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Stitch Witchery.

Aha! I’ve managed to crochet half of the project I’m delivering during Dragon*Con weekend. If I finish it, I’m going to start working on a dragon, a TARDIS, or a Dalek. Last year, I finished a Dalek and two brain slugs to take with us. I even put a voice box in the Dalek and put the brain slugs on headbands. It was some serious win. I had a couple of drunk girls try to steal them, which I thought was hilarious, and then a geek blog took Husband and my picture (then later posted it!).

To finish my project, though, I have to find my white yarn, and I have no freaking clue where I put it. Certainly, I have a couple of places that it might have ended up, but I don’t know if I even put it away properly. I also need to finish a pair of earrings and a necklace I was working on for my Ursula costume. I’ve decided not to do the costume this year, but I do want the accessories done.

I really need to make my decision on whether I’m going to costume this year, or not, so that I can get my stuff together if I decide to do it.


Getting Organized For December.

Finally, I’m getting everything in order for winter holidays. I have a few things that I haven’t decided on yet, but I’m working towards getting a list of pressies together. Mostly right now it is just concepts of how I’m going to craft things together.

The chicks are so much easier to figure out presents for. I think that’s because they can carry most kinds of jewelry off easily, and that’s what a lot of the time efficient crafts are all about. I’m not really sure what I’m going to do with the guys, but I’ll probably end up pretty squared away for my baby brother.

My dad and brothers-in-law will be right up there with Husband’s dad for difficult to figure out presents for. Everyone else will be happy to get something that someone put effort into. The problem is trying to find something that is useful, or at least practical.

And then there are the youngest generation in our family. Plushes for them, maybe?


Winter Hols And The Great Mystery.

I’ve been rattling around in my brain for the last few weeks trying to come up with Christmas presents for everyone this year. I’m uber frustrated, because I really want to make things for people, but most of my skill lies in yarn craft, and really, I live in the South East. Most everyone in my acquaintance lives in the South East. Those who don’t? Asia and California.

Not a whole lot of call for yarn crafting there.

Anyhoo, though I’m quite crafty, if I do say so my self, I’m not exactly what I would call ‘creative’. I can follow instructions well enough, I might even be able to develop off of them, but I don’t immediately understand the applications of everything within those directions. Usually, someone somewhere has a brilliant idea, and I help with the follow through.

This is not something I can do with winter holidays pressies. (I’m pagan, half my friends are agnostic, the other half Christian, most of my family is Christian, then there’s my atheist father and friend, who still insist on presents so they don’t feel left out.)

To add insult to injury, my mother-in-law has officially declared that I am no longer allowed to go to her blog because she needs to tell someone about what she is making me for Christmas, even if I am a dirty, dirty Pagan-Heathen. This bothers me because a. Half the recipes I love of hers can be found on her blog, so I don’t have to search through the family books for them, and b. because though I’m not a frequent reader, any time there is family news, you can count on her to have a funny take on it, which she posts to her blog.

Really, I don’t know which is worse, that I’m not allowed to see her blog, or that she’s so obviously got a leg up on winter crafting. Actually, those are probably on par with one another.

I'm thinking of making this for my MIL. Click on the picture for the project page.


Popped Tops And Filled Up.

Now that I have a collection of bottle tops (gathered from various get-togethers, but mostly from IBC Root Beers), I’m really needing to get down to business with them. I’ve got to really scrub them down, and hopefully get the rubber/glue out of them. With the removal of that stuff, I’m hoping any lingering germs will be gone.

I’ve found a few tutorials online for how to flatten them out, and I’m pretty certain that the directions can be retooled to not flatten them out, but fan out the outer rim. I’ve been wondering what they would look like if I broke up a few of my bottles and put a few pieces of glass into them, then filled them with my embossing liquid.

If the glass looks good, I might be looking around for yellow and orange glass, to see if I can do some Starry Night inspired pieces.

I still haven’t decided it I’m going to be doing pendants or magnets, or even rings if I can find the right materials. Any ideas?


Not That I Don’t Love Him.

Because I do, love my husband, I mean. The problem is that he doesn’t really understand how much work goes into crochet or knit projects, and especially when you figure how large a project can become.

I started using the crochet stitch Tunisian (or Afghan, depending on your view) recently, and showed Husband a few different geeky projects that use it. They are beautiful. And in fact, I would like to recommend that you visit at least one of them: the Mario blanket of Awesome (as I have dubbed it). Bear in mind that the thing is longer than 7 feet. It swallows her queen-size bed. And that’s just a project from an 8 bit source.

My lovely husband wanted  me to do something along these lines:

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (cover art)

That is a *lot* of detail. I’m not sure how long it would take, but I think I figured the dimensions out to be something like 18 feet tall. I can figure out ways to make it smaller, but then you lose details he wants included. The entire thing just stresses me out, and yet I still want to do something for him.

I’m hoping to be able to work something out, I’m just not really sure what yet.


Repurposing Scrabble.

Scrabble is my favorite game almost ever. It is definitely my favorite board game. It is also my mother in law’s favorite board game, so she and I bond over it all the time.

Then we started seeing the scrabble tile pendants floating around, and we knew we wanted some. I mean, really, we only own like twenty versions of the game between us. We’ve been looking at all the tutorials, and all the suggestions. I love reading the comments to find out what’s been tested and what didn’t work.

Finally, Mom IL bought some glaze and some enamel stickers, and we’ve given both a swing. The glaze can be very temperamental, but when it works, it works. The stickers are more reliable, but they are slightly yellowed, so everything won’t be crystal clear, but slightly tinged. It isn’t much of a difference, but it is something you have to deal with.

We also used a few different kinds of glue. I like to print out little customized pictures for mine, so using something like Mod Podge is not always the best choice because it has so much moisture that the ink runs. Instead, I switched to a spray adhesive.

Currently, my technique of choice is to put the sticker on the picture, cut the picture out by following the sticker, and then spraying the tile and affixing the picture/sticker to the tile. The glue is quite tacky, and the attachment has to be fast, but the results have been pretty decent so far.

I’d have pictures to show you, but none of them turned out all that clear, even though the pendant’s are awesome.

If you have any suggestions, please feel free to let me know. I’m always looking for better/easier ways to do things.


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