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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Nyan Cat scarf on: April 23, 2012 03:19:04 PM
Thank you so much for the imput, dear fellow craftsters. Smiley Love ya all.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Nyan Cat scarf on: April 20, 2012 10:56:53 PM
For my daughter's 13th birthday comes my 4th crochet project, the nyan cat scarf. I made a serious research for patterns, but ended up empty handed since I can't buy online because my credit card is on pause right now, so what's a girl to do but search everywhere and put together a couple of on-line tutorials and patterns I found. I'm pretty much a beginner, so the scarf does have quite a bunch of flaws, but I loved it overall... and my daughter did too.

I had the idea of making the cat's poptart a bag to store an ipod or a cell phone, so the tail end of the body is open; I'm still not sure about what to use to close it:  I might use a button or velcro. The yarn is what's called worsted weight yarn, so the poptart kitty is a bit heavy and drops head down, so I solved this problem by glueing and sewing a hair clip to the back of the body to clip it to a jacket or sweater.

It's not a complex project and I'm sure someone with crochet expertise would crochet this scarf with its eyes closed, but for me it took quite a bit because I'm a stubborn perfectionist self-learner and I can't even sleep knowing the scarf had this or that flaw, so I re-did some parts quite a few times until it was pretty. The one thing I didn't like were the eyes. These are average black buttons instead of pretty plushie eyes I did see on the internet. Sadly, couldn't find any except those ugly google eyes. Meh.

So anyway, the rainbow scarf was taken from this ripple tutorial:

The poptart part was slightly modified from this one:

The kitty itself was taken from various tutorials on amigurumi basics.

Critiques and comments, welcome. Thanks for looking.

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Lego Buzz Lightyear Costume on: October 31, 2011 12:53:14 AM
For this year, I made my 18 month-old little dude a Lego Buzz Lightyear costume. I followed a couple of tutorials I found on the internet to build the body, but had to modify the helmet due to the original material listed was too heavy for a tot, so I used thick cardboard instead. The helmet is a cardboard cylinder with foam circles on top. The body is a modified cardboard diaper box. I used LOADS of masking tape and inicially tried to use spray paint, but had to change to acrylic paints because I didn't find in time a tutorial on how to prime cardboard, so you can tell the difference between spray paint (looks shinny) and acrylic (looks opaque). Overall, I liked it. I would change a few things if I had more time, but this year it will have to stay this way.

It wasn't that time consuming, except waiting for the paint to fully dry and a few modifications I had to make along the way, but overall it's an easy costume anyone can make. My toddler is too impatient and active to pull the whole lego costume off, so I decided on the upper body and head only. Too bad he had a nasty claustrophobic meltdown inside it, so I'm not sure he will let me dress him up for Halloween. Anyway, here it is. Hope you like it.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Some more crochet hats! **NOW WITH PATTERN** on: November 12, 2008 07:31:42 PM
Absolutely gorgeous!. I love slouchy tams. Great job.
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2008 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go here!) on: November 01, 2008 11:20:46 AM
My daughter asked me to build a Tomas (The Orphanage) costume for her so here it is. The mask is our favourite. Thanks for looking!.

6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Tomas from the Orphanage costume on: October 31, 2008 09:37:04 AM
Thanks so much for the nice comments and for looking. Happy Halloween, by the way!.
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Tomas from the Orphanage costume on: October 28, 2008 09:23:03 PM
This year my daughter asked for a Tomas costume, from the movie The Orphanage. She liked the movie so much, she even asked for the costume as a Christmas present. So.. I made one for her for this year's Halloween. I went on a thrift shopping spree to reconstruct the vintage orphanage uniform, but I had no luck. The shirt is a flowery dress and I wasn't able to dye gray properly, as anyone can notice.. but the shoes were a true find!. The mask was hand-made from an old blanket I found. I wanted the mask to look as much as the original as possible, so I worked hard on it. Distressing it was a pain in the back, I can tell you that. Anyway, thanks for looking and all comments welcome.

P.S. Truth be told, I wasn't able to find high-resolution pictures of Tomas on the net. I had to work with the either really small images I found or the trully low-resolution ones.

The original Tomas:

8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: (untraditional) Skull Jack-O-Lantern on: October 17, 2007 08:19:39 PM
This is amazing.. no! BEYOND AMAZING!!!. Great work, honestly. I take off my hat for you.
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Female Character Costumes on: September 25, 2007 08:48:22 PM
Hmmm.. how about:

-Samara Morgan
-Cat Woman
-Wonder Woman
-Sally (from Nightmare before christmas)
-Wednesday (Adam's Family)
-Lara Croft

Ok, I stink with these ideas, but I hope these help.  Wink
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Cribs-style kid's kitchen from an old entertainment center on: January 04, 2007 04:58:58 PM
This is such a cool recycled toy I'm willing to do once we get rid of our very old entertainment center.

I'm sure your daughter was completely thrilled... well, I know I would be! Great job!
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