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Latest obsession: Amigurumi!

Hi everyone! A happy 2014 to all of you, I hope you’ve had a nice holiday season. I certainly had, with a lot of nice people, good food and of course a lot of hobbying! In fact I discovered something new I am totally crazy about: Amigurumi! Somewhere in November a friend invited me and some other people over for an evening of knitting and crochet. She showed us some books on amigurumi, which is (apparently) the Japanese word for cute small stuffed animals. I loved the idea the moment I was introduced to them! When I went home again, I decided I would ask Santa for some books on Amigurumi, and he certainly heard me I guess! I got two books, one with animals from the forest (owls and frogs, so cute!), and one with 25 different animals (a lot of cats and dogs, but also very nice birds).

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I couldn’t wait to get started with all the cute animals in the books, but I wanted to start with something small and easy. In two hours, this lovely blue snail was born! He is tumbling over all the time (on his face or his side), so next time I will fill the lower part of the body with something heavy, but I like it nonetheless. He seems to be a happy snail, but I’ll have to make a little friend for him some time soon!

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Because I know everything can be found somewhere on the internet, I also looked for amigurumi patterns online. A myriad of cute crochet patterns awaited me, and I picked out two (or actually three) of them to make as presents for family and friends.

The first pattern is of a Bad Piggy and an Angry Bird, that I found on Nerdigurumi (link to the pattern). Wijbe’s uncle loves to play Angry Birds all the time, so I decided I would make him those as a present. He loved them! Unfortunately I forgot to make a picture of them, but this is what they looked like:

Angry Bird and Bad Piggy by Nerdigurumi

The last (and my personal favorite) amigurumi I made as a present was a Prinny. Prinnies are penguin-like figures with small bat wings from the game Disgaea. I never played the game (will do in the near future I hope!) but since I am a big fan of everything penguin-like I decided to like them anyway. A friend of mine, who played the game and told me about prinnies, ceebrated his birthday in December so I decided to make him a Prinny. I found this amazing pattern and started right way. He really liked it, and now the two of them drink a whisky together regularly:

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I really loved making those amigurumi, and I will definately make some more in the near future. I hope you liked this post and let me know what you crafted recently!

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Elf Fantasy Fair Haarzuilens 2013

Hi everybody! As a real fantasy-lover, I just can’t skip Europe’s biggest fantasy festival: The Elf Fantasy Fair Haarzuilens! This wonderful festival, which took place last weekend at Kasteel de Haar (near Utrecht, The Netherlands) is a wonderful place to be for everyone who likes to dress up in their best costume and enjoy the best of fantasy for two days. I went there not as a visitor but as an entertainer, to promote the post-apocalyptic LARP events of our group. On thursday I arrived, we built up our camp and spent all friday fixing the final details on our costumes, building some additional stuff to our camp (yes, we love to improvise) and just having fun in general. On saturday and sunday, the fair was open to public and we had a blast telling everyone about the things we do and why it’s so fun to join one of our events. This drew a lot of attention, which is good! I wish I could show you a picture of camp and the things we did,but I forgot my camera, damnit. I did however buy some nice new things to incorporate in future projects, which I do want to show you!

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My first purchase are those fantastic fabric stamps. They are made of wood, the pattern is carved in deep enough to produce a nice and crisp print. I already had some of those, but I am very happy I have three new ones to add to my collection! The stand where I bought these had probably a thousand different motifs, so picking the nicest was quite a challenge. I just wanted to have most of them, couldn’t help it ;). I ended up with those three, but if the seller of these stamps is at the next festival again, I will probably buy more.

The second thing I bought was a pile of reindeer hide scraps. They sold complete skins for 35 euros, but I really didn’t know what to do with a complete reindeer, because it’s so big and not that flexible. So I searched through a basket with leftover pieces and found the same amount of hide (only in 5 pieces) for 12 euros. Very good to incorporate in costumes! Reindeer fur is very isolating, because the hairs are hollow. I will probably use them to decorate a cloak at the shoulders, and then it’s functional too!

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In addition to the things I bought, I also got two presents, quite unexpectedly! One of my friends from the LARP group is very good with leather and made me a pair of  ‘gloves’  without fingers, which kept my wrists warm in the evening. I love them, the gorgeous purple colour and the asymmetric looks are totally to my taste. Thanks! I will wear them as much as I can from now on!

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The last thing I got was something my boyfriend managed to get his hands on. When our group was waiting for the start of one of our promotional shows, Prof. Rotherham came walking by. For people who do not know him: he is a professor in Celtic lore and gives fantastic lectures on interesting subjects on the fantasy fair every year. He is a real Brittish gentleman, such a friendly and funny person, I personally think it is impossible not to like him! Anyways, he came walking by, talked a bit to us and then took three guys of our group (including my boyfriend) to his office on the terrain, fetched three pictures of himself from somewhere and signed them! My boyfriend knows I am a fan of the professor, so instead of his name, he asked the professor if he could sign a picture for me. And here it is!

