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1  Re: Craftster Site Announcement in Latest News by EriChanHime on: December 17, 2019 10:06:10 PM
I love you all so much! This has been beyond amazing, and I cant wait for where we land together in the (hopefully near) future. If I dont get back on before the site archives, thank you all, for an amazing time! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy New Years, and all other lovely things. Baby Groot and I salute you all. Cheesy

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2  Re: Mini 12 Days of Christmas 2019 in The Swap Gallery by EriChanHime on: November 13, 2019 09:33:33 AM
I received Friday from Coryjo, and I was able to pick up the package on Saturday! Even the outside box is cute and wintry! Cheesy

Here is my cute pile of presents and the pretty card to go along:


Day 1:

A pretty silver envelope full of fun! What could it be?

So cool! I love holly and little ornaments and decorations. She made a beautiful tiny stocking picture with punch embroidery! (That must have taken forever!)

I adore the soft colors and the delicate leaves. Yay! A wonderful start to the 12 days. Grin


Day 2:

Im trying so hard to not think about the site news right now. Instead, look at the pretty embroidery supplies Coryjo gave me!

Ive definitely used this kind of thread before for micro-crochet, but never tried to use it for embroidery. I look forward to trying it, and I love the mix of soft fall and winter colors. Smiley


Day 3:

One of the Christmas things I mentioned loving was poinsettias, and I think this wonderful hand-drawn flower on an antique book page is just stunning. Its so soft and warm feeling. Its now tucked in the corner of the mirror over my mantelpiece!


Day 4:

Today is a lovely treat to give away: hand-stamped gift tags!

Both Christmas-y and winter-y things on these cuties. Five patterns and 18 tags total. I look forward to using these on special presents this year and next!


Day 5:

Stationary! When I unwrapped it and saw the box, I was already happy when I thought the cards would match the box, since it was cute. BUT when I got inside it was full of beautiful hand-stamped cards!!! Upgrade! Grin I love the addition of the little extra "joy" notes held on with the teeny-tiny metal brads. Fun and classy. I'm excited to use these for extra special thank you notes this year. Although, let's be honest, I will also totally keep one for myself to display on my card area (I keep cool looking cards and just put them out every year as decorations). Cheesy


Day 6:

Got a little behind on posting over the weekend, but did open one each day. Smiley

Hes so cute!! A little clay Namame (a little rock character from the manga series Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden). I had completely forgotten Id put him on my list, so I was tickled pink to see him. Hes about an inch tall and absolutely precious. Cheesy


Day 7:

Mugs! I mentioned liking tea and also skeletons, so this cheery sugar skull and swirls set is perfect. They were also stuffed with some nice wool-like felt fabric, that will be lovely to craft with.


Day 8:

Snowflake Hoopla! Snowflakes are among my favorite winter/Christmas motifs, and this delicate one has been embroidered on fluffy midnight blue velvet! Its so soft and wonderfully textured, and the white really pops on it. Wonderfully cool and festive (as its confused here and nearly 80 degrees!)


Day 9:

Ooo!!! This was one of my special requests: a knitted hood like the one Lyra wears in The Golden Compass film. The colors and textures and knitting are just perfect! Its so soft and cozy, too. It reminds me of nighttime in a forest. I love it!

And on my head! Pardon how I look; Ive had a migraine-like headache for two days...


Day 10:

Lookit! My very first ever mug rug/mini quilt. Its so cozy-looking and Christmas-y and cheery. I enjoy toile-look fabrics with alternative prints, and this warm fireplace scene is lovely. Smiley I look forward to using it right away, and pulling out each year!


Day 11:

Gorgeous painted wood forest scene! I love reindeer and moose, and I have an ornament collection of them. This lovely piece will be right at home among them. Cheesy

And look! It lights up! Wheeee! So cool!


DAY 12!

