Tuesday, October 25, 2011

First Round ATCs

So yesterday I decided to give ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) a shot last night.

So here are my Superheroes, Rogue and Freakazoid. Freakazoid is my very first ever. They're just cardstock and colored pencil... No other way to jazz them up at the moment; I have no pens, paints, or stickers because everything's at my parent's house due to the move... I'll eventually go get all of it. Or some of it.



And here's a tribute to Ugly Americans, "Your penis ran away."

Monday, October 24, 2011

Awaiting a Letter to Hogwarts...

So this is a pretty sweet hoopla, inspired from QuirkieCraft's piece. I modified it a bit (or a lot... Whatever...).

I liked the idea of it not being a "letter" tied to his leg, but a scroll. As I imagine scrolls are easier to tie to an owl's leg than a letter.




The mandatory "work in progress" shot. Most things all pinned down and in place. And obviously still able to be modified.


I'm actually proud of the stitching on the wings. The right wing being my best work, I think. Who knew I embroidered better at 2am than anything else?
And the awesome little bow holding the letter to the owl's leg.

Yeah, I like this hoopla.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Zombie Make Up Tutorials

It's almost Halloween.
Most people have their costumes by now... But I'm a slacker. And Josh has only celebrated Halloween once, that he remembers. So costumes may be a bit more than ghetto this year...

As I sit here, insomnia on full blast, I think I'll be a zombie for my Halloween party on Tuesday. (Any of my friends that read this are probably shocked.) Wish I would have saved my torn jeans, but, y'know...

So, in light of this, I have decided to share the GREATEST ZOMBIE MAKEUP TUTORIALS OF THE INTERWEBZ!

First up is this very nifty one from 'abandon your idols' on Instructables (which is also a great tutorial site to bounce around frequently).

It's got easy, step-by-step photo directions. Also, most the things needed can be found at a dollar store or CVS/Wal-greens for cheap. And who doesn't love cheap?



The next tutorial is brought from about's section of "DIY Fashion." It's pretty sweet because it includes it's own thing for making "fake skin" along with eight different recipes for fake blood. And who doesn't love different ways to make fake blood?

Enjoyable because it goes in depth with bruising the eyes, painting "sickness marks" with disease outbreaks.





The next tutorial doesn't have a final outcome pictures, but is brought from the site Zombie Place. Their make up tutorial seems to have more household items than any of the tutorials; honey and food coloring for fake blood, tissues glued to your face for the "torn skin" effect...

Of course, there's always the alternative costume... Zombie hunter. Lightly splatter a white t-shirt with fake blood, rip up some old jeans and add dirt, carry a nerf gun spray painted black... Pretty sweet idea, I think.

Josh's costume will consist of me buying a red shirt and using acrylic paint to paint "DRAGON" in big letters and dragon wings on it. I'm productive like that.

(Also, all images were taken from the links provided beside them, they aren't mine.)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Kindle Cozy

For my birthday, I got a Kindle. It's pretty sweet. So I needed a sweet case.

This is made entirely of felt, with some reinforcement in the font and back cover.

The front has a tentacle on the pocket, and it can hold a multitude of things; the charging cord, my phone, whatever. And a nice, nifty blue button to match the fabric. =D

I've got another design already sketched out for it.

Eventually I may even actually acquire a sewing machine and redo this for real.

Monday, October 17, 2011

21st Birthday Post

My birthday was yesterday. Not just any birthday, but my 21st birthday. As far as birthday's go, it was pretty sweet. My sister bought me this sweet Batman ice cream cake.
My parent's bought me dunkaroos and an awesome new craft book.
Along with a lot of alcohol. And cake.
Midafternoon was Emily, Josh, and I's adventure to the orchard with a petting zoo. Which sucked this year.

After all of this, my parents met Josh and I up at the casino. Where I lost about $50 after all was said and done and still ended up with more money than when I went in. =D





And to end this post properly, here's a picture of my cat proving he loves my dad more than me now.

=( 

<3 Kitteh!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Showcasing!

Today I decided that since I haven't uploaded anything in a few days, that I would showcase a work that I admire.

This is a quilt made by my great grandmother around 2000 or 1999... For my birthday, this is what I got. At the time, I didn't really appreciate the time and effort that went into this.
I've used it off and on since I received it...

Let's see... If it was 1999-2000... That would make my great grandmother in her late 80s, early 90s. Handstitched, as I've never seen a sewing machine at her house.



But don't fret! I wasn't away doing nothing... Not in my nature, really...  Try not to, anyway!

I've been working on this. Got the original pattern from SpriteStitch. It was supposed to be a bookmark, but they looked too big to be a legit bookmark. Maybe if they were 1/3 or 1/4 the original size.

You can download the original PDF here!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Significant Other Swap, My Side

My Significant Other Swap Package (left to right, top to bottom):
Extra yarn for fingerless gloves, Scarf, Hat, Woodgrain textured fabric, Call of Duty inspired wall-art (mmm... Brains), Mini grenade keychain, and X-Box 360 controller ornament

It feels like it wasn't much, but the scarf and hat killed me. I screwed the hat up around 4 times and had to restart from the mid-point every time. Bah!
The mini-grenade was inspired from full-sized crochet grenades on Craftster and modified to be keychain size. The 360 controller was inspired from an etsy post...
The woodgrain fabric was supposed to go to make a wallet, but I couldn't find a satisfactory pattern online and then my sewing machine is being screwy. Then my mom's was disassembled and I had less than 12 hours to make it... Without a prototype... It made me uncomfortable.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Time and Relative Dimension in Space

... or a TARDIS.

It's a phone cozy for Josh's Android. Made to fit his actual case and all that jazz. I don't plan on him actually using it, but it does help me figure out some skills. (And that skill does not include small letters...Yet.)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

360 Ornament

After looking around, I realized that I kind of the like flat, 2D ornaments going around. So for my swap, I asked what console her hubby plays the most and got the X-Box 360 in response. I browsed around etsy for some ideas and came up with the following.

It's not much. Just felt, ribbon, and embroidery floss. Simplistic and nice, I think.

Later this week I will unveil the whole swap package! Mwahaha... I've just got one item I want to finish...

Monday, October 3, 2011

RAWR!

This is a dinosaur iPod cozy. I'd been in the mood to make something adorable with dinosaurs, so when my sister was like "make me an iPod case", I couldn't resist! Who doesn't love dinosaurs?
Of course, I may make another in light blue with a mustache near the top, since that's also her latest fad... Hipster...