Man, I completely forgot to post pictures until just now! So sorry. Here they are!
Look at all the booty!
I had to laugh at myself pulling all these things out of the box - I was all "ooh, wow, sweet, ohhhh!" It was something different for each thing.
Dinosaur Cell Phone Charm
Here is the dinosaur cell phone charm next to Spike, my mini cactus, which I threw in just for the kawaii factor.
Dinosaur Cell Phone Charm
Here's Mr. Dinosaur again on his own. I want to know how he was painted - it looks like he was splatter-painted by a fairy - it's really tiny.
Jack Skellington Keychain
This is my favorite! Kron must have done some serious post-stalking or wist-peeking. And the fabulous thing is, I found the perfect use for him! I'm sort of utilitarian when it comes to my regular keys; I don't use a keychain with them because it would be too bulky. I almost made an exception, though! But then I figured it out. At my second job, I have a locker, and we have to provide our own locks. I was cheap and bought a lock with a key instead of a combination lock. I'm always terrified I'm going to lose the key or leave it at home on days I work. No more! I will want to take Mr. Skellington with me all the time - there's no way I'll forget my key now! ^_^
Fabric Mushroom Appliqué
This is my next favorite. I love this appliqué! I'm torn as to where I should put him (and how I should attach him once I figure it out). He's sooooo beautiful! And just look at that smile (not to mention the eyebrows and the cheeks!). How can you not grin in response?
This took me straight back to middle school when I'd get pencils with my name on them every Christmas. The ones I used to get were just plain with my name stamped in a boring font in all caps - these pencils are really cute! I love them!!
Yum, Pocky... *drool* Is it just me, or does Japan make the best chocolate ever? Never try the Kinoko no Yama - they're "must eat the entire box" good. Pocky is perfect for me - it's hard to stick to just a few sticks, but I can force myself to be good.
Oh, one last thing. Kron, your first name is the same as my middle name - the exact spelling, which is somewhat more rare than some of the others you see. Pretty cool coincidence, I think.
The Chicken I made three (two for backups) and burned them all. After baking, I called them the three-piece chicken dinner, extra-crispy recipe. I nearly pitched them, but then realized I could paint them (they burned to a funky olive color). I'm so glad you liked this, because I cannot believe what a pain in the neck it was!!! It was fun, though, and after years of avoiding polymer clay, I've finally tried it, and of course am now addicted. Lesson learned: Do not try a new craft on a swap, especially one that's not terribly long! Duh. >.< I'm glad it was so perfect for you with your new chickens!
And here's a closeup:
Er, he kind of leans, doesn't he? He's not drunk, I swear! If I remember right, I didn't have to paint the comb or the beak on this one. Hmm, perhaps I shouldn't have done a closeup - it's much cuter in person, or at least that's how I remember it.
The Doggie I love the cell phone picture, because it doesn't show how lumpy its head is! ^_^ I saw dog toy squeakers at my new job at Petsmart, and knew it'd be perfect for this swap. Unfortunately I didn't think to add stuffing around it until I was sending it off; thus the lumpy head.
The Bag "Critter" is such a good term, because before you get him all put together, the gray felt piece could be a cat or even a rabbit. But what he was originally intended to be (I made the pattern for the bento swap) was a Totoro (on a keychain in the first picture post for reference). I really, really wish that I'd had some chenille stems/pipecleaners or the right yarn, because I could have made it into a cat, which is more recognizable than Totoro (rent My Neighbor Totoro if you haven't seen it, because it's super kawaii!).
And another shot (what is this fabric?!) with a horrible glare:
Some cute charms! Well, okay, they're much better-looking in person, sorry for the horrendous photograph. One was broken when it got here. It took me a while, but the red one is tsukimi udon, isn't it? I'm right, aren't I? I mean, how clever is that to make a charm of one of the recipes she provided me with!
And some containers and an oshibori (cloth for washing your hands):
Oh, how I adore these containers! ^_^ These are the kinds of things I dream about, but never give in to the temptation to buying them, because if I did, my apartment would be overrun with them!! Thank you!!
