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Having the flu has some benefits. Like enough free time to finish crocheting the Baby Radish Lariat Scarf out of Twinkie Chan's Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies book.

Besides crocheting every pattern out of her book, I am attempting to use up the yarn in my stash to do so. I didn't have the exact yarn she used for the project on hand, but I still think it turned out pretty cute.

I used a small part from a skein of Sensations Belezza Collection Stellina in fuschia for the main portion of the radish and some Red Heart white and green for the rest of the scarf.

This is a really great scrap yarn buster pattern. Most of the yarn used was for the stems and leaves portion, and that barely put a dent in the skein of Red Heart green yarn I used.

This is also a great assignment for learning double crochet, half treble, and treble crochet stitches.

Oh! And it was agreed amongst my friends that safety eyes make everything cuter. Sure, a radish scarf is adorable. But a radish scarf with two little beady eyes looking out at you? Frakkin' adorable!

Next Up:

Chocolate Cupcake Hat with Blue Frosting

20 in 2011

Jan. 2nd, 2011 11:54 am
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One of my winter presents this year was a copy of "Twinkie Chan's Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies". It contains 20 crochet patterns of brilliant food related accessories.

2010 was a great year. But at the end, I noticed I didn't create as much as I could have. I don't want to make the same mistake in 2011.

So, I have a New Year's resolution to crochet every item out of "Twinkie Chan's Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies".

I plan to complete two a month. This will leave the last two months of the year open for last minute holiday crafting.

Bonus, I plan on using the items I make as winter presents this year. By the time November rolls around, I should in theory have my winter gift list complete and just needing to be wrapped.

Here is my itinerary for making items out of this book. I'll post pictures after an item is completed.

January:
Baby Radish Lariat Scarf
Chocolate Cupcake Hat with Blue Frosting

February:
Candy Button Scarf
Strawberry Fingerless mittens

March:
Pepperoni Pizza Scarf
Lemon Coconut Cake Tissue Cozy

April:
Giant Carrot scarf
Bacon and Eggs scarf

May:
Cookie scarf
Pear scarf

June:
Cupcake scarf
Pink Grapefruit Scarf

July:
Rocket Popsicle scarf
Popcorn scarf

August:
Soft Serve Ice Cream scarf
Green Salad Scarf

September:
Sushi scarf
Gingerbread Man scarf

October:
Buttered Toast scarf
Spaghetti 'n' Meatballs Scarf
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Drinking Bison's Organic Gingerbread Ale, Boylan's Creamy Red Birch Beer (with cane sugar!), and a giant glass of water.

It is a night of fluids and mad, mad, mad, mad crafting.

Just finished knitting one winter present. Getting ready to start another one. Not going to list how many I have left, or I will start to cry.

I have a Judd Apatow film marathon to keep me company.

My Chanukah present (octava noche) of Questionable Content Volume 1 by Jeph Jacques is an evil temptress. She hangs out on the coffee table, right at the edge of my peripheral vision. Luring me to drop the needles and dive into a highly desired read.

But the presents need to be finished. And I have bizarre seasonal booze and Kosher soda to keep me going through the night.
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Last Saturday I became overwhelmed with the sudden desire to make something tiny out of Sculpey clay. Random, I know. After a trip to Michael's craft store and Lowe's hardware, I had the materials needed for making something wee out of clay.

But what to make? This would be my first time using Sculpey. Best to set my sights low.

So I rolled up a bunch of balls. Flattened a few of them and came to the conclusion that they would become tiny Christmas tree ornaments.

The process is relatively simple, but a little time consuming. I was inspired by this tutorial I found.

http://oborochann.deviantart.com/art/Octopus-Charm-Tutorial-45828570?offset=70

Crap to make the shit:

Giant block of Sculpey because it was a better deal than the smaller block per ounce, but let's be honest, the regular block would have been more than enough and you are just trying to convince yourself this hobby will totally take off and land you a stellar Etsy shop then a spot on the Martha Stewart show.

Cheapass acrylic paints because you don't need the expensive brand because let's be honest, this will at most give you kickass Christmas and birthday presents and not a career, stop being delusional!

Toothpicks for making wee kawaii faces.

Mechanical pencil leftover from an RPG session. This will make the eyes.

Steel wire that you couldn't find in Lowe's until you had a temper tantrum in front of the display of said steel wire.

Wire clippers

Needlenose pliers

Coffee table, aka your totally awesome workstation

Old paper bag, aka your totally awesome workstation tarp

Tea candle, aka your totally awesome drying rack


Let's Do This!:
1. Shape Sculpey clay into desired form.

2. Make a loop out of steel wire and insert into above desired form.

3. Bake item for around 20 minutes at 275 F/ 135 C

4. Remove from oven. Make certain to burn your fingers as you try to pick up the tiny charms to see if they are hot. Yes they are hot. They've been in a very hot oven for almost half an hour, idiot. Let them cool

4a. OPTIONAL: Dump them onto a wood cutting board and pretend you are a giant or a half-orc making treats for your tiny human friends.

