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Friday, November 8, 2013

Granny Collar

I'm sorry it's been so long since I last posted! I think I've made a few collars since the last post, but nothing post-worthy? I don't know. I started making an Animal Crossing Marshal amigurumi, but who knows when that will get done. Instead, I made a collar the other night and used up a lot of my white yarn! There's not even enough for a kodama anymore. Oops.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Kodama Mini!

Ariane of The Fashionable Cupcake had mentioned to me before that she eventually wanted to commission a Kodama from me. Last Friday night, it was brought up again (since I totally forgot about it) and that she was interested in a smaller keychain/phone strap version. Now, I don't think we ever actually set things in stone like if she was actually commissioning me right then and there, but I wanted to do it anyway!

I don't work in small scale very often since it's usually a little difficult working with things being well, small. It still took me about the same amount of time to make as a regular sized Kodama though, so that wasn't too bad. Ended up gluing the eyes on, because no way was I sewing on those tiny pieces of felt! If I had a felting needle, I would've stabbed them in. 

Size comparison! With a little box of Japanese gum, haha.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Strawberry Bows Revisited

Revisiting an old idea of bows with strawberries and flowers! I thought for sure I'd had posts up before besides this one that feature this idea, but I guess not. I just feel like I've made this style of bow a lot of times, although I think in reality I've maybe only done it 3 or 4 other times? That still sounds like a lot... The dark red and brown bow is certainly not something new or original, but I do love those colors together...

Friday, June 7, 2013

Doughnut Day

Apparently it's National Doughnut Day? Good thing I made some doughnuts last night. To get the summer rollin' I thought I could try crocheting something new. Doughnuts just seemed like a good idea, probably because I wanted to eat some.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


I recently beat Trauma Center: Under the Knife. I bought Trauma Center: Second Opinion, the sequel, at a pretty decent price and thought to actually finish the first game before playing the second. However, instead of starting on Trauma Center, at the suggestion of my boyfriend, I picked up on playing Pokemon Pearl. It's my second play through, as I guess I was stuck or lost at what to do after not playing for a really long time when I restarted. Instead of restarting again since I hadn't played in a while, it was easy to pick up where I left off. I got my 8th badge and now I'm at the Pokemon League. I think the first time I got bored and annoyed with Victory Road and never got this far. This time though, I'm ready to beat the champion!

With Pokemon keeping me entertained, I wanted to finally make something for it. I'd had the idea in my head for a while, and while it's not a new thing I finally got around to doing it.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Monkey Blues

I've been holding onto this post since January. It's been in a nearly finished state since then and I finally finished it this past Friday. Quite pathetic really, since it's been practically finished, all I had to do was attach the face parts. I was just too lazy and unmotivated to actually stitch them on that I finally caved and glued it. Bah, it looks fine, right?!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


Sorry for the lack of posts! I haven't really been crafting much. I always just want to take a nap after I get home from school, so I don't have much motivation to make things. Anyway, I drew this a few weeks back for someone, it's krkr from gdgd fairies. trying to use watercolors more often.

Monday, March 18, 2013


If you're confused by the title, it's a mix of Arpakasso and Bow. Bow because of course I make bows, and Arpakasso because I also made an alpaca. It's under the jump...so you should click "read more."

Monday, March 11, 2013

Painting I and Watercolor I

Painting! Yeah! Sorry for another non-craft post. The next one for sure will have some crochet stuff in it. Especially since I just made something last night. Anyway...
Been working on still life stuff for my Painting I class. The one above is actually my third painting, but it looks the best so I made it the first picture. It's a complementary color painting, so I was only allowed to use the mixtures of two colors. I picked yellow [cad yellow medium] and purple [prism violet] because I didn't want to have to deal with blue and mixing up an orange. Mixed 7 steps of yellow to violet, and didn't use the pure color of either. They're both slightly dulled with a bit of the other color mixed in.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

February 27 '13

Sorry things have been slow here. Being up and out to school early has me feeling tired lately. Haven't really been in the mood to crochet. I started making earmuffs last Thursday because the weather had been cold and rainy, but it was suddenly warm since Friday. Kinda just set the project aside, since all I really did make was the band. I doubt the weather will be getting cold enough to need earmuffs anytime soon. At least not until April. I haven't been really doing much crafting either, aside from glitter-gluing a plastic horse. I guess with painting and watercolor classes, I've been doing more 2D things. After spending too much on art supplies, I ended up getting more sketchbooks than I needed because of a sale [no point in passing it up, it was a really good one].

Watercolor's got me thinking about Sakizou's artwork and how much I love it [just looking at my meowboard you'd know]. My drawings lately have been trying to mimic her style, while of course still being my own. Mostly the cute and fluffy clothing and coloring. I'm a terrible painter, but maybe I'll be able to work watercolor into my stuff.

Low quality phone picture

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

2 Year Anniversary Giveaway Winner

Sorry for posting this late! I know I said afternoon, but I was busy trying to stay on track with my painting class [i'm a terrible painter].

Keely is the winner!

