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1  Re: Creepy-Cute-inspired Phantom of the Opera in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Creative_Cat on: October 24, 2009 03:04:27 PM

"Dear diary... the Voice continues to visit me. I'm getting rather dubious about the whole angel thing. What kind of angel gets jealous of other guys? So the other day, I was having my Hannibal costume fit - the skimpy little thing - and I faked a 'wardrobe malfunction.' The damnable seamstress was all over herself apologising and assuring me it wouldn't happen during a performance... but even so... I distinctly heard heavy breathing coming from the mirror."

While it was just the Phantom, I was sure there would be no Raoul, but Christine thinks it would be great to have two boyfriends. We shall see... in the meantime, the Phantom will probably have a lot of temporary nemeses in the form of zombies, vampires and the cthulhu I'm making for friends' stocking stuffers! It sounds like a bad horror flick already.
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2  Creepy-Cute-inspired Phantom of the Opera in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Creative_Cat on: October 07, 2009 01:38:46 PM
So the time came where I was getting ready to craft for Halloween. I wanted themed decorations. After seeing the Broadway Across America rendition of the book I'd adored for half my life, the theme came easily enough.

The Creepy-Cute style seemed natural for the project, but I wanted something a little more complex. The mini-Phantom would have been happy for me to crochet the mask right onto his face (or just to make him cute instead of creepy). But that to me seemed to lose so much character.

So crochet faster! I've got careers to ruin and people to strangle, and I need props. Oh, and something I can wear on a date... I can't go out looking like this!

I solved the main technical problem easily (if disturbingly).

You want me to... button it onto my eye??

But mini-Erik seemed a lot happier as a result.

Naaaaaaah! Na na na na naaaaaaaaaaah!!!

The mini-Phantom developed a personality based on things I found funny about the book/production/2004 movie. But it was as though I'd bred a chihuahua. Whereas the full-sized Phantom had his majesty, his wounded dignity, and ultimately some decency, his crochet version just had a lot of weird ticks - he told dirty musician jokes, spied on me and my husband in the bedroom, talked about his hosery fetish, and rewrote all of Lloyd Weber's production - all of it! - to be about breaking large light fixtures.

But also unlike the full-sized Phantom, he was so... cuddly! He liked to sit on my chest and read gothic shorts with me, and I'd pat his little mostly-bald head. When he demanded lots of props, I was happy to satisfy him with a wee little Punjab lasso, a pair of plyers from an old charm necklace...

Paaaaast the point of no return
No upward glances
The exit's blocked, so let this thing descend...

...and of course the other technical challenge.

...What raging fires shall flood the crowd!
What rich desires to scream out loud!
What sweet destruction lies befooooooore uuuussssss...

It was the chandelier, I think, that took my husband over the edge. That or my refusal to crochet a Raoul (on the grounds that he'd be subject to repeated stranglings, chandelier-induced traumas, or catnip massages. My husband fantacizes wearing a cute little Hussar uniform like the one Raoul wears to the masquerade).

The huz decided I gave the Phantom whatever he wanted (not true; I drew the line at letting him saw a trapdoor in the dresser so he could disappear into his lair in the sock drawer).  Soon it was war between them. They were trash-talking each other ("Bravo Messeur, such spirited words!") and challenging each other to sword fights and setting stuff on fire. (No doubt my husband I had to prevent a disaster beyond imagination. (Actually I did imagine the huz strangled by a long piece of red yarn.)

Of course, we all know the Phantom has one weakness.

My nuptual mass has been written. Wait till you hear the kyrie!

But having refused to crochet Raoul for ethical reasons, how could I possibly make a cute little soprano for the Phantom to kidnap? I argued to him that couldn't make Christine because she wasn't creepy. He said, she'd be sort of creepy if she was wearing the wedding dress I picked out for her like she did at the end of the production.

I ran out of arguments. I felt like Dr. Frankenstein - quite the wrong story. But there was a ray of hope - Raoul was ultimately helpless against the Phantom. Christine had a chance.

The Phantom made me redo the dress three times before he was sure it would fit her, and then rip out all the lace. And don't even get me started about making those Sarah Brightman curls. But as I worked, I realized that Christine, too, was being changed a bit by the shrinking. She was going to be cute. Heartbreakingly, devastatingly cute. But while the real Christine seemed slightly ashamed of her duplicity, mini-Christine would return to the sock drawer freely just to torment the Phantom with her cuteness.  She was going to have him whipped. She was going to have his mask any time she wanted it.

Thanks for looking!
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3  Re: Lightbulb Hanging Vase in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Creative_Cat on: March 09, 2008 07:22:20 PM
Sorry to double post; I ran out and made one right away.

I made mine (temporarily) a lightbulb standing vase by setting it in a bottle cap. This one has the odd effect that it looks like it has two screw ends.

Another cap I tried had writing in it, which was refracted through the bulb. You could probably use this to advantage - write a secret message, glue it on the bottom, and give it as a gift. Or epoxy a florist's marble inside the cap to give it some color. Maybe a big wad of artificially colored bubble gum would add color *and* be adhesive *and* be recycled.
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4  Re: Lightbulbs in What the heck can I do with THIS? by Creative_Cat on: March 08, 2008 09:48:46 PM
How do you hollow out a lightbulb? I want to make this. But I'm fiddling around with this bulb, and nothing's coming off.

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5  Strawberry Shortcake's best friend? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Creative_Cat on: September 23, 2007 11:04:35 AM
This ought to go under a 'stitch and botch' type thread but I can't find one so I assume it should go here.

This is my first attempt to make a pattern. I was aware of the cheese-problems with making a smock, but since it was so easy, I attempted it. I used this cute cherry fabric I found at a thrift store.

Unfortunately I think I have created a passable pattern in the wrong fabric. My husband and I think it's a really nice top for someone half my age.

The punch line? I really like it! But I'm afraid to wear it, so I haven't finished it yet. What to do? Help/suggestions/comments?

Sorry for the blurry pics.

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6  'Mandarin Bay' top - now with clearer pic in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Creative_Cat on: May 17, 2007 02:26:32 PM
I'm so proud to have finished a sewing project for once that I had to show off.

Several months ago I picked up this (cheesy? Wonderful?) home decor fabric from a thrift store. I liked the Asian brushstroke thing, and the little parrot.

For many months I wondered how to use it. Cushions? curtains? Tapestry?

About a week ago I decided I wanted to make a dress for a wedding next month. I bought a pattern and a silk remnant. While I was hemming and hawing about cutting into the silk and wanting something to practice on, it hit me... the best way to decorate with the parrot fabric was to hang it on my closit door.

 I folded the skirt-part of the pattern up short to make a top. The hardest part was getting all the images where I wanted them. I managed to squeeze the best motif onto the front and cut the waistband and shoulder straps from the borders. The whole piece, including the lining, fit onto the ... oh... yard and a quarter of fabric.

(Update:) Okay, I think this is the non-blurry one. There's this thing called a flash on my camera. I'm still learning how to use it.

The back view:

On me: (That's my other kitty, Magellan, in my armpit there)

Now I have something to wear to Florida next month. Next project: to make a coordinating pair of capri's from my husband's old work pants!
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