5. Apply first wash of paint to item, let dry, repeat until desired colour is achieved. I recommend hanging them off of something. I improvised using a bit of the steel wire turned into hooks and jammed into a tea candle I had laying about.

6. OPTIONAL: Using random tiny bits from around the house, make a wee kawaii face on said item. Use the mechanical pencil dipped in a bit of paint to make the eyes and shit.

7. Apply glaze. Let glaze dry. Glaze makes it shiny and takes your item from tiny, useless and crappy to tiny, shiny, useless and crappy.

8. OPTIONAL: Take crappy photographs of said first attempt at using Sculpey and post on the internet like the attention whore you are.



Honestly, not bad for a first attempt. I need to work on the eyes. 3/4 of them look a little derp, derp, in my humble opinion.

And they are wee.

Audience: How wee are they?





Very wee.

So, I guess those of you that celebrate Winter Capitalism Day or Christmas that I actually exchange presents with know what to expect in your stocking from me.

Lil' crappy Sculpey charms with no real use.

Happy Holidays, bitches.
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Remember yesterday's second attempt at t-shirt printing with freezer paper?


Well it yielded this:




Yeah, I am loving this method.The picture does not do the level of sparkle this shirt possesses justice. I did a layer of gold metallic paint, let that dry, and topped it off with a layer of glitter paint. Oh, and no, I am not the creative force behind this quote. It's actually on another less fabulous and less glittery shirt over at TopatoCo. I had some reservations, but then I realized this is the only one I am making, for personal use and practice of a t shirt printing method and felt less bad.

If you like the shirt, go purchase it at TopatoCo.com.

Oh, and the freezer paper method can be found here:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Another-T-Shirt-Stencil/

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Today I am making a Golden Snitch hat.




Yes, that is a yard of gold spandex I just happened to have in my fabric stash.


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1.) I was bored, so I did a quick sketch of L from the manga/anime Death Note. The I painted using some sumi ink. Now I don't know what to do with it. I had trouble sleeping the other night, and staring at this painting at 2 in the morning doesn't help it's creepy factor.





2.) Cliff came over yesterday and he, Jonathan and I had a fun afternoon of MST3K and t-shirt making. I learned of a t shirt printing method involving freezer paper and with the power of Jonathan's airbrush, we made our Chudley Cannons shirts for the Quidditch hooligan cosplay we are doing at Dragon*Con this year.




I should have taken a picture of all three shirts. C'est la vie. This is mine. Photographs of the cosplay to be posted after Dragon*Con. Cliff even shaved his head to get into the part.


3.) I was so impressed with the freezer paper method, I am working on another shirt today.

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Ricky Martin's Pegate


It is time to dance and celebrate, my friends. Come, click on the above video and let the rhythm move you. I'm dancing to it as I type. (One of the benefits of growing up in Central Florida. You end up fluent in Spanish and can dance the merengue to anything while doing anything**.)

Why am I celebrating?

Because I just finished crocheting up the ten plague finger puppets!




Plagues 1 - 5
(left - right: Blood, Frogs,Lice,Flies,Livestock Death)




Plagues 6 - 10

(left - right: Boils, Hail, Locusts, Darkness, Death of Firstborn)

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These are just the first draft versions of my finger puppets. You might notice that Flies and Locusts are the same damn finger puppet. That is because they are. I am not happy with this design.

But the seder is today*.

I don't have much time to redesign and crochet them up the way I envision them. I must admit, this is another case of "Chris has a brilliant idea hours before the event and refuses to use anyone else's patterns so she sketches and designs and creates her own patterns because she is insane.".

There are only three designs I like out of this round. Blood, Darkness and Boils. Those three came out fantastic and match my vision and design sketches. The rest, are good enough for government work. Actually, the longer I look at them, the more I hate them.

The next round will be better. Honestly, no one will care about this batch. The Jewish grandma will be thrilled I even created them. The children will be happy to have something to play with during the ten hour dinner.


Now, let us dance to the rhythm of the beat.

elmo dance Pictures, Images and Photos
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** It's true, I can dance the merengue to any song. Any. song.

*There was a scheduling conflict, which is why the seder is tonight and not last night.
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Not going to lie, I am pretty proud of this softie. She's not much to look at, but considering my sewing skills are squat and I am terrified of sewing machines I think she is pretty decent for a prototype.

This time next week, I will be at Dragon*Con. Add 4 hours and I will be dressed up as a Dharma Initiative member at the LOST meetup photo shoot with my equally obsessed fan brothers and sisters.

I don't know why I thought designing and sewing by hand a four foot fish biscuit softie would be a good idea.

Oh wait, I think it went a little something like this:

Ooh, I could cosplay as a giant Dharma Fish Biscuit. Nah, that's too much work. I know! I will sew a four foot long Dharma Fish Biscuit softie!

I made the body using fleece, the letters using felt, and she's stuffed with an uber light poly-fil stuffing.

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