Ah, and here is what Radiationbaby was laughing about - this is what we both got each other! And the thing that makes it even funnier is that I have these already...I'd bought them a few months back when I started making bentos. I laughed so hard when I saw them! So now if we have another round (and you can bet I'm in!), I'm all set for one thing. ^_^
Another shot of the molds - ah, I forgot to mention - in Radiationbaby's letter, she said they could function as dividers. I'd never thought of that. A cow-shaped cup - how cute!:
And by far the bestest ever - recipe cards! And not just your average recipe cards, either...these had art on them! I can't draw, so my eyes nearly popped at these drawings - they look like they were done with a black pen and some markers and colored pencils, but look super fabulous! Ah, to be able to draw...
I am trying to get the other images edited for posting, but it's going to take a while. I'd like to share all the recipe cards with everyone, if you don't mind, Radiationbaby. They're so cool!
Oh, one other thing - I've been looking for years for a recipe for okonomiyaki that doesn't include ingredients not easily found in your local grocery store. There was one in my package! I grinned all the way from my mailbox, across the courtyard, up the stairs, and while I was slicing the tape on the box, and it just kept getting bigger as I pulled more and more things out! Well, until I hit the recipe cards, that is - then my mouth fell open!
Ah, sorry to be so free with the exclamation marks, but by golly I'm excited about this stuff! I must start planning bento boxes right away.
And one final thing (until I get some more photos up)...as hard as I laughed at the ice cream sandwich molds, I nearly died laughing when I saw your pictures, Radiationbaby. I was amazed that we both had the same green cube organizer...and then I realized that in my excitement to ship stuff off, I'd completely forgotten to take it out of the box! Good thing I don't need it, I rarely use it. After I stopped laughing, I cringed because you can see the horrible dust on it - you can tell how long it'd been since I last used it. But oh, I laughed so hard at that. Enjoy it for me!
Disclaimer: I have never played Final Fantasy, so I know nothing about cactuars in their natural habit. I just found a picture of one several years ago and thought it was cute and funny, and have liked them ever since.
I successfully made some felt stuffies a while back (pictured below), and I'm hooked. So this is just the latest. What next? I need something simple and geeky. I'm open to ideas!!
Look at 'im go!
Now the other way...
Cactuar and Friends
Just playing with the light...
And poor cactuar got a taste of being poked himself - I accidentally got a bit aggressive with the chopstick I was using to rearrange his stuffing! ^_^; Again, must make more...ideas, please...
Awesome case dude! How did the glue end up working out?
Heh, I don't get called dude a lot. I'm usually the one calling other people dudes.
I actually called my brother yesterday and neglected to ask about the glue. Next time I talk to him (you know, like in three months...) I'll ask. But I did learn the blanket stitch, and I totally love it! All the pictures on the web site MonkeyThumb recommended sort of intimidated me, but I just dove in, and boy is it easy! And it looks really nice on edging as well as being sturdy. I have a friend who made a garment and used the blanket stitch on the sleeves, then embroidered a diamond shape in between each stitch. So simple even I, lazy and untalented that I am, I could pull it off, and it looks great. I highly recommend it.
I made these for the first round of the bento swap. After I made them I was somewhat dismayed at having to give them up, but then my swap partner flaked on me. See what she missed out on? Fortunately, we have an awesome swap organizer, and I've been paired with another, so I'm excited all over again. And I'm totally lucky, and my new swap partner had specified she didn't want any stuffies (she hasn't seen these, though )! Woot! So now I have some new Domo-kun friends. I have no idea what to do with them, but I love them anyway. ^_^ A new take on fuzzy dice, perhaps? Ideas would be welcomed.
The Domo Duo Ah, what to do with the pair...
The Round One Sorry about the quality of the individual pictures...not sure what happened, but it was late, so I've an excuse.
The Square One My favorite!
And for those of you who aren't familiar with him, this is what the original guy looks like:
I had intended to barely stuff them at all, or perhaps use a couple pieces of felt trimmed stuffed into the interior so that they were kinda flat. I'm not sure why I wanted them like that, and now that they're finished, I kinda wished I'd stuffed them as full as they could go. The round one makes a great flying disc as is, though.
It took me forever to make a pattern to cut out the mouths from. I was way too picky about how they looked. There had to be four teeth on top and four on bottom like the original, and I couldn't get them to look quite right. But now that they're done, I don't care and love them just the way they are!
Sorry for the long postage, I'm sleepy (it's 2:00 in the morning, after all...). I'll prolly edit to fix that later. Right now I'm just excited about these guys!
If you're totally grossed out and think you couldn't actually eat this cake, it's not quite so realistic-looking in person. Please excuse the crappy picture. Yes, pun intended.
