I have a MIGHTY NEED!

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I did not make this. I Googled "Invader Zim Mighty Need gif" and this was the first option.

…To make something RIDICULOUSLY glittery and blinged out. The only problem is that I don’t have any glitter. Or rhinestones. Or really, any plain whatever to then bling out. So what I really need is a cheap resource for rhinestones (plastic crap is TOTALLY fine for this project!) and glitter. I *do* have a couple ideas of what I *could* bling out. Here they are:

This would be done Dia de los Muertos style, with the rhinestones making the swirls and flowers.

I don’t really know which one I want to do. They’re all REALLY GOOD options. I think the jar would eventually turn into a bitty cute vase of some kind. I also have absolutely NO IDEA why I want to bling the hell out of something. If anyone has any ideas of other typical house type things, or things that could be cheaply obtained via thrift store or dollar store that I could attack with rhinestones and glitter, PLEASE HELP A GAL OUT!

I know I only have like 3 readers, but if y’all want to vote, please feel free! It might help me make up my mind. Otherwise I might go into a bling haze and the apartment might turn into a whirlwind of glitter. I don’t know how the SO would like that…. *sheepish grin*

THE cutest apple juice bottle, ever. Compliments of The Monster In Your Closet 🙂

Something cute I found on clearance at Michael's.

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Work In Progress (WIP) Wednesday

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So here goes. This is the first blog I’m writing from my iPhone. And the first time I’m giving WIP Wednesday a go. It seems like a good idea! It’s supposed to go along with Cast On Mondays and Bind Off Fridays, but my general idea is I’ll post those during the weeks I actually start or finish something. Also, I will probably have to think of different “nicknames” given that not all of my crafting is fiber based (so I won’t always be casting on or binding off to start or finish a project)…for instance, this week I’m playing with beads 🙂

Anywho-way, my mom came to visit me last week, and brought a bunch of beading stuff with her, both for play and for designing for our business. And this somehow managed to convince me to put down my knitting needles and pick up some pliers. And I haven’t been able to put them down since! I designed a pretty necklace for The Monster In Your Closet (which I will eventually get a picture of one of these days, I’m sure). It was supposed to go with these awesome yellow star earrings. Only two days before I was to give her this necklace, she informs me that she lost one of those earrings. So of course, I also had to make matching earrings!

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Beading with crystals is *not* for the sparkly-distracting impared!

My mom also got me some pretty rad green crystals, and I’ve been playing with those. I made one necklace entirely of the crystals and some sterling spacers, and I’m playing with another one with fun silver link things and the crystals on eye pins as connectors. It’s looking pretty cool (no pictures as of yet…I started after I lost the good sunlight!)

On the needles right now are two things: One, I got a cool pattern and some DOCTOR WHO (Time Traveler…tried to get the colorway on its own and I couldn’t remember how to do it) themed yarn from Knit Picks, and it’s going to be AWESOME. Who needs a Tom Baker scarf when they can have a Tom Baker shrug with lace hearts? Exactly.

Taken with Instagram

Two: I had leftover sparkly yarn from another pattern I recently finished, and I was flipping through my knitting stitch dictionary drooling at all the pretty lace patterns. So I did some math and I picked one that would fit perfectly on the back of my arm so I cold make some rockin’ gauntlets. I hear that people think these are really cool (Knit Picks (from whom I got the yarn) retweeted my excited picture tweet) and I got a lot of positive responses.So methinks I will try to write up this pattern all official-like and see how it goes.

So that’s about it, because I mostly can’t really stand to type on my phone anymore. New rule: only post from the phone if super bored or super short post.

Are any of you in the middle of any super cool projects? Do share!

Project: Polka-Dot Hat

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Okay gals & guys, I’ve been putting this off as long as possible, because I didn’t really know how I wanted to handle project blogs. I still don’t. So I’m just going to wing it. Things may change as I figure out the best way for me to do it. Formulas be damned! So here goes!

POLKA DOT HAT

After much mathing: THE POLKA DOTS ARE ROUND! HOO-RAY!

