Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Napoleon Dynamite Face Wall of Awesomeness

Here's a really random project I worked on while I was attending the LDS Institute of Religion across the street from Mesa Community College in AZ. I was on the Institute Council, and we were responsible for all the fun activities for our students, including dances and "Friday Forums" where we would have a speaker, musical number and food afterward. It was a place for young single adults to gather and mingle together. Who knows how many dates/marriages resulted from our efforts? Haha.

Anyway, we had a huge party where we rented a bunch of carnival games, had cotton candy and popcorn, karaoke and lots more. I suggested we have a "face wall" where people could poke their heads in and take pictures together. Our council leader Bro. Hunter took all the photos from that party and compiled them into a slideshow video for the classes to watch later on. It was so much fun!

On our face wall we have Napoleon, Pedro, Deb and of course Tina the Llama! I stuck to simple lines and of course simple coloring since we didn't have long to work on it (and because I really didn't know how to draw people well). I like how it turned out though, and the students had a ton of fun playing with it. I think one girl even got her head stuck in Napoleon's face for a bit. She got out eventually and laughed it off (thank goodness!). It was a fun idea and it was awesome to have such a big role in the party itself!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Kingdom Hearts II Embroidered Munny Bags

I'm a cosplayer as you know by now, and a couple years ago I had the urge to make a special prop for my Sora outfit from Kingdom Hearts II. In the Twilight Town portion of the game, you meet the group of friends that Roxas hangs out with. Olette pulls out a cute bag with an oak leaf symbol that they can use to store the Munny they earn doing various "jobs" around town. It's a simple drawtring-type purse.

I decided to make a bunch of these to sell or give away to friends. I started out with the oak leaf portion. I drew the oak leaf shape onto some "tear away" stabilizer. I then used my sewing machine and carefully sewed the stabilizer onto a piece of red fabric layered on green fabric.

kingdom hearts ii twilight town munny bag olette roxas handmade craft

Next, I hand-sewed tiny gold and blue glass beads onto the stabilizer, again following the lines of the pattern. I added round blue beads as accents on the points of the design. Nothing about the actual picture from the game indicated that it was made this way. I took some artistic license and thought about how a girl like Olette would make it and went from there. Girls like shiny things! After the beads were on I carefully tore the stabilizer away and cut out the excess red fabric. The result can be seen in this next blurry picture:

kingdom hearts ii twilight town munny bag olette roxas handmade craft

Once the embroidered part was done, I sewed the green patch carefully onto a melon rectangle of fabric. I created a diamond shape by first cutting and then folding under the sides, as you would do in an applique. It was the most difficult part as the shiny green fabric did not take kindly to folding under and I made several mistakes. Makes it look all the more handmade I suppose.

kingdom hearts ii twilight town munny bag olette roxas handmade craft

 I sewed the melon rectangular piece onto another while at the same time putting a bit of rope trim in the corners. I made an inner lining with some leftover pink fabric from another project to make the bag less likely to fall apart. I added the drawstring and painted some wooden beads purple with nail polish. I tied the beads onto the rope trim and frayed the ends. Here is the finished product (although colors in the above pictures are far more accurate than the colors below due to a cheap camera):


kingdom hearts ii twilight town munny bag olette roxas handmade craft

I ended up making 12-13 of these little guys! I sold a couple over DeviantArt and gave the rest away to friends who love Kingdom Hearts. It was a really fun project and really brings the prop to life!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Beast Wars: Transformers Maximals Pillow

I had a friend that worked in the library with me and we had a mutual love of Beast Wars: Transformers, an awesome CGI cartoon that was on around when I was in junior high. I collected a bunch of the action figures. They all could completely morph from their animal forms to their robot forms. They're some of the coolest toys I've ever owned. Do you remember that show?

Anyway, my friend brought a few of his action figures to work so we would have something fun to play with while we waited for files to load, etc. We even had a little party at my place where we watched a couple episodes. Over the summer (the same summer I made the Sailor Moon brooch pillow) I made a Maximals symbol pillow for my friend.

transformers maximals symbol pillow craft

I had a red ripstop vinyl and some metallic black/blue fabric for this project. I made the symbol design on craft paper for the pattern and cut out the outline from the blue fabric.  I put a large red piece behind the blue fabric where it was cut out and sewed the blue onto the red.

transformers maximals symbol pillow craft

I then cut out small blue pieces for the eyes and ears and sewed those onto the red background. The "whiskers" are pieces of red fabric sewn on top of the blue. I cut around the whole thing to make a simple shape for the pillow, and had a long rectangular strip for the outside edge.


transformers maximals symbol pillow craft

transformers maximals symbol pillow craft

 It turned out so shiny and cool! My friend loved it! His return present to me was a block poster of a Jurassic Park raptor (my favorite dinosaur), printed out on regular sheets of paper. We pieced it together and taped it to my apartment window. My neighbors thought I was so cool! I later named the raptor Henrietta and it guarded me and my roommates well!

jurassic park raptor velociraptor dinosaur wall block poster

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Sailor Moon Brooch Pillow

During the summer between my junior and senior year at BYU, I moved home to AZ to look for an advertising internship. It was tough! There weren't many openings and I was pretty close to finding one through my friend's brother but that fell through. That was also the summer that I started chatting with my future husband over Facebook. I ended up moving back to Utah a month earlier than previously planned, since no internship turned up and of course I wanted to start dating this young man that I was so excited about!

That summer I got REALLY bored with no job or school. I had 2-3 boxes of fabric lying around from the days I worked at JoAnn. I would buy things on discount just because they looked pretty. I have quite the variety of shiny fabrics and I saw that I had all the right colors to make Sailor Moon's first season brooch! I used my toy version as a reference, although the one in the show is all gold with no pink background. I think it's cute either way. I love the use of gold and pink on all of Sailor Moon's magical items! It's so whimsical and fitting of a princess.

sailor moon brooch locket compact pillow plush plushie
Progress pic

I made the crescent moon out of gold lame (pronounced la-meh, but I couldn't figure out how to type the accent...), which is a really cheap fabric and frays super easily. I had to double it up so it would have the strength to hold together. I made the crescent and all the jewels as separate little pillows with a cheap white backing fabric, then sewed them onto the main pillow. I outlined all the jewels with gold rope trim by just gluing it on. Trying to sew that on would have been a nightmare for sure.

I used a pink sequined fabric for the top background, and just a matte pink fabric for the back. The outer rim is just a simple tube, stuffed and sewn on to the circular pillow. It was a challenging piece altogether, but very rewarding to make. I put it up on DeviantArt. Pretty soon a young "Moonie" from the Midwest was contacting me with the desire to buy it. Her grandma was the one who called me and she had the most adorable accent. We worked out a price of $25 plus shipping (which later ended up costing more than I had planned...so I didn't make as much. Lesson learned!). The recipient was SO happy and told me that if I made any more pillows to contact her first! It was a really fun experience and its always great to meet more "Moonies" that share the same obsession :)

sailor moon brooch locket compact pillow plush plushie
sailor moon brooch locket compact pillow plush plushie
sailor moon brooch locket compact pillow plush plushie

Someday I plan to make the Crescent Moon Wand and maybe some of Sailor Moon's other brooches. Getting the motivation to measure out everything and get the right shapes in there is the hardest part, haha. Wish me luck!