Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Go Ninja, Go Ninja, Go!

Hey, all. It's time for Wordless Wednesday! We've got some ninja goodness and aromatherapy going today.

Sadly, there were no Raph plushies. Only Leo. SIGH.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Maybe a Russian Braid?

Ah, the struggle of styling short hair. Oddly enough, my sister's wedding will be the first time I've had to attend an event quite this formal with hair shorter than past my shoulders. As a result, I'm still a little shaky about how to style it.

However, I think I've stumbled across something that might look halfway decent. Let's hear it for the Russian Braid!

Ugh, I look awful. Maybe I can give myself a quick DIY facial or something before the wedding. I should at least try to reduce that puffiness around my eyes. I don't know. Maybe the lighting in my bathroom has something to do with it.
Obviously, I'll need to figure out a better way to clasp that braid. Maybe I can find a good sized, strong, barrette or a cute clip by Saturday. I have a bunch of smaller barrettes, but none of them are strong enough to hold that hunk of hair in place.

I'll have to practice this style a couple more times to get it the way I'd like it, too.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Adventures in Hair Styling

The majority of last week's energy went into finishing up with NaNoWriMo, which meant minimal time with crafts. Yesterday, however, I did apply henna to my hair. Here's a bit of the process in photos.

The adventure actually started Thursday night, when I made this lovely mixture. You put diluted lemon juice in with the henna powder, then mix until it's a mashed potato consistency. Looks appetizing, doesn't it?

Friday afternoon, I applied it and sported this fashionable look for several hours.

Oh, yes. I wear paste and plastic wrap very well.

Of course, I had to grab something to eat, so I thought I'd spoil myself with a little veggie soup/stew goodness.

 I'd somehow managed to reduce most of the broth away. Not sure how that happened. Ah well. Still tasted good.

After torturing my poor neck and giving myself quite an impressive headache (no migraine this time), I was able to wash most of the henna out. Granted, I didn't get it all out, so I gave it another wash this morning, attempted some rag curlers and here's what I have now.

Lovin' the red, but not so pleased with that much curl. I may need to invest in some large foam curlers or something to get the look I'm trying to achieve. I'd like some curl, but more relaxed than what my hair likes to do naturally. If I can achieve that without heat or chemicals, I'm willing to give it a try.

Crafts will be light next week, due to family shenanigans, but I'm sure it'll pick up again come December.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - NaNoWriMo

Ironically enough, today's Wordless Wednesday is all about words.

That's right, folks, I'm doing NaNoWriMo, this year. When I had to stop writing yesterday, I was at 36,509 words. Today, I will definitely break 40K, and hopefully get past 45K. I'm trying to reach 50K by Friday at the latest.

That's why I've been so inactive on this blog, this month.

So, back to it I go.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Missed Friday

Woops. Kind of a rough day, yesterday, so here are the project I had on the go last week!

I have no clue where I'm going to block this thing. The biggest relatively flat surfaces I can think of in our house are our couch and the bed, both of which are often occupied by kitties. Said kitties would put all kinds of pulls in it, which is a bad thing.

I may have to resort to using the ironing board, and even then, I don't know if it'll be long enough.

Otherwise, I think it turned out pretty nicely!

Bunny #2 will have a keychain attached to its head, and I think I'll knit it a tiny little scarf with some scrap yarn, too. It'll be so cute!

This thing is more of a customization than something really made by hand. I'd originally painted four dinos with the "glitter glue" Target sells. I don't know why it's called glue, because it's not sticky.

Really, the only difference between this stuff and paint is this stuff is much thinner. That meant it started running on me. Fortunately, I caught it before it dried, but since I didn't want to waste it, all dinos on the front because glitter dinos.

Hopefully, the lucky kid it's destined for likes it.

Then, of course, are my bunny slippers. Part two of that entry will be forthcoming on Monday.

I might end up posting a couple of cleaning entries, as well, since I'll be doing a fair amount of that, next week.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Easy Guide to Placing Noses

Since my little niece loved her bunny to pieces (literally), I made her a new one for the holidays this year using the same pattern. It's amazing how much improvement I've seen after a year's worth of experience in crochet makes, plus a knitting/crochet app to keep track of rows for me.

I still shy away from faces, though. This time, I decided to take a bit of advice I received along the line to heart: place straight pins where you want the features to go, before adding them.

For this particular bunny, I just added a pink nose with yarn.

First, I figured out where I wanted the top of the nose to go. When placing noses, I've found that they should go directly between the eyes, and in as straight a line as possible. In this case, it looked best when placed one row under the eyes, instead of two.

After that, I placed the other two pins in a triangular formation.

I'm so sorry, bunny. That looks painful.
Lastly, I sewed the nose on. First, I put straight lines along the pins, to form the triangle, and then I used it as a guide to fill it in, using mostly vertical stitches.

It's a little bigger than I had at first intended, but I still like how it looks. If I still have a key chain, I'll attach that to the top of the head.

I think I'll make a little scarf for this guy, though. Gotta keep that little non-neck warm, right?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Craft Completion and Glitter

I plan on finishing the bunny for one of my nieces, and the bat'leth scarf I've been working on so long. As a bonus, I seem to have gotten hooked on glittery things.

Just testing the nail polish out, at this point. When I apply it for the event I'll be taking part in, it'll be layered over bright red, and more carefully distributed. I might add a layer of shimmer, too, 'cause sparkle is fun. I'll have to shape my nails, too, instead of just chopping them off, as I usually do.