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11  Re: We Love Our Blythes/Pullips Round 6 - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by PinFish on: November 11, 2007 08:22:48 AM
Ok, first of all I have to heartily apologize to SewPixie. My fiance is about thiiiis close to strangulation right now, as THREE DAYS in a ROW I asked him (he works for a shipping company) to ship my package and guess what, all three days he forgot to do it. I feel like a horrible swapper but will ship your package on Monday with extra-fast shipping to hopefully make up for it. *runs off to strangle fiance*
BUT. In good news. I got Sewpixie's package! It's amazing! I absolutely love everything.
The first thing I pulled out of the envelope was an adorable crocheted beanbag chair that EXACTLY matches Daci's hair. I mean perfectly matching, it's so cool.

Then there was a little package with SEVEN, yes, SEVEN adorable tshirts for my girls!

(there's only five here, yes, because I was too excited and put my favorite one onto Absinthe right away, and I forgot to take a pic of the cute little chihuahua one.)
And the last bit of perfection: a tiny little boombox for Absinthe! She's wearing my favorite of the shirts, too.

Thank you SO much, Sewpixie! I just hope (once it finally gets sent, grr) that you like your package as much as I love mine!

ETA: I just have to say, as well, that Sewpixie must have done some awesome stalking to have put such perfect images on the tshirts- cinnamoroll is my absolute favorite sanrio character, and the little one-up mushroom actually matches a shirt I own (in people size Wink )!
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12  Totoro costume :D in Halloween Costumes by PinFish on: October 29, 2007 07:51:31 PM
So, My Neighbor Totoro is just about the cutest movie ever, and I decided to dress up as Totoro for Halloween. Here's a pic for anyone who hasn't seen it... Totoro is the big fuzzy gray dude.

Isn't he cute? Well, here's my interpretation.

I used a gray hoodie for the base of the costume, and sewed on a big fuzzy fleece tummy in beige. I used flexible permanent fabric glue to attach the chest ...triangles, and then sewed, stuffed, and handsewed on each individual claw. The ears are actually made of the fabric from the original hoodie pocket, which I removed before adding the tummy. They're stuffed and handsewn to the hood. The whiskers are just pipe cleaners, they're also sewn on. Then I just popped on some gray sweatpants, painted my nose and some whisker spots, and voila!

This photo is a bit yellow but I think I got the facial expression right. Tongue

Comments/crit/whatever welcome! I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. I was considering painting my face gray but it looked pretty awful so I settled for just the detail painting. And, I really wanted to do big gray slippers with claws, and a tail, but I didn't have enough fabric of the right color Sad Ah well, maybe I'll add those on later.
Oh, and the umbrella is because of several scenes in the film where it's raining, and he has a blue umbrella.
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13  Re: We love our Blythes/Pullips Round 6! (Signups 9/30-10/07 Sendouts 11/07) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by PinFish on: October 05, 2007 11:56:55 AM
I gave in and joined Cheesy
Here are Daci and Absinthe.


And together. Yes, they're a couple.

Daci is a modified Nomado pullip with animal eyes, a new wig, and an obitsu body. Absinthe is a modified Cornice pullip is animal eyes, a fur wig, and an obitsu body.
Sorry for all the pics. I'm a proud mommy.  Tongue
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14  Vegan Root Vegetable Stew in Vegetarian / Vegan by PinFish on: September 30, 2007 03:25:14 PM

I made this stew tonight, and it is SO GOOD and SO EASY! Here's what you do:

Chop up:
2 large potatoes
3 carrots
1 parsnip
1 yellow onion
1 bunch broccoli

Put in a pot with:
2c water
2c vegetable broth
1/2 c lentils
chopped garlic to taste
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt

Stir it up and boil it for about 30-35 minutes, or until the lentils and potatoes are good and soft.
Serve with a good beer.  Grin or whatever else you like with stew.
It's a bit like a vegetarian version of pot roast, really- not a very sauce-y stew, but excellent all the same. And great for you!

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15  First socks! in Knitting: Completed Projects by PinFish on: September 16, 2007 06:06:10 AM
Hooray, I've graduated from the land of scarf-only knitters! (well, I did once make a shawl but it hardly counts because it was just a YO at each end to make it triangular.) In any case! Pictures!

I used #3 dpns and TLC Baby in Bunny Print. I was at Michael's, they don't have much selection of sock-type yarn there, but TLC Baby is a really really thin sport weight and it worked great. I used Silver's Sock Class rather than a straight-up pattern and adjusted it so the leg wouldn't be all ribbed, which I don't like, so I like this much better. In all this project took me about 5 weeks, but that's coz I put it down for nearly a month in between. I got sock 1 done in 5 days (with surgery in there somewhere) and cast on right away and got nearly done with sock 2 in another 2 days, but then set it down until 2 days ago, so if you scrunch the time together, it took about 11 days. Not bad for first socks!

