Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sprite Patterns of the 2014 Academy Award Nominees for Best Actress

Hello! I finally finished the sprites for my 2014 Academy Award best actress nominee patterns, which weren't finished as quickly as I would have liked them to be. I ended up being pretty happy with most of them, too, even though there were a couple of actresses that were difficult to get to look distinct at all. However, I was much happier with these patterns several hours ago, which was before my cross stitch charting software read the Judi Dench sprite's hair as bright green and seemed to uninstall itself. As far as problems to have go, that seems to be a pretty interesting one, but it has made charting these patterns more tedious than it should have been. I am finally done, though, and ready to post the nominees for Best Actress! I should post these in alphabetical order, but since I spent a really long time on Sandra Bullock's astronaut suit, she gets to jump the line so that she can be this post's thumbnail image. If I spend that long on a pattern, everyone has to look at it. After that, however, the other nominees are in alphabetical order.
Sandra Bullock, for Gravity

Amy Adams, for American Hustle (This is the first time I've tried to do aviator sunglasses, and I think that it worked pretty well!)

Cate Blanchett, for Blue Jasmine

Judi Dench, for Philomena

Meryl Streep, for August Osage County (I don't hate this preview image, but when she is actually stitched, the difference between the two colors in her hair will not be quite that extreme.)

Right now, I am hungry and I feel like I spelled all of the actresses' names incorrectly, so I should quit blogging. Before I go, however, I want to post a photo of a plastic canvas Pokemon that I started stitching after feeling all inspired by TwitchTV Plays Pokemon. I'm not very far yet, so I feel like it's slightly cool and mysterious to make you guys wait and see what Pokemon this is, though I'm sure that a few of you will already know just from this. (If you do, comment and tell me! It would be cool.) I'm hoping to get a lot more of this done while I sit around tonight and watch House of Cards until my eyeballs fall out, though, so the next WIP photo will be much clearer.

With that, I am done for today, so I am going to go cook some sort of weird food with noodles in it. Before next Sunday, I'll have the sprite patterns of the nominees for Best Actor, which I already have close to half finished! There's one actor that is giving me trouble, but with today's advances made in sprite sunglasses, I think it will be much easier than I initially thought.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

My Second Finished Project of 2014

Hello! Later this week, I am hoping to have some new patterns to post, but for tonight, I am just showing off my needlepoint cassette tape, which I finished stitching this morning! The pattern for this project came from Big Stitch Cross Stitch, a nifty book by Jacqui Pearce, and since I started this in early January, it officially took me way too long to stitch it. I'm really happy with how it came out, though, and am even happier that I can start a new project now. I still have a lot of plastic canvas, so I'm going to do something else that's bright and clunky looking, probably involving Pokemon, but I'm not sure what it will be yet. Regardless of that, though, here is a slightly less fuzzy than usual photo of my completed project! The background, which was made with Lion Brand bonbon yarn, is cross stitched, and the tape, which was stitched with balls of plain Red Heart yarn, is in half-stitches.
I should probably quit posting now, but before I go, I have one more beautiful photo that I've taken, of something that is may actually be the worst thing anyone has ever brought into any apartment in the history of humanity. Behold, my lovely McDonald's Happy Meal Lego Movie cups. When I first heard that these were a problem, the one with Vitruvius, the Morgan Freeman wizard, was still in the box, though I'm sure that everything will seem so much better once it is discovered that I have two of them. I have to say, though, that I think if you're reading Oscar Wilde while eating your Happy Meal, you should get some sort of "woo, classy!" points that cancel out whatever irritation your dishes are causing. However, the biggest lesson that I have learned from all of this is that there is a subtle line of acceptability between Hello Kitty cups and Lego cups, and I have certainly crossed it. I just wonder which side of that line my plates that look like pink sprinkled donuts are on.
I am done posting for now, but like I said at the start of this post, I should be back soon with new patterns and, hopefully, a picture of some sort of new plastic canvas project! Until then, have a nice start to your week and, if your weather has any similarities to mine in terms of its amount of cruddiness, good luck with that, too!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Giant Patterns of Fluffy Bunny-Eared Anime Mascots with Varying Degrees of Indifference Toward the Value of Life

