8BIT Critical Role!

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New items in my Etsy shop!

As some of you might know, I am a HUGE fan of anything to do with tabletop RPG’s and especially the amazing webshow Critical Role (if you haven’t watched it yet, please do! For their 100th episode I wanted to make something cool, so I made a big D20 board with the member of Vox Machina on it in mini hama fuse beads. This got such an overwhelming response and questions where people could buy them, that I couldn’t not put them up.

So I now have the big D20 board with all members, the small D20 boards with the members of your choice, pendants and magnets available!

Click on the pictures or follow this link.

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Keep an eye on the website, more designs and products coming soon!

Pocket Letter: my favourite things

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Time to share my newly discovered addiction; pocket letters! Pocket letters are a new way for pen pals to make something creative, write letters to each other and include little gifts. It’s so much fun! {to find out more about pocket letters, see Jannete Lane’s website}

Above is the first pocket letter I’ve ever made, for my friend Flava. We’ve not known each other that long, but we talk about anything and everything. When we were at the biggest crafts fair in the Netherlands last Octobre she said; ‘you know, it’s funny, we know so much about each other already, but I don’t even know if you drink coffee.’ So when I discovered pocket letters {through her enthousiasm} I knew I wanted to make a ‘favourite things’ pocket letter for us to get to know each other a little better. And what better way for you guys to know me a little better as well?

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I’ve numbered the cards so I can tell you guys what my favourite things are on each ATC! Here we go!

  1. I love butterflies. The little me is made from hama beads {like perler, but European}, and it shows my favourite color: purple, and my newest challenge: hand lettering.
  2. Space!, astronomy, with my favourite constellations, Casseopeia and Lyra. Sci-fi movies and series with the Death Star from Star Wars, Serenity from Firefly, the T.A.R.D.I.S. from Doctor Who, the Stargate from the Stargate franchise, a Viper from Battlestar Gallactica and the Enterprise from Star Trek.
  3. Cupcakes are my obsession, not even eating them, just cute things with cupcakes on them. Purple and Teal/Turqouise tones, my favourite color combination. Happy buntings and bakers twine.
  4. Space again! And my favourite animals: wolves and ravens/crows.
  5. A quote by one of my favourite musicians, Jack Johnson. I adore his music and the surfer vibe that goes with it.
  6. My favourite artist is Selina Fenech, and this is one of my favourite works from her, called the Storykeeper. She has a free colouring page of it on her website, which I shrank down to ATC size and coloured with my favourite Letraset markers of course!
  7. Teal and purple again! Yay! Together with my love for all things fantasy, especially witches and fairies. I was born in autumn and it is also my favourite season, hence the hedgehog and mushrooms. The little fairies and witch and the clothesline I drew myself with a 0.05 mm fineliner
  8. I love reading. Books are my favourite thing to collect. I stamped the stack of books from my favourite Gorjuss stamp called New Heights. I then added the names of my favourite writers to the spines: Jim Butcher, Ilona Andrews, Neil Gaiman, Karen Chance and Katherine Kerr. The teacup represents my love of tea and all things British and of course another cupcake! Both hand-drawn.
  9. Last but not least: writing! I love writing here for all you guys and gals but also to write stories and essays and poetry. The typewriter is made with the Marianne Design Collectable called Eline’s Typewriter.

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Of course I needed some pretty stationery to write the actual letter on, so I made some myself! All of the stamped images are from different Gorjuss Stamps, coloured with Derwent pencils. I then drew the thin lines with my 0.05 mm fineliner. I LOVE how it turned out! I think I’ll be making my own stationery from now on whenever I need to write something.

So there you have it! My first pocket letter and a ton of info on my favourite things! Tell me what you think and tell me something about your favourite things!

