24 Nov 2009
after creating the massive monster Pink Pat, I thought I'd make the next crochet character a bit smaller and more streamlined.
Brain is smaller than the others, but he took a long time to make any way because the grey wool was so tangled, I spent most of my time untangling it rather than actually making any stitches. Still, he got finished in the end. Top tip for de-tangling: do it slowly and be patient or you can make it a lot worse.
23 Nov 2009
My Mum wanted me to design some Christmas cards for her, and this is what I made. It's those collage robots again, but they're a little bit Christmas related.
I tried to make it so they were not TOO christmassy, but I think I might have gone a bit far the other way and made them not christmassy enough.
Since I made them anyway, I've added them to Etsy in a set. If you want any, look for them in the Etsy shop.
11 Nov 2009
6 Nov 2009
I've finally got round to making the next My Cardboard Life mini-comic, it's Volume six and I've given it an orange cover, with Pauline and Colin on the front doing silly faces.
I've upped the number of pages in this volume to 24 (20 pages in previous books). It's a bit bulkier than the others, I don't think I could have any more pages than that with this size book and the the thick paper that I use.
My Cardboard Life volume 6 is available in my Etsy shop now. I've also updated the Mini-Comic sets, so there is now a volumes 1-6 set and also a nine book set including the mini stories.
The newest crochet character, and definitely the widest. I didn't mean to make her so wide, she just sort of turned out that way.
She's not quite as glamorous as Vivian. Perhaps she'd be pretty if her face wasn't so wrinkled.
Here's the back view. To get an idea of the size, each of the pink and white bobbles are about the size of a penny.
3 Nov 2009
My new Copic marker pens arrived in the post today. Just been playing around with them. So far I'd say that I enjoy them a lot. I just wish I could have all the different colours. At the moment I've got a set of five greys and five pastel shades.
2 Nov 2009
Here's a photo of a skeleton cake I made for Halloween. I know it's past Halloween now, but I've made a guide of how to make it. I suppose you could use it next year, or for another occasion? Birthday maybe? or a wedding? Anyway...here you go.
I made one round chocolate cake for the head, and a tray of brownies for the body. You can use whichever cake recipe you like. Use this one perhaps. Cut along the indicated lines with a sharp knife. Make sure you wait for the cake to fully cool down first, otherwise it will be harder to get the lines neat.
Here's how to arrange the pieces. You can mix it around a bit to see what works best. I went for a short skeleton with little legs so that it would fit on the tray.
The final (and best) stage. I used marshmallows and melted white chocolate to decorate the cake. The teeth are large marshmallows cut in half. Mini-marshmallows would probably look better but in my local supermarket the only mini marshmallows they had were pink or yellow! To apply the white chocolate, spoon it into a plastic food bag and cut the corner off to make an icing bag. Don't forget to leave gaps to represent eyes and nostrils.