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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My Boyfriend the Lego on: March 29, 2011 08:37:21 AM
It was my 4th anniversary the other day, and since my boyfriend has been in a bit of a funk as of late, I decided to make him something special to celebrate. Thanks to my local Lego store and some acrylic paint, I basically made little Lego versions of my boyfriend! I even recreated (or tried to, anyway) two of his favorite shirts.

So, to give you an idea of what I was going for, first here is my boyfriend and I at Epcot for his 30th birthday:

Then, this is one of his favorite shirts that he can no longer wear because it's torn:

And this is a more recent but still beloved shirt I got him for his birthday last year from Threadless:

And so, I started painting and here's the final result (both with and without the little hat):

Thanks for looking! Smiley
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: SHARKTOPUS!!! (pic little hvy) on: March 29, 2011 08:21:43 AM
This is pretty beautiful, I can barely stand it! Will you now go on to sew up some other amazing Sci-Fi movie originals? Man-squito anyone? I have to say, I am really inspired by this post and I now want to make creating my own Sharktopus my new life goal. Fantastic job!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Bunny Purse for Magician Costume (PIC HEAVY) on: November 02, 2010 09:37:12 AM
I wanted a unique touch for my magician costume this year. I wanted a twist to the "lovely assistant" bit. Enter a very odd looking bunny found at a Goodwill, some leftover fabric, hot glue and some spare clasp rings.

He already looks terrified. Can you imagine giving this face to a small child?

I just sliced him open down the back, removed a lot of stuffing, and hot-glued some spare upholstery fabric onto the seams. I didn't need anything fancy, so I left the sides of the "pouch" open to the stuffing. I was able to fit my ID, credit card, lip gloss and camera in this little guy!

I had some rings left from a pack bought for a previous project. I just sliced some small holes into each end of the bunny spine and slid one through. Nothing here is glued, so I can take out the rings for another project later. My boyfriend is the one who figured out the linking ring design for a little extra magic flair.

My finished costume, with "assistant" in tow. Thanks for looking!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Cuddly Sheep Mobile for a friend's baby (IMG plump!) on: October 21, 2009 06:26:29 PM
I made this mobile for my friend Danna's boy Darren (due next month). I got the idea from the book Baby Stuff by Aranzi Aronzo, but put my own little spin on it. I had to do a few late nights to get it finished by the baby shower, but it was worth it!

The small bamboo hoop for the top is part of a set of purse handles given away in a knitting magazine I sell at work. When the new issue came in, we had to send the magazine back, but we had to "throw out" the handles since the company didn't want them back. I gave them a home because I'm generous like that.  Wink

The big main hoop in the middle is actually the second hoop in a pair my mom bought for a mobile she made for my brother...30 years ago! She held on to it all the this time, convinced there was a good use for it someday. It's the crafty packrat's motto: "A thing for every use and a use for everything" aka "Don't throw that out! I can use that for...something!"

The bodies are made of white scrap fleece and the heads/legs are made from microfiber upholstery samples provided lovingly by my boyfriend. The furniture store he works for is periodically discontinuing upholstery styles and I get to keep the samples for crafting! From small 3 inch squares to large 1 foot by 2 foot swatches. I'm so lucky!

On his own before I attached him to the mobile.

Attached and loving it! The yarn used is now sadly discontinued by it's maker, but I snatched it up a few years ago determined there was a purpose for it someday. (See above)  Tongue

Thanks for looking! I'll be doing another one soon for my friend Katie (why is everyone having babies?) but that one will include polar bears instead of sheep. Her husband is a huge polar bear friend, so I thought it would be pretty cute.
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Brian's Choose Your Own Adventure - PIC HEAVY (and slightly adult content)! on: October 19, 2009 02:15:05 PM
The book comes out to about 60 pages and it's pretty full of text, though sadly no illustrations.
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Brian's Choose Your Own Adventure - PIC HEAVY (and slightly adult content)! on: October 14, 2009 05:01:52 PM
this is hilarious and very creative!!  Grin is the inside a story or is blank to use as a journal/sketchbook?  I'd love to make a journal out of an actual choose you own adventure book, but as of yet I haven't found a hardcover one at a thrift store or library sale.

Honestly, I can't remember ever seeing this guys in hardcover, but apparently there's a couple available on eBay you're so inclined. I think a journal from a CYOA would be fantastic!

Also, if anyone's interested in doing this themselves and needs some inspiration, I found these websites helpful:

http://cyoa.com/public/index.html -- official website
http://www.cracked.com/blog/choose-your-own-adventure-on-drugs/ -- hilarious parody from Cracked.com (and he's done two others that are fantastic)
http://www.principiadiscordia.com/Adventure/index.php?title=Main_Page -- complex one by the followers of Discordia
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Brian's Choose Your Own Adventure - PIC HEAVY (and slightly adult content)! on: October 14, 2009 11:58:14 AM
My darling's 30th birthday was fast approaching, and I was fresh out of ideas. Seriously, you can see the other stuff I've done for him in the past and know I had set the bar pretty damn high for myself. I had pretty much given up and decided to get him a funny internet t-shirt (always a solid idea for him), but then something came to me when I was at work (at Barnes & Noble) organizing the Choose Your Own Adventure books. Make him his own! With some wonderful help from our closest friends (especially, Ean the Master of Technology) we put together an amazing present. Please enjoy!

