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1  Video Game cross stitch xmas gift in Needlework: Completed Projects by evilkitten25 on: December 27, 2013 07:52:32 AM
I can't guess at how long this took to stitch up. A week of planning.. 6 trips to michaels and a local yarn/fabric store for embroidery floss.  It took up about 7 weeks of my life.  3-6 hours per day minus 1 day a week to rest my eyes and fingers [damn pointy needles >.<]. I tried to keep the colours as close to the original games from the snes as possible.. I tried my best...lol

Stone Mario from Super Mario bros 3, link from legend of Zelda: a link to the past, kupo the moogle from ff6/ff3 and crono from chrono trigger.
I gifted it to my brother last night.. I forgot to mention that the characters were from the 4 main games we played together [or I watched him play] as kids.

Had to outline links shield and sword with a black floss backstitch.

Thought the purple outline for Crono was weird but it was in the game screenshots so... oh well, left it as is.

Had to add the geeky, 'choose wisely' phrase.

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2  6 hour hello kitty last minute xmas gift in Needlework: Completed Projects by evilkitten25 on: December 26, 2013 10:48:12 AM
Yes. My mother commented December 24 morning that I should make something for my sisterinlaw since I cross stitched my brother a video game gift.   Oh my GOD! I spent 5 hours trying to  off-loom stitch a hello kitty head while looking after the woodstove.. I panicked and tried to loom it.. still wasn't working... argh! I called my dad and asked him to brave the local Wal-Mart for small pictue frames and ran upstairs to grab my aida cloth and stash of embroidery floss.

It took about 6 hours including breaks and sketching out the design.  I opted for kitty's bow to be green [DMC tye-dye multi shades of green, looks better in person].  I added seeds beads I was going to use for the original keychain idea... sadly when my dad must man'd the stitch into the tiny frame he smooshed the beads.. but it fit.. BARELY.. lmao.  I was afraid he'd crack the glass.  Thank god he didn't.
 The beads were meant to look more like the top right one.. a plus sign I suppose.. lol 1 ruby surrounded by teal.. again it looks nice in person.

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3  Bead Loomed Coronation Street bookmark [beadloom pic included!] in Beads: Completed Projects by evilkitten25 on: December 19, 2013 03:16:03 PM
It took my dad over a month to finish building my bead loom [I could have done it but... I don't trust myself around saws, lol].  He kept getting called back to work throughout November so he wasn't off for the season.. so last week I finally got to make this.

This is a Christmas gift for my grandmother whose watched Coronation street since it came on tv so..yeah.  Thought I'd make her a beaded project.  It was SUPPOSE to be a keychain but I grabbed sized 8 Japanese toho beads and it ended up being the perfect size for a bookmark and she reads a lot [is crafty as well].  Thinking about it now I've NEVER made her anything with my many crafting abilities.

Anywho, I showed my dad that it was too big and he laughed and asked if it was a bracelet, nope keychain..but it was too long.."plan b?" "BOOKMARK!" "BRILLIANT!" hahaha.

The store in the mall ended up having a coronation street scarf so we bought it [I was originally going to knit her one but settled on the beads], got her a 2014 coronation street calander, 2 coronation street magnets and a coronation street through the years book... ya.. wrapping it all I had a laugh..that everything for her was Corry themed Wink

The only thing I didn't like about bead looming was all the damned ENDS to weave it.. that took the longest.. days upon days... and about 4 beading needles [lost 2 and 1 broke due to the constant weaving].

The looming took maybe... 6-8 hours. It worked up fast once I got a rhythm going.

We stopped by my grandmothers house last night and convinced her to open my gift.. she kept asking, 'did you really make it?!" repeatedly, lol.  Kept giving me hugs.  Her face when she saw it was priceless.  Glad she likes it.  She called me a little bit ago.  She took the bookmark in to her quilting class and showed it off to the other ladies and now they want one, lol. Cheesy

I altered a coronation street cross stitch image I found online to fit the beadwork so..ya..lol.

UPDATE: I finally got around to uploading the pictures of the loom.  It's not pretty..lol my dad ignored me and drilled the holes without doubt checking... he drilled on side at 1/4" and the other 1/2" lol. He ended up pouring woodglue into the holes.. told him not too... yaaaaa.. So I'll be sanding off the glue, sanding the sides smoother, adding wood putty to the holes and painting it at some point down the line. I think it's 18 inches by 6 or 8 inches.  We had made a smaller 10 by 4 inches but it was too small once we cut the pieces and looked at it.  It's big..ackward to handle but if I sit upright and add a tonne of pillows around it works well.  Just starting out the project gets frustrating because it's far away but ya.  I love it.. but I need to paint it..maybe a scene from super Mario bros, lol.

