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Halo: CE (Crafting Evolved)

In case you didn’t know, my gamer heart belongs to a certain Spartan who has an unnatural amount of luck so when I decided that I was going to make this craft for Chance over at Destiny Dispatch, I was a happy chick.

It also allowed for me to try a new product –water soluble canvas. Never heard of it? Basically, it’s a temporary canvas that allows you to sew on any fabric — no AIDA cloth needed. I have seen Rebecca over at Hugs are Fun using it and knew I wanted to try it out.

Let me just say, I didn’t make this pattern. Thanks to the influx of pixel art *cough* Minecraft *cough*, I was able to find a pose of the Chief fairly easily. Some of the squares weren’t lined up, but I managed to work out any hiccups along the way.

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The outline was first and it was pretty simple. But, as I started working with the other colors, a war between me and the fabric broke out.

At first, I was in denial. The fabric loved me. I was making it look 117% more awesome. Every other farbic wished it could have this privilege bestowed upon them.

The fabric remained a worthy adversary.
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For a day, I fought through the battle of DMC. Even after my thumb and finger callused, I still pressed on, knowing that’s what the Chief would want me to do. But when my work slowed down to a snail’s pace, I had to concede defeat and get a true embroidery needle. You know, the one with the sharp point that inevitably sticks you in the finger over and over and you start thinking not nice things about an inanimate objects? Yeah, that one.

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Though it was much more tedious to work with, it did make the work SO MUCH quicker. Before I knew it, the Chief was standing there before me, dual-wielding like the Spartan he is.

Then, after a soak in some warm soapy water, the canvas disappeared and the fabric was ready to be put together into a Legendary pillow. But, in typical fashion when it comes to using my sewing machine, all progress stopped dead in its tracks. It’s not that I don’t like sewing, it’s just that I would rather work on cross-stitching or check Instagram or get distracted by Twitter.
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But finally, I lugged the beast out of its cave and sewed the pillow together.  It took me all of fifteen minutes (25 if you add in the ten minutes to ladder stitch to opening closed). 

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And that’s it! Now it’s back to the Dark World and more #30for30crafting fun!

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Guardians of the (8-bit) Galaxy

So, in my latest attempt to stall from the Dark World cross-stitch (which will get finished some day, I promise), I decided to tackle yet another Destiny project. Absolutely shocking, I know!

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The Titan

A couple of weeks ago, @cgbarrett over on Twitter posted a picture of the Guardians in 8-bit form. And we all know how 8-bit awesomeness coverts to cross-stitching perfectly, right? So, yeah, resistance was futile. I knew I was going to make them as soon as I saw the picture.

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The Hunter

Making the charts were a breeze because, again, 8-bit anything is perfect for cross-stitching. Each little guy took about 2.5-3 hours to make and they actually ended up looking awesome and adorable and nothing like the cross-stitch of doom.

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The Warlock

So, go praise Oryx for his awesome work which inspired me to make something awesome. 😀 😀

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Trio of Awesomeness

As usual when it comes to my Destiny projects, I am going to do another giveaway on Twitter. So, give me a follow over there. (I’m @craftinggeek.) Details will be up by this afternoon.

Have yourself a geeky little Christmas

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So, you want to make your own Destiny-themed Christmas card? Of course you do.

The tutorial to make a card (i.e. listen to me talk for three minutes about the evilness of glue guns, how to convert the card into an ornament, and suggestions for your own Destiny themed messages) is in this vid. The chart itself is here.

Like I said at the end of the video, if anyone does decide to tackle this project, let me know. I’d love to see your take on this geeky, fun project. 😀 😀

I love cross-stitching.

However, this latest project I finished was like the troubled child that you love, but all they want to do is spite you and make you cry.

(Don’t want to read a bunch of complaining? Go ahead and watch the vid of the cross-stitch’s progress.)

Oh Guardians, why do you hate me?