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A closer look at the cover art. Google + Ean's techno skills = Awesome! And yes, every bit of that cover is inspired from actual story content.

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The back cover, with a closer look at the great quotes Ean made up.

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A peek inside the pages at a crucial story turning point. Read if you dare! Tongue

In all honesty, this book was a pain and a half to do - our friends really didn't come together to work on it until less than a week before the bday - but it was all totally work it!

Thanks for looking! (and thanks for the tips on flagging photos as mature. Now everyone can enjoy this book in it's full glory!)
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / HELP! 2 Year Anniversary and No Craft Ideas! on: February 12, 2009 03:15:37 PM
Okay, so coming up soon is my two year anniversary with my darling boyfriend. Over the course of our relationship thus far, he has been a very good muse for my crafty side and I've had plenty of projects inspired by and made for him. However, with our anniversary around the corner, I'm stumped. So, please, my fellow Craftsters, I need your help and suggestions!

But to give you an understanding of what I've done so far, here's a quick breakdown of my crafty presents of the past:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=242985.msg2681508#msg2681508 (Hand-Sewn Stuffed Ganesh - Hindu God of Obstacles)

1st Anniversary:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=235166.msg2574307#msg2574307 (Funky Handmade Booklet of Why I Love You)

For Xmas:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=255405.msg2851361#msg2851361 (Knitted Flying Spaghetti Monster)

Just Because:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=255406.msg2851370#msg2851370 (Hand-Painted Posh Penguin Puzzle)

Now, I'd say I've got a good streak going here. Not every gift has been handmade, of course, but I try to stay true to my crafty roots whenever possible. However, as I already stated, I'm running dry!

If it'll help, here are some of his interests:
music (HUGE music geek) - Jimi Hendrix, Andrew Bird and They Might Be Giants
old school comic books and the crazy writers who make time - Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis
funky online games (like Kongregate)
old school pin-ups (Betty Page was too awesome for her own good, we feel)
movies - Clockwork Orange, Ghostbusters, Shawn of the Dead, etc.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE submit any suggestions you may have. I've found some nice things on Etsy that I could buy, but I always prefer to make presents whenever possible. And THANK YOU in advance!
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Dr. Manhattan Sock Monkey on: February 12, 2009 11:14:22 AM
Oh sweet crafting jeebus! This is the utmost AMAZING crafting inspiration I have ever seen! I want to make this little apathetic sock monkey Adonis for my own sweetie. Oh how Dr. Manhattan sock monkey would look down on my other stuffies, completely lacking in understanding of why I might be mad that he has destroyed all my yarn stash....or something. Don't mind me...just being very weird.

ANYWAYS.....I love this creature and would love to know where you found that perfect color blue.

Great job!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Trio of squishable knitted Xmas trees (including the Flying Spaghetti Monster!) on: December 03, 2008 11:19:47 AM
Who says a thrifty Xmas has to be a sad Xmas? Well, for my first holiday season living with my darling, I decided against buying some cumbersome tree that is only good for one month of the year and bust into my huge stash of green yarn. Also, because I just can't stick to one project when there's at least 10 different varieties of green yarn (amazing how it adds up), I continued on to make a total of 3 adorably squishably knit tedand stuffed trees to lighten up our holidays. (sorry for the so-so pictures quality)

First, the little and more traditional one. It is 8.5 inches tall and has a diameter of 14 inches at the bottom. This little guy keeps the kitchen full of Xmas cheer. Don't you just love the pom-pom star?

Second, the medium-sized one that I designed to be the "dapper one". He is 11 inches tall (with hat) and is 20 inches around at the bottom. I toyed with the idea of a knitted garland tied into a bowtie, but it didn't work out so well. Oh well. The bowler really ties it all together.

And finally, the fabulously fat and huggable tree featuring none other than the Flying Spaghetti Monster himself. I made that bad boy last year to top the real tree my darling's roommate bought, and designed this tree to be big and sturdy enough to do the FSM justice. The tree stands at about 16 inches top to bottom, and is a hefty 36 inches in diameter at his fattest point. Also, I like to note that the ornaments are hanging off the FSM's glorious noodly appendages, since all that is good is noodly.

Honestly, these took a lot of work, but I am so unbelievably thrilled with how they all turned out. Also, just for good measure, I'll be posting this on the Knitting board just so I can spread my Xmas joy. I appreciate any comments and hope you guys have a great crafty holiday season!
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