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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / (Picture heavy) Mario, Zelda and more pixel paintings NES and SNES on: July 17, 2014 06:33:04 AM
Here are some pixel paintings I did recently! All done with acrylic paint. Most of them are done on canvas, but a couple are on canvas panel (but I prefer canvas by far!)

Some 12x16 inches:

Link from A Link to the Past on the Super Nintendo

Mario with a Mario Bros 3 background

Megaman from Megaman 2 on the NES

Raccoon Mario flying to the sky

I also made some 8x10 inches:

Zelda from A Link to the Past:

Terra from Final Fantasy 6:

2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / HUGE Alucard from Castlevania 36x48 inches pixel painting on: June 17, 2014 07:03:33 AM
I love to do pixel painting. I normally just do small paintings, but for my husband's last birthday, I wanted to do something epic. I had a 36x48 inches canvas that I was keeping for something special, so I decided to do a painting with a lot of pixels to go in our staircase.

I thought about the Castlevania game series cause my husband loves these games and the color scheme fits our wall. I searched for something big but without too many different colors and I found a pixel art made by Puzza on PixelJoint (http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixelart/33021.htm). Perfect!

It's 144 by 192 pixels (each pixel is 1\4 inch). It took me a lot of afternoons of secret work, while my husband was at work. Fortunately I was on maternity leave, waiting for baby to get here Smiley

Here is one with my dog for scale. It's a big dog Tongue

I used my "messy pixels" technique, which means that I don't try to do perfectly square pixels, but I use the unevenness to make the image look more stylish.

Here is some close-ups.

3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Penguin Costume ... a little late for Halloween :) on: May 17, 2014 07:55:21 AM
It's been sooooo long since I've posted anything on this site, at least since I've had my baby and she's 7 months old!

My baby's due date was Oct 3rd (she was born Oct 15th), so I wanted to sew her a cute little Halloween costume. My husband proposed to make a blue penguin costume, which is a character from a video game (called a Prinny). 

I bought a pattern for animal costumes and the smallest size was 7-13 lbs. Good for a newborn, no? Well, not really. When I made the costume, the only part that was newborn size was the sleeve length. So I had a costume that was wayyy too big with short sleeves.

What to do? Well, since it wouldn't fit at Halloween, I kept it. When she was about 3 months old, she was the right size for the main costume. I removed the elastics in the short sleeves and added some flippers/wings to lengthen the sleeves. Then I put the costume on her even if it was January  Tongue

Here it is:

The character on which the costume is based has peg-legs so that's why the legs are brown  Smiley

4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Pop Tart! Lots of pictures! on: November 06, 2012 03:48:40 PM
I was invited to a Halloween party with a theme: the letter P! I wanted to find a costume that had 3 characteristics: 1) Not expensive, 2) Not slutty, 3) Not long to craft. After a lot of thinking, I had the best idea (in my mind Tongue)... a Pop Tart!  Grin

I took a pillowcase for the Pop Tart itself, some white fleece for the icing and stitching floss for the sprinkles. In the end, the sprinkles took a long time because I wanted to have knots to look like round sprinkles, but it was worth it! At the last minute, I also made a little felt Pop Tart that I put on a headband.

Here is the costume!  Smiley

With my boyfriend, he was disguised as The Professional (with Jean Reno and Nathalie Portman, good old movie!)

Here is the back, my pillowcase was so tight, it really looked like a dress!

And a close up of the felt PopTart headband!

I'm really proud of my costume: simple and original, yay!  Cheesy
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fair Isle Mittens! on: August 22, 2012 07:12:15 PM
About a year ago, I was wandering in a yarn store when I found a very beautiful pair of fair isle mittens made with a varigated yarn and a solid colored yarn. I fell in love with the look of it and I wanted to make a pair for myself. I chose the varigated yarn in pink, beige and brown-purple and purple for the solid color. I found a fair isle mittens pattern on Drops design (link to the free pattern: http://www.garnstudio.com/lang/en/pattern.php?id=5318&lang=en).

I made the first mitten and then it went in my unfinished project bin (I do that a lot with socks and mittens Wink ). I picked it up this week and I'm happy to have finished!!  Cheesy

Here is a picture of the mittens, I love both the pattern and the yarns I used!

The pattern for the inside of the mittens.

Here is a close-up of the beautiful yarns!

