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1  Re: I Want What I Can't Craft Swap (Round 2) Gallery in The Swap Gallery by instantkarma on: October 30, 2008 08:21:58 AM
Wow, everyone has gotten such awesome stuff! ^^ Here's my loot from SciFunk. I received it a week ago, but Photobucket hasn't worked for a while...I finally just gave up and got a new account. Excuse the crappy webcam shots, but I can get you better pictures of things if you want them.

A cute little bag to hold things in my favorite color.

A kickass resin octopus necklace.

This hat. This hat is huge. It covers almost my whole head. ^^

Hat as it sits on my head in the 'right' way.

Cute purple hat. I love this one. I should wear it again today...

A calorimetry...I've always wanted one of these!

A Fullmetal Alchemist art book! I have been meaning to buy this only about a million times, but never did. Now I own it for real! Cheesy

A blood rune (Fullmetal again) necklace. I wore this thing every day since I got it, and now I don't know where it is, which makes me really, really sad. Sad

A cuuuuute headband with various octopus pictures on it.

And, for our organizer, proof of sending of my package to SciFunk:

This was an amazing swap and I'm sooooo happy to have been in it! Smiley
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2  Re: Questions About Hairstyles! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by instantkarma on: August 14, 2008 03:39:03 PM
Try hairfiles (http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v480/hairfiles/?action=view&current=hairfiles.gif). They're pretty awesome for that type of thing.

I don't know if anyone checks in here anymore, but I'm wondering if someone can give me some advice. Basically, I went to the hairdresser today and got a decently cute cut, but somewhere in there she chopped one part of my bangs off so it's really short (well, too short for my liking).

This is with the short part being held back with a bobby pin, because it's waay in my eyes and everything.  Undecided I think it looks cute with the pins in, btw, but I have an eight a.m. class this semester, and I'm not going to want to get up and do ANYTHING with my hair.

Anyway, I got to thinking about it, and I thought...hmm. Well, I've always wanted to try out straight bangs, as they seem to be "in" on younger people again.

(Those are the ever-so-beautiful facelikeallama, indieanajess and cats_pajamas, by the way.)

So, I took some bobby pins and stuff and attempted to make a "demo" version of the bangs I'm interested in.

One picture has them farther up my forehead. The other doesn't. Also, I look ever-so-pleased in both of them. I know.

Anyway, my question is: can I pull these bangs off? If I got some, they would probably be a little bit thicker and I would probably then dye a blue or purple stripe in them on the right side, because while I am sick and tired of having plain hair I don't want to go all-out this time.

Any advice would rock! Cheesy Thank you!
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3  My take on the very pretty puffy slouchy hat... in Crochet: Completed Projects by instantkarma on: August 07, 2008 08:10:35 PM
...in purple! Smiley

I love this hat so much. The pattern is so easy to follow, and for someone like me who loves to wear slouchy hats, it looks a lot different than your typical tam. I'm sorry about the blur; I was balancing on the tips of my toes in front of my toilet to take this picture. Cheesy

Here's what it looks like on my head:

And here's my attempt at taking a picture of the side of it; it didn't work very well, but you can see details of the stitching pretty well:

If you've thought about making a slouch hat out of this pattern but haven't found the time yet, you definitely should make some time since it really is an awesome hat. Smiley
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4  Squid, nautilus and jellyfish amigurumis! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by instantkarma on: August 07, 2008 08:05:40 PM
I work for my community pool this summer, and when I'm not helping people, there's a lot of downtime. So, I have taken to bringing my crochet to work with me. I already have a love for ocean creatures, and when you combine that love with chlorine fumes...well...you get these little critters. Cheesy

Squiddie! I love this guy sooo much. I worked on him off and on for months (some of it at my boyfriend's grandmother's house, where everyone there was impressed that I could crochet). Also, I don't think those are going to be his final eyes; I just need to get out to somewhere that I can get him better looking ones...unless anyone really likes the tiny eyes? I kinda-sorta do, but at the same time, I don't.

