Category Archives: Craft

Congratulations!

Last Friday’s blizzard hit pretty hard. Snowed in and bored, I decided to make a cake. I didn’t have exactly what I needed, but I made it work. I wasn’t going to decorate it, but I found some old (and not at all flowy) piping gel and colored it blue.

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I didn’t have any of my cake decorating tools, so I had to improvise and I think it looks hilarious.

Anyway, yes, blizzard cake! It’s vanilla with cream cheese frosting. I sprinkled a whole thing of chocolate sprinkles in the cake mix so it came out like a chocolate chip cake. Kind of.

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Cross Stitch WIP

Cross Stitch WIP

This is the beginning of my most complicated cross stitch project ever. It’s not huge, maybe the size of a standard piece of printer paper, but there are 51 colors and over 16,500 stitches. I started it in November (2012) but only worked on it one time and didn’t touch it again until 3 days ago. So the pic was actually taken after 4 days of work.

It’s going to take a while. I’ve been experiencing pain in my elbows for a few years but it’s been getting worse. I found out pretty recently that it could be arthritis, but there’s a pretty high chance that it’s something a bit more serious, so I’m trying to take it easy for now. Crafting has become more and more painful (especially since I’m right-handed and the pain in my right elbow is more severe), but I can’t stop because I love it too much :)

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Kindle!

I knocked my Nook Simple Touch off my dresser and into that cat’s water dish, which is less “dish” and more “large bowl of water.”

Of course, it died. Luckily for me, I had a 2 year SquareTrade warranty with 5 months left! Since e-readers are difficult to fix, SquareTrade just refunded my money so I could buy a new one. Instead of purchasing another Nook, I decided to make the switch and get a Kindle Paperwhite, and it arrived early this afternoon.

Long story short: I totally crocheted a case for it.

I used a variegated Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn, just found it in my stash and thought cotton would be nice, maybe a bit stiff so it doesn’t stretch out too quickly.

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See the line of orange and white towards the bottom of the case? That’s part of 3 rows of slip stitches, which made the case tighter in that spot. So when I put the Kindle in, the case (which is already nice and snug), is a bit tighter in the slip stitch area. If I drop the case or, more likely, I accidentally hold it upside down, the Kindle won’t fall out because it’s being held in place by that one tight spot. I kind of discovered this by accident, and I think it’s awesome. 

I love it, it makes me happy.

And so does the Kindle, if you were wondering. I love it and I love the built-in light. Also, reading is the bomb.

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My Favorite Summertime Craft

I have struggled through the past few summers here in Connecticut because I’m always too hot to do anything. The heat is so different here than in California. It’s so humid here, I feel like I’m swimming all the time. My hands get restless. I need something to work on, something to do. But I hate crocheting in the summer. All that warm yarn, ew. I suppose I could work with thinner yarn, but I prefer the thicker stuff. Baking is another summertime no-no. If I had central air, or even an air conditioner in the kitchen, things might be different, but as I learned while baking my birthday cake in late June: my kitchen is pretty much the worst place EVER during the summer. The heat from the oven is too intense when it’s 90 degrees in my apartment and the humidity is at 100%. With the exception of friendship bracelets (which can be annoying to make and usually don’t hold my interest for long), I never had a good summer craft.

This year, I’m happy to say that I have finally found a favorite summertime craft. Cross stitching! The fabric I use is light, the floss isn’t thick and warm, and it’s all very portable. I’ve always wanted to paint or draw, but I’m terrible at it. Cross stitch is a way for me to express myself, and I love it. I’ve been working on a lot of different stuff and I managed to finish my biggest project the other day. It’s a scene from Fez, a fantastic Xbox Live Arcade game. It’s 112×98 stitches (10976 total) on 14ct aida cloth.

The little guy is named Gomez, and I really love his happy face. It was made to be stitched! He’s jumping up to collect a cube, which is a main goal of the game, so as you can imagine, he’s pretty stoked about it. I took a picture every day that I worked on it, for a total of 19 pictures, and put them together in this gif:

I really like the idea of making gifs for all my big projects. I love being able to watch it all come together like that.

I’m also working on some smaller projects, including a few magnets, and even some pins. I’m happy to have something new (and not too warm) to do :]

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So I’ve Decided to Take Up Cross Stitching…

I’ve dabbled in cross stitching in the past but have never bothered finishing any projects I start. Today, I am proud to say that I have finally finished one! It’s my very own design that I based on this picture:

It’s Lumpy Space Princess, a character from one of my favorite shows, Adventure Time. Before I add a picture of the finished cross stitch, I have to explain a bit about her.

Lumpy Space Princess, or LSP for short, is the princess of Lumpy Space. She has a masculine voice, but she speaks kind of like a valley girl or a teenager (lots of “whatever!”). She’s often selfish and uncaring, and she tends to replace expletives with the word ‘lump’.

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s the finished project:

There is definitely room for improvement, but I’m pretty happy with it overall. It still needs to be washed and ironed, but I won’t be able to do that for a while because I’m not home right now… I’m apartment/dog sitting until July 1st. So just, you know, imagine it clean, ironed, and in a frame of some sort.

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