Resurrection is a feat more difficult than all the tests of the Seven Wonders. Those of us who have recently died have been brought back to life by the hand of one person here. Misty Day.
Can we please call her Fleetwood Magic
I met another clairvoyant
outside of a bar in Idaho
we didn’t need to say words
but we talked anyways
She made music the way she moved her eyes across the room
Colors ran from her fingertips and painted everything she touched
She made everything in my life beautiful
And sometimes I see her face in other girls’ eyes
I’ve never stopped loving her
Even when I loved other women
Is that so wrong of me
To want the girl who made me see
The world as a work of art?
8-foot giant squid pillow.
- 2 yards of felt
- 1 yard of patterned fabric (I suggest a polka dot-type pattern so it looks like suction cups)
- 1 medium piece of black felt, 1 medium piece of white felt (for the eyes)
- white thread, black thread and thread of the same color as the felt you’re using
- about 5 lbs. of stuffing
- a couple big sheets of paper to draw your pattern
First, you need to draw out your patterns. Here’s a basic template to get you started, although most of the measurements are reasonably fudgeable. If in the likely event you don’t have any four-foot-long pieces of paper lying around, just tape a few pieces together.
Once you’ve drawn out your eight patterns, it’s time to cut the fabric. Pin the pattern to the fabric, laid flat, and cut out the following, leaving a half an inch or so of extra fabric around the edge of the pattern:
FOR THE ARMS: 8 felt and 8 fabric cutouts of piece 1
FOR THE, UH, LONGER ARMS: 2 felt and 2 fabric cutouts of piece 2
FOR THE BODY: 2 felt cutouts of piece 3
FOR THE FIN: 4 felt cutouts of piece 4
FOR THE HEAD: 1 felt cutouts of piece 6
FOR THE EYES: 2 white felt cutouts of piece 7 and 2 black felt cutouts of piece 8
So now you’ve got all your pieces ready, it’s time to start sewing them together. I did mine by hand because my sewing machine is busted and I get a kind of Zen buzz from sewing by hand, but if you have a non-busted one I recommend that you use it as it will be MUCH EASIER. You’re going to be sewing everything with the nice side of the fabric facing in, then turning it inside out to stuff it.
THE ARMS: Pin together one patterned fabric piece 1 and one felt piece 1 (with the nice sides facing the inside). Sew down around the U-shape and back up, leaving the top open. Then turn the arm inside out, stuff it (it’s easiest to do both of these things if you sort of scrunch it up like you’re trying to put on a pair of tights, excuse the non-dude-friendly reference) and sew the top closed. Do the same for the other seven arms and rejoice in the fact that this is the most tedious part. Same deal with the two long arms, they’re just harder to stuff.
THE FINS: Pin together two of your piece 4s and sew together the curvy outer edge. Turn the piece inside out, so the seam you just sewed is on the inside, and start sewing up the other side, stuffing gradually as you go along. You should end up with a triangle-ish puffy thing. Repeat for the other two piece 4s.
THE BODY: Put down one piece 3, then place the two fins you have down with the point up and the curvy side pointing in, then make a sandwich by putting the other piece 3 down on top. Pin it all together and sew around the edges with the two fins still inside, as shown. Turn it inside out and move on to…
THE HEAD: So take piece 6 and the ten arms you’ve already done. Lay the arms, fabric side facing you, out with the arms’ top seams in a line half an inch from the top of piece 6. The order should be arm arm arm arm BIG ARM arm arm arm arm BIG ARM. The legs should be almost entirely covering piece 6. Pin them in place and sew a straight line through the individual legs seams to attach the legs to piece 6.
When you pick up the other side of piece 6, you now have something resembling a really weird untied hula skirt. Sew together the two 9-inch ends of piece 6 with the fabric side of the arms on the outside, and keep it inside out for the moment.
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER: Fit the open end of the body through the arms (still fabric side facing out) and pull the edge all the way through the felt cylinder so it’s even with the edge that DOESN’T have arms attached to it. Sew around the diameters of the head cylinder and the body cylinder to attach them, then pull the legs down over the head and you’re almost done!
Stuff the body, then seal it off by sewing piece 5 over the open end (even if you do have a functional sewing machine, you’ll probably have to do this part by hand).
THE EYES: Sew the black circles on the white circles and whipstitch the eyes onto the head. You do this last because you can’t tell where they’re going to end up on the end product if you put them on before stuffing the body.
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OH GOD I WANT ONE SO MUCH.
…well. i guess i know what the first thing I’m making once I have a sewing machine is…
MY FRIEND IS MAKING ME THIS FOR CHRISTMAS !!!!!!!
I love making these!!
I also made a little one!
I met a man with scars on his arms. He sat beside me on the bus. When he caught me looking at his arms, he told me he got them from a fight, and I believed him. That man turned his head and when the bus stopped, he left. I wondered where he was going, and where he was coming from. On the arm rest between us, he left a warm spot, where his scars had once been. He left behind his warmth, but I wish that he could have left behind his scars instead.Read more
it’s almost 3 pm probably time for breakfast
Where’s the pain in dying
when dying’s just the end?
Where’s the light in living
when you live without a friend?
What’s the good of two of us
If one is never there?
What’s the use in loving you
If you don’t even care?
This is a way to listen to changes to wikipedia. You are literally listening to knowledge being added to the world.
Pluck sounds are an addition, strings are subtractions, and the pitch says how how big the edit is. My heart shudders at this I love it so much.
I love the sound of random knowledge. It’s actually relaxing
this is FUCKING AWESOME
I sat on the edge of the world today,
dangling my feet
and stretched my hand out
to touch the sky.
It shimmers like a lake at my touch,
but the stars twinkled just the same.
While perched lightly on the very
edge of the world,
I wondered what it would be like
to dive into the waters
of the universe
and sail the seas of eternity.
an apple falling further from the tree,
green before spring offered autumn’s ripening hand.
the moon in her head,
wishing tidal collapse,
bury yourself in the sand;
accompaniment: tune of leaves, growing stronger.
mouth open, the world sees internal upset
red left from mother’s womb