These mittens are gonna keep me warm all winter!

Now, what to do with the leftover yarn? Matching hat?
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilting challenge #3: EPIC Slime Quilt on: July 25, 2012 05:18:20 PM
I think this fits the definition of "EPIC"  Wink This is a project I started long ago, but never finished. It's one of those "love-hate" projects: I started really excited, then wondered "what was I thinking?" and stopped for a while, then picked up the project again, etc. This challenge gave me the kick I needed to pick up that quilt and finish it once and for all!  Cheesy

All of this started when I decided that I wanted to make a quilt with a character from a video game. Since our living room colors are basically black-grey-white-orange, I decided that a grey quilt would fit nicely. Then my boyfriend thought of a Metal Slime, a smiley baddy from the serie "Dragon Quest". I found a 15X15 pixel pattern from the NES version of the game. I decided to make it 17X25 squares and, since I wanted something big, decided to go with charm squares (5X5 inches). So it ended up HUGE, the short side is longer than me (I'm only 5'2", but still!  Grin )!!

Here it is, with me on it to show the size (and it's bigger in person! Cheesy ):

Here it is being held by my 6'3" boyfriend with his arms streched:

Here are some other pictures, since I'm so proud of it (in the first picture, my boyfriend and my mother are hidden behind it):

Here are work-in-progress pictures:
The pattern with the background:

Part of the 425 charm squares:

The center part before it was sewn!

I don't have a picture of the back, it's a dark grey fabric with white dots. Sorry for all the bragging, but I'm really happy that I could finish a project as big as that! Now the question is: what do I do with it?  Tongue
7  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Mario amigurumi! on: June 29, 2012 08:28:33 PM
I have a 2 years old godson and he his obsessed with Mario Bros. So his mother asked me to make him a Mario amigurumi!

I had found that pattern from Wolf Dreamer a year or so ago, so I made it! (http://wolfdreamer-oth.blogspot.ca/2009/08/mario-plushie.html)

Here he is! He's not perfect, but I still love him! Smiley

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / EPIC hexagons afghan!!! on: June 05, 2012 06:45:58 PM
This is the biggest project I ever crocheted ... EVER! I don't know if I'll ever have the patience to undertake a project that big again... but again, if the pattern is beautiful...   Grin

It took me so long because I crochet really slow, like really! I crochet holding my hook and yarn in the same hand so I have to let go of the hook every time I yarn over... long story short, crochet takes forever with me.  Cheesy

This is "My great-granma 'ghan" or something like that from Crochet today. 96 hexagons in 8 different colors mixed and matched! (And it matches the painting I made that's on my wall).

Here is the afghan on my floor, to show the complete look. As you can see a little bit, I didn't weave in ends, but since it stays on the back of my couch, nobody knows!  Wink

Here is another picture with me on the afghan! And you can see the mess of another project in the background Tongue

I'm very proud of that one!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two triangular shawls to keep my neck toasty! on: June 05, 2012 06:32:46 PM
These are two shawls I made, one last summer and one that I finished a couple of weeks ago!  Cheesy

This is a simple triangular shawl, it has some parts with yarn overs, as you can see and some "full" parts. 

This one is smaller and made from yarn that I bought in Finland (and it's Finnish yarn with some variations in the yellow, very pretty!) It has a little bit of a pattern, one row out of 16 is purl on the knit side.

Here you can see the shape and pattern a little bit better! Smiley
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Iron by Wookid lyrics in cross-stitch (song used in Assassin's Creed trailer) on: March 15, 2012 02:07:15 PM
Almost a year ago, I saw this trailer for Assassin's Creed Revelations: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4K39UWxdm0U

And then I discovered the original song, "Iron" by Woodkid. Here is the link to the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSkb0kDacjs

Let's just say that I fell in love for this song. Hard. I love the beat, the epic feel and, most of all, the lyrics.

I decided that I had to craft something with the songs lyrics and I told myself "Why not stitch them?" When I saw that the was only 20 lines of texts in the whole lyrics, I knew I could do it! It took me around one month to stitch the whole piece.

Here is a close-up of the first lines (I just realized that some of my Christmas lights are reflected on the frame glass!  Cheesy).

Here is the whole piece! This picture really sucks, I'm sorry!

Here is me holding the frame, so you can get an idea on the size.

I think I took some better pictures at one point, I'll try to find them!
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