EOTD using BH Cosmetics + Art

purple hair makeup
These are my favorite color combos. I was inspired by Maneater Makeup! I'm going to start using up those palettes more often and eventually it will hit pan.. then I could go off collecting pigments again :3

purple hair
curly girl method purple hair


I want to do a group giveaway on this blog during my birthday week but it may be too hectic to ask around & set it up with an unreliable connection (Boo!). So if you are reading this and want to giveaway an item on this blog, email me! Next month I'm going to complete one class, have my birthday party, take the final exam for another class & go to Fanime! Next week's work is going to be ridiculous. I'm going to be drained from working out and studying.

CAN I BE DONE ALREADY? e__e


I offered to doodle up some people and since having connecting issues the comments section isn't loading in instagram. Hopefully soon!

Here's Polly! One of my favorites. Still trying to figure out how to color that hair ;D

Who is ready for summer? :D

Proliss Twister Clipless Curling Iron


I finally got my wide angle lens repaired and my boyfriend bought a sturdy tripod. How sweet?~! I have been taking a little break from photos, crafting and the web. My internet connection hasn't been wonderful for the past week and my final exam is coming up! :( I need it to access my book/homework/etc for my online class ugh.  I am finding that I need to resend my emails because either people are not responding or it's not getting through..

I squeezed in some photos from the other day.  I haven't had a chance to wear my wedges.  No way confident in walking in pouring rain and puddles yet. Or running.





I won a giftcard to SneakPeeq from Violet's giveaway on Blythe Ponytail Parades!! This curling iron caught my eye at that time.  I was dying for a clipless iron! The bright pink color is a plus~  It was around $25 on that website.

I only had to pay for the shipping! One downside is that the items are shipped two weeks from date of purchase *plus* waiting for the actual shipping to you! I'll say this was worth the wait.

My other iron wasn't heated all the way to the tip and I was running out of room to wrap the hair around. (Woo, finally long hair!!)








It works great for me! There's no light indication for when it's ready and you have zero control over the temperature. I'm going to assume since my hair was easily curled that it's around 350-450F. BUT WHY NO TEMP CONTROL?! I love it but it can't be used as often as I'll like :I






Puff Stitch Hat Pattern




I'm not sure if there's a proper name for these stitches. I explained it the best that I could. If it's unclear, I may film a video.  UPDATE:  Video made... WATCH HERE

Puff stitch:
Yarn over, insert hook into the stitch, yarn over and pull thru 3 loops
*Yarn over, insert back into the stitch, yarn over and pull thru loops.*
(*repeat 3 more times)

Dec puff:
Yarn over, insert hook into front loop of the puff st then insert hook into the next st's front loop, yarn over and pull 3 loops thru.
Yarn over, pull 2 loops thru.


Supplies:
❤worsted yarn
❤h hook (5.00m)
❤optional: yarn needle to weave ends in.



Pattern:
10 dc into magic ring.
Inc in each stitch around.
Ch 1. Puff st in each stitch. Slip stitch.
*Puff st in next 2 sts, inc* (two puff stitches in one!) around.
*Puff st in next 3 sts, inc puff st in next st* around
*Puff st in next 4 sts, inc puff st in next st* around
*Puff st in next 5 sts, inc puff st in next st* around
*Puff st in next 6 sts, inc puff st in next st* around
*Puff stitch in next 7 sts, inc puff st in next st* around
*Puff stitch in next 8 sts, inc puff st in next st* around
*Puff stitch in next 6 sts, dec puff in next* around
Puff stitch around (in each previous puff stitch)
Puff stitch around
Puff stitch around
Puff stitch around
Sc in each stitch around.
Sc in each stitch around.
Sc in each stitch around.
Sc in each stitch around.
Sc in each stitch around.
Sc in next 8 sts, dec




I love puff stitches!Anyone going to crochet this hat? ;D
Look on Ravelry!

Amigurumi: Crocheting Clockwise & Counter-Clockwise / Right Side & Wrong Side

When crocheting in the round, there's a "right" (front) side and a "wrong" (back) side. Which side is the front side is up to you!

For me, the "right" side is usually the side with the v's of the stitches (photo 1) and the wrong side has the upside down v's with the bar on top (photo 2).



When I first learned how to crochet amigurumi, I crocheted in the round counter-clockwise. That method would leave my "right" side (with the v's of the stitches) inside the work and I'd need to turn it inside out when I was done.

But now I crochet from the outside to the inside, moving clockwise around the piece. My "right" side is always facing outwards. I found it to be a lot easier and comfortable for me to do it that way than to keep doing it counter clockwise and flipping the pieces. I also noticed my color changes looked a lot neater on that side.

If you're following a pattern and want your "right" side to be different from the pattern's "right" side, you have to see if the pattern has:

  • complex color changes (not just simple stripes) since it looks different on "right" and "wrong" sides.
  • stitches that are worked in the front loops only or in the back loops only because those may possibly be used in the pattern to add texture or shaping.
  • small circumference pieces because it may alter the shape. (The side with the v's of the stitches give your shapes more roundness.)

If the pattern is fairly simple and doesn't require crazy shaping, you can have whichever side as the "right" side and it will turn out fine!

Made in April 2012.


Duck and Bunny Amigurumi


I am turning some of my old pixels into actual amigurumi!  My favorite ones are the whipped cream bunny and the duck in the panda bear hat.  The duck I actually had a keychain stuffed animal of!





