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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / rRRAARGGHH, first embroidery on: December 14, 2007 07:20:19 AM
My first embroidery! It's terrible. My satin stitch is horrid. It's unevenly placed and rather crinkly. In my defence: It's about zombies! It's okay for it to be wonky and uneven.

Anyways, I was browsing the archives of completed projects, and saw a title that made me gigglefit: "Zombies love me for my brains!". It was an embroidered... an embroidery? ... a picture of a brain, and that's it. It put a bug up my butt that then lit a fire and I had to stop everything I was doing to embroider this idea. I used... oh, I don't know, some fabric with holes in it...  sewing thread, and sewing needle. I fail at embroidery floss.

Before this I had done some embellishing on a bag using the chain stitch, and I am sort of working on a project (a bunch of leaves) where I'm using chain stitch to outline and fill in the leaves. So I came into this project only know that I wanted it to be 8"x10" (So I could easily find a frame), say "zombies love me for my brain", have a picture of a brain, and have the word brain be wonky. I consulted The Readers Digest Guide to needlework, and found out about the 'whipped running stitch'. I used this for the outlines. I'd previously tried to use satin stitch, but it was horrid, so I decided to give it another try. Still horrid, but it's much better than it was before.  The heart is filled in with chain stitch, and the rest is filled in with satin. I'm very, very glad I had enough of the bluish grey to do the word "zombies". it reminds me  of the bluish grey that most movies paint their zombies up to be. I got the outline of the brain from online, just googling "outline drawing of a brain." and the words I did using Paint, a bit of paper, and some... um, 'dressmakers carbon' to transfer it.

 Anyways, enough jibberjabber. Here is some picturs!

and one more shot of it all:

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Potterpuff Murder Purses! on: November 06, 2007 10:22:33 PM
wow, I hope this is okay! I  made these a while back ago. There's two purses, but I'd like to count them as "one" or a set... although they belong to different people!  Both were made for swaps. Both feature characters from Harry Potter, as drawn in powerpuff girl style. They're called Potterpuffs, and they're found here:  http://potterpuffs.livejournal.com/  I made the graphs myself, and sort of half-assedly designed both the bags. I hope that ourglasslake and bethiej don't mind too much that I borrowed their pics-- see, 'coz I'm an idiot and don't take my own pics. Blah.

However, if anyone wants them, I have the graphs available for download. I've linked them because they're HUGE (BMP) and I don't want to clog up the arteries of Craftster.

 Please don't sell these charts, or anything y'make from them. Unless you get permission from the Potterpuffs creator, I guess. Yeah, anyways.

Both contain Harry Potter Book 6&7 spoilers. If you don't want to be spoiled, go away! Anyways..,

(PS: If the mod would be so kind as to use the last photo as the voting photo, I would be very, very happy.)


My First Intarsia, from The Flight Of The Half Blood Prince:

There's also a painted on Dark Mark, and a green "spell" that's leading from Severus' wand to Dumbledore's chest. It's a crochet chain, because I sucked at embroidery. I loathed doing Dumbledore. Batty old coot has too darn many colours!


My god, I love the Bellatrix panel. Anyways, all knitted except for the Avada Kedavra (embroidered) and the handle (crocheted) and, of course, the lining. (sewn)
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My first yarns! on: June 04, 2007 12:50:28 PM
So, a couple of months ago, I bought a Louet s15 (I think!) for the amazing pice of 10$ canadian. When I got home I spun...

And spun

And spun...

And spun!

They're in order from first to fourth. Corridale wool (te first time I made yarn!), unknown wool, unknown wool, and "massam" top. I'm proudest of the white one, of this batch.

All together;

And then I was out of fiber. Arrggh! There are like, no fiber shops near me, so I put inan order of a pound of Corridale from copper Moose fibers and waited. And waited. Finally, fifteen minutes after I placed that order, I placed another one with shpherder (on eBay) for um... 6 pounds of superwash merino. (It was 4.00 a pound!)

And then I waited. And waited. And after ifteen minutes of waiting for my orders to arrive, I grabbed some yarn I had recycyled from a sweater and began to ply it up.

