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1  Pastel Fairy-kei / Lolita Pumps! in Shoes: Completed Projects by blackie.sage on: August 12, 2012 11:02:27 AM
I posted these on my tumblr the other day and was insanely surprised at how many people liked them, so I thought I'd post them here to share some more!

They started out as black and red pumps from the thrift store. I've been itching for custom shoes lately and until I can afford to get/make some shoe lasts so I can make my own from scratch, I've resigned to just painting and sprucing up already made shoes. These were $1.50 and super super comfy, but had some problems with the fabric peeling off the heel, so I fixed that and then headed outside to spray paint them!

I really didn't like the idea of light pink on the outside and red on the inside, so I painted the inside blue even though no one will see it while they're being worn.

I regret not priming them first because it took almost the entire can of pink paint to get these covered. Silly me. Still, they looked great!

But not great enough, because there was just a little too much pink (I know, how is it possible to have too much pink?!). I was paranoid about putting painters tape down on top and spraypainting the bottom with the blue that went inside, so I just mixed up some acrylic and hand painted the bottom and sealed with some good glossy topcoat.

Then I added the cute little bow and BAM! CUTE!

The only problem is that they are starting to crack in certain spots when I wear them. I had a feeling that would happen with the spray paint (or any kind of paint, actually...), but I'm totally okay with it... because honestly, I'd rather set these on my desk and just stare at them all day then wear them out and about. I seriously love looking at them.
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2  Re: Japanese Cuteness Sanrio/San-X/ Kawaii Swap (SIGN UPS CLOSED; S/O: 8/15/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by blackie.sage on: August 06, 2011 04:47:40 PM
Oh my god, guys... I'm so mad at myself!

Yesterday I went to the Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis (if you're in the area, you should go! Tomorrow is the last day!) and down the street all the booths are set up on is one of my favorite bead stores. I was all "Hey, it's hot and there's air conditioning, I'll step inside to see if they have anything new."

HOLY CUTENESS, THEY HAD SO MANY HELLO KITTY THINGS! Bells, beads, cabochons, handmade glass charms... all HK. In my head I was throwing a fit for not coming down there before finishing my package.

But look at the cute brass bell charms I found!

Little blue and pink mouse-costume-clad HK!
I grabbed a pack of matching pink faux pearls and teal seed beads to make a bracelet out of them when I got home.

(Sorry the pictures are blue-ish. Even though the sun is bright an shiny, none of it gets into my apartment because my window is mere feet away from the next building.)

It turned out so cute. I love walking around the apartment, being all jingly. I think it annoys my fiance though. T__T
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3  Re: Fiber Friday August 5, 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by blackie.sage on: August 06, 2011 09:57:36 AM
Belladune, that yarn makes me thirsty. It makes me think of blue raspberry lemonade. hahaha.

I've actually been working on this for a couple months now, but I think I'm finally done with it:

It's about 15 "silk" (most are nylon...) scarves from the thrift store, cut into strips, attached to each other, and then spun up. At first I didn't think all the different colors I had were going to work together, but I actually really really like the end result. It's about 100 yards worth.

And then my friend and I have been discussing the idea of spinning thistle fluff. He managed to spin a little pure fluff, but I couldn't (don't have a light enough spindle I guess, it's super slippery stuff!), so I ended up blending what I had harvested 50/50 with some knotty angora I had laying around from brushing my bunny.

The picture doesn't really do it justice at all. It's got the strength of angora, but the amazing glitter/shimmer and silky smooth feel of the thistle.

Unfortunately, I only got about 20 yards of it. I put the thistle fluff in a baggie and left the project alone for a few days... and when I came back to it the fluff in the bag had started to mold! I should have let the fluff dry out somewhere instead of sticking it in a ziploc... it's been so humid and hot around here lately...

Oh well, it was an interesting project!

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4  Re: Japanese Cuteness Swap Sanrio/San-x/Kawaii GALLERY in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by blackie.sage on: August 05, 2011 09:57:04 AM
I got my package from barbie820 today! She spoiled me so badly, and did such an awesome job for her first swap! Yay!
I'm going to bombard everyone with pictures NOW.

Outside of the package!

The squee-tastic inside.

Adorable My Melody cross stitch and tokidoki envelope (with happy letter inside).

Kuromi headband.

A-freaking-dorable bag!

Closeup of one of the cutest parts of the bag, the angry raindrop. My fiance thinks he needs a manpurse covered in angry raindrops now.

So many goodies! Lotsa fantastic new stickers to add to my vast HK sticker collection (it's a ridiculously large collection...)
Also, right before I went to pick up this package, I was watching a candy show on TV and they were making PEZ candies so I was craving them hardcore... and it was the most awesome thing to open my box and see PEZ inside it!

Cute baggie... with something inside of it?

*gasp* What is this magical machine?

It's speakers for my MP3 player inside of a tricked-out altoids tin!

Awesome-tastic shrinky dink bracelet. There are so many cute little charms on it! Foods and animals and sanrio characters and everything! I love the noise it makes...


More goodies!
Beaded Kuromi head, beaded HK barrette, keychain, plushie pillow cell phone strap, and freakin cute felt pies made in soda caps! Oh and buttons!!!

My BJD Eli has claimed the pillow as his own, apparently...

