2009.02.28.thing.a.day: crochet bomb

today i remade the bomb pet that i made before, but this time, i crocheted instead of knitting, as per robinde's suggestion:


he is much tinier than his knit cousin, and he kind of looks like he's wearing a beret, but that's ok, i like him too.

i'm sad that today is the last day of tad, i've enjoyed it. i'm going to continue to try to create, maybe not every day, but hopefully not too infrequently. you can find me on my blog. until next year...

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2009.02.27.thing.a.day: mount wilson

today i shot some photos around sunset:

for more, see my flickr photo set.

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2009.02.26.thing.a.day: pet bomb

here is the finished pet bomb from yesterday:


i trying to improvise and make the spherical body by modifying the elephant that i knit before, but i wasn't counting my stitches or paying close attention and ended up with a HUGE sphere, not at all what i was imagining, so i had to frog everything and start over. i worked everything out on paper before i started knitting again the second time, and it went much more smoothly. i think that was probably a good lesson for me to learn for future projects. i do that when i sew, but it's much easier to fix/redo things than in knitting, so i think i can't work in such a free-form manner when knitting...

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2009.02.25.thing.a.day: knitting work-in-progress

i started to knit something today, but it doesn't look like i'll be able to finish, so i'm posting a wip, which i don't normally like to do, but here it is anyway. i'm knitting a pet bomb---here is the start of it, as well as 2 drawings of what i'm considering. one possibility would be to have the bomb upright with 2 eyes; another would be to make the top part it's nose and add 2 eyes. i might add feet too. i'm basing the body on how i knit the elephant head/trunk, with some modifications. also, i'll knit a fuse when i'm done in orange or orangey-yellow:



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2009.02.25.thing.a.day: more night photos

i took some more night photos today on the roof of our apartment complex:

the figure is about 2 inches high, and he's from the dudson's modern tales toy series by nathan jurevicius.

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2009.02.23.thing.a.day: mr. ice cream cone

today i experimented with some soft pastels that i bought recently. i've never used them before but liked them. i took a wayne thiebaud painting that i like as a inspiration but tried to alter the color palette:


because i was working with a set of indian summer colors, i found that i couldn't get some of the colors that i was looking for (richer dark blue shadows, etc.). i like how the pastels blend better than color pencils, but it's hard to get fine control/detail with them, i found.

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2009.02.02.thing.a.day: pink Jesus

today i photographed a pink Jesus action figure:


i was planning to try to greenscreen the figure and paint a background in photoshop or using watercolor pencils, but i thought the pink and green color combination was pleasing, so i left it the way it was. i used a 60 mm macro lens from a low angle to shoot. he is sitting on a curved piece of green posterboard and is lit from one side with a fill card on the opposite side. he's about 2 inches tall.

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2009.02.21.thing.a.day: eat a bowl of lollipop

i was feeling lazy today because i spent most of the day yesterday knitting my pink elephant. all i did was take a photo of a lollipop that i'm having for dessert:


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2009.02.20.thing.a.day: pink elephant

here is the elephant i started to knit yesterday and finished today:

IMG_2939.CR2 it took much longer to knit than i thought it would. it kind of looks like a cross between an aardvark, a piglet, and maybe an elephant somewhere in there, but i kinda like him. i put some eyelashes (making it a her) but it looked scary and freakish looking, so i took them off. this the pattern that i used, it's one that's been sitting in my ravelry queue for a LONG time...

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2009.02.19.thing.a.day: bignoh

today, i started to knit an elephant, but i didn't finish it in time, so i took a photo for my post instead:


i liked that there is both real and fake condensation on the cup.

i'll try to post my elephant tomorrow.

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2009.02.18.thing.a.day: lighting exercise

today, i tried to light a reflective object on a reflective surface:


i got the idea from this tutorial. i think that i didn't light the background strongly enough and/or the angle that i took the picture from was maybe a little too high. i had other examples where the background blended better, but the clock didn't look as good. i'm going to try to read a little more about lighting metal and try again maybe.

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2009.02.07.thing.a.day: mr. house

it's working out pretty well that whenever i can't think of anything to make, i can make more cute stuff. tonight, i made mr. house to go along with the rest of the set. i only have mr. office left unless i want to add other ones. mr. bicycle maybe?


i modified the design from the book to match the look of the others a little better.

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2009.02.16.thing.a.day: mr. car

today i decided to make more cute stuff and made mr. car to go along with mr. key:


i was too lazy to switch my thread color, but i probably should've as the lines are very prominent and uneven. also, the loop that attaches to the ring isn't sewn on properly, so i'll need to redo that too.

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2009.02.15.thing.a.day: blue rose

i made a blue rose out of duct tape:


here are some instructions. i hope to make a duct tape wallet at some point.

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2009.02.14.thing.a.day: valentine's day card

i made a valentine's day card today---i borrowed the envelope from the card holder that i made the other day, and made tokens to put inside:


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2009.02.13.thing.a.day: keys and glasses

i did a couple more quick sketches of my keys and glasses:


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2009.02.12.thing.a.day: headphones

i only had time for a quick 20-minute sketch of some headphones today, here is a photograph of them:


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2009.02.11.thing.a.day: night skyline

i took a couple of photos at night:


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2009.10.01.thing.a.day: knit cap

i finished making a knit hat that i started months ago but hadn't gotten very far on:


it's very simple, just a basic hat style using stockinette stitch for the entire hat so it rolls on the end, but i don't mind that.

