A Lavender Mermaid!

Okay, I know it may seem like I make only Lalylala dolls now – I am working on other things, but a lot of them are top secret projects that I can’t talk about yet. All will be revealed in time, but for today…yes, I made another one! This time I decided to try Mici the Mermaid, and she’s probably my favorite so far.Purple Lalylala Mici the Mermaid holding buttercups

We have about a million buttercups in our yard right now (which I love), so I thought I’d use some as props, and I love how these pictures turned out. Purple Lalylala Mici the Mermaid holding buttercups

Mici is made of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in colors Cloud and Haze Heather (with a little scrap ball of dark purple for her girdle), and size 2.75mm hook. I also used a gold metallic thread mixed in for the tail and hair; it was really difficult to get a good picture of it, but you can see it a bit in the photo above. A tip on the thread if you decide to do this: make sure you buy a bunch of spools! The yardage did not last as long as I thought it would, and I kept having to go buy more. I think I ended up using about 6 spools of this DMC thread.Purple Lalylala Mici the Mermaid in bunch of white peoniesI like using wool to make these toys, because it’s kind of sticky and sets up well when you stuff them, but the downside is that you can’t just throw it in the washing machine. I usually recommend that toys be hand washed anyway, to keep the stuffing where it should be, but it’s nice to have the option if you’re in a hurry. Still, the colors that Wool of the Andes is available in are hard to pass up, and it’s nice to work with.

The body and tail were pretty easy on this one, but the hair was incredibly time consuming! Each little swirl is individually crocheted and then hand sewn onto the head…not quick process. This is her after the first row, about the time I realized this was going to take me a lot longer than I thought!Purple Lalylala Mici the Mermaid in process of getting hair

Yeah. It was a lot of work. But when she was all done…man was I in love!Purple Lalylala Mici the Mermaid sitting in a tree

I’ve seen from some other people that they made their Micis a little bikini top to wear, and I also toyed with sewing or knitting one, but nothing I designed looked quite right, and in the end I just left her the way she was. I think it works! If you like my Mici (or want one in another color!, she’s available to purchase in the Etsy Shop, or you can get the pattern to make your own over at the Lalylala website!

Purple Lalylala Mici the Mermaid laying on bricks

Have a great weekend everyone!

Flowers!

As I mentioned in my previous post, I do origami as a sort of stress busting activity. Once you learn the folds of a certain object, it becomes muscle memory and you don’t have to pay attention, so it’s a little like meditation for me. Every once in a while I embark on a bigger project, though, and that’s what I’m in the middle of currently. It’s called a Kusudama, and this is (roughly) what it will look like when it’s done (image from origami-instructions.com):

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 I have stacks of origami paper, as I have a weakness for our local Daiso store and I usually pick some up when I visit (they’re only $1! Buying 10 at a time just makes sense!). For my Kusudama, I’m using some pretty floral paper in pinks and blues. The kind I’m making is the most basic form; you can make Kusudama that are incredibly complicated and large, but I went with the easy one :P. The ball is made of 12 flowers, which themselves are made of “petals” that look like this:

ImageFive of these units are fastened together to make the flower:

ImageThe flowers are then joined into a ball:

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Traditionally the pieces are put together by sewing them, but for the sake of time and sanity, I generally glue mine.

Obviously mine isn’t all the way done yet; before I put the last few flowers on, I’ll put a string down the middle so that it can be hung from the ceiling or a window. They don’t take too long to put together, and they make a very pretty decoration. If you’re interested in making your own, pretty clear instructions can be found here.

If that seems a little intimidating, you could start with stringing some paper cranes. These are the ones we have hanging in our house, left over from our wedding:

ImageI like to think they bring us a little extra luck :).

And just because we’re (loosely) on the subject of flowers (hey, growing is nearly the same as making, right?), a couple of bonus pictures of the absolutely beautiful rose I have going in our back yard:

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I really want to make something based on it, but I’m not sure I could live up to how pretty it is!