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1  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / The Legend of Zelda Glass Etching on: April 20, 2009 02:31:39 PM
Use bottles to catchy fairies or hold potions. Jar can be used to hold other items.
Done with Armour Etch and jar and bottles from A.C. Moore.

Jar has the title image on the side...

...navi and "Hey! Listen!" on the lid (which is filled with marbles)...

...and a triforce on the bottom


The sheikah symbol/eye of truth:

Triforce herald/crest:


Tops of the corks (fabric paint due to lack of gold acrylic, and pen):


This was for my friend's birthday present. The taping of the stencils was a pain in the ass, as I had to do this:
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / My Bloody Valentine--slightly squeamish on: February 13, 2009 06:05:22 PM
Two weeks ago, my boyfriend and I saw My Bloody Valentine: 3D (or as he called it, "My Awesome Bloody Awesome Valentine: AwesomeD"). And I couldn't figure out what to do for valentine's day soo....  Smiley
The card is a play off of what Megan gave to the sheriff--I wanted that store bought look (crazy, right?) so I bought a card from the dollar store and added lace I had randomly. I also added a metal snap..thing to keep it closed.
Closed:

Open:

Now the fun part... In case you didn't know, the killer in the movie likes to split people open with a pick-axe, take their hearts, put them in those chocolate heart boxes and send them to people (like the sheriff). Heart made from that wonderful marshmallow fondant tut on here. "Blood" is the best fake blood ever--Betty Crocker food coloring gel, unadultered (worked a lot better than my chocolate and strawberry syrup combination).
It was my first time buying one of these hearts. I felt stereotypical Tongue


Wrapped that bit in red dollar store cellophane, and I'm giving it to him with some "coupons" and 150 ways and places to kiss that we haven't done yet (ex. under a bridge, on a rooftop, in a hot air balloon, in outer space...)

Sorry for all the text Tongue What do you think?
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / "Pharmacy" themed gift to send through mail--I need your ideas!--EDIT more text on: August 23, 2008 06:24:02 PM
Unfortunately for me, my boyfriend just started college last week and lives on campus about two hours away. I don't know how often I will get to see him (I am a year younger)  Undecided
But today I was volunteering at the employee pharmacy in the hospital where my dad works at, and I found a fun thing: stickers. You know, the little ones on the bottles that say "Take with food," "Don't take with alcohol," etc. and i was like .... mailing gift! Cheesy So I took some stickers that I found interesting (they had plenty, don't worry), and two paper bags. My idea is to find little things that go with each sticker and then mail them as one of those random-gifts. But some of them are really obscure/random! and I'd rather not do a whole lot of silly things like a collage or representations (like plastic food for one that says "take with food") but a few things like that are okay Smiley  The rest I think i'll incorporate into a card. But right. Here are the sayings on the stickers and a few of the more obvious ideas I had:
-   Do not drink alcoholic beverages while taking this medication (x4) — ummm put them on card? more like DON'T DRINK AT COLLEGE.
-   Shake well before using. Clean mouthpiece after each use with running water. — NO IDEA
-   We owe you _______ (x7) — either fill in the blank or leave it blank for him to fill in?
-   Obtain medical advice before taking nonprescription drugs. Some may affect the action of this medication — ??
-   Refrigerate — ??
-   May cause discoloration of the urine or feces — hahah.. no clue.
-   For ears (x4) — mix CD with some self-made “bonus” tracks of me talking/messages to him.
-   For rectal use only — .......i'm sorry, i'm too immature Cheesy
-   For vaginal use only (x2) —??
-   This prescription cannot be refilled — put on card with sidenote: unless you come visit!
-   For the nose (x3) — I don't wear a specific perfume, but I could try mailing an article of clothing that i've worn/sweated in for a sort of "me" smell
-   Important: finish all this medication unless otherwise directed by prescriber — use on card
-   Note dosage strength — ??
-   Poison — D: ??
-   Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight and finish all this medication unless otherwise directed by prescriber — he's really pale and burns easily, so this might just work as a joke inside the card ^^
-   It may be advisable to drink a full glass of orange juice or eat a banana daily while taking this medication — huh??
-   Take with food — candy?
-   Avoid taking this medication with grapefruit or grapefruit juice — ??
-      For eyes (x10) — Photographs, with frames?
-      Generic substitution made — I don't know, but i'm thinking of putting it next to a <3 heart (as opposed to an anatomically correct one)

