1. togeprrrri asked: hey girl! i know i'm like, a solid year late on this, but i LOVE your lakitu costume! i'm dressing up as him this year and was wondering- any protips, especially re: the shell and the cloud? thanks! <3

    Hey there, thanks! I made my entire Lakitu costume last year in a frenzy of hot glue and felt. The shell was the hardest part to make. I cut out a circle of cardboard, and pieced four green curved triangular shapes of felt together to create a sort of dome-like structure. I glued that to the circle of cardboard - remembering to attach my white felt straps at the same time - and stuffed it with batting. I glued black rings of felt to create Lakitu’s shell stripes. In retrospect, buying a little green pack like this and adding black rings would have been a LOT easier and could have doubled as a purse for the night.

    For my top, I found a yellow shirt and used black electrical tape from the dollar store to make the stripes. The bonus of using electrical tape is that the lines were perfectly straight, and it only took about 5 minutes.

    The cloud was the real pièce de résistance! The whole thing was a very wide belt that I made of white felt, with a cloud attached to the front and a mirroring cloud attached to the back.

    1. Draw a cloud on a large piece of paper to use as a pattern - I opened up a brown grocery bag to get a big enough piece of paper.

    2. Cut 4 cloud shapes out of white felt using your pattern.

    3. Glue 2 of the cloud shapes together, but leave an opening to stuff it full of batting, then glue the whole thing shut - I would have preferred to sew but I don’t have a sewing machine here. Bummer.

    4. Add black felt eyes and a mouth. This is the front of your cloud.

    5. Glue the other 2 cloud pieces together, this is the back of your cloud. I opted to leave it flat rather than stuffed so I could sit in a cab.

    6. To attach both pieces to your body, use white felt to create a very wide “belt”. Use velcro as fasteners for you make-shift belt. The velcro is key, because you’ll need to take the cloud off to go to the restroom!

    7. Glue the clouds to the front and back of your wide belt.

    Don’t forget your accessories! I used cardboard and felt in black, red, yellow, and green to make a little traffic light, and bought the cheapest toy fishing pole I could find. Lakitu wears racing goggles, but I just wore my regular glasses. Underneath my cloud, I wore black boy shorts and gray tights.

    Good luck, and please send me a picture if you make a Lakitu costume! :)

  2. problemsolver:

Hidden message glow in the dark embroidery — whip up
Guest blogger: Devon from Miss Make blog.

This is relevant to my interests. Must find some in the city!

    problemsolver:

    Hidden message glow in the dark embroiderywhip up

    Guest blogger: Devon from Miss Make blog.

    This is relevant to my interests. Must find some in the city!

  3. thedailywhat:

Crocheted Rug of the Day: 7x7ft 8-bit Raccoon Mario rug, lovingly pieced together out of 386 granny squares by geeky Craftster enemyairship for her boyfriend.
She writes: “The bf loves it!” No freakin’ duh he loves it. If he hadn’t I’d say DTMFA and slide on due east where there’s a guy with two thumbs who’d be more than happy to take his place.
[via.]

*jaw drop* This photo shows just how gigantic this rug is!
BRB, BUYING YARN.

    thedailywhat:

    Crocheted Rug of the Day: 7x7ft 8-bit Raccoon Mario rug, lovingly pieced together out of 386 granny squares by geeky Craftster enemyairship for her boyfriend.

    She writes: “The bf loves it!” No freakin’ duh he loves it. If he hadn’t I’d say DTMFA and slide on due east where there’s a guy with two thumbs who’d be more than happy to take his place.

    [via.]

    *jaw drop* This photo shows just how gigantic this rug is!

    BRB, BUYING YARN.

  4. Look ma, I&#8217;m embroidering! See my lazy daisy stitch flower dragonfly? And my proper lazy daisy chain stitch flower next to it, with the french knot center? I did these random shapes to learn the running stitch, back stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch, split stitch, lazy daisy stitch, featherstitch, french knots, and the scalloped chain stitch, all from the Sublime Stitching book.

I made the journey all the way up to Michael&#8217;s to find embroidery needles, fabric, tracing paper, and a fabric pen&#8230; and earned a neat Foursquare badge in the process. I forgot that Michael&#8217;s doesn&#8217;t carry fabric, but itching to stitch (see what I did there?), I bought a 59-cent cotton drawstring bag from the kids&#8217; aisle. I think its intended purpose is for decorating with stamps or paint. I cut open the seam and drew on it to learn my stitches.
Bam! Craft-supply-Macguyvered. :D

    Look ma, I’m embroidering! See my lazy daisy stitch flower dragonfly? And my proper lazy daisy chain stitch flower next to it, with the french knot center? I did these random shapes to learn the running stitch, back stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch, split stitch, lazy daisy stitch, featherstitch, french knots, and the scalloped chain stitch, all from the Sublime Stitching book.

