Monday, June 11, 2012

Draculaura - Friendship Monsters

I've recently been turned into MLP -FIM having put it on for my daughter to watch. She loves it and it Quickly grew on me as well. I love all the friendship lessons. It's just so darn adorable. We still haven't seen season two, hopefully we can soon.
Of course, right away I wanted to make Bunny and myself a pony plush, though anything I make for myself ususally ends up belonging to Bunny. ^_~

Being that I am a pretty big MonsterHigh nerd the inspiration came easily. 

Here is Draculaura Pony! And my Bunny just LOVE her. She played with it, cuddled it, compared it to her action figure Ponies, took her dolls for rides and then took it to bed! 

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Of course there is so much that went wrong, she is by far purfect. I have a lot to work on with hair, and technique and possibly working out my own pattern. 



This Pony was made with a pattern I came across on DA posted by Voodoo-Tiki 



My Little Pony pattern 1 by ~Voodoo-Tiki on deviantART

Very much appreciated! 

I'm hoping my next pony will look a bit better. I've never worked with cuddleplush  before, but I had bought some in hopes of making a few plush a while back - totally forgot what I wanted to make originally. doh! 
 I didn't use any interfacing and some of the pattern pieces lost  their shape- so the pony is a bit disfigured, though I'm not sure you can really tell. I can. XD Doesn't make a difference to Bunny though, she loves it.  yay! 

First custom pony


I'm really quite proud of the cutie mark. It's hand embroidered. and I think I did a pretty swell job. =p 
I think I could of drawn the design better, but I'm quite happy with how it filled in. 

The hair on the other hand.. I'm not sure why I did it that way, seemed like a good idea in my head, until I drew it out and sewed it together and then I was like... hum.. not so much. 
I definitely want to try something different the second time round.
I also totally forgot to add the eyelashes in. It's no wonder her eyes looked a little funny to me. haha. 

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Eyes are made out of fleece, handstiched to the pony. 

Draculaura pony

Draculaura says "this is my pony" =p

Draculaura's little pony

I was way to lazy to put clothes on her, so my apologies for doll nudity. lol  I still thought the pic was cute. 
Shes' currently my model for a Pikachu Romper I'm working on that I had taken off the night before to take in.  


I had a great time working on this pony and I really can't wait to make another one! Already cut the pieces out this time I'm using some interfacing.  I'm working with some Purple cuddleplush so maybe I'll try to put together an Operetta?



Operetta Pony by ~dead-kittens3 on deviantART


In the meantime, here is some of my favorite Draculaura pony art on DA. 
Enjoy! 








Draculaura Pony by ~RemixPop122 on deviantART
Draculaura Pony by ~dead-kittens3 on deviantART
Pinkielaura 1 by ~enchantress41580 on deviantART
Draculaura by ~assassin-kitty on deviantART

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Ursula At Fanime2012

So finally, I was able to attend a convention with a semi spectacular costume to show off. It's been a while since I've had Disney's Ursula on my Cos-Wishlist and I'm so glad that I was able to finally take it out for a run. It wasn't completely finished and there were a lot of things I noticed that really needed some fixing after wearing it out, but I had fun.

I only wish that I hadn't been so tiered. Oh life and it's curiosities that keep me busy, stressed and drained. Like seriously I think I just need to take a week to sleep.

My birthday was on Wednesday and I spent all day going on outings, shopping, dinner, drinks,  movies... I had an amazing day, but I was so tiered come the next day and I didn't fully recover, having to stay up late styling my wig, doing the last bit of hand sewing and trying to practice doing makeup with insane long nails.
I think I can go on and on about why I found myself lacking energy throughout the con, but I'm just going to end it with "I feel really old". I found myself thinking, "Really? I usto do this all weekend?" Honestly if it wasn't for Carla Ariel, I might not of dressed up at all. I'm more motivated when I have a cos-buddy.

I started Ursula in 09. A year later I finally sewed it together and had this tentacle dress- though I was never really happy with it, lost the motivation, ya know...




Later I put together a quick Vanessa for a cos- meet up I ended up going to.  





