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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Vworp! Vworp! TARDIS Wall-hanging! on: September 05, 2011 03:29:13 PM

Ages and ages ago, I was making a Totoro baby quilt for a friend, and happened to be watching Doctor Who.  I love sewing and I love Doctor Who, so joining them together makes me explode with geeky joy.  I still need to add ribbon to actually be able to hang it from the wall, but I was impatient and wanted to go ahead and post it. 
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first embroidery--a Dia de los Muertos Skull! on: September 05, 2011 03:09:33 PM

I was randomly stalking the Needlework section of Craftster, and saw all of the awesome projects here.  I was so impressed that I decided to get into embroidery myself.  
I made my own design, and simply drew it on the fabric with a pencil (I don't know anything about iron-on transfers and whatnot).  I found a fantastic website that had several stitch tutorials.  (http://www.embroidery.rocksea.org/hand-embroidery/). I used a running stitch, an interlaced running stitch, a lazy daisy stitch, fishbone stitch, a butterfly chain stitch, and attempted some other stitch under the eyes that I can't remember.  I definitely have a long way to go, but I really enjoyed my introduction to embroidery.  
Unintended bonus for choosing a skull:  completely wigging out my parents, and frightening little old ladies in the coffee house who saw exactly what I was doing.   ^_^

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Blue Ridge Parkway and Other Random Photos (warning!pic heavy!) on: April 29, 2011 12:53:03 PM
Nature is purdy, so here are some pictures.  Also, random quote:  I want to see mountains again Gandalf, mountains!
All right, this one isn't anywhere near the Blue Ridge Parkway, but it's pretty.  I actually took this picture in Tennesse.  My undergrad college had a tree whose branches naturally formed this way.  Of course, once I noticed the tree the weather decided a monsoon lasting for a few weeks would be nice, so it took me about a month to get a good picture

These are a couple of the few images where I significantly altered them on the computer (usually I don't do anything).  I wanted the red to really popped out, so I fiddled with the settings.


My dad dragged me on a dawn patrol to shoot some photos.  I woke up at an obscenely early time, but it was worth it.  The morning was absolutely beautiful.

For this picture, my dad actually told me to stand in the middle of the road. I don't know about you, but this isn't something I usually hear from my dad.

We were heading back home when my dad noticed the lighting and suddenly said "oh oh!" and immediately pulled over on the side of the road


4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Totoro Baby Quilt on: July 08, 2010 08:11:41 PM
My best friend is pregnant, so I've been going crazy with crafting baby things for her.  She loves "My Neighbor Totoro," and is decorating her baby's room with that theme.  I decided to make her a baby quilt, and thought it would be cute for it to be Totoro themed.  I really wanted to use the freezer-paper stencil tutorial from Craftster, but couldn't find a good image for it.  Thus, I decided to use printed iron-on transfers.  It's a little difficult to tell, but the binding is plaid because she really likes it.  If I can, I'd really like to put red robots on the back, since her husband loves robots (that's how he wanted to decorate the room).  It really depends on how I feel.  

Note:  This is credit to the unknown source.  I did not create the images on the quilt.  I randomly found them on the internet ages ago.  I don't know where I found them, or even who made them.  

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / ~Photography~--Mountains! (pic heavy) on: June 29, 2010 10:34:33 PM
These are some random pictures I've taken.  I I live in the mountains, and enjoy mixing hiking with photography. I actually took the pictures of the waterlilies at a community that has a lake.  It's easy to take aesthetically pleasing pictures with so grand a surrounding.  

Crab Tree Falls:

Yellow Mountain Gap:

Mysterious Community College (My mom visited it at a nursing conference; I went with her.  I have no idea what its name is).

6  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Woven Table Runner (Or whatever I want it to be) on: April 26, 2010 11:20:56 PM
I love weaving, but unfortunately I haven't been able to do much of it.  Getting a little loom is definitely on my to-do list this summer.  My mom had a loom and a needle (very primitive), which is what I used when I was little.  I eventually took a class at a hippy craft store during my late high school years, and made this as my project on a big loom.  I'd like to post some more pictures, especially close-ups for details, but my camera hates me right now and won't let me take pictures.  I made some other things in the class, but they're at home (I'm off yonder in college right now)  

7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Mario Baby Bib on: April 26, 2010 10:27:02 PM
My best friend from college is pregnant, and both her and her husband are huge geeks.  I wanted to procrastinate on a Kant paper, so I decided to make this bib for her baby. I pretty much winged it, so it didn't turn out perfectly.  She loves it, though, so that's all that really matters.  It just means I'll have to make more to get better at it.  

8  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My oh so geeky Amigurumi creations (Mario, Schrodinger's Cat Amigurumi and More! on: April 26, 2010 10:20:06 PM
Here are some of the different amigurumi I've made.  I was low on funds for Christmas (poor college student), so I decided to crochet presents for everyone.  It's difficult for me to follow crochet patterns, so I pretty much just figured out how to make them myself (through trial and lots of error).  If anyone understands the Schrodinger's Cat amigurumi, I will automatically award you 10 shiny points.  

(front side of Schrodinger's Cat Plush)
(backside of Schrodinger's Cat Plush)

9  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Introduce Yourself / Mae govannon! on: April 26, 2010 08:57:44 AM
Allo!  I'm Arryl, and I've been lurking around  Craftster for a while, but a combination of loving this site and procrastinating on a 10-page paper on Kant (due today, of course) has finally led me to sign up.  I enjoy long walks on the beach---sorry wrong one---ahem, sewing, crocheting (really big into Amigurumi right now), cross stitch, and weaving.  I'd love to learn more crafts.  As far as other interests/hobbies, I like Firefly (the best show ever), hiking, camping, kayaking, putting a geeky spin on traditional crafts, being a bibliophile, learning about history and other cultures, reading the Bible and learning about other religions as well, arguing, philosophizing, and being a geek in general.  
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