Basically, I’m obsessed with polka dots. So. Obsessed. I would say over half of my dress collection somehow revolves around them. Mostly in the black with white dots or white with black dots variety. My friend and I have joked that polka dots should be their own load of laundry, much like plaid and seersucker. I’m also in love with Knit Picks. They are super awesome, wonderfully priced, easy to work with yarn in all kinds of fabulous fiber contents. I made my Harry Potter scarf out of their Comfy Sport (which I should probably also blog about, because I DID MY OWN THING and made it the way I WANT IT, and I believe that’s a very important part of knitting and creating!). And I really like Comfy Sport! So I used some of my leftover yarn to make a checkerboard hat. Which got me thinking, if I can do checkerboard, then I can do POLKA DOTS!

I love playing with texture, so I decided to do the hat in one color, just using knit and purl stitches to make the pattern. It could also have been done with stranded knitting or double knitting, which is on my to-do list, I just wanted something simple that could travel with me to Comic-Con without a bunch of strands to get all tangled and messy from day to day. A lot of the time, I make things for friends, because there’s just no way I could wear or use everything that my brain comes up with and my hands create. My friend and I have a handy bartering system, make something, buy drinks, food, help with each others projects, etc. It all comes together nicely in the end, and I decided I was going to make her a hat because she was going to be awesome and screenprint a dress with one of her awesome linoprints.

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All in all, it took me probably a day and some to make the hat, mostly because the yarn is kinda on the thin side and my brain didn’t really register “knit with two strands!” til I was at least halfway thru. This is why I keep to worsted weight yarn for my simple projects! But alas, I had a wild hair and went against the grain. Although, given that we live in Southern California, it’s probably better that the hat is on the thin side, because no one ever needs a super serious winter hat down here. But I LOVE the hat, and when I find that special yarn for myself, I’m going to make one for me, too! Why? Because I love polka dots!

This. All the time.

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My friend just emailed this to me, and I just had to share. It’s from a tumblr? blog? that takes excerpts from the Twilight books and points out their blaring grammatical, syntax, or just plain stupid mistakes and horrible writing. And it gives you excellent examples of why Darkwing Duck is THE BEST 90s CARTOON EVAR. (or at least why it’s in my top 5)

This. All the time.

Comic-Con Part II, and THE CRUD

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Comic-Con Part II, and THE CRUD

I fully meant to write another post, last week (like, last Monday) about the second half of Comic-Con, or the parts where I almost cried and yelled and threw a tantrum, and then had a pleasant 2 days…

This was the line...that stretched all the way around the marina.

FRIDAY WAS A TOTAL BUST. I. Was. So. Annoyed. I assumed that because SDCC happened every year, and lots of those happened before I got there, that, oh, I don’t know, there would be some kind of organization. And that, ya know, those in charge might actually know a thing or two about scheduling. Could I have been more wrong? Probably not. And I’m sure by this point, those poor people on the board have gotten an earful and a half about how stupid crappy angry frustrating the whole experience was. WHY would you take all of the most popular shows, and put them back to back in the smaller of the two large ballrooms, with the largest remaining largely empty for most of the day. I just don’t know, but I showed up at 7am to get into a 10am panel, and the line was already 6000 long. So, the BF and I decided that we would try to get in line to try to go to the signing with John Barrowman (If I haven’t mentioned this before, I am obsessed with him). We got through the line twice, but the lady in front of us got the last wristband 😦 TOTAL BUMMER. In the end, I missed Torchwood, The Walking Dead, Eureka, Warehouse 13, and True Blood, but I would have settled for Torchwood and The Walking Dead. At this point, I was furious that I paid all this money to get to see all of these awesome panels, and every single one of them slipped through my fingers. I ended up spending more money because I was mostly relegated to the vendor floor.

cuteness personified

Saturday was a Disney cosplay lovefest!

Saturday went better, at least. I got to see a funny panel called Quick Draw! where famous cartoonists were given prompts, and they drew their hilarious answers. The next panel was Cartoon Voices I, and I got to sit and listen to the people who gave the voices to the original Raphael and Michelangelo (TMNT), Pinky and Yacko (Animaniacs, and that guy was ALSO Michelangelo!), and many other super awesome hilarious voice people. They did an impromptu reading of Snow White & The Seven Dwarves, where Ahnold, Beavis, Butthead, and a stoner comprised some of the dwarves. It was magic. And it made me all warm and fuzzy and happy on the inside, and quite made up for the sour anger left in the pit of my stomach about Friday.