SO YEAH! Awesome package!
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5  Re: Japanese Cuteness Sanrio/San-X/ Kawaii Swap (SIGN UPS CLOSED; S/O: 8/8/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by blackie.sage on: July 23, 2011 10:43:21 PM
You guys are all so lucky to live near Sanrio stores Cry The only store near me that sells anything Hello Kitty is Target, and Walmart just started to carry a few things. But thats it, next time I take a vacation I'm totally gonna track down a Sanrio store, I've got to see what I'm missing!

I've been to quite a few different Sanrio stores around the US, but nothing, NOTHING compares to the Sanrio store I accidentally stumbled upon when I was in Tokyo. Jebus cripes. I was pretty sure I had died and gone to cuteness heaven. I should have taken pictures. It was so epic. I wonder if I could find it online...

(Omg. It's hard to find places when you can only remember what they looked like and a very general location of where it was.)

Found it! It's called Sanrio World, and it's like, the main Sanrio store. Within the department store it's in, there are three other Sanrio stores! hahaha.

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6  Re: Japanese Cuteness Sanrio/San-X/ Kawaii Swap (SIGN UPS CLOSED; S/O: 8/8/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by blackie.sage on: July 15, 2011 05:01:02 AM
I fear my crafting for this swap just came to a screeching halt.
I just got back from seeing the last Harry Potter movie in the Imax 3D. It was so epic, and now I'm on a Harry-Potter-Everything binge.

Cute Harry Kitty for everyone!

*looks at half-finished large item*
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7  Dark Mark Earrings : Gettin' ready for the last film! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by blackie.sage on: July 13, 2011 07:05:47 AM
So, I'm a pretty big Harry Potter fan, and I actually made these for the opening of DH Part 1, but this morning when I was putting them on for work, I realized I never took pictures of them!

They're just shrinky dinks, but I LOVE them soooo much. This is more my interpretation of the dark mark than any I've seen in the books/movies/internet, and I think I might get it as a tattoo someday.

I know you're all jealous because they're so cool.
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8  Re: Japanese Cuteness Sanrio/San-X/ Kawaii Swap (SIGN UPS CLOSED; S/O: 8/8/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by blackie.sage on: July 11, 2011 07:28:00 PM
I got bored, finished my large, bought more supplies to create more crafty cuteness today. Also... My husband really loves me. Look!

Yay!  Grin

We're DS sisters! Tehehehe.

I've got a somewhat-matching wallet, too. It wasn't until I joined this swap that I realized how much Hello Kitty stuff I owned. T__T
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9  Re: Japanese Cuteness Sanrio/San-X/ Kawaii Swap (SIGN UPS CLOSED; S/O: 8/8/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by blackie.sage on: July 09, 2011 12:54:51 PM
Wheeeee! Just got home from the local asian grocery store. Not a lot of HK/sanrio stuff (at least, not that I would trust in the mail.), but still got some cute goodies!

I was so excited that they finally started carrying my favorite candy! I haven't been able to find it anywhere since I was actually in Japan.

Konpeito! I know it's just colored sugar, but it's just sooooo cuuuuuuteeeee. Like little sugar star bombs. <3 <3

And I just found out that I don't have to move until the middle of October, so I don't have to mess with all that crazy address changing stuff I asked about earlier.
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10  Re: Fiber Friday 5 May 2011 in Spinning: Completed Projects by blackie.sage on: May 07, 2011 06:23:52 PM
Man, my work schedule was all kinds of messed up this week, so I totally missed posting on Friday because I was working.

But I FINALLY got a real drop spindle a couple weeks ago. It's actually my christmas present from my soon-to-be-mother-in-law (Yeah, she's a couple months late, lols.) and it came with some rovings that I didn't really like the colors of in the bag, but once it was spun up I really liked it. I only made it to about 40 yards before I went "I NEED TO PLY THIS RIGHT NOW!". I was already doing such a crappy job on it since it was my first try, I didn't feel so bad about doing so little.

It doesn't look that furry/dirty/weird IRL. The sunlight just made it look icky.
The only problems I really had with it (besides being all newbie at spinning wool), was that whatever that lime green stuff is... it sure isn't wool. It was slippery and annoying and I couldn't get it to not be a big slub most of the time. Still, it was my favorite part because of the color. I believe it was called "Deep Ocean", and it's from a fiber store in Seattle, but I can't remember what it's called (I already lost the card that came with the wool...).

Then today I was out for a bike ride and realized I was in the same part of town as a yarn store I hadn't visited yet. I only had about 15 minutes in there, as they were getting ready to close, but boy did I hit the motherload! I found myself a smaller spindle AND they have bulk rovings/un-dyed batts you can pick out yourself. I just about cried I was so excited! I've lived here for nine months and I've been looking for spinning fiber ever since I got here!

Well, anyway, the batt of wool I got is currently soaking in some warm water so I can dye it tonight... but I couldn't resist using this new spindle on some of my angora wool.

I just carded a teeny tiny handful of the wool I've been saving up from brushing my bunny, and it spun into about a foot long section. I plied it on itself and... oh my freaking god. This is the softest "yarn" I've ever felt. I've never felt angora yarn or anything made out of angora before (besides my bun bun!), so I didn't know what to expect. But... yeah. Dayuuuum that's some soft yarn!

I don't intend to spin pure angora in the long run though. I'll probably do 50/50 angora/sheep or something when I'm better at spinning.

(Wow, that was a lot more typing than I expected to do. I'm just so excited about everything! hahaha!)
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