Archive for September, 2009

Laughing Washi Doll

I have another little washi doll to share. When I made this one I tried very hard to give her some movement and emotion. I wanted her to look like she was giggling. I think I managed to accomplish this. Her kimono is indigo and white. Her obi is pink. I tried a new back obi design. You can’t see it but it’s a big bow.

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Yellow Flower Afghan


I am finally finished with the yellow afghan. I am SO glad to be done. It seems like that it was a never ending project. I am, however, quite proud of it. It didn’t turn out as big as I would have liked. It is just the right size for snuggling up on the couch with. The blocks have 3-D flowers. It’s made from basic Red Heart worsted yarn. I adapted the pattern from two separate afghan patterns from Crochet Today. Most of all I’m just glad to have something pretty to snuggle with and that I got one of my big projects done. For the past year or so I’ve been trying very hard to not buy any new projects and finish all the ones that I have. I’ve done pretty good, mostly I’ve just bought stuff for learning new techniques and stuff for people gifts. I actually have a written list with all my projects (which is super long). Every time I finish a project I cross it off, which feels really good.


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Spaghetti and Meatballs

Yesterday I made spaghetti and meatball cupcakes. Yes, cupcakes. The recipe is from the book Hello Cupcake.  I wasn’t sure how they were going to turn out at first. I am quite proud of them though. People at the party I took them were surprised. I think that they can definitely fool the eye. The noodles are frosting, the meatballs are Ferrero Rochers and the sauce is jam. The garnish is white chocolate. They were super fun to make. I don’t usually try to make fancy looking food.

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Dressed for Fall

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This is my new Victorian dress. I think the dress reminds me of Fall. Plus it’s a great Fall dress. It is warm and matches the Fall leaves. The dress  is made from Past Patterns Darted Bodice pattern. I really liked it and it fit really well. You can’t see it but the fabric has bouquets of burgundy roses and ribbons. I made the bishop style sleeves and tucked the wrists so they fit tighter. The belt and cravat are sewn on.

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This is my thistle needleroll. I finished putting it together yesterday. I have made this design before for a friend but in pale colors. I really like making needlerolls becasue they are quick and small embroidery projects. Needlerolls are meant to be pinned the chair that you are working in to keep pins and needles in. This design has lots of different techniques in it. There is cross-stitch and other embroidery stitches. There is bead work. I also did a small amount of drawn thread work near the hem. I was really nervous pulling threads out of the linen. I have never done drawnwork before this. I really like how it turned out.


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I am posing a dress and culture question to everyone out there. Anyone who wants can reply to this post, I would greatly appreciate input. Here is my question. Is it ok to wear clothes that are part of a culture that is not your own on a daily basis? An example would be an American who wears kimonos or a German wearing a sari. Is it only appropriate to wear clothes from your own culture on a regular basis? Is it ok if you follow the rules attached the particular item of clothing? In this modern age with globalization we are exposed to so many different types of clothing. The world is becoming so connected can clothing be exclusive to one group. Is it rude to wear clothes that don’t belong to the culture you come from or is it only rude if you don’t honor and respect the cultural aspects of the item?  What do you think? Can someone wear clothes on a daily basis that come from another culture and still be polite?

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Lolita Basics

I made me some lolita basics. One is a blouse for under my jumper-skirts. I decided I wanted one with a high collar for a more elegant look. I love the buttons. You can’t see it but they are clear plastic with white roses embossed in. I also made myself another set of bloomers for under my dresses. I had a really wide lace that I used for the bottom ruffle. I am wearing my lolita to my graduation celebration dinner, which is why I made new things. Maybe I’ll finally get a picture of my blue jumper-skirt.


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