For years my family has made what we call cow pattycakes (as a result, I was probably in my teens before I could eat German chocolate cake!). It's really fun to see people's reactions to the cake!! Since my company's logo is a buffalo, I made one and called it a buffalo pattycake for my boss's birthday this year. Of course, it was only as I was walking out the front door with the thing to take it to work that I remembered she was allergic to coconut. She was able to scrape the frosting off, though, and eat just the cake.
It's pretty easy to make - I don't normally like cake, so I literally never make them, but I had no trouble putting this together (the trick is knowing how to stack them). If you're more ambitious than I am, you can make the batter from scratch.
Ingredients: German Chocolate Cake Mix and any additional ingredients required Coconut Almond Frosting Plain Shredded Wheat Plastic Flies
Instructions: Preheat the oven. Prepare the cake as per the box's instructions, and pour round or slightly oval-shaped puddles of it onto a cookie sheet. Bake until the cake passes the toothpick test. It takes a lot less time to bake thus way than in a pan, even if you do two or three cookie sheets separately. Once they're done, you take a clean cookie sheet and stack the patties on it. Skew them a bit as you do this so that they don't sit directly on top of each other, but not enough to make the entire thing wobbly, either. Spread the coconut almond frosting all over it. Now add the flies. Break up the shredded wheat and spread it around the cake. That's all there is to it! It really is quite simple.
You'd probably figure this out on your own, but just for safety purposes I'll point out that plastic flies are not edible, and you should remove them before eating the cake.
I really wish I had a better picture. Unfortunately I did not buy my digital camera until a couple months after making this cake (I only recently ran across the picture again and recalled I hadn't yet posted it). At the time, I only had a camera phone available to me. If I make another one, I'll be sure to take a better picture.
If you use this recipe or ever make something similar, please PM me to point it out! I'd like to see how it turns out.
I found Craftster several months ago - figures that my first project post is something I need help with rather than one of my many, many decent projects! My long-winded tale of the train of thought that led to this creation is at the bottom of this post. Pictures and plea for help first, though.
How can I make this thing hold together permanently? My sewing/stitching isn't so hot. Help me out!
The Front Handsome fella, no?
The Back The flap looks like it was cut and then sewn crooked, but it's because it wasn't lying flat on one side when I photographed it, not because I'm an idiot with the scissors.
The Back with Flap Open Only took me two tries to sew on that snap!
The entire thing is three pieces cut out from two sheets of felt - the red pieces on the outside, and then a black one in the middle. Some of the shadows make it look like the black sticks out farther than it really does - it's actually cut evenly all the way around.
Now to my permanency problem - right now it's just super glued together, but that won't hold forever. I thought about stitching X's around the edge, but I can't figure out how to space them, and the teeth pose a problem. The entire thing is about 3 inches (app. 7 cm) square, so you can imagine how bitty the teeth are (I thought about doing a satin stitch in gold floss on one of them!). And again, my backstitching is pretty ugly, so I'm really hurting for ideas here. Can anyone help?
I learned that when working with felt, use super glue sparingly. There are spots where I got it on a bit heavy and I can see where it dried - fortunately not enough to be obvious to anyone not looking for it.
I'm trying to hand make all my gifts for Christmas this year. My brother was, of course, the most difficult - not so much in terms of things I could make him, but what I could make that wouldn't be met with the standard unenthused grunt of appreciation. After coming up with the idea to make Shrinky Dink magnets for some of my friends, I got the idea to make guitar pick magnets for him. I figured he wouldn't be wild about me abusing picks that way, but too darn bad. I didn't really feel like that was enough though, and through some weird thought path and inspiration by moxie_d's Happy Star Felt iPod Cozy here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=206863.0, my brain came up with the idea of a guitar pick cozy. He's always losing them in the washer; I figured this is small enough to stick in his pocket, but (theoretically) big enough that he won't overlook it when laundering.
Originally I was going to go with a wallet-sized rectangle and a picture of a skull on the front, but that didn't quite satisfy me. Then the idea of what I have now popped into my head. Perfect! Well, perfect for me since I was looking for an excuse to learn how to work with felt. We'll see if I get more than a grunt for Christmas this year...
I also stumbled upon this, which is just too cool not to share: http://skulladay.blogspot.com/ The blog archive is on the right-hand side below most of the other stuff if you want to see more.