...

Some brown velveteen originally meant for upholstery. It has a nice, but not offensive structure and I think it perfect for the shell.

It gets the same treatment as the foam, but I don't cut the triangles but sew them together just like darts in clothing.

Then comes the real work: sew the upholstery fabric to the shell. I can't directly sew this to the foam (will rip out with time) but sew it to a linen fabric I have lying around (this was an old coverage from our couch).

But first I have to make sure it positioned correctly and there are no folds that will show later. I'm a perfectionist...
So I take a nylon thread and stitch through the ends of the darts from the fabric, through the foam where the corners of the octacle are and through the linen fabric. And back. And forth. I pull the thread quite short; later on I want to have the shell's structure visible by kind of quilting the shell. But I'm not sure my sewing machine will cooperate on this... the foam is 4 cm thick.

On comes the linen. Hey, come to think of it, this is red... this is getting really lifelike. Cheesy
I tack linen and upholstery fabric to the foam using needles, and then it's hand sewing time... a lot of little stitches have to be done, all close by, so the tension per stitch will be as minimal as can be. I did that yesterday, so today is Day of Truth - I have to do the quilting now. Wish me luck, as sewing by hand through that thick a foam really is no fun...

Until next step,
10  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Yes, I'm a hobbit on: July 14, 2013 01:23:55 PM
We have an event over here, called "medieval fantasy spectacle" so it's okay to show up in nonauthentic, purely fantasy clothing. Wink
I decided to go as a hobbit woman - exactly last monday I decided it. So I just had to work from stash which ended a bit outside of my color-comfort-zone, so to speak. Well, heck, I'm supposed to be something totally different anyway.
I'm lacking my apron in this pic (borrowed one from my daughter and still had to get it spotless) and also missing the hair on my foot, but this got fixed (I own a LOT of faux fur scraps AND mastix).
So, brace yourselfes and meet - the hobbit!

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