Things I learned on this project:
-DPNs aren't scary! Really! You feel like you're going to poke your eye out for the first 3 or 4 rounds and then it just makes sense. I love them!
-I looooove turning heels. It's some kind of crazy voodoo. So awesome.
-Picking up stitches is kind of cool and not hard at all. I expected far worse.
-Kitchener stitch is not that bad either!

Next up- some serious cabling or intarsia, or maybe lace! I love knitting socks!
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16  A short pictorial telling of the first part of Beowulf. in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by PinFish on: September 10, 2007 03:26:48 PM
AKA Saga of the Sock Grendel.

Grendel, vile descendant of Cain, ravages the frozen Danish countryside.

Exhibit A- vile countenance. Look at the evil in those beady (buttony?) eyes.

The hero, Sanji- I mean Beowulf, comes to battle with him, bare-handed! Will he triumph?!

Beowulf rips Grendel's arm clean off (ah, the power of velcro) and Grendel runs away like a little baby. Later his mom comes and tries to tell Beowulf off for killing her son, but Beowulf kills her too. What a jerk.

But later, Beowulf gives Grendel his arm back and they become the best of friends. (This doesn't happen.)

The End.

Grendel is made of socks, polyfill, buttons, and a bit of velcro. He's for an English assignment-- "draw, paint, or build a visual representation of Grendel". I'm a senior in college, in a British Lit survey class, and this was our first assignment (along with "read Beowulf"- duh)

...best english assignment EVER.
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17  Re: Post your photography in here :D in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by PinFish on: August 16, 2007 05:40:15 AM
Here's a few of mine. most of my best were taken in Thailand- I took over 1700 photos in one month  Grin I would've taken more but I was limited by the size of my camera card. I couldn't take more than 150 a day, I think it was. ANYWAY. On to the pictures!

I think that's enough for now... I'll probably post more later, I'm a show-off  Grin
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18  Re: Japanese Street Fashion Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PinFish on: June 27, 2007 12:24:45 PM
Ok guys! Here's what I got from c_lest_m! I love all of it!!  Grin

First, the awesome skirt. It's a tiiiiny bit tight but that's ok coz I've been losing a bit of weight lately so soon it should fit perfectly.

lookit the awesome web!

on me. best shot y'all are gonna get, I'm home alone. Tongue

...yes, it's already in use  Grin

she made a cute pouch to go with it, too!

and here's a reiteration of what I sent her. She posted this in a separate thread already in the swap gallery, but I'll post more pics coz I'm a showoff!  Cheesy

bunneh! <3 you can't tell here, but it's really pretty big.

purse. I went with a bunny theme. The fabric has ice creams and cakes and things on it.

aaand lining shot. more yummeh!

so yeah, thanks SO much c_lest_m, I love all of it! The purse is gonna get used til it falls to shreds, I promise you that!!
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19  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 6 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by PinFish on: June 08, 2007 02:30:35 PM
Time for photos!!

Here's everything! I know, it's a HUGE amount! There's Lenny with his little face piercing  Cheesy

Here's a closeup of the two smaller scrapbooks- are these the two your kids did, Dragonslair? They're SUPER cute! I love them! Also there's some confederate money (my fiance stole this right away, he collects money related stuff) and the confederate flags.

Here's the little passport carrier (I think) and Lenny's journal and clipboard (so tiny and cute!) and a pretty crochet bookmark! There's also a cute little star stamp and a gorgeous button.

See? I adore this button, seriously. I'm thinking of making it into a choker somehow.

Here's one of the boxes stuff came in, with some seashells (yay!) postcards and a little ferry charm! There was also some plastic eggs from her kids, my cat Simon decided they were toys and now I can't find them  Roll Eyes

Here's my favorite thing- a little meditation/alter box for Lenny. It has incense, candles, smooth stones, and a beautiful picture.

Here's the man of the hour  Cheesy and his GIANT scrapbook! This thing must be like 4 inches thick!

My other favorite item... a jar of sea sand. I love the ocean but I've lived smack in the middle of the country my whole life.

Thanks so much Dragonslair  Cheesy this swap was so much fun!
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20  Kind of strange product. Opinions? in Get Product and Website Opinions by PinFish on: May 22, 2007 01:03:21 PM
Ok, I don't think I've ever seen anything like these before, they're just something I came up with on a whim last night and fell in love with. They're kind of silly, really, but fun. The pictures aren't fantastic as it's overcast today, but I think you can get the idea.

They're pretty small, like 4-5" tall, I'd probably only charge like $6 for them. What do you all think? Would you buy one?
I'd put a little personality/biography card in with them, and they'd have little names like "Plotting Cat" and "Uncomfortable Bunny". I call them Disgruntled Pocket Critters.
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