Commissions Galore!

I’ve been hard at work on my Commissions List, thanks to all of my wonderful viewers making custom orders over the holidays! Here are two new ones:

Zombie Pin-up Girl Crochet Hook Case

This lovely little bag is about 8″ long, 3″ deep with a zippered closure. It easily fits small snips/scissors, crochet hooks, and stitch markers, making it a nice little bag to chuck into a purse or tote for easy transport. The customer chose an Alexander Henry zombie pin-up girl print:

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Legend of Zelda ID Card Wallet

The ID Card Wallet is a pattern by Dog Under My Desk. It features 5 card slots, a deeper pocket for cash, a small zippered change pocket, and a clear vinyl window for identification. We used a Zelda-inspired fabric available from Joanns.

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GIFBot v4 In Progress!

The fourth patch is currently underway for GIFBot. In this version we’re introducing a number of features:

  • Animation organization options – you may now create folders for your animations and categorize them!
  • Removal of the need for the second oauth token.
  • A back-end database to store your followers and laying the groundwork for GIFBot currency.
  • Follower goals for triggering animations (e.g. every 10 followers you trigger a big celebration).
  • Cheer support for partnered streamers!
  • Updated the video player so that it will no longer display black bars around the videos. Also added a delay field to avoid flicker on load.
  • Improved performance DRASTICALLY – basically cutting CPU requirements in half.

We’ve also been testing a Trivia game in my streams for the past two weeks. It likely won’t make it into this release, but definitely the next. There’s a lot of things I need to tweak and polish. The next version after this will likely be a mini-game setup, including a fighting/racing game and polling.

Project Prepping

One of the worst things is when I start streaming and we spend a crazy amount of time cutting and fusing interfacings. Depending on the size of the project, this can be anywhere from an hour to two hours of preparation before we can even start sewing! That’s quite annoying and not terribly interesting for my viewers. There’s something I like to do though, and that’s to prepare projects ahead of time, then set themĀ aside in storage. When I’m ready to do a project, I reach into storage, pull out the project, and we’re ready to go. Storage is as simple as a 1 gallon plastic ziplock bag!

First, cut out all of the pattern pieces:

Stack them all up and off to the side. You can use chalk to mark the pieces so you know what they go to for each pattern. I wouldn’t suggest packing it with the pattern pieces themselves if you’re going to cut out several projects at once.

Finally, I gently fold it up and stick it into a giant ziplock bag. Now, what I do NOT do is fuse the interfacings. You don’t want to do this, then put it in storage, because it could wrinkle and crease where you have to fold up the longer pieces. Instead, I will take the project out and fuse just before the stream. It doesn’t take long, depending on the project.

This is an excellent way to get a lot of little projects setup and ready for the Twitch stream!

Better Late Than Never?

Ok, so it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I get that’s not ideal, but hear me out! My Twitch channel kind of took off and got crazy in the past few months. I have an average of 30 viewers most nights, so I’ve been putting a lot of time and energy into that effort and less into blogging. That said, I need to do the blog thing more often as I feel it would be a great extension to the stream, including tutorials!

So with that, let’s show off some eyecandy for some of the things I’ve made over the past couple of months:

ID Card Wallet

ID Card Wallet

Darth Crossbody Bag

Darth Crossbody Bag

Squirtle Wristlet

Squirtle Wristlet

Galaxy Wallet

Galaxy Wallet

Galaxy Wallet

Galaxy Wallet

Tardis Purse

Tardis Purse

Sailor Moon Wristlet

Sailor Moon Wristlet

Etsy Coming Soon!

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This has been a long time coming. It took a while longer than I thought it would, mostly because I got carried away with the Spring/Summer wardrobe for my daughters, but here we are. Finally, I’ve been able to dedicate some time to getting together the first batch of goodies for the Etsy store. I’m going to gradually continue to stock it up, but I have 8 solid items to add to start. My goal is to stock with handbags, embroidered towels, iPad sleeves, and wristlets. We’ll see how things go to determine how often I stock. I’ll always take custom orders! Many have also expressed an interest in patches, so that could be an option as well.

Here are some product photos!