To go along with squiddie: jellyfish! I love him too. I made him up as I went along and was so happy with how he turned out. The color in this picture is a little off - it's actually like a bright blue. I'm sorry about the blur, too - I was trying to hold him up to take the picture but I guess my arm wiggled a bit there.

And...I thought this nautilus was going to be sticking with the other two, but after looking at his color scheme in comparison with his companions, I've decided to give him away to my friend Heidi, who watched me make him and adores him. He's still pretty cute, though.

Here's one final shot of squiddie and jelly, sitting on top of the yarn that will become the shell for my new nautilus. Smiley

I hope you like them! Also, I got a new camera, so I just have to say - isn't it great that you can actually see the stitching and the work that I put into my critters? My old camera had no macro setting (that's what you get for ~$60) and now that I have a good camera I can't wait to show off all of this stuff I've been making. Cheesy Yay! Now, to get a tripod! Wink
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5  I made yarn falls...kind...of? in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by instantkarma on: May 28, 2008 09:47:31 AM
From back when I was a raver/scene kid obsessed with glitter and bright colors...

Man, those pictures are old. I still have those things sitting around and I plan on wearing them to the rave at Anime Detour next year... Cheesy Nostalgia!
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6  Two bored college students + My Little Ponies = ? in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by instantkarma on: May 28, 2008 09:41:47 AM
My roommate needed some graduation presents for friends who are graduating high school, so we went to the local thrift store and found these:

This is before they were washed...

Given haircuts...

and drawn on. Excessively.

After a few hours of work, we ended up with a whole new batch of custom-made ponies by us for her friends!

From left to right, that's:
Liberty Spikes pony with random drawings about what her and her friend did together through high school (I did the hair, friend did the drawing)
Torchwood pony for a friend who loves Dr. Who and Torchwood (I did everything)
Mohawk pony with a bloody quote from a horror movie (Friend did everything)
Our personal favorite, Emo/Scene pony for a very conservative guy friend. The "K" on his rump is a symbol of some club she met the guy friend in (I did the hair and tie, friend did everything else)
Girly pony with a tapeworm drawn on her because the recipient calls herself a tapeworm while playing foursquare (I did everything)
Foursquare pony with random foursquare-related drawings (friend did everything)

And here are some quick up-close shots of my favorites:

Torchwood pony

Liberty Spikes pony

Emo/Scene pony

Thanks for taking the time to look at this random post! I realize these are not as good as anyone else's toys by any means, but we had a lot of fun making them either way.
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7  Re: The sparklies for the Jar of Beads swap GALLERY! (send 5/26) in The Swap Gallery by instantkarma on: May 28, 2008 09:10:47 AM
Hahah, the "tiny people in my jar" line makes me laugh. Cheesy I'm glad you liked everything I sent - I had a lot of fun getting things together to send to you, and decorating the jar that way is literally one of my crowning achievements.

I received from bunnyrabbit yesterday too - here are the pictures! Smiley Excuse any crappiness of pictures, by the way - I was going to get a new camera with my stimulus check, but then my tuition for college went up again...

Everything all together! We have a postcard from Iowa, the envelope that it was all sent in, her really really sweet card that she sent along, and the bottle. There are also project cards in the card! I thought that was awesome because I never really follow any rules/guidelines for making jewelry; maybe now that I have some cards I'll do things that are more advanced than "pick up bead, put it on wire, add an earring hook - yay! all done!". Cheesy

All of the beads spilled on my floor. I was surprised at how many beads that little bottle could hold!

The huge leaf bead that was tied around the bottle. I love this. I loved it even more once I took it out in the light and realized that there are gold sparkles in it too. Smiley

Everything divided up - it was hard to get a good picture. I will point out that some of the red beads are these awesome swirly faux shell beads that I adore. I was actually in a bead store earlier today looking at shell beads!

Last but not least, my favorite beads of the bunch. They're wooden and have pretty little flowery (I think....I can't remember, they're kind of far away right now) designs on them. Love them. Smiley There are also some turquoise-looking beds in there too that I like, but I didn't take a picture of them because I figure that everyone knows what turquoise looks like.

