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Treasury Tuesday : Robots!

Good morning, everyone!! It’s been an exhausting week, so I apologise that I haven’t had time lately to get on the blogosphere. 😦 Luckily, I’ve resolved to try posting at least thrice a week, if not more! I think Tuesdays for certain will work, now for the rest of the week… any suggestions?

Speaking of Tuesdays, it’s that time again!! Treasury Tuesday! This week’s theme is a personal favourite of mine: r0b0ts!! [bzzt! beep! bzz!]

In case you weren’t aware of the intimate love I hold for our cold friends, here’s my absolute favourite painting I have ever created, based on a character from the children’s book I’m writing.

Wrig the Wrenchbot Escapes to the Wild

His name is Wrig, the Wrenchbot.

I have an undying passion for those cute, clunky guys. 😀 though, I’m sure we all do, yes?? With that thought, I figured it’d be a stellar idea to have a robot themed treasury post. All of my treasuries have distinct themes, but this is one of my favourite. I’d also like it noted that I try to update the treasuries often, so once an item sells, I’ll add new items — usually trying to put in another items from the same featured artists, if possible. If they don’t have another item that fits the theme (or the same, in the case of prints) I’ll look up another item. I’d also like it noted that I do not just create these slap-dash, willy-nilly, like some people…. I go beyond the first page (usually all of them, but it depends on the theme) & I use more than generic terms to search.

‘The Robot Express’ by egcom

Choo-Choooo!!! It’s the Robot Express,
Whisking you away to the best of the best
of gadgets and gizmos, metal and gears;
Find a friend to love you for years!
One ticket good for you & a guest,
All aboard the Robot Express!!

Custom Robot Wedding Cake Toppers - Personalized - jennibcreative
Custom Robot Weddin…

$125
Steampunk Robot Wizard of Oz Tinman Necklace Pin/Brooch Polymer Clay Figurine - Freeheart1
Steampunk Robot Wiz…

$25
Melancholibot - Open Edition fine art print - bohemianchaos
Melancholibot – Ope…

$20
Baby Voodoo Felt & Fleece Robot - tinyrobotfactory
Baby Voodoo Felt & …

$20
Robot Bike Rack - voigtmetal
Robot Bike Rack

$850
Steampunk Felt Robot Plush Doll with Vintage Buttons - GinnyPenny
Steampunk Felt Robo…

$30
Steampunk Robot Tissue Cover - sockmonkeyfun
Steampunk Robot Tis…

$22
Robot Captain - Art Print - Original on Scratchboard - natalierobots
Robot Captain – Art…

$15
Custom Rusty Robot Minion Designed and Made for You - Spacecowsmith
Custom Rusty Robot …

$100
Reserved listing for Naomi Wissot Russian Bot & Lucky Dog - found object robot sculpture assemblage - ckudja
Reserved listing fo…

$210
Electric LOVE Robot Paper Toy with blinking LED lights - crankbunny
Electric LOVE Robot…

$29.7
Love Robot - sleepyrobot13
Love Robot

$12
Custom Steampunk Animatronic Baby Penguin Robot - OilandLace
Custom Steampunk An…

$85
12 inch tall, cute, found object robot sculpture - Gizmobots
12 inch tall, cute,…

$65
Crazybot Robot Postcard Set - violintide
Crazybot Robot Post…

$7
where baby robots come from - blue - bampop
where baby robots c…

$10

Treasury tool by StylishHome.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks theme! I’m planning on making a new treasury soon — what do y’all think the theme should be about next time??

Tomorrow, I shall post about my latest adventure with Mod Podge!! Eee! I have some pretty awesome plans involving Mod Podge & a desk, but needed to test something first… oh, well! Tune in to see! ;D

Cheers!!
— Elise M. Gross

 

 

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Happy 4th of July!! — Part II

Good morning!! Happy 4th of July, folks!!!!

Alright comrades! I promised you a looksie at what I ended up doing to that rad button, so drumroll, please, & without further ado, I present to you all….!!

Kick @$$ patriotic button for 'MURICA!
Ta-daaaaa!!!!!!!

Isn’t it just FAB.U.LOUS???? I adore how homey it looks/feels. I feel like I’m looking at one of those crafts you find at the state fair, haha!! And it’s so BIG! (Insert joke here.) Seriously, it’s almost gaudy (the button alone is about 2.5″ across!) But it is very patriotic, no? Looooove!!!! Look, you can even see the threads where it’s sewn together! (Honestly not intentional, but I just adore how kitschy it feels..!)

