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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / obsessed with graffiti app <3 on: July 22, 2009 12:44:11 AM
Just a few of my pictures drawn on the graffiti app on Facebook. I usually hate CGing but I love this application and I find it makes it SO easy to do digital stuff--- at least on a small scale (: C&C welcome. Here's the address to my gallery if anyone is interested in seeing other stuff and also the replays. These were mostly done for family and friends while I was working abroad for a year.


balloons flying away

girl with stars in her hair

starry night

dance pickle dance


2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Choo-Choo~ Cuddly toy train set with finger puppets! on: May 27, 2009 04:16:59 PM

A bit late posting these one here -__-U They were made for the OWS 43 about 2 months ago but then I moved countries and my partner had family issues to deal with so this is the first time they're being posted!

I'm so happy with this cute little choo-choo train! It was made without a pattern but just looking at some pictures of trains and old-school steam locomotives helped me along. My partner requested people to go with it but just with the size I didn't think I'd be able to crochet them so I made some finger puppets with felt and included some felt cubes for her kids to play with!

In the swap package I included an onigiri maker and misc. bento stuff since my partner mentioned she was interested in those and I threw in some letter paper that is similar to stuff on her wists (she likes elephants) I still haven't heard back from her but I hope she's doing all right and liked the package!

3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / .:Mendhi // Henna designs:. on: February 26, 2009 07:45:14 AM
A design I applied on myself a few nights ago out of boredom and being otherwise unproductive (:

I grew up in Karachi so my patterns are often influenced by the designs I saw growing up but I've also added my own "thing" to it and as you can see... I really like dots -__-; The mendhi is from Karachi, sorry I can't tell what "brand" it is since it's written in Urdu and I've rather lost practice in reading it. But I can take a picture if anyone wants to know.

Here are some more designs I've done on myself or friends:
(newest to oldest)

I typically leave it on overnight. If it dries too quickly I use a bit of lemon juice to remoisten it, and the slight acidity supposedly helps it to set better. Also, this is just a personal thing but instead of washing the dried bits off I just brush it off (it flakes right off) and then moisturize the skin with oil (coconut).

Enjoy! <3
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Clover: Oruha & Suu ~ Wings help ?! on: February 19, 2009 06:22:36 AM
The wings I'm trying to recreate are the ones shown here:

This was my first attempt to make them back in 2006 and I ran into MANY problems T^T

I'm sure it would've been easier if we made the wings a more "reasonable" size, but when have cosplayers every been reasonable? Anyway, besides the size I couldn't figure out how to keep them on our backs! For the Suu costume the wings were attached to a corset she wore under the top but the weight of the wings kept pulling it up and Oruha's had no support (unless you count the guy at the back holding them up 6_6U)

So my first question is for people with experience making wings, what is the best way to wear and support them?

Secondly, they were SO HEAVY that they were just the most uncomfortable things EVER!! I made them out of corplast which I figured would be light and durable but it didn't work out too well, I usually use paper mache but that'll probably be way heavier. My NEXT idea is to use either foam or wonderflex over a wire armature. And instead of using cardboard for the "feathers" I'm going to use vellum...

What do you think? Any suggestions, tips or ideas?
5  COOKING / Dessert / Matcha Coconut cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream Frosting [imgx] Enjoy! on: January 28, 2009 07:33:21 AM
My friend and I like to get together and do some experimental baking sometimes. I'd wanted to try making matcha cupcakes and she wanted to make some coconut butter cream frosting so we combined the two and came up with this!

*deep breath*
Matcha Cupcakes with toasted Coconut base, Lavender Buttercream frosting and Matcha butter cookie
*whew* A mouthful in more ways than one (:

They were delicious, not too sweet as the matcha has a bitterish taste but it worked really well with the coconut and the frosting! The cookie was quite bitter and more matcha-y tasting. I can dig up the recipe if anyone is interested!

.:the final result:.

Here's a short photostory of our fabulous baking adventure!

.:important ingredients:.

.:sift together flour and matcha:.


.:toasted coconut base:.

.:pre bake:.

.:post bake:.

.:matcha butter cookies:.
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / The "O-train-me-not-sweet-mermaid" Gallery [imgx6][pencilxink] on: January 19, 2009 05:08:44 AM
Hello artsters (-?)
My first post here on craftster! Though I'd show you guys one of my art/craft obsessions~ those luscious, tragic sirens of the deep.

Here are some finished pieces:


.:The Ningyo-Tai Longs for Land:.

And some doodles/works-in-progress that I'm not sure what to do with (yet):

.:unnamed-japanese mermaid:.

.:unnamed-pearl mermaid:.

.:unnamed-key mermaid:.

.:unnamed-glance mermaid:.

Any comments or critiques are welcome ^__^ Enjoy!
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