When I decided that I'd be going to Fanime for sure this year, and Carla told me she was dressing as Ariel, I was inspired to try to do something with that Ursula costume I had - but after giving it some thought I just decided to start over.
I wanted to make my tentacles thicker and lighter. Having them originally stuffed with that normal batting fiberfill stuff they were incredibly heavy. After being inspired by another tentacle cosplay, I went and stuffed my new thicker tentacles with tulle - though it did make them much lighter, it didn't really work out for me. I used over 200 yrds of tulle and still some of my tentacles need more stuffing. I didn't get a chance to do anything about it for the convention, but in the future, I plan to fill them up with bean bag stuffing as well as tulle. So yes, that means going back and restuffing them, possibly even starting over with the tentacles as I'm still not quite happy with the shape of them. I can't really complain though, I didn't plan out or use a pattern and didn't take my time at all with the cutting. None of them are exactly the same, in fact they are quite random. I did add some wire to a few of the tentacles thinking it would make them somewhat posable, at first I thought it would work, but after stuffing them all the way I realized that 16gauge just wasn't thick enough to really help make them posable and that's all I had on hand.



There is quite a bit of things I learned from wearing this out. I need to figure out a way to make it easier to walk. It was very difficult. I'm so thankful that I had friends to help me carry my tentacles. Originally I was thinking of putting them on some kind of fish line just to make it easier for me to pick all my tentacles up when I walk and that way they won't get so dirty. They are in need of a good wash right now. =/
I'll probably work something like that out when I revamp this thing.
I also want to make myself some tentacle pants. I really like the dress with petticoat because it really makes it look big, but the tentacles too often were displacing the hoop underneath and really it just got annoying. I think tentacle pants would make this much easier - and with the tentacles stuffed all the way, I think it'll still look pretty nice and big even without the hoop skirt.
We shall see. I'm probably wearing this around all of October, so hopefully by then I've made some improvements. I'll definitely be wearing it again next summer.

I was quite proud of my wig attempt, I was really frustrated with it for a while - mostly because I didn't have the patience to sit there and style it like I really wanted. I was also bummed that I waited till the last min to try to get some white extensions and couldn't find any locally so I ended up using some purple instead. But in the end I think it looked pretty nice.  By the end of the day though, it was coming apart in the back and later on I ended up combing it out, I'm not really sure what I was thinking, but needless to say I'll have to restyle it.



I also think I did a pretty decent job on the paint, I actually think I did a better job when I was practicing so I was really bummed out the day of the debut because I felt like I totally failed. However, everyone's super nice compliments at the con really made me feel much better. So Thank you to all who took the time to take a picture (especially because I didn't take any) and who passed along such kind words on my work.





I really liked my nails, and was incredibly surprised at how much I was able to get done because I thought I wasn't going to be able to do anything. I'm just not a nail girl but I went out and got a full set just for Ursula.
I thought I'd be able to hang on to them after the con, but soon as I got home, I was annoyed trying to do housework with the long nails, I went ahead and clipped them down. I was going to go back to the salon to get them taken off, but I just started picking at them until they all just fell off.





It took me so long to get into it and I only wore it around for a few hours, but boy was I drained, and didn't even realize I was so dehydrated. I later suffered from an incredibly painful leg cramp.
Thanks to my buddy Tim and his roomates who were able to help me work it out! I <3 you guys! Seriously! I don't know what I would of done if this happened and I was anywhere else. Probably just cry and cry and cry.

I really hope I can get more photoshoots of this costume in the future. Especially one at the beach!
<3 <3

I had a pretty good time at Fanime, I wish that I could of hung out more with some of my cos-buddies, it's not like I see you guys often - but everyone was so busy being amazing in costume and I was amazed at how much free time I had out of costume. It's too bad I didn't feel like investing in a badge otherwize I would of attended some of the panels.  xD
I am super grateful to those who lent me their badge! Tim! And Alison. YOu guys!! Are the best! Though I only used it to go spend money.
I ended up spending quite a bit in the artist alley and dealers room.
I got some pretty neat art I can't wait to frame and put up in my lil' girls room, I also got some pretty amazing Tentacle faux gauge earnings that I LOVE LOVE LOVE! A pretty fun pink pompom hat! Gloomy plushies and really my first collectors action figure. I bought a posable chunLI! That I also love love love!!!




In the end I had a pretty expensive Birthday week, and a million thanks to my super amazing Husband for making it happen!





