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    Here They Come To Save The Day

    I’ve been busy making some comic character plushes. Atomic Skull is in the works, I just need to finish off his flames. I finished two Ambush Bugs that were hanging out in my unfinished project basket. They each got some cute little shorts to protect their modesty. The one on the right has chenille stems in his antennae, so they stand up and can be posed. They’re both going on my Etsy shop later this week, along with Copperhead and Baby Rorschach. MODOK is also on Ebay until Sunday (July 12). This little Ambush Bug already has a home.

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    Fourth of July

    We had an awesome July 4th. Bats spent most of the day making pasta sauce from scratch. Our house smelled so delicious. I helped make vegan baked ziti. Bats found a recipe for a vegan ricotta cheese substitute that uses macadamia nuts. (I’m going to use some of the leftover miso paste to make tofu miso soup next week, hooray!) It turned out really yummy, although there was some grittiness that probably would have been better if we had an actual food processor and not a $15 blender. It was still freaking delicious though. We also made garlic knots with premade pizza dough from Trader Joe’s. Just make fat little…

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    Sewing, Sewing, Sewing

    I got a fairly large custom order and it came out so well I wanted to post some pictures. I made two sets of bumper pads, two baby quilts, two crib dust ruffles, a valance and curtain, and a diaper organizer to hang from the crib. The bumper pads had these flowers on the tabs. Except for sewing the two flower pieces together, these are all hand sewn. They took FOREVER and my fingers hurt. I need a thimble, but whenever I use one I tend to kind of not use the finger it’s on. Generally I just put a bandage on that finger and that seems to work out.…

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    Feelin’ Stitchy

    I discovered free form embroidery not too long ago, and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite hobbies. I love the portability, the freedom, and of course the fact that it is darn near free. Why is everyone not doing this? Bats’ mum visited over the long weekend, and unfortunately it rained about the whole time and we were stuck watching movies. I am unable to simply sit so I took the opportunity to finish the project I’m working on for my mom’s birthday. Now I just need to find cute frames for them and they’ll be all set. Does anyone know where I can get cute oval frames fairly…

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    Talk Nerdy to Me

    I have to say, as someone who identfies as a huge nerd, I do find translating that into crafts to be both amusing and satisfying. I love reference humor and I’m sort of internet junkie (I know that is shocking news). While I’m more of a fabric and crafts nerd than your classic comic books and sci-fi kind of nerd, where I fall short my geeky boyfriend is more than happy to give me ideas and inspiration. (Have I mentioned he has an entire room full of toys? No seriously, an entire room.) I’ve also gotten some great requests and ideas from people on the internet. For example: What an…

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    Man Gifts – 3 of 3

    Today is: Nesting * A lot of guys seem to be t-shirt collectors. If he has some that he doesn’t wear, but just can’t part with make him a t-shirt quilt (Ask first, obviously.) If he doesn’t have enough for that, a few t-shirt throw pillows might be nice. * Other types of blankets make great gifts too. I made this Batman themed quilt for Bats last year. You can also make a fleece tie blanket, but I kind of prefer sewing the two pieces together instead. Just sew the pieces together and turn right side out and add some topstitching an inch or two in. This method also gives…

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    Man Gifts – 2 of 3

    Friday I posted lots of tutorials for things to wear. Today is: Useful Things * Everyone needs stuff to carry their stuff. How about a personalized messanger bag? I made one for Bats for carrying toys when we go to the comic convention (see above). You can also try a duffel bag. If he’s a nerd, try this Domo-Kun backpack, or use the tutorial as a jumping off point. *How about more stuff to hold stuff? Thereare a ton of tutorials on how to make fabric boxes. These could even double as wrapping for other presents instead of paper. (How eco savvy.) * Got a gamer? Make a case or…

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    Visit to Panache

    Today was the grand opening of Panache, and marked the first time I’ve had my things in an actual store. I’m kind of excited, and it’s weird to walk into a store and see my things. It’s a wee little independant store, but it’s a good start and I’m happy. My pillows on a little sofa near the back. I still like the term “caterpillow”, hee hee. A rack in the middle of the store. Those are my aprons hanging on the right. Some of my many, many purses. The shop owner actually bought two from me. So I spent an hour or so poking around in the store, talking…

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    Man Gifts – 1 of 3

    With Bats’ birthday a few days ago, I was again faced with the difficult task of figuring our what the heck to make for a guy. I know it’s a pain for me, I figured it was a pain for other people. Hence this incredibly long list of links, tutorials, ideas, and inspiration. This ending up being kind of huge, so I’m splitting it up into three parts and posting one per day. Today is: Things to Wear No one wants to snuggle with a frigid boy. Why not make him a hat, gloves, or a scarf to keep him toasty? You can turn an old sweater into mittens and…

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    Just Keeping Busy

    What an inexcusable lack of updates, shame on me. I have been keeping myself busy though, as usual. I went to the local farmer’s market over the weekend with my neighbor. In addition to lots of fresh, cheap veggies they have a large pavillion set up for plants. I’ve been wanting to get something into a raised box that runs along the front of our house, and I found a good selection of herbs at great prices. (All $2 for 4″ plants!) I figure it will be nice to have something fragrant by the front door, and I’m looking forward to having fresh herbs for cooking and crafting. Growing in…