This is after I washed it. Before, it was... like, a fingering to sport weight. It BLOOMED. It's about a worsted weight now!!

Then, finally, my Merino arrived. (it arrived on the same day as my corridale, but I have yet to crack that open!)

I am really pleased with it.  I spun about half a pound of it, and it's mostly worsted weight, with a few big slubby spots thrown in. But yeah.

The Merino and te recycled (lambswool, angora and nylon) together. I think I have enough of the merino to make a scarf for my stepdad, and the angora-mix? ... No idea what to do with that. I was going to use it for socks, then it bloomed like crazy.  No idea.
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / (In celebration of long pork) Remember! Every Tuesday is... on: May 05, 2007 01:44:29 PM
SOYLENT GREEN DAY!!1!!!11oneyay

I didn't want to do this contest. I wanted to do the Art one... 'swhat I voted for!But then, suddenly, I had an Idea. (inspired by the fact that, at the time, the food challenge was winning the vote.)

I could make...

Soylent! Soylent Red, Soylent Green, and Soylent Yellow! Mmm mmm. The bloodied hand is inspired by the last scene of the movie, when they're carrying Charleton Heston out on a stretcher. His hand is all bloody and he's reaching for the police captain, all like... "You have to tell them! You have to telll everyone!"

Tell us what, Charleton Heston?


I won't tell you, but hey, if you can't figure it out... Go rent the movie. It is wicked good. And also, sad.

And look! More pictures!

And this one is for Vanillalight, a nice small picture to put in the voting thinger... unless ya wanna use something else.

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / He's Got The Beaver Fever! (So DAM many pictures!) on: February 17, 2007 08:04:55 AM
(Haha, 'cause Beavers live in dams, yeah?)

Welcome to Wild, Wild World! I'm your host, SeeMe, and today we will be travelling to the snow-drenched world of Ontario, Canada, to search for the rare and elusive North American Anthromorphoid Beaver.

A rare, misunderstood creature, the Anthromorphoid Beaver has what appears to be two heads! Of course it doesn't. It merely looks as if it is so, in order to fool predators. The top 'head', if you will, looks to be a crocheted hat made of double-crochet, with earflaps and a tail neckwarmer. However, this is the true head. The 'second head' is merely to warm the hearts of craftsters. (Take that, adorable babies!)

Wait! Wait, what's this!?

Why, it's the Anthromorphoid Beaver! We appear to have frightened it. Let's be quite for a few moments and see if it will come out of the tree. Usually these creatures are very friendly. Aha! Here he comes!

Here he is, establishing his dominance as lead Beaver.

Now he's showing the "Second" head! Look closely. See how appealing it is?

Very good camoflauge, isn't it? Once they've been lured into the open with green peices of paper, the anthromorphoid beaver is very friendly. He is posing for us, so that we might see his beautiful plumage.

Startled by a flock of birds, the beaver decides to make his way home to his dam, carrying his axe (for the teeth are entirely ornamental) behind him.

Oh no! The beaver has come onto a problem! The enterence to his dam is frozen over. First he tries to dig it out.

However, he is very cold and tired, so now he will make a new way in.

Goodnight, little beaver!

Oh my! I almost forgot! The Anthromorphoid beaver is also quite literate. However, don't take my word for it. Please, view the picture below!

(It says Beavers Rule!)

Goodbye everyone. Join us next time for another Wild, Wild World!

Hehe, that was fun. Anyways, here's the deets on the 'beaver hat'. It's made out of yarn. Brown, black, pink and white. I did it with a crochet hook! And also knitting needles and a yarn needle! Hooray me!  The nose is the only knitted thing. I could not figure out how to make it work in crochet. Anyways!

The neckwarmer, although not shown worn that way, is meant to go under your coat and keep you warm. The snow is just for pretty picturin' purposes. The teeth, although they do look funky, are AWESOME for glasses wearers. 'cause you know, you can't wear a regular hat down that low or it'll push your glasses arms into your temples and make them explode...but this stays right where it needs to. Warm forehead!

