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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Allons-y! Doctor Who Blackwork on: December 23, 2012 05:32:14 PM

This was a Christmas present for one of my bestest, oldest friends who shares my love of Doctor Who. She's already opened it, so now I can share it with the interwebs!

I drew this pattern the old-fashioned way... with a pencil and graph paper and a lot of references. (I am eternally grateful to fellow Whovian crafters who led the way by stitching up their own versions of such iconic images.) Throw in a classic font and border and ta-da! Doctor Who Blackwork.

The frame was a last-minute decision, as I had a few choices and only one fit... a dinged-up white frame I had gotten on clearance. So I painted it TARDIS blue (because you know I already had the paint on hand) and decided it was meant to be.

Thanks for looking!
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Blarg! (RvB Xstitch) on: October 04, 2010 08:49:02 AM
My little brother turns 25 today and while we may have had some extreme sibling rivalry growing up, it turns out that, as adults, we are both nerds. One thing we have in common is our love of the Halo machinima, Red vs. Blue. So, for his birthday, I decided to stitch him up the only thing Tucker's alien offspring, Junior, ever really said..."Blarg." For the text, I found an Old English font online and the border is from the Subversive Cross Stitch book. I used two strands of floss (variegated for the border) and 14-count Aida. Finished size is 5 x 7.

"I think 'blarg' means 'me' ... or 'apples.'" - Caboose (click for YouTubey goodness)

Thanks for looking! (Translation: Blarg blarg honk.)
3  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Sculpey Swap 'Stache on: September 21, 2009 07:21:44 AM
I recently did the Adult Swim Swap; my partner was moxiepurple. I decided to base all of my crafts on her favorite episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force - "The Shaving" - a Halloween episode complete with a purple Meatwad ("The Incredible Plum"), Frylock in a sailor hat, and a mysterious onion/garlic monster named Willie Nelson. In the beginning of the episode, Frylock offers Meatwad a costume mustache labeled "The Bachelor." I've seen a few mustache necklaces floating around here on Craftster, so I decided to make it, fake packaging and all. This was my first time working with polymer clay in ages (I made a few canes for beads when I was a teen) and I was very satisfied with the results.

I used Sculpey III in black and shaped it into a mustache-y shape before adding a LOT of texture with the multipack of clay tools I picked up. I wish I had better close-up pictures, but "the Bachelor" did not want to be photographed. I baked it with the jump rings in and sealed it with Mod Podge Gloss. Tada! To finish the illusion, I made a mock-up of the original packaging from the episode (using a screen shot and some shoop-de-dooping) and put the necklace on it. Thanks for looking!

4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Not *the* Willie Nelson... (ATHF amigurumi) on: September 21, 2009 07:12:30 AM
I recently did the Adult Swim Swap; my partner was moxiepurple. I decided to base all of my crafts on her favorite episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force - "The Shaving" - a Halloween episode complete with a purple Meatwad ("The Incredible Plum"), Frylock in a sailor hat, and a mysterious onion/garlic monster named Willie Nelson. I already had a few ideas of what I was making (a shirt, a necklace) and then I had a brilliant idea. I would make Willie Nelson. It had to be easy, right? Surely there was an onion pattern somewhere online! I found one on Ravelry and set to work. However, the pattern didn't turn out looking much like Willie Nelson (reference pic), so I frogged the whole thing and made it up as I went along. Body is ww acrylic and I used a G hook. His legs are made from pipe cleaners threaded through his body and twisted together. They cross in the middle of the inside for extra stability; he's completely free-standing. His face is made from felt with fabric paint details. His "beard" is simply some yarn tied onto the bottom and frayed. I had so much fun making this, I couldn't look at it without giggling. Thanks for looking!

"So ... do you have any mail for me?"
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / You won't like me when I'm angry ... on: September 21, 2009 07:03:52 AM
I recently did the Adult Swim Swap; my partner was moxiepurple. I decided to base all of my crafts on her favorite episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force - "The Shaving" - a Halloween episode complete with a purple Meatwad ("The Incredible Plum"), Frylock in a sailor hat, and a mysterious onion/garlic monster named Willie Nelson. She really wanted a shirt, so I decided it was about time I tried stenciling. I had some contact paper leftover from lining some drawers, so I printed out the words I wanted and taped the printed paper to the contact paper. It took me a while to cut out all the tiny pieces, but I did it, and the letters turned out great. Then, I used a transfer pencil to iron the outline of what I wanted to paint onto the shirt. I worked from a blown-up screen shot for reference, as shown in the second picture. I used acrylic mixed with fabric medium for the most part, with some random fabric paints as well. I was so happy with the way it turned out, especially since it's the first shirt I've ever done. Without further ado, I present The Incredible Plum!