  ♥ foxes (WIP)  have been trying to design one.


I'm going to attempt to sew a plushie! A sewing machine is too expensive right now and I'm going to figure out how to put things together first by hand.  Rather not go insane with a sewing machine and be discouraged with my noob skills!

OH! Little update... the blue squid is up on Squittle now!

♥♥

Rainbow Narwhal Amigurumi

I made a narwhal yesterday! :3 It has crocheted eyes and a rainbow-y tusk.



 

What have you been working on lately?

Made in April 2012.


HIP LOreal Gel Liner: Review




Price: $10

I used this gel liner for nearly a year.  I loved this product. Coming from a person who can't wear normal eyeliner w/o turning into a raccoon within the hour.

Personally, I like the brush but it may feel hard to some. I think that's why I like it because it's sturdy and picks up a lot of product. A little goes a long way and it's difficult to remove with water. This stays on the waterline. Perfect for tightling the eyes to give a fuller and darker lash effect.



This product stayed on while having watery eyes, rubbing my eyes, and rain. It's also good for those needing a waterproof fill for dark, black brows!  That's why I kept going back because it was my first time using a gel liner and it actually didn't budge with my oily lids.

I have gone through 3-4 pots with practically daily use. The first pot lasted a good two months and the rest were barely 4 weeks.  This product needs to be used up fast! I still had more than half of the product left when it dried.

I don't like to waste product and I've done the microwaved mug water trick and putting saline drops into the pot to turn it creamy again. It's only a temporary fix. It just didn't work as effectively and often left me with irritated eyes. I definitely wouldn't recommend using it up if it's way too dried out because it will glide on but you may get hard clumps that either: smear on your eyelid or get into your eye.




(Roy Lichtenstein inspired)


What's your eyeliner preference? (pencil, eyeshadow, liquid or gel liner)

Would you use this product?

Squittle Amigurumi {announcement}



♥ ♥ LISTED! ♥ ♥



These are the new ones I made! Crochet and knit tentacles. Pastel colors just in time for Spring and a hot pink one thrown in :D  I love that each one is slightly different. These will be going on Squittle fairly soon :D

There is an announcement on our facebook page~ that we are having a sale on select items:
20% -40% off! 


I LOVE that these babies stay up on their own! Except for those knit squids. Those are the sleepy ones :B

NEW item by Anda is this nautilus plush! More items will be coming soon and we are combining shipping if you buy from the sale! :)

Please check out these links!! ♥ ♡ ♥

 





Squids or Octos?
We got a request for the nautilus! Do you have any requests?

Designing Your Own Amigurumi: Use the basics creatively!

Amigurumi are sculptures made of fabric. Typically, an amigurumi consists of basic shapes of body parts: head, body, arms, legs. And depending on the design, most would make the head in a sphere/circle shape & the body, arms, and legs in a cylinder/oval/tube shape.

There's many shapes you can make for your amigurumi and there's a few different ways to make each shape, in the round (3D) or flat (2D). You need to be familiar with increases and decreases and how to use them together to create the shape you want.

You might also want to look into learning more stitches. There's short stitches, tall stitches, and more advanced/decorative ones. More complex shapes may not be the predictable even increases or decreases but a combination of increases, decreases, small stitches, tall stitches, etc.

You really just need to experiment. To get a good understanding of techniques, you need to practice. You need to know the basics and apply them creatively.

It's essential to write out what you've done if you need more than one piece and want them to match or even plan to make more of this amigurumi.

Here's something I came across a few years ago that might help you get some ideas:



Check out the Sculptural Crochet Primer article on www.supernaturale.com

This is basically my process:

I like to start off with rough sketches of the amigurumi design, then I figure out about how big I want it, and then I break it up into it's basics shapes. I'll have the pattern mostly figured out and I'll usually need to make some adjustments as I crochet along. For the rest of the design like the details such as the face: I'll doodle, write notes, and try a few different things before deciding which I like the best.

Made in April 2012.


Slouchy Skirt OOTD

I'm normally a tank top and jeans/shorts person.. but I've been slowly adding different pieces to my wardrobe. I only have my 50mm lens since my wide angle needs fixing! I could only get one decent shot but it's just so tight without a tripod.


Shirt- Papaya | Skirt- F21

It's one of my favorite skirts now!  It's so comfortable because of the elastic band. I love the slouchy look and pockets.



Got those roots done with Splat's Purple (stained forehead!!)


It was nice to wake up and get to reading Violet's recent post, Freelensing tutorial!! I'm terrible at remainders! I kept telling myself I would do this last weekend and the week before that. I finally gave it a shot. Probably should focus on practicing on still objects, not moving puppies.





Illustrator + Art

I'm trying to get back into drawing. I was always deemed as "the artist" while I was a teen but laughed it off because of my process to get a finished product was quite messy. I find it impossible to draw without reference photos. I can use my imagination to an extent but anatomy throws me off or I can't think of poses on the spot. 
(Adobe Illustrator)

(Corel Painter 12)
 

(Adobe Illustrator)



(Adobe Illustrator and Sai Paint Tool)


If you're into art programs then Sai Paint Tool is one to try out! I love that you could use patterns in it. I downloaded brush sets/textures off of deviantart and looked up tutorials. It's pretty awesome to experiment with.


(Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CS5) 
(Adobe Illustrator)




I used Open Canvas a few years ago. Once the trial runs out you can't save.. so can't keep those layers for coloring :( But if you are done, you can just screenshot it (teehee)