On the 12th Day of Christmas, my partner gave to meeeeee...a gorgeous hand-knit lacy shawl-ette in purples and greens! *does happy dance*

My photos do not do this justice. It's soft, and looks like it was made from sock/lace-weight yarns. The purples range from lilac to a really rich plum, and the greens are everything from almost-mint to a deep forest green. All the accent creams have little flecks of other colors in them to add to the depth. The knit stitches are so perfect and even, and coryjo pre-washed and carefully blocked it, so it's super soft and drapes beautifully. It's the perfect size and weight for when you need that little extra something around your neck and shoulders to ward off a chill. I expect it will also be perfect in the spring when I'm popping in and out of confusingly air-conditioned buildings.

Thank you, coryjo, for being the most amazing partner! It's been a really hard couple months, personally as well as with Craftster closing down. Having these wonderful bright spots to look forward to each day has been so encouraging. I appreciate all the hard work you put into my beautiful gifts, and I will joyfully treasure them all! Have a wonderfully Merry Christmas and a beautiful holiday season. Cheesy

Now I need to start looking more carefully through the rest of the gallery and comment! Grin
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3  Grease! - Rydell High Cheerleader Costume in Costumes: Completed Projects by EriChanHime on: November 12, 2019 02:03:31 PM

My whole department at work decided to plan a group theme (it was optional, but I figured, why not?!), and they went with Grease. I refuse to wear tight leather pants, so it was either regular clothes or prom clothes, but I also don't do pink, so the Pink Ladies' jackets were also out. I re-watched the film to see what else there would be, and I decided to go with the Cheerleader outfit, since it's so rarely seen as a costume. I already owned the perfect cherry red retro-inspired skirt (by the brand Rock Steady), so I needed the top and accessories. I mean, you can't be a 1950's cheerleader without ridiculous pompoms! Wink

Here is the reference image from the film that I based everything on:

You can see that her pompoms are on a central handle with a poof on each side, and they are fairly substantial. I couldn't find anything that looked like this, so I ordered some kid-sized ones from Amazon (small, but cost effective); I got 4 white ones and 4 red ones. They were conveniently held on the handles with zip ties. I separated each one, carefully un-threaded the ties, and removed the fluff bundles (tied with dental floss for bunch-control) from each.

Next, I decided that a single handle was long enough for me to hold, so I picked the nicest-looking two, sawed off the closed ends with a handsaw, and then drilled another set of holes at that end.

Next, I re-used the original zip ties to put two bundles on each side of the handles (so 4 tiny white single pompoms became 1 double-thick, two-ended pompom).

For the top, I decided that since I live in Texas, I didn't want an actual sweater (I would die), so I bought a plain white T-shirt at the craft store to build my top. I found online a nice outline of the Rydell patch from the original uniform, printed it out to scale for my chest (I'm super short), then traced each base shape on freezer paper. I ironed each shape onto my red felt and the cut tightly against each piece.

Once I had all my pieces ready, I very carefully overlaid each piece on a sheet of white felt, and then sewed a straight stitch very close to the edge of each to hold it together. Finally, I cut around the whole outline, leaving a crisp white edge for the patch. It looks exactly like the one in the film! I was so happy! Grin

To attach it to the shirt, I positioned it carefully while wearing it, then laid it flat and tweaked it a bit, pinned it within an inch of its life, and machine-sewed it to the shirt using a medium zigzag. I did this so that if I ever want to change the shirt that it's on, it will be each to remove; but the attachment stitching is fairly invisible on the patch itself.

The last touch was to add a cute red Peter Pan collar. Since, you know, RED, I decided to build it as a separately worn piece. I found a free pattern online, adjusted the size a little, then used scraps of a red cotton I already had to build the collar. I tacked it together in the front with some hidden stitches, and then I added a hook/eye to the back to hold it together. It overlaps the T-shirt collar very well, although having worn it once now for a full day, I think I will add snaps or Velcro at the two shoulder seams on the shirt and matching ones on the collar, as it tends to rotate throughout the day.