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bunny Ice Cream

Bear bonbons, bunny dango, other cute animal styled desserts are thing, right? Especially in the clay sculpting crowd and acrylic charm makers. Bear cupcakes are easy enough, dango is a bit more iffy when it comes to the try colored skewered type. And a drawing of bunnies stacked on top of each other to make a sundae might not translate as nicely. Bunny head styled ice cream is a bit more manageable.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Birthday / Anniversary Giveaway

I need to make a special giveaway header or something...

I started this blog 2 years ago today. Last year I didn't do anything special about it because I forgot when I started! I wanted to have another giveaway, but couldn't think of a good time to have one. With the blog-iversary today and my birthday coming up, it seemed like a good time!

I haven't picked all the items I want in the prize yet [the "theme" is things i personally like], and so far I've got three: lime green bow, kitschy floral 2-way pin, and a deer pin. I'll add more to it as the giveaway goes on, just know you're guaranteed these three items if you win.

*Adding this strawberry/bow to the prize!

How to Enter
Leave a comment with your name/nickname, email, and your favorite animated movie.

Anyone can enter! I ship internationally, it just might take a little while to get to you if you're outside the US.

You can also get additional entries. If you do any of the following, please make another comment for each one, if they are all in the same comment, they will only count as one entry. Also, if you do any of the following, but do not make a comment for it, it will not count!
  • Like the Facebook Page 
  • Make a post on Facebook about this giveaway [please take a screen shot. you can block out any personal information]
  • Blog about this giveaway and include a link back [include a link to the blog post]
  • Tweet about it, including link and tagging @ChasingtheFrill

In total you can enter up to 5 times.
This giveaway will run from January 24th 12:00PM PST to February 11th 11:00PM PST. I will announce the winners sometime in the afternoon of February 12th.

I will select winner through a randomizer.

Good luck!

It's over! Thanks for participating!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Mint Kismet Commodities Review

Last week I purchased from Mint Kismet Commodities on Storenvy. MKC use to be a blog run shop and recently made the move to Storenvy. The shop is run by a long distance couple, one in the US and the other in Japan. They usually stock cute things like Swimmer, Rilakkuma/San-X, and alpaca things.

 A while back when they were starting up, I won a giveaway for a $5 voucher. I've been saving it forever because whenever they stock something I like, someone else beats me to it! I finally decided to use it to buy cute cat stationery and a Swimmer notepad. I pretty much just bought pretty paper.

Since these aren't crafty/homemade items, I'll review her service as a seller. I first sent her an email on the 13th to ask about how to handle the voucher since the shop moved [and details about the Swimmer notepad] and she replied within the day. I'd give a more accurate time, but my email says the reply came an hour before I sent the message. I'm guess time zone differences or something. After that, I placed the order and left a note about the voucher. I was refunded the $5. The order was shipped on the 16th and arrived the 19th [or the 18th, but I didn't check the mail that day]. Over all I'd say she has excellent communication [the shop use to be on blogspot after all, which means lots of messaging]. And you can see that the package came wrapped up in a bag and in a bubble mailer. I would definitely purchase from her again.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Happy Packs

For the first time, Chasing the Frill will be offering Happy/Lucky/Mystery Packs! For how long, I'm not sure yet. Maybe all the time. Who knows.

Happy Pack A  is made up of four 2-way bows + a mystery item.
Happy Pack B is completely random and could contain anything. It's more in the spirit of the whole surprise pack mystery.

Of course, you're welcome to suggest the kinds of things that you want in the order and I'll take it into consideration. I'll likely give you what you want though, especially if you've got a very specific wardrobe. Of course, if your request isn't exactly possible, then I'll do my best to match it.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Bunka Face Pins 3

I know, more bunka faces. This time I had a theme. I started these faces on January 5th, which I guess is when I had the last post scheduled to be up! January 5th is Hayao Miyazaki's birthday. In honor of him, I watched some of his movies. I was going to try to watch as many as I could and go in order, but I ended up only watching three, and I skipped Totoro. I know, how could I skip My Neighbor Totoro? I had the order wrong in my head.

I started with Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind then Laputa / Castle in the Sky. Totoro was supposed to be next, but for some reason I thought it was Kiki's Delivery Service. I'll be honest, I wasn't feeling Laputa as I was watching it, but I pushed through it with the excitement that Kiki would be next since it's my favorite. So...I skipped Totoro and went straight to Kiki. No regrets.

Anyway, as I said at the beginning, I had a theme in mind as I made them. Miyazaki film heroines. Loosely based on them, since their colors are very similar and very natural. Either dark or redish hair and dark eyes. While I love that they do look so natural, it doesn't mean much diversity with the pins. I had to make some color changes.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Bunka Face Pins 2

They kind of remind me of M&Ms. The green one in particular, and I guess the brown one now too since it's female now. Mostly the one on the left though, the one on the right is more generic kawaii face. Whatever, I think she's cute.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Bunka Face Pins

Faceless bunka pin is a little weird to look at, isn't it?
Originally I was going to make a wrist strap phone strap with blue, but with the scallops causing it to curve so much, I thought it could work well as a trim or something instead. Somehow I ended up with a bonnet and started sewing up a white circle to make a face. Hair, pearls, bows later and I ended up with this.