The original plan was simple: I was going to whip up a quick cross-stitch with a Destiny theme and give it to DeeJ as a thank you for inviting me (and my hubby) over to E3/the Bungie after-hours party. I found a screencap (not hi-res which was my very first mistake), popped in into my cross-stitch pattern maker program. Boom! There was my chart waiting for me in all of its awesome glory. I started it on May 22 and thought, Dude, I so got this.

But, I was wrong. So, tragically wrong.

It was pretty clear that by the Friday before E3, there wasn’t a chance of me getting it finished. So, I modified my goal: I’ll have it finished by Bungie Day! That would give me another month. Piece of cake. I can do that in my sleep.
20130615_190204-1 (1)(At this point, I wish a future version of myself would have appeared, grabbed me by my shoulders and said, “You fool! This is no ordinary cross-stitch. It will haunt you. Every. Single. Day. Walk away while you still have your sanity.”)

So, I kept pushing through, making tiny squares that should have been working together to create something awesome. Instead, it was looking…not right. Follow the chart, I told myself. So I did.
30+ hours and over 10k squares later, I was done.
Or, maybe not.

I could see the respective characters, but they looked mediocre (at best). I’m used to my cross-stitches looking like complete awesomeness. This…did not.

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I told myself that backstitching was probably the answer. So, I set to do the part of cross-stitching that I absolutely loathe. A handful of more hours passed. Somehow, despite the fact I could make out details in the cross-stitch, it looked almost worse. (Not really.) and I pretty much convinced myself to throw the whole project in the trash.

Bungie Day came and went. And I still had this project looking at me accusingly.

I did the only thing I could; I put it away and turned my focus to other things. Instead, I worked on random things like Nintendo pillows, Traveler ornaments and Tricorn plushies. I even went back to my earlier x-stitch project that I had been working on before the Destiny cross-stitch took over my life.

Still, thoughts of the failed cross-stitch haunted me.  I was plagued with nightmares of unfinished cross-stitched Guardians. Crafting is more psychologically traumatizing than one may think.

Convinced that the backstitching was the problem, I came up with a good plan. (Which, we all know based on how the rest of the project went, wasn’t a good plan after all.) I thought, ok, I’ll get a piece of plexiglass and I’ll go around the edges with very fine tipped Sharpies. Then, I’ll set the piece over the x-stitch. THAT WILL GIVE ME THE CURVED LINES AND IT WILL LOOK AMAZING.

No. No. No.

If anything, it screamed, “THIS PERSON COULDN’T FIGURE OUT HOW TO BACKSTITCH ME!!!”

Being the ever-stubborn chick that I am, I tried three separate times before accepting that it wasn’t going to work. So, I went back to backstitching.
20130805_222431This time, before I started the backstitching, I decided to do something I hadn’t done which was add some stars in the background. According to Babe, that was what made it look better. I agreed and suddenly, it didn’t seem so horrible. Maybe, I thought with a glimmer of optimism, I can salvage this thing.

The plexiglass wasn’t a complete waste of time, either. I used the lines that I drew as a template of what needed to be backstitched. So, um, yay?

Finally, finally, finally, after a couple of hours of backstitching, I finished the sucker.

Is it as perfect as I wanted it? No. Is it as terrible as I thought it was? No.

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I did learn a few things from this project.

1. Plead, beg or scour the internet for a hi-res picture before uploading it to the program. (Though it didn’t make too much of a difference, those handful of different colors might have helped with the backstitching part.
2. Never try to fit an extremely detailed picture with a 5″ x 12″ dimension.
3. When there are so many curves, don’t bother with a 14 count AIDA cloth — the squares are just too big to make it look smooth and curvy.

Now it’s back to the secret project that I don’t think will be a secret much longer (If I actually work on it, the image will reveal itself soon.) and my Legend of Zelda Dark World cross-stitch.

It was my Destiny…

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So, on Monday, I had the privilege of being one of Bungie’s guest for the Song E3 press conference. (Kudos to DeeJ for answering ALL THE QUESTIONS that I threw his way. Patience, the dude has it.)

