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1  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / MLP:FiM Fluttershy Shoes on: November 11, 2011 02:16:28 PM

I've been on a wicked MLP kick lately and just had to craft something pony related.
So I picked up some men's canvas shoes from Walmart and got down to work.
The colors are much more vibrant in person and gosh they're cute.

On the right shoe is an overwhelmed Fluttershy from the Staremaster episode.

On the left is a shy little Fluttershy filly from the Cutiemark Chronicles episode.

And on the back of both shoes is Fluttershy's cutie mark.

I worked on these for two days straight, although I could have probably done them in one day if I started early enough.
My hand really hurt from clutching that paintbrush for so long though, phew.

It was so difficult painting Fluttershy looking so upset, but she's just so cute! If these were in my size I would be sorely tempted to keep them.

I really want to do more but I'm waiting to see if these will sell or people have interest in buying them before I decide to do more. I have so many ideas and I'm so excited, haha! I'm hoping that as I do more I'll be able to do more detailed shoes and include backgrounds.

Anyways, here's one more shot of the shoes.
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Run out of room on the spindle + question about plying on: May 23, 2011 09:32:58 PM
I'm thinking of getting into spinning. The yarn is so pretty!!

However, I've been amazed at the length/yardage it looks like everyone is getting. It looks like so much, although that might just be me thinking it is.

I've been wondering, once you fill up a drop spindle, do you have to stop? Or can you take it off, spin some more, and then handspin the edges of both singles together to create one giant string of yarn?
I hope that makes sense... Also, if that (most likely) creates too much/a ton of yarn, please let me know. Smiley

I have a question about plying as well.
Why ply?
Some singles look very pretty, then again plying also has some pretty outcomes.
I think I saw on one site that plying affects how the knitted piece lays/looks. Although tbh, I'm more of a crocheter than a knitter, so I'm not sure how much this will affect me.
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Shipping Glass Products for Cheap? on: August 10, 2010 11:50:51 PM

I'm interested in selling glass products. Mainly etched glasses and similar things.

However, it seems so expensive!

The best solution I can come up with is to not ship singular items (just one cup) but instead to sell sets.
Maybe that could keep the cost of shipping somewhat reasonable, but I don't know...
I'd be shipping from the US if that helps any.

Does anyone know of ways or tips to ship such things for a cheaper cost?
I don't want potential customers to be scared off by the price of shipping. ):
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Owl Storytime! on: June 21, 2010 12:04:43 AM

I recently made- I mean met a little amigurumi owl!
Of course, there's an adorable story behind our meeting.

One night, as the sun was setting, I heard a strange noise.
I looked around, wondering where it came from. I heard it again! Over by the bed!

Why, there's something in the bed!

"Who could this be, in my bed?" I asked.
"Whoo?" came the reply.

"No really," I said, "who is that in my bed?"
"Whoo!!" cried the indignant owl!

Oh dear! It was a little owl that I had woken up a little too early. I hope he isn't mad at me...

Aw, how sweet. He's offering me a cute little owly hug! <3
I guess I don't mind that he was sleeping in my bed.  Roll Eyes
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Tilted cones? on: June 16, 2010 10:06:52 PM

I want to make a little amigurumi based on a GaiaOnline item, the Star Kitten.

My plan is to make two circles and attach cones for the points. I don't feel confident enough to try and make it all in one piece, if that's possible. With the ears, I'm also not sure how to make a plain ol' triangle, so I think I'll still make a cone and either switch to pink or sew on pink fabric.

However, I would like to make the little star points tilted, as I very badly doodled. It looks too silly and rigid if the points aren't skewed a little bit.

So any suggestions on how to do this?
I think it's a matter of inc and dec, but any suggestions of how I should go about doing it?
I'm worried that perhaps I'll inc too much on one side that the whole thing will be some super curved cornucopia. ):
I know that I'll have to keep adjusting and changing, but I'd like to have a base to jump off of, if possible.

Thanks in advance!
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet: Happy Hooker pattern question on: May 25, 2010 09:30:35 PM
Hey guys!

I'm pretty new to crochet. I've tried to the baby star blanket, but I've forgotten how to do a lot of that already.

So I'm hoping to pick it back up, as well as make this my new hobby. :3

I grabbed the Stitch 'n Bitch Crochet book which is pretty helpful and I love all the little tutorials and stuff.

I'd like to make the Short 'n Sweet bolero, however I'm having a little trouble interpreting some of the pattern.

Mostly these type of things:
*ch 2, sk next 3 sc, sc in each of next 2 sc, ch 2, sk next 3 sc, V-st in next sc*

I assume, correctly I think, that V-st stands for the V stitch that's shown earlier in the book.

However, the sk next 3 sc really baffles me.
If I'm skipping the next 3 chains, do I do anything? Do I sc across those or does the ch 2 that happens before hand take care of this?

It's possible that it'll make more sense when I try it, but I've been reading this pattern to see if I can get the gist of everything.

Thank you!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hatastic! on: November 09, 2009 02:45:05 PM
Hey there!

I've got a bad case of nostalgia.
I hear that it's fatal if not treated.

So what do I do to treat my nostalgia?

Make poke-hats!
You do remember Pokemon right?
Of course. How could you forget it?

Aww, Snorlax. How can you not love him?
I made this for me to wear last Halloween but didn't quite finish it in time. Boo.
He's made out of a regular forest green fleece, tan fleece, and felt. And polyfil. I just had to stuff his ear things.

