Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Bigger Blacker Cock

My life normally plays out like a game of Cards Against Humanity.  This weekend I finally had my play, for which I finally made my first puppet, a moose.  It was beyond hell trying to get the antlers to stay in position (yes, I tried multiple kinds of wire.  No, dowels would be too fragile/heavy), so I ended up tacking them to the plack.  Unfortunately, he has now been married to Tooey, and I doubt I'll be getting him back.

I freehanded a pattern and made him mostly out of recycled bottle felt.  The antlers are headliner foam, the eyes were a catnip ball clamshell package.

I miss my moose.

Monday, April 15, 2013

I'm a man and you're a woman, at least last time I checked.

I, Drea, am a shop-a-holic.  I love shopping!  Well, kind of.  I hate the mall, and especially trying things on, so I'll take a quick stroll through, buy a bunch of stuff that looks cool, then return anything that doesn't fit.  I also have tremendous disposal guilt, which causes me to keep things until they ABSOLUTELY HAVE NO LIFE LEFT IN THEM WHATSOEVER.  Like seriously, I don't throw anything even remotely functional away.  I -might- give it away, but only after two years of sitting in a "charity" box without me thinking of it in addition to extreme amounts of guilt from Dan.

This has lead me to accumulate great amounts of tees, shoes and makeup over the past twenty years.  They still fit!  They still work!  Why get rid of them?  I am going out of my way to change this, though.  I donated a lot of old clothing to the play I'm in!  Mostly because one of the characters is a raging nerd that only wants to "sleep and read and bake".


I've also put a moratorium on purchasing shirts and severely decreased my shoe purchases (except for when I find really gaudy heels for $10 (Hey!  They are $10!!!)).  Unfortunately, yarn and nail polish have kind of filled in the gaps.  They're small, cheap and functional, and multiply like rabbits.  And then my friends (see how I'm not naming names?) go out of their way to enable me, and all hell breaks loose.

So, A-Certain-Cephalogal-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named sent me a link to eye shadow tutorials yesterday that are pretty frekin fantastic!  I found this look and spent all night dreaming about it:

Beautiful, no?  So this morning I tried to replicate it:

Yeah...  I mean, it looks nice in person, but my skin has a horrible habit of completely annihilating any color I put on it.  I really loaded it on, and it was bright on my fingers!

I used this old eye shadow pallet from Clairs, Iridescent Red liquid eye liner from Makeup Forever, and Indigo Blue Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner from Wet 'N' Wild.  Counting down from the left 1-5 and 6-10, I used 6, 7 and 4 in the center front of the eye lid, and 3 and 5 around in the crease.  I lined the top lid with red before and after the shadow, and dotted between the lower lashes with the blue.  Finished up with some black mascara and a bit of 1 illuminating the inner corner and 2 covering bags.

Like I said, it is nice, but I have no clue how to achieve the FUCKING BRIGHT tones of the sample on my skin :/

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sewn Purse

I've been sewing since before I learned to count.  We were so poor when I was little that I had one Barbie and my mother gave me an old blouse and a couple of fabric squares to make clothes for it.  I love sewing!  And yet, I never find time to do it.  It is less time consuming than knitting, but I'm forced to stay in one room for the entirety of the project.  Needless to say, I feel horribly guilty that I don't dedicate nearly enough time to My First Craft, other than the random drawstring bag for a swap here and there.  (In theory, Burn and I will be going to Pennsic this year, so I'll be needing to make a lot of garb in the next few months)

So, I finally did some blog-worthy sewing last night!  Tomorrow we're having an art auction for the musical I'll be in in two weeks (Evil Dead), and I'm making purses.  The first one is supposed to be a chainsaw, but it looks like a lunch sack and I'm not feeling it.  So I made this as a back up: 

I really liked the fabric ($10 remnant - 50%) and I lined it with some brown duck that I had from when I made the sofa cover.  It was exactly the width the pattern requested, and I didn't have to add any interfacing thanks to it being so stiff.

I'm happy with my workmanship, but not so much with the dimensions, since it is supposed to be a wristlet/clutch.  Keeping all the dimensions the same and just halfing the depth of the body should suffice.  I also didn't think to cut the zipper down to size (because I didn't want the pull to fall out) and it creates an odd bulge at the corners, but meh.  Overall, I'm happy at how I mathed the pleats ^_^

I really liked this pattern.  It was a bit confusing to follow (I had to highlight the step I was working on to keep my place), yet still well written.  I'm looking forward to making a rounded hobo bag with a face tonight if I have time after recording.