Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
In 48 hours, we drove from central Montana to central Florida. It was rough. I had to sleep for about 2 days straight. We had a good set up though, because Mary took the seats out of the back of the mini van, and there was a mattress there. We took turns sleeping and driving, and drove straight through.
I was able to spend plenty of time already with my family, which is awesome. Tomorrow I'll be heading to the in-laws, where Mary will also be doing my hair. I'm SUPER excited for my hair to be done, because it hasn't been done since the wedding in August. lol. We're going to do something different, and fun and funky with it though.
In non-vacation related news, voting starts tomorrow for Instructables! I'll update tomorrow with the link where you can vote, but I really think you should vote for Lego man! haha.
I'm also a little bit disappointed, because I recently did a personal swap with someone, and I'm afraid that she may have flaked. She emailed me a while ago and said that she was dealing with some personal stuff. I guess it's just a little upsetting since the stuff I sent her is long gone.She hasn't really emailed me since then. She did email me to tell me that she wasn't working the stuff because she was afraid that she was going to mess it up, and then once more because she had to take her sewing machine into the shop. Oh well, live and learn, right?
Yesterday was my shopping day with my Mom. Seriously, it was so much fun. We went to the biggest Joann's ever, and I FINALLY got a ball winder!! So exciting!! I couldn't wait to use it last night, and I really enjoy it. Also, I stocked up on some Stitch Nation yarn by Debbie Stoller.
I'll definitely have to update later with some pictures. :)
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
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Monday, April 19, 2010
Lego man was accepted into the Critter Contest at Instructables. They stop accepting entries on the 25th, after that they'll be voting(I believe it'll be after that). Anyways, if you love Lego man, please go vote for me!!!
I thought I would post a quick little blog with some updates right now.
First, I will be leaving tomorrow on vacation for almost 3 weeks. I'll be driving with my sister-in-law down to Florida to visit with the wonderful family. So, this means, that my Etsy store will remain open, however, I can't guarantee how quickly things will get out. My husband isn't always the most reliable person to trust stuff like this with, however, I will try and get any orders out. I will be taking my laptop, so I'll be able to get any emails about swaps and whatnot, but I won't be able to work on projects until I come back, which will be the weekend of May 8th.
Now, onto the big thing. First of all, anyone that has commented either on my blog, Craftster, or Instructables, thank you. It's really made my week to see all the wonderful comments that I've received over the Lego guy. I thought I would just do a blog to answer some of the questions I've had about him.
First, the question I've been receiving the most, is the pattern. I did write down the pattern. I'm not sure if I'll be selling it or giving it away. I need more than anything to check out copyright laws on Lego. I don't know if I can sell the pattern due to copyright laws.
Also, I will probably be making a smaller one. This one was way too big, and it's literally exhausted me right now.
When I do the pattern, I will let everyone know on my blog as to what I'll be doing with it.
I will not be selling the actual Lego guy, either. lol. The time and effort put into him, I don't think I could actually charge enough. lol.
Ok, I'm off to clean some more before my sister-in-law gets here this afternoon. I hope everyone has a good few weeks, and I'll try and blog from my vacation. :)
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Quick story and then onto the photos. I went to Wal-Mart this morning to pick up the very last of the yarn I needed to finish his last leg. Turns out, I apparently bought out Wal-Mart, because they only had ONE SKEIN left for this guy!! So of course I bought it, but I was so afraid that it wasn't going to be enough. I held my breath while I was crocheting with it, but turns out, I had enough, and even had plenty to sew with. Yay!!
All in all, I love how he turned out, and more importantly, so does my husband. He stands about 35 inches tall. I used a trusty K size hook for the entire thing. And one day, probably not soon, I will be writing down the pattern and hopefully be able to make something legible of all my chicken scratch notes.
I'm going to post him into the Instructables.com Critter Contest today as well.
On to the pictures!!