Additional useful information: We've been dating for two years and he's also my best friend, so I can tell him anything/we joke around a lot/a lot of things aren't embarassing. But we aren't sleeping together, so sending condoms with the "for vaginal use only" sticker is not an option for us.
Another idea I had was printing out "prescription" labels and sticking them on things, or trying to find empty medicine bottles around the house and put labels on them.

Any ideas??  Cheesy
EDIT: I also wrote out a "prescription" for the package Smiley
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pop tab Chain Bracelets on: August 17, 2008 01:17:35 PM
Inspired by crazyqt13's purse handle on this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=184103.0

It was too cute to resist!  Cheesy



5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Dark Link Cosplay for Otakon--with links to more pictures on: August 11, 2008 06:42:35 PM
***Is it okay if this is in the clothing category? or should I move it to "halloween"? (even though it isn't)

So on day 2 of Otakon (Saturday) I was Dark Link from Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Though it was easy to make most of the stuff, there was a lot to do. The hardest thing was finding reference pictures for the gauntlets and the sheath. The costume includes: black hat (made), elf ears (bought), black undershirt (altered), black tunic (made), gauntlets (made), 2 pairs of black stockings (bought), boots (altered), belt around waist (bought), two pouches tied on my waist belt (made), black ocarina (for fun, bought and painted), black hoop earrings (bought and painted), sword (made), sheath (made), and shield (made, see http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=260095.0)
Pictures:




What do you think?
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dark Hylian Shield (Zelda) Pic heavy on: July 29, 2008 09:16:06 AM
I'm going to Otakon this year, a really big anime convention in Baltimore, and for one of the days i'm planning to be Dark Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time--basically the same thing as Link, but black and silver. Sooo here's my Hylian shield, made out of cardboard, posterboard, fabric, a belt, craft foam, and hot glue.









7  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Wii can play with sculpey? on: July 11, 2008 08:36:46 PM
I made this keychain for part of my friend's birthday gift, and only about three months late! score. Yes, the triforce is wonky and it looks a little odd, but he liked it. The wiimote was a candy dispenser i found at the dollar store hot glued shut (they only had one left Cry )

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / DS Cozy -- Z? (pic heavy) on: December 24, 2007 12:11:13 PM
This is a Christmas present for my boyfriend (heyy, i finished beforeeee christmas, so i'm good! ... so what if it's christmas eve?). It's a cozy for his red and black DS lite that he loves very much (his drug). He is also one of those people who WON'T TELL YOU WANT THEY WANT FOR CHRISTMAS DAMMIT. He eventually spilled after some torture whining. So here we go. My own pattern, knitted with black TLC Amore and white TLC Baby Amore. Knit flat in two pieces, then sewn together. Lined with reddish blackish fabric that may or may not have been leftover from my halloween costume  Cheesy it has black snaps as closure, because I couldn't find any black velcro. Modeled here by a stack of index cards, with some help from the floor. It only took me like... a day and a half to do! including time for charting that bugger, which is the Z? logo from Johnny the Homicidal Maniac.

Closed:



Open:


Flap:


Blurry close up of Z?:


Pre-assembly:




Comments appreciated Tongue
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Elann Champagne Leaf and Acorn Lace Shawl on: October 06, 2007 03:03:48 PM
http://elann.com/ShowFreePattern.asp?Id=250024

"Instructions:
Cast on: using provisional cast on, with contrast color waste yarn and crochet hook, chain 80. Using shawl yarn with small ball hanging as the tail, pick up and knit 69 sts in the bumps on the backside of the chains - 69 sts."

