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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Super Mario World: Bonus Game Screen Shot Paintings on: January 04, 2010 04:35:48 AM
These are pixel art paintings of one of the Super Mario World Bonus Games .  These were my bf's christmas present, although I didn't finish them in time.  The company I work for just went out of business, so I've been pretty disheartened and unmotivated to do much of anything artsy lately   Sad

I painted a few of the items taking up the entire 8x8" canvas, and others where they were half-way in the canvas so it looks like a screen shot of them spinning.  I'm really not sure how many people will understand the image I was trying to go for, but it's okay.

There are 9 panels, each canvas measures 8x8"...I rested one of our wiimotes above the Starman in the bottom right corner so you could get a better understanding of how big this piece is.

They're acrylic on stretched canvas.  I used a flat-head brush to try my best to paint straight lines...I'm not much of a painter honestly, I think it's one of the mediums I'm very uncomfortable and unfamiliar with...I usually crochet or sew things.  I think these took about 6-10 hours total, I'm really not sure.  I was being extra lazy with them and spanned the progress over the period of 2 days.

The FireFlowers' leaves are a brighter green, but in this photo the lighting is so terrible that they look black or a very dark green  : \  Any comments good/bad/suggestions are more than welcome!  I bought a giant bottle of a glossy varnish type-dealy, but I'm not sure if I want to use it.  I have a feeling I'm going to mess up terribly and just make a mess.
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Super Mario Bros: 9" Blooper Amigurumi! on: January 04, 2010 04:30:34 AM
Blooper is that squid guy that is found in the horrible underwater levels of the Mario series.

I hate the underwater levels so much. They managed to make things worse by including Blooper, who shoots out of absolutely NOWHERE and has unpredictable diagonal jetting motions. Even worse they have Bloopers with a trail of Blooper babies that take up half the swimming area in those levels! GAH!

But Ive learned to love this guy, even though hes followed me to Mario Kart Wii and squirts black ink all over my screen to block my view of the race track. Despite all these annoying traits, he is rather adorable, haha.

This Blooper measures 9 and has a blank stare, leaving you to believe hes as shocked as you are at how ridiculously adorable he is. Cheesy
He took about 5-6 hours. I dont have a pattern for this guy, along with most of the things I make. I really should try to make a habit of writing the pattern down as Im making something, but I improvise a lot and I am also a very lazy person. Tongue

Edit:  The Power-Up panels in the background were another project and can be found Here
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Super Mario Play Set! (7pc) + Penguin Suit Mario!! on: December 08, 2009 10:04:41 AM
Here they are!  The Super Mario play set that includes 7 characters!  All together I think these guys took about 8 hours to make.  So much fun!  I kind of wanted to make a stop-motion video of all the characters to classic Super Mario music, but someone adopted them before I could do so   Tongue

- Mario (4")
- Goomba (1")
- 1-Up shroom (1")
- Power mushroom (1")
- Bob-Omb (1/2")
- Bullet Bill (3")
- Starman (2") **modified AprilDraven's Twinkle Star**

Bonus!  Penguin Suit Mario from New Super Mario Bros Wii!  This guy took about 4 hours I believe...he measures 4.5" and has cute penguin feet and tiny yellow buttons on his overalls  Cheesy

I haven't written out a pattern yet, but I can try.  I'm just REALLY bad at doing so (take for example, my Piranha Plant Scarf pattern...really incomplete and nonsensical!).  Thanks for looking, any comments and suggestions are very much appreciated!

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / The elusive Green Goomba Shoe appears! on: October 19, 2009 09:29:37 AM
From the MarioWiki: A Goomba's Shoe (previously known as Kuribo's Shoe) is a large, green-colored boot with a wind-up key sticking out of the back of it; it is also one of the rarest of all the power-ups in all of the Mario series.

The green Goomba Shoe makes only 1 appearance throughout the Mario games in Super Mario Bros. 3, Level 5-3 Skyland.  See a video of it's amazing capabilities in action here!  (at 0:25)

When I first played Mario 3, I had no idea you could sit in the shoe for a ride!

Boot-er luck next time, Goomba!  (props to the bf for thinking up the hilarious caption  Cheesy)

All is forgiven-- we can share the boot!  Over the weekend I sewed on 2 very tiny yellow buttons for Mario's overalls, but forgot to re-take the pictures!

Mario: 4.5"
Goomba: 2"
Green Shoe: 4"

These were made with my own crochet pattern.  I didn't write any of it down though, I am really terrible at writing patterns! 

I scribbled a quick Mario background to take some photos, haha!  I hope you enjoyed them!  Any comments (good/bad/suggestions) would be appreciated  Smiley
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Super Mario Piranha Plant Scarf on: September 29, 2009 10:43:40 AM
Hi everyone!  Here's another Mario related project of mine...actually I just noticed that the only projects I've posted here are Mario inspired!  I saw a project similar to this one on Ravelry and just had to have a go at it.  
This is a Piranha Plant scarf that I made for my bf's younger sister.  She's either a Junior or Senior in high school.