    I made the journey all the way up to Michael’s to find embroidery needles, fabric, tracing paper, and a fabric pen… and earned a neat Foursquare badge in the process. I forgot that Michael’s doesn’t carry fabric, but itching to stitch (see what I did there?), I bought a 59-cent cotton drawstring bag from the kids’ aisle. I think its intended purpose is for decorating with stamps or paint. I cut open the seam and drew on it to learn my stitches.

    Bam! Craft-supply-Macguyvered. :D

  5. Finished! Cross stitch complete, and behind glass in a Ribba frame from Ikea. It&#8217;s based on motifs from Julie Jackson&#8217;s book, Subversive Cross Stitch. I&#8217;m really happy with how it turned out!
I wasn&#8217;t sure how to mount it for framing, so I made it up as I went: I wrapped the cloth around the frame&#8217;s backing, mitered/folded the corners in, and did a sort of satin stitch basting to hold the corners down.

I did one corner, then the one diagonally across from it, then the one across from it, and the last corner, making sure to keep the design straight and centered in front as I went. I did some lacing across the center of both sides on the back as well, just in case and to keep it all tight. It works, but it&#8217;s not very pretty from the back. Someday, I&#8217;ll learn how to properly do this.
(In case you missed it, here&#8217;s my first post about this cross stitch project)

    Finished! Cross stitch complete, and behind glass in a Ribba frame from Ikea. It’s based on motifs from Julie Jackson’s book, Subversive Cross Stitch. I’m really happy with how it turned out!

    I wasn’t sure how to mount it for framing, so I made it up as I went: I wrapped the cloth around the frame’s backing, mitered/folded the corners in, and did a sort of satin stitch basting to hold the corners down.

    I did one corner, then the one diagonally across from it, then the one across from it, and the last corner, making sure to keep the design straight and centered in front as I went. I did some lacing across the center of both sides on the back as well, just in case and to keep it all tight. It works, but it’s not very pretty from the back. Someday, I’ll learn how to properly do this.

    (In case you missed it, here’s my first post about this cross stitch project)

  6. CRAFTY CROSS STITCH TIME! Working at a computer all day gives me a hankering to make something with my hands, so I asked my sister to mail me all my embroidery thread, embroidery scissors, and aida cloth from California. She forgot the hoop and the needles though, so I had to hunt &#8216;em down in the city.
This little crafting fix is exactly what I needed - I find it very relaxing at the end of the day to make methodical little X&#8217;s on fabric with a needle and thread. The mini-sampler I&#8217;m making above is based off motifs from Julie Jackson&#8217;s Subversive Cross Stitch. She&#8217;s got tons of fun kits at her website too, if you&#8217;re interested in learning to stitch - there are already several Charlie Sheen patterns. ;)
My next endeavor is regular embroidery. I saw these super cute dish towels at Anthropologie and I want to make something similar for our kitchen. Domestic crafting is so fun! I&#8217;ll be picking up Jenny Hart's Sublime Stitching next, or maybe Doodle Stitching, as that seems to have lots of excellent reviews on Amazon, too.

    CRAFTY CROSS STITCH TIME! Working at a computer all day gives me a hankering to make something with my hands, so I asked my sister to mail me all my embroidery thread, embroidery scissors, and aida cloth from California. She forgot the hoop and the needles though, so I had to hunt ‘em down in the city.

    This little crafting fix is exactly what I needed - I find it very relaxing at the end of the day to make methodical little X’s on fabric with a needle and thread. The mini-sampler I’m making above is based off motifs from Julie Jackson’s Subversive Cross Stitch. She’s got tons of fun kits at her website too, if you’re interested in learning to stitch - there are already several Charlie Sheen patterns. ;)

    My next endeavor is regular embroidery. I saw these super cute dish towels at Anthropologie and I want to make something similar for our kitchen. Domestic crafting is so fun! I’ll be picking up Jenny Hart's Sublime Stitching next, or maybe Doodle Stitching, as that seems to have lots of excellent reviews on Amazon, too.

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