Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Perler Party! (a quasi tutorial)

Anyone remember using perler beads when they were a kid?  I do!  I remember one summer in particular, that my grandmother got me a bunch of them.  I spent all summer making different designs, but then after they were fused it was always "what do we do with them now?"

These days though, perler beads have assumed their own place in nerd crafts.  Now, if you do a google search for "perler beads" and then go to images, you will see all kinds of nerd crafts with perler beads!  Mario mushrooms, Zelda characters. Even the Geek Crafts book has a full scale Buffy the Vampire Slayer (from the show not the movie) portrait all made from perler beads!

J is a big fan of perler art, and he seems to have a knack for it as well.  The first time I went to his apt, he had mario mushrooms made out of perler beads on his door (which have since been stolen!) and space invaders on his cabinets (also made from perlers!).  I knew then that this guy was the guy for me!

Having a crafty boyfriend is so awesome!  They make you cool surprise bows for your hair, like this one:
 Now, when I said this was a quasi tutorial, I meant that by this picture you should be able to copy his design if you wanted a cute hair bow of your own.  If you are so inclined, you might be able to scale it down a bit even, if you wanted it smaller.  Here is what it looks like on the back, where I attached the hair clip.

I love wearing this bow, and have gotten TONS of compliments on it.  I did find though, that it is a little heavy.  When I would put it in my hair, it would weigh that side down, and it looked funny.  So, what I do to wear this bow, is clip it to a thin head band.  Like so:

 I hope you enjoyed my first (quasi) tutorial!  I plan on posting other designs that J has made with perler beads (his robots are amazing!). 


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

How in the world?

I found this tag downtown about a week ago or so, and just now had time to document it.  I am amazed at how high this tag is, and keep wondering how in the heck they did it!?

Can you see it waaaay up there?  I am very impressed!  The tag itself isn't that great, but you can see in the pic how high up it is.  8 stories?

And when you look at the 2nd pic, you can see that the wall they tagged has no ceiling, or floor.  So yeah, how in the world?

In other news, I have been accepted to enter some of my crochet work in the A life in yarn art exhibit in Australia.  I guess it's not a super big deal, because its not like it is this select art show and I had to go through some rigorous application process.  I just emailed Bali, and she got back to me (quickly I might add) about how she liked my ideas for the show, and I should contribute them.  But to ME its a big deal!  I will have my crochet work involved in an art show across the world from me.  Sad though, I won't be able to see it for myself.

Later Gators!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

It's my first time, be gentle


I feel nervous about my first blog post.  It has to be amazing! life changing! I feel like I am putting a lot of pressure on myself.  I've been wanted to get this blog underway for a long, long time.  I'm no one special.  There are just a few things I'm obsessed with, crocheting, crafting, cooking, yarnbombing, street art, dogs, robots.  Those things can change at any given time.  But for the most part the list just expands. 

I'm not a writer by any means.  Hopefully it will improve over time, and if not, well then I apologize now, dear readers.   I do have passion, and I hope that comes through more than anything else. 

Please come back soon, this is still a work in progress!

Project for International Yarnbombing Day 2011