Lions and Tigers and.. Daleks?! Oh my!

A while back I was making crochet animal cupcakes like crazy and ended up with one very lonely elephant. I decided, with a little help from commenters, to make a full zoo set. And here it is:

The cupcake stand is a little too small, but I still think they look really cute on this :)

The cupcake stand is a little too small, but I still think they look really cute on this ūüôā

They are now on their way to a friend of mine in America, who offered to take the lonely elephant in right away when I posted the last batch of cupcakes.

A loooong time ago, I made a Dalek (could also have been a few months, but it feels really long ago).¬†He is on his way to the USA as well, since my friends husband really liked it. I really wanted to make one, but wasn’t sure what to do with it once it was finished. It was a bit of a hassle to get the whole group in the box together, since, as you might know, Daleks can be pretty.. Agressive. (They come from the series Doctor Who and have the tendancy to “exterminate” everything that moves)

Attack of the Dalek!

Attack of the Dalek!

There are two Takochu in this picture as well, because my friend also requested those. I just love to make these little guys! They make great keychains or little danglers for on your handbag. And probably the biggest plus is that they are really easy and quick to make! I can get one done in less than an hour, so it’s really no sweat to whip them up. I am glad however, that I switched from safety eyes to little half pearls that I glue on. The Takochu are just too small to really work well with the safety backings, making their eyes bulge out a bit. Plus, they are too small either way to be given to little children, so child-proofing them isn’t really an issue (I think).

Chuuuu~

Chuuuu~

Together with this, some random Dutch stuff went in the package and I really hope my friend likes it.

The pattern for the Dalek can be found here.
The pattern for the Takochu can be found here.
The patterns for the animal cupcakes came from a Dutch pattern book.

Cheers, Lydia

Totoro family

One of the first online patterns I used was that of a blue Totoro by Lucy Ravenscar.Blue Totoro, pattern by Lucy Ravenscar

I gave it to my sister-in-law, who loves anime just as much (maybe even more) as I do. I’ve always been in love with almost every movie by Studio Ghibli, but “My Neighbour Totoro” holds a special place in my heart.

Sometime last year, I ran out of projects and decided to ask my facebook friends what I should make. One of them requested a Totoro. Usually, I really hate working the same pattern twice, but with this one I couldn’t resist. Lucky for me, Lucy changed her pattern slightly to accomodate for a big grey Totoro and made patterns for the smaller blue and tiny white ones as well. So it was decided, I needed to make an entire family of Totoros! You can find her blog entry and links to the patterns here.

In the meantime, please enjoy some pictures of the ones I made using these patterns!

Grey totoro frontview

Grey Totoro frontview

Grey Totoro sideview

Grey Totoro sideview

 

Grey Totoro from the top, the tiny white one can sit on the leaf!

Grey Totoro from the top, the tiny white one can sit on the leaf!

Tiny white Totoro

Tiny white Totoro

Blue frontview

Blue Totoro frontview

Blue sideview

Blue Totoro sideview

Blue and white together

Blue and white together

Another family picture

The whole family together

The whole family together

Another family portrait

The same friend surprised me with a new challenge: he wants a Catbus! I’m still trying to decide whether I will use a pattern I found online (there are some pretty good ones out there) or if I will try to make a new pattern of my own… Time will tell, since I don’t really have the time for such a big project right now -_-”

Cheers, Lydia