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4  Lion Security Blanket in Crochet: Completed Projects by evilkitten25 on: October 05, 2013 03:40:01 PM

I made this for my 2 year old nephew.

The granny square is one I modified 2 years ago for my neices pixelated tinkerbell blanket so there's no holes. The brown border is added thru the backloops as another round which gives a nice line seperation. Than another round with a single crochet than finally the reverse single crochet [crab stitch] for the coil effect.

The head ball was crochet VERY VERY tightly [so the stuffing wouldn't peek through as much].. I mean tight enough that it left a dark red indent in my skin for a few hours afterwards. The arms I made through trial and error as well as the ears and muzzle. The brown spot on the muzzle is a small triangle made with single crochets and whipstitched the the already attached muzzle.

The eyes are safety ones I found at my sisterinlaws yarn store [they just got them in and I cleaned them out, lol!]. I used paper and shaped the background for the eyes to sit in I guess... eyelashes perhaps..? I dunno but it looks cool. Was missing something until I added it. I used brown felt I bought last christmas from the hobby lobby when I wetn cross border shopping in Buffalo, NY. I cut 2 tiny slits as a + and popped in the eyes then put them into position and added the washer to lock it into place.

The mane took literally all day while I babysat my nephews[2 years and 8 years..the 8 year old had to stay home from school due to an allergic reaction to peanuts so he was bouncing off the walls due to the allergy meds so I had to keep stopping].

At one point the lion looked like a hippy jesus which made me laugh and laugh [really wish I took a picture.. all it needed was a pipecleaner eyeglasses and a bong, lmao].

He got about 3 haircuts before my sisterinlaw and I agreed his hair looked good enough.

I forgot to take measurements but I'd venture a guess that it's about 18-20 inches squared.

I really loved making this and playing around until I got what I wanted.. Thank god I wrote down everything I did incase I wanted to make it again [might sell some at SIL store since she was so shocked by how good it looked, lol].

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5  You like big what?! in Needlework: Completed Projects by evilkitten25 on: January 15, 2013 02:46:41 PM
I made this over the course of last week for my ex boyfriend prior to going to his house for game night [total blast].  It took about 40-50 hours.  It's long and short stitch.. Sorry for the white dust spots in the pictures stupid camera lens -.-

Anywho he's a hunter and total redneck.. I saw this decal of a buck but I had to alter the image from white to black but ended up resketching it in paintshop than altering the antler shaped..due to a very bad jab of the embroidery needle to my finger.. so to coverup the nice red blots of the white I had to go over and reshape the antlers..lol.

So the saying came around mostly because I was singing baby got back..than googling big bucks for images..and came across the line of "I like big bucks and i cannot lie"... so that's that... My sister and her aunt loved it thought it was worthy of selling [ya right!].  My ex loved it.. hung it up but didn't say anything until we were leaving and alone [my brother is his best friend so ya.. manly men lol] gave e a hug and kiss [oooOOooooo Wink]

It looks ALOT better in person.  It took about 3 1/2 dmc packages of 8 meter each black floss using 3 of the 6 strands each time.

Pain in the ass but worth it!

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6  Hello Kitty and Princess Peach door sign for my Niece in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by evilkitten25 on: January 15, 2013 02:35:08 PM
I've been working on this one off and on since October.  I kept having problems with the colour...than smudging and rouge paint.. trying to remember this right mix of colour.. I finally gave up just before finishing the last floating hello kitty.. I remixed a 'close enough' shade of pink [ALOT lol] and quickly repainted around each word and character but swished and rolled the brush strokes to give it a little bit of texture to cover up my boo-boos lol.

When did I finish this you ask? Well it was Christmas night at 9:30pm exactly when I added the last polka dot to the hello kitty balloon ..............I was finished at 8pm..but my hand went RIGHT into the fresh dots and smeared around the balloon.. so I had to repaint the balloons white [2 coats] and added single blobs of dots to avoid anymore mess ups! blah>.<

At least its done and my niece loves it.  My sisters aunt thought I'd bought it online from etsy.. lol.. "No no.. I made it.. took a bit but it's done!" Everyone loves it.. yay!

Everything was traced from images I got online.. but shaky hands cause me to alter some shapes but.. I'm a perfectionist hence why it took so long.

