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1  Fezzes are cool. in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by DustyChica on: November 28, 2012 04:18:40 PM
I'm a recently converted Whovian. I've been meaning to get into it for like two years, and then about a month ago I finally got Netflix and OHMYGOSHALLTHEDOCTORWHOS. I've officially caught up through series 6, and ahhhhhh. It's so good. I love it.

Anywho (pun intended), a friend of mine has a birthday coming up and she's a huge fan of the Eleventh Doctor, so I made her one. (Another friend bought her a TARDIS tree ornament, so that worked out well.) I used the "Big and Cuddly Matt Smith" pattern from Ravelry, with a few minor tweaks because my stitches are super-tight and his arms came out shorter than they should have been. Tongue Doesn't matter. He's still cute as all get-out.

Here he is!

Added detail: inside jacket pocket with a sonic screwdriver (made from a doll's miniature screwdriver with green rhinestones glued to the top).

Bow ties are cool.

You know what else is cool? A fez. Fezzes are cool.

Regeneration time! (Or at least, that's the story I'm going with for the crazy bright lights.)

I've got a college professor who's also a Whovian, but he's more of a Tenth Doctor fan. Maybe I'll make him a tiny!David Tennant before the semester's over. Hmm...
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2  Mini geology tools? (I'm serious.) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by DustyChica on: May 12, 2012 11:10:07 PM
I am making a little teddy bear for my geology professor, and I would love for the bear to have a tiny hand lens (something a geologist will always carry with them in the field). It looks like this:

It's worn on a strap around the neck. Thing is, actual hand lenses are expensive, plus they're kinda big for this little teddy bear I'm making (it's only about 8 inches tall). Any ideas on how to recreate this? I feel like polymer clay would be too big for this, but I'm short on ideas. Anybody got any ideas?
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3  Shakespearean charm bracelet! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by DustyChica on: April 06, 2012 08:58:07 PM
I'm in my second year of college and I took an Introduction to Shakespeare class this semester. I've always been terrified of Shakespeare, but the professor is phenomenal and I love, love, LOVE this class. It just so happens that my professor's birthday is next week, plus she has mentioned several times how our class is the best Shakespeare class she's had during her whole teaching career, so I took it upon myself to make her a charm bracelet reminiscent of our class. Smiley There are 3 charms for each of the plays we've studied in class, plus a couple extra. If you've read any of these plays, hopefully the charms will make some sense to you.

Le bracelet:

Charms, beginning at the clasp and going clockwise:
- 2012 (for our class, obviously)
The Taming of the Shrew:
- A sun/moon (for when Kate and Petruchio argue about what of day it is)
- Fork (when Petruchio starves Kate as part of his plan to "tame" her)
- Moneybag (since Petruchio married Kate for the sole reason of her dad having tons of money)
- Saw (partially hidden)
- Hawk (one of my professor's favorite quotes - Hamlet is trying to prove he's not crazy and says "I can tell the difference between a hawk and a handsaw!")
- Skull (alas, poor Yorick . . .)
The Tempest:
- Book (Prospero's magic comes from his books!)
- Wine bottle (Stephano and Trinculo spend the entire play being drunk)
- Anchor (for the shipwreck that landed the whole lot on the island)
A Midsummer Night's Dream:
- Love-in-idleness flower (that makes all the potions)
- Lion (for the actors who won't dress up as a lion because "It might scare the ladies")
- Fairy (because half the characters in this play are fairies!)
Titus Andronicus:
- Piece of pie (for Titus' treatment of Tamora's sons, a la Sweeney Todd)
- Sword (so much violence!!)
- Hand (Titus' allegiance to the King . . . ouch)
Much Ado About Nothing:
- Donkey (for Dogberry, who wants the world to know he is a . . . well, you know)
- Masquerade mask (for the dance in the play, and the many lies and deceptions)
- Perfume bottle (Benedick wears perfume while trying to impress Beatrice)
And lastly . . .
- Greek comedy/tragedy masks (after all, Shakespeare wrote comedies and tragedies!)

Charms were a combination of Hobby Lobby, Watchus, and Beads and Charms. I bought the chain, the clasps, and the jump rings separately and put the whole thing together. I can't wait to see my professor's reaction when she opens the box. Smiley
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4  Fence bracelet? in Beads: Discussion and Questions by DustyChica on: March 09, 2011 08:03:54 PM
So I'm a super-nerdy Auto Tune The News fan, and I want to make a turtle fence bracelet . . . but I am having issues about how to make the fence part. Ideally, I'd like to have something like this:

But I can't seem to find the pointy picket-fence-shaped beads, so I would also settle for something similar to this:

(I know it's not made out of beads. Shush. You get the idea.)

I am at a loss on how to recreate this though. I can't do peyote to save my life, and I can't find the picket fence beads . . . anybody have any brilliant ideas on creating a fence-like pattern?

