Monday, April 4, 2011

Hippos, and Crafts, and Steam Punk, OH MY!

So it has been awhile and I do apologize, but in this past month a lot has occurred! I took up some crocheting again and while at hobby lobby I found a leaflet for Vanna's Choice yarn. In that leaflet were patterns for crocheted animals or amigurumi. Well I fell in love with the super cute animals I had to get the little book and then found some dark sea foam green in the clearance section (oh how I love items on sale!) and of course since I'm at school I bought a crochet hook. Well I diligently worked on one of the animals (sometimes neglecting school work... oops) and 2 days later my cute little hippo arrived!

He's a super cutie and sits on my nightstand now! Next I forgot to keep putting pictures of my winners, and after a week I changed it to craft-a-week give-away. It made for things to be much easier. Well I then forgot to get pictures of my "winners" because it seemed more cool and "paying-it-forward"-esque to sneakily give things to people. They would find something hidden in their stuff and then would feel better about whatever and in turn that made me feel good. Hooray for warm, happy fuzzies! Well the last picture of a person I gave something to is my friend Bri. She's a really good artist (side note). I made a crocheted friendship bracelet.

A couple of weeks ago my theatrical productions class each had a tiny square of a larger picture and we had to recreate that square. The final product was a picture of the Ring Wraiths from Lord of the Rings where Frodo is wearing the ring and seeing the wraiths and they look like wisps of light. The final product turned out really cool and some of the images fit really well together!

I think we were all really proud of how it turned out! Mine is the top right corner. It didn't fit perfectly but it still looks super cool!

My really good friend from back home is really into dressing up for anime conventions and from her pictures it looks like she has a ton of fun doing it. There was one back home over spring break and I tried to go to it but I ended up getting kinda sick so had to pass. (I would've dressed up as Lara Croft) Well in my spontaneous nature and secret love of all that is steam punk, I fashioned myself some goggles out of leather scraps and other material.

I made the rims from old mason jars and the lenses are safety stained glass (so they still probably aren't the safest, but its not like I'm gonna use them on a motorcycle or anything). I hot glued some nuts around the frames and created a strap with a buckle out of suede strips. Let me tell you those things were so hard to work with. I bent 2 needles trying to sew them so I said screw it and just hot glued them ha! The nose piece is a little weak so I'll probably end up soldering it before I actually attend the convention over the summer. On the inside of the eye caps I put some imitation sheepshide so it would look like actual aviation goggles. I'm pretty proud of them. I found a couple pictures online and created mine like that. I can't say it was all my idea. Next up I'm working on a double watch cuff also in the steam punk style. I'll hopefully have those done by the weekend! I still have to buy fabric for my costume and my boyfriend's costume since I will be dragging him with me (evil giggle).

Until next time, happy... we'll say crafting!