So the wood I cut with my dad's help and sanded, shaped and primed myself in the summer when i was starting my nephews' sign.
All text and characters are traced on with carbon paper and each section was painted with about 10-20 coats of paint to get the right shade to come through [stupid pink!] with acrylic paint.

Thanks for Looking!
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7  Wooden Door Plaque for my nephews [PIC HEAVY!] in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by evilkitten25 on: September 21, 2012 06:17:59 AM

I came up with the idea to make door plaques for my niece and nephews since my sister[inlaw] and brother were in the process at the time of buying a house [their first].  I got started at the end of July with my dad buying a slab of wood from Rona and cut it in half than sanded the pieces... .......... Than curved the edges with my sander since the pointed edges looked lame and pathetic.

My nephew Ronan is now a year old and loves lions so I found this lion online and thought it was adorable and so him.

And my 7 year old nephew LOVES Mario...than as I'm trying to figure which super mario to use he asked me if I could include Bowser.. well than made everything alot easier!  I grabbed these 2 images off google and flipped this image of bowser so he's looking up at mario instead of off the plaque lol.

I mixed the background with a bit of white to lighten it up but after I finished painting up the characters I had a few oops spots [red painted brush spun out of my hands, black paint dripped or my fingers touched a spot and I diddn't notice, etc] So I had to try and match the colour.......... it didn't work well.. so I ended up repainting the whole thing..if you nose to nose with it and turn it into the light you can actually see darker and lighter spots... but anyways.

I was using paintbrushes from a dollar store to paint on the background and realized that was a HUGE no-no...I tried and tried to get the loose bristles that painted into the background off but..sadly some still remain.. so I ran up and grabbed my foam brushes from Rona [for a different project involving stain.. so ya.. I'll need to buy some more.. lol] and finished it off.

Ah but before that I used canned white primer from Krylon.. omigod... I hate that crap! I couldn't tell if it was going on right.. I could actually see it as the wood was pretty pale to begin with but it looked like someone sneeze a tiny bit of powdered sugar on it but not completely.. so needless to say I'll buy a bucket of white primer paint next time and paint it on myself.. I love painting and hate spray cans..lol.

So I painted this outside in the middle of the july/august heatwave..hung from my clothes line with bungee cords... lmao so those are now forever painted pink and blue [I painted my nieces plaque at the same time but put it aside to work on my nephews'].  And everytime I was done painting for the day with my nephews I'd hang it from the faux chandelier in our old kitchen.. with the bungee cords...... so there's blue paint in the chandelier from me stopping myself from getting blue paint in the face from the thing spinning around..ugh.

Anywho! My dad said I should use grandpa's [he died in 2003] paintbrushed he used to use for his woodcarving.. so after some tears and memories on my part I finally came down with his box of paintbrushes [very expensive i may add lol] and got to work.  I also used carbon paper he had used to trace on the images [I tried the newsprint idea someone used online but it wasn't dark enough for me too see]. The text I got using my paintshop pro program and simple printed it off.

And got to work.  I'd spend maybe 4-7 hours each sitting but I'd have to wait for things to dry than my sister needed me too come over and help her pack or sort out stuff for the sally ann or keep etc.  So it took until 4 days ago to finish [well to tell the truth I'm not finished I need a nice clear day to spray on the clear coat but still all the painting is done].  I think I started painting a week before my nephew ronan's first birthday [aug 23] so.. maybe august 17. I'm thinking I sat down and pulled out the table maybe 10-15 times so it was that long really it was just the fact or stopping to help them pack, clean the house for them to visit a few times, cleaning my room, storage room, etc; that made it take so long to finish.

They move oct 1-3 and I STILL have to start and finish my nieces plaque [princess peach a la paper mario, hello kitty and lot of dessert, lol should be a little easier. ........ minus peach!]


The text outline looks shiny because I used this painting pen.. I tried painting over it but it's still shiny as hell.. oh well

This is far from perfect but I think it's pretty good coming from a person with very shaky hands, lol♥
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8  8-bit Tinkerbell Granny Square Blanket *Template added* in Crochet: Completed Projects by evilkitten25 on: June 24, 2012 05:12:35 AM
I came up with this idea almost 4 years ago before ever really coming around craftster or anywhere else crafty.
But last summer I decided to make my niece a blanket thinking it wouldn't take long.. ha ha ha ha... God I was a tool thinking that.