This was the first poke-hat I made, it's Turtwig.
I made it for my boyfriend to wear last Halloween.
The hat is a regular olive green fleece and all the black, white, and brown extra bits are felt.
The yellow is flannel. D: I wish it wasn't, but I couldn't find yellow fleece in Walmart and didn't want to drive out to Joann's. It held up pretty decently until it tore a bit. I fixed it up temporarily but I do need to fix that. Lucky me, I have some yellow fleece now.
The twig on his head is polyfil'd and the leaves are those fake ones from the floral department. It was hard to keep the leaves from popping out sometimes until I added two itty bitty stitches from the leaves themselves right to the twig. Before that I had just stuck the stems into the twig. Now they stay where they belong.

Oh no.
Oh yes.
I made a Mudkip hat. I couldn't help it, really.
I didn't add a face to this one since I wanted to be a Mudkip, not wear one.
This is made of regular pretty blue fleece and orange felt. The cheeks are stuffed with polyfil.
The fin on the head had two layers of that thin foamy stuff. It does flop over, but not a lot. It's pretty stable actually.
The earflaps make it very very warm though.
I made this to wear at two anime conventions. (Or maybe just one, I can't quite remember, actually.)
I definitely wore it to Anime Boston where quite a few people recognized it.

This is definitely my favorite. I made it for my boyfriend to wear at an anime convention. (Or was it two...)
It's Weepinbell.
(I know Weepinbell wasn't the one who would eat James, but hush.)
Isn't it great?!
Regular yellow, pink and white fleece and green, brown, and black felt.
The leaves I folded a little so they would flop over, and the stem/stalk and the bump underneath are both stuffed.
As is the mouth, of course.
It really is my favorite. I know I'm boasting, but I did such a good job.
Okay, I'm done. Grin
...so awesome.

This is my most recent one.
It's Houndour and I made it for a buddy.
Cute, eh?
Anti pill black, orange, and white fleece. Oh yes, I got the fancy stuff now. Anti pill!
The skull and the snout are both stuffed.

It's strange though, I bite my nails/fingers/everything around there and it seems like this fleece is sticking/staining part of my thumb. Is this normal?

Anyways, I do have a Meowth hat and Magnemite hat that I have yet to photograph.
When I do, though, I'll be sure to put it up. Grin

Oh yeah! This are all entirely hand stitched. Like, with my fingers and all.
Well, except Mudkip. But the cheeks are hand sewn.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Starghan and instant gratification on: June 07, 2008 11:38:02 AM
I looove the looks of starghans and would love to make one.
However, I don't know how to crochet (aside from a chain-stitch). I can knit but I can't find a pattern for that. ;P
I'm all for instant gratification, and if something takes too long, I might lose interest.
So I was wondering, is it possible to make the starghan with a larger hook size than required? Or will that somehow ruin the pattern?
Also, if anyone has an easy to follow pattern I'd appreciate it. Cheesy
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Shirring Help? Thread keeps snapping. on: June 07, 2008 10:40:48 AM
Once before I tried to make a shirred top, but I just used elastic and did it in the front, and that gathered all the fabric to the front so I look pregnant, which is not what I wanted.
So this time I decided to try shirring with elastic thread all the way around. However, it just isn't working. I wound the thread on the bobbin not too tightly, not too loosely. Now, when I pull the thread through the...bobbin case thing, it's so difficult to pull the thread through. I feel like it will snap then. When I start to sew, it gathers but mostly because the elastic thread isn't being pulled up. So it's gathered, but not stretchy. It kind of works if I periodically pull the whole fabric and stretch it out, but then it isn't as stretchy and I usually end up snapping the thread.

I would really appreciate any help that anyone can give. I have played with the stitch size and tension.
I have heard of people threading the elastic through a tube they've sewn, or something like that... I quickly tried doing a zigzag stitch with the elastic in the middle, but still, that's difficult.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Earrings and necklaces. Fun with washers and dollar store toys! (TONS of pics) on: April 28, 2008 10:18:20 PM
After lurking around here a ton I have finally decided to share what little trinkets I've made.

First off, I have taken a great liking to sticking a red hot paperclip in the heads of Army men, and Winnie the Pooh characters.

Winnie was the first, and I love him dearly. As for Eyeore, I'm worried about putting him on a chain, because he's actually rather large. Baby got back. But maybe I will try it anyways. Grin

Necklace! The Army man is too light for such a heavy chain, so I haven't worn it yet.

My most worn toy earrings. I made two more pairs for friends, but I didn't take pictures. Boo.

And the rest of my dollar store fun are either from a kids tool kit, or from a little shopping container. Terribly adorble.
And entirely out of order.

My favorites, they're so cute! But I don't wear them, I only wore them once. As cute as they are, they're kind of big. ;P

Probably my second most worn pair of toy earrings.

They're screwdrivers, btw.

Yes, I'm pretty sure they say Chocolate Nuts.

I also tried my hand at some things slightly more...elegant? Haha, anything is more elegant than kid toys!
But either way, I looove the look of those steampunk items, so I went off looking for gears of some sort. Instead I came across locking washers. I think that's what they're called. Either way, I grabbed a bunch and made some earrings.

To be quickly followed by an assymetrical necklace.

It took forever to get it right, and it's still a tad wonky, but I think it came out well.

So, any comments or critiques would be greatly appreciated. Especially about the necklace. I'm a bit iffy about it, because my friend said it looked strange when worn. I think it came out well, and would look better if I wasn't wearing a POTC shirt. Grin
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