Update on what I have been up to since this term started.

You’ve probably already noticed how terrible I am about keeping up with my blog while I am going to school. This does not mean that I’m not doing crafty things in between all the homework and projects, only that it takes me about 10 times longer to get anything done. I take that as an accurate estimate, because when I don’t have school, it takes me a week at most to make a doll, and only a couple of days if I am determined and don’t have any other obligations. When I am at school, it might take me all term (10 weeks, not including finals) to finish one. This is why in the past 6 weeks, I have not posted a single new project. If I were a reader, I think I would find that frustrating.

So, instead of waiting until I have finished something, I thought I’d try giving you an update of what I have managed to get done over the past few weeks.

First off, here is a completed project that isn’t knit or crocheted, but turned out rather well:
For Valentine’s day, I made my boyfriend a plateful of these cute, heart-shaped red-velvet cupcakes. This is only about half the batch; I should have believed the recipe when it said it made 48 servings!


I made these cute little guys for a few close friends:

I made them from a kit I got at Joann’s, but you could just as easily recreate them with a few glitter pompoms, some googly eyes, a couple thin sheets of foam, and some white pipe cleaners, or chenille stems, if you prefer. When I was really little, my Mom always called them pipe cleaners, then I was told that they are called chenille stems now. I guess it’s not politically correct to associate crafting with smoking a pipe. Recently I asked a lady at Joann’s for chenille stems and she had no idea what the heck I was talking about, she asked another lady who said “Oh, you mean pipe cleaners!” so I don’t really know what name they are going by these days. Anyway, the feet are heart-shaped foam cutouts glued to the pompoms. The hearts on top of their antennae are cut out of a sheet of glittery foam.

Other updates:

-I’m working on the “Sitio Stockings” from Vampire Knits, because even though I haven’t been feeling too vampiric lately, there are some really cool patterns in that book. Plus, there’s enough of a chance I will want them when I am feeling vampiric in the future.

-I started working on a Sally doll from Nightmare before Christmas since Winter Break. She is all done except for the patchwork on her dress. Right now I’ve just made her a plain dress as a base for the patchwork. It shouldn’t take very long to add that, but we’ll see when I have time to work on it. I will also have a detailed pattern for you once she’s done.



  1. kacicalese Said:


    I laughed out loud about believing the cupcake recipe when it said it made 48 cupcakes, and the bit about the chenille stem/pipe cleaner controversy. Very funny!

    • Assunta Said:

      Thanks! Were you there with my for the pipe cleaner thing? I was surprised she didn’t know what chenille stems were… The cupcake recipe actually made more like 107 cupcakes but that might just have been because they were small, haha.

  2. Lynn Said:

    Love following your blog. How you manage to do ANY crafty things during the school term, I’ll never understand! When I went to school, I had trouble finding time for a bath!

    Anyway, I’ll be waiting to see some Hawaiian-themed crafts. Could you crochet a coconut-shell bra? A cunning Humu’humu’nuku’nuku’apu’a’a’?

    There are no zombie or vampire traditions in the Hawaiian culture — nothing ‘black magic-y’ at all. But you could start one! How about a zombie hula girl?

    Love you.

    • Assunta Said:

      I’m surprised, I thought every culture had some sort of vampire tradition. Maybe it’s just too sunny for vampires in Hawaii 🙂 A zombie hula girl sounds super cute! I’ll definitely put that on my list of projects to make, I think it would be great for summer! I probably could crochet a coconut bra but I’m not sure how comfortable it would be. People do crochet swimsuits, though, so it’s possible.

      • Lynn Said:

        Well, Baby Girl, if you did start a zombie/vampire Hawaiian tradition, you would be the very first! That can be a very lucrative position to be in. There have got to be loads of young, worldly Hawaiians and even more non-Hawaiians just yearning for a zombie/vampire doll to add to their decor. ‘Til now they’ve been kinda stuck with shark’s jaws, conch shells, coral, stuffed fish, and flowers. Booorrrriiiinnngg! Maybe we could do the coconut shell bra with hazelnut shells or something…

  3. You’ve been super productive, and yes, your post was funny too! Thanks for keeping us updated. I like seeing works in progress as much as finished projects. 🙂 Jennifer

    • Assunta Said:

      Thanks, that’s good to hear! I will definitely keep doing little updates like this next time I get a chance to work on something, then. 🙂

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