I finished off the whole screen look with a ponytail (decorated with an actual vintage silk chiffon scarf!), bobby socks with little pearls, and white tennis shoes (I refused to buy new shoes for a costume like this, so they are actually from a previous cosplay as Hank from the film Lunatics: A Love Story; hence the yellow smiley face tips).

And here is the final outfit!

I had SO MUCH FUN bouncing around, and cheering for people, and posing for photos (people even outside our company, but in our business complex, recognized me and asked for pictures). I even spent a couple hours researching cheers from the 1950's, and built a full cheer and choreographed and learned it, and then performed it for people throughout the day. Cheesy

Here it is (Yes, I'm a dork):

Who are we?
You know us!

Were Rydell!
Were Rydell!
Were Rydell High!
And were gonna beat you til you cry!

Lean to the left!
Lean to right!
Sit down, stand up,
Fight! Fight! Fight!

Gooooo, Rydell!

I didn't expect to enjoy this outfit as much as I did (I have clearly never been a cheerleader of any kind), but it was an awesome day. Grin Here's a final shot with me at work, posing with our office party's pirate skeleton (who I personally own and dressed using all items from my Ren Faire stash; his name is Hezekiah).

Go, Rydell High! Cheesy
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4  Easy Handkerchief Pumpkins in Thanksgiving by EriChanHime on: October 14, 2019 01:57:26 PM

This weekend some friends and I made handkerchief pumpkins! We had a ton of fun, and they make quick, adorable fall decorations for any reason. Inexpensive handkerchiefs are easy to come by (ours came from Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby), although you could absolutely use cute cuts of any fabric you wanted. The tutorial we used just said to make sure that the fabric length is twice the width, and you can then make any size of pumpkin you want. I made three different sizes. My largest fabric piece was about 18" x 9" and the finished pumpkin was about 5-6" across.

For my pumpkins, since I plan to keep them out all season, I wanted colors that reminded me of actual pumpkin colors, so I have orange (traditional pumpkins), white (snowball pumpkins), and a kind of blue/teal (Cinderella pumpkins). Each standard size handkerchief makes at least two pumpkins, but more if you want tiny ones.

After cutting the fabric into appropriately sized strips, I sewed the short ends together to make tubes, for all of them (my friends dont machine sew, so I brought mine and did all the seams quickly to start out). I used a small hem (just the size of my presser foot).

Next, we used 3 strands of embroidery floss to run a loose gathering stitch around one end of each tube, about inch from the cut edge of the fabric. Then, we gathered it tightly, took a few securing stitches, and then tied it off. This will be the bottom of the pumpkin.

Here are my three adorable pumpkin pouches, ready for their squishy innards!

At this point, its time to stuff them. I stuffed mine quite thoroughly, which resulted in wonderfully poofy, rounded pumpkins, which I liked. If you want flatter pumpkins, which my friends went for, just stuff them a little less.

To close your pumpkin, sew another running stitch row on the open edge, about a inch from the cut edge, push the stuffing down out of the way, and then pull the mouth of the tube closed. I used my fingers to push the raw fabric edge in as I gathered it, but youll add a stem over this later, anyway.

I forgot to take actual sewing pictures of this step, but the pictures show your aim. Taking a long length of full embroidery floss (all 6 strands), tie a thick knot and bring the thread up from the bottom all the way through the pumpkin, then wrap the thread around the outside of the pumpkin, and bring it back into the bottom and through to the top. Pull that loop tight, until you like how gathered its made the segment. To make a familiarly shaped pumpkin, made 6 loops total, evenly spaced around your pumpkin. Some of the pumpkins we made only had 5 loops, which is also cute, but requires more tweaking to get them to lay evenly around the shape. Two extra tips: doll-making needles are the best for this step, because they dont get lost inside the pumpkin; make your first outside loop over the seam line, which will pull it tight and hide it completely.