I took some ribbon I had from the mass of sewing notions given to me last year & created the ribbon circle & ribbon strand (the blue with stars). The red “ribbon” is actually some binding I had, also from previously mentioned sewing notion stash. The ruffled part was done by simply sewing (set to 4 width stitch) a straight line down the binding, no backtacking, then grabbing one of the strands & gently maneuvering it down the other thread to get it ruffled. Sew it all together & huzzah! Then I grabbed a sweet flag print wrapper that I have had in my scrap box for years & sewed it on top of the ribbon strands. For a final touch, I snipped all the ends of the ribbons to get that cute ribbon shape!

Now, in other news… I know I had stated I’d make cookies tonight, but I was so in to sewing that I totally got side tracked… You see, if you weren’t already aware, I own an adorable Rat Terrier who was bequeathed to me with a… {shudder} …really obnoxious purple “Princess” shirt. Seriously. I had never owned a dog who wears clothes before, let alone who enjoys wearing them!! Like, seriously, she tries to dress herself all the time — this usually results in her having a paw through the head-hole with her face, haha!! (It’s been a very strange thing to get adjusted to, admittedly, but I’ve embraced it now.) In fact, now that I’ve learned to sew, I’ve even toyed with the idea of making her some clothes (not that she doesn’t already have a mini closet full… -_-;; ), so I went ahead & tried my hand at making a double layered patriotic-like bandana for her. Nothing super special, but cute enough. (Most of her other clothes have skulls & such…not particularly patriotic like. :\ Heh!) So, here’s my slap-dash attempt at making something cute for my pup:

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And here’s our lovely model:

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(Pardon the messy carpet…it needs a good vacuuming!)

A close up of the bow:

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And all together now!!

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Aaaah….a job well done. Probably worth not baking tonight, but I’ll try to bake in the morning. 😉
Good night, all!!

Cheers!!
— Elise M. Gross

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Wanna’ make a bet..?

Are you a gambling sort of gal (or man)?? Wanna make a bet with me? ;D If I win, you owe me a cooookieeee…!!
How many of you thought Bowser wasn’t real??? If you say he is merely fiction….then bust out the bakeware, fools!

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BAM! Myrtle the Turtle, AKA Bowser, King of Koopa.

This abso-freakin-loutely adorable Bowser themed sweater was made by the amazingly talented Jennifer over at Squirrel Picnic. (To see how she did it, go here!)

This got me to thinking, though…what other super-amazing-awesome-Nintendork items have been created?? Being a die-hard Nintendo fanatic, I decided to take to the interwebs to discover what possibilities floated about the place!! I not only found some awe-inspiring art works, I also found some kick@$$ bloggers to follow!!
Here’s just a few of the retro-love goodies that I found:

nerdJERK

Ooooooh, yeeesss….these stuffed toys of awesome are creations of the amazing human being, Steph, AKA: nerdJERK. Not only does she have some pretty stellar items — (she also has an Etsy shop! Yay!) — but she is, & I quote, “a genuine Human Awesomeness Advocate!” What amazing creations from such an amazing person!

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Um…Mario themed sweater vest? Yes, please!

Not only is this sweater vest TOTALLY RAD, but it’s available as a FREE pattern!! I’m not one for knitting, so maybe one of you fine folk could make me one instead of a cookie (that you totally owe me!) ;D Hehe! I found this gem down at the blog of Happy Seamstress, a group of very talented (& quite amusing) ladies! They’ve hosted Nintendo themed craft contests before — I look forward to possibly entering in the future!! xD

duckhunt

DUCK. HUNT. LAMP.

Quite possibly one of the absolute coolest up-cycles I have ever come across, this duck Hunt lamp made from an old Duck Hunt cartridge & Nintendo Zapper is SO AMAZING I want to go out & make one of my very own right now!!! The artist is ___ of Estranged Illusions, & you can find their post about this lamp on their DeviantArt page.
I have loads of cartidges, most still usable, but a few not working….at the very least I’ll hit up the flea market (Trader’s Village, y’all!) & grab some extra cartridges & a zapper to do this myself. Just think of the many possibilities!! [dies of joy]

I’m going to go back to drooling over all these super finds, now..! Do any of you know of any other awesome Nintendo themed crafts I should check out??