Random Trivia - Originally, in this episode, Meatwad was green and had an Incredible Hulk mask, but after copyright issues, they decided to turn him purple and call him the Plum. Personally, I think it's way funnier that way. Best opening quotes regarding this gag: Meatwad - "Remember, this Halloween, you won't like me when I'm angry." Master Shake - "I don't like you EVER."

I love that swaps inspire me to try new things but now everyone wants me to make them a shirt!

(I hope it's okay this project was only half stenciling; I felt like this was the best place to put it.)
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Don't know the quote? Let me give you a Clue ... on: September 10, 2009 11:46:39 AM

I actually finished stitching this cross stitch ages ago but the search for a frame took longer than it took to finish the piece. This was my first foray into cross stitching without using someone else's pattern. When I decided to stitch this, I had recently scored a $5 dvd of one of my favorite movies of all time ... Clue. I love all things Clue but one of my favorite parts is in one of the alternate endings. Madeline Kahn, as Mrs. White, is accused of murdering the maid and begins to adlib her hatred for Yvette. For those of you haven't seen it, here's a YouTube clip because it's just that good (the reaction shots of the other actors are priceless). I used an online font generator - StitchPoint - for the words and some clip art flames which I ran through KnitPro and then tweaked. Pretty sure it was just plain old 14-ct Aida and 2 strands of floss.

It is now hanging in my new living room under the Aqua Teen xstitch I did for my boyfriend last Christmas. I'm tempted to make the Electric Six "High Voltage" pattern shaebay posted a while back to go on either side of this piece. Hehe.

Thanks for looking!
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Fairies? We don't need no stinkin' fairies! on: July 28, 2009 09:25:44 AM
My 5-year-old son has his first loose tooth. While I'm not entirely sure I'm ready for him to be old enough to loose his baby teeth, I decided to honor this occasion by making him a proper tooth pillow. I looked to the intrawebs for inspiration and they did not disappoint. I found this adorable door-hanger version by Larissa at mmmcrafts. I showed it to my son, whose eyes immediately went to her earlier "tooth officer" version. I attempted to convince him he wanted a tooth pirate (how cute would that be?) but his decision was made. Tooth officer or bust.

I used Larissa's pattern and instructions as well as some clip art for hat and badge patterns. Everything is made from felt except for the ribbon used for hanging. I embellished the hat, belt, and badge with embroidery thread. The eyes (buttons) are sewn on but everything else is glued.


In case you were wondering, the mouth is a pocket and that's where the tooth goes! The mouth is my son's favorite part. Thanks for looking!
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Not so little anymore... on: July 24, 2009 08:45:39 AM
I'm moving soon and I've decided that my son's 5 million toys are not all making the trip. As I was going through his Little People figures, I remembered my own ... from the Eighties. You know the ones I'm talking about. Likely choking hazards, Little People were a huge part of my childhood. So I decided to make one. A big one. A big, crocheted little person.

Here she is with a modern Little People figure for size comparison.

A view of the back

And, just for fun, here's her Britney Spears impression:

This is my first amigurumi that I've made without a pattern, so I'm fairly proud. Made with an F-hook and various acrylic yarns, she's nearly 8 inches tall. I filled the very bottom with bean bag pellets and the rest was stuffed with poly-fil. The face detail is felt and satin stitch over yarn. Thanks for looking!
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Slippy the Surprised Penguin! on: July 02, 2009 08:00:00 PM
Meet Slippy! I crocheted him for my boyfriend, who loves penguins, from Rheatheylia's pattern found here. It's on my Ravelry, too, if anyone's interested. The feet were a bit tricky, but I muddled through. I love how his wings are slightly poseable and that he looks constantly surprised, as if he just suddenly, unexpectedly, slid down some ice.

In these pictures, my duvet plays the part of an iceberg!

10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Cotton Cuppiecake on: June 24, 2009 08:58:09 PM
While I realize this isn't revolutionary, I have made my first amigurumi. I grabbed the cupcake pattern from Ana Paula's Blog and went to work. (I'm fairly sure this is the same cupcake pattern from Amigurumi World).

The yarn I used was Lily Sugar'n Cream in Hot Pink and Warm Brown. I only made one modification and that was to use DC instead of HDC in the cupcake edging; the edge wasn't standing out the way I envisioned it. I used embroidery floss for the face on a whim. I used pellets for weight in the bottom and then stuffed the rest with fiberfill. I was lucky to get a picture of it before my son spirited it away!
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