And this is where Seth decided he was just having too much fun:
Ok, I'm finally done, and so happy. Now I'm off to post the photos elsewhere and then finally eat something today. :)
And on another note, I discovered this yesterday:
How did I not know that the mascot for the Vancouver games is not only a Sasquatch, but seriously one of the cutest out there?! I find him absolutely adorable. If anyone is interested in buying him for me, which you should, he can be found on Amazon. :)
Ok, back to work!! I have to do stuff before Seth wakes up this morning, then I'll be off to buy even more yarn to finish this guy up. :)
Friday, April 16, 2010
Then, I decided that although I had already completed the body, I wasn't happy with it. Turns out, in a year, my crocheting skills have really improved. I attached all the sides of the body, and the top of the body was sewn on with a completely different color red yarn. I found that unacceptable. Aside from that, I wanted the body to be a bit sturdier, but I knew that stuffing it more would pretty much lose it's shape. So, a bunch of packages of fun foam, a funny look from the lady at Joann's, and a few hours later, I had a very successful body shape.
Next up was the head. I had to make the head sturdy to sew on top of the now sturdy body. So, of course what else to do, but insert a dowel into the body. I reinforced the neck with some plastic canvas.
Now for the arms. After not being sure how exactly to attach them, and of course only thinking of doll joints way too late after the parts were assembled, the answer was yet another dowel. Add some Gorilla Glue to that, and bam: Lego arms.
And now, what I'm doing today.
I have crocheted all of the parts for the sides of the legs. I have to crochet some more parts, but it hopefully shouldn't take very long. I assembled the top of the pants this morning, and sewed them onto the body. They are not stuffed at all, but they are filled with a couple pieces of fun foam and mostly cardboard. This needs to really be stable so that the dowels that will be in the legs will be able to lean against something.
And now, you're all caught up. This has turned my apartment into a mess. And it's not a joke, it's really a mess. I have fun foam, legs, and Lego parts strewn everywhere in my dining room.
So, in the middle of assembling the other night, I suddenly remembered that Instructables.com is having a Critter Contest, sponsored by Lion Brand. There are 10 first prize winners, and the prize pack includes a $25 gift certificate to LionBrand.com, and a prize pack from Instructables.com. You can also submit as many as you would like. I already submitted my yeti, just for fun. My goal is to finish this guy up before I leave on Tuesday to head back to Florida for a couple weeks. I promised Seth that it would be done, so I'm really working on it constantly. In addition to that, my sister-in-law will be coming here Monday and staying the night before we leave on Tuesday, so I have to make sure it's all clean.
This has become way too big of a project!!!!! However, I can guarantee that I'll be proud of myself when it's done. :)
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
To be honest, I'm not sure why I even had this brown yarn. haha. But again, I'm very happy with the outcome. I love that now I have a little bit bigger BigFoot. :)
He stands about 9 and a half inches tall. :)
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
It was Seth's way of saying: "YOU NEED TO FINISH THIS NOW!!!!"
So, I've started again. I'm declaring it my epic masterpiece. The pattern will be completely my own. I wrote down the pattern as I was making it, but of course guess what I couldn't find last night? The pattern. I have a little notebook that I keep all my notes in, and it wasn't in there. So, I'm starting on the arms now.
I think I was more intimidated by it more than anything else. I got worried that I wouldn't be able to figure out how the arms bend, or something like that. But, I think I've really got it figured out now. This will be my newest project, and will hopefully be done soon. He's looking quite sad as a decapitated head and body, right?
Well, thank you for taking a trip down memory lane with me. I enjoy looking back on Craftster posts that I've done, and find stuff that I made, and see how much my crocheting has improved. :)
Monday, April 12, 2010
I posted a few more things on Etsy today. I've been crocheting pretty much non-stop over the weekend. I plan on doing the same on the road trip. I think when I get back I'll start sewing more things for my shop.
Here's a quick preview of what I've been working on. Enjoy!! :)
Friday, April 9, 2010
First, I wasn't a huge fan of the actual yarn that I was using to make him out of. It's quite rough, and hurt my fingers after a while. Then, I wasn't sure how to do the horns. I think they came out too big still.
However, I'm pretty proud of the tail. I think it came out nice, and it's also fully poseable. Any thoughts or suggestions on him would be GREATLY appreciated. Until I make my next, I'm not even sure if he'll go into my Etsy shop.
After making what I felt like was that hell of a creature (no pun intended), I decided to make something a little more fun, something I would actually enjoy.
I had mentioned I believe in one of my comments that I was going to try and do the zombie in an off-white color. This might actually be one of my favorite creatures ever. I love this color rather than the green. I will DEFINITELY have to buy more of these eyes so I can make more, because this one will be going into my shop, but I'm going to need one for myself. Given my new found love for zombies, I don't know how I'll be able to live without one of these in my everyday life. :)
That's it for now!
