Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ami Donuts

I think it's a requisite that Amigurumi crafters make an Ami Donut at some point:
Mmmm tasty
 I sewed them all together rather than using glue (as the pattern says). I did the 'chocolate' swirl with surface crochet, but be careful if you do this, it makes the frosting quite stiff to work with.
Ami treats for my ami unicorn
I want to make more in future with a better quality yarn; there's a lot of possibilities for variations in decoration and colours (I'd also love to make a huge one!).
The Donut pattern  is in the Lion Brand Archive (you'll need an account to view it).
The Unicorn pattern  is by Dawn Toussaint.

Next, I'm working on my own cupcake design~  ♥

Monday, January 30, 2012

Ultimate Beginner Sewing

I went browsing for yarn today and saw these cute sewing kits on sale:
Well, I'm probably older than their target market...
It was super cheap and I figured it couldn't hurt:
That's comforting
I want to learn to sew (Wendi Gratz has an amazing sewing how-to blog), and I think this is as safe a place to start as any, haha~
The materials are all pre-cut, you just sew it together.
Basically, sewing for dummies
And it is really cute. ♥

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Weekly Sketches 4

Somehow, I drew Ciel Phantomhive yesterday (I just invented his outfit though).
Remember, cool people drink tea
and a random original girl
I experimented with a little colour. Just quickly for fun~♥

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Pretty Pretty Pullips

So since my last post I did some browsing around and educating myself in the whole BJD scene, and thus discovered that the dolls I like are Pullips (both dolls in the last post were Pullips).
There's a really good FAQ about them at PullipsandJunk.com, if you're like me and know nothing about them (Collectors are no doubt rolling their eyes at my ignorance!). :)
It's really important before purchasing to do your research it seems!

Anyway, how adorable is she!? ♥
Pullip Romantic Alice PINK Version
I can't get over the details, and I just love that frilly style of dress (I'm a girl m'kay).
She's available at Pullip Style (which has very good prices from my own comparisons).
She quickly became one of my favourite Pullips, and I'd love to have her, but then I saw this guy in the same store:
Isul Creator's Label MAO
He's way too adorable, sans Hipster glasses, haha! ♥
He comes with quite a number of accessories, and is mid-range to cheaply priced in comparison to many others. He's a recent release (and is also on sale right now, haha) and the Australian dollar is very high at the moment, so I kind of want to just plunge in while the getting is good.

My only problem is that I don't know how I'm going to tell my family/friends that I want one. It feels very embarrassing somehow~

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Apppeal of Ball Jointed Dolls

I've noticed Ball Jointed Dolls (BJDs) gaining popularity for a while now, and up to now, I never really saw the appeal. It's hard to pinpoint exactly but let me make this clear, I love dolls/models/plush toys, but there are certain kinds that creep me out. Porcelain dolls, and often rag dolls, and, from what I had seen, BJDs fell squarely into this 'creepy' category along with realistic baby dolls.
But I think I may be having a change of heart. I chanced upon some dolls today which I thought were amazing, only to discover they were BJDs! Cue shock and horror!
Mami Tomoe of Puella Magi Madoka Magica
You can get Homura too!
 I really wish I could afford Mami, she's just adorable! ♥
You can find them for sale here at The Junky Spot.

Now I'm thinking what determines the attractiveness of a doll to me (meaning whether or not it's gaze unnerves me), is just personal taste. It's all about the design, the eyes in particular.Glass eyes with drooping lids aren't my thing, but the 'anime' style decal or painted eyes are generally fine (no different to any of the models on my shelf).
I wonder if this reason is why doll customisation is so popular; you can fit the doll to exactly your own taste. 

Also, after browsing around and seeing the amazing pose-ability (real word or not) of the dolls, I think they would actually make amazingly useful models for reference. Far superior to those horrendous wooden manikins you can pick up at any art store, which I hesitate to even call 'articulated'.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Weekly Sketches 3

Lost my mojo this week. Nothing great.
Personal character
Random (it's Summer here yes yes?)
Bee theme
An Amigurumi design I have in mind :)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Weekly Sketches 1 and 2

Sketches I've done in the past week. I'll try to post them each Sunday afternoon.
There's a Tales of Graces f countdown going on next month, so that's why there's two Graces sketches here. Not that I've applied to join the countdown yet haha~
Girls of Bleach ♥
Tales of Graces
Tales of Graces
Original random sketch from week 1 this year

Saturday, January 14, 2012

New Year New Blog

On my list of things I want to do this year, 'Start a Blog' is near the top.
I intend for this to be a casual place where I can track my crochet/craft projects and also keep a bit of a sketch-blog.
I'll post random things from time to time too, surely~
I'm working on the layout at the moment, so please excuse any weirdness/ugliness.

This is my most recent Amigurumi project:
♥ It's such a cute pattern
I learned a lot making this little guy
You can find this lovely pattern on Ravelry, provided for free by the amazing Dawn Toussaint.
I need to make him some friends. Also, he needs a name, eh?