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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Home Is Where The Wii Is 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,

2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: 1000 Paper Cranes On My Wall on: October 11, 2010 12:10:44 PM
Ooo, stars would look awesome! I suck at making them though, mine end up looking mooshy.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 1000 Paper Cranes On My Wall 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.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: My Super Awesome New Summer Dress! on: August 06, 2010 05:23:08 AM
A few years ago when I was measured for a bridesmaids dress, I was a 26. For shirts I usually go between at 24 and 26. Jackets, 26. I just wanted this dress to be extra roomy, which it is without feeling too big. I did measure myself for this pattern, but I can't remember what I came out as, I don't think it was too far off.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: My Super Awesome New Summer Dress! 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.

6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Garden gnome on: April 06, 2010 10:53:38 PM
OMG! I (heart) this costume!!! 
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: My Super Awesome New Summer Dress! on: April 06, 2010 10:46:46 PM
It was easy to make too! There are only 5 pieces, plus the elastic. I didn't get stressed out once while making it, that's a miracle in itself.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / My Super Awesome New Summer Dress! 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.

9  COOKING / Dessert / Jesus Cookies 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!

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Your Boobs are awesome (NSFW) 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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