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2009.02.09.thing.a.day: felted miffy and photodocumentary cleanup

about a year ago, a group of us decided to make little animals for our friend's baby mobile, but my friend found that she didn't enjoy making hers, so i offered to finish it for her. it has been sitting in my to-do pile since then, so i decided to finally finish it. she wanted to make a bunny rabbit head that was inspired by miffy, a small female bunny rabbit from a children's book series. she had already cut out the material and sewn about a third of it, so all i needed to do was finish sewing, add the face and stuffing, and then hand-sew it shut. i extended the ears down a bit from how they were before so that they looked more like ears. if i were to do it again, i would consider sewing separate ear pieces onto the head, but i wanted to honor the original design as much as possible.


i also cleaned and organized a bit, which has been an ongoing goal of mine for a while now. i decided to try to break it up into smaller groups, and i photographed some of the items i ended up throwing or putting away in an effort to help me let go of them more easily.

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2009.02.08.thing.a.day: fallout 3 me

this is a bit lame, but i was feeling lazy, and played video games all day. i made an avatar of myself for the game fallout 3:


i have an obsession with trying to create video game characters that look as much like me as possible even when they can't possibly look anything like me. i like that fallout 3 gave a variety of controls, way more than other games i have played before.

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2009.02.07.thing.a.day: giant sewer rat

today i made a rat out of fleece and felt:


i might add a tail, but i haven't decided yet. his eyes probably aren't supposed to be red, but i kinda liked them that way... i didn't have any black felt or fleece, so i colored a piece of gray fleece with a sharpie.

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2009.02.06.thing.a.day: mr. key ring

i couldn't think of what to make/do today, so i took the easy way out and made something else from 'let's make cute stuff by aranzi aronzo!' (see my post from yesterday). it's a key ring named 'mr. key':


there are also instructions/patterns to make a car, house, and a building, and the text reads:

use mr. house for your house keys.
use mr. car for your car keys.
use mr. building for your office keys.
use mr. key for all your other keys.
pretty obvious, right?

what do you think?

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2009.02.05.thing.a.day: cute card holder

i have a very bad craft book habit... i have way too many. one of the things i vowed to do this month is try to make at least one thing out of every book i have that i haven't made anything from (sadly, there are quite a few). so tonight, i made something out of 'let's make cute stuff by aranzi aronzo!'... it definitely has some pretty cute stuff, i have to say. i made a business card holder for my sister, and i tried to choose colors that i thought she would like:


i love the description in the book: 'imagine you're exchanging name cards with a capable-looking young lady in a business suit. what if she took her card out of a handmade card holder? wouldn't that be surprising? wouldn't that be be astonishing? wouldn't that be fun?'

i would also like to try various pouches, appliques, key rings, bugs, and bags from the book. if you haven't seen it before, i recommend it, it's cram-packed with lots of cute, doable, but practical projects.

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2009.02.04.thing.a.day: skunk softie

today i made a skunk softie doll out of felt:


i kept procrastinating all day and didn't start working on it until 11 pm, so i missed the deadline by an hour. i originally started to draw a skunk earlier in the day, but last minute, i decided that i'd rather make a stuffed animal. i did a very quick rough sketch and looked at a seal softie that a friend made for me for guidance, but other than that, i worked very haphazardly making 3 identically shaped pieces for the body sides/bottom, and a top stripe, and circles for the snout/back of the body. i sewed everything together then realized that i didn't leave space for the legs and tail, so i had to take everything apart to add them. also, on my first attempt, i sewed a white circle for the back of the body before i realized that it should be dark, but i had sewn my stitches too tightly to take out, so i just re-cut new pieces and started again. he isn't done yet, as you might notice, from the big gaping hole along his stripe, and also, the fact that his eyes and nose haven't been sewn on. but i like him as a start and will finish him, i'll post finished results eventually.

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2009.02.03.thing.a.day: scifi me

today i tried a photoshop tutorial from a set of images that a friend showed me:

scifi me IMG_0906

i don't have photoshop, so i had to come up with ways to achieve similar effects using a watered down paint program. also, i probably would've chosen a different original image (shirt and background) if i'd realized what was in store for me because i had a lot of difficulty getting the hair and figure to isolate properly. as a result, portions of the image are unusable and that's why it's cropped so closely. i did go in and add scales to the lower body like the example, but i had to chop all that off. i almost gave up and started a different project but because i had invested quite a bit of time in it already, i wanted to salvage what i could. i learned a bunch about photoshop and will try to apply the techniques to future projects.

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2009.02.02.thing.a.day: self-caricature

today i drew a caricature of myself. this is the original drawing, which i altered in photoshop (changed the proportions/angles of some features, flattened the bottom shape of my eye, tilted the angle of my nose more, cut/paste mouth from another drawing, etc.) and this is the photograph that it is loosely based on. i may work with it more and try to add color, or i may try a different version in the future.


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2009.02.01.thing.a.day: farmer's market tomato

yay! thing a day has started again, i'm excited! here is my post:

i live next to a farmer's market, so it's really easy for me to go, but somehow, i never make it there as often as i would like. this morning, i went to buy a tomato to eat with some avocado that i've had/need to finish. i started to take a photo a day last march and made it most of the way through the year to december and was planning to continue until march again this year, but then i stopped in january for some reason. i decided to pick up my photo a day again this month for thing a day so that i will have at least a photograph each day (hopefully other stuff too). to this end, i decided to photograph the tomato, as well as draw it with some colored pencils that i just bought.


i haven't drawn in a long time but thought i'd try again for this year's tad. i had difficulty getting the richness/saturation that i was looking for with the colored pencils, and it seemed like it was hard to blend as much as i wanted too. i have some other media that i'll experiment with throughout the month, as well as working digitally.

i also plan to do some sewing, knitting, crochet, and other crafty/creative projects. i did tad last year and found it to be very inspiring and fun, i'm looking forward to this year!

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