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I Made A One Of A Kind Totoro Clock

I’ve been wanting to create something Totoro themed for a while now, and this clock kit that I’ve had sitting in my closet for a couple of years became the perfect template to complete my vision.

Wood clock kits are simple to build and easy to customize with a bit of acrylic paint.

I did a Milky Way/tree silhouette one a few years ago, which I really love and I’ve got another one waiting to be painted, but to be honest, I’m out of wall space and as much as I love making customized clocks, I’m really out of room to hang them up.

Below I’ve detailed how I transformed the plain kit into something one of a kind and special. Read more…

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3D Print Painting Part 5

Some new models by the very talented Jukka Seppänen (Kijai) have inspired me to pick up my paint brush once more,  and I’m extremely happy with the way that this batch has turned out.

In this slightly long winded installment of 3D print painting I will cover the painting and embellishing of five 3D printed models and I have included handy links to where each file can be downloaded along with the summary of the finishing process I used on each piece.

Click HERE for a complete list of all my 3D print related posts.

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Adventures In Crochet – Weebee Dolls

Amigurumi is the art of making small, stuffed yarn creatures using knitting or crochet. I’ve been crocheting amigurumi toys for nearly 3 years and I’ll be honest, every single one is a huge pain in the ass to create… but I love them anyway.

Of all the patterns I have tried and all of the creatures I have freehanded, the Weebee pattern by Laura Tegg is a solid favorite of mine which I keep coming back to because it is so simple and versatile.  Read more…

SALE And Challenges For The New Year

There are quite a few things that I would like to focus on for 2018, and though I’m not a fan of new year resolutions, the time after the chaos of the holidays does seem like the most logical place to start forming goals.

Also calling them goals instead of resolutions makes them sound more achievable to me, because a resolution is a firm decision to do or not do something. Failing at a resolution is really quite disheartening.  A goal on the other hand is an aspiration. An idea to work to. It’s softer, and forgiving when life, and situations outside of my control may disrupt any and all plans I’ve made.   Read more…

3D Print Painting Part 4

It looks like 3D print painting is going to be a whole series of posts. So from now on I’ll just number them!

The previous three installments can be found here: FirstSecondThird

All of the models featured below were designed by the very talented, Jukka Sappänen (Kijai).

The STL’s are free to download from My Mini Factory, and I have included links to each of them individually.

I haven’t used a lot of model finishing supplies on this batch, however the ones I have used are from Serious Play.

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Even More 3D Print Painting

Now for the THIRD installment of 3D Print Painting. A follow up to the cleverly and imaginatively titled 3D Print Painting and More 3D Print Painting!

I am going to apologize in advance, as this is a long post, covering 7 models (6 designs). I was going to split it into two posts, but couldn’t decide on where to break it up so… it’s all in one, and it’s a big one!

All 3D models featured are designed by Kijai (Jukka Seppänen) and I have included links to where they can be downloaded. Some are free and some are paid.

Before I begin, as I’ve been getting a few questions about the paints that I use, I just want to say that I don’t use fancy or expensive paints. I primarily use generic tube acrylic paints that I’ve paid on average £2 for (per tube) and I mix a lot of my own colors. Most of the metallics I use are by Decoart and cost between £2 and £3 a bottle. They need to be shaken quite a lot to achieve their full potential, but they are so smooth and beautiful, and these little bottles have lasted me for YEARS.

Also, my primary supplier for model finishing materials is Serious Play, based in the UK, (ships worldwide).

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Pierogi Dumpling Crochet Pattern

About 9 months ago I started teaching a crochet class at my local community center, and this is a pattern that I wrote out to help my students practice increases and work on their single crochet tension, which needs to be very tight and consistent for amigurumi.

Once I started making these little Pierogi for the pattern, I got a tiny bit carried away and developed 3 different versions which reflect the different ways people tend to seal their dumplings. So below you will find a pattern for the Tidy Pierogi, the Fancy Pierogi and the Banana Pierogi… which is my favorite as it’s what my (food) Pierogi tend to end up looking like :) Read more…

Zucchini Muffins

Before I get into the recipe for Zucchini Muffins, I’m going to tell you a bit about my relationship with zucchini bread.

I’m also going to note quickly that despite its name, zucchini bread is not a bread at all, it’s a cake baked in a bread tin, but since I like short baking times and I always end up with a gooey middle when attempting to bake cakes in a bread tin, I work with muffins!

My relationship with zucchini bread starts with my grandfather (Poppy), who loved his vegetable garden. After he was retired and his 9 children were all grown, that garden was his baby, and he grew all sorts of things in it, including LOTS of zucchini.

Having an abundant supply of zucchini coming in from the garden throughout the summer and early autumn meant that my grandmother (Gigi) turned out a great deal of zucchini bread. So much in fact, that she sent loaves of it, tightly wrapped in plastic, home with us often when we visited.

As an adult I associate zucchini bread with some of my fondest early childhood memories, spending precious quality time with my grandparents, in their home, in the garden and in my Poppy’s workshop.  Read more…

The UK Beef Ramen Solution

I’m writing this today for anyone else who might be needing a Beef Ramen fix in the UK and doesn’t want to have to special order it.

The solution is actually ridiculously simple.

I grew up on Ramen. They aren’t exactly what you’d call nutritionally sound, but they were 5 for $1, which was our price range. And though I eat them very rarely as an adult, I still get a craving every once in a while.

Unfortunately the flavor selections in the UK are very different from the American ones and my all time favorite flavor (Beef) is not readily available here, so I’ve had to get a little creative.

So here you go…

Take a pack of any flavor Super Noodles, throw away the flavor packet and cook the noodles as you normally would with…

3/4 of a Knorr Beef flavor stock cube

1/2 teaspoon of garlic granules

Pinch of hot chilli flakes for a little kick, not a requirement, just my own little twist

And POOF… tastes just like home!

More 3D Print Painting

After my last post about 3D print painting I had more or less run out of things to paint aside from another moon city (which I am still working on).

Then the designer who modeled the prints I had featured (Jukka Seppänen – Kijai) contacted me about the blog post, and we got talking… Then basically as a result a LOT more models happened in a very short time!

So before I get way behind in writing about my progress I decided to do another post.

Below I have featured another 5 models that I painted over the past few weeks along with a bit about each and where the STL’s can be downloaded. I’ve got another five on the go as well (anticipating even more), so there will be an additional follow up to this post at some point in the future. :)  Read more…

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