For stems, vines, etc. we used pipe cleaners. In the future, I may keep an eye out for cute sticks that would make cool stems, but for now I am happy with these. I used a fluffy brown pipe cleaner wrapped around a pen to make the stems. I used a slightly thinner green pipe cleaner cut in half and wrapped much more loosely to add a little pumpkin vine for each. At this point, you can hot glue (or fabric glue) to secure the stems more permanently. For mine, since I might display them stacked sometimes, I left my stems unglued, which also will make them easier to store in my fall decoration box!

And here they are! I love that they are pretty universal fall decorations, but you could of course dress them up for Halloween by adding cute little felt facial features to turn them into Jack o Lanterns! Go forth and make festive gourds!
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5  Re: Halloween Ninni 2019 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by EriChanHime on: October 14, 2019 10:22:31 AM
My ninni from thanate has arrived!! I had zombies listed as one of my favorite monsters, and she made me a DOUBLE-SIDED ZOMBIE! Cheesy I love her. Apparently, her name is (or WAS? Wink) Janice.

Here's her first face, with thanate's awesome trademark machine stitching giving her an adorable set of eyes, nose, and mouth and a wonderfully detailed heart patch (I love the applique and mixed and matched fabric choices). I said green and purple were my favorite colors, and she totally delivered, even joining all these cool different green prints together with decorative stitching).

Her cute purple yarn hair can flip from one side to the other, and when you turn her over....BOOM! Floppy button eyes (perfect for a cutely decaying zombie), felt grin, hilarious felt mold, and loopy silky intestines poking out from a reverse appliqued gut opening. *cackles over the grim adorable-ness* Brilliant! The level of cute-gore is just perfect. Grin

Thank you, thanate!!! You made all my precious monster ninni dreams come true. YAY! *hearts!*
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6  Re: Re: Tea Swap - The Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by EriChanHime on: September 27, 2019 10:52:16 AM
Not that it actually matters...but I could've sworn the swap requirement was 2 small or 1 medium Grin

Ha! Right?! It's so cool to see everything, though, and I think all the partners balanced well with each other. Grin

That teapot wind chime is adorable (and clever that it comes apart!) Cheesy So many fun extras, too. The cloth tea bags are smart and pretty.

I am amused by the Earl Grey wreath! Such a silly-yet-effective plan. The blackwork on that teapot towel is stunning, and the green airplane is so crisp and neat.

LOVE the sugar skull towels. They are perfect. The fact that there is a matching tea cup is glorious. Cheesy Excellent embroidery all around there.

I tried my second tea from stellato! It's delicious. Grin

I was a bit worried when I opened the bag because the smell is overwhelmingly strong. It brews into a very pleasant, surprisingly mild blend, though, and was very fresh-tasting. I also ran across my stash of reusable muslin tea bags when I was organizing this week, which was perfect since this tea is a very fine mix and would definitely leak out of my usual silicone skull infuser. Wink I enjoyed it very much, and will happily continue doing so!

Also, my swap prize arrived from our lovely organizer, loves2experiment! It's a gorgeous hand-quilted patchwork pouch with MORE TEA INSIDE! *giggles*

She picked wonderful, fun, colorful fabrics, and even added a sweet tea pot charm to the zipper.

Here's a peek at the lining. The finishing work on this little guy is pristine!

And here are the lovely teas she sent me. She said they were some of her favorites, and I can't wait to try them, too. I LOVE Early grey tea and spicy teas and chai teas, so all of these things will be delicious! Wink

Thank you so much!
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7  Re: Tea Swap - The Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by EriChanHime on: September 25, 2019 07:38:30 PM
I am currently watching a movie about a giant shark, eating stroopwafels, and drinking Montana Gold...

Life is beautiful... Grin
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8  Re: Tea Swap - The Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by EriChanHime on: September 25, 2019 09:19:11 AM
I have received from stellato_escuro!!!

