Tag: crafts

Preparing My Mabel Pines Cosplay!

Halloween is my favorite holiday, but my costume often gets short-changed. It’s the season my job is crazy and the Winter Doldrums start tapping on my door. Plus, my husband — the darling Captain Procrastination — requires my Last Minute Mad Craft Skills on his elaborate, enthusiastic, bangin’ costumes.

I have a new policy: Costume Summer.

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I’ve started hand-stitching a Mabel Pines costume. For those of you not in the know, she looks like this:

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She has my hair and round face, so I don’t have to do a lot to be her. I can pop in my retainers to give the appearance of “braces.”

Also, she’s not wearing an outfit that’ll be cold or revealing in the winter or at a convention.

Because it’s a cartoon, it’s difficult to tell how her sweater was constructed. She’s shown on the show knitting and making crafts. It stands to reason the sweater — or at least the appliqué — was hand-made.

So I hit the craft store with a vengeance. I picked out fun fabrics. I touched all the thread. If I could do a cartwheel, I probably would have.

I was hyped to have a reason to buy an embroidery hoop.

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Now my star just needs a home! I ordered a too-big turtleneck sweater on Ebay for $5, and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. Then a purple skirt (yay) and a pair of black ballet flats, and I’m ready to rock and roll. I’ll post pictures of the look as it progresses.

In the meantime, here are a few Mabel Pines & Gravity Falls cosplays that are totally knocking it out of the park:

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Hope you’re having a great day, Internet!

Putting A Positive Spin on A Fucked Up Owl

I created a pillow that slid out of my control.

Burn your eyes on this image:

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Words of comfort from my nerdy friends:

Rachel: “Navajo weavers would include intentional mistakes to let out any bad spirits that got trapped.”

Alice: “Persian rug weavers did as well, since only God can make perfect things. Actually, the Greeks had a myth about how one should not be prideful over how perfect their weaving is too.”

Josie: “It’s even MORE special ’cause it’s done with love from the heart and not mass-produced!”
Me: “GOOD SPIN. Have you considered a career in PR?”
Josie: “Stick with me, kid… I’ll make you a crocheting STAR!”

I can’t wait to be famous for fucking up basic patterns!

A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Octavia The Octopus

If you love tedium, I have the crochet pattern for you!

Everyone, say hello to Octavia the Octopus.

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Her name was originally Ophelia the Octopus, but I was told that was “too depressing.” (See, it’s funny because Ophelia ends up in the water. Literature appreciation can never start too early!)

She’s a Hanukkah present for my friend’s son. 8 days, 8 legs.

I briefly considered sending one leg a day and having my friend assemble her on the other side. Hilarious, right? Again, I got told I could not have the things I wanted.

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Ophelia was originally meant to be done months ago.

Here’s why it took so long.

I made the head.

Then I made a leg.

Then I made another leg.

And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another.

Then I made a suction cup. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another. And another.

And two eyes. (You’ll notice they’re different from the pattern. I thought the pattern’s eyes were scary for a child.)

Then I sewed the whole kit & caboodle together. Including each suction cup.

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I’m not going to lie to you: this was the worst.

If you calculated time spent vs my hourly wage, this is a multi-hundred-dollar octopus.

If you want one for your kid, you can feel free to make one yourself.

The Holocaust. 9/11. The Octopus. NEVER AGAIN. 

A crafts project that is… OUT OF THIS WORLD.

My fellow role-playing nerds and I purchased our DM (dungeon master, the guy that runs the show) some bitchin’ Fate Dice this week:

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Because he’s an astrophysicist (I’m not making this up), I made him a special space-themed dice bag to go with the dice.

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And I made a drawstring out of yarn to match the colors in the bag.

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And it’s fully lined.

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This post is 100% about me fluffing my feathers over how much I like this dice bag… and kind of wish I could keep it for myself.