 

I even got a custom comic book cover drawn for DWD! Morgana, DW, and Eek & Squeak!

SUNDAY WAS DOCTOR WHO DAY. I still don’t have words to express how freaking elated and ecstatic and magical and wonderous I feel about that. We got up early, got in line, and were guaranteed to get in. So we ended up with Glee, Supernatural, AND DOCTOR WHO, but all was not lost! AND I got a lot done on my hat sitting outside in line for 2.5 hours. And during the 3-ish hours in Hall H before the magic started! GAH! MATT SMITH! KAREN GILLAN! DOCTOR WHO! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE.

I have been home for over a week now. And I am STILL coughing crud up out of my lungs. Oh, being around hundreds of thousands of people for 4 days straight + severe sleep deprivation and exhaustion = lousiest immune system, ever. But I believe I have reached the tail end of the gross, and I will be way more productive this week! More to come on that, later!

2011 Comic-Con Experience!

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So, I’m a SDCC (San Diego Comic-Con) virgin. It’s true! As much as I love being a geek and nerd and lover of all things awesome, I had never actually made my way out here for it (In fairness, I used to live in Raleigh, NC). I went to preview night last night with Boyfriend and it was pretty cool, despite my good mood being ruined by rude people on the way in. I GOT TO HUG ICEBAT AND OX! IT WAS AWESOME. And the vendor floor was relatively empty, so it was nice to be able to wander around and see things without…more than the usual amount of people. I ALSO GOT TO GET MY PICTURE TAKEN WITH THE TARDIS!

I should probably take this moment to tell you all the things that I am obsessed with the most, because I will be talking about them ALL THE TIME. I love Doctor Who (Ten, Eleven, TARDIS, The Big Blue Box, “IT’S BIGGER ON THE INSIDE!,” Amy, Rory, Sonic Screwdriver), Torchwood (BARROWMAN!, John Barrowman, Captain Jack), Cthulhu, unicorns, the word MAGIC as an adjective for EVERYTHING, Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer (I want to be their wife, and they say that they need one, so I hope I’m on the list), Batman (Batman, The Joker, Poison Ivy, HARLEY QUINN). There are probably others, I will let you know when I find them.

Real Steal Shenanigans

Anywho, so I brought my knitting (currently making a hat in stockinette stitch with seed stitch polka dots) with me for something to do while I was waiting to get into panels. HAHA JUST KIDDING THERE WERE NO PANELS THAT I WANTED TO SEE TODAY.  So while my boyfriend stood in line to see Deadliest Warriors: Vampires vs Zombies (which I did want to see, but I really wanted to see Oh You Sexy Geek even more! However, the way things turned out, I just went outside to see Hugh Jackman at Real Steel shenanigans), I was busy getting my first couple of rows done. And then I got distracted by people watching (ZOMG COSTUMES) and very little actual knitting occurred. But I am glad I brought it with me none-the-less! Tomorrow will be a day filled with panels, so I imagine it will come in handy then.

See what I did there? A whole post about something completely random and then threw in knitting at the end to make it work? Yeah, I do that 🙂

Hello world!

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Hey there crafty buddies!

My name is Elsha, and I like to create awesome things. Sometimes (well…a lot of the time) with yarn, sometimes with fabric, others with beads and any other number of things I can get my hands on.  I will primarily be using this space to share my projects with the world. Some of them will be things that I’m working on, and I would really like to try to do a bi-weekly or monthly series where I can “teach” y’all how to do fun stuff, too!

I also want to be available to you lovely people if you have questions, NO QUESTION TOO SMALL OR SILLY. Except, maybe, if you ask me how stickers work (That has happened to me before, and it left me quite befuddled). If you want to know how best to glue popcicle sticks together to make stick  figures for a puppet show for your kids, ASK AWAY. Seriously. Use me. I will be your font of everlasting crafty knowledge! On the off-chance I don’t know the answer, I will do my absolute best to try to find it for you! (I must admit, there are some more complicated things that I don’t know much about, like glass blowing or welding, simply because I haven’t had the opportunity to experirence the equipment or proper tutelage.)

Anywho, I feel as though I am rambling. WELCOME!

xoxox