Well it took me a while to find a tinkerbell that was 8 bit.. but than it didn't look right so I had to clean it up, adjust the colour, run around the house trying to find close enough shades in my yarn and actually crochet the squares..

Well I started around September 2011.. had to stop several times but I kept pushing myself [though from this I learned I'm like my mother and have an extra piece of bone in my right wrist..and apparently doing repetative motions like crocheting, irritates it.. so it gets very very painful but I kept going so.. lol].

I finished around the first week of November 2011.  I did more than the needed squares 'just in case' because halfway thru the purple background squares I ran out of the yarn! So I had to find other purple yarns and hope for the best..

Well I put the project away until the second week of jan 2012 and my nieces birthday was coming up in march so I wanted it done for than.. So I pulled everything out again and counted all my colours...

Than I popped onto my trusty stitching program and spent about 6 hours straight trying to come up with an idea...

Than it dawned on me that since I had extra white.. I could maybe make it look like Tink is whipping by with pixie dust trailing behind her.
Than the corner pieces fell into place [I had just enough squares! the extra squares i had were all off shaped and basically unusable].
What luck!  Grin

I sewed each row than all the rows together.. everything took until 9 days after my nieces 5th birthday  [which was march 15] to get done. Than I put it away until about a week ago after I finished testing a pattern for a craftster and making my dad's father's day gift.. I got in 'that mood' and decided to drop the backing idea and just make a border.. it probably would have taken maybe 8 hours in 1 day but I went to my sisters house a few times thru the week and didn't get home til late so i couldn't do it.. but I finished last night after our yard sale! lmao.

So The pixelness is 26w by 29h [754 squares].. each square was done with a 4mm hook, worsted weight yarn, and 2 rounds of the granny square. And are all roughly 2 1/2 inches big.

Tink's been washed gently and tumble dried delicately  Cheesy

My original plan was to sew on a purple fleece backing but the blanket turned out to be larger than expected so I crocheted a border; 4 rounds, just of 2 inches wide on all sides.

The blanket now measures just over 59 inches wide by just over 61 inches high.

It'll most likely be a christmas gift this year since I STILL have to start and finish my nephews blanket which will have almost 1000 squares [took a screenshot from super mario bros 3 so..lol].

Here's the blanket [finally, right?  Wink ]

[I apologize for the giant sock pile in the corner of the photo my parents can never find matching socks in their room, lol.
Had to take the photo on their king size bed as my bed is a twin and we have evil dogs that will jump and frolick if I put the blanket on the living room floor to take a picture].

I do NOT like the 2 dark blue squares for her eyes.. it drives me crazy I hate them.. but everyone tells me it's fine.. but.. still.. if I try to remove them something bad will happen so I'm stuck.. oh well.

I learned many valuable lessons from this project...

1. I'm f****** awesome  Grin

2. Always leave at least 6 inches of yarn on every square for sewing [I had 1-3 inches gah!]

3. Always check your square sizes once in awhile incase you started going too loose or too tight

4. Don't group your squares by 5 and wrap the yarn tails around them.. it just alters the shapes and ruins the squares... [I'm thinking getting boxes next time, lol]

5. If something goes wrong, take a breather, step back and do something else for awhile; you'll think of a fixer for it when you're not freaking out.

6. Patience, Patience, Patience, Patience!  Things take time to get done right.. but the end result is worth it.  No point rushing things and run the risk of them fall apart.

Thanks for looking! Smiley

*I got a few requests for a pattern/template so I remade my pattern via my stitching program.  Hopefully it's okay.  Have fun!*
Grin Grin Grin

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9  Belated Father's Day Present for My Daddy in Needlework: Completed Projects by evilkitten25 on: June 18, 2012 05:58:52 PM
I started it yesterday morning but my parents came home early from their trip to Buffalo so I had to stash it away until my dad went to bed and attached a few pieces than worked on it in the morning since he had to leave a 4am for a tree delivery to Hamilton so...lol.  I had plenty of time to finish it.

The fabric for the background is actually a man's t-shirt that my dad grabbed for me in early 2011 at a Goodwill store in new market [He finds me clothing that aren't too bad so I can seam rip them for fabric projects Wink ].  I just realized that as I finished it off, lol.

My dad grew up with Gumby and a few years ago I made him a gumby birthday cake so for father's day [I finished testing an Eeyore amigurumi for a fellow craftster a few days ago so I thought of this hoop for my dad].

My dad was so giddy and couldn't stop smiling [first time for everything.. I swear his face may break soon if he doesn't stop, lol].

