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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Babe the Blue Ox Costume on: October 26, 2013 08:33:33 PM
Hi guys! This year I sent my husband a bunch of links from pinterest of couples costumes to get our creative juices flowing. My husband liked the look of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox - so I used the photos as inspiration.

I'd never made a dress before, nor had I used the dress form I'd been given a few years back, however, I can no longer say either of those things because after a weeks time staying up way too late and improvising darts, etc. I was able to make a dress with matching gauntlets and spats.

Ta- Dah!

The horns - I sculpted using air dry clay, once they were dry, I brushed glue on them and sprinkled white glitter over top. I happened to have a wide black fabric headband that worked perfectly to sew the horns onto. I used silver thread and was impressed with how well the horns held and how smooth it was to sew through the clay.

The cow bell I scored at Party City, along with the fake nose ring. The stickers spelling out Babe I found at Michaels as well as the faux fur for the gauntlets and spats.

Everything was worked off of the dimensions I took of my body which I then transferred to the dress form. I figured it out as I went.. though lots of grumbling was done, I assure you... in the end, when the people at the Halloween party thought I'd bought the dress and that the cowbell was custom engraved, etc. I'd say it all paid off and turned out nicely. Paul Bunyan (the husband) had many accolades for me pretty much all night due to the outfit, he's a keeper Wink. It was worth the time I bothered to spend on it, though I'll admit being hella tired by the time we got to the Halloween party from the nights I'd stayed up too late working on it. XD

Anywhoo - I hope you like the photos! You can see a few more here as well! (complete with my Pual Bunyan Wink Tee Hee!) Happy Halloween!
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / When I am Sad Girl and Her Pal, Bunnicula -Now with FREE pattern link to her pal on: July 14, 2013 07:59:16 AM
In May a friend of mine sent a request for a 12 inch tall doll to resemble the main character from the short called "When I am Sad" by Aglaia Mortcheva.

My friend mentioned he requested the doll for a friend who watched this video religiously when she is down and depressed to help her feel better. The doll was made to remind her that people have her back. How cool of a gesture is that?! Good friends are awesome Smiley I love being part of stories like this too Wink.

This being a very different character I was excited to get to it! I first sketched the pair of them to be sure I had them to scale and went to the yarn and fabric stash to see what I could come up with.

I had to order yarn for her skin color which put the project on hold for a beat - giving me time to think on how I wanted to execute everything from her eyes, to her shape, placement of her arms and how I would go about adding her hair. I decided since the illustration of Sad Girl is 2 dimensional I would keep a raggedy anne "flat" look to her as you'll notice more predominantly on the lower portion of her body.

Once the yarn arrived I worked diligently on her head... I had made about half of her head and would pull it out realizing the shape just was not quite right. Increasing is sort of touchy when you aren't just going for a spherical look I found Smiley Wink here I was desiring more of an oval shape so I worked it up and then pulled it out a total of 7 times I think it was (?) each time telling myself that though I'm ripping it out... this is progress..Smiley the shape would not have been right... anyone who knows amigurumi though realizes it take time to single crochet! Chalk it up to lessons learned I suppose Wink

I finished with her head I went onto the body - this part came with more ease... 3 times was the the luck number here . Arms and legs worked up quickly and I really thought she looked complete without her dress.

After checking with my friend what their preference was though I decided to add it. I attached the lace edging and sewed the sides before drawing with permanent sharpie all the flowers Smiley.

This was a fun project though at times I was discouraged, thinking I might now get it done by the deadline of mid July (I started in the last few days of June) they were done in time for them to still be sitting on our bookshelf at the moment. Smiley I did work up the fanged bunny rabbit too and plan to final ize that pattern before too long. I'm at a loss for what to call him though... Fanged Zombie Bunny? Hrm, Hrm Smiley.

I hope you enjoyed the pics! Smiley It was an interesting ride - very glad I did it Cheesy


UPDATE Cheesy Bunnicula's Amigurumi Pattern is now free here. Smiley I hope you like it! Enjoy!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Boot Candy Cuffs For the Sister! on: March 23, 2013 05:42:51 PM
Pinterest is the new craze! Smiley And I love it Smiley I've found so many new recipes, patterns and inspiration there Smiley.

