Thursday, July 29, 2010

1000 Cranes

It's Thursday now and as you know I've recently decided to go for it and make 1000 cranes. I just started this past Sunday though. As you can see in the picture, I've been keeping them in a shoe box. This won't last for long though. I'm not even at 100 yet and the box is filling up. Anyone have ideas for crane storage?
I'm not sure what I'll wish for yet, but hopefully I'll figure it out before I reach 1000. It will take quite a while. If I don't figure it out before then, I won't mind. I'll be happy in the accomplishment. I'll be able to say, "Yeah! I did that!".

Monday, July 26, 2010

Nail Art

Lately, I have been getting into nail art. I feel that my first try was a success! I first tried on July 8th and this was the result:

I've been trying a couple of other things like french tips and stencils. The stencils didn't work out at all and I just need a little more work at french tips to make them even on each nail. I also need a little work at making dot flowers.
I've been wanting more practice, so I asked my cousin if I could give her a mani-pedi today.
I didn't take a picture of everything, so I'll leave you with this picture.

*Photo has a link to the video I followed to achieve the design.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Sanrio Grab Bag!

Today I went to the mall and finally stopped by Sanrio Surprizes! I've been wanting to get a grab bag really badly lately. It's because everyone's been posting their Meta LPs on EGL. I really wanted to get one, but I was nervous about the sizing and customs. Oh well. I wanted to join in on the fun of a LP, so I brought a Sanrio Grab Bag because it's as close as I can get. I thought, "Who knows? I could possibly get something loliable!". Well... Here it is!

YES! It was ONLY $6.50! And now......

The Grab Bag and all of it's contents!

I got a pink bag that seems to be for a bento box. I've been seeing tons of cute bento boxes in sanrio lately, so I think that's what it's for. I don't know what I'm going to use it for yet. Hopefully one of my bento boxes will fit in it. AND look cute in it ;]

I also got a pack of paper bags! I suppose I can also use them to carry lunch. I'm leaning more towards using them to pack gifts into. Good idea, yes?

It comes in white and the classic brown paper bag color xP

I also got a pack of 20 15cm x 15 cm origami sheets. These sheets have inspired me to start up on 1000 cranes. You'll be seeing the rest of the sheet designs in the future. They'll be in crane form!

Last, but definitely not least... PENS! I got 3 pens! 1 red, 1 purple, and 1 blue! They write in the color of the case! This is awesome because I've been trying to get myself to buy some pretty pens. Now, I don't have to look anymore!

Pretty good for $6.50, don't cha agree?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Sewing a Lolita Dress!

Okay, so I haven't actually sewn one yet...
I'm kinda too scared to make a skirt without an elastic band. I'd be completely utterly sad if I put in all the hard work, only for it not to fit. I decided to practice first by working with fabric scrapes. I obviously couldn't make a full sized lolita dress with small pieces of fabric, so I made a tiny version. I've always read that the simplest way to make a JSK or Dress is to make a rectangle skirt and connect it to a bodice of your choice. I just wanted to see how pieces fit together, so I hand-gathered a tiny rectangle into a skirt and made a tiny tube to be a pretend bodice. I wanted to make straps, but it was way too tiny for me to turn inside out.
Without further a-do, here's my creation:

Yes, it is tiny and looks like the 4th of July. I almost want to say I took inspiration from AP's Frill Marine, but I didn't. It does make me think of it though.

What I learned:
Always think before you sew, so you don't end up taking out the seam ripper.
Always remember seam allowance.
Then, there's also a bit of zipper allowance.
But never put too much allowance! You don't want to end up with something too big!