Commission – Link (The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess)

Special thanks to the awesome plush maker WindQueen (DA) who helped me with all her knowledge to place the magnets inside the hands of this plush. 

After so many, many weeks [months] I finally finished working on Link.  This is the 2nd  commission for Aarux on DA. She gave me the best reference pictures ever, so, I tried my best to add as many details as possible.  A few things are not accurate like the sword handle. The first one look a bit weird, so, I decided to make it simple and not like the original design [believe me the first one look ugly].

I had a great time working on this plush and working with the commissioner who is a very patient and amazing person. I spent so much time working on this plush that I sure will miss seeing him on my table.

Hopefully, this plush is worth all the waiting.

EkkE

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Handmade clothes – Bratzillaz Jade

This a Bratzillaz doll, her name is Jade and she is from the Magic Night Out series from some years ago.  I like the original outfit but the idea I had when I got her was to make clothes for this kind of doll which ended up being too difficult. The only patterns that I have found are for Barbie but not for Bratzillaz or for Monster high, whose bodies are even more bizarre. I will continue trying to sew tiny clothes but only when I feel like I am not stressed and have a lot of time to spend on each item.

Looking at both of the pictures it’s really weird how the clothes can change the doll’s personality without altering the original design.

Mekka

After

Before

The boots are from a Bratzillaz fashion pack, yep that was the only reason I bought it.

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MISSION SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – A Day Out

It has been years since we went out with our brother.  We had a fall out, but for the past 2 years or so we started to have a better relationship, which is really nice.  I guess we all need some time to search for answers only ourselves can find.

Well on Sunday he took us to one of the 21 Spanish missions in California; this time was Mission San Juan Capistrano in Orange County, about 1 hour or so from home.

It was a nice day to go out; it was a cloudy, cool day which anyone who lives in Southern California knows that it’s not often to have a day like this.  We left home around 8 a.m. and by 9 a.m. we arrived at the mission, there were not a lot of traffic which it was good. There were not a lot of visitors either; I don’t know if it was because of the weather or because we arrived early.

Being there reminded me that I have always wanted a Spanish style home with a courtyard and lots and lots of flower, roses to be precised.   It was so peaceful being there but unfortunately once you step outside of those walls you are pulled back to reality.  I don’t know why I thought that it was going to be an isolated place, New Mexico kind-of-look , dessert and what not, but you see restaurants, shops, a movie theater and of course Starbucks.

I remember my history teacher telling us that it is kind of sad living in a certain place and not knowing or even bother to know its history, of course that was from my California History teacher. That is why now I want to know about the city I live in.

Mekka

Ruins of the Great Stone Church and Original Bell Tower Display

Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano

On our way home. The clouds were so white and fluffy!

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SLEEPY HOLLOW – SECOND SEASON FINALE

On Monday night I watched the season finale of Sleepy Hollow and I kind of have mixed feelings about it…  Henry’s death and Katrina’s change of heart seemed rushed. I think the characters had potential if the writers would only have given them time to develop.

Am I the only one who thinks that characters like Katrina and Henry are somehow needed in a story?  I guess so.

Not all characters can be the hero, not all characters have to be likeable and not always the main characters have to end up in a romantic relationship to make the story work. Of course, that is my personal point of view.

I’m not saying that Katrina was the best character ever, but the problem is that the writers didn’t give her enough time to develop as a character; I think she had potential to be liked or to be hated with a solid good reason.  Henry’s reason to work for Moloch was understandable but he showed a better reason to turn into a real bad guy/villain later on. Sadly, viewers/fans were not happy with having Katrina as Ichabod’s wife and Henry’s grudge against his parents; therefore, they had to go from the show. The only problem is that the writers didn’t do a good job to let them go. [Yeah, everyone is a critic, including me.]

Regardless of Katrina’s passive–almost dead performance in the story, I believe the real reason why some people didn’t like her is because she was the one keeping Ichabod from having a romantic relationship with Abbie. [Am I wrong?]

I do understand why everyone loves Abbie; I mean, she is the cool, tough female who is kicking butt and doesn’t really need a man to save her. I’m sure every woman would feel like she is a good role model [don’t know why people are always looking for role models on TV programs…Hello!] or the kind of female character they want to root for.  [Again, I respect people’s opinions.] So, if Abbie is such a cool character why the need to have some sort of romantic relationship with Ichabod when they are doing pretty good as just partners and friends?  At the end, people want the same thing “romance” on every single series. SIGH!

So, why characters like Katrina and Henry are somehow needed? Well, in my personal opinion because they don’t have to be perfect as it is expected with the main characters or the hero. Average characters like them are allowed to have flaws, make mistakes, have a change of heart, act more human.  Characters like them represent the average person out there who dreams to be like Abbie or Ichabod but who are more likely to end up messing things up like Katrina.  Of course, I’m sure no one wants to be like Katrina because she is not perfect and all of us want to be the one who saves the day and gets the chick or the man. Anyway, I think that without weak characters we wouldn’t see the qualities of our heroes.