(And this is a very silly bracelet, I'm making it with plastic turtle beads. So elegance is not necessary, it just needs to resemble a fence. Tongue)
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5  Re: Zelda swap round 2 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by DustyChica on: February 02, 2011 08:25:42 PM
So I was part of a round robin, and my lovely partner NightOwl21 sent me the best swap package EVER. I originally said I didn't want extras, and she messaged me saying she'd made a couple other things and would it be okay if she sent them. So I said yes, and I was COMPLETELY blown away.

Begin Hyrule-y goodness of AWESOME:

First, a super-awesome wall banner, featuring the Sheikah eye symbol and the Hyrule crest + Triforce:

Second, decals for my laptop, featuring Navi and the Hyrule crest (again):

Third, another decal of the Hylian Shield (which I may or may not put on my guitar, because that would be awesome):

Fourth, my very own pair of GAUNTLETS! (Which are very soft, very warm, and came in a lovely forest green.) Insert Sheik-esque pose:


1) Rupee charm bracelet, 2) Fairy-in-a-bottle necklace, 3) Leafy Forest Temple-inspired barrette, 4) another Forest Temple barrette, this time with flowers, 5) Gold wire bracelets, featuring the 3 Spiritual Stones, 6) Rupee-Heart-Triforce earrings, and 7) a Fairy-and-Triforce bead bracelet.

OMG. Note to self: Go to ComicCon this year and wear EVERYTHING. Cheesy

Oh, and action shot of me wearing the Fairy-in-a-bottle necklace. I found one on Etsy forEVER ago, and I've always wanted one but could never justify spending the money . . . and now I have one. Cheesy

Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOO much, you are the best swap partner ever. <3
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6  Re: My Favorite Character Plushie/Stuffie Swap - Send out 10/08/10 in The Swap Gallery by DustyChica on: October 14, 2010 03:34:17 PM
Okay, now that I have PM'd my partner and the organizer, I can officially post pictures. Cheesy

Ohmyword sent me this FABULOUS interpretation of the one and only Cap'n Jack Sparrow:

Close-up of his face:

And his beads (and his piece o' eight!):

She also sent two extras, two pairs of earrings. One pair was a set of pretty little pearls and crystals, which I didn't get a picture of . . . I will try again later. And the second ones, which were my favorites, were based off of PotC, which made me VERY happy. Cheesy (Seriously. I've worn them to school for 2 days and am wearing them right now. Tongue)

The pirate earrings:


Love, love, LOVE IT. Cheesy Thank you so much!
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7  We...are...PARAMORE! Messenger Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by DustyChica on: September 10, 2010 09:42:13 PM
Sooooo . . . some friends and I have tickets for the Honda Civic Tour, which will be here next week, and Paramore is the headline act this year. Woohoo! Cheesy So, I got inspired to make this bag to take with me . . . who knows, maybe the band will see it and think it is awesome. Smiley

The bag:

Crocheted in Red Heart SS in light blue and . . . musty green. XD. I'm not sure what the exact color is, my dad brought it home from a thrift store for me.

Close-up of the butterfly, which is based off of Paramore's "Brand New Eyes" album:

The inside:

And a close-up of the fabric, because it is beautiful and I love it Smiley :

The bag actually didn't cost too much to make. Even though it was thrift store yarn, if you counted it as buying it brand new, 2 skeins of yarn ($6) + 2/3 yard of fabric on sale ($3) = about $10, give or take, to make it. The most costly part was crafting time - overall I think it's about 10-12 hours worth of crafting. Meep.

Comments/constructive criticism welcome. Smiley Not bad, considering I basically free-formed the whole thing.
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8  Sharpening the edges of graph crochet in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by DustyChica on: September 01, 2010 08:21:48 PM
I'm currently working on a purse, and since I wanted to put a design on it I am doing a graph in single crochet. However, my letters came out funny:

See the gaps where I overlapped the green? I don't know how to sharpen up the edges so you can actually read it! (I'd really rather not frog the whole thing and do it over.) I had a thought about embroidering around the edges with thread, but I'm not sure how that would look . . .
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9  And this is my partner, Sillypants Jackson. (Psych amis!) in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by DustyChica on: August 28, 2010 04:57:20 PM
So these are kind of old, hence the extreme amounts of hot glue, because I was too lazy to sew everything together. Tongue But I think they came out pretty cute. Here is the whole Psych gang!

From left to right: Lassie, Jules, Henry (who is a little camera shy), Shawn, and Gus

Henry, Shawn, and Gus:

Lassie and Jules:

And detail shots! Jules' ponytail:

Shawn's pineapple:

And Lassiter's gun:

These were a ton of fun to make. Someone needs to start up a Psych Rnd 3 swap for me to join. Tongue
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10  Re: Beaded flower bracelet (first bead project!) in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by DustyChica on: August 15, 2010 08:27:40 PM
Thank you for all the lovely comments. Smiley It's pretty and girly, I love it. (Even though the flash on my camera makes my arms look hairy . . . gross. Tongue)

I couldn't find the tutorial to save my life! But I drew you a picture of how the wire weaves through the beads, hopefully you can figure it out:

**edit: smaller picture. I don't know why it came out so huge.
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