Our apartment kind of has a Mario theme going on...even the bathroom's decorated!

I'm kind of worried that she's too cool to wear this out.  Geek Chic is in though, right?  That kind of sucks if you're a real nerd-- because that's not cool.  It's only cool if you're pretending  Tongue

I used Lion Brand Jiffy Solids.  Originally I doubled up on the yarn when I made the green pipe, but it came out too thick and stiff.  So I started a 2nd green pipe without doubling up and it turned out soft and cozy.  

Here is the pattern for the Piranha Plant itself for those who want to have a go at this.  
Please do not resell the pattern or the finished product, thank you!

**pattern removed, long story.  please pm if you'd like me to email it to you!**
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Yoshi Netbook Sleeve on: August 06, 2009 09:07:54 AM
Hi everyone!  Over the weekend someone asked if I could make a Yoshi netbook sleeve for their gf.  I didn't really know how to go about doing that, but I think it turned out okay?  I used vinyl on the outside and pink polka dot fabric on the inside.  They didn't have a bright green vinyl at the store, so I had to use a forest green for Yoshi...

Yoshi and an apple

Close up of Yoshi

Close up of apple with yellow apple print ribbon

Back of netbook sleeve

Close up of egg

Inner lining

Please let me know what you think!  I really hope the recipient is happy with the outcome.  I also made her a giant pillow in the shape of Yoshi's egg   Smiley
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Super Mario Question Mark Block Ottoman! on: July 31, 2009 08:41:42 AM
Hello everyone!  This is my second project I've posted on Craftster.  The first was a crocheted 7x7ft Raccoon Mario rug that sits in our livingroom.  I wanted to keep the Mario theme going since our bathroom has these wall decals already, so I  decided to make a large Question Mark Block ottoman slipcover! 

What's inside! Coin? Extra life? Leaf? And how does a leaf turn Mario into a Raccoon, and how does it make him fly... Cheesy

Close up to show that the shadow is cut out from the yellow background with black showing from behind.

Ottoman and Rug side by side

This project was moderately easy but was difficult at times, because I have never worked with vinyl fabric before.  I bought a non-stick presser foot for my machine especially for this!  I hope it turned out okay.  I actually threw it in the trash because I wasn't happy with how it was coming along.  But the bf rescued it and said I should finish it since I was almost done with the project.  So I fixed the imperfections that drove me insane and finished up the slipcover for him   Wink

Any comments are welcome, I'd love to know what you guys think!  Thanks very much for looking.

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / 7x7ft Raccoon Mario Rug! Featured in NINTENDO POWER!!! on: July 22, 2009 12:12:09 PM
Hello everyone!  This is the first project I've posted on Craftster (he's on my Ravelry page now).  It is a 7x7ft 8-bit Raccoon Mario rug!  This is my bf's birthday present  Smiley

He's made of 386 granny squares, each one representing 1 pixel (3.5" each) that makes up Raccoon Mario.  I learned to crochet in February by watching youtube videos and recently watched another video for granny squares and got started on this project right away.  I had originally thought that it would take me over 1 month to complete if I made about 10 granny squares per day.

Flying through our livingroom!

We're playing Mario Kart Wii upside down here  Cheesy

Bottom left corner complete with remaining granny squares lined up above.

Box stacked with granny squares...

I finished him in 15 days (approx. 120hrs put in)!  It took 13 days to complete all the individual granny squares, then 2 days to sew them all together.  I made an Excel spreadsheet with columns and formulas detailing the number of granny squares needed for each color, then used this to track my daily progress (like a true geek, haha) and motivate me to keep out-doing myself.  

The bf loves it!  I hope you guys do too...I was afraid to post this because I just saw Gege's Super Mario Obsession blanket, and this one's no where close to being as RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING.  Thanks for any feedback and responses you guys may have.  I hope I still did a good job though... Smiley

07/30/09: Changed first picture to show my question mark block ottoman  Cheesy

01/22/10: The rug's been featured in February's issue of Nintendo Power!!!  AHHHH! 
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / How to crochet peach (fruit) shape? on: June 05, 2009 09:22:10 AM
Hi everyone, I've been lurking this board for 2 years but this is my first post here.

I'd like to ask if anyone would help me crochet a peach shape.  I started crocheting about 3 months ago.  I'm familiar with the basic stitches and techniques and am beginning to make my own patterns, but I can't seem to figure out how to do this peach shape correctly.  

I'm trying to make a Peach Longevity Bun (pastry in the shape of a peach that wishes long life, commonly served to elders in the Chinese tradition) for my grandma's 76th birthday.  Here are some reference pictures:


I can make the leaves just fine, but the peach shape really throws me off.  Would anyone be able to help me with this?  Please let me know what I can do for you in return, thank you!   Smiley

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