My little brother is modeling. It was my only way to combat the adorable babies modeling hats! He's adorable. He used to be a real adorable baby, too! However, the hat is not "his". As soon as I finished it, my mom laid claim to it! But my mom wouldn't model...

Anyways, yeah, I did bribe my brother (YOU try getting a 14 year old to play in the snow wearing a beaver hat and carrying an axe without laying down some cash!) but about halfway through, he started having so much fun with it. The Beavers Rule! pic (along with many others) were his idea.

Unfortunatly, I knew I could not fit all the lovely pictures we took in one post. So... um, here is my photobucket:  http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v331/SeeMe/  (I think.)  There are quite a few more pictures there. Enjoy!

6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Mmm, Taco pizza. on: November 06, 2006 12:20:44 AM
I don't know about where you live, but in Ontario (more specifically, the middle of NOWHERE, Ontario) there is a supreme lack of anything Mexican. (Aside from Taco Bell, which seriously isn't.)
 Anyways, long story short, I and the rest of my family are always jonesing for Mexican-style food.

And while Pizza isn't technically Mexican... I'm sure you can forgive me. It's really got kick, and yum.

Anyways, here's my reciepie for Taco Pizza.

Ingrediants: (Seriously, just kind of go for it. I never write down how much of anything I use...  so guess, I guess!)

for the pizza:
Pizza dough (premade or make it yourself, whatever mate!)
Ground beef
"taco seasoning" (if you're lazy like me.)
Lettuce (a small head is MORE than enough.)
Tomato (one small, more than enough.)
Monterey Jack cheese, or Jalapeno Havarati
Marble cheese (or chedder, or mozzerella, or whatever you want as your base cheese)
optional: hot sauce

For the "pico de gueo" sauce (I have no idea how to spell it. Sorry.) which will be used in place of regular pizza sauce

2 jalapenos
1 med. tomato
1 small spanish onion (As small as you can get it!)
1 bunch cilantro
salt to taste

Pico de gueo (Sorry on the spelling.) is, basically, an uncooked salsa.  Super easy to prepare. All you need to make it is a knife, the ingrediants, rubber gloves and a blender.
Slice up the tomato first, then set it aside. Put on the gloves, and slice the peppers, de-seed them, and chop them up in large chunks. Throw those into the blender so you don't have to deal with them. Set in One slice of tomato, then chop up the onions and shove them in. Blenderize it!  While it's blendering, wash and roughly chop the cilantro. Try not to get too many stems in there. Chuck in the cilantro, blender it, then stop the blender and add in the tomato.  Turn on the blender again--but not for too long. Too long and it's too runny. You want some of the tomatoes to be chunky. When that's done, salt to taste. Seriously, it's that easy.

Next, you wanna do your meat. Prepare the beef according to the "Taco seasoning" directions--with one exception. if your package says to add one cup of water, add a half of a cup. Also, if you like it nice and hot,  sneak in some hot sauce while you're amazingly tender mouthed stepdad isn't around. Yum.

While your meat is browning, grate up your cheeses (do 'em seperate), and chop up your lettuce and small tomato (You can do 'em together.). Set 'em all back in the fridge to keep nice. Take a break. Get yourself a drink, grab some tostitos and dip them in your 'pizza sauce'. Yum. (don't worry. You'll have TONS of this left over. Which is good.) Also, turn your oven on to about 425 F

If you chose to stretch the dough yourself, good on you! do this now. When that's ready, pour on some of your lovely, green sauce. spread it around. (if you like a thin crust, go right to the edge of the dough.) Yay!
Now, chuck on some of your 'base' cheese. (make sure to cover the sauce completely, or else it'l burn and look gross.) Hooray again!
 If your meat is done, throw some of that on. If it is not done, wait until it is, then see the beginning of this paragraph. Huzzah! (Not too thickly, unless you like tons of meat, then by all means.)
 Then, throw on the spicy cheese. Yay!
Stick that sucker in the oven, which  should be nice and hot.  Don't burn yourself! It should take ten, maybe fifteen minutes to cook.

Take it out of the oven, and sprinkle on your lettuce and tomato. Let it cool, cut it, then eat it. You can use the extra sauce as a pizza dip, if you like. I won't stop you. It is for eating! It will not keep forever!