Recently my sister (also on pinterest Wink) happened upon a pair of knit boot cuffs she thought were beautiful and asked if I could make them. I did some digging on the internets and found the pattern to the pin she found and set to work!

I used our grandmothers yarn, some that was passed onto me to add some sentiment to them Smiley And since my tension likes to change from day to day when I knit I casted on both to cable needles and worked them laying flat. See pictures of it being worked up here.

They turned out great and I'm so happy that they fit her too! Smiley You just never can be too sure when you're working on a project for someone who is states away Wink.

Here are some pictures of the set before I sent them off:

And here is one that shows here wearing them! They look so good on her! Cheesy Styling! Smiley Wink

If you have ravelry you can get the pattern here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boot-candy-boot-cuffs-boot-toppers-pattern They work up pretty quickly too! Smiley

Thank you for looking! Smiley Would love to knwo what you think Smiley
4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Purple Rit at home Dye Job :) on: March 23, 2013 02:43:32 PM
This is the first time I've attempted to dye anything besides my hair Wink.

I got this tank through a sale online and thought it would be much, much pinker, and lighter - so... light pink Smiley. But noooo... it was more like a nude color. When I put it on it looked like I was naked minus any obvious curve lines lol. Smiley this would not do! *think, think, think* I have a few packets of Rit dye from freecycling and purple? Why not try purple... Smiley so today I let the magic happen Smiley

I posted up a quick tutorial on my blog following the instructions for a single smaller item and used the bucket method. Here is the after and before pics Smiley all in all, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. Smiley

Have you ever dyed something? If so what was it? How did it turn out?



5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Snowman, Rudolph, Polar Bear and a Brown Bear walk into a bar... on: December 12, 2012 04:42:25 PM
okay not really - they don't walk anywhere because in this case they don't have anything but a head and a scarf to keep their nonexistent necks warm! HA-HA! But they do look super adorable while they do it and no animals were really hurt in their creation so I say this is a win. LOL Cheesy

A friend of mine has a one year old who is super mobile which equates to everything needing to be baby proofed. She knows I'm crafty and always looking for a challenge so with a bit of banter and deadline confirmation I set to working on whipped up a pattern for each and bringing them to life!

Since they were going on her Christmas tree I wanted it to be a classic northpole theme (less Santa and the Elves in this case Wink). I ended up making at least 3 of each - to give her enough ornaments in the case they didn't add any other ornaments to the tree they'd be able to stand their own Smiley. I also threw in a few crocheted pine cones for good measure.

It was really cool when I brought the ornaments to their house, their lil boy wanted to help put them on the tree - well he gave a brown bear a kiss on the nose Smiley priceless. Those are the moments that make all the crafting worth it, ya know? Smiley

Okay - so pictures, you probably want to see a few huh? Cheesy Thanks for looking and reading! Would love to know what your thoughts are!

6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Baby Cocoon with V Flap and Button Hole on: November 18, 2012 11:10:03 AM
This was made for a friend who knows I love to crochet and knit! She gave me specifications of natural gender neutral yarn and wooden buttons. As luck would have it I have wooden buttons Smiley and I had an idea of what kind of yarn I'd be using. This here is Vanna Choices Oatmeal in Worsted weight.

I'm pretty picky when it comes to working up projects.. I guess you could call me Goldilocks - everything has to be just right lol. After working up the base 4 different ways I was glad to have spawned a kind of bowled base. Smiley I did put finger to keyboard and typed up the pattern, so should one be requested again I can whip up another one like it easy peasy Wink

Also, I found out through researching different styles of baby cocoons a few reasons these are sought after as of late. Not only do they make amazing baby picture props but they keep babies warm! Wink Nursing a baby while swaddled in a cocoon helps keep babies hands inside and their lil toesies warm too! So mommy only has to concern herself with feeding because baby is snug as a bug in a rug Smiley. This is what I call win - win Smiley Both mommy and baby are happy

I love it when my friends request items because it shows they have faith in my talents Smiley and I know the items I make will be used and cherished for years to come Smiley.