Hama beads; Mini vs. Midi

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One of my biggest hobbies is to make fuse bead sprites. It was something that I loved doing when I was little and I love it still! The pixel-y feel of it makes it perfect for some awesome geeky crafts, and the end results are just the cutest. Now, I live in the Netherlands, where we unfortunately can’t buy the ever popular Perler beads. But we do have the awesome Danish company Hama, whose fuse beads come in three sizes; mini, midi and maxi. The maxi is for the really tiny children, so I’ll leave that one out of this comparison, but I did want to show the difference between the mini and the midi beads, and why the mini beads kick ass!

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Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first; size. The midi beads are 5 mm (about 0,197 inches) while the mini beads are 2,6 mm (about 0,085 inches). So yeah, tiny! Which of course has an effect on your sprites. The hulk one shown above are both made with the same pattern. The one made with mini beads is about 4 cm (1,57 inches) while the midi hulk is about 7,7 cm (3,03 inches). But wait! There’s more! The melting temperature of both is different too; while the midi needs a fairly high setting of your iron, the mini will melt really quickly. Which means the minis are more difficult to get even.

As seen on the colourchart on the right Colourchart-HAMA(click for full size), the mini beads also have more limited colours than the midi beads. It’s not that big of a deal however since the only colours you’re missing are the metallics and the glow-in-the-darks. Of course I’m greedy and I want a glow in the dark blue so I can make Iron Man’s Arc Reactor in mini beads. I haven’t asked Hama this, but I think it has to do with the stability of the beads when metallics or glows are added. A few new colours were added which made me very happy indeed! Two new greys make it so much easier to make cybermen and cylons.

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Another difference is the amount of baseplates you have for both types. In mini beads you have square, heart, hexagon and the awesome new addition; round. The midi beads have significantly more choice. In addition to the ones the mini has, midi boards also come in star shape and all of them in three sizes. Besides those there are about 42 figure shaped boards ranging from seahorses to pigs to unicorns. Of course you don’t need those to make awesome sprites, so the basics of the minis are perfect.

Fuse beads are made by making plastic into thin tubes, which are then cut to size. We can all imagine that bigger beads are easier to cut, and therefor easier to get all of them even in size. The midi beads are all just about even, where the mini beads sometimes have weirdly short- or freakishly tall ones, which can be a hazard when you iron them. Of course  0,1 mm on 5 mm is next to nothing while on 2,6 mm it makes a hell of a difference. So with the minis there are some beads you just have to toss, which is a shame. Then again the minis come in a bag of 2000 pcs against the 500 of the midis.

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All in all midi will give you more possibilities and are a tiny bit easier to work with. For kids, I would totally recommend the midis. However, if your looking to make jewellery, home decor or just anything that needs more detail; the minis are the choice for you. But beware! It’s one hell of an addiction and once you go mini, you never go back!

Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!

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I’m looking at you, Fox! It’s been ten years but it still hurts! Haha, no but really, anyone who knows me, knows I’m a giant fan of the awesome series Firefly. So what to do when you craft and you like all stuff geeky? Right, you combine them! We have a mini library in our house, really! One wall of bookcases filled with our favourite books and dvd’s. The tiny piece of wall that’s left we’re slowly filling with pictures, quotes and art of those favourite books, movies and series. After playing the Firefly board game we got the Husband for his birthday, I figured it was time to add another Firefly quote to the wall. So I got out my mini Hama beads, got my favourite quote, and went to work!

Hoban “Wash” Washburne playing with a toy dinosaur: Yes. Yes. This is a fertile land and we will thrive. We will rule over all this land! And we will call it… this land!
Wash as Ceratosaurus: I think we should call it your grave!
Wash as the other dinosaur: Ah! Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!
Wash as Ceratosaurus: Ha ha ha! Mine is an evil laugh! Now die!
Wash as the other dinosaur: Oh no god! Oh, dear God in heaven!

I modified two dinosaur patterns I found on Pinterest and matched the colours as best I could to the official toys on ThinkGeek. The background I got out of a book with photos taken by the hubble, although this is an artistic rendition and not a photo {shh}. Then I added the quote with a copper paint pen and framed it!

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So now it’s happily hanging on the wall with his other friends, waiting for more cute and awesome fan-inspired art!