Also, many people argued that Katrina didn’t do much in the story, that she is weak, easy to manipulate and that she complicate things; well, there is only place for one Abbie.  Besides, there has to be some sort of conflict in the story besides the good and evil battle. Since Abbie has always been telling Ichabod that there is no time for relationship and they have to keep focus on their mission, it was nice to have Ichabod and Katrina dealing with this sort of issues. More than once Abbie had put Ichabod to choose between Katrina and his mission, I just wonder if Abbie would be this tough if it comes down about her sister Jenny [Well, she didn’t give up on Joe Corbin . . .] I think having Katrina as Ichabod’s wife kept the story from falling into the same old cliché: “partners falling in love, getting married and having children.” [That certainly is getting boring.]

Anyway, I certainly think that writers could have done a much better job with Katrina as a character.  At least they could have given the viewers a real reason to hate her not just because she was Ichabod’s wife.  Making Katrina to abruptly go dark side and get her killed seemed like a poor way to resolve the problem.  I think there weren’t enough reasons to kill her; it is true, she had a moment of insanity since she was in pain due to her son’s death; that can be understandable.  So, she was unwilling to let Abbie kill Henry; that is understandable too.  All around you can see real mothers unwilling to accept the truth that their children are bad even when they have committed murder. So, Katrina was just one of those mothers who still think their children are not evil only misunderstood or misguided.  I think Katrina was probably the more human character in the story with flaws, and making mistakes, sometimes doing not much, sometimes confuse, after all, she wasn’t supposed to be the hero of the story.

I’m not exactly trying to make people like Katrina; I mean every person is entitled to like or dislike her, right? My problem is that I’m afraid that Sleepy Hollow without Katrina would end up like another Bones or Castle, where both main characters get into a romantic relationship.

I have to admit that some teasing of a platonic love might be interesting to watch but it gets tired when every new series follow the same old formula.  What I liked about Sleepy Hollow [ahem, besides Ichabod] was that the two main characters were showing that they care for each other without necessary falling into a romantic love.  Their friendship was something nice to watch.

It is kind of sad to see that viewers like to watch the same lovey-dovey over and over on each new series and those TV series that look promising because they are different get cancelled or they are forced to change to please the crowds. –

EkkE

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Paddington Bear

-Please look after this bear. 

Thank you.-

Last week I was asked to make a Paddington Bear.  Luckily I found a free pattern, don’t get me wrong I would gladly pay for a pattern but I have trouble reading some written patterns and charts.  For me it is better if I can see before hand if I can understand the pattern or not.

I made one modification, because I really don’t like to sew a lot of parts I made the head and body in one piece.  I have ended up with dolls with crooked heads or legs, although I think he might be suffering from crooked legs.

Overall I really, really like how it turned out.  I think this is the first time I don’t have that “Expectation vs Reality” problem, where my version is always way off from the actual design.  I wanted to make him fuzzy by brushing the yarn, but I didn’t want to risk making a mistake that will lead me to start all over again, since it would be my fist time.

Mekka.

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Craft Swap – Harley Quinn (Batman)

This doll was part of a craft swap and soon she will go to her new home. What I’m getting is just AMAZING!!! I cannot wait for him to come home.

While I was waiting for some materials to arrive to continue with the commissions I have, I managed to finish this chibi Harley. I’m two days late from the date we set to complete the swap but I think two days are not so bad.

Although, Harley’s design seems not to be “that” complicated to make . . . IT WAS FOR MY POOR BRAIN!  I’m not sure if I’m the only weird person or not but I always make the entire process inside my head; I draft/draw the pattern, cut it and put the pieces together.  I don’t start working on the doll until I’m sure everything will fit in place [more or less].  But for this doll my brain always got the colors on the wrong side, so this time I had to  put everything on paper to have a better visual  of how the colors should go on the actual doll.  LOL

So what did I learn this time? This time I learned how to make those “Elizabethan Ruffles.”

Since I was getting a super cool Amigurumi from my swap partner, I had to give something of the same size, so, I resized the pattern for the super chibi dolls and I ended up with a 13 ½ doll which I think it is a nice size.

The doll is made of deer suede and the overlay for the clothes is jersey. The details are hand painted and the cuffs are kinda removable.  I know that I make the pigtails thingies longer than the original design but that is because she requested that.

EkkE

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Little Pieces

After so many days trying to find the right size of dress and shoes for Berry I finally got it, but now I can’t seem to stop.  I had to look through a few patterns, since I am still learning, and try to figure out what I needed to do in order find her size; but it was worth it.

I think I need to buy a stitch pattern/guide book since I know only 4 or 5 different crochet stitches.

Mekka

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