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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mixed Media Undersea Embroidery. Narwhals included! on: February 06, 2011 01:44:41 PM
So every year for Valentine's day my friend puts out an "Application to be my Date for Valentine's Day".
It is much less creepy than it sounds and all our friends fill it out and the winner gets free lunch. Yay!
All the questions are really random ("What is your favorite use of the invention of string?") and the last one has a big empty box under it that says "Do something creative in the box below (it must include a jellyfish)".
So this is my something creative, and I think I got that free Valentine's sandwich in the bag this year. Woohoo!

Francis the Octopus with 7 Legs

Nathan the Narwhal

Velma the Jellyfish

Velma has a dog named Scuba Doo. (teehee)

I don't know much about embroidery so all the stitches I just kinda made up as I went along. I think my favorite part is Velma's tentacles, because I stitched the yellow in like a zig zag and then just threaded the gold through it.
And this is the first time I ever actually accomplished a french knot! Yay me!
Also, I don't really like "empty embroidery" so I decided to fill the critters in with some watercolor paint. I really like the way it turned out, though I get the flinching feeling that I am breaking some embroidery commandments.
Forgive me!

The images themselves were inspired by:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/59539830/narwhal?ref=em   and
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A Friendly Family of Skulls Necklace on: July 25, 2010 11:23:37 PM
I made this necklace for my little sister's birthday.

It was suuuuuuuuuuper easy!
I did a freezer paper stencil of a sketch I drew on a scrap of felt and then attached a chain.
My original sketch:

My little sister being awesome:

Luckily she always likes things I make for her! Last Christmas I gave her a shrinky-dink moustache necklace. Mustaches are big with da kids. Lol.
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Reconstructed Carnival Costumes on: January 18, 2010 02:22:43 PM

Way back in October 2009 I was working on tons of costumes for my work. We were putting on a carnival event and I decided that it just wouldnt suffice unless everyone was in costume, so I put myself to work.
I did all of this and more in under 3 weeks (with school on top of that) and was a bit rushed, so some of it is more makeshift than I would have hoped.
In general, I'm real proud though.

The ringmaster!

Ruffled shirt and bowtie/cummerbund: Thrifted

The jacket was thrifted and then altered to be a tailcoat, and the red collar, buttons and cuffs were added. Making regular jackets into tailcoats is a skill I think everyone should use!
So Ill post a tute when I get the chance.
I don't have any good pictures of the tail part I added, unfortunately. I lined it in the same fabric as the cuffs and collar, and it is my favorite part!

Heres another one with his hat:

Next up,

The Amazing FishBoy! (Part fish, part boy, allllll man.)

Shirt: Altered thrifted sequined dress

This one was super last-minute.

His leggings are held together with staples because I didnt have enough time to sew them.  o_O

The shorts have scales drawn on them with gold sharpie, he has green painted cardboard flippers and webbed finger gloves held together with hotglue.  If I had more time, he would probably be a less riffraffy fishboy, but hey! I think it worked out!

And now,

 The spectacular Jungle Girl!!!

This one was so much fun!

I basically went to a thrift store, got 4 different kinds of fabric (some shirts, some pants, a skirt), tore them up into long strips, and sewed all the strips together! Because one of the fabrics was stretchy, I didnt need a zipper or anything!

Bearded Lady = easiest costume ever.


1 dress
1 wig
1 hairy man

Mix thoroughly. 

The mime ballerina!

I got the tutu at a thrift store, and sewed the halter top from a thrifted tuxedo shirt.
The over skirt was thrifted silky black and red fabric cut into trapezoids and then sewn together, alternating each color.
If I had more time, I would have put some elastic or a drawstring into the overskirt.

The Amazing Stilt Girl!

My coworker provided the talent, I provided the pants.
Stilt pants are actually really easy to make.
They are like PJs with really long legs!

I should have posted this all in October when everyone is in the mood for costumes, but... I didn't Sad
I think carnies are good anytime of the year though!
Thanks for looking!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The Boyfriend on: November 22, 2009 07:05:47 PM
Hey everyone!
This is my first doll!
I came up with the pattern on my own and everything!
This is going to be a Christmas present for my best friend, entitled, "The only boy you'll ever need."
The hair is from corduroy pants, the main fabric is from an old button up shirt, and the t-shirt appropriately from an old t-shirt.
The glasses are from fabric paint and a self-made freezer paper stencil.
I'll probably add more..
Like some pants maybe.
But I was super excited so I had to post it up.
When I'm all done I'll probably put a tutorial on my blog, I just didn't want to do it yet for fear my friend would see it.

What should his name be?
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Duct tape enhanced backpack! on: August 16, 2009 05:34:16 PM
My 13 year old sister made this for back-to-school!

She is too awesome.
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Adorable Apple Caramel CupPIEcakes!! on: March 21, 2009 09:57:08 PM
So an amazing adventure involving free apples and spring break celebration resulted in me creating these:

They are Apple Pie all dressed up like a cupcake.
Or a Cupcake all fancied up Apple Pie pastry style.

Either way they are delicious and I am super proud of them.

I wrote up a recipe, let me know if it is confusing at all, I've never had my own recipe before! (Tee-hee)

<- Here.
Let me know if you make them!
You and if you need and excuse, just make them to help me refine my recipe writing inconstancies.

Pie Crust
2 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
3/4 Cup Vegetable Shortening (like Crisco)
4-5 Tablespoons ice water

1.) In large bowl mix flour and salt. With pastry blender or 2 knives used scissor-fashioned, cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
2.) Sprinkle in ice water, 1 Tablespoon at a time, mixing lightly with fork after each addition, until dough is just moist enough to hold together. (the less water you use, the flakier the crust)
3.) Shape dough into 2 disks with your hands, one slightly larger than the other. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Thinly Sliced Baking Apples. (I used the yellowy-greeny-tinge of red kind)
Caramel topping: (based on http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=22283.0)

    1/2 cup vegan margarine (the stick kind)
    3 tablespoons flour
    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/3 cup water

In a saucepan, bring Caramel topping ingredients to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for five minutes.
1. Take out your refrigerated pastry dough. On a floured surface, roll it out as thin as you can. Dont worry too much if it tears.
2. Tear off square pieces of dough approximately 2 inches bigger on each side then the diameter of your cupcake pan holes.
3. Lay the pieces each over the hole and then push gently down so it lines the pan. Cut off any overlap.
4. Take your apple slices and break them into pieces to fit your cupcake pan, fill each hole with apples to the top. Shake some cinnamon on top.
5. Take the caramel sauce, and fill each mini piecake with sauce until it reaches the top.
6. Top the piecakes with pieces of whatever dough you have left over.
7. In an oven preheated to 425 degrees, place your piecakes on the middle shelf and bake for 15 minutes.
And heres where it gets iffy again because I cant remember if I baked them longer then that.
I know it was at least 15 minutes, but it could have been as much as 25.
So check them out at 15 minutes, if the crust is golden and the filling is bubbly and looking like if you leave it in any longer its going to Pompeii all over the place, its time to take them out.
8. Let them cool!!
9. To get them out, run a knife in between the pan and the edges of the piecake. If it starts spinning, then its loose enough. Using two knifes on either side, kind of shimmy the piecake out carefully.
10. Dig in!! No fork required.
7  California / California: South / UCSD Project Trashion on: March 01, 2009 02:08:33 AM
If anyone out there goes to UCSD, I am organizing "Project Trashion" for Earth Week.
Here's the Facebook page if you are interested in competing or if you'd like to help organize!
This is the first time I've organized something this big, so let's hope it works out!

8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Valentines Day... oh so complicated. (A help-me-with-your-crafty-mind-thread) on: January 31, 2009 09:52:49 AM
I need some ideas.
And if you'd like to lend me some, I'd be forever grateful!

Here's the story:

I've got my 'love interest' -I guess you can say, because he's not actually my "boyfriend" yet
And he lives a few states away.
He's also on a Mormon mission for another 10 months.
Which means we only get to communicate through snail mail and email, and I haven't heard his voice in over a year. Sad

We met in high school band in "pit" which is this:

Xylophones and marimbas if you didn't know.

One year on Vday (before our feelings were made known to each other) he sent me like 15 of those 'candy grams' that they always sell in High School and deliver to your classes..
But at the time I didn't believe it was him that sent them and I said stupid things like, "Look, you are apparently my secret lover! Hahaha." 
(In my defense, it wasn't in his handwriting.)

Anyway, that is all in the past, but for this year (generally "our" first Vday) I would like to send him a nice little package that kinda references our past but looks to the future.

My ideas are:
-record some message to him and recite some quotes or poetry or something and send him the tape
-something musical/marimba related
-something to make us even for that one time with the candy grams..... lol.
-something perhaps that a Mormon missionary could use? Knitted Book of Mormon cover?
-I kinda have a hankering to use my sewing machine as well..

Sorry for the life-story and long post..

but any ideas would be appreciated!
Thanks  Grin
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Blue and Cream Beanie for a Distant Lover on: January 26, 2009 11:02:21 PM
I tend to feel selfish knitting for myself in San Diego.
Especially when I get emails from my perhaps-someday-boyfriend in Ohio about the single-digit temperatures..
So to redeem myself, I set to knitting him some warmth.
Picky as I am, I searched a reaally long time for a nice man-hat pattern.
And here is what I came up with.
You can find the pattern here:

It is really simple and quick, and it made me happy.

Here you can see the ribbing-disappearing effect:

I knitted with two strands of yarn (one blue, one cream) at the same time.

Unfortunately, I sent it off to my Ohioan boy and he has informed me that it is too small  Sad

But he's going to send it back and I am going to ATTEMPT to lengthen it.

Anyone have any suggestions?
The only way I can think of is to pick up stitches around and just keep knitting the rib pattern...

I'll do my best.
Wish me luck!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Thrifted Sweater into Ruffly-Victorianesque Scarf! *Updated* on: January 19, 2009 03:44:36 PM
If anyone is interested, I made an Instructable for this project. I guess it could be pretty useful if you have one of those fancy-shmancy pro accounts where you can print it out and everything. Here it is:

Also, it is entered in a contest on the site, so if you like it, put in a vote! Thanks for your support on this tutorial, and I am really interested in seeing pictures if anyone has made one!

I made this:

Into this:

I found the sweater for 2 dollars at our on-campus thrift store.
The color is really awesome, and it is all merino wool, so it's really soft.
And to add to the satisfaction, I whipped out this scarf in no time flat.

This is my first real project on my new sewing machine!! So excited.

Well... my actual first project was a tank top for my roommate's bear:

But she got angry because he's a boy bear.

I told her that bears have gender issues too and she should accept him the way he is.

Anyways, I made a tutorial and posted it as my very first blog post:

I'm just starting out, so I apologize that the image spacing is still a bit wonky..
(That's why I opted not to post the tutorial in this thread, I didn't want to subject all you lovely people to my images barfing themselves all over your screen.)
But I will get better. I hope.


P.s. If you make this scarf, post pictures!!
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