PS: are you still wearing your gloves? Seriously? Dude, take them off. What will the neighbours think!?
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting Terms in Other Languages(FR, Germ. Swede. IT.) on: October 29, 2006 12:30:52 AM
Hi there. I've come into possession of a set of knitting...leaflets, I suppose would be the right word... (You know, like those recipie cards that you have to join a club to get, and you put them into a binder? only knitting!)

And one of the great things about this is the fact that it came with a French, Swedish, Italian and German knitting...translator of sorts. Kind of like a cheat sheet. Only knitting!

And I thought I should share this with the craftster community. The seperate "cheat sheets" will follow, and if you have any others, please just lemme know!

NOw, I don't speak any of the languages listed (except for a few naughty words in French), so I'm not up to date. This knitting leaflet set thingy was made... a while ago. Possibly the eighties. So if you see something outdated, or just plain wrong, please let me know so I can fix it.

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Anyone make this pattern? I'm lost. on: October 18, 2006 10:58:22 PM
A'ight. So check it, I'm making this sweater: http://www.bitchnmoan.net/fanfic/quidditch.php  And, well, I'm lost. What puzzles me is this bit:

Back: Work as for front, omitting neck shaping. Place rem 38 sts on a holder

Alright...so, I omit the neckshaping..how, ah, do I get 38 stitches? Am I jus dumb, or what? I just don't get it!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A plethora of purses! Image totally heavy, dude. on: September 10, 2006 02:26:56 AM
So, I finally sat down at the sewing machine. "Machine!" I cried, "Activate!". After a few hours of this, my mum finally came over and told me how to turn it on. Three days, two broken needle-tips at my face and a whole lot of sweating (and swearing) later...

Yes, seven bags. Four Jordys, and three Sha-Sha Dream bags, and a couple of wallets. (I actually sewed five jordys and four sha-shas, but the fifth jordy and fourth sha-sha have been buried in Giants Stadium.)

 The first Jordy. It is made of a strawberry print cotton I done founded over to the Liquidation world. Huzzah! It's line with... fabric. White fabric.

THe silkiest jordy. Mmm, shiny thing.
The inside is purty too!

This one is trippy and I like it that way. It's lined with a tye-dye blue bandana and it closes with a bigass button. Yeah, baby, yeah. It groooves.

Quickly, 'coz my camera was dying, the three sha-shas. The first one (from left to right) is made out of two cotton bandanas, which have chinese characters and their meanings. It also has a little coin pouch thingy. Huzzah!
 Next is one I call "So Long And Thanks for all the fish." You can't see 'em, but there are dolphins on there. It is lined with baby blue velvet. What a bitch that was.  Also, it ties shut with blue ric-rac. The dolphin print was originally a wraparound skirt/tank top set I had and done got too fat for.
 LAst is my favourite. I LOVE the outside fabric. and the liner fabric. I couldn't capture it on camera, but the liner fabric is a magic red that looks utterly divine when you look at it from the right angle... trust me. Magic. ANd the liner fabric is this wicked sweet stuff I got. It's like upholstery fabric, I guess, and I have like a zillion yards of it. We bought it at a yard sale. It was like sewedinto furniture covers, or something, so it even has its own lining and yay! (Although the lining is not what I used in this pic.)

Finally, I saved the shiniest for last.

I call this "All that Glitters is Jordy."  Yes. That is that shiny-arse fabric. I actually sewed it. It sucked.

This is how it closes. A pretty bowtie,, and the strap is the same ribbon and wait, what's that peeking out?

The silver lining!

This bag damn near drove me crazy. It took me most of the day to sew. Blarr.

Anyways, I enjoy comments. They are tasty!
10  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / Chiny bottom bag~ on: June 26, 2006 12:48:34 PM

Here be the Fat Bottom bag I made. I made it using some goldish... weirdo yarn. It doesn't show, and th weather has been sucking lately, but once you get it out into the sun, it shines. Like nobody's bidness.

Shiny bag=shiny hat.

I edited some things to make myself not look as fat as I really am. Enjoy.
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