EDIT:  I kept thinking there was something missing for days after I made this and I clued in yesterday as to what it was... Gumby was missing his eyebrows, pokey's hair started a little too low and was missing a small clump between his ears.. so it's fixed now [yesterday morning and this morning i fixed 'em.. lol]

Here's the original photo I found online:

Here's a close up of mine.... a very good lesson I learned doing this as I plan on making more hoopla fun... always cut the felt a touch bigger than needed.

And up on the wall with the woodcarving my late grandfather made and the painting my mum bought a few years ago

I thought they looked weird witht he background but ma thought they were in the water so ......suuuuuuure.... Gumby and Pokey wish dad was in some tropical local with them, lmao.  [running joke in the family my dad never gets his second trip to cuba it's been 10 years ..everytime he saves up for it something goes wrong and he has to spend them money elsewhere.. next jan is take 8 at his trip, lmao].

Thanks for looking! Grin
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10  Super mario bros 2 inspired Ereader case in Needlework: Completed Projects by evilkitten25 on: December 11, 2011 11:36:48 AM
First this is my first project post..... so very long over due... ... YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

Oh and I don't own mario bros etc etc... i just sat at the computer for far too long pixelating the screenshots into my cross stitching program... so... i'm just a nerd that loves video games♥

Anywho... I've been wanting to make a cover for my Kobo ereader since i got it as a very early birthday present [so since middle of june lol].
I've been sketching out ideas and concepts for it.. it was going to be like a very big plastic canvas trinket box. Than i settled on simple case with a two different sized top/closing flaps with velcro to secure everything.

I took screenshots of the game while playing an emulatated version on my computer and added in the vine/ladder/whatchamawhosit .. I zoomed in my screenshots and put it sidebyside with my cross stitching program and spent many hours pixelating everything [and guesstimating the sizes and such and fixing them than more hours trying to get the right colour]. I moved things around, fudged/faked the design and size of the platform/hill so everything not 100% accurate but i did my best not to stray too far from the original [colour of the yarn included!].

Now the princess' original colours form back than aren't exactly the same [you'd think with maaaaaany many garbage bags bursting with yarn i'd be able to match them better... But it switched out her hair and dress outline colour for a darker shade almost burgandy as opposed to a red/orange..looked nicer in my opinion.

I also had the idea to have the scene continue around and down the sides and bottom of the case..using black yarn while sewing them together to seperate the bottom left side from the bottom of the case [which continues down under the princess][sorry got a little wordy].

So... This was done using green coloured 7 count plastic canvas' [won't use it again as i had to double up my 4ply yarn in spots to hide the ugly plastic colour and it was actually breaking in places after i sewed it altogether and had to use clear glue, dont have a glue gun, to fix it than backstitch the booboos to hide the glue], using normal 4ply yarn ..the green colours were actually thinner and thus had to split pieces of yarn so they were a little thicker. a small piece of velcro cut into 2 pieces [wont use that particular strip again as it had sticky glue in the back....ya try pushing a sewing needle thru all that yarn, glue, velcro and sometimes the plastic canvas..forgetting to use a thimble..ya.... my finger is still healing from the needle pushing back into it many many times.. before i gave up and wrapped a bunch of thick bandaids around my finger.. and the needle got bent and was covered in glue.. so it was garbaged afterward, lol]. Since the case was so much larger than my ereader i made a little pouch [2 felt pieces and 2 scrap fabrics] and sew'd a strap and snap clasp closure for it.

The stitches were obviously cross stitch, half cross stitch for the smaller/lower flap because i was lazy [and it was a last minute idea and thought] and in 1 place, backstitched for support of a booboo.

It was many many many hours of pixelating [many tylenols for a sore back from hunching over and staring at the screen too lol]. I started the needlepoint in the middle of October, got sick with a bad throat infection and had to stop for 2 weeks. I would only needlepoint for 1-4 hours a day. Finished around the last week or so of November.

I'm going to have my dad [a woodcarver] make a very thin wooden slipcase to slide inside to give the case more structure and stability since the 7count plastic canvas' are so damned flexible. I also sewed a small felt and fabric pouch to put my ereader into than into the case since i forgot to line the plastic canvas' prior to sewing it up completely. But for now, it's fine and i'm going to leave it be until the new year since i have to start and finish other projects for christmas... .. lol yaaaaaa... I'm nuts.

Hopefully I did a decent job and you guys like it. I certain love it. As does my 6 year old nephew whom loves the super mario series.

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