Behold, the world's most amazing-smelling package ever! (Seriously, the delicious aroma hit me in the face as soon as I popped the top)

She included a lovely card (The text flip-flops! So cool!), two amazing packages of tea (she definitely spoiled me past 4oz), and a full-size, lacy crochet towel!

What you can't see (because I forgot to go in the dining room before taking pictures), is that the colors of purple and green she chose are literally an exact match to the green and purple bins I have in my IKEA Kallax that lives in the dining room and holds all my craft supplies! The towel is so soft and drape-y, and the fan/shell stitches are elegant and carefully done. Thank you for your beautiful handwork, stellato; this lovely towel will stand the test of time and look good doing it! (I expect she was very generous with the time requirement that counts as a "medium," as well) Wink

Here's a detail shot of the soft, soothing colors and the textured fan stitches:

My entire package of spoilage here!

I opened it late last night, and then had to leave the house again, so this evening will be my tea-tasting extravaganza! She found the most amazing red tea blend (naturally caffeine-free, which means I can enjoy it before bed) full of citrus and spice. Literally could not be more perfect if she'd blended it from my list from scratch. And another red tea blend that has a mix of vanilla and sassafras! So unique--the smell is so sweet and warming at the same time. She even went out of her way to find me local teas! So every time I have a cup, I get a little taste of Montana (without the snow shoveling!). I can't wait to try them tonight! Keep in mind, though, this means that when I run out, she has to become my tea supplier forever! Grin

Thank you, stellato_escuro, for being such an amazing, thoughtful, and generous partner! *hearts* I hope you love your package, too!
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9  Re: Re: Return of the TM Patch Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by EriChanHime on: September 25, 2019 09:16:42 AM
Well I received from "EriChanHime" so beautiful & detailed. I love the Star Trek ship. The bunny is very cute & that wire tree is awesome! Thanks so much!

Thanks so much Erin & for being my partner. I love them all!

I'm so delighted that you are pleased, Shari! I enjoyed looking over your list of things and picking themes. Most drawings of Harvey the giant rabbit from the film weren't very cute, but I found that one that I think is from the stage play (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a1/Harvey_trailer.png), and I thought it was far more adorable. Grin

I love all these patches!  The white stitching around the Star Trek ship just highlights it perfectly.  The wire-wrapped tree is gorgeous, and the bunny just makes me smile!   Cheesy

Thank you so much! I wanted the ship to look like it was moving through space at warp. Cheesy I'm amused that Sharalee and I also swapped bunnies! I was very excited to try wire-wrapping for the first time, and I love how it turned out.

And here are the gorgeous patches I received from Sharalee!

First, the aforementioned incoming bunny! She made him to match a description of my beloved childhood pet, and he's just perfect. I got a little teary!

A sugar skull! I love the added fabric splash banner, and the embroidered detail on the skull is excellent!

And finally, Ammit the Devourer! Look upon his cuteness and despair! *cackles* I love Egyptian mythology, and this little critter is just stinking precious! I think it looks very cool how he's running off the middle of the patch into the borders. I will have to try that technique sometime!

And here's the whole package, which also shows the amazing kit she put together for me! It's got its own little patch pillow all ready to go, and then a pile of cool fabrics and thread and beads and charms for embellishing! Wow! Grin It's going to be so hard to decide what to do with it, but I WILL! Wink I love how portable these patches are once you have the base going and a plan of attack.

Thank you so much, Shari, for being an amazing partner! I adore it all. Cheesy
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10  Re: Stitched Mandala Swap R2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by EriChanHime on: September 11, 2019 10:31:19 AM
Just wanted to share some closer-up shots of the lovely mandala tattooedcrafter sent me.

I just like to walk by and stare at it from time to time. Grin The depth of textures is just awesome, and the difference in shaded and un-shaded spaces is engaging to gaze at. Smiley
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