Monday, June 29, 2009

Weekend Project: Cup O' Water

I was fiddling around yesterday and put together some water molecules. I didn't really like the idea of them at first because they really couldn't stand up on their own and thought that they might look better in a cup. And now I have a cup of water:

The small cup could barely fit two molecules, but I wanted to have a molecule overflowing when in the cup. No mouths on these guys. I tried to slap some on, but I really just liked it without a mouth. Maybe the purple is too dark.

I'm starting to love the molecular look!

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Friday, June 26, 2009

There's a Mess of Organic Molecules Floating Around

I think I may like making organic structures a little too much. I'm still trying to think of simpler things to make because while I do want to create a DNA model, that just seems too labor intensive to do atom by atom. So far there's a ton of methanes, an ethanol and acetic acid. I'll have to go bigger and do sugars since I want to make cyclohexanes in chair form...hmm does anyone know what I'm talking about or should I just leave the geekiness to myself? Any other suggestions of molecules to make?

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

I Want to Live in Hawaii

I was fortunate enough to visit the island of Kaua'i on my honeymoon earlier this year and have been pining to go back ever since. The beaches are so incredible there and if I could ever live there I wouldn't hesitate to leave the mainland. So I decided to make a cute little hula bear:

I decided she needed a fuzzy coconut top too! =)

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Etsy anyone?

I finally finished uploading everything on etsy!!! yaaaay!! Now please buy my stuff at:

or you can conveniently use the link on the side.

In other news, the camera got found and is in working condition so far, so I should be posting more regularly again.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Lack of Camera = Lack of Posting

Sorry I haven't posted in a few days, but we'll get there...

I'm buying a new camera...stay tuned!

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Friday, June 5, 2009

Angel Kitty

More Hello Kitty stuff!

The angel kitty is really cute and is probably one of the first ones that I made. I especially like her wings!

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

It's Me! Kinda

I've never been a big fan of dolls.

Ok, that's an understatement. I have what's called Pediophobia, which is the fear of dolls, and I pretty much tense up and get all freaked out when I see a doll (my husband can attest to the bone crushing hand holding when we pass by the American Girl store on Michigan Ave). I'm not crazy, but had just been afraid ever since I got a porcelain doll as a gift when I was about 6 or 7 and I swear in the middle of the night it blinked and turned its head at me. I think I must have just watched Chucky or something on TV and I haven't recovered ever since.

So I've never been a big fan of the amigurumi dolls, but figured I should try it out for practice since I've wanted to make warcraft characters. So I started with me:

And I already want to throw it away, although it doesn't scare me so much. I'm just against having dolls in my home...

Putting on hair is the most annoying thing ever, I'd have to say. But otherwise, my husband says it looks nothing like me, which is good for me, and I never wear dresses like that, but dresses are fun to make!

However, I think that will be the last doll I'll ever make. I might make my cat and stick it next to me to make it look cuter and less scary. Or maybe I'll just keep making my bears...

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Camera is Still Dead...

...which really doesn't help when you're trying to blog!

I guess I'll have to get looking into a new one, but in the mean time I still have a few pictures stored on the computer that I was saving for a rainy day.

On a whim, I wanted to make hearts so I made a bunch and had nothing to do with it. After I started making bears I slapped some on a white bear and now he's just so full of hearts:

Maybe too much?

On another note, I'm almost ready to sell on Etsy. Just waiting for a few shipments of thank you cards and boxes and I'll be ready to be posting some items!

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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hello Kitty's Kitty

Wait what?

I don't know who's brilliant idea it was to make up a character to be Hello Kitty's pet cat, but it sure is extremely bizarre. But here she is:

The pattern came from that book that I posted previously. Instead of a crocheted bell I put on a real one so she becomes all jingly and happy!

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Weekend Project: Tiled Outdoor Table

Ok, so I know this has absolutely nothing to do with crochet or knit or anything with yarn, but I really didn't do so much crocheting this weekend. I was pretty much working all weekend on this table project.

Our outdoor space has no tables. We have this wonderful balcony that faces the Chicago skyline, and we pretty much just have a barbecue and a bench out there and we really really really needed some kind of outdoor table just to put our stuff on. So i searched for one at all the obvious places like crate & barrel and pottery barn, but I didn't like the idea of spending over $100 on an outdoor table that's meant to get all weather worn.

At the same time I have these really ugly boring $10 Ikea laminate tables from my graduate school days that I would throw in the dumpster in a heartbeat:

But they're the perfect size for an outdoor table. However, after watching hours and hours of HGTV like I do on any given day, I know better than to just set it out there on my balcony without weatherproofing it first.

***I did spend a lot of time documenting my table transformation, but unfortunately the camera's memory card is messed up so I only have one picture***

I looked up several websites that are solely dedicated to sprucing up ikea furniture (like ikea hacker) and decided to sand, prime and paint the table. I used an exterior white paint (to protect the table from mildew) and decided to finish the table top with ceramic and glass tiles using a thinset and grout that's recommended for shower tiling since its water resistant. While I don't suggest going to Home Depot for tile, because their tile section is severely lacking in diversity, I did happen to find a green tile that I liked.

And now my ugly black table isn't so ugly anymore:

I probably only spent ~$60 on materials but have a ton of paint and tile adhesive + grout to last for awhile. I still have another ugly black table, so I'm still thinking of another way to transform it, or even adding a backsplash to my kitchen. More crochet tomorrow, I promise!

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