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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Professor Genki from Saints Row 3 & 4 -- EXTENDED REALITY! on: November 06, 2013 04:28:59 PM
Every Halloween, my fiance and I attend Horrorama, a local horror movie marathon that hosts fun horror and Halloween themed contests, like the zombie walk contest and the scream contest.

Now, I can't scream and my shuffle is kind of rusty, so thankfully there's a costume contest. For the past three years, I've either won outright or come in second, and after a disappointing second place finish last year, I knew I had to go all out -- go big or go home, right?

So I went big -- I present, Saint Row 3 & 4's Professor Genki!!

The costume was a hit, though many people didn't know exactly who I was. The host affectionately referred to me as "that acid-trip nightmare," hahaha.

Even so, I reclaimed my title and won! Yay!

The pieces I made for this costume were the ENORMOUS head, the tail, and the bowtie. I had never attempted anything like this huge mascot head before, so I was nervous, but my dad's wisdom--quit worrying about it and just start working--kept me going. The head is made of a styrofoam base that was covered in batting and then covered in fleece. The glasses are styrofoam covered in craft foam, and the ears are shaped plastic canvas covered in fleece. In spite of its size, it was actually pretty light and comfortable to wear, just as long as I remembered to duck through door frames. Smiley

Here's some of the very few in-progress shots I took:

I have no idea how I'm gonna top this next year.
Thanks for looking!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / 8-bit Community :D Six seasons and a movie! EDIT: Now with 100% more Pierce! on: May 18, 2012 03:40:41 AM
I love NBC's Community. Last night's trio of season ending episodes made my day, and I was especially delighted with the 8-bit video game episode. As soon as I saw the sprite versions of all my favorite TV characters, I knew I was gonna have to dust off my bead boxes Cheesy

There's Annie, Britta, Shirley, Jeff, Abed, and Troy. Pierce is gonna happen just as soon as I get a good screencap of his sprite.

EDIT: And here he is with the men of Community.

It took longer to get him done, because, you know, life gets in the way, but I'm glad to have the whole team together now Smiley
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Cooking Mama Ami on: October 03, 2010 04:34:34 PM
I was very inspired by this months contest, and I made a bag as an entry. After spending more than two weeks working on the bag, I had a bit of separation anxiety once I'd finished it. I just wasn't ready to put Mama down, I guess... So I whipped up this little Amigurumi Mama!

My favorite part is her apron pocket. I'm thinking of making a little spatula and a Wiimote to go in it Smiley

4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 55 ENTRIES / The Magic "Mama Will Fix It!" Bag! (Word and pic OBESE) on: October 03, 2010 04:13:37 PM

Gather 'round, friends, and let me tell you the story of a magic bag....

Once, there was a girl who set out to make an amigurumi octopus lady. She gathered her yarn and hooks and set to work.

It was soon apparent that things.... well, things weren't going so well for the girl.

The yarn had become tangled together into one big knot, her stitches were frayed and uneven, her hook had snapped--except for spontaneous yarn combustion, everything that could go wrong DID go wrong. The girl was determined, but after several hours of untangling, crocheting, and starting over again and again, the mess just got worse. It looked as though her amigurumi octopus lady would never come to be.

Then it hit her:

Yes, you're never alone with the Magic "Mama Will Fix It" bag! With the fires of determination in her eyes, Mama takes your failed project--

--and in a matter of a few frenzied minutes, she works her magic. As Mama's face softened into an expression of pleased serenity, the girl looked into the bag. What's this?

It's the octopus lady!

Thanks, Mama!

Okay, now that our little play is over.... <3

This is my entry for the contest, the "Mama Will Fix It" project bag. I'm constantly transporting WIPs back and forth from home to my mom's house, and when this challenge was announced, it seemed like a good opportunity to make myself a cute (and big!) bag to carry my stuff.

The first thing I had to do was make the pattern. I found the images I wanted to use and took their resolution down to a workable size--54 by 74 pixels for the front and back panels. Then I had to reduce the number of colors to a workable number--16--lemme tell ya, this bag was a great stashbuster!

It was only after all this that I actually learned to do tunisian crochet. I picked it up pretty quick thanks to Youtube! Each stitch was one pixel of the pattern.

(This was my very first time doing tunisian crochet, and when I started I didn't have the right kind of hook and no money, so I carved a hook out of a dowel rod, which I used for the entirety of the "fire eyes" panel--you've got no idea how proud of myself I was Smiley )

Anyway. The front and back panels took about four days of work each, due to the amount of color changes in the piece. (I wish I had gotten a pic of the back of the panel--it was a mess! It took around four hours EACH PANEL to weave in all the ends!)

The front panel, featuring FIERY DETERMINATION Mama. My favorite of Mamas Smiley

The back panel depicting "pleased" Mama. (The Mama doll was my project after finishing the bag. I had worked so long and so hard on the bag that when I finished it, I had this weird separation anxiety. I funneled that anxiety into making a Mama doll. Smiley)

The sides, which say "Don't worry" on one side and "Mama will fix it" on the other, were mercifully very quick to crochet up.

The strap is two long skinny rectangles of single crochet that I crocheted together. I lined the bag with a pink and cream polka dotted upholstery fabric.

All in all, the bag took nearly two and a half weeks of working every day to complete. It was entirely worth it!

Just remember... You're never alone with the Magic "Mama Will Fix It" bag Smiley

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Superman's Valentine on: February 13, 2008 11:50:25 PM
Being Valentine's Day, and being that my boyfriend loves comics so much, I made this for him.

It's all made out of cheap felt (all I had that was color appropriate), but I'm really pleased with the results, and he liked it Smiley

(sorry for the crappy pic quality, I only have my cell to take pictures for now)

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / domed head.... need help. on: January 23, 2008 09:07:33 PM
I wanna make a Bender plushie, and I want it to be as 3D as possible. I'm still pretty new at sewing....

So my question is, how does one create a domed shape for a plushie? I assume I'm gonna need to use darts, but I have no real idea how to go about even starting...

Any help would be appreciated Smiley
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Surprised Heart on: January 19, 2008 08:24:23 PM
So, for Christmas, I got two books on plushie making, and I've been wholly obsessed with sewing ever since. I've made probably 10 or 11 now, and this is my latest: Le Surprised Corazone. (I like mixing languages.)

She's the first thing I've made without a pattern, and I think she's cute. I'm pretty proud of her Smiley
8  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Gloomy Bear head bracelet. on: January 04, 2008 09:47:35 AM
Yo yo.  Grin

This is my first creation post here on craftster... but I've been obsessively reading posts for a while now and I've been dying to post something of my own.... so....

Three or four years ago, I started collecting plushes of a cute Japanese mascot named Gloomy Bear. (Don't know who Gloomy Bear is? His story and some pictures can be found at http://www.tokyocube.com/lifestyle.php?subnav=leisure&feature=toys&article=Gloomy%20bear...how%20cute!)  One day, while playing around with some Fimo, I discovered that he was a fairly simple character to sculpt...

So I made this Gloomy Bear head bracelet Cheesy

Here are three of my "inspirations" huddled around the bracelet.

Thanks for lookin', any feedback would be appreciated.http:// Smiley

(oh, yeah, sorry about the fuzziness of the pics, I have a very lousy camera phone and no other means with which to take pictures...  Undecided)
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