Pocket Bunny :3

A while ago I had gotten a  bunny and fox pattern from Gingermelon .  I’m still very new to the world of stitching but so far this lady is one of my favorites. Her designs are so creative, adorable, and clean and neat looking.  I’m anxious to create my own designs but this was a lot of fun, I learned new stitching techniques, and have some ideas for the future. Here’s how mine turned out!  (I still need to wash off a bit of that water soluble marker I used)  :3

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Tomato Spider

When I’m not freelancing via drawing/painting/etc I’ve got a “regular” Monday – Friday job working with my parents. I say “regular” cuz despite the 9-5 routine, with parents like mine, it’s far from regular.

While I was working my Mom put this on my desk and said, “Want a tomato spider? Isn’t he cute?”

Me: “UGH!!”

…I guess I know where I get a lot of my weird creativeness.

She then proceeded to hide this guy on my Dad’s desk when he wasn’t looking.

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Harumi’s Tsukune!

Recently, I got my hands on a Japanese home cooking cookbook by Harumi Kurihara (The Martha Stewart of Japan).

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A few nights ago I made “Tsukune with Teriyaki Sauce”, which is basically like little ground meat patties with onion, celery, and basil. I got to make teriyaki sauce from scratch. I also made potato and onion miso soup, also from scratch, and some simple steamed rice on the side.  I followed the recipe as closely as I could but mine came out on the salty side …I was having a little too much fun during the seasoning step.  Other than that everything was super tasty. Here’s how it looked….

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This Dude is Now Clothed

I made this little outfit out of Houndstooth felt with functioning buttons and the glasses are made out of pipe cleaner.  In the future, I should be able to contain my excitement and actually draw, measure, and take my time with my stitches instead of free-handing and eyeballing everything. My stitches were a bit sloppy but ehhhhhh, he turned out cute as hell.

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This Dude

I’ve been having way too much fun with felt. After I finished that plush t-rex I almost felt a little disappointed, “that’s it? No more stitching?” 😦

So, I immediately went about making this little dude for my sister. I used a blue water soluble pen to draw the outline of him and hadn’t yet washed it off in the picture on the right.

I sent my sister the picture below with this message,…

I met this dude last night. I told him he can crash with you. Hope that’s cool. I’ll tell him to put some clothes on so his luscious felt body doesn’t tempt you.

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T-rex Plush

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One of my besty-best friend’s little boy, Ethan, turned 3 this past Saturday and celebrated it with a dinosaur theme-d party. The decorations were super cute and completely homemade. I wish I had taken pictures but Lana was taking plenty of pictures and seeing as she’s a talented professional photographer I figured I’d just wait for her pictures and ask to post some later.  You can check out her amazing photography right nyah —> Lana Estrada Photography

Funny side note: I thought I had a gift bag for the T-rex but turned out I didn’t and so I had to carry the T-rex with me through a Walgreens while searching for one. I got some interesting looks.

Here’s a quick run through of how I made the felt T-rex…

drew the outline

drew the outline. I need to remember to add a little extra space all the way around. My dinosaurs have been very skinny as a result. Also, I folded the felt when I cut to create two T-rex shapes.

I cut it out and figured out the eyeball placement

I cut it out and figured out the eyeball placement

I had never used these fake eyeballs before. I really liked them!

I had never used these fake eyeballs before. I really liked them!

For the mouth I cut out strips of black felt and then used a running stitch to attach.

For the mouth I cut out strips of black felt and then used a running stitch to attach.

I used some beige felt for the chest/tum and bottom of the tail area.

I used some beige felt for the chest/tum and bottom of the tail area. Here are both sides.

TEEF!

TEEF!

...aaaand here he is!!

…aaaand here he is!! After all the details were added I sewed the two sides together with a blanket stitch and left a hole for me to shove the stuffing into and then finished with the blanket stitch.

Typically, when drawing cute animals I like to add a little asterisk on their butt. When I finished this T-rex Seth asked me where his butt hole was :O ....I added it  XD

Typically, when drawing cute animals I like to add a little asterisk on their butt. When I finished this T-rex Seth asked me where his butt hole was :O ….I added it XD

 

LA: The Great Big Irish Fair in Long Beach

I’m a bit behind on posting this but I figure I’ve got an easy going blog and there are no real rules. Time is not the boss of me!

Aaanyways, over Father’s Day weekend we took my Dad to The Big Irish Fair in Long Beach. It was a lot of fun. The weather was great. I can really only think of two downsides. One was upon entering. A company had set up a booth before the entrance trying to get people to sign up for essentially a pyramid scheme., which we bypassed as quickly as we could. After checking in and getting our “drinking” or “non-drinking” bracelets there were tons of booths ranging from merchandise imported straight from Ireland, to jewelry and crafts, and even a booth in which you could look up your Irish heritage.  There were still some occasional booths set up that were trying to “give-away” vacations and a group of people soliciting for a charity.  Some of those people were VERY pushy.

The only other thing that was a bit of a “womp-womp” was the food. The only “Irish” food they had was a corned beef sandwhich, fish n’ chips, and a shepherds pie. I was told the corned beef sandwhich was bland, the fish n chips “meh”, and I had the Shepherds Pie which was decent. Most of everything else I saw consisted of things like hamburgers, popcorn, and snow cones. It was a bit disappointing when you consider what a great opportunity it was for them to be able to showcase some great food. Especially with all the food truck culture we have.

They had pricey drinks but like most events such as this it was exactly what I was expecting so no real complaints there. They had Guinness, Kilkenny, Smithwicks, and a few other basic beers and at one point I saw a booth selling whiskey but unless i’m crazy it disappeared pretty quickly.  Ha!

Everything else was fantastic. They had multiple pavilions set up with different musical bands playing everything from traditional Irish music to more contemporary punk influenced Irish bands such as Young Dubliners, The Fenians, Anita and The Mansfield Band, and Golden Bough. They also had stages set up for young traditional Irish dancers, all of whom were adorable and very talented (altho’ a  couple were on the border of Toddler & Tiaras-ish).

I have never seen so many Irish Wolfhounds……actually, I had never seen one in real life before. Even they had a booth! (a Kissing booth *_* ).  My absolute FAVORITE part was the sheep herding!! They demonstrated it right out in the open and at one point the sheep and sheep-dog were so close I’m convinced the sheep-dog was trying to herd me along too for a moment.  Lots of petting ensued.

Well, I’ve type-talked enough about it. I’ll let the pictures explain the rest.

Lots of interesting art. This was my favorite. Hehe

Lots of interesting art. This was my favorite. Hehe

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My Mom told my Dad to go pose with the sheep...he's pointing at sheep poop.

My Mom told my Dad to go pose with the sheep…he’s pointing at sheep poop.

My foot shows you how close we were to the sheep herding....in fact this dog tried to herd me for a moment before deciding I wasn't a good sheep.

My foot shows you how close we were to the sheep herding….in fact this dog tried to herd me for a moment before deciding I wasn’t a good sheep.

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My Dad, dancing in his seat to the Irish music.

My Dad, dancing in his seat to the Irish music.

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This cute one was on the elderly side and her hearing and vision wasn't great...and as a result while she was herding she took the sheep way off to the parking lot and the owners had to run chasing after them. We gave her some extra lovin'.  :3

This cute one was on the elderly side and her hearing and vision wasn’t great…and as a result while she was herding she took the sheep way off to the parking lot and the owners had to run chasing after them. We gave her some extra lovin’. :3