Friday, March 23, 2012

Happy Anniversary

Today we celebrate our three year anniversary, I'm not really sure what we will be doing as of yet, but we'll be celebrating throughout the weekend. Rich has a date with Court this morning, then he has to do some work.
So I'm hoping to have a nice dinner, some beer steak, grilled asparagus, and twice baked potatoes.
I'm not much of a 'cook' at all so we'll see how it goes. heh.  It might be a disaster, I looked over some recipes earlier in the week though and it seems pretty basic.. then again, sometimes I can't even make a good bowl of Ramen.  No joke. LOL

I think I came a way up from my terrible valentine.
I really wanted to get romantic and sweet with what I wanted to make for Rich this time around.
I was inspired by this art I came across on Etsy.

Source: etsy.com via Analuz on Pinterest


I thought it was just the sweetest! And I had been wanting to do a melted crayon art, so I did!
And I think it's quite awesome.
I did do some trial and error, my first melted art attempt was terrible with the blowdryer.  I'll tell you about that a lil later. (read about it here)

This time around I used a heat gun which worked much better and was faster.



I just loved how it melted. The colors are really so nice, it was hard to get a good picture with my phone, and I still don't have a working camera. T_T

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I used some tape to try to keep the paint clear of the spot where I wanted to put my silhouette. Though some of the melted crayon still snuck in at the top. It's hard to get anything to stick to canvas. I don't know how some people have been doing resistance canvas work with stickers.

I took one of my favorite wedding photos


and made a silhouette out of it, and added an umbrella.

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I was just soooo in love with the finished piece. Just LOVE! <3
I can't wait till he sees it. I hope he loves it as much.

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On the back of the canvas I glued a lil envelope that says something along the lines of Loving Him through rain  or shine. <3

I also took the coordinates from the place we went hiking to (Enchanted Rock) right after we got married, and wrote it on a scrap of one of his old belts that I loved wearing. I mostly did this because I wanted to incorporate a bit of tradition with the leather gifts being what has been given in the past at the 3yr mark.

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I found this pic in my wedding album and just cracked up. What are we doing!? LOL



Happy Anniversary Honey! I love you.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

DIY custom switch cover

I really love Mod Podge, I could use it for everything literally!
I've been doing super quick and cheap Mod Podge projects I just wanted to share one of them.


Here is a super quick project of the hour: Customizing those boring light switch covers!

It's super simple, super cheap and quite fun!
Here's what you'll need:
* Mod Podge
* paintbrush (though it would be better to use a sponge brush, it won't leave as many streaks)
* cheap o light switch covers. (I think it's better to go with the 'oversized ones' they are a few pennies more 54Cents at walmart)
*Exacto knife or box cutter
* Your favorite pictures printed on paper.
*Optional, Acrylic paint (if you really want to match up the color of the screws to your photo - I didn't, that be wayyy too much work. ^_~)



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Getting started:

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After you gather all your supplies, it's simple. Set up a work station, cover your switch covers in mod podge then carefully place your image over it.
It would be best you test out how you want the image to lay on the cover or you'll end up with the switch in an awkward place. Like my Frankiestein. LOL

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You can hold it up to the light to better eyeball it, or you can punch out the screw holes once you decide on a good spot to help guide you.

The more generously you apply mod podge to the cover the more forgiving it will be if you need to move your image to adjust it once you've applied it to the plate.
I wasn't very generous with my mod podge and some of my covers ended up with folds in the paper that I couldn't adjust.

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Let it dry for about 20min, then cut back the image to the edge of the cover or you can leave a bit of extra to fold back into the frame. You'll get cleaner corners if you fold as opposed to cutting right on the edge.

Then, Mod Podge over the paper image.
Apply a good amount, let dry. Afterwards take your exacto knife (DONT USE a blunt blade or it'll eat up the edges as you can probably tell) and cut out the light switch square and punch out the screw holes (if you haven't already) and repeat the mod podge painting over the image at least one more time.
I didn't have any on hand, but I'd totally go with the "hard coat" mod podge if I had some.

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After they are completely dry replace those boring covers!
I'd let them dry for at least an hour (maybe even two), or you might warp the image when screwing it in place. Either way I'd be careful not to tighten it so much when adding the screws.
Speaking of drying, I'd let those images you printed dry for at least an hour as well otherwize the colors will bleed when adding the mod podge over the image.