Tonight I had a date night with Seth. We went to dinner and a movie and I was finally able to see the new Alice in Wonderland. I enjoyed it, and I thought the costumes were BEAUTIFUL. However, the ending was a bit too 'Wizard of Oz' for me, and it's definitely not my favorite Tim Burton movie. I think, we might just have a Tim Burton night.
Speaking of which, I wanted to mention a funny story about my previous post, Sweeney Todd. Alexz had a cat named Sweeney Todd, and gave me pictures so I could replicate him. So, I thought I would share my Sweeney Todd story now as well.
I've always been a Tim Burton fan. I've always loved his work, and I have a deep love for Johnny Depp. When Sweeney Todd came out in the theaters, I HAD to see it. Seth and I went and walked away just like any other Tim Burton movie: I loved it, and he just thought it was so-so. Personally, he doesn't like that although Tim Burton has his own style, he remakes most movies. So, anyways, I loved the movie. He enjoyed parts of it. Well, about a month later, we find that Broadway Across America was coming to Tampa, FL with Sweeney Todd. Not only that, but tickets were buy 1 get 1 free. Um, I NEED TO GO!!! So, we buy tickets and plan a whole day around it. We got dressed up and went out for a beautiful dinner and then Sweeney Todd. The play was, to say the least, unbelievable. If you haven't seen it, GO! lol. It was just amazing. When we walked away, Seth actually wanted to watch Sweeney Todd again because it gave him a new respect for the movie. The whole thing was just amazing. The orchestra were the actors, and they had 1 background. Mrs. Lovett was hilarious. Again, if you haven't seen it, I would highly recommend it to anyone. :)
So yes, I just thought I would share my little Sweeney Todd story. I was so happy to crochet a little Sweeney Todd for Alexz because the name alone had a story for me as well. :)
Alexz said she loves him, so that's all that matters to me. :)
I'm so glad Alexz loves him. And again, sorry for the crappy pictures. :)
Thursday, April 8, 2010
These should be on my Etsy shop later today.
So, may I introduce, Bones.
And don't worry, because he has little boney arms as well.
I really like how he turned out. :)
And up next, is Mr. Zombie, because I suck at coming up with names. lol.
He comes quite 'incomplete' with a bloody stump for his left arm. I know, I'm cheesy. lol
And wait, what's this thing that he's dragging around like a toy? Why, it's a brain of course!!
I'm really happy with how they turned out, to be honest. Thank you so much Alexz for your ideas of doing things creepy cute! I plan on making a devil next, because I think he'll be adorable. :)
And, in a completely unrelated topic, I've decided that I will be going back to Florida this month. I'll be leaving here on the 20th of this month, hopefully arriving in Lakeland, Florida around the 24th. Then I'll be returning to the West on the 8th of May. I'll be flying into Spokane, where Seth and I will take a little vacation up to Newport, where he grew up. More than anything, I'm excited to see my niece, who was 2 when I left Florida, so we'll have to see how 3 is treating her. :)
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
So yea...not quite sure why I even made it. And of course he's so small, he doesn't have legs, and his face came out a bit wonky. Oh well. :)
In other news, I might be away for a while. Long story short, my sister-in-law now lives in Washington. Her family is moving back to Florida, so she thought, instead of being on the road alone for 3-4 days, why not swing by Montana and pick me up. So, I may be driving back with her. Bad news is that, without going into all the details, I will only be able to fly into either Spokane or Boise. Seth would have to either pick me up from one of those places, or I would have to find a cheap flight from there to here. Of course Spokane is 7 hours away, and Boise is 9. We might just drive it. But I would be able to see my family for a couple weeks, plus there's a couple main friends down there that I would just love to see. I'll be updating, of course, to give my final answer as to whether or not I'll be going.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Now, I would like to present, the jellyfish family. :)
They're all going to the same home, and will be sent out tomorrow with all my other packages. The pictures are very poor and taken with my cell phone, so it's hard to see the true colors. The first one is blue and orange, and the second one is black, white and grey. The small purple one in the first picture is the one that I sold, that just happens to be going the same place as all the others. :) Ack! So much to send at once! haha