Hello! As I am typing this post, I do not know if it will make it to the internet or not. It is really nasty outside, as the town where I am going to school is in the middle of a windy snowstorm where we may get nine inches of snow and, for some reason, next to my apartment, there is ice underneath that snow. As no one can currently go outside or wander around and do anything, the internet is incredibly slow. Even if it was kind of funny that I went to Bing and the logo wouldn't load, it also sucks. Because of that, it seemed like a good time for a blog post. Even if it doesn't work right now, I can always copy and paste it to a word file and try to upload it later, in which case this ranting won't make much sense.

I have had a crapload of homework so far this semester, so I do not have the Academy Award nominees for Best Actress finished. I'm hoping to have them sometime this weekend, but for now, they are not finished and trying to conduct an image search to work on them seems like it could be counterproductive. I do, however, have two portrait patterns of anime mascot characters, one from a 90s show and one from a fairly recent one.

Because I like Tenchi Muyo better than the other show I'm about to start typing nonsense about, I'm posting my pattern of Ryo-Ohki first! I made this pattern right after I made the one of Luna, from Sailor Moon that I posted a while ago and was momentarily surprised that making a pattern of a character from a show that cost money to animate (the image I used was from the OAVs, so I guess it would have been easier to go Tenchi in Tokyo) would be so much more difficult than the last one I'd finished. It was worth it, though, because of all of the characters that I've made cross stitch patterns of while working on this blog, Ryo-Ohki is the only one that is both a cat and a rabbit, and is the only one that can turn into a spaceship. Plus, she's really cute, too, which is important in a mascot character. Just look how happy and fluffy she is! For this project, I'd recommend that you stick to the suggested floss colors, since there is more detail here than with my sprite patterns, but I think that it could be worth it. As with the other mascot character patterns, I plan to make this at some point, but I hope you guys like it, too!
In this next paragraph, I'm going to spoil some of an anime that is about 20 years old, and another one that I think is two years old, but am too impatient to google, and hint at the way some other shows go, so you are forewarned.

My next pattern for tonight is of Kyuubey from Madoka Magica, a show that I watched with people that were a lot more into it than I was. I do understand that it was weird and depressing, but a lot of magical girl shows are, like when they finally reach the queen in Magic Knight Rayearth, and she's like, "Hey, ladies! I'm the bad guy! You should make me dead," or the last chunk of Princess Tutu, which horrified me at an anime club (which I guess is just what happens when you let the guy who wrote a bunch of Hellsing and The Big O write the end of a show about a magical duck that can turn into a ballerina), or that thing where all these girls put squids on their heads and rollerbladed around their school and put stuff in cages and cried. I don't remember what that one was called, or if the girls in it were magical, but they did have to do a lot of stuff that displeased them while having incredibly round heads and maybe wearing T-shirts.

Anyway, what was impressive about Madoka Magica was when they dragged Joan of Arc and Cleopatra into it, which I don't think is much of a spoiler, because even if you know that ahead of time, it's still bizarre, and the fact that the mascot character, the aforementioned Kyubey, didn't really care what characters got killed off or why. I know that it is horrible, but when they had him sitting there, all cute and being a bunny, and explaining why they didn't matter, all I could think was that, in Sailor Moon land, there had to have been times when Sailor Moon went, "I am gonna eat nine bowls of ice cream and talk about boys and then try on shoes!" where that sort of thinking would not have been out of place. I was promptly called a heartless monster, but sometimes, this needs to be brought up.

Plus, Kyubey would make a good plastic canvas project.

I hope that, even if you didn't appreciate my endless typing as the wind blows something making a crunchy sound against my window, you like the pattern!
I'm done posting for tonight, but if tomorrow is even half as exciting as tonight is, I may post something again tomorrow! Until then, have a nice evening, and if you are also in this horrible weather, stay warm!