....what?  Huh  Sad
I know how to do provisional cast on and the chain stitch but.... how do i put them together? do i provisional cast on to the needle and the do a row of chain stitch and then continue with needles? or just do the chain and start with the needles???

help?Huh??
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitty's Hardcore -- Disaster? Help? -warning: long. on: August 14, 2007 10:44:40 PM
Knitty's Hardcore is my first "real" (big/hard) project, but I've been eyeing it for about two years now, trying to work up the courage, skills, and materials (coupons yey) to make it.  http://www.knitty.com/issuesummer05/PATThardcore.html I was bored of everything else, so I decided to go for it. Everything was fine and dandy, I started the 4.5 inches before the charting some stitches bigger so that it would fit around my (rather large) hips. I decreased appropriately so that it would change back to a size S (in only men's patterns will i ever be considered "small"). (Possible mistake occurred in here?) After visiting both A.C. Moore and JoAnn Fabric Store (the LYS I never visited closed in May), I was amazed/slightly aggravated to see that neither carried TLC Amore in vanilla. So I bought Baby Amore in white instead, looking at the labels and figuring that they were close enough. (Possible mistake?) I went ahead with the chart, never having done fair isle before, and ended up pulling the black yarn too tight, making the white stitches puff out (mistake). By the time I realized my mistake, it was too late/I was too lazy/not encouraged(discouraged?) enough to rip it out. The 71 rows of skull and crossbones were worked (during which I watched a movie, chatted with a friend, read some of a book--mistake?), and measured; it seemed too short, so I added in another inch of plain black (possible mistake?). When I measured it again, it seemed too long, and I figured I must be hallucinating things. So again, I plowed ahead. However, when the time came to attach the sleeves, the numbers didn't add up.
For the last row of body before sleeves:
Next Row [WS]: P4, k29, place next 12 sts on st holder, p52, place next 12 sts on st holder, p to end. Set aside and work Sleeves.
132 = 4 + 29 + 12 + 52 + 12 + 19 + 4 didn't seem very even/symmetrical to me. but I went ahead and did it anyway. However... then came:
With RS facing, work first 28 sts of body, work 43 sts of one sleeve, work next 52 of body, work 43 sts of rem sleeve, work rem 28 sts of body. 194 sts.
Okay... after I did those two rows, it was very obvious that they were not even. RS facing me, I had 21 stitches, then the loop with the 12 stitches on the holder (is that even right?) 52 stitches, 12 on holder, then 33 stitches. NOT even. But screw that! On to the sleeves! And then I didn't get how to do that at all. I get that the 12 stitches set aside on the body will match up with the ones on the sleeves to give me the underarm, but why is there that stupid little stitch making it a loop? (see picture) It doesn't seem right.
Eventually I counted my stitches (I never count them--young and stupid knitter). I have 130. I'm supposed to have 132. Soo... the places I could have lost them seem to be: mistake in decreasing to size S, mistake in fair isle, mistake in buttonhole making, plain ol' dropped stitches, casting on wrong.

In short, does anyone have advice?

Besides the point:
Sleeves (Make 2)
Using shorter needle and MC, CO 55 sts. Place marker and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist.
Round 1: [K1, p1] to end.
Round 2: [P1, k1] to end.
Repeat these 2 rounds once more.
Work in stockinette st until work measures 14 inches.
Next Round: K49, place next 12 sts on holder.

THAT DOES NOT ADD UP. 49 PLUS 12 IS NOT 55, CONTRARY TO POPULAR BELIEF!!!!!

/long knitting rant (if you read this far, you get a get a virtual plate of cookie-props)
I know I'm a young/stupid knitter  Embarrassed , but any words of advice on how to fix it? I know that sometimes stitches just need to be ripped out, but when you're talking over 15 hours of work (skull chart) that need to be ripped out....=  Cry

Pictures:

The offending stitch of doom:


I swear it's even lumpier looking in real life:
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