I still haven't purfected it, but I have a few more light switches to cover and really for less than $1 I might replace them again when I get tiered of what I put up.

So what are you waiting for?!
Go print your favorite images n get started!

Thanks for reading! <3

-Catz







Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Getting back into the crafting groove - thanks pinterest.

I've been all out of order the past few months in a living situation that was nothing but stress, putting me in a creative block. Alas, things are finally starting to look up now that we are in a new place and the crafty fun is starting to come back to me as we settle in.


The new place has some eye sore cabinets. Oh man, they really need an upgrade. But I got a lil creative here with some contact paper and silhouettes, inspired by these ideas I pinned on pinterest:






I didn't find any cool black or white contact paper, which is what I really wanted for the silhouettes, but this printed contact paper wasn't too bad.

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WE've been here for a week and I've done a few, though I still plan on doing a bit more because I think it looks really cool and nicer than just those plain cabinets.

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I really like the lady with the cookbook and the spoon in the back there.
(BTW I stole these images off a google search and traced them onto the contact paper)
It looks a lot nicer in real life, my phone wouldn't really get a good picture of it, and I'm still out of my SLR. T_T

One of the things I wanted to try right away was the magnetic makeup board. We have a really small bathroom sink so I was really thrilled to get this started.



 WE had this cookie sheet that had been burned so bad by one of my husbands guests, so I was thrilled to be able to give it a new use.

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I could use a few more magnets and I could of probably done a better job.... at least I used primer. XD

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So it's not as fancy as I had imagined, but it was quick, easy and convenient. I no longer have to go digging through the bottom of the cabinet to find what I need. Sweet!


WEll that's what I've been up to lately, next time I might have more interesting things to tell.

Thanks for reading!

-Catz

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sweet Valentine, Anti-Valentine

Happy unimaginative, consumerist oriented and entirely arbitrary, manipulative and shallow interpretation of romance day!

My husband is not the most romantic guy out there, and being that I have been entierly hooked on Pinterest, I came across this:




And I was just so inspired. I thought it was purfect for my guy who only seems to do the things that are anything but sweet, has never bought me any flowers, or left behind a romantic note, ONLY buys the Valentine day chocolate when it's over 50% off after the holiday. LOL -
He bought so many last year, there is still some in the pantry.
I'm like, "are those for me or you?"
"they are for both of us babe"
Isn't that sweet?
I didn't eat any of those chocolates, because out of all the boxes he bought he didn't get one that had anything I liked.

I don't doubt that my husband loves me as passionately as he can, but this year I decided to go Anti-Valentine with the crafts and well this is what I got :

My 2 yr old and I painted this cardboard box, then I bedazzled it to say what it says above- though it's hard to read out - I made sure you could read the 'asshole' part by reiterating again on the bottom half of the box.

Broken Valentine

I'm thinking, for sure, he'd get a kick out of it. THEN I got a more genius idea.
I found this super hilarious heart shaped pillow on Deviant art


Anti Romantic Valentine by =Chihuahua-Yip on deviantART

and thought - "OH! That's what needs to go inside",
so I made him a tiny heart keychain that quotes it.

Well maybe it wasn't' my best idea, and maybe it was just the wrong time to give such gag gifts, given that we've kinda been in a bad place for a few months, so we've already been surrounded by so much negativity. OK, it was a TERRIBLE idea, because my husband really didn't think it was funny. =/ Oops.
He actually told me it was mean, I was baffled and I'm sure I had the most dorky looking face on with a goofy half as smile because I still thought it was kinda funny. Gosh I'm a terrible Wife. The worse.
Though I hung the key chain on his work bag last night, wonder if it'll still be on there when he gets home.
I am so terribly evil.

Tomorrow will be a brighter day for him, because I did help Gweni make some Sweet crafts for her papa.
She made him a ladybug key chain
valentine and Anti Valentine`

and some super adorable art work inspired by floating ideas on pinterest.

Papa love

That's gota make up for my rotten valentine.

That's all I got, some valentine day Dos and Donts.
LOL
*sigh*
Thanks for reading.

-Catzi