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1  Home Is Where The Wii Is in Needlework: Completed Projects by Brandybee on: October 11, 2010 05:13:28 PM
I made this last year for my friend for christmas, as she and her fiance are both really into their Wii.

I forgot to take a picture of it until after I wrapped it, erg. When I was there the other week, I finally remembered and took a picture. It's kinda wonky in the frame, but oh well.

I had seen the original version done by The Domestic Scientist, http://www.thedomesticscientist.com/2008/09/08/home-is-where-the-controller-is/

but I didn't want to do the Wii logo. Therefore, I decided it would be a good idea to make my own pattern (sigh).

Using reference picture found online, I planned it out on graph paper, as I do all my x-stitch patterns. I winged parts of it and messed up here and there, but it turned out okay. My friend really liked it.

Here for your viewing pleasure,

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2  1000 Paper Cranes On My Wall in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Brandybee on: October 11, 2010 09:54:03 AM
I've always wanted to make 1000 paper cranes, but never got around to actually starting. This year I started my bucket list, 1000 cranes being one of the items on it. So I dragged out my box of origami paper (from my various other origami adventures) and started folding.

The cranes are in various papers and sizes. I made many out of 3x3 origami paper (that I painstakingly made out of 6x6 paper, sigh). I made alot of them at work out of receipt paper and flyers (I have a boring job). The smallest were probably made out of paper that was a 1/2 inch square.  The result is a very colorful mess Smiley

I'd say it took me about four months to make them. That is with alot of time off, including 3 weeks at the beginning and the last month and a half. I didn't make them everyday. I made them at home while watching tv, at work, in the car on a roadtrip, at other peoples houses, at the beach and on the ferry.

Here is the first picture I took, at about 83 cranes. I have them in a big glass pickle jar.

Here we are at about 300.

This is the day I made 149 and had to stop because my hands were cramping really badly.

After not touching them for a month and a half, I finally decided to count the little buggers. I was three short.

Here is all 999 of them, with that last one unmade.

Writing my wish on the last one before folding.

I purchased a floating shadow box (glass on the back, so you can see all the way through). It is adjustable as well, I wasn't sure how much space my cranes would take. I ended up using the largest size.

Spread them out.

Slap the back on and VOILA!

Now I just need to find some wallspace to hang it on.

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3  Re: My Super Awesome New Summer Dress! in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by Brandybee on: April 07, 2010 05:17:57 PM
It is so pretty.  I wish I knew what the shape of the top pattern pieces is.  I don't usually buy patterns.

I took a pic of the top pieces for you Ludi. The left is the back, right the front. It can be made with long or short sleeves.

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4  My Super Awesome New Summer Dress! in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by Brandybee on: April 06, 2010 10:04:49 PM

Made from Butterick 5195.
(the black bit on top is my tank top)

I made size 28, even though I am pretty sure I am a 26, I wanted it to be super comfy.

This is the first item of clothing I have ever made that I actually want to wear (halloween costumes don't count).

The fabric is possibly some kind of polyester (?). I get very overwhelmed when surrounded by too much pretty fabric. It's not stretchy at all and it has a slight sheen to it.
I bought it at FabricLand, on the discount wall, for 60% off. I just about crapped my pants with joy when I found it.

I was hesitant about the elastic waist, it's in a casing. It turned out better than I thought it would, but if I make this pattern again, I'd like to try a shirred waist, as I've never shirred before...

All the inner seams are zigzagged (every time I glance at my Mother's serger I can feel it give me hate vibes).
The hems are zigzagged and folded under about a cm and sewn. I did this so the hem wouldn't be as heavy (and irritating to sew).
The neckline was done with a rolled hem, which I have never done before. It's a little iffy in places, but not too bad. In hindsight, I wish I had done the same as I did on the hems, but oh well.

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5  Jesus Cookies in Dessert by Brandybee on: March 20, 2010 10:39:36 PM
This previous Xmas I decided to forgo the watching of Xmas related movies on Xmas day. Enough is enough already people!!

So, I decided to start a new tradition of celebrating Jesus's Bday by watching 'Jesus Christ Superstar'.

Therefore I spent part of Xmas eve making Jesus cookies to enjoy the next day whilst singing along to the musical stylings of Jesus and the Apostles.

Anyway, here we go...

Step one: make shortbread using Mom's Super Awesome Secret Shortbread recipe. Fold and roll dough a bunch of times for extra flaky cookies. Cut into circles (I used a cup). Place on cookie sheets.

Step two: Find Jesus pic online, preferably one that is in silhouette (I used this one  http://www.classic-creations-religious-jewelry.com/stores/xq/xfm/store_id.684/page_id.23/Item_ID.89464/White-Gold-Face%2FJesus-Silhouette-Medal-Pendant/qx/store.htm )

Play with pic in paint program. Print.

Step three: Painstakingly cut out picture. Leave little tab on top to fold upwards for a handle.

Step four: Place stencil on cookie. Sprinkle with powdered whatever. I used nesquik powder (Woo Jesus is black!) Bake as per recipe instructions.

Step five: Watch Jesus Christ Superstar and eat FREAKIN AWESOME cookies. Mmmm, Jesus tastes like shortbread!

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6  Your Boobs are awesome (NSFW) in Needlework: Completed Projects by Brandybee on: February 27, 2010 09:09:28 PM
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I decided to elaborate on the last boob related x-stitch I did. I really enjoyed doing this script on other projects.
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7  I $love$ you in Needlework: Completed Projects by Brandybee on: February 27, 2010 09:05:36 PM

Inspired by my parents, who know that they can buy my love.
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8  I don't love you in Needlework: Completed Projects by Brandybee on: February 27, 2010 09:04:01 PM

Another piece inspired by my work boyfriend. He's so special.
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9  Cross my heart in Needlework: Completed Projects by Brandybee on: February 27, 2010 09:01:21 PM

I was so happy when I found this frame with four little windows that fit what I wanted to do perfectly.

As with many of my projects, I totally winged it patternwise.
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10  Spidery Biscornu in Needlework: Completed Projects by Brandybee on: February 25, 2010 06:57:44 PM
I just discovered biscornu the other day and decided that I had to make one. I finished this an hour ago. It's about 2 inches across. (btw, a biscornu is an 8 pointed french pincushion)

The webs are stitched with silver thread.

This side has just one spider and some flies.

I was going to submit it to the little tiny challenge, but then read some more about it and there's that whole rule about it being original, siiigh. Oh well, I decided I still wanted to make it, so I did. What to do with it now? Keychain??

Oh and i found the spider pattern here, http://hobbyloco.com/needle/spiderb.gif

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