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Babe and I arrived at the pre-show event where there were a ton of food trucks waiting for us. (This is LA, after all.) All I have to say is that the gaming press loves their fried chicken because the line to get some tasty fried goodness was ridiculous.

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As it got closer to 6, the group started “lining up” to get inside the arena. It was a stampede of geeks, each eager to get the best seat. But, having a seat at the top of a section –and an aisle seat, no less– I can safely say I got one of them.

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The stage was pretty and so were the games. (I totally zoned out during the part about the movies…I know, bad me.)

Watch Dogs was certainly a crowd favorite. Babe is sold on the idea, but I’m like, “I wouldn’t attempt that game without a walkthrough because, um, SO MANY OPTIONS.”

My heart broke a little for the Assassins Creed team. Every time the game glitched, the audience held its collective breath while wincing.

KINGDOM HEARTS 3!!!1!1!! ‘Nuff said.

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Destiny was the reason why I had been invited to the conference, so I was eager to finally see some gameplay. The graphics were stunning, the crosstalk was endearingly awkward (does it ever sound relaxed? LOL), and those weapons ❤ ❤ ❤

I still have my concerns about the plot which is basically, “What’s the point?” The trailer sort of addressed that, but I am wondering if the game is going to run on all cylinders for single-player folk who don’t have a group of people to play with. I really, really, really, want to know about this world they created…who are the characters in this world? Is there something more pressing than the search for loot during public events to propel the story forward?

(That being said, they did create Halo — the video game that owns my heart– so my trust in them is extremely high.)

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Afterwards, Babe and I went to the Bungie after party. We sat in the background as I mostly gaped like an idiot at all the Bungie people I was seeing. (No, I didn’t go up to them –I was waaay to shy for that madness.)

DeeJ and Jay Weinland did come up to us and were both awesome and friendly, so yay! Bungie folk lived up to my expectation of being awesome ot their fans. :D :D

We had to bail out early because we had to pick up the little ones and Babe had work the next day, but overall, a totally epic experience.

And, DeeJ, just know if y’all roll into town again, my schedule is open the week of E3 next year.

ALL THE CHEEVOS!!

Well, for Lego: LOTR anyway…

I know some people had a problem with the voices coming from our little Lego friends, but it’s LORD OF THE RINGS. And they had ALL THE ORIGINAL ACTORS WITH THEIR LINES. Enjoy it, because we know we’re not getting that with Lego: Marvel Heroes.

Now I’m tempted to go back and tackle Lego: POTC. We’ll see if I can find a half-decent walkthrough on YT. (I’m bad, I know.)

I’ll leave y’all with this groovy beat.

You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.

Whee! For Throwback Thursday (yeah, it’s still Thursday here), I give you Zork.

If you are asking what’s a Zork, I’m willing to bet that you were born after the NES came out. Xork was created in a day before computers could distract you with pictures of cats or kids doing stupid things and posting in on a website.

That’s right, it’s all about the text-based game, baby.

Zork is smart, fun, and addictive. (And, free on the Infocom website.) Every couple of years I play through the first three. (Yes, with the handy walkthrough nearby, I’ll admit.) I’ve played through the majority of the others over the years…it’s hard to believe that it’s been 16 years since the last one came out. (Though it was waaaay dark for my tastes.)

So, go. Stop cutting the rope or flinging birds in a galaxy far, far away and become a Master Adventurer.

I’m in your fandom, stealing your characters

So, I did it again.

(Can you blame me?)

First, let’s start with the Halo. I know, I had Master Cheep and Cor-tern-a the last time, but since then I had to add a few characters to the mix.

Why hello there…

Let me introduce you to my friends.
Master Cheep
Cor-tern-a
343 Guilty Stork
The A-bird-er
The Did-auk

The Dove-nant

I have to admit, I have a special place for the A-bird-er, if only for the energy sword wing, LOL.
And, like I mentioned on the previous post, I wanted to make a batch that represented my video game roots: Mario Brothers, baby!
Murre-io
Loon-uigi
Toad-runner
Princess Pewee-ch