Ok, first of all I have to heartily apologize to SewPixie. My fiance is about thiiiis close to strangulation right now, as THREE DAYS in a ROW I asked him (he works for a shipping company) to ship my package and guess what, all three days he forgot to do it. I feel like a horrible swapper but will ship your package on Monday with extra-fast shipping to hopefully make up for it. *runs off to strangle fiance* BUT. In good news. I got Sewpixie's package! It's amazing! I absolutely love everything. The first thing I pulled out of the envelope was an adorable crocheted beanbag chair that EXACTLY matches Daci's hair. I mean perfectly matching, it's so cool.
Then there was a little package with SEVEN, yes, SEVEN adorable tshirts for my girls!
(there's only five here, yes, because I was too excited and put my favorite one onto Absinthe right away, and I forgot to take a pic of the cute little chihuahua one.) And the last bit of perfection: a tiny little boombox for Absinthe! She's wearing my favorite of the shirts, too.
Thank you SO much, Sewpixie! I just hope (once it finally gets sent, grr) that you like your package as much as I love mine!
ETA: I just have to say, as well, that Sewpixie must have done some awesome stalking to have put such perfect images on the tshirts- cinnamoroll is my absolute favorite sanrio character, and the little one-up mushroom actually matches a shirt I own (in people size )!
So, My Neighbor Totoro is just about the cutest movie ever, and I decided to dress up as Totoro for Halloween. Here's a pic for anyone who hasn't seen it... Totoro is the big fuzzy gray dude.
Isn't he cute? Well, here's my interpretation.
I used a gray hoodie for the base of the costume, and sewed on a big fuzzy fleece tummy in beige. I used flexible permanent fabric glue to attach the chest ...triangles, and then sewed, stuffed, and handsewed on each individual claw. The ears are actually made of the fabric from the original hoodie pocket, which I removed before adding the tummy. They're stuffed and handsewn to the hood. The whiskers are just pipe cleaners, they're also sewn on. Then I just popped on some gray sweatpants, painted my nose and some whisker spots, and voila!
This photo is a bit yellow but I think I got the facial expression right.
Comments/crit/whatever welcome! I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. I was considering painting my face gray but it looked pretty awful so I settled for just the detail painting. And, I really wanted to do big gray slippers with claws, and a tail, but I didn't have enough fabric of the right color Ah well, maybe I'll add those on later. Oh, and the umbrella is because of several scenes in the film where it's raining, and he has a blue umbrella.
I gave in and joined Here are Daci and Absinthe. Daci:
And together. Yes, they're a couple.
Daci is a modified Nomado pullip with animal eyes, a new wig, and an obitsu body. Absinthe is a modified Cornice pullip is animal eyes, a fur wig, and an obitsu body. Sorry for all the pics. I'm a proud mommy.
I made this stew tonight, and it is SO GOOD and SO EASY! Here's what you do:
Chop up: 2 large potatoes 3 carrots 1 parsnip 1 yellow onion 1 bunch broccoli
Put in a pot with: 2c water 2c vegetable broth 1/2 c lentils chopped garlic to taste 1 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp pepper 1 tsp salt
Stir it up and boil it for about 30-35 minutes, or until the lentils and potatoes are good and soft. Serve with a good beer. or whatever else you like with stew. It's a bit like a vegetarian version of pot roast, really- not a very sauce-y stew, but excellent all the same. And great for you!
Hooray, I've graduated from the land of scarf-only knitters! (well, I did once make a shawl but it hardly counts because it was just a YO at each end to make it triangular.) In any case! Pictures!
I used #3 dpns and TLC Baby in Bunny Print. I was at Michael's, they don't have much selection of sock-type yarn there, but TLC Baby is a really really thin sport weight and it worked great. I used Silver's Sock Class rather than a straight-up pattern and adjusted it so the leg wouldn't be all ribbed, which I don't like, so I like this much better. In all this project took me about 5 weeks, but that's coz I put it down for nearly a month in between. I got sock 1 done in 5 days (with surgery in there somewhere) and cast on right away and got nearly done with sock 2 in another 2 days, but then set it down until 2 days ago, so if you scrunch the time together, it took about 11 days. Not bad for first socks!
Things I learned on this project: -DPNs aren't scary! Really! You feel like you're going to poke your eye out for the first 3 or 4 rounds and then it just makes sense. I love them! -I looooove turning heels. It's some kind of crazy voodoo. So awesome. -Picking up stitches is kind of cool and not hard at all. I expected far worse. -Kitchener stitch is not that bad either!
Next up- some serious cabling or intarsia, or maybe lace! I love knitting socks!
Grendel, vile descendant of Cain, ravages the frozen Danish countryside.
Exhibit A- vile countenance. Look at the evil in those beady (buttony?) eyes.
The hero, Sanji- I mean Beowulf, comes to battle with him, bare-handed! Will he triumph?!
Beowulf rips Grendel's arm clean off (ah, the power of velcro) and Grendel runs away like a little baby. Later his mom comes and tries to tell Beowulf off for killing her son, but Beowulf kills her too. What a jerk.
But later, Beowulf gives Grendel his arm back and they become the best of friends. (This doesn't happen.)
Grendel is made of socks, polyfill, buttons, and a bit of velcro. He's for an English assignment-- "draw, paint, or build a visual representation of Grendel". I'm a senior in college, in a British Lit survey class, and this was our first assignment (along with "read Beowulf"- duh)
Here's a few of mine. most of my best were taken in Thailand- I took over 1700 photos in one month I would've taken more but I was limited by the size of my camera card. I couldn't take more than 150 a day, I think it was. ANYWAY. On to the pictures!
I think that's enough for now... I'll probably post more later, I'm a show-off
Here's everything! I know, it's a HUGE amount! There's Lenny with his little face piercing
Here's a closeup of the two smaller scrapbooks- are these the two your kids did, Dragonslair? They're SUPER cute! I love them! Also there's some confederate money (my fiance stole this right away, he collects money related stuff) and the confederate flags.
Here's the little passport carrier (I think) and Lenny's journal and clipboard (so tiny and cute!) and a pretty crochet bookmark! There's also a cute little star stamp and a gorgeous button.
See? I adore this button, seriously. I'm thinking of making it into a choker somehow.
Here's one of the boxes stuff came in, with some seashells (yay!) postcards and a little ferry charm! There was also some plastic eggs from her kids, my cat Simon decided they were toys and now I can't find them
Here's my favorite thing- a little meditation/alter box for Lenny. It has incense, candles, smooth stones, and a beautiful picture.
Here's the man of the hour and his GIANT scrapbook! This thing must be like 4 inches thick!
My other favorite item... a jar of sea sand. I love the ocean but I've lived smack in the middle of the country my whole life.
Thanks so much Dragonslair this swap was so much fun!
Ok, I don't think I've ever seen anything like these before, they're just something I came up with on a whim last night and fell in love with. They're kind of silly, really, but fun. The pictures aren't fantastic as it's overcast today, but I think you can get the idea.
They're pretty small, like 4-5" tall, I'd probably only charge like $6 for them. What do you all think? Would you buy one? I'd put a little personality/biography card in with them, and they'd have little names like "Plotting Cat" and "Uncomfortable Bunny". I call them Disgruntled Pocket Critters.