Cheers!!
–EL

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Cute Mouse Necklace Tutorial

**Edit //– Sorry for the first post, folks! Looks like my computer was spazzing out & I didn’t even notice! Here’s the full tutorial!

A few weeks back my boss’ boss asked me to create a Minnie Mouse jewelry set for his daughter, who had requested I draw up a Minnie Mouse picture for her. I don’t have an image of the picture I drew, unfortunately, which turned out surprisingly well, but I do have something awesome: A Minnie Mouse necklace tutorial! Weee!

**Note: This tutorial assumes you’ve made jewelry before. If you need help learning how to use crimp beads, jump rings, or jewelry tools, I highly recommend checking videos on YouTube! 🙂

First off, my supplies:
-polymer clay ( in this case, I used Sculpey in pink, black, and a magenta)
-beading wire
-beads
-beading notions (jump rings, crimp beads, lobster claw clasp)
-jewelry tools (needle nose pliers, round nose pliers)

Step one: Using black clay, roll in to 2 balls, one about half the size of the other. Take the smaller ball & split that in half, then roll those halves in to balls for a total of one large ball for the head & two smaller ones for ears.

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Step Two: Press down to flatten both ears. Using your fingernail or tools to scratch lightly on to the head where the ears will attach & to the bottom of the ears that will attach to the head, then attach, making sure to smoth out the lines so it looks like one piece.

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Next, create the hair bow, attaching the same way to the head.

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1. Mix the colours you want for the bow, then split that ball in half. Take half, roll in to ball shape.
2. Press down on ball to make a slightly flattened circle.
3. Using a fingernail or tool, split the circle to make a Pacman shape.
4. Using fingers, press to make triangular shape for first bow. Repeat with 2nd ball.
5. Using a smaller bit of clay, make small rectangular piece for center of bow, pressing on to the top of both sides of bow in the center.
6. Affix to head piece.

You should have something similar to these (though I did extra for more detailed bows!):

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Now, go ahead & lay out how you want your necklace to look. In this case, my boss’ daughter’s favourite colours were pink & purple. I wanted her to be able to wear this in many years to come, so I kept it classy yet pretty, so that even once she out grew Minnie (if ever!) she could wear this set without feeling kiddy.

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After you have it all laid out, start stringing on to your beading wire. I chose wire instead of elastic, because I wanted this sucker to last & grow with her! 😉

After stringing, use crimp beads to attach the jump rings & attach the lobster claw to the jump rings. After that, you have a fancy 100% unique necklace!! 😀

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Ta-daaa!! 😀 What do y’all think? You could even skip the bows & do just a mouse head!

Cheers!!
–EL

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Geek soap?!

Germs! GERMS! Everywhere!!!
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty picky about soaps I use. I don’t like additives, & I prefer soap that smells pleasant — not that overwhelming stuff that gives you a headache on one whiff! I also like my soap to make my skin feel pleasing, not raw or oily… yeaugh!

I’ve decided to try out a new endeavor, something that will not only be fun, but that I can add a little twist of my own creativity to! Geeky-themed soap! I’m so excited at all of the possibilities! Just think of all the geek-related types of soap I can make– with all natural ingredients, to boot! I already made a few soaps last week, using some plain jane molds, and after using them, they smell & feel fantastic! I’m so pleased. I also made my first geek soap!! It’s SO CUTE! It’s a robot!!

http://etsy.com/shop/2geeksandagrandma

Robot Soap created by 2 Geeks & a Grandma

Isn’t he just ADORABLE!!! Squee! He’s made using Goat’s Milk, lavender extract, sweet pea extract, and the little specks you see are actually crushed jasmine flowers picked fresh from the front yard! (No pesticides!!!) The lather is suprising, too!– I didn’t expect it. Normally, if you have a soap that’s super lathery, it means one of many types of additives has probably been added. Natural soap should have a lather of it’s own, due to an increase in surface tension when you rub the soap bar between your hands, but it’s not usually an excessive, foaming sort of lather! Luckily, this bar had a nice feel to it, a lovely, light lather, & it left my hands feeling like baby skin– so soft & so clean! ^____^

I’m going to be making loads more tonight! Not all robots, either!! Oh, just wait until you see all the fun things I have planned! 😀
I’ll keep you all updated!

Cheers!
–EL