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Totally awesome!

So, my Elf Fantasy Fair 2013 was really nice. I look forward to the next edition in September, which I guess I will attend also. Maybe I will visit some other festivals too, I don’t know yet. Suggestions anyone?

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Printed T-shirts

Hello everybody! In this post I would like to show you these nice printed t-shirts I made last summer! Boyfriend W spotted a shirt he really liked, but it was ridiculously expensive (but still a simple cotton shirt… hooray for expensive brands…). I promised him I would make a shirt like that for him, but a lot cheaper! After a lot of washing the print still holds well, so if you can find the right paint I can guarantee you that it will hold for quite some time.

With the upcoming holidays I can imagine a shirt like this as a very nice present for your friends and/or family. Nothing as unique as a home-made present totally made to someones personal taste! If you want to make your own, keep reading 🙂

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Liebster Award!

Hi everyone! Last week I found out that The Crafty Asian nominated me for a Liebster Award! I really like reading her blog, and I feel quite honoured that she nominated me so thank you Crafty Asian! My first reaction was: Euh, what does this mean?! What do I have to do? But after some research I found out that the Liebster Award is a small recognition bloggers give to new bloggers to encourage them, and then pass it on. I love it! So, this is how it works:

  1. Thank and link back to the giver.
  2. Answer the giver’s questions.
  3. ‘Nominate’ five other blogs with fewer than 200 followers.
  4. Ask five questions for one’s nominees to answer.
  5. Post it all on one’s blog

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So, next thing are the questions and my answers to them:

1. What do you do when you can’t sleep?

I usually read a book before I turn off the light, but I guess that is not yet the moment I decided that I can’t sleep. If that moment arrives, however, I start turning over and over, then try to lie down calmly, start turning over and over again and so on, until I find myself comfortable. If I am not falling asleep then, I start getting ideas for characters and costumes and things I want to make, which is quite stupid to do when you want to sleep. Somewhere around this moment there must be something that does put me to sleep, because the next thing I think about is the annoying alarm ringing next to my bed 🙂

2. If you had the ability to time travel, would you go to the past or future? Why?

This is a hard one! I think I want to do both. If I am able to time travel that can’t be a problem right! Since I keep myself busy with both fantasy and post-apocalyptic roleplay, I would like to see both. If I could travel back in time, I would like to see what life was like back then, in different ages and in different places. I think in the history classes at school we hear far too much about kings and queens and wars, but I would rather know more about what the REAL life was like, for the normal people. If I could travel to the future, I would really like to know what the world would look like after a big disaster. In the roleplay I participate in we have zombies, mutants and robots, everything that fits in the picture of a world in ruins. I am a bit curious if that would ever be possible, so a sneak peek in the future would be nice!

3. If you could meet any fictional character, who would you choose?

Granny Weatherwax from the discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. From the moment I read ‘Equal Rites’ and the Tiffany Aching books she was my favorite character right on. An old witch, who constantly test people around her and knows a lot about ‘headology’, which I guess is some kind of psychology. I think she is not the friendliest person in the universe of discworld, but surely one of the most interesting to have a cup of tea and some dry biscuits with!

4. Vampires or werewolves?

That would be werewolves. Persons who have read my blog might know I am making a costume for one of my characters, which is a werewolf. Besides that one, I also have a D&D character who is a werewolf. I like the myths surrounding werewolves, I think they are really interesting creatures. I do like vampires though, sometimes. I do like “Interview with the vampire” and in the TV series “Being human” I think they are really the bad guys, but in a nice way. The Twilight vampires however are stupid and glittery. Do not like.

5. Why do you blog?

Because I wanted to! For years I thought I had to do something with my skills in making clothes. I want to help and inspire people and hope they will try to make something of their own one day. Besides that, a friend of mine started a blog a few months before me, and that motivated me to make one of my dreams come true.

My nominations! I couldn’t come up with five blogs with less than 200 followers, most blogs I read allready have a lot of followers. I came up with these:

Fijn Lezen (which is in Dutch, but I still wanted to mention it)

SimoneWorks (who also makes nice costumes and stuff)

What’s in a treehouse (lots of nice knitting projects)

And now for my five questions I would like my nominees to answer! I stole some of the questions I had to answer, because I am really curious about what my nominees would answer:

1. Halloween is coming! What would your costume look like?

2. If you had the ability to time travel, would you go to the past or future? Why?

3. If you could meet any fictional character, who would you choose?

4. Which season of the year do you like most and why?

5. What is one of the coolest things you still want to do in your life?

I am really looking forward to your answers! I liked writing this post, I hope you answer the questions, looking forward to it!

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