Thank you so much, bunnyrabbit! I really liked everything!

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8  Doctor Who Adipose baby...because you can never have enough fat babies! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by instantkarma on: May 25, 2008 01:11:32 PM
My roommate is a huge Doctor Who fan. For her birthday, I was going to crochet her a doll of the Tenth Doctor, but then I ran out of money and, quite frankly, motivation. Around the time of finals at college, I found two separate patterns for the Doctor Who Adipose baby from the new season and decided that I would make him for her to make up for my laziness.

I only have one picture, but I think it's decent:

I used part of one pattern for the body and feet, but I used another pattern (and some improvising) to make the arms. My roomie loved him...and yeah, he's sitting on my laptop, listening to my iTunes. Cheesy

Thanks for looking! Smiley I've made a bunch of other crochet things over these past few weeks that I hope to post up here soon too.
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9  I need people who are experienced with mascot costumes or costumes in general! in Discussion and Questions by instantkarma on: May 22, 2008 10:07:22 AM
...so I'm obsessed with Hoshi no Kaabi and Kirby in general. He's adorable. I mean, come on, look at that face!

How can you not adore him?

Anyway, I had the bright idea of dressing up as Kirby for the next Anime Detour! Cheesy How kawaii would that be?
I've seen other Kirby cosplayers, but they only wear, you know, pink clothes, pink shoes. I want to be the real deal. I want to BE Kirby (I'm crazy, I know).

A quick Photobucket search brought up this image of someone cosplaying Kirby, which I really like:

The only problem is, I'm 5'8" and thus could not fit into that costume. It's cute, though.

Basically, my costume needs to be the following things:
* Round and pink (of course!)
* It needs to STAY round (that is, it needs some type of support to keep it up)
* It needs to be able to be seen out of
* I need to be able to reasonably walk around in it (but not for a long period of time; I don't plan on wearing it all day)
* It can't be too heavy
* It needs some way of sitting on my shoulders or head or whatever
* I do not need to be able to use the hands to actually grab things, but it would be nice to be able to put my hands in them to move them around for pictures

Does anyone have any idea of how to achieve these goals? Could someone math up a sphere size that would fit me in it? I was thinking of making the costume over my top half (head to knees) and then making the shoes out of duct tape to cover my calves and feet since I'll be a huge Kirby anyway. As for the actual costume, I am totally unsure - I thought about making a wire frame and then covering it with pink fabric, then doing iron-on transfers of the eyes, pink spots and mouth, but I'm not sure how that would work out for me to be able to see.

Also, quick side note: does anyone know if it's possible to get a cheap and reasonably loud speaker system/recorder thing that I could use to make it sound like Kirby's saying his trademark "Poyopoyo~!" (or alternatively, "Hiiiiii~!")? I thought maybe my iPod with my speaker system strapped to my arms might work, but I don't have a way to power that.

If anyone can help me with this, it's Craftster. Thanks for any help you can give me!


(edited to add: there is what appears to be a full-size? Kirby costume here but I believe it was made by Nintendo for their commercial, so of course they had all the resources they needed...)
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10  Cherry blossom market bag and more in Crochet: Completed Projects by instantkarma on: April 17, 2008 03:13:31 PM
Here's what I have been working on for the last few days:

This is a market bag that I made out of a slightly-modified pattern I found online. I made the bottom bigger, the strap shorter, and added the green stripe and the cherry blossom flowers.

Since I loved those blossoms so much, I made these earrings. Actually, I made the earrings first and the bag second, but the bottom line is still that I love them.

A seal for my auntie's birthday. She's pretty impressed by my ability to crochet, so I thought making her something might be fun. I think he's cuter without a mouth, but maybe I'll add one. What do you think?

Last but not least, this is just a little bracelet I made out of some scrap yarn when I wanted a new bracelet to wear. Nothing very special, really.

Do you have thoughts? I'd love to hear them. Smiley
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