I hope you like the pics - no baby to add to the photos was handy (lol Wink) so I figured I'd make the photos as pretty as possible Smiley. I hope you like them! Smiley

7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Ukulele Duo U900 complete with Felt Jackets! on: September 23, 2012 07:12:41 AM
About a month and a half ago a fellow craftster messaged me to see if I had the pattern for the Ukulele U900 Amigurumi Set since I've made them time and time and time again Smiley. Each time a bit differently and by request from someone else. I had pieces of paper on a memo book with numbers and chicken scratches of how to turn the string of yarn into these characters, the lady who contacted me for the pattern wanted to make them for her dad for Christmas. I can understand making a one of a kind gift for your loved ones, and Christmas is really the perfect time for this Wink. So to help out a fellow craftster and for Christmas gift sake I decided to bite the bullet and write out the pattern for her and others who want to bring these lil guys to life

I hope you like them Smiley as always C & C welcome and much appreciated Smiley.

Happy Crafting!
8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Frog Prince on: August 08, 2012 05:43:14 PM
A few years back I thought the idea of a crocheted frog prince was pretty cool Smiley So I worked one up without a face and a golden crown Smiley. Lately I've made a goal for myself - I will write up a pattern a month this year and have so far been on schedule. The Frog Prince being my very first amigurumi creation, I decided to revisit it. I realized the legs weren't right at all after looking at pictures of frogs so I made adjustments accordingly. Now I'm thankful I took the time to tweak the pattern and make the legs more fitting for a frog. I actually have my own night in shining armor (Smiley) but love the possibilities in fairy tales and hope the pattern I made for others will keep their hope alive for a dashing prince. They do exists! Smiley LOL Hope you like him! Smiley

You can find the pattern here or if you belong to Ravelry you can download a copy from there. Enjoy! Smiley

PS - Here is a pic of the first version of my frog prince for reference Smiley ...tiny, tiny legs!

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Fire Nation Embroidered Emblem on: June 24, 2012 02:53:49 PM
A friend of ours requested a carabiner strap and said if I was feeling adventurous I could embroider the fire nation emblem on it. I was not about to back down from such a request . I went about sewing together a strap to fit his carabiner and allow a key loop on the other end as well. Once finished I started the embroidery ensuring that as I worked both sides had the logo facing the right way, so no matter how he held his keys the side facing him would always look right.  He was so excited after I sent these finalized pics to him. Smiley He said he was counting down the hours until he got out of work after seeing it because he couldn't wait! Smiley

What a compliment Smiley This is the kind of response that makes every friend request worth doing Smiley I know this isn't the most elaborate design but hand stitching on a strap (vs a stretched canvas) was quite interesting Smiley. Thank you for reading!

10  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Flamingo on: June 19, 2012 07:31:28 PM
This flamingo was requested by a co-worker of mine who loves flamingos. She has an assortment of flamingos adorning her desk, from fluffy flamingos, to furry flamingos, to a metal flamingo that is a lawn ornament. Yes, this is on her desk Smiley. At any rate, this flamingos color scheme matches that of the lawn ornament she has on her desk. I consider this, the "mini me" version.

Initially when I was working her up I had started at what is now the bum thinking I would use it as the head.  I later realized that the body would need to be much bigger in comparison, and since I was trying to keep this little one at 4 - 6 inches tall I decided the head shall be a bum! Smiley lol She does measure in at 6 inches! Smiley

She has movable legs and wings as well as a movable neck. A plastic coated wire was inserted inside the length of the neck to sturdy it for a more realistic look and to add a posing options.

All in all I'm pretty excited about how she turned out. I've been able to pass along the pattern as well and you can see variations of her here if you belong to ravelry.

If you'd like to read more about the